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How to Build the Ultimate Cheese Platter

The Perfect Cheese Platter Proves There Really Are No Rules, But Here's Great Inspiration For Creating Your Own
February 5, 2016

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This has to be one of my favorite shoots from the archives…an abundant cheese platter with all of the cheeses, fruits, vegetables, meats, spreads, breads and nuts one could EVER want, am I right? As a major grazer, I could opt for a cheese platter over some of the most appetizing entrees almost every chance I get, so this cheese platter inspiration has a special place in my heart.

As shared in the original post, MKR spells out what makes up the ultimate cheese platter, but she explains that there really are no rules. Creating a cheese platter is a great opportunity to try new flavors, mix old favorites and expand your knowledge in the tapas department. While there are no rules, it can also be a bit intimidating standing in front of the deli window, so MKR shares her tips for selecting a good variety of cheese and charcuterie (like include a variety of cheese textures: soft, firm, hard and blue…but always one “safe option”!), as well as a few favorite picks of her own (roasted tomatoes and grilled asparagus are always a hit).  

Will you be serving a cheese platter at your Super Bowl party? What are your go-to’s on your board?  Cheers, Kat

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Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | The original post was in collaboration with Le Creuset, a brand we love and adore.  Opinions and recipes are 100% our own.

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7 of the Best Super Bowl Recipes Around

Because Super Bowl Sunday Is (Mostly) All About The Food
February 2, 2016

Whether it’s Cam or Peyton you’re rooting for on Super Bowl Sunday, I assure you that you’ll want to whip up at least one or two of these super bowl recipes to nosh on during the big game. A crowd-pleasing queso fundido is a MUST, as well as finger-lickin’ bbq ribs of course.  Well and don’t forget the ultimate cheese platter and the homemade french onion dip!  Needless to say, the list can go on and on, but we’ve settled on seven of the best super bowl recipes around for your easy enjoyment on Sunday.  Just click on the image to fan through the slideshow above.  Cheers & Go Peyton! Kat

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THE ULTIMATE CHEESE PLATTER

THE ULTIMATE CHEESE PLATTER

THE FIRST, AND MAYBE MOST IMPORTANT RECIPE ON OUR LIST: THE CHEESE PLATTER. KEEP YOUR GUESTS NIBBLING THROUGH THE FOURTH QUARTER WITH A SPREAD WORTHY OF SUPER BOWL SUNDAY.

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HOMEMADE CARAMELIZED FRENCH ONION DIP

HOMEMADE CARAMELIZED FRENCH ONION DIP

INSPIRED BY EVERYONE'S FAVORITE AND THE CLASSIC CHIPS & FRENCH ONION DIP, THIS HOMEMADE CARAMELIZED FRENCH ONION DIP WITH KETTLE COOKED CHIPS WILL HAVE YOUR GUESTS CURSING YOU WITH HOW ADDICTIVE IT IS. DON'T SAY WE DIDN'T WARN YOU!

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ROASTED CORN SKILLET QUESO FUNDIDO

ROASTED CORN SKILLET QUESO FUNDIDO

FOR ALL OF YOU QUESO LOVERS OUT THERE, BEHOLD OUR ROASTED CORN SKILLET QUESO FUNDIDO. LET'S JUST SAY THAT IT TAKES QUESO TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL, AND YOU'LL PROBABLY SEE THE BOTTOM OF THAT SKILLET BEFORE HALFTIME.

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A DIY WHISKEY BAR

A DIY WHISKEY BAR

WELL THIS IS A RECIPE YOU REALLY CAN'T MESS UP. SET UP A DIY WHISKEY BAR SO GUESTS CAN FEEL NICE AND TOASTY WHILE THEY CHEER ON PEYTON (OR CAM).

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CROCKPOT PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS

CROCKPOT PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS

THESE SUPER EASY, YET OH-SO-GOOD CROCKPOT PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS HAVE SUPER BOWL WRITTEN ALL OF THEM. WHILE YOU'RE BUSY PREPARING DIPS AND COCKTAILS, SLOW COOK THESE GUYS AND SERVE TO YOUR GUESTS AT HALFTIME.

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COCA-COLA MARINATED RIBS WITH HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE

COCA-COLA MARINATED RIBS WITH HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE

WHAT'S A SUPER BOWL SUNDAY WITHOUT A RACK OR TWO OF FINGER-LICKIN' BBQ RIBS?! THESE GUYS FROM OUR FRIEND GABY ARE FRONT-RUNNERS IN THAT DEPARTMENT.

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HAWAIIAN BBQ DOG WITH MANGO, CHILI, PINEAPPLE & LIME RELISH

HAWAIIAN BBQ DOG WITH MANGO, CHILI, PINEAPPLE & LIME RELISH

AS A HUGE HOT DOG FAN, I KNEW THE SECOND I SAW THIS RECIPE BY HALF BAKED HARVEST IT WAS A SUPER BOWL MUST. AN ELEVATED TAKE, SURE, ON AN EASY CROWD FAVORITE.

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Dining In With Fortessa

A Return to Making Weeknight Meals
January 6, 2016

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Visiting Sonoma last October will go down as one of my favorite trips of 2015, being incredible for so many reasons.  I, of course, knew I was in for a treat right off the bat spending time with one of my all-time favorite brands, Williams-Sonoma and gathering around the table with Fortessa in my happy place, the historic Fairmont, was simply second to none.  It’s here where I relearned the magic of mealtime. 

I’d been to wine country several times before, and with each visit, I felt a renewed appreciation for the time spent around the table. Life just seems slower there.  Hours spent lingering at the table long after dinner is done reminds us that there’s nowhere else we’d rather be. Farmers and friends gather around to enjoy the simple pleasures of food and wine, a feeling that you want to bottle and bring home with you.

After this visit with Williams-Sonoma and Fortessa especially, I found myself leaving inspired to recreate the magic of mealtime at home.  I wanted to put effort back into our weeknight meals…no takeout boxes, to-go cups or stacks of brown paper napkins.  For the new year I vowed to bring the focus back on time spent around the table with conversation, home-cooked meals and beautiful, yet simple details, even if it was for only one more night a week.  (And dream world, yes, I’d have these gorgeous peonies at every table, duh.)

A brand that totally gets those beautiful, yet simple details right is Fortessa. Restaurants, hotels, weddings and events have turned to this family-run business for its stunning dinnerware for decades, but it wasn’t a common name to many households.  But now, to my delight, Fortessa invites us to set the dinner table with its at-home collection, sold at Williams-Sonoma.  The collection is full of timeless, functional pieces that instantly elevate your dinnertime routine. I’m such a fan of its stemware and gold flatware especially; they’re easy pieces to include on any weeknight tabletop.  Tell me is making dinner a priority on your 2016 to-do list?  Truly, MKR

P.S. Enter here for a chance to win an idyllic stay at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma Valley with Williams-Sonoma and Fortessa (plus a wine tasting at our fave, Silver Oak)! It’s basically our absolute dream vacay, so we’re crossing our fingers for you! xo 

P.P.S.  Don’t worry we’ll be sharing recipes from this post very, very soon.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fortessa. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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