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Simple Charcuterie – Easy Entertaining

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Hi Everyone,

Welcome to December 1, 2022…. I really can’t believe that December has arrived. I have been so busy in my personal life lately that I can’t believe that we sailed past Thanksgiving already- the year is flying by.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I wish you many blessings.

And now here we are at the beginning of December and that means getting ready for the holidays and entertaining.

I have a little secret to share with all of you that keeps me a little ahead of the entertaining panic when someone stops by for a visit. We have all been there when someone calls that they will be right over…..

I always keep a few staples in my pantry and refrigerator for a last-minute guest and this has saved me from panic on many occasions.

I keep packaged breadsticks, a variety of nuts and dried fruit, a package of soppressata and or prosciutto, and packaged crackers on hand along with everyday items that are always in my home such as fresh fruit, mozzarella balls, and variety of soft cheeses such as goat cheese or any flavor hummus plus fancy bamboo extra long toothpicks. These ingredients will go far and they make a lovely presentation.

The photo of a recent charcuterie board I made is a perfect example of using these staples. Prepared under fifteen minutes.

Here we have breadsticks, almonds, walnuts, dried apricots, Medjool dates, crackers, and two easy appetizers… Simple and delicious!

The first appetizer is a pear slice wrapped with a slice of prosciutto and garnished with arugula and a dollop of herb goat cheese (this is always a big hit).

The second appetizer is a bamboo toothpick with a cherry tomato, a mozzarella ball, a slice of soppressata salami, and a basil leaf. (Optional: drizzle with balsamic glaze).

Just a quick example that entertaining can be easy and fun and not so stressful. Have fun with your guests and enjoy the holidays….


Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,