A cheeseboard (or cheese course) is often served at the end of a meal, frequently replacing dessert. It has also become popular as an appetizer course when gatherings and parties are hosted in a more relaxed atmosphere.
There are a lot of things that take the subject of cheese to a deeper level than just grabbing a block from your local grocery store. Especially these days. With the dawn of exported foods and easy travel, we have variety available to us like no other time in history. We have also entered a period of local craftsmanship and animal husbandry (fancy term for raising animals in case you were wondering!) that allows us to access food raised and crafted in our local cities and towns. Throughout California and other states, you can meet your farmers and ranchers and even tour their fields and farms. Not only is it possible (and has been for a while now), but its becoming more and more encouraged by these small family farms. They want you to come and see what they are so passionate about!
As people learn more about their food and where it comes from, it opens us all up to a whole world about history and techniques as well as traditions and flavors. This was our favorite part of learning about cheese. Continue reading “What on Earth is a “Cheeseboard?””
Cheese…what more can we say? It’s one of those ingredients that can make a simple meal so much better, a small party into a great gathering, and basically make most humans the happiest humans around! It’s a year round crowd-pleaser and satisfies those midnight cravings for munchies.
Cheese…what more can we say? It’s one of those ingredients that can make a simple meal so much better, a small party into a great gathering, and basically…make most humans the happiest humans around! It’s a year round crowd pleaser and satisfies those midnight cravings for munchies.
We are big about cheese around here. Busy days often call for homemade mac and cheese or a delicious, grilled-to-perfection, grilled cheese sandwich. Before the Sprout came along, Dave and I would often frequent our local cheese shops and select a couple types to take home for Sunday afternoon lunches and beach side picnics. Then the Sprout came…after two months of her experiencing acid-reflux symptoms and the screams to match, we discovered that she was lactose intolerant. Heavy sigh…cheese was a way of life for Dave and I! Well maybe not a way of life, but we definitely survived on it often!
We aren’t the kind of people who give up easily, though. After all, Dave’s a chef…so we set out to find ones that she could tolerate, which also meant that I could eat them while nursing. And find them, we did! We found many varieties that she not only tolerated, but enjoyed discovering when she got older. Life had returned!
Maybe it’s the red hair, maybe it’s the fair skin and freckles, all I know is that summer is always a bit off for me. Fall is more my bread and butter. I mean walking around with auburn colored hair automatically makes me fit in better! By August I am ready for sweaters, spicy scented candles, and crisp evenings filled with falling leaves and changing colors. The California temperatures don’t always agree with me, but luckily Cambria and the coast tend to oblige.
How did the summer fly by so fast?! There are back to school sales everywhere and my inbox is full of emails for discounts on everything from clothes to backpacks. As a girl who loves a good discount, I can’t exactly complain! However, I definitely feel as though summer is floating by quickly and fall will be here before I’ve microwaved my coffee for the third time!
I’m sitting here, staring at the most beautiful picture of a cottage in Idaho that was taken by a dear friend last fall. A bit of light through halfway bare trees, leaves scattered about a fading green lawn, this is the whimsical photo that stares back at me. It’s beautiful and it makes me so excited for the season that’s approaching.
DIY portable, “A” frame easel chalkboard sign that is both flexible and sturdy.
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We thought we would change subjects for a bit and do our very first tutorial here on The Sprouted Cottage! Today we are going to be building a portable, “A” frame chalkboard sign.
Our Cucumber Pinwheels with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese are a quick and easy appetizer to bring to family bbq’s, beach picnics or even to have in the fridge on those hot nights when you can’t stomach a full meal. They pair well with lots of dishes.
This has been one crazy week! When we planned out this Summer Produce Series, we chose this week in July because our produce would be ripe and our schedule was open.
The hills are green…”top o’ the morn’ to you” green. There are wildflowers I have never seen before. They are blooming full of splendor and beauty. Their colors are so striking against those green hills; and they dance, waving in the ocean breeze. Oh yes, that ocean is just over those hills of green. If you listen quietly you will hear the soft rush of water crashing on shore.
This scene is not from some far away land or out of a book. It is the backdrop for one of the cutest little pit stops along the iconic Highway 1 between San Luis Obispo and Big Sur. Or as we have the pleasure of calling it…our backyard.