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July 17, 2018

My Favorite Cheese Board | Easy Appetizer


When I'm having some girlfriends over for a drink before dinner, or maybe we're having an afternoon playdate this has been my go-to snack.  It is a little different than a typical cheese board - a little more simple.  It is homemade parmesan biscuits (Barefoot Contessa), shards of white cheddar (also very Barefoot Contessa), blue berries and Boursin covered in honey (so good!).  



I present them all of a big pine Bread Board to make it feel rustic and casual.  It is a very help yourself sort of presentation.  This large board is part of a Set of 3 Aged Pine Bread Boards in my store - they've just been restocked.  


I have the boards all over my house - not only in the kitchen, but also in my mudroom.  I use them for staging photos for the store, a tray for drinks and, of course, cheese boards.




When we moved into our kitchen, it felt very brand new (which was great) and I wanted to give it a little bit of rustic aged charm.  Just putting these boards leaning on the wall of the baking counter was the perfect solution.  Instant patina.  





The Parmesan Crackers are a favorite Barefoot Contessa recipe.  You can make them in advance and keep them in the freezer.  You make the dough into a log, then slice it off for baking.  They are so tender, salty and crumbly.


I bake the crackers on a Large Baking Sheet ($10) lined with Parchment Paper ($10 for 100).  It is naturally non-stick + no clean-up.


This is sort of a hack/shortcut recipe - it is soooo good.  I first had it at a tennis match.  We usually play tennis then stay after for drinks and nibbles.  A friend brought this one night and we all went crazy.  You literally just pour honey over Boursin.  It is delish with the parmesan crackers.


With a cocktail, there is nothing better than a really great piece of cheese.  I use a pairing knife to create little chunks of the cheese.  The rough texture seems to add to the yumminess.  

  




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