Cheese Boards · Entertaining · Platters · Snacks · Uncategorized

Cheese Boards

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After getting a new camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR,  I knew that I really wanted to recreate some of my past photos. Especially this cheese board that I posted a couple weeks ago. I found the perfect cutting board last month to use for my cheese boards or veggies platters. It’s small, but substantial enough to hold quite a bit of food. The cutting board is made from acacia wood and it seems quite sturdy, but not heavy or bulky at all.

I used some of the same types of food in this cheese board but there are a couple of different things. It’s a perfect snack when entertaining and I love the mix of different meats, cheeses, crackers, and fruit. I like to keep it pretty simple but the ideas are endless. In case you’re interested in replicating this at home here is a list of what I used.

    • Alouette Double Cream Brie
    • Columbus Meats Prosciutto Mozzarella Panino
    • Boar’s Head Havarti Dill Cheese
    • Mario Green Olives
    • Driscoll’s Raspberries
    • Sliced French Bread
    • Target Market Pantry Colby Jack Cheese
    • Target Water Crackers
    • Applegate Salami
    • Pretty Lady Grapes
    • Optional rosemary sprigs for garnish
Recipes · Sandwiches · Snacks

Egg Salad

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Earlier this summer I had some incredible egg salad on toast, topped with chilled asparagus, during a full tea service at The Flour Box Tea Room & Cafe.  It had such a light and fluffy texture, unlike any that I had ever eaten before.

I have to admit that I am not typically someone that goes out of their way to eat or even make egg salad regularly. But after finding this great recipe for egg salad from The Diary of a Real Housewife. I tweaked a few things for my own tastes this is definitely something I’ll be making more often!

 

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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Boil your eggs. Place all of the eggs in a pot, fill it about halfway with cold water. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat to low and allow to cook for about 15 minutes.
  2. Drain the hot water. Next place the eggs into a bowl with ice water and allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Once your eggs have cooled, it is time to peel them. Then place the peeled eggs in a mixing bowl. I prefer to use a potato masher to mash my eggs but you can also use a fork to mix and mash them.
  4. Add the seasonings, mayo, mustard, and whipped cream cheese. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Allow the egg salad to chill for several minutes or serve immediately with bread of your choice.
  6. This step is optional, if you’d like the chilled asparagus tips for garnishing. Boil asparagus tips for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to chill in the refrigerator. Cut the asparagus tips to the length of your bread and place on top of the egg salad.
Platters · Recipes · Snacks · Uncategorized · Vegetables

Veggie Platter

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Summer is finally coming to an end but the temps here in the south are still quite warm. What better way to cool off a little bit in this heat, than with a vegetable platter! Veggie sticks, crackers, and french bread are perfect for dipping in your favorite hummus or spread. You can include some fruit in for good measure too. Platters like this are perfect for a large crowd or you can make them on a smaller scale if you’re just snacking by yourself.

Ingredients:

  • Sabra Olive Tapenade Hummus
  • Alouette Garlic & Herbs Soft Spreadable Cheese

  • Triscuts
  • Market Pantry Demi French Bread
  • Red Pepper Sticks
  • Celery Sticks
  • Cucumber Sticks
  • Carrot Sticks
  • Mezzetta Kalamata Olives
  • Pretty Lady Green Grapes
  • Strawberries
Cheese Boards · Entertaining · Snacks

Cheese Boards

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I love a nice cheese plate, or board in this case. It’s a perfect snack when entertaining and I love the mix of different meats, cheeses, crackers, and fruit. I like to keep it pretty simple but the ideas are endless. A great place to start is your local deli or even the cheese and meat case at your favorite grocery store.

Here is a list of the items I used but feel free to supplement your own favorites.

  • Alouette Double Cream Brie
  • Thin Sliced Mozzarella wrapped with Boar’s Head Prosciutto
  • Mini Babybel Original Cheese
  • Mezzetta Kalamata Olives
  • Target Market Pantry Colby Jack Cheese
  • Boar’s Head Havarti Dill Cheese
  • Peach Slices
  • Target Water Crackers
  • Applegate Salami
  • Pretty Lady Grapes
  • Rosemary to garnish

 

Events · Local Flavor · Snacks

Solar Eclipse and Krispy Kreme

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The solar eclipse is happening today! I had seen advertisements online for Krispy Kreme‘s glazed chocolate “eclipse” donuts recently and wanted to grab a few while I was out. I stopped after going grocery shopping earlier this afternoon and they were, not surprisingly, all sold out. I kind of figured they all got bought out yesterday and this morning.

I picked up two chocolate iced glazed with sprinkles instead. Krispy Kreme never disappoints so it was worth it. Want to find out more about the eclipse? Go here!

Fruit · Snacks

Candy Grapes

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I have been obsessed with candy grapes this summer. Frozen fruit is such a delicious and refreshing snack during the summer. They’re also quick and easy too. Candy grapes are grapes that have been tossed with jello powder. You can also use sugar free jello to cut back on some calories.

I found raspberry lemonade jello at my local Target and it tastes so good on green grapes. I’m really looking forward to trying other flavors of jello for these as well. I prefer to freeze an entire bag or bunch of grapes for the week, rather than in small portions. That makes it easier for snacking.

The Simply Good Raspberry Jello comes in 3 oz packets and I typically use anywhere from 1/3 – 1/2 of the packet. You might need a little more or a little less, just depending on how much you’d like for them to be coated.

Even though these are frozen, I have yet to have any problems with them being too hard to eat straight out of the freezer. Brain freeze is a different story, so make sure you pace yourself on this delicious snack!

Ingredients:

  1. Seedless grapes
  2. Jello of your choice

1. Remove grapes from their stems, rinse in a colander, and then put them in a gallon size bag.

2. Add 1/3 of your dry jello powder to the bag. Seal the bag up and shake until all grapes are coated. If you feel that they need a little more jello, feel free to do so to your liking.

3. Place the bag flat in your freezer and allow them to chill until completely frozen. I usually freeze mine overnight but a couple hours should also be sufficient.