How I Assemble a Simple Cheese Board

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At least once-a-week we skip cooking a full dinner and pull out our wooden cutting board along with whatever cheeses, spreads, and other accoutrements we have on hand and we opt to dine on some variation of the cheese board above. It's quite fun! So, whether you're throwing a holiday bash or dining on cheese and other nibbles, here is the breakdown of an easy-to-assemble cheese board.

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  • When serving cheese that has to be cut with a knife, use a thick wooden cutting board as your base instead of ceramic plate or other non-giving surface. No one wants to worry about cutting cheese because it's been served on a delicate surface.
  • Break out a variety of cheeses, both hard and soft, and serve them in various ways, such as in cubes and as blocks.
  • Serve fruit that's not just for garnish. No one want to fill up on meat and cheese alone.
  • Fill a dipping bowl with dried fruit and nuts.
  • Include your favorite crackers on your cheese board along with those your family and guests love.
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  • Serve meat.
  • Include a dipping bowl of fruit spread that pairs well with any stronger cheeses you've served.
  • Fill a small dish or jar with tooth picks for cubed cheese and sliced meats.
  • Fancy your spread with a bud vase containing small florals or fresh, great-smelling herbs, such as rosemary or thyme.
  • Select appropriately-sized, fun serving spoons and knives for your cheese and spread options.

Everyone has special items they like to include on a cheese board — what are your favorites?

(Image credits: Landis Carey)

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