It can be hard to feed a crowd while still having style – and taste good in practice! Our destination? Cheese is a charcuterie board, ideal for sharing. To find out how to create a feeder that copies all the boxes, we asked Sandy Coughlin, Reluctant Entertainer bookmaker and author of Big Boards for Families to share a small section from this booklet with tips on how to create the health boards they bring. everyone around the table. Plus, keep reading to her how to make a chocolate fondue board.
The board is a creation of love that you make for your family or loved ones because in a special way, the feeders lead the people. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and the ingredients can vary from board. Make it your own, use what you have, and don’t think too deeply. Its purpose is to bring people together randomly, in a unique way.
I love thinking about the good times when I made a big board for family or friends and the look on their faces when they saw the board for the first time. The smiles on their faces and the look on their faces were more than just surprise — but also love, respect, and affection. I am honored to be a part of your team and your table!
Simple, time-saving tips
Get Your Inspiration
• Think about making your board the way an artist accesses a blank canvas. Think about what will be the starting point, as well as the colors that come out of the right place.
• Offer your favorite family recipes and discuss why they are so important to you. Tell your kids about the history of recipes and why they are so important to you — their chance and first time learning about your special story.
• Look at climate change, depending on the varieties, tastes, and foods of the climate, which are often found in the local farmers market.
• Allow special events to take the lead — think of the rainy season with the children, sweep the tail, discuss, camp out, backyard burns, bath parties, birthdays, successes, holidays, and more.
• Explore different parts of the world with food cooked with your family. Read or watch movies about each country eating its food. Not only will you discover new ingredients and dishes, but you will also better understand the connection between food and culture.
• At a multinational gathering, invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, or neighbors to enjoy.
• Are you encouraged by the wood, but not the cooking? It’s great because with boards you can find almost anything in your local deli, baker, or market growers.
Simple Ways to Design Your Environment
1. Prepare your menu by writing recipes or drawing on the contents of this booklet.
2. Check your wallet before you go shopping. You may already have some ingredients, or you can exchange some of the same, saving your family money and time.
3. Determine the number of people you serve; increase the board size to the number you are feeding.
4. Choose ingredients or a large plate that will be the “star” of your board.
5. When you have less time, take shorter routes. Buy rotisserie chicken, brownies at the bakery, or potato salad at the deli. Not everything has to be from the beginning.
6. If guests are coming, ask them to bring another part of the board. You may think this is burdensome, but it is not. We have seen how people love to give.
7. Prepare as much as you can in advance. For example, you could make a large plate in advance and assemble the board an hour before serving.
Put It All Together
1. Start with your fixed position, then work around. Put what you will be serving as your main dish in a 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33-cm) pan, dinner plate, or casserole dish; This captures the space to see the board’s vision and how you can collect food around it. Always use a pad or trivet by placing a hot plate on the food board.
2. Do you want to create a design? Play with the shapes and lines of your ingredients and dishes – make them straight, round, diagonal, triple, or standalone!
3. Next, make a list of any dirty, dirty dishes, jams, spices, or sauces.
4. Fill in the rest of the board with seasonal produce, fresh herbs, crackers, chips, and nuts – or just leave the space blank.
5. Always store the last hot meal, before serving the board. Store extra food in the oven and add more if needed.
6. If you want to have nutritious food additives, store them in the fridge and refill them if needed.
7. Prepare the utensils you will need for serving, and many utensils and towels.
For a fun night out, keep up the good work and plan a family game, charades, or start a short discussion. Or what about eating and watching a movie together? Serve the board out or bring it on a picnic.
Simple Conversation Issues:
• What is your middle name and how did you get it?
• What was the first concert you attended?
• What was your favorite part of the day?
• Which subject is least appealing to you at school, and why?
• What job do you feel you have when you grow up?
• Share your children’s stories from infancy or younger life.
• Share your life when you were your children’s age.
• What are your favorite foods that women cook? What about dad? (This is fun and could bring future board ideas!)
• What foods will you not eat and why?
• Who do you love the most outside of the family?
• Five years from now, what do you think you will be doing?
• What is your favorite app on your phone and why?
• What is your favorite movie and why?
How to Make a Chocolate Fondue Board
Raise your hand if you also have a cupboard in your kitchen dedicated to chocolate — and so on. Obviously, I am shamelessly fond of any kind of simple chocolate-bar, diffused Nutella, or flour-free chocolate cake. Chocolate goes well with everything (hello, pork, and potato chips), which is why I made this board. You can combine your favorite, sweet chocolate friends on a food board that satisfies everyone. If you have limited time, anything but fondue can be purchased at the store.
FACTS: Make a fondue in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Before serving, heat the stovetop on low heat or in a microwave at a temperature of 50% until warm.
Keep an eye out below for the recipe!