Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thursday Update: Cheese Plate

Cheese and Crackers Platter


It's Thursday again! We have a long weekend here in Canada this weekend, with Monday off.  Unfortunately, I didn't really plan anything, so I'm hoping to just get some sun / beach time, do some cooking, and maybe explore Ottawa a bit.

1)  Let's chat about the Olympics again.  I have been watching basically non-stop coverage.  There is even a building near me at work that plays the Olympics all day long on 2 big screens (see the sweet set-up below).  So, I have been strategically planning my afternoon coffee break for approximately 2:40 pm each day in order to watch the swimming finals live.  It was so much fun to watch Nathan Adrian of the US and Brent Hayden of Canada win medals in the men's 100 Free yesterday.  Seriously, if anyone wants to set me up with Nathan Adrian, I would not complain.  Also, I'm so excited for the women's all-around today for gymnastics.  When the Fab 5 won gold the other day, I was so excited!  And I felt super old when the announcers said the Mag 7 won gold 16 years ago.  Also, tonight means more of Aly Raisman's parents, who are hilarious / so awkward to watch cheering for her.



2) Last weekend, I went to the water park!  It was seriously so much fun.  The park was rated one of the Top 10 in the world last year by MSN Travel.  We spent the day going on slides, lounging in the lazy river, and soaking up the gorgeous sunshine.  If you are from the Ottawa area, I highly recommend Calypso.


3)  K&K Test Kitchen is one of Eat Yourself Skinny's sponsors for the month of August.  If you don't know about Kelly's blog, you are totally missing out. She has tons of awesome recipes, and if you are on Weight Watchers, she provides point counts for all of them.  Go check it out!

4)  Yesterday, I gave you this cute, little dessert. Today, let's talk about cheese and crackers.  I could probably live off of cheese and crackers (or maybe bread and olive oil).  For my Bachelorette watching party, I put together a little cheese platter and I thought I'd share a little bit about how I put these together.  The major elements: cheese, spreadable things, fruit, and crackers.
  • Cheese:  It's good to have a variety, so that there is something for everyone. I like to do a cheddar, a hard sheep or goat's milk cheese, and something spreadable, like a brie.  My favorites include:  Dubliner cheddar or aged white cheddar, Manchego (Spanish sheep's milk), Drunken Goat cheese (it is cured in wine!), Brie or Triple Creme, and of course Boursin.  I'm not a huge bleu cheese fan, but you could definitely go with one of those too.
  • Spreadables: Here you can do fig jam (my all-time fave), spicy red pepper jelly, honey, or for something savory, a tepanade (olive spread). 
  • Fruit: Go with what's in season!  Peaches are an amazing choice for summer and pair so well with salty cheeses.  Other good choices include pears, apples, and grapes.  Strawberries also go quite well with brie!
  • Crackers:  I absolutely love Raincoast Crisps, but they are expensive.  You can make your own at home though.  I also love super thin wafer crackers, or you could go traditional with water crackers or something nice and seedy. 
Those are the basics.  You can definitely play around with the different elements to come up with your favorite combinations.  You can also add in some meats: prosciutto, bresaola, spicy salami. Make it your own!


2 comments:

  1. That cheese plate looks AMAZING!

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