A Cheese Board Idea For Your Next Soi·rée

There are so many different things you can add or subtract to personalize it to your taste.  You could add my smoked house almondtomato basil almondmaple caramelized walnuts and any pesto you like or that goes with your particular style of cheese board.  I also love some fresh or dried figs, sliced pear and apples.  What would you add?


I went to a friends party and brought this wonderful spread of cheese, crackers, nuts, grapes and spreads and it was a big hit.

On the board there is a honey gouda, regular gouda, coconut gouda, camembert and a manchego cheese with a cluster of grapes, raw walnuts, water crackers, cracked pepper crackers, mini hazelnut cranberry toast and some sprigs of rosemary for a bit of decoration.


In the bowls are our rosemary garlic almonds, quince jam, gorgonzola cilantro and toasted hazelnut pesto, fig jam and meyer lemon basil pesto.



  1. […] I saw a post on Pinterest from cali-zona.com which inspired me to go with many prepared platters for our New Year ’s Eve party. I went a little bigger than planned but I am happy with the outcome. There was seriously a little bit of everything. I think the best way would be to list everything that was laid out on the table and then you can decide what inspires you for your next party. We also served 5 types of Pizzas that we picked up from Grazie’s Italian Restaurant in Upland. Meat lovers, Pepperoni, Vegetarian, Mexican, and Canadian Bacon/Pineapple. We figured by midnight everyone would get a second wind.   Cheeses:   Jalapeno cheddar cheese   Sharp cheddar cheese   Cojita cheese   Brie   Goat Chevre Herbed Cheese, Trader Joe’s   Toscano Cheese with black pepper from Trader Joe’s   Cream Cheese topped with Sunrise Foods Sweet & Spicy Relish   Pub cheese with Jalapeno, Trader Joe’s   English Blue Stilton cheese, Trader Joe’s   Fruits:   Dates, pitted   Fresh rosemary for garnish   Green seedless grapes   Cherries with small bowl for pits   Red seedless grapes   Asian pears, sliced, produce section Super King Market   Dried white peaches, Trader Joe’s   Nuts: Unblanched almonds Toasted and salted almonds Pecans Wonderful Pistachios, with small bowl for shells Crackers:   Golden Round Crackers, Trader Joe’s or RITZ   Some Enchanted Cracker, multigrain from Trader Joe’s   Roasted Gorgonzola crackers, Trader Joe’s   Honey wheat sticks, crackers   Pumpernickel pretzel sticks, Trader Joe’s   Pita Chips with sea salt, Trader Joe’s   Cheese Sticks, Cheddar, Trader Joe’s   Wasabi peas, Trader Joe’s   Green beans, lightly salted crisps, Trader Joe’s   Breads:   Armenian Cracker Bread, Super King Market   Baguette, fresh and sliced from bakery section   Mexican Sweet bread, freshly baked Super King Market   Lavash flat soft bread, Super King Market   Raw Vegetables:   Baby carrots   Snow peas   White button Mushrooms   Cucumbers, sliced and sprinkled with sea salt   Cherry tomatoes     Meats:   Imported prosciutto, Claro’s Italian Deli   Spicy Sopressata salami, Claro’s   Pepperoni, Claro’s   Dips:   Mediterranean Hummus, Trader Joe’s   Green Spanish olives, stuffed pimento   Tapenade olive spread, homemade: http://neighborchicks.blogspot.com/2013/12/kalamata-olive-tapenade.html Organic honey   Cinnamon honey butter: http://neighborchicks.blogspot.com/2011/12/cinnamon-honey-butter.html Jalapeno Ranch dressing, LITEHOUSE from Albertson’s in produce section   Holiday Hot Herb Brie Dip, Trader Joe’s   Desserts:   Italian Pizzelle’s & Biscotti’s: http://neighborchicks.blogspot.com/2012/04/italian-pizzelles.html Lemon Bars: http://neighborchicks.blogspot.com/2011/12/lemon-bars.html White chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies: http://neighborchicks.blogspot.com/2013/12/white-chocolate-chip-macadamia-nut.html Lemon rosemary shortbread cookies: http://neighborchicks.blogspot.com/2013/09/lemon-rosemary-shortbread-cookies.html Cake pops: http://neighborchicks.blogspot.com/2011/09/chocolate-cake-pops.html Truffle chocolate assortment, Harry & David Signature Chocolate Truffles   Homemade fudge: http://neighborchicks.blogspot.com/2013/11/reeses-peanut-butter-fudge.html   Stores:   Claro’s: http://store.claros.com/ Super King Market: http://www.superkingmarket.com/ Trader Joe’s: http://www.traderjoes.com/ Albertson’s: http://www.albertsons.com/ Pizza: http://www.graziesportsbar.com/ Harry & David: http://www.harryanddavid.com/h/422?sliSearch=truffle Inspired by: http://cali-zona.com/2013/12/27/a-cheese-board-idea-for-your-next-soi%C2%B7ree/ […]

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