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Michael Giacopassi

Posted on January 29 2019

Expanding on the concept of “do not save” and relating it to what really matters – charcuterie boards.

Of course the holiday season is the perfect time to break out your RusticWares charcuterie board and pile it high with all kinds of cured meats, cheeses, veggies, crackers, breads, fruits, dips and chips. It is a time when everyone is getting together, you are hosting or going to parties more often. That is all good and fine – but why not get more out of your board?

The Super Bowl is coming up – what better event to show off your charcuterie skills than for the big game? You can do football or team themed snacks and treats, cupcakes with the team logos or make an entire stadium out of your ingredients right on the board.

The Super Bowl is just the beginning and a great way to kick-off a year of charcuterie boards. As with anything, building a great looking, and tasting charcuterie board takes practice. You probably won’t throw together the most Instagram worthy board on your first outing – but practice will make perfect.

Experiment with different meats, cheeses, veggies, fruits, dips, crackers, crisps & breads. See how much of it you can make yourself. Rose radishes? Have you ever even tried? How about the New York Times No Knead Bread recipe – one of their all time most commented on and downloaded recipes ever – find it here - https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11376-no-knead-bread

You don’t have to make everything on the board – I’m sure many of you do not have a room solely devoted to curing and hanging meats in your basement – so buying your own is just fine. However in addition to homemade bread you can make jams, relishes, even quick overnight pickled red onions - https://thestayathomechef.com/pickled-red-onions/

Quickly following the Super Bowl is Valentine’s Day – instead going out and paying for over priced steak and wine – why not have a cozy night in with a charcuterie board full of everything you both love. It doesn’t have to be meats and cheeses – it can be chocolate and roses. That’s the best thing about owning your own solid wood charcuterie board is you make it as you want it. Don’t like raw broccoli - don’t include it. There are zero rules to crafting the perfect charcuterie board – just go with what you like, life is too short for anything else.

Birthdays, Father’s day, April 20th, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, graduations, wakes, christenings, baptisms, house warmings, downsizing, up sizing – should I go on?

Any occasion or random day is perfectly acceptable to lay out a spread of what you enjoy. Make dinner easy and instead of a full prep cut up some fresh veggies, blocks of cheese and meats and let everyone graze as the night goes on. A perfect picnic would include a board full of light summer treats.

Whats the point? The point is you don’t need an excuse to have a little fun and enjoy yourself. Life is rough enough, use the things you own and have fun with it. Fun.

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