How to Put Together a Charcuterie Board

A charcuterie board is an entertaining essential in my book, the essential “ingredients” of which I feel like we always need to have on hand. Whether someone pops by for a meeting, or a neighbor comes over for a glass of wine, or a friend shows up at the last minute, it’s one of those things that feels so effortlessly chic to be able to put together.

A well executed charcuterie board always has at least one cured meat, two cheeses, a cracker, a vegetable (pickled, cured or fresh) and a sweet element.

To make it easy for guests, slice the cheese and meats for them!

I’m also a big fan of having seasonal napkins (guest, dinner and cocktail) stashed in the house.

Here’s my strategy when I’m picking up goodies for a charcuterie board:

  • Pick 2-3 cheeses, one a crowd favorite like cheddar, then two others that might be less popular. I like to pick a cheese that is wine or herb infused, something that is easy to tell the difference once on your plate or board.
  • Pick at least 2 crackers, different shapes and flavors.
  • Pick at least 1 meat for a small plate, 2-3 for a larger plate.
  • Grab a bunch of grapes, they’re always a hit! Sliced apple pairs well with brie, figs are lovely with a soft goat cheese, strawberries are my favorite so I like to sneak them on a plate whenever I can.
  • A vegetable of some sort – I count olives in this category, basically pick something that isn’t meat or cheese or crackers to liven up the board. Sweet & spicy cherry peppers work well, as do cornichons.

And as always, if you plan ahead and make a list it’s all much easier to put together! And once you know what you love, you can easily stock up on the essentials to pull together at the last minute!

 

What are your charcuterie board must haves?

Easter Lamb Lollipops Recipe

A few years ago, my mother made lamb lollipops for Christmas, which surprisingly was the first time I had ever had lamb! It was so delicious – so buttery and just the right size.

I have to confess, I’m not a huge fan of ham, so when I started creating the Easter menu, I knew I was going to feature lamb. It really was the base for my menu and I built out each course from there. Doesn’t “lamb lollipops” sound so much fancier than “lamb chops?” It is, though, one in the same. We’re just going to roll with “lollipops” over here.

These lamb lollipops cook up quickly and are marinated for several hours in lemon juice, mustard, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. They cook up so fast, too! With everything else prepared, you’ll be putting fresh lamb on the table before you can even say, “Amen!”

color inspiration: creamsicle

one color i’m totally falling over myself for this season is creamsicle. you know what i’m talking about right? that color that when you say the name – creamsicle – reminds you of an ice pop you loved as a kid; it’s distinct flavor, distinct orange hue.

after running into this outfit on girl meets glam i became even more obsessed and decided it was time to give you all a little dose of creamsicle inspiration goodness. enjoy!

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12 days of Christmas (gifts)

we love gifting over here at herlongwayhome – we’d much rather give than receive. we think it’s fun to figure out something that is just right that we know our friend, cousin, aunt, boyfriend, husband, mom will love.

so if you’re still struggling to find the right gift, check out our picks for her this christmas:

12 days of christmas gifts

 

1. Ghost Chair | 2. SPECIMEN BOXES, $42 | 3. doodles pen necklace, $45 | 4. Zip leather gloves , $98 | 5. altru harmony interior fragrance oil, $65 | 6. LITTLE DICTIONARY OF FASHION , $20 | 7.L’Occitane Invigorating Verbena Set, $37 | 8. Figuier Candle, $60 |
9. Too Faced Glamour To Go 2 Pocket Palette, $20 | 10. Apple iPod shuffle , $45 | 11. Dogeared Circle Necklace , $65 | 12. a shining light, $48