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kitchendeeva Mar 4, 2012 10:18 AM

We are invited to a dinner party this month and I was asked to bring dessert.....I know that half the guests have given up sweets for Lent, so I thought I would bring a cheese and fruit plate to finish the meal and some short bread cookies for those who still indulge during Lent.

I am looking for help on what to put on the cheese plate. Probably nothing too far out taste wise as these folks tend to be less adventurous eaters (but we still love them dearly!) Although when it's our turn to host, we probably push their envelopes considerably LOL. Suffestions please!

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  1. LindaWhit Mar 4, 2012 12:09 PM

    Thin wedges of manchego cheese with a small piece of quince paste (many supermarkets now carry membrillo) is always a great pairing. Add some grapes and toasted pecans with the manchego and membrillo/quince paste.

    A soft Brillat-Savarin (or other triple crème like St. Andre) with apricots.

    Purple Haze goat cheese (flavored with wild fennel pollen and lavender) with something tangy, although a fruit suggestion escapes me. Perhaps slices of a tart apple?

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      Harters Mar 4, 2012 02:22 PM

      When we have guests, it's rare these days that we serve a cheese selection. We've found it much better to plate a generous looking portion of a single cheese and match the accompaniments to that. Almost invariably, it'll be a cheese from the region. Some will need a fruit; others a chutney; others still nothing sweet at all (therefore usually celery as an accompaniment. Difficult to offer a precise suggestion based on that as I wouldnt know what your local cheeses are or, even, if you have locally made cheeses.

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        sharhamm Mar 5, 2012 04:57 AM

        This information from the Napastyle.com has some very good ideas for the Ultimate Cheese Course. Stilton with Lavender Honey...yum, yum.
        http://www.napastyle.com/catalog/sear...

        1. Delucacheesemonger Mar 5, 2012 05:07 AM

          l have usually done three cheeses and three accompaniments. Fruits should be a bit sweet and at least one dried, honey and marmalade with will help as well. For your three cheeses; one soft, one medium, one hard, one cow, one sheep, one goat, one strong ,one medium, one mild. Rarely use bread/crackers unless a cheese pudding-like.

          1. njmarshall55 Mar 5, 2012 10:22 AM

            The following link has a great article for making just such a presentation. Cheese and fruit plates can be as varied as you want to make them. The only suggestion I could add would be to keep any crackers or the like toned down so as not to detract from the cheese. Found out Triscuits can be WAY too hardy for some cheeses.

            http://www.forkandbottle.com/cheese/m...

            1. iluvcookies Mar 5, 2012 10:26 AM

              My choice would be brie (or similar soft cheese) with dried apricots, grapes and walnuts. Carr's water crakers go nicely with this.

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                freia Mar 5, 2012 10:27 AM

                I personally love baked Brie (what traditionalist doesn't love brie?) with honey and nuts (if honey isn't too sweet), served with a nice fresh baguette. You could plate this with a beautiful old cheddar, reggiano chunks and maybe a herbed cheese of some sort. I know, all very traditional and "old school" but you did say they aren't too adventurous, and besides, it is their dinner party so while this may not be the selection you would personally choose, it would definitely hit most of the right buttons for non-adventurous palates I think? :)

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