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Think Outside the Board
Planning a cheese course at your next soiree? Our home and entertaining guru has handpicked the best boards for high-minded dairy kings and queens -- not that you should stop there. “Anything can become a cheeseboard,” Kevin insists. “I love an oversized statement, so this huge silver platter is my fantasy take. Imagine spotting that in the center of a party.” (Note: Be sure to line faux cheeseboards to avoid unwanted chemical reactions.)
Silver platter, Kevin’s own; Olive Wood Cheese Knife, Antonini for Williams-Sonoma, $ 59.95 for five-piece set; Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Murray’s Cheese, $22.99/lb; Pain de Seigle, Balthazar, $11; Fig jam, MarthaPantry for JCP, $8)
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Raise the Standard
We firmly believe that dessert belongs on a pedestal, and cheese is a beloved savory way to end a meal. Here, a veiny blue gets the royal treatment, while walnuts lend an earthy grounding force.
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Make a Slate-ment
Not ready to relinquish control of the buffet? A slate board can be chalked to guide guests through names and tasting notes. The spread shown here requires little introduction: Bright, fudgy Chabichou is heaven with fresh figs.
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Eat Like a Bird
Leaves and twigs may challenge even adventurous eaters, but who could resist smoked chevre in a bourbon-spritzed maple wrapper? It's best when slathered on apples and pears in distinctly unbirdlike proportions.
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Geode to Joy
Creamy Cremont on agate equates to literal heaven on earth. An oozing cheese needs a well-structured, texture-rich base -- these cranberry-, pistachio-, and pumpkin-seed-studded crisps deliver on both counts.
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A cheese plate is inherently special, so no need to get too precious. A wooden slab stacked with charcuterie can get down and dirty for game nights, bachelor parties and beyond.
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Need a gift that will make any host think you’re the bee’s…cheese? Nothing says “please feed me again” like a monogrammed serving board. Top with Landaff and honey for a sweet-and-salty touch that will surely win you an invite back.
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