Date Night at Home [Brookside Chocolate Giveaway]

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 Comments

  • I love cheese. I really do. If I had to pick a favourite it might be either brie or havarti. Mmmm. Cheese.

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  • What a great idea! I know that date nights are hard to come by with kiddies. This is perfect! I love brie cheese sooo much. I think I could eat it with anything. πŸ˜€

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  • it’s so hard to only pick one kind of cheese, but if i had to pick a favorite i would definitely have to go wit mozzarella.

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  • This idea is so perfect. I was just thinking about how moving to a new city is really hard– we just moved to Memphis from South Carolina– and a lack of date nights certainly can make the transition WAY more emotionally difficult.

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  • We haven’t found a great babysitter yet either. So we too have lovely date nights at home. Yesterday we have watched one of the Lord of the rings movies together, with a nice glass of wine and some snacks. It might be nerdy, but we love those evenings!

    Great shots, as always!

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  • I’m lactose intolerant so I don’t eat cheese, unfortunately! Can I say my husband loves Swiss cheese?

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  • such a cute & simple idea! You can really get creative with all the different cheese combos

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  • This looks so delicious! Love all the cheeses, and what could be better than putting chocolate with them. πŸ™‚

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  • Cheese is my favorite food ever! This post is making me hungry and I had just had breakfast!

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  • What a fun idea. We have a restaurant in Denver that we love to go to just for the meat and cheese board. Chocolate and cheese sounds way more fun. I would do anything for Brie!

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  • Thanks for the great idea…my husband and I need to do date nights at home a lot more often!

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  • How to pick just one cheese? I’ll say Parmesan because it makes everything better!

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  • I was having issues with the comment form on your mobile site–sorry if this gets posted 5 times! I’m from Wisconsin, so any cheese is good cheese!

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  • I love the idea of date night at home. We don’t have kids yet, but we are trying to pay off debt so we don’t eat out. This would be perfect for us!

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  • It’s soooo hard for me to choose but if I absolutely had to it would be between goat cheese and brie…. YUM.

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  • What a lovely giveaway. My husband and I rarely get a chance to have a date night so we often have date nights at home as well. We love cheese, my favorite is manchego but there are many that are on the top of my list.

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  • Goat cheese is my favorite, but I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like. We have a one year old, and haven’t had a dinner out together since he was born, so this would be a perfect night in!

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  • Yum!

    And I’ll be your babysitter! Maybe that’s creepy to say but your kids are too sweet.

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  • I could live on wine, chocolate, cheese, and bread! My favorites would have to be Parmesan, Gorgonzola, and Brie!

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  • My favorite kinds of cheese are brie and manchego… I couldn’t choose just one!

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  • Hi Bree I love all your recipes!!!
    Recently I started a blog feel free to come over and if you have any suggestion they will be welcome
    Thank you

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  • This looks delicious! I would love to try the pomegranate. I like blue and feta cheese the most!

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  • I just love a good cheese tray. Have you tried any from Sweet Grass Dairy? Delish!

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  • i love love love fontina. on crackers, with bread and brushetta, baked with olive oil and garlic. it’s perfect.

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  • We like to do date nights at home, even though we don’t have the worry of real children (just a furry black and white one!), to save a little money when the budget gets tight. And we can get dressed up and still wear slippers πŸ™‚ I’m definitely employing the cheese and chocolate board date night ASAP!

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  • ahhhh this sounds delightfully wonderful, what could possibly be better than cheese?! beautiful dishes and chocolate to serve with it!!! I absolutely love this giveaway!

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  • I’m a bit obsessed with cheese but there’s an excellent sheep’s milk feta that I’m currently addicted to! And chocolate pom seeds? I’m in!

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  • How fun– and very delicious!!

    My favorite cheese is DΓ©lice de Bourgogne. It’s similar to Brie, with just a little more intense flavor. Yum!

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  • This is so perfectly my fiance and I! Happy to hear that cheese dates are enjoyed by you too! πŸ™‚

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  • I love blue cheeses and a great fontina. A little off topic but I love to make Ina Garten’s fondue like cheese appetizer served with crusty bread, a crowd favorite!

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  • i loved any aged gouda, but trader joes has a honey-goat cheese that is competing for my new favorite

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  • My favorite cheeses are fontina, havarti, and brie! I usually eat a piece of sharp cheddar every day for a snack.

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  • awesome giveaway! My favorite cheese, by far, is raw milk cheddar. It’s great on sandwiches, or just a slice of apple.

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  • (p.s. not sure if we need to link through to the rafflecopter, but when I do, it says there is an internal server error?)

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  • Ohhh, a nice sharp Italian Table Cheese with a “bundle” of grapes:’) Yum!

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  • my favorite kind of cheese is laughing cow…ha ha, does that count?

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  • Cheese is the best…I love a sharp cheddar or swiss. This sounds like a delightful way to spend an evening at home!!

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  • I love a nice sharp cheddar paired with crisp apples or maybe some smoked gouda!

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  • There isn’t a bad cheese in my book. . .all depends on how I’m feeling :} Today would be a Havarti kinda day.

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  • I LOVE goat cheese, and about died when I recently tried TJ’s goat cheese covered in cranberries. A must for my cheese tray!

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  • With 4 children we rarely go out & never on Valentine’s day so I’m planning to do this that night. Thanks.

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  • I will eat almost any cheese you put in front of me. This past weekend, we got the “earthy brie” from Wegman’s. It was a little stinky and oh so good! I have been thinking about it since.

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  • I like just about every kind of cheese, but I guess Brie (haha) and Muenster are two of my favorites.

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  • So many to choose from! I guess I’m a Gouda-girl these days. I confess, I am a cheese lover though and through. Love your cheese & wine date-night-in idea. Need to do this. We just moved into a new area too and this would be a perfect night to look forward to.

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  • Hard question – I love cheese! Bleu, goat, pepperjack, extra sharp cheddar….the list could go on and on. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

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  • My hubby and I also love wine, cheese, and chocolate nights! We feed the kids something easy that they like, put them to bed, and enjoy our “dinner”! We both love brie, but I like a good bleu cheese as well. πŸ™‚

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  • What a great giveaway! I love cheese, but have to admit I’m not very knowledgeable about the different kinds or adventurous so there are lots I haven’t tried, but would like to!

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  • At home date night is a regular for us!! It is a great way to stretch our budget and fit it more quality hubby time!
    Aged cheddar a, smoked goudas, and creamy Brie are our favorites. Paired with dry Italian salamis, sharp brined olives, sweet fresh strawberries and blueberries, pistachios, and dark chocolate. A bottle of wine rounds it out!!

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  • My fiance & I love doing wine & cheese nights in. It’s our go to when we have company over too!

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  • Yumm cheese!! I love Stilton and there is an amazing one with dried apricots at Trader Joe’s. Awesome!

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  • I live for wine and cheese!!! I always have to have a good quality blue cheese. This is an excellent giveaway… So fun!

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  • My favorite is sharp cheddar. I know, not very fancy but so tasty!

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  • Red wine, snuggling on the couch, chocolate … sounds dangerous to me!! *wink*

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  • Oops! Forgot favorite cheese–it’s a toss-up between Cotswold & Dubliner….

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  • Oh my goodness – it all looks so delicious. Perfect at home date-night!

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  • I love those chocolates! My parents bought a bag of the acai and a bag of the pomegranate over the holidays…and the family promptly ate them all up!

    My boyfriend and I do these kind of date nights all the time, we don’t even have any kids to keep us at home πŸ˜‰

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  • Fontina!! It’s one of the first cheeses that converted me into a cheese lover (which was long overdue).

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  • Can I have a date night with you??? LOL. I am really enjoying smoked Gouda these days, but goat cheese, herbed harvarti and Boursin are a few of my favs.

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  • I detest cheese of any kind except for the barest sprinkling of mozzerella on pizza. Always have. But, love fruit and chocolate!

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  • My favorite kind of date night. πŸ™‚ I’m partial to a nutty aged gouda – the older the better! Old Amsterdam is a fave, and you can’t deny Trader Joe’s 1,000 Day Old Gouda when they have it in stock. Great post.

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  • I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like πŸ™‚ But if I had to choose: parmigiano reggiano!

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  • You sound a lot like my mom. She loves cheese trays and wine. And I’m sure you just described her perfect date night. πŸ™‚

    Unlike my mom, I’m not really a cheese person. Even my dad can take out a block of cheddar and slice himself a good chunk and eat it whole. I can’t do that. But I’ve taken a liking to a single sliver of swiss cheese on my turkey sandwiches, and when I make mac and cheese I use gruyere; now that is a nice cheese.

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  • I’d have to say brie – especially with some kind of fruit spread/honey with it.

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  • mmm, right now i’m super into trader joe’s italian truffle cheese…it’s the bees knees, haha!!!

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  • I love gruyere…but really how can you go wrong with any cheese? πŸ™‚

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

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

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

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

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  • 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…

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

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

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  • 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.

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