How to Make a Cheese Board

Confession: I brought a sad cheese plate to last year’s Friendsgiving, and it went ignored in the corner. It was an embarrassing moment for a cookbook author,…

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Confession: I brought a sad cheese plate to last year’s Friendsgiving, and it went ignored in the corner. It was an embarrassing moment for a cookbook author, and I’ve been determined to improve my cheese board game ever since.

I walked into the party to find a gorgeous and elaborate cheese board nearly spanning the full length of the dinner table. My friend Jordan has a degree in sculpture, and she can sure put together a beautiful cheese board.

I took the opportunity to study her design. I can’t say that my efforts are quite to her level yet, but I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to share with you today.

cheese and crackers

Building a beautiful cheese board feels like a fun art project. We’ll mix different flavors, colors, shapes and textures to build an enticing appetizer board. Give yourself some time to put it together, and you’ll enjoy the process all the more. The trick is to fill every little space on the board with nuts and fruit so it looks completely abundant.

A cheese board is the perfect excuse to break out your special serving items. If you don’t have a dedicated cheese board in your cabinets, though, don’t fret. For your base, you can use a nice wooden cutting board, a large serving platter, or even a tray or baking sheet covered with parchment paper. If you don’t have a set of cheese knives, offer butter knives, cocktail forks, cocktail picks or toothpicks.

Basically, anything goes, and no occasion is too minor for a cheese board. You just might have everything you need at home already. How about a cheese board with your French 75 this evening?

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Holiday Cheese Board

This post is sponsored by Kroger. The holidays are here and that means it’s time to party! Today, I am going to show you how to make a festive Holiday Cheese Board that will WOW your family and friends. It’s almost too pretty to eat and if …

This post is sponsored by Kroger. The holidays are here and that means it’s time to party! Today, I am going to show you how to make a festive Holiday Cheese Board that will WOW your family and friends. It’s almost too pretty to eat and if you want to be fancy, you can call…

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Warm Winter Farro with Cranberry Cinnamon Vinaigrette.

This warm winter farro salad is so comforting and delish! Bowl meals like this are something I live for in the winter. They are so hearty and flavorful and you can make a big batch and eat it throughout the week. Sounds perfect right?!  Plus, you can always customize these to your preferences. Throw in […]

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This warm winter farro salad is so comforting and delish!

winter farro salad with cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

Bowl meals like this are something I live for in the winter.

roasted butternut squash

They are so hearty and flavorful and you can make a big batch and eat it throughout the week. Sounds perfect right?! 

Plus, you can always customize these to your preferences. Throw in what you love, sub something else that you may have in your pantry. It’s perfect! 

maple toasted pecans

I’m absolutely obsessed with the flavors and textures in this salad. We have the caramely roasted squash – a nice hint of sweet and savory. 

The pecans are crunchy, but also have a hint of maple. The farro is chewy. The goat cheese is creamy with a bit of tanginess. And the cranberries are chewy and sweet!

Let me tell you a little secret about the cranberries too: I kind of prefer dried cherries more. I mean, I definitely do! So you can toss in either of those and it will work.

winter farro salad with cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

The dressing is a DREAM! 

This cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette is originally from my thanksgiving kale salad. I never thought I’d enjoy cinnamon in a vinaigrette, but the slight hint of spice is wonderful. The cranberry adds a bit of holiday flavor and it’s still a classic, briney vinaigrette that dresses the salad so nicely.

A dressing on a grain salad is so perfect, because it basically marinates everything. Instead of wilting a salad as it sits, it essentially marinates everything in the bowl so all flavors are enhanced. Awesome, right? 

winter farro salad with cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

My favorite thing about this salad is that you can technically enjoy it warm or cold! Yes, the title says it’s a warm salad. And it is so lovely to serve warm – it’s nourishing and satisfying and tastes fantastic.

But if you find yourself with leftovers in the fridge, they are just as excellent right out of the container! If not, better.

winter farro salad with cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

It’s one of those dishes that even gets better as it sits – the farro and squash and goat cheese all marinate in the dressing and everything just had a boatload of flavor. The ingredients hold their textures well in the fridge too. 

It’s one of the reasons that I love serving this for lunch! You can have it as a bowl, over greens, on top of a salad or even as a side dish – really the options are endless.

winter farro salad with cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

This bowl has everything you want in a cozy, weeknight meal.

warm winter farro with butternut squash, goat cheese, cranberries and pecans

Warm Winter Farro Salad

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Warm Winter Farro Salad

This warm winter farro salad is hearty and nourishing. Butternut squash, goat cheese, cranberries and pecans make this irresistible.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people (or more, as a side dish)
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked farro
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or tart cherries
  • 2 to 3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons cranberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Season with a big pinch of salt and pepper. I also like to do a sprinkle of garlic powder!
  • Roast the squash for 20 minutes, or until slightly caramelized and fork tender. While the squash is roasting, you can make the farro too! Cook it according to the package directions. You can also make the vinaigrette during this time too!
  • To toast the pecans, heat the pecans in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Drizzle in the maple syrup. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often, as the maple syrup sizzles. Spread the pecans on a sheet of parchment paper until ready to use. You can chop them or leave them whole - your choice.
  • Place the farro in a large bowl. Toss in the roasted butternut squash cubes, the dried cranberries, goat cheese and pecans. Drizzle on a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette and toss the salad well.
  • Taste the farro and season with a pinch of salt and pepper if needed. Drizzle in more of the vinaigrette if desired. Top with the fresh parsley. Serve immediately!
  • Leftovers of this stay great in the fridge for a few days in a sealed container.

cranberry cinnamon vinaigrette

  • Whisk together the vinegar, juice, honey, mustard, garlic, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil until emulsified. This keeps great in the fridge for a few days!

warm winter farro with butternut squash, goat cheese, cranberries and pecans

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Fall Chickpea Salad

My Chickpea Avocado Feta Salad is one of my all-time favorite salads. It’s so good, I even put the recipe in our cookbook. It was one of the few from the blog that made it into the book:) Well, if you are a fan of that salad like me, you are goin…

My Chickpea Avocado Feta Salad is one of my all-time favorite salads. It’s so good, I even put the recipe in our cookbook. It was one of the few from the blog that made it into the book:) Well, if you are a fan of that salad like me, you are going to LOVE my…

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Roasted Delicata Squash Salad

I am always creating new salad recipes so I don’t get bored. This Roasted Delicata Squash Salad is one of my favorite fall salads. The flavors are incredible, it’s easy to make, and it is GORGEOUS! It’s the perfect salad to serve at T…

I am always creating new salad recipes so I don’t get bored. This Roasted Delicata Squash Salad is one of my favorite fall salads. The flavors are incredible, it’s easy to make, and it is GORGEOUS! It’s the perfect salad to serve at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or along side any fall or winter meal. It is…

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Healthy Breakfast Casserole

Sometimes, you need a healthy make-ahead breakfast. Whether you’re serving a crowd or trying to ease busy weekday mornings, this breakfast casserole is just the ticket. Typically,…

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Sometimes, you need a healthy make-ahead breakfast. Whether you’re serving a crowd or trying to ease busy weekday mornings, this breakfast casserole is just the ticket.

Typically, breakfast casseroles includes sausage and potatoes. I loaded this one up with fresh veggies and greens instead, including red bell pepper, green onion and spinach.

Creamy feta or goat cheese rounds it all out. You don’t need a ton of dairy to achieve a lovely, luxurious texture. This is a lightened-up dish that seems more indulgent than it really is.

healthy breakfast casserole ingredients

This healthy breakfast casserole is the perfect addition to a holiday breakfast spread. Since it offers some protein and vegetables, it’s a great way to help balance those delicious carb-heavy treats, like muffins and pancakes. I’d be thrilled to find this option alongside bagels and cream cheese. Leftovers are good for lunch, too.

To develop this recipe, I followed my foolproof frittata formula. It’s easy to make, colorful and delicious!

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Searching for Chanterelles, Nature’s Edible Gold

Welcome to Living Wild by Danielle Prewett, a wild game cook and contributing editor at MeatEater. In this series, she explores what it means to eat consciously and live mindfully. For Danielle, that way of life relies on hunting, fishing, foraging, an…

Welcome to Living Wild by Danielle Prewett, a wild game cook and contributing editor at MeatEater. In this series, she explores what it means to eat consciously and live mindfully. For Danielle, that way of life relies on hunting, fishing, foraging, and gardening. Her stories aim to inspire you to live a life more closely connected to the earth and to celebrate its natural bounty in your kitchen.


In the U.S., wild mushrooms have earned a reputation for being rare ingredients reserved for fine dining. I was reminded of this when I popped into a gourmet grocery store to buy artisanal oil and vinegar. The doors opened into a robust produce section filled with a variety of heirloom vegetables. I spotted the refrigerated wall lined with baskets of wild mushrooms. Chanterelles were $40 a pound; morels were $60! I walked right past them with a smirk on my face, knowing that two pounds were already sitting in my fridge. It felt good to have that edible gold sitting in my fridge, foraged for a fraction of the cost.

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Goat Cheese & Heirloom Tomato Tart

It’s summer in a tart shell: with creamy basil goat cheese and juicy vine-ripe heirloom tomatoes nestled in a savory parmesan shortcrust. Peak tomato season is officially here! Make the most of it with this gorgeous (and delicious) goat cheese and tomato tart, with fresh heirloom tomatoes rather than roasted to really showcase their bright […]

It’s summer in a tart shell: with creamy basil goat cheese and juicy vine-ripe heirloom tomatoes nestled in a savory parmesan shortcrust.

Peak tomato season is officially here! Make the most of it with this gorgeous (and delicious) goat cheese and tomato tart, with fresh heirloom tomatoes rather than roasted to really showcase their bright flavor and gorgeous colors.

Heirloom tomato and goat cheese tart on a gray background surrounded by heirloom tomatoes

This is the first week we’ve gotten tomatoes with our CSA, and this tart was the first thing on my list to make (along with some caprese, of course, and luckily we have more than enough tomatoes for both).

We first made this tart last summer after a particularly successful farmers market haul left us with a stunning assortment of heirloom tomatoes.

We had planned to make two meals out of it, considering the recipe yields a full 9-inch tart. But the two of us devoured the entire thing in a single sitting. That’s how good it is.

Goat Cheese & Heirloom Tomato Tart on a marble plate surrounded by more tomatoes

What differentiates this tart from the countless other tomato tart recipes out there is this one is unbaked, leaving the tomatoes fresh and juicy and brightly flavored. Sure, baked tomatoes have their place, but when your vine-ripe summer tomatoes are this good, it’s a shame to subject them to heat.

The crust is also simply spectacular, adding grated parmesan to a standard shortcrust for an extra savory twist. Not to mention it’s dead simple, you don’t even have to roll it out (just dump the crumb mixture into your tart pan and press it into the bottom and up the sides).

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Sun Dried Tomato Corn Chowder with Crispy Goat Cheese Croutons.

We’re taking corn chowder to a whole new level today. Another summer day, another soup! I don’t know how these soup recipes continue to fall on close-to-100 degree degrees, but if it’s too warm, put this in your pocket for next week. The flavors are incredible, it’s comforting and will make you so, so happy. […]

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We’re taking corn chowder to a whole new level today.

sun dried tomato corn chowder with crispy goat cheese

Another summer day, another soup!

I don’t know how these soup recipes continue to fall on close-to-100 degree degrees, but if it’s too warm, put this in your pocket for next week. The flavors are incredible, it’s comforting and will make you so, so happy.

corn chowder base

This also must be the summer of sun dried tomatoes and corn for me! I made the lasagna skillet last month and loved the flavor profile so much that I decided to carry it into chowder.

I love how the tomatoes are slightly sweet and tart. And I also adore the texture. These little bits add so much to the chowder that the depth of flavor is wild. 

creamy corn chowder in a pot

A few years ago I made this beer corn chowder with chicken and it is a huge favorite here on the blog. As much as I love eating corn on the cob almost daily come late July, I also love finding other uses for it.

That’s the best right?

And even though Eddie isn’t a huge soup person (unless it’s, like, chili), he does like chowder. This recipe is so good that I’ll use it as a starter to our meals, because leftovers are wonderful. I’ll serve with sliced tomatoes and blue cheese on the side, maybe with some grilled chicken. Or a big house salad! Or of course, it can be your entire meal too. 

Because the toppings are what MAKE the bowl.

crispy fried goat cheese

The base is made with a few chopped sun dried tomatoes. Also, lots of corn and potato cubes too! Then I use my favorite soup creamy method – make a slurry with half and half – and stir that in to bring it all together. 

It’s silky and comforting and melts in your mouth!

sun dried tomato corn chowder

And of course, let’s not forget the crispy goat cheese croutons. I first shared crispy goat cheese here in 2011. I feel like it really had a moment back then – topping salads and even served as an appetizer. Then I forgot about it, like I do with many other trends.

Thankfully I remembered JUST IN TIME for this soup.

The crispy, melty goat cheese is a little extra here. You don’t NEED it, but you need it. You know? It does add another step to the recipe, but it also fancifies things. And since we can barely go anywhere these days or do anything super fun, making fancy goat cheese to put on top of my corn chowder is how I’m making it through. 

Try it! 

sun dried tomato corn chowder with crispy goat cheese

Creamy, comforting summer in a bowl!

sun dried tomato corn chowder with crispy goat cheese

Sun Dried Tomato Corn Chowder

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Sun Dried Tomato Corn Chowder

This incredible corn chowder is made with sun dried tomatoes and topped with crispy, melty goat cheese. It's incredible and perfect with fresh herbs!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes, drain if they are in oil, plus more for topping
  • 2 cups corn kernels, cut fresh from the cob, plus extra for topping
  • 1 ½ cups chopped yukon gold potatoes
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped chives

goat cheese croutons

  • 1 11 ounce log goat cheese (cold, right from the fridge)
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • olive oil, for pan frying

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Stir in the onions and garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper and smoked paprika and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped sun dried tomatoes and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the corn, potatoes and stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce it to a simmer and cover, cooking until the potatoes are fork tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • While the soup simmers, make the goat cheese croutons. Slice the goat cheese into rounds - this can be as many rounds as you want, but I do 6 or so. Place the flour on one plate, the beaten egg on another and the breadcrumbs on a third. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Dip each goat cheese piece in flour, then in egg, then in breadcrumbs. Place it in the hot oil and cook for 1ish minute per side until it’s golden and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel to remove excess grease.
  • In a shaker bottle, add the flour to the half and half and shake well until it is combined. Slowly pour it into the soup mixture while stirring. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes – it should thicken up. Taste and season additionally if needed. Stir in most of the chives, reserving a few for topping.
  • Serve, topping the bowl with extra sun dried tomatoes, fresh corn off the cob and a goat cheese crouton!

sun dried tomato corn chowder with crispy goat cheese

I’ll also take a plate of crispy goat cheese please!

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Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches with Arugula & Goat Cheese.

These grilled prosciutto wrapped peaches make me so darn happy. I mean, just look at how cute they are! Plus, peaches wrapped in pork. This I can get behind. PLUS! Fresh arugula greens that provide the perfect bite, crumbly goat cheese, crunchy pepitas, all drizzled with a balsamic glaze. YES. Peach season is here and […]

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These grilled prosciutto wrapped peaches make me so darn happy.

grilled prosciutto wrapped peaches with arugula and goat cheese

I mean, just look at how cute they are!

Plus, peaches wrapped in pork. This I can get behind.

peaches wrapped in prosciutto

PLUS!

Fresh arugula greens that provide the perfect bite, crumbly goat cheese, crunchy pepitas, all drizzled with a balsamic glaze. YES.

Peach season is here and I am also here. For it, that is. I have a ton of peach recipes so just get ready.

prosciutto wrapped peaches

I like peaches with prosciutto as it is. But then, we go and grill them?

I’m so in.

In this recipe, the peaches are quartered – I like big thick slices that hold up well on the grill. You wrap half of a slice of prosciutto around the peach wedge and throw it right on the grates. I actually used my grill pan because it was an easy way to keep everything contained. But I’ve also made it without the grill pan and it’s perfect.

arugula and fresh lemon

The peaches get soft, a bit caramely and even sweeter. The prosciutto gets crisp and crunchy. The sweet + savory combo is just insanely good.

crispy prosciutto wrapped peaches

And then! Then you’re going to spritz some arugula with fresh lemon. This is the best way to eat arugula, in my opinion. It’s just so… easy. And light. And refreshing. Also, it’s ridiculously simple. 

Arugula tossed in fresh lemon juice is a great base for so many dishes. Put it in your recipe arsenal!

I like to add goat cheese for that creamy tang. It complements the warm peaches and peppery arugula very well.

grilled prosciutto wrapped peaches with arugula and goat cheese

Finally, a sprinkle of roasted pepitas! Because everyone needs some crunch on their salad.

Seriously, I would die without crunch in my salad.

Actually, that’s dramatic. I just wouldn’t eat salad without crunch in my salad. You know? It makes the entire thing.

grilled prosciutto wrapped peaches with arugula and goat cheese

This is the perfect summer lunch or dinner. It’s different and flavorful. It’s not too heavy but it’s satisfying enough. It tastes like heaven!

You can also use it as a side dish too. I like to add a few ears of corn to the grill while I’m doing the peaches, so that rounds everything out. But you could also add chicken breast or even some shrimp if you like. The grill is already hot, so you may as well do it!

grilled prosciutto wrapped peaches with arugula and goat cheese

I’m craving it again already.

grilled prosciutto wrapped peaches with arugula and goat cheese

Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches with Arugula

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Grilled Prosciutto Peaches

These grilled prosciutto wrapped peaches are perfectly sweet and savory! Serve over a bed of lemon arugula with goat cheese and pepitas.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 3 peaches, each cut into 4 wedges
  • 6 slices prosciutto
  • 12 ounces baby arugula
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons roasted, salted pepitas
  • balsamic glaze, for drizzling

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill over medium heat - to about 350 or 400 degrees F.
  • Slice the peaches in half and remove the pit. Slice the halves in half again, so you have 4 wedges for each peach. Tear or cut the prosciutto slices in half.
  • Wrap half of a slice of prosciutto around each peach wedge. You can place the peaches on a grill pan or grill directly on the grates.
  • Place the prosciutto wrapped peaches on the grill and cook, turning every few minutes, for about 10 to 12 minutes, until the prosciutto is crispy and cooked.
  • While the peaches are on the grill, toss the arugula with the lemon juice and olive. Season it with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Remove the peaches from the grill and serve on top of the arugula. Crumble the goat cheese on top. Sprinkle on the pepitas. Drizzle some balsamic glaze over the peach wedges.
  • You can serve this on a big platter where people can scoop it up themselves, or plated with a handful of arugula on the plate and 2 or 3 peach wedges. Enjoy!

grilled prosciutto wrapped peaches with arugula and goat cheese

This is my love language.

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