Tomato, mozzarella and basil salad

Sometimes a classic salad is the best choice and easiest “go-to” salad for a summer evening.  This dish is certainly one of the old standbys that works for many occasions. Summer tomatoes are the best for this dish and thin slices of fresh mozzarella are super tasty.  I grow basil every summer in my garden…

Cheese Board

For a busy holiday party, I find it easier to serve an appetizer or cheese board while everyone is waiting for the dinner hour.  When guests arrive, it is very easy to have many types of cheese, nuts, dried fruit, condiments, crusty and multi-seeded bread ready to go. Guests can serve themselves while they enjoy…

Boska cheese boards

For Easter appetizers this year, I plan to share a cheese board with my family. I was recently introduced to a company from Holland that offers so many lovely products for preparing and serving cheese. They offer everything from slicers, graters, boards, and knives to fondue and raclette sets. Their products are high quality and…

Serving cheese

Pleasing presentation during entertaining has been encouraged for years by entertaining experts.  Presenting food in an appealing way actually encourages the overall interest for the food, including taste and food satisfaction. I often consider what is the best plate, platter or tray to display appetizers or cheese for guests.  I was thrilled to receive a…

late summer snack on my new bamboo board

Ah, the last day of August is here.  I have been working in my garden for one week now, cleaning and dividing hosta and perennials.  It is the time of year that I look forward to dreaming of what my garden will be next year.  It is a time to think about what grew well…