Happy National Cheese Lovers Day!! Time to gorge on cheese with no shame! Today we celebrate the Bries, Goudas and stinky blues that make the world so delicious. For your cheese plate inspiration here are my cheesiest post!
I purchased my first (of many) Brooklyn Slate cheese board years ago, even before #channingandthecheeseplate was born. They produce beautiful boards, knives and cheese accessories. Created by Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka, Brooklyn Slates’ slate is salvaged from Kirsty’s family’s slate quarry in upstate New York. Each of the red and black slate pieces are totally unique. I love the rough edges and that each one is I purchase has a very different feel.
Having been a fan for years, I could not be more excited about to announce my partnership with Brooklyn Slate. To add to my cheese board collection Brooklyn Slate sent me my very own engraved slate!! I couldn’t decide which monogram to get then it hit me – Channing and the Cheese Plate!
I absolutely love my board and the beautiful knife that came with it. And now Brooklyn Slate and I are partnering to give you a chance to win an engraved cheese board of your own! Here are some of the other engraving options…
Follow the instructions bellow to enter – winner will be announced on 1/11/2017 on Instagram
The winner is Steph! You will be contacted soon about your prize!
This post is sponsored by Brooklyn Slate but all thoughts and opinions are my own
In my partnership with Wente Vineyard, they asked me to explore what I’m passionate about and blend it with their Wine. Easy enough right! Well, it got a little deeper than I every thought it would.
Wente Vineyard is the longest held family winery and America plus they are known as the First Family of Chardonnay, just knowing those two facts gives you an idea of how passionate this family and business is about their craft.
Well, my “craft” in life is this blog, it’s a blend of all of my passions, photography, music, style, technology and cheese…
I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes those passions can turn into perfectionism and run awry. I had thought of how exactly I wanted to photography my Wente Vineyard passion moment…. me, my cheese plate a sunset and glass of wine. But I was a little late getting to the park; the lighting wasn’t quite right, and I felt defeated. I knew there was no amount of photoshop that was going to save these photos.
I didn’t start this blog to be the best, nor had I run it like that over the past five years. I did it because I loved it, I had a passion for it. I loved the creative outlet it gave me, and the permission to take way more photos than necessary. And I hadn’t started coming to this park to snag the perfect photo for my blog, but to enjoy beautiful sunsets with those dearest to me!
Who knew a bottle of wine could stir up such emotions!!
So THANK YOU Wente Vineyard for bringing me back down to reality and forcing me to check in with myself and my passions. I am back on track now thanks to you!
I am beyond excited to announce my first (and hopefully of many) cheese events!! I am partnering with New World Cheese on Colfax.
I first visited New World Cheese on my way to a junior league meeting where I was, of course, supplying a cheese plate. Teressa the owner and I discussed and tasted a few cheeses until I found the perfect ones for my event. I usually feel like cheese shops can be quite intimidating but all of my experience at New World have been educational and fun!
During the class I will share my tips and tricks for enjoying a cheese plate while adventuring. Either down the street to Wash Park or after submitting a 14er. Tickets are $25 and include wine & cheese-paring as well as a packing list for your cheese board that doubles as a cheese plate!
29, it’s a scary number that you never think you will get to until it’s there. A May birthday in the South means pool parties. A May birthday in Colorado means a 50/50 chance of rain or snow. Lucky me, I have had snow the past few years. The 10-day forecast was in my favor when my dear girlfriend, Ashley, asked if she could throw a bohemian garden party at my house. It was as if Ashley was my birthday fair godmother answering all my birthday dreams. Earlier that week, I wonder if Ashley would let me have her bday in her awesome backyard.
Lucky for Ashley was ready to go Pinterest crazy in the best way possible. I contributed a blanket and the cheese and Ashley took care of the rest. Pallets with hay sack decorations, tapestries, candles, the works Rose and Paloma’s were flowing and we ordered almost every type of pizza Blue Pan had to offer. I think our delivery guy was a little surprised to find a bunch of girls frolicking to phish in this backyard wonderland.
We drank we ate we danced and it was beyond perfect. Three months later I still can’t believe it even happened. Thank you Ashely and all my sweet friends who came out to help me celebrate!
few weeks while ago I wrote a post about my favorite “Accessible cheeses” and how to make the perfect cheese plate on a budget. I only shared 3 cheese so I thought I would share a few of my other favorites. These cheese are a little harder to find but still not only found at specialty cheese shops. You can still find them in most grocery stores just ones with a larger selection or your favorite cheese shop.
Next Level Cheese
Uniekaas Robusto Cheese – This cheese is fantastic. Hands down a favorite of mine. If I am in Whole Foods, I’m picking up some of this. It’s in almost all of my #channingandthecheeseplate pics too. Another great Dutch cheese called Parrano is a mix between parmesan and gouda. This Robusto version made from pasteurized Milk is aged to perfection with its nutty and buttery flavor. Update: Last time I bought this cheese it had a sticker saying it was exclusive to Whole Foods
Cypress Grove Chevere – Humboldt Fog, Truffle Tremor & Midnight Moon. You really cant go wrong with any of these creamy goodnesses.
Vermont Farmstead – Lillé Bébé might be the greatest cheese I have ever eaten in my life. Seriously, it’s insane how perfectly buttery this cheese is. I have special ordered it from their online shop.
Sweet Grass Dairy – My new favorite cheese from South Georgia is Green Hill by Sweet Grass. This cheese is kind of perfect. A pale pink color, this creamy cheese is divine when slightly warmed. If you can’t warm it be sure and serve it at room temperature (as you should with most cheese) but this one is best warmer.
Roth Cheese – I had actually never had Roth Cheese till I won an Instagram contest for them back in the fall. I received a huge box of cheese but the Grand Cru Reserve was a home run. Lucky for me I can typically find it at my King Soopers!
The best way to find new cheese? Hit up the short cheese box. Every cheese bar hs a box of small pieces, pieces not big enough to be on display with the rest of the wheel. These cheese are typically a fraction of the cost and perfect for a smaller cheese plate. Or a super awesome cheese plate with LOTS of cheeses. I check the box at any grocery store to see if there is something new to try. I list my favs on a note I have stored in my phone. But really, I need a cheese app!
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I love cheese. Cheese is actually the largest food group in my personal food pyramid. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I love a good cheese plate enjoyed at home or on a hike and everywhere in between.
When I started taking my cheese plates to the next level it wasn’t about getting fancier cheese, it was about finding what I like to call accessible cheeses. Delicious cheese you can buy just about anywhere. Since about half of my cheese plates are enjoyed in the “wild” aka not near a cheese shop, I am left shopping at the nearest grocery store for cheese. And honestly that is not a bad thing… the below cheeses I have found at grocery stores all over the country. Their price point won’t break the bank and everyone will ask “Where did you get this cheese!?!”
BellaVitano – I love you and I know you love me too. BellaVitano, by Sartori Cheese out of Wisconsin, is hands down one of the best cheese I have ever eaten. Other would agree as their BellVitanos have literally won dozens of awards. This cheese comes in a variety of “flavors” by adding different rinds to the cheese. I am partial to the Merlot but really all of them are divine. What does it taste like? Heaven! A parmesan flavored start with a buttery finish. I am obsessed with this Sartori Cheese.
President Tripple Cream Brie – You can never go wrong with a Brie and all of its creamy goodness. Stores seem to carry a wide variety but I typically grab a round of President Brie. When creating a cheese plate I try to have a variety of cheeses and textures. Of all the creamy cheeses, Brie is always a crowd pleaser. Double-Cream or Tripple-Cream means more butterfat in the dry mixture of the cheese. To me, the creamier the better so Tripple-Cream all the way.
Rembrandt Extra Aged Gouda – Gouda is cow’s milk cheese originally made in The Netherlands. Depending on its age, Gouda cheese can have a variety of flavors. There is a MAJOR difference between smoked Gouda and the older, extra aged Gouda. I’m not really a fan of smoked Gouda but this Dutch Extra Aged Gouda is divine. This award winning hard cheese is aged for a year has a great honey/butterscotch flavor with a soft cheese finish. Delishhh with some fig jam, too.
Crackers – When it comes to crackers I reach for the entertainment pack. A good bang for your buck plus I prefer a sturdier cracker with my cheeses. A fresh loaf of french bread is a great supplement, or addition as well.
Dalmatia Fig Spread – This stuff is crack. Add a dollop to any cheese and this takes it to the next level. I prefer the regular fig jam but have also tried Fig with Tangerine. This spread is also money on a grilled cheese.
Prosciutto – Prosciutto is my favorite cured meat closely followed by a good Genoa Salami. While totally not necessary for my cheese plates a great meat gives the plate more flavor, texture and color. Plus, it’s like making tiny little sandwiches. Cracker, fig jam, yummy cheese and Prosciutto bites? Yes, please. Primo Taglio, Safeway’s brand of Premium meats and cheeses, are very reasonably priced. You can find a variety of current meats and salamis near the cheese/pre-made food section in any grocery store.
The Board & Knives – I have a variety of boards that I rotate between using. Brooklyn Slate makes beautiful slate boards in a variety of sizes, like the one pictured bellow. These metal knives are from Crate & Barrel but I also have a wooden set from World Market. For more decorative boards knives check out Williams-Sonoma, Neiman Marcus & Anthropologie.
You may read a lot of rules about creating a good cheese board. Rules like never user more than three cheese or you might overwelm your palate. Or always choose cheese made from different kinds of milk (cow, goat or sheep) but really… just pick cheeses that you love. I love hard cheeses so I typically fill my plates with those. Harder cheese also happen to travel better than soft cheeses. My one personal rule is to have a variety of texture and colors, ya know for the Instagrams! But honestly, people are going to enjoy your cheese plate no matter what cheeses you serve!
The Cheese Board
The Cheese Knives
The Cheese You Can Buy Online (!!!)
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Last Wednesday (January 20th), was National Cheese Lovers Day. To celebrate, I held my first of MANY cheese tastings! Everyone brought a cheese, accoutrement or wine which made for 10 cheese to taste and rank plus one giant cheese board. I used chalk paper from World Market to create the massive cheese boards. The party was so much fun and super easy to do – watch out for my post on how to throw your own cheese tasting party.