Putting together the perfect cheese board is not only about the combination of ingredients, but what you display it all on.
The designer suggests screwing cheap brass pulls onto a wooden butcher block from your local hardware store and placing a piece of chalkboard tape along the top. “Once you’re done putting all the cheeses onto the board, you just write onto the chalkboard tape with a chalk pen and you’re done,” she says.
Soto recommends pairing aged havarti with walnuts and honey; extra mature cheddar cheese with grain mustard, marcona almonds and dried apricots; and her “personal favorite” blue cheese with honeycomb and dates.
“A well-made cheeseboard can please the eye and your palate,” she says.
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See how it’s all done in the video above, plus get Soto’s pre-party tip for making sure your cheeses reach “that optimal taste and texture.”