Fall Gatherings ~ Cheese & Wine At The Shore
Welcome to my blog today. I am glad you are here.
As you all know, I love entertaining family and friends. Especially during the fall season but as we all know, planning and shopping for the occasion can still be a bit stressful. So when I want stress free entertaining, I turn to a simple cheese and charcuterie board. A quick trip to my favorite supermarket and a little time spent creating a visually interesting display is all you need to put together a sophisticated cheese platter.
Last week, we spent the weekend with my sister-in-law at the Jersey Shore. Having such an incredible view of the Shrewsbury River, I could not help setting my cheese and wine course in the open air. And who would pass up the opportunity to gather in such a dreamy spot.
It was easy to relax here. To bring a close to stressful week and repose. Laughter and conversation flowed effortlessly in such a serene and peaceful setting. To connect with nature and people we love.
Cozy blankets, soft candlelight and the gentle sound of the water encouraged us to linger and to enjoy each others company.
The ever popular Cheese Tray. An easily portable course that satisfies all foodies
Here are a few tips for planning the cheese course
A cheese tray does not have to be elaborate to be inviting. A single carefully chosen cheese, of good quality can be just as satisfying. Remember that the main focus is still the cheese. Today, we are lucky to have many supermarkets that carry a decent selection of domestic and international cheeses so selection can be a bit overwhelming for some.
Here are a few tips:
For most occasions, three cheeses make an ample and generous cheese course. Our family loves cheese, so we always over buy.
If you are serving more than one cheese, plan your purchases so that you have a fair assortment. Plan to have a bit of diversity to ensure that there is something for everyone: fresh cheeses and aged ones; mild cheeses and strong ones; a mix of cow's, sheep's and goat's milk cheeses. Consider firmness: Soft, semi-hard and hard and Region. France, Spain, Italy and California offer excellent choices.
I always like to have a soft cheese such as a brie or camembert, a creamy jarlsburg and a hard cheese such as manchego or gouda.
Besides the cheese, there must be partnering options such as crackers, bread, jellies, olives, nuts or fruits. All of these accompaniments aid in creating an overall experience.
I hope I have inspired you to make this easy and fun appetizer tray for stress free entertaining.
Have a great weekend.