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  • Kim Kimbrough

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.


@pinchofyum

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).


(photo: unknown)

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!)


@ladyandlarder

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.


@ainttooproudmeg

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.


@ainttooproudmeg

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!


@sorellacollective


@cheesebynumbers


@mistyyoon


@iamboard_melbourne


@thatcheeseplate


@ainttooproudmeg


@eaturselfskinny

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!