The best things in life are CHEESE
Updated: Sep 9, 2019
An unexpected twist of events this spring left me with a lot of free time. While trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Generally not a baker, I thought this would be a good opportunity to practice. I can happily say I conquered my first bundt cake (blog post coming later this week!), experimented with mango and coconut, and WOWed friends with the most perfect skillet cookie.
All these sweets were making me crave savory items, so I took to my iPhone screenshots folder in search of inspiration and a new culinary challenge. As an extravagant cheese plate scrolled past my eyes, an amusing memory popped into my head. A year ago, someone brought a beautiful cheeseboard to my friend's bridal shower. A lover of cheese, stunning presentations and easy appetizers, I eagerly exclaimed, "Cheeseboards are going to be 'my thing'!" Like Cathy, who brings the world's best crab dip, or Colleen, whose luscious English toffee (made from a secret family recipe that has been passed down for 3 generations, I dreamed about finding and mastering a niche that guests would delight in and offer me their praises ( I need positive reinforcement in my life guys, OK).
Step 1 is always research, and the more I researched, the more I was knew cheeseboards were my calling. I've definitely got a few creative bones in my body, but have always had a hard time expressing my creativity. Food design had never crossed my mind, and it could not be more perfect for me ( as long as I don't eat all the food before it goes out!)
Although I've already moved on to Step 2, experimentation, (it's going so well and I can't wait to share!), today's post is about my research. Within minutes of searching "cheeseboards" on Instagram I stumbled upon @ainttooproudtomeg 's feed. Meg Quinn is a super talented food stylist and the Queen of cheeseboards! Ok, to be honest, there are a lot of brilliant professionals in the cheeseboard world, but I found Meg first, so she is my Queen, and I will follow her anywhere! I highly suggest Meg consider re-naming her handle @cheeseboardsfordummies because she literally covers everything you need to know: tips, tricks, how-to videos, shopping lists, labeled boards - the works.
What I also love about her is that she is not your traditional "chef" and incorporates unexpected items into her boards - like gummy sharks and popcorn - which makes her so unique.
I can go on and on about my research, but a picture is truly worth 1,000 words, so scroll on to see some of the prettiest and tastiest looking cheeseboards I've discovered and used for inspiration!
As I mentioned, I have already begun experimenting with food styling (so fancy) in the form of cheeseboards and I look forward to sharing some of my creations with you real soon!