FOOD: Easy ways to make an impressive cheese plate for holiday entertaining

cheese-plate(StatePoint) Anticipating holiday guests? By keeping a few flavorful, unique items in the pantry and refrigerator, entertaining can both look and be simple and innovative. One easy, yet impressive way to entertain your guests’ taste buds is with a cheese plate.

Try starting with such flavorful cheeses as Hennings Cranberry Chipotle Cheddar and Le Maréchal Alpine Cheese to get guests’ attention, and then wow them with a cheese like Hervé Mons Camembert stuffed with Porcini Mushrooms or Truffles. If any visitors have special dietary needs restricting them from eating wheat, or simply to add a pop of color, serving Simple & Crisp Blood Orange dried fruit crisps in place of crackers is a beautiful and delicious option. You can find all of these items exclusively at Whole Foods Market for the holiday season.

For added texture and flavor on your cheese plate, don’t forget to pick up a variety of nuts — such as Marcona almonds, candied pecans or fresh walnuts — to serve alongside dried figs, fruit cake and local honey. Make things even more fun by popping some lightly salted popcorn to add to your cheese board. You can find more tips at

Cheers to innovating your holiday cheese plate!

December 8, 2014
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