The Makings of a Perfect Cheese Plate

I have developed what I like to call a healthy obsession with cheese over the last few years. Okay, it may not be healthy. I LOVE trying new cheese which some weeks = a LOT of cheese. :)

If you follow me on Instagram I am sure that you have caught my many posts of cheese. 

In fact, I have become a cheese snob over these last few years too. If you’re going to eat a lot of cheese, you minus well make it good cheese. It all started a few years ago when I was a member of Eckerton Hill Farm CSA. Along with the farm share, they had an add-on cheese share. I could go on and on but the homemade feta cheese made in one of their friend’s kitchens, the Moo Mozz from Calkins Creamery, and oh, Birchrun Hills Blue – I was SPOILED. Then of course we moved and my good friend Stefanie began her own cheese kitchen – Valley Milkhouse. <— I have had the cheese – Both her and it are amazing.

Needless to say, I’ve had some good cheese.


And it is at every party I host. The extra special thing that I enjoy when it comes to serving cheese is what you serve it with. So I bring you…my essentials for the perfect cheese plate!

Cheese Cutting Board

A good cheese cutting board/serving platter is a must. I just got this Larchwood one from and am in LOVE with the look. It amazes me that there is wood that naturally looks like this. It is beautiful. And environmentally friendly. And handmade. <—some of my very favorite things!!

Cheese Knife

Next up is a nice cheese knife. I haven’t found one that I can’t live without yet but we had friends over a few weeks ago and my friend brought her own. It was one from Cutco and she swears by it. Heck, she travels with it, it must be good. 😉

Mix of Cheeses

A mix of cheeses is a plus. Of course I love buying from local farms. Each state seems to have a cheese guild so if you google it, you’ll be able to find yours and possibly a local cheese maker! When we lived in PA, we had so many to choose from. Like I mentioned before, I love a good blue cheese as a choice. I also like having a soft cheese on the board as well as a nice cheddar. Here in MA I have yet to find a local farm with cheese to try so I have been sticking with my other favorite, Kerrygold.

The Sweet and Spicy

I LOVE a good spread with my cheese. I am quite particular to my (now becoming famous with family and friends) Jalapeno Jelly. Paired with an in season fruit spread of choice, cranberries, peaches, figs, you name it, it is the PERFECT addition to a cheese plate!!

Bread or Crackers

A good slice of fresh bread goes perfectly as a side. Or you can be a bit ambitious and show off while creating quite the experience with a homemade crostini. My friend Colleen has the perfect recipe!

Now back to the Cutting Board.

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Make sure to stop by these blogs too and see what they have in store for this cutting board!!
Sauteed Cranberry & Cream Cheese Crostini from Souffle Bombay

Riesling-Cranberry Glazed Spiral Ham from The Suburban Soapbox

Food Photography Tips Courtney’s Sweets

Honey Pumpkin Loaf Bread from Bakes In Slippers

How To Create A Perfect Cheese Plate from The Vintage Mom

Goat Cheese Proscuitto & Cranberry Crostini from A Simple Pantry

Croque Monsieur Crostini from Little Kitchie

Leek Mushroom & Bacon Quiche from The Redhead Baker

Pesto & Goat Cheese Spread from Mindful Momma

Madeira Review from Yours And Mine Are Ours

** Disclosure: I was lucky enough to choose a cutting board to use for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Great tips, there is quite a difference between plopping some cheese and crackers down for guests (or yourself) vs a well thought out cheese board. Now I need to indulge WITH some Pepper Jelly…Mmmmm! You board is GORGEOUS! I think I’m a bit jealous, lol!!
    Colleen (Souffle Bombay) recently posted…Sauteed Cranberries & Cream Cheese CrostiniMy Profile

  2. I love a good cheese plate!!
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  3. I like the octagon boards myself! This would be so great, since we’ve recently gotten into eating organic cheese as a regular snack.
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  4. As a huge cheese fan, I can relate! Don’t you just LOVE that Larch wood cutting board? I have the same one!
    Micaela @MindfulMomma recently posted…Simple Pesto Goat Cheese Spread + a Cutting Board GiveawayMy Profile

  5. I am in love with the John Boos Reversible With Grips in Walnut! Beautiful boards!!

  6. Monica Eyanson says:

    I am basically only familiar with the cheese platters you buy at the grocery store, so this would be a nice excuse to try some new things! Your cutting board is absolutely gorgeous, and of the giveaway boards I think I like them all!

  7. I like the Bamboo boards.

  8. Donna George says:

    I love the walnut – it is so pretty, and functional too

  9. Nothing goes better with a plate of cheese like Ritz crackers :)
    Dollops of Diane recently posted…Henry’s Allergic ReactionMy Profile

  10. Super helpful! I would have been clueless and just put the cheese on the plate, ha! :) Need to get a fancy cutting board for sure.

  11. Chris Stow would go bananas over this cutting board. Totally nuts.
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