Hey ya'll! It's _____! Haha you know the rest! As it turns out Portland is pretty darn cold this time of year and I'm definitely feeling it in my bones! So when I was asked to share my favorite fall inspired beverage and hors d'oeuvres as part of a fun Sips + Shares collaboration with the fabulous TIFFANY BLACKMON and her friends....I knew it HAD to have cozy vibes written all over it.
You probably wouldn't have guessed it but I am a total granny. I am all about sipping on some hot veggie broth. Is that weird? Broth is so COMFORTING. And it's carb free - so like, how can you go wrong? If you are like me and more into the savory side of life, I think you are going to enjoy this over a cup of tea any day!
Now you know I'm making a cheese plate to pair with my yummy broth and I am The Platter Girl so any gathering I'm hosting HAS to have one. Here is what I have been craving so far this fall -->
Tomato Basil Broth with Spicy Pimento Dip + Simple Fall Inspired Cheese Plate
I N G R E D I E N T S :
Millie's Tomato Basil Vegetable Sipping Broth. Millie's is an awesome local Pacific Northwest company started by a teacher who wanted a smarter snack in between classes. GENIUS! I love a good savory snack over something sweet especially when I'm working so these little sippable broth bags are the perfect answer in my humble opinion :)
To make the broth add one bag to 8 ounces of hot water. Let it sit for about 4 minutes then stir and enjoy!
Now on to the MAIN EVENT - The cheese plate!
BOARD / PLATTER - I used a rectangular shaped marble board from Acacia Creations - it is simply gorgeous and a really nice size for a 2-3 person plate. Use my CODE LEA-15 for 15% off your first order.
My "Eat Beautifully" Method for building the actual board:
Step One : Cheese + Dishes
Step Two: Meats
Step Three: Fruit + Veggies
Step Four: Yummy Goodness
Step Five: Garnish + Take a pic
Italian Truffle Cheese
Tillamook Black Peppercorn Cheddar
Trader Joes Mustard + Ale Cheddar
Creamy Gouda Slices
Trader Joe's Spicy Pimento Dip
Naturacentric Mission Fig Honey
Kelly's Jelly Strawberry Habanero
Peppered Salami, made into a rose
Dry Coppa, made into a rose
Fruit + Veggies:
Cucumbers, sliced into rounds
Fresh Figs, cut in half
Thomcord Seedless Grapes
Rosemary thin crackers
Dried Figs, sliced
Sweet + Spicy Pecans
White chocolate covered mini Oreos
Whole Castelvetrano Olives
Arrange your cheeses and your dishes first. I always consider the size and shape of my board when choosing the number of cheeses I will use as well as the number of ramekins and other little dishes I use. For this first base layer, you are really just creating a foundation for the rest of the board.
Next, add in some styled meats. You can roll your salami into roses like I did, or just fold the salami in half, then in half again, and place directly on the board. You can also fold them and stick them on a skewer for a gorgeous salami skewer look.
Now is time for your fruits and your veggies. I kept it really simple with this plate and chose some seasonal crunchy produce like cucumbers and some beautiful fresh green figs, plus gorgeous Thomcord grapes - They are so tasty!
Ok - Yummy Goodness. This is where you can really have some fun and play with the theme. Lately, I have been snacking on these little dried clementine oranges from Trader Joes - it's sort of becoming a problem! I love the pop of orange color they bring to this plate. I also added in my favorite spicy nuts also from TJ's - the yummy sweet and spicy pecans!
Lastly, the garnish. I love a natural look of dropping fresh herbs right on top of the cheeses. I used basil on this one to help tie in the pretty greens from the olives and cucumbers. PERFECTO!
Cheers to you all! I hope you are finding your cozy place this fall!
Don't forget to check out Tiffany's My So Called Fabulous BLOG plus all the other fun bloggers sharing their awesome Sips today!
Tiffany Blackmon: tiffanycblackmon.com
Robin LaMonte: helloim50ish.com
Kati Epps: mybodygx.com
Michelle Miles: Fortworthwoman.com
Alissa Burns: Fashionablylatemom.com
Amber Jewel: Amberjewelstyle.com
And INSTA TOO!!