We've had some hot weather last week so I like to make a simple, no-cook dinner like a cheese plate.
Here is a particularly nice one I made this past weekend.
Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk- In the 1:00 position. This is a local California- made triple-crème, aged, cow's milk cheese with a brine-washed rind.
Aged Mimolette- In the 6:00 position. This cheese from Northern France is made in a ball shape and the rind looks so much like a cantaloupe rind , and then the cheese itself is the exact orange color of a cantaloupe. It's really delicious and reminds me of an aged cheddar mixed with gouda.
Vintage Irish Cheddar with Irish Porter - In the 3:00 position. This is a nice sharp aged white cheddar, marbled with a dark smoky porter beer flavor. I saw it in the store and I was like, beer and cheese? Together? SOLD!
This is relevant to my interests.
Original plain Triscuits. In the center. Good old triscuits- still the best with so many cheeses.
Blue Diamond pecan thins- In the 10:00 position. These are a gluten-free cracker made with nut meal instead of flour. They have an almond version too, but I love these pecan thins the most.
Wild California fruit and nut crisps in the 9:00 position.
Abate Fetel pear slices
Local California- grown Strawberries
Marcona Almonds- In the separate bowl. these are a Spanish almond that is blanched (skinned) and then fried in olive oil.