Cold weather means im craving soup and chili. I could make Super Jennys “Dads Turkey Chili” in my sleep and I am ready to add some new soups to my repertoire. These look so yummy!
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.
Cheese gifts… because everyone wants to grow their cheese accessories collections right? Number one on my list are these gorgeous quartz and agate handles with 24-kt trim exclusive to Neiman Marcus. They would go perfectly with my marble cheese plate from Boulder home decor store Voss + More. It’s so beautiful I have trouble even using it, holding out for a special occasion!
Brooklyn Slate makes beautiful slate cheese boards in a variety of shapes and colors, the classic black is a great starter to your cheese board collection. World Market also has a great selection of slate cheese boards too.
Now that I have marble and slate, all I’m missing is wood! A run of the mill (wood puns!) wood cutting board always looks great as a cheese board. When photographing my cheese plates, wood boards often blend in with the yellow tones of the cheeses causing the image to look well, super yellow. I love the contrast of the slate and marble boards. To me, the perfect wood board is a darker, deeper brown (than yellow) and with an interesting grain and texture. This one fits the bill, plus I love the round shape!
I have this weird thing about cooking meat, I tend to over cook it out of fear of poisoning myself. So when I search Pinterest for a new recipe I tend to stay away from meat. But I’m feeling confident and adventurous so I have decided to test out these tin foil salmon recipes. I tried out a simple buttter and lemon recipie last week and it worked! Super easy Salmon in the oven. One of my favorite food blogs, Damn Delicious swears that tin-foil is the best and only, way to cook salmon so I will be testing out her Asain Salomon dish this week.
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If you think I have been washing down my cheese plates with water, then you have been terribly wrong. Each cheese plate is perfectly paired with a moderately priced wine. Typically, Cupcake Chardonnay or a variety of reds. At home we drink wine from a box, because Black Box cab sav is delicious and cheap. But the best cheese plates are not enjoyed at home they are enjoyed outside, in unpredictable places. That’s why Wine2Go’s foldable wine bottles are my perfect cheese plate companion (and probably life companion).
These plastic wine bottles hold exactly a full wine bottle. Poor in my Cupcake Chardonnay, toss it in the cooler with the cheese and im ready for adventure… and indulging. You might have noticed my Wine2Go went to Taos on our Girls trip.
When you have finished the last drop fold it up, roll it, crinkle it, shove it your bag and go. Wash it out at home, air dry and repeat. Most music festivals and concert venues that are BYOB, prohibit glass so Wine2go is the perfect way to stiil drink your favorite wine.
I have teamed up with Wine2Go to giveaway one of these amazing foldable wine bottles. Enter the giveaway bellow for your chance to win + Tweet it, Pin it or Like it for more chances to wine… I mean win!
We all know I love cheese and grilled cheese are great and all but I really love fancy grilled cheese. My favorite combination as of late is fig or blueberry jam, green apple slices, arugula and an assortment of cheeses. I keep all the leftover cheese from #channingandthecheeseplate to use on my sandwiches which really makes this fancy.
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Ramen. I have been making my own variations on ramen way before it was the hip new restaurant trend. I’ll admit mine mostly involve sautéed spinach, a fried egg and some homemade peanut sauce (Jiff + soy sauce) but now I’m really trying to step up my game. Here are some yummy recipes to try…