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Welcome to The New Hostess! My name is Lucy.

 I love to document my adventures in food, entertaining, home design, and travel. 

I created this site with the hopes of inspiring everyday tastemakers by posting easy recipes and entertaining ideas. I hope you enjoy!

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Quick Cheese Plate Tips

Quick Cheese Plate Tips

People tend to overthink cheese plates - they don't have to be as complicated as you think! As long as they are balanced and visually appealing, there is no need to fuss over your savory spreads. See below for a few suggestions on keeping it simple and making a beautiful board.

Accompaniments: My favorite boards are those with varying colors and textures, and this includes the board and dishes! I love collecting little bowls and side dishes from antique stores - the more mismatched, weird, and random - the better. My favorite ones I've purchased have cost me less than a dollar! This lighthouse board is one I found in our beach house kitchen, but if you are looking to buy just one, this is my favorite. 

Accompaniments: My favorite boards are those with varying colors and textures, and this includes the board and dishes! I love collecting little bowls and side dishes from antique stores - the more mismatched, weird, and random - the better. My favorite ones I've purchased have cost me less than a dollar! This lighthouse board is one I found in our beach house kitchen, but if you are looking to buy just one, this is my favorite

Same for the knives - these two don't match but are still the perfect pair. :)

Same for the knives - these two don't match but are still the perfect pair. :)

The sides and pairings: The amounts I include depend on how big the plate is, if there's 3 or more cheeses, I usually includes two spreads - my favorite spread sides include fig jam, honey, and grainy mustard. For additional bites, I stick to seasonal fruits and nuts or vegetables, and I don't usually mix the two. I pick what I'm in the mood for, and what is the most colorful! No need to be too fussy. And for the crackers, I like to switch it up between a sliced baguette, bread sticks, and biscuits. And lastly, of course, either salami or prosciutto.

The sides and pairings: The amounts I include depend on how big the plate is, if there's 3 or more cheeses, I usually includes two spreads - my favorite spread sides include fig jam, honey, and grainy mustard. For additional bites, I stick to seasonal fruits and nuts or vegetables, and I don't usually mix the two. I pick what I'm in the mood for, and what is the most colorful! No need to be too fussy. And for the crackers, I like to switch it up between a sliced baguette, bread sticks, and biscuits. And lastly, of course, either salami or prosciutto.

The cheese: Selecting the cheese is usually the most stressful part - like most people, I am not an expert on the subject, so I leave it to the people who know best! Make friends with your neighborhood cheesemonger, and share a few essential details 1) Your party size 2) Your budget 3) Your texture and milk preferences. He or she will not steer you wrong!

The cheese: Selecting the cheese is usually the most stressful part - like most people, I am not an expert on the subject, so I leave it to the people who know best! Make friends with your neighborhood cheesemonger, and share a few essential details 1) Your party size 2) Your budget 3) Your texture and milk preferences. He or she will not steer you wrong!

Decorative accents: I think seasonal floral touches add a pop of color and dimension to the plate - whether it's hydrangeas in July or holly in December.

Decorative accents: I think seasonal floral touches add a pop of color and dimension to the plate - whether it's hydrangeas in July or holly in December.

Arrange your bounty but don't overthink it and - voilà! Beautiful and tasty. And the last thing - make sure you serve your cheese plate at room temperature!

Arrange your bounty but don't overthink it and - voilà! Beautiful and tasty. And the last thing - make sure you serve your cheese plate at room temperature!

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