I am blessed to have best friends, not just one but several. How good can that be? Amazing. We may go for a while not seeing each other or talking. We all have our own families, with different stuff going on, but we are ALWAYS there for each other any time. We’ve been through happy times and sad times, but always supporting each other and sharing everything. Over the years we have had many showers, bridal and baby. We have the best time planning, cooking, decorating, getting it all together and even the cleanup is fun. We recently got a quick, little surprise wine and cheese birthday party together for one Mother. It was great. Sharing the duties with friends when entertaining takes away the chore of it all.
Plan a party with a friend or friends. Try these ideas for a beautiful cheese tray.
You will need a large tray. Garnish the tray – kale works well, lemon leaf or hearty lettuces (you don’t want it to wilt). Always wash and refrigerate before arranging on the tray.
Choose your favorite fruits; grapes and strawberries work very well. Choose your favorite cheeses. You may choose what you like right out of the cheese case or make your own cheese balls or spreads. Dress up a roll of goat cheese with honey and nuts or sunflower seeds. Just press a goat cheese log into toasted nuts or sunflower seeds, including the ends; just before serving drizzle with honey. Use a block of cream cheese as a vessel to hold pepper jelly, chutney or even 57 Sauce. Soften the cream cheese and well out an indention to hold the sweet goodness you choose. It’s delicious.
Arrange your cleaned and dried greens on the tray. Group your fruits, leaving grapes in clusters; pile strawberries and place your cheeses. The colors of the grapes, strawberries and cheeses make a beautiful presentation. Add an assortment of crackers and/or breads.
Invite friends or neighbors over or add this to any gathering. I am so very thankful for my best friends. They bless me and make my life more fulfilled. Get together with your best friends, and life is a party.
With love to my BFFs.
May God Bless You.
Elaine Barrett, along with husband, Rick, owns and operates The Flower Gazebo on Washington St., in downtown Albany and is part of a family of excellent southern cooks. She recently she has written and published a cookbook, “In the Kitchen with Elaine”.