My Favorite Cheese Board... And a Mystery

The Cheesemonger

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It's no wonder that my favorite things to buy when I'm traveling are cheese-related. This cheese board from a small town in Puglia, called Ostuni, and I have yet to see another one that resembles it. I purchased something else while there, too, and its use is far less obvious than the cheese board's.

The board is made of olive wood, or so I think. (Any insight is welcome in the comments!) And it's nearly impossible to mark its surface with a knife, a rare trait of a cheese board. I've used this find countless times and it still appears brand new. Most of all, the sight of it makes me nostalgic for the two days I spent in that little Puglian town, so far away not only from the States, but also from other American tourists. (Shh... don't tell.)

But while there, I also found this, which remains a mystery, but which I'm pretty sure I've found good use for:

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Again, if you have commentary, please comment below. I believe it's a serving vessel for mozzarella, burrata, ricotta, or any other fresh cheese that could benefit from a bit of draining. I've also used it for olives. The shape of it is a bit odd, neither round nor oval, and I wonder what that little spout could be for. But something about the small holes in the bottom makes me think that it's a cheese thing. And so far, it works perfectly well in that capacity.

(Image: Nora Singley)