When Wood Meets Appetizer

Why you need to add a cheeseboard to your kitchen arsenal now!

Wooden boards have taken center stage–in the kitchen that is. So, if you don’t have one yet, what are you waiting for? From big butcher blocks to artisan crafted beauties, here are three reasons why you needed one yesterday.

Versatile

Cheeseboards come in all different shapes, sizes and designs to fit your needs. Cookbook author Shelly Westerhausen, in her book “Platters and Boards”, says they can be a great way to use up leftover vegetables, cheese, or meats in your fridge. Depending on the type, it can also hang on your wall—adding organic elements to the décor and not taking up space in the cabinets.

Entertain

Don’t let the word “cheese” in cheeseboard make you think that’s all it’s good for. Omaily Lucas, food and entertaining blogger, says to have fun with it. Surprise guests and make it a dessert board with cheesecake bars, cookies and sweet dips. Or you can switch it to a salad board for a garden party. “It’s a dining essential that shows your skills as a host,” Lucas says.

Fad-Free

According to Westerhausen’s book, boards are taking center stage—so investing in a good board is going to be worth it in the long run. When taken care of, it will last years in the kitchen. Take it out when you want to add layers and texture or add a board with different shapes and materials to make something new. “No rules, just creativity!” Lucas says.

Caitlin Clement

I am a current undergraduate student studying journalism and Spanish. When I was a little girl, some of my best memories came from helping my family in the kitchen. I loved trying new foods and dabbling with different cooking techniques; baking becoming a favorite. I eventually combined this love of food with travel after going on my first international trip in high school. There was no turning back after that: I was hooked. Food, for me, was a representation of different cultures. A plate of food in Spain is different to that of England. It lets you look into the typography, the traditions, and the community of the place you're visiting. This blog is my attempt at following the trail of bread crumbs life leaves out for us. Not being afraid to take the bate even if it’s out of my comfort zone and maybe inspire a few of you to do the same.

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