If you have special dinner plans over the holidays then this Dachshund Cutting Board from Cost Plus World Market will be just the thing to bring a little bit of humor to the table and spark some conversation! I've had this cutting board for a few months now but every time I went to photograph it the cheese had miraculously disappeared. Three times to be exact! We are definitely cheese hounds in this house, including the dogs, so it isn't any wonder that cheese doesn't last long enough to photograph. In fact when I was putting this last find in the refrigerator the Mr. said "you better photograph this quickly because it won't last long you know." They didn't of course, and I think we consumed all of this within a span of three days!
I love to volunteer to bring the cheese plate because there are so many wonderful cheese makers in the area (check out the Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail) and all of our friends appreciate a nice wedge almost as much as a nice wine. Hosting a party? Here is a tip from Cypress Grove on how to pair cheese and wine.
Here are the three that we will be bringing with us to our friend's house this week:
- Point Reyes Toma - I prefer to shop local not only to support local farmers but because this is truly an amazing cheese, creamy, buttery, and understated, and will become a staple in our house.
- Mitica Drunken Goat Cheese- Ok, I won't lie, I picked this one up because of it's crazy name but this cheese is incredible! A unique goat cheese bathed in red wine which gives it a unique flavor.
- Cypress Grove Truffle Tremor- We have been fans of the Humboldt Fog so we didn't hesitate to pick up the Truffle Tremor. Soft and flavorful, but not too strong or overpowering. I really like the extra recipes, pairings, and information they give you on the Cypress Grove site as well, so convenient especially during the holidays!
I also have a tip for those that live near a Whole Foods, if you look closely in the cheese case then you'll find smaller pieces of rounds available for only a few dollars. It's a great way to try out new farms and new flavors without spending a fortune on something you don't like.