📝 Make sure you read to the end for a little something special!
I sometimes wonder how this even became a thing. I mean, people have been putting cheese (and meat) together as long as we’ve been gathering for cocktails. And that’s been a LONG TIME!
These assembled snack collections have now become real works of art. I mean that! Some of these are just gorgeous. Don’t get me wrong. They’re not too beautiful to eat. But some of them definitely border on actual artwork.
So, let's just imagine that you'll be hosting a little get-together. I'll let you pick the occasion (birthday, anniversary, graduation, or just Sunday). That part isn't terribly important.
Of course, you’re going to want to serve some food. "Hey, how about a beautifully arranged charcuterie board?!” Why that’s a fantastic idea. Good work! But how do you go about creating one of these cheese, meat, fruit, nut, and... masterpieces? This is where Elle Simone Scott comes in. You may not be familiar with her name. But you’re about to be acquainted with her work.
Her brand-new cookbook, Boards – Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings, is a how-to guide for those of us who might not know how to assemble one of these sure-fire party crowd-pleasers.
WHAT YOU'LL FIND INSIDE (aka Table of Contents)
· Breakfast Boards for Any Time of Day
· Grazing Boards for Cocktail Parties and Beyond
· Dinner-Sized Boards to Fill You Up
· Dessert Boards to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Like every cookbook, some parts really stand out. A few of those boards grabbed us and just wouldn’t let go. The Ballpark Board (p.151) this one is right for any outdoor gathering. I do mean any! The Raw Bar Board (p. 116) makes it very clear that there is a whole world beyond just chilled shrimp. Finally, the Hummus Board (p. 77) brings some great accompaniments to the humble dish of hummus (can you say, Baharat-Spiced Beef Topping!).
All of these board ideas come with some creative recipes to take your creations to the next level (and beyond!). Yes, there are serving suggestions and board types for every possible kind of celebration. That ranges from baby showers to movie night and practically everything in between.
If you've ever read any of my pieces, you know what comes next. Yes, I'm going to try my very unskilled hand at one of these. I'm picking something relatively easy. I'm hoping it will up my chances of success. Or at the very least limit my downside! I'm going to try and create a basic meat and cheese board. Seems simple enough...
Well, what’s the verdict? It probably won't be nominated for the Charcuterie Board of the Year award (if such a thing even exists). But I'm sure it will be cleaned out by the end of the party! I nailed my Genoa salami rose! And it wasn't hard to make (easy instructions p.29!).
Here is the scenario. You’re in Sarasota, Florida. You’re having guests over next weekend. You’ve already got a giant pile of stuff on your pre-gathering to-do list. So, you don’t want to mess around with shopping for and constructing your own party board. Relax, this IS NOT a problem. We’re here to help with some local charcuterie resources specially curated just for you.
Charcuterie & Cheese - They're located in Lakewood Ranch, and they can make up boards of all sizes and for any occasion you can dream up to celebrate. From time to time, they even offer board constructing workshops!
Bougie Boards SRQ - Grazing boards of all shapes and sizes. They feature and deliver boards to suit about every price range.
The Artisan Cheese Company - Located in the Rosemary District of downtown Sarasota. Louise and her crew have been at this for a long while. They can pretty much construct any board your occasion demands. NOTE – They have one of the best cheese selections in town!
As you can see, there was no reason to hit the panic button. You've got some excellent choices if you're not in the mood to put your own charcuterie board together. Sometimes it's just OK to let go and put some things into the hands of experts! You're welcome!
Here's some info on the fantastic Boards – Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings book we mentioned above.
TITLE: Boards: Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings Hardcover
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 26, 2022
AUTHOR: ELLE SIMONE SCOTT (AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN)
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