Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Art of the Cheese Plate





I have a friend who always makes grilled cheese for her family's supper on Sunday nights.  She started this tradition when her daughters were toddlers, and now they're college graduates. When they come home to visit, they know what to expect for supper on Sundays.

There is comfort in the familiar, in knowing what to expect.  Rituals remind us of home, and sometimes the simplest ones can be the most meaningful.  About a year ago, Mr. Art @ Home and I decided to keep things simple on Friday nights.  If we're home, we have Cheese Plate Friday Night, and if we're having it with wine, we call it Charcuterie Board Friday Night.  ;P

Imagine my excitement when Mr. Art @ Home bought me The Art of the Cheese Plate by Tia Keenan.  I absolutely adore this book.  It includes recipes and cheese selections for 37 distinct cheese plates.  There's a lot of reference materials including an index of cheese and resources. The photography by Noah Fecks is eye candy.  It's not only fun to see the different themes of the cheese plates, but it's equally fun to see all the unique linens, plates, and serving pieces.






I love the rustic tray with the pretty retro tablecloth.  Lovely combination!  The theme for this cheese plate is "The Hills Are Alive."  You'll have to buy the book to find out why!




The theme of this spread is "Cheese is for Lovers."  I like the Darth Vader plate!



Now back to my plate at the top of this post...




Obviously this photography is NOT by the very talented Noah Fecks.  
I like to include a little meat, a variety of crackers, and one hard, one aged, and one creamy cheese.




Here's a close-up of our cheese selections, from left to right:  Tipsy Goat from Spain, Triple Cream Brie from France, and Yancy Cheddar with Bacon.



Because Cheese Plate Friday Nights has become a thing, I might share more of our selections in the future.  I'm learning some fun information from The Art of the Cheese Plate, and I hope I can use it to keep Cheese Plate Friday Nights interesting.  

I highly recommend this book.


Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill





8 comments:

  1. What a great idea...I often have a little cheese and crackers in the afternoon - YUM!

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  2. I'm going to go broke following your posts - another book I need to find.

    If we don't go out to dinner on Friday night we do a charcuterie plate.

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  3. We enjoy doing this in lieu of supper, too, sometimes. How sweet that your husband surprised you with the book!

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  4. Fun book! Cheese plate Friday night sounds like a great idea for the lazy days of summer, but I think I'd prefer Charcuterie Board Friday Night. ;) I love pairing Dalmatia fig spread with cheese.

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  5. Such pretty images. I had no idea a book existed on beautiful cheese plates.
    Great idea to have a cheese plate Friday night.

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  6. What a smart guy! And what a fun and fabulous tradition! I am doing a post about a deli picnic next week, would you mind if I mentioned this post and your book with a link? The book looks like it's full of ideas! Thanks
    Jenna

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  7. RJ, I love making cheese boards. Yours are so pretty and love your idea for Friday nights.....

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