Who says Easter baskets should only be for kids? I partnered with Kroger to put together the perfect adult Easter basket that anyone would love- a cheeseboard Easter basket! It contains everything you need for a beautiful and delicious cheeseboard- from the meat and cheese, to nuts and fruit, and even a board, wine, and napkins! I especially love that this basket is so perfect for gifting to anyone on your list- male or female, young or old; friends, neighbors, co-workers, moms, dads, siblings, husbands, or hostesses! The recipient can totally enjoy and snack on the basket on their own, share it with friends and family, or even use it for a ready-to-go Easter brunch appetizer! You can customize this completely based on your tastes and style but I’ve listed everything I used in mine below to get you started.Read More
Cheeses: aged Gouda, Manchego, Roquefort blue, blueberry goat cheese (I used Trader Joe’s)
Meats: prosciutto and Trader Joe’s peppered salami
Fruits/ veggies: raspberries, blackberries, red pear, red grapes, strawberries, cherries, radish, purple kale (for garnish)
Extras: chocolate covered blueberries (Trader Joe’s), dark chocolate bark, pepper jelly, grapefruit marmalade (Trader Joe’s), beet crackers (Trader Joe’s), Kalamata olives, French bread slices
1. Place your cheeses on your board first evenly spacing them so that they aren’t close together. Cut about half of each cheese into bite size pieces and pile it beside the remaining wedge. You don’t have to cut up the blueberry goat cheese but be sure to place a knife beside it for spreading!
2. Next place your prosciutto and salami on the board (I did a couple of different piles beside each cheese). Tear or cut your meats into bite sized pieces as you are doing this.
3. Add any of your “extras” that need to go in bowls next. I used small white bowls to hold the chocolate covered blueberries, peppery jelly, grapefruit marmalade, and olives. Place a spoon or fork inside each dish for easy serving. Like the cheeses, space these evenly across the board so that none of them are too close together.
4. Now you can add your fruit and veggies! I like to do several different small piles of each so that the color is evenly distributed throughout the board. Try to place different colors next to each other so that they pop (for example- I kept the blackberries further away from the blueberry goat cheese because they are very similar colors and would blend in. Instead I put some bright strawberries and beet crackers next to the blueberry goat cheese which really pops!
5. Fill in the rest of the holes or empty spaces with the remaining extras you have: bread, crackers, dark chocolate bark, etc.
6. Finish by adding a few pieces of purple kale as garnish around the edges, tucking it under any bowls or ingredients as needed to secure it.
Superbowl Sunday is just around the corner and one of my favorite football-watching foods has always been nachos! When it comes to nachos, the more toppings, the better! These sheetpan nachos have it all: shredded shortribs, peppers, black beans, pico and guacamole, plenty of cheese, and they’re topped with a cool + tangy lime cilantro crema. We used short ribs from Kentucky Darling Meats, a local father-daughter duo who raises antibiotic-free beef that is pasture raised and grain finished in Stanford, Kentucky. They were so kind to gift us with a meat bundle and we have been so impressed with how good all the beef has been! They have tons of beef + meat bundles available and they can ship even if you aren’t local (visit their website here for more information)! The short ribs were such a perfect topping for these nachos- they have amazing flavor but also are so fall-apart-tender that they are easy to eat as well.Read More
Winter always puts me in the mood for cozy dinners and comfort food, and this lasagna definitely fits the bill for both. This recipe has layers of alllll the cheese but it’s also perfectly balanced by the crispy, salty prosciutto and the brightness of the spinach and fresh basil. Also apparently I’ve been living under a rock because this is my first time trying the “oven ready” lasagna noodles that you don’t even have to boil prior to baking. It makes this recipe even easier, just one more reason to make more lasagna!Read More
My favorite part of the holidays is all of the traditions that come with the Christmas season. There are a few recipes I just have to make every year to make it truly feel like Christmas. Most of these are recipes my family always had at Christmas growing up and I have continued to crave them every holiday season. Coincidentally these are all super easy and quick recipes too which is perfect for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Find all the recipes + instructions for each of my favorites below!Read More
Thanksgiving is without a doubt the biggest holiday centered around food and entertaining. What better way to kick off a day of continuous eating than with a giant charcuterie platter that’s just as beautiful as it is delicious?! Seriously this board could be a meal in and of itself so it’s totally appropriate for a Thanksgiving appetizer when you will be stuffing yourself all day long! This board is full of seasonal ingredients that can be mixed and matched together in so many different ways for countless combinations and delicious bites. I’m also sharing all my tips and tricks for arranging the board like a pro from start to finish for the most show-stopping presentation.Read More
Hate it or love it, the holiday season is officially here for the retail world so I’m diving right in to holiday content. I’ve gotten so many questions about my homemade simmering scents since posting about my fall build-your-own potpourri station, so I decided to share another spin on this with a holiday themed scent! This using many of the same ingredients as the autumn scent. plus some new ones, and looks just as good as it smells! This is a must if you are entertaining and want you home to smell AMAZING for all your guests! It also makes such a cute and easy homemade gift for neighbors, teachers, co-workers, etc.Read More
Today I’m sharing my second Halloween themed board of the season and this one is my favorite because it’s so unconventional and just fun! I couldn’t really call it a cheeseboard because there’s no cheese involved, except cheddar popcorn, so I’m calling this a snack board! The formula for creating this is easy- just gather up all you favorite candy and sweet and salty snacks for Halloween and throw them together on one giant board!Read More