The CHEESE Experience
Updated: Sep 8, 2019
It's been almost 2 months since I posted about my new found love for food styling with my old friend, cheese. I have been working hard the past few weeks, experimenting with colors, board shapes, accoutrements and of course, cheese. Below you will get a first hand look (okay, maybe second, a few photos were too beautiful not to share ahead of time on IG!) at my progress. With daily inspiration from @ainttooproudtocheese, @thatcheeseplate and Platters and Boards (a thoughtful gift from my bestie Maria!) I've come a long way and am enjoying every part of the creative process.
This board was my very first attempt at food styling. "Orange" was the theme, as that was the birthday girl's favorite color. I made my first ever trip to Trader Joes and even though I'm a few years late to the party, I would like to declare that I have hopped on the TJ bandwagon! I was blown away by their prices and assortment of items for my boards.
4th of July
I used the same rectangle board, but almost all new items. The gummy sharks were fun to incorporate and the skewers were a hit.
Ahoy, it's a boy!
Since the theme colors were the same, I used a lot of the same items from my 4th of July board as I did in the board I made for my friend Mary's baby shower. You can see all the details from the shower in my full post. Keeping the mama-to-be in mind, I made sure to include all pregnancy-safe (pasteurized) cheeses.
My friends Jenny gifted me a "date night-sized" board for my birthday, which I then turned around and used for an antipasta display at the baby shower I hosted for her. Jenny makes a mean cheeseboard herself and I love being able to geek out with her over great TJ finds! I am especially grateful she turned me on to rosemary dusted marcona almonds - addicting little buggers.
Maria invited the girls over for a delicious home cooked meal: summer salad, slow cooked short ribs over gnocci and hand-made bourbon truffles. She put so much effort into preparing a wonderful meal, the least I could do was provide a cheeseboard appetizer. Jordanna and I collaborated on this board and the 2 cheeses she procured from Goat.Sheep.Cow., a favorite local cheese shop in town, were spectacular! We spent the night laughing, eating, drinking and catching up!
Want to know what to get someone who loves cheese...a cheeseboard gift box! Mary graciously gifted one to me, and my husband and I's 7 year "date-aversary" seemed like a good excuse to get all fancy on a week night. The box came with a slate board, 3 kinds of cheese (Black Pepper BellaVitano, Classic Asiago and Vlaskaas), an herbed pepperoni stick, "34 Degrees" crackers, and a jar of stone ground mustard. We paired it with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from Pippin Hill Vineyards.
We thought this was our last night before the storm, so we treated ourselves to a delicious platter of goodies and rose on our dock. We finished the entire board, and Charleston was spared - a win/win!
Entertaining 8 house guests for 4 days required plenty of snacks. These two boards kept everyone happy during an afternoon of football and I tested some new fall items - pumpkin and cranberry crackers, and a goat cheese log with apricots, cranberries and cherries - yum!
I'm considering starting another IG page, "The Cheese Experience" (?) to showcase my boards and share more about my exploration through the world of cheese...would you follow?!