5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Holiday Charcuterie Board

I’m going to be completely open and honest with you all, I am beyond addicted to cheese and meat.  Truthfully, I don’t know if addicted really encompasses how much I love a good cheese and salami moment which is why I thought to put together a post on putting together the perfect cheeseboard for your holiday get together! Because what party is complete without a good charcuterie board? If you’re into not only the contents but the look of a good cheese board then let’s get into my 5 tips!

1 – Tip one is pretty basic but something that many people don’t often think of.  You need to mix your flavors.  You need to ensure your board is diverse by including salts, sweets, tanginess and different textures.  You can create these different flavor profiles and textures by adding things like honeys, jams, fruits and nuts and peppers of course.

2 – Get yourself some good cheeses! Your mind might automatically go to an American Cheese, a Pepper Jack Cheese, etc but you want more than just the typically cut up cubed cheese.  You want to go for different, flavors, textures and looks.  My personal favorite cheese is Espresso Cheese (which I’ve only ever found at Publix), I love a good Brie Cheese and of course there’s always got to be Gouda and Gruyere.  Remember this little tip; if there’s going to be fruit on this board definitely add in some crumbling Bleu Cheese.

3 – Don’t forget your meats! I love a good Salami but there’s so many different meats you can place on your cheeseboard that I promise your friends and family will love.  I suggest having some prosciutto and different sausages ranging in spice.  You will always have some guests that prefer something with a little more of a kick.

4 – I think every good charcuterie board should have an element of sweet to balance out any salt from the cheese and spice from the meet.  There are so many ways you can add sweetness to your charcuterie board.  My go to add ons are the following: Fig, Dates, Grapes, Honey (feel free to try different types), Jam, Dried Apricot, Blueberries and Raspberries.  I like the addition of fruit as well as the honey and jams because it gives the eater an option.  I’m personally all about a piece of Espresso cheese with a raspberry but I also love smeared Brie cheese on a cracker with some spicy sausage and a drizzle of honey.

5 – Don’t forget your element of crunch!  I can not go without any crunch on my charcuterie board.  I like to add crunch in both breads/crackers and nuts.  Some of my favorite bread/crackers are:  sliced sourdough bread, Matzos, Triscuits, and of course Water Crackers.  As for nuts I like to add almonds, pistachios, and cashews.  The element of the extra crunch that can had with just a piece of fruit is always a nice option to have.

What are some items you love seeing on a Charcuterie Board?

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10 Fall Inspired Recipes You Need in Your Life

I’ve said it a million times and I’ll keep saying it, growing up in the mountains in New York made for many amazing Fall/Winter experiences that now living in Orlando I just don’t have. It’s beyond depressing however I have carefully curated a list of 10 recipes that will absolutely bring the Fall Season to you wherever you live! I’m not coming to you with 10 super basic Pumpkin Spice recipes (although there are 1 or 2 in here).  Don’t get me wrong circa last year I love a pumpkin spice latte but these recipes are so much better than that! When I think of Fall I think of crisp cold air outside, a warm feeling in my chest, big pots of warm food, apples, pumpkin, and so much more! So put down your PSL and let’s get into some real Fall inspired recipes.

Apple Pie Monkey Bread

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Butternut Squash & Sausage Stuffed Shells 

Chicken and Dumplings

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Apple Cider Mule

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Fall Breakfast Hash

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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

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Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta

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Autumn Sangria

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Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese and Dried Cranberries

Spiced Cider Margaritas

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What recipes are you dying to try this Fall? I’m super excited for the Pumpkin Risotto and of course the Chicken and Dumplings which I make every year!

*i do not own these photos

Orlando Spotlight ; Some of My Fav Spots

 

Happy Thursday! Today I’m sharing a spotlight of a few places here in Orlando that are so great you just have to try them!  Those of you have been following me for quite some time know Jeff and I are complete and total foodies! SO much so that we have given ourselves the goal of eating at a food truck and having brunch in every state!  But that’s not what this is about.  I’m always getting questions on Instagram about the places Jeff and I frequent and I follow a ton of Orlando based Foodie pages so naturally why wouldn’t I share a few of my favorite restaurants.  So let’s get into it!

Let’s Start with Earl’s Kitchen & Bar because Brunch, Lunch and Dinner in a great atmosphere and right next to the best Mall in the city is something you can’t beat! When I want brunch close to home or a small bite with some happy hour drinks this place is my go to! Living in the part of town I live in Earl’s is convenient because it’s a cool and hip place that gives me a Downtown Rooftop feel without having to drive downtown.  Chicken and Waffles for Brunch or Wine and Sushi for Dinner, Earl’s is a place you’ll love.

Artisan’s Table is one of those places that is life changing! It’s a smaller Downtown Orlando Café with indoor and outdoor seating and there is almost always a wait.  My favorite meal of the week is brunch and I definitely look forward to our Sunday Brunch trips. I will say one thing I do not like is that they’re a scratch kitchen (which is great) however the menu is always changing ( my absolute favorite meal ever, the Pastrami Hash is no longer an option) Whenever Jeff asks me where I want to brunch I almost always say Artisan’s Table and for good reason!  With food that is filling but not tiring, this café knows exactly what they’re doing.

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Now I know earlier I mentioned how Jeff and I are completely into Food Trucks ( I mean how can you not be) Now this place isn’t exactly a food truck.. I mean it is but it isn’t. Caro-Bama BBQ is a must for some good home cooked BBQ.  Jeff and I discovered Caro-Bama at a Tuesday night food truck gathering we frequent in the Milk District and then later found out that the owners are good of friends of my good friend Vivian! (such a small world) Well they opened up a store front in Downtown Orlando in some prime real estate and if you’re in Orlando you’ve got to check them out!  I’m all about the Free Bird Sandwich which is slow smoked chicken on a toasted brioche bun topped with jalapeños, onion and bama white sauce and when I tell you it is insane, I mean it!  The menu is to die for and whether you’re stopping by the food truck or walking into the restaurant I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Now that I’ve told you some of my fav places in Orlando be sure to leave a comment and tell me some of your fav places in your city!

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