A little bit about Lisette.....

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest I feel most alive surrounded by trees and breathing in the fresh mountain air.

When I am not working you will most likely find me spending time outdoors, volunteering with my church and exploring this beautiful planet with my family. 

This is my place to share my passion for life and to encourage you to take time to find the extraordinary in your life.

Entertaining 101: Assembling the perfect cheese Platter

Typically, I am the person who schedules our social activities, but lo and behold Cameron initiated an invitation for the first time in a long while. I am fortunate to be married to someone who is able to get along with just about anyone, so when he wanted to invite someone in particular over, I knew I should jump at the chance to entertain.

Jokingly, I suggested he could make dinner since he extended the invitation. Ultimately, I was happy to do the work. Truth be told, there are few things my husband dislikes more than menu planning and grocery shopping. I am convinced, if I was not around he would eat every meal out at a restaurant or go over to my parent's house. Whether it was a combination of not having anyone over for awhile, or the good weather we have been experiencing, I was inspired to get fancier than usual and create a cheese platter. Now, if you have been to our home in the past and were not served a cheese platter, don't fret. I think I see many more cheese platters in my future.

For my cheese platter I used the old adage "something new, something old, something blue" My new was a Chevre with lavender and anise, the old was a Beecher's aged cheddar and the blue was a Point Reyes Blue Cheese from San Francisco. Since we were already serving fresh fruit for dessert, I used dried apricots and cranberries for the cheese platter and found an amazing Dalmatia fig spread. I added some rosemary crackers, kalamata olives,Valencia almonds with fine herbs as my savory accompaniments. I love the idea of bringing in additional color to the platter, so I snipped fresh rosemary and sage from our garden at the last minute for added texture.

Overall cheese recommendations:

  • For best flavor, serve cheese at room temperature
  • Make certain to give your cheese room to breath, one pungent will make everything else smell.
  • Allow your guests to cut their own cheese
  • Keep cheese wrapped until you are ready to serve so it does not dry out
  • Try to have individual knives for each kind of cheese or spread
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