Often times when you sit down at a restaurant or bar you are immediately handed a wine list. How do you determine what you should order? Do you have a favorite "go to" wine you order. Is it the price? The recognizable name? The color? Or maybe you are intimidated by the list and you choose another beverage?
When it comes to a party, just about everyone says cheese. Not only is cheese wildly popular these days, it has also become a conversation piece. Think about it. Whenever there's a platter of really good cheeses, most people dig in with gusto and share their opinions about their favorites. But while creating a cheese platter is simple, having a few simple tips in your back pocket will ensure a sure-fire winning cheese course every time.
Before you get started, here's what to consider:
You can go any number of ways when deciding which cheeses to choose for your cheese platter. Even though it may seem intimidating, just remember there are no "wrongs" when it comes to cheeses. Sure, you might end up with a cheese or two you don't care for, but you won't have committed any entertaining faux pas even if that's the case.
Here are a few basic guidelines to get you started:
I found this wonderful drink in the book "Food Trucks" by Heather Shouse. It is from Moxie Rx which was located in Portland, OR, but I found closed in April 2011.
Juice from 1⁄2 lemon
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey (I used honey) Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 dropper full of Super Echinacea
Soda water (optional)
Combine the lemon, ginger, honey, cayenne, and echinacea in a mug if making hot, glass if making cold. Stir ingredients to dissolve honey. For hot beverage, add hot water to fill the mug and let steep for a minute. For cold beverage, add enough ice to fill half the glass and top with soda water.
Even though this is called a "cold cure-all" I think it is a wonderful drink either hot or cold. I love the ginger and spice of the cayenne.