how to make a cheese trayOne of the hardest things about moving to a new city is finding a babysitter. Babysitters rule the world. When you know no one in a new town, it can be hard to find someone you trust to watch your children so that you and your husband and can get out and have a date night. And date nights are really important. I love hanging out with my kids, but it is also nice to put some makeup on and order from a menu that does not include chicken fingers. So how do you stay connected without a babysitter? What is a girl to do? Put the kids to bed early and have a date night at home.

One of our favorite things to do is have a wine and cheese night. I make us a nice cheese tray, grab some red wine, and pick up a few fancy desserts. We put on a movie, snuggle on the couch and have a nice date without having to leave the house. It feels fancy, but really, all it took was a quick trip to the cheese section of the grocery store.

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When I make a cheese tray, I like to have a nice variety of cheeses, for just us, 3 is fine. But if I were having a larger get together, I would try for 5. My husband is a huge blue cheese lover, so I almost always start with a Gorgonzola Dolce. Then I like to have a creamy triple cream, so St. Andre is usually my choice. Then I like to round it out with something with a little sharpness, like an aged gouda. If I am adding two more, I add a sharp cheddar or something hard like Parmesan.

What else? You need something to serve cheese on, so fresh baguette and crackers of course. Grapes and strawberries are good. Nuts. I like something that is crunchy. I like to have some chutney or jelly to add to the creamy cheeses. And something sweet. Brookside Chocolates are perfect to round out a cheese tray. Dark chocolate covered acai, pomegranate, and goji fruit juice pieces. These chocolate covered delights are also full antioxidants and pair perfectly with a nice glass of red wine. Wine and chocolate? Yes. Please.

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184 Responses to Date Night at Home [Brookside Chocolate Giveaway]

  1. Carolyn G says:

    I love Spanish Manchego

  2. Ally says:

    Belle Chevre’s Pimento Chevre. Yum!!!

  3. Alison says:

    I love a good sharp cheddar.

  4. meredith m says:

    I love brie with fresh figs

  5. I love gruyere…but really how can you go wrong with any cheese? :)

  6. Stephanie says:

    I love a Dutch cheese called Vlaskaas (mostly firm, sweet, a little sharp, so much goodness)

  7. Holly B says:

    Brie is my go-to cheese!

  8. Ingrid S says:

    this looks SOO delish!

  9. Calli says:

    monterey jack is my favorite!

  10. Stacey says:

    Brie!!! I could live happily on Brie smeared on a crusty French baguette for the rest of my life!

  11. latanya says:

    blue cheese

  12. Realia M says:

    i LOVE brie cheese! and goat cheese

  13. Vera K says:

    Muenster or Havarti cheese – both are scrumptious.

  14. Deb in Indiana says:

    Also a blue cheese fan — Stilton by choice. And I love smoked gouda on crackers.

  15. Amber says:

    This is such a great idea for a date night at home! Brie would probably be my go-to.

  16. Blue cheese is awesome! And I love the idea of a stay-in date, because it seems like that’s the only thing we can pull off lately…

  17. Kristen says:

    I am pretty simple… I love extra sharp cheddar

  18. Stephanie from CT says:

    chedder, follpwed by montery jack

  19. Janice M says:

    This looks awesome! I am a fan of brie, bleu cheese, and extra sharp cheddar.

  20. Leigha says:

    extra sharp cheddar!

  21. TJ says:

    My favorite cheese is a really nice aged Parmasean

  22. Elena Vo says:

    Parmesan and brie, because they are so different from each other yet sooo delicious!

  23. purplelarkspur says:

    I love goat cheese

  24. Anne Jensen says:

    My favorite cheese is Gruyere!

  25. Amy Z. says:

    I love pepperjack cheese!

  26. Leah says:

    Fresh goat cheese!

  27. LB says:

    My husband and I do Friday night wine and cheese night. We use that time to catch up with each other b/c we don’t usually get to talk that much on week nights.

  28. Jennifer S. says:

    Oh good gravy…This combo is amazing!!!!! 😀

  29. Jill says:

    A good asiago.

  30. amanda says:

    Raw milk cheddar! So good with apple slices, on its own, or in a panini.

  31. christine hammer weideman says:

    Stinky cheese!

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