Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Downfall of My Diet


I would have to say hands down that cheese is one of my weaknesses. I can't get enough of it and the more fat in it the better! So when Ile De France asked if I would like some free cheese of course I jumped at the chance and this also gave me the opportunity to enter their picture contest for making a fantastic cheese plate! I would have to say that cheese plates are a huge part of my entertaining repertoire because they are easy to make and require very little intervention from me for people to enjoy. I can just set out a cheese plate and everyone can mix and match what they like.

I have 4 must haves I require when making a cheese plate.

Must have 3 - 5 cheeses, any more than that its too confusing and any less and its not really showcasing any cheese variety. Mine has Goat Cheese (chevre), Brie, and Roquefort.

Must have a fruit, honey and a fruit spread in order to gain the sweet notes out of the cheese and to complement the tang of the cheese. In this case, I have apples, grapes, raw white honey, and fig jam. All of these play well with the cheeses I have selected.

Must have both bread and crackers. I think the combination of the two will please everyone and it gives you more flexibility with how you can make combinations.

And Last, I don't like to label the cheese on purpose. I like people to try a cheese before they know what it is. Some one might completely write off chevre because it is goat cheese, but if you don't tell them they might try it and find out that they love it.

I think Cheese plates are all about experimenting and education. There are so many great cheeses out there and if you don't try them you will never know what you are missing out on.

So this weekend why not make a cheese plate for a Sunday afternoon lunch or appetizer for Sunday dinner. Try a new cheese that you have never heard of before. Be sure make friends with your Cheese Monger, most will let you sample any cheese before you buy. And let's face it who doesn't like free cheese! I know I do!

14 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you on not labeling the cheeses. So often someone will taste something and love it and be shocked when they find out what it is! Especially chevre...why is that? Beautiful plate!

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  2. I need me some cheese now! It's also one of my weaknesses. It would be all I would eat, if that was possible.

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  3. I am so excited to make my cheese plate! Having company next week to try the goat cheese - thanks for the hook up. :)

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  4. Love the cheese tray! I've really been into the cheese trays lately and love trying new cheeses. We had our last one for dessert.

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  5. Oh, glorious cheese. I adore the flexibility of options you display on your plate. My only dilemma when plating cheese is showing self-restraint...

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  6. diet shmiet. sometimes you just have to indulge. :)

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  7. Katie, I LOVE your cheese plate. It looks so elegant and tasty. I agree with you about not letting people know what kind of cheese they are tasting, it keeps biases out of the experience. Good show my friend.

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  8. You couldn't have posted this at a more perfect time! I'm hosting my future in-laws at our new place this weekend and we're having cheese and wine before dinner tonight! I'm thinking brie, camembert, cheddar and swiss with butter crackers and triscuits. I'm also gonna pick up some grapes and apples along with some honey and jam. Am I missing anything?

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  9. Cookie - That sounds great, I don't think you are missing anything. Just make sure you leave the cheese out ahead of time so it can come to room temperature!

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  10. Ode to cheese! My downfall, too. As I state on my blog profile, I'm a cheese-a-holic. There is no better food, imho. :~) Beautiful platter!

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  11. Love cheese! Cheese and chocolate - my 2 downfalls!

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  12. I like this post. I have been on a diet lately and I find it easyish to forego cheese on sandwiches for lunch and such. But if I'm faced with a more flavorful cheese like feta, brie, havarti (you name it), I have a tough time ignoring it :)

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