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      Colorful Eats: How to Master the Charcuterie Board

      Colorful Eats: How to Master the Charcuterie Board - JulRe Designs LLC

      This post is not about a particularly healthy meal. I know I try to highlight foods in this Colorful Eats series that represent our good-for-you way of eating. But in these challenging and uncertain times, occasionally a little decadence is called for. Sometimes demanded.

      So when the Home Chef Extraordinaire was trying to come up with his next creation, he went blank. As he struggled with concepts he thought you would enjoy, his writing pad remaining empty for hours, I tried to make some admittedly lame suggestions and after he returned a long blank stare, I offhandedly quipped "Why not NOT cook at all?".

      It turned out to be the lightbulb in the refrigerator moment he needed. He tossed around a few fantastic ideas with me, some of which will make the blog at later dates.

      Since it's almost football season and we are big fans (Kansas City CHIEFS, y'all), we're always in search of the best game time snacks. And what could be more perfect than a beautifully carved wood board rendered invisible by hoards of artisanal meats and cheeses!

      I hope you love the products I recommend! This post may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

       Charcuterie Board

      We were new to the world of Charcuterie when we started this project, having only experienced these tantalizing spreads at parties. We've admired the creativity involved in the placement of each food element and wondered if we could create our own delicious, colorful (of course) and aesthetically pleasing version for next Sunday's game.

      We set out for our local Whole Foods Market to see what ingredients we could discover. We had no real strategy and no list. And it turns out that's the best way to design your own board. No need to overthink it. Just go with what looks good, tastes divine and appeals to your eye.

      Just remember - if you choose to go meatless, don't call it Charcuterie. There are rules - meat MUST be involved, so sayeth the cured meat gods. It becomes a snack board without them but those are wonderful too! Here's how our Charcuterie experience took shape:

       

       

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      Charcuterie Meats | The Color Lab Blog

       

      1.  We found the right board to build our platter. Large cutting boards, marble slabs, slate boards or ceramic platters are great options.

      2.  We selected a variety of meats. Traditional Charcuterie is all about cured meats but since we wanted to stay nitrate-free, we chose Colameco's prosciutto, sopressata, chorizo and salami. This brand also uses no antibiotics and their meats are minimally processed.

      3.  Cheese? Please! There was an overwhelming array of hard and soft cheeses to choose from. You can't go wrong with your selection. Stay true to your taste buds. We went with cheddars, brie, gouda and gorgonzola.

      4.  Pitted greek and black olives were a must plus some brilliant red Peppadew sweet piquante peppers, roasted garlic cloves, cornichons for good measure.

      Charcuterie Board | The Color Lab Blog

      5.  A sliced french baguette and lightly salted crackers were important for creating bite-sized stacks. With all of the savory-spiciness, we balanced the board with a delectable Blood Orange MarmaladeHot Pepper JellyFig and Ginger Jam and a variety of mustards from Stonewall Kitchen.

      6.  For fresh fruit, we went with grapes because we already had them but berries and dried fruits are good too.

      7.  You can certainly use a variety of nuts but we decided on carmelized walnuts because once we tasted them, nothing else mattered.

      8.  To up the fancy factor, add some fresh rosemary or mint sprigs.

      9.  Serve with your favorite wine or beer. More important than anything else, have fun arranging and eating your Charcuterie board!

      Charcuterie Board | The Color Lab Blog


      Love, Juliet



       

       

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      Colorful Cocktails: Springtime Sparkler

      Colorful Cocktails: Springtime Sparkler

      I've returned to the Colorful Cocktail series with a treat that I’ve created to celebrate these last days of Spring. It's refreshing and slightly exotic - perfect for showers, light lunches or that fresh European soft cheese board you've been meaning to put together. Watch my how-to video or follow the complete recipe below for all you need to add this pretty and super easy drink to your seasonal celebrations!

      Juliet's Springtime Sparkler

      makes 1 drink 

      INGREDIENTS


      INSTRUCTIONS

      1. Chill a 6 oz. champagne flute.
      2. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker in the order listed, except sparkling beverage.
      3. Cap and shake vigorously.
      4. Strain into chilled serving glass.
      5. Top with sparkling beverage.
      6. Garnish with a lime wheel and a fresh strawberry.
      7. Enjoy!

       

       

      Love, Juliet

       

       

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      Colorful Cocktails: Sour Apple Martini

      Colorful Cocktails: Sour Apple Martini

       

      I'm back with another Colorful Cocktail! This time, I've got the sour and the sweet commingling to make this fruity drink plus my favorite color, Green has a starring role! I put my special twist to the mix but feel free to make it your own. Watch the video or follow the complete recipe below for all you need to add this super easy drink to your at-home beverage rotation!

       

       

      Juliet's Sour Apple Martini

      makes 1 drink

      INGREDIENTS

      INSTRUCTIONS

      1. Chill a martini glass.
      2. Pour ingredients into mixing glass with 2/3 ice in order listed.
      3. Cap, shake and strain into chilled martini glass.
      4. Add garnish with a green apple slice and serve.
      5. Enjoy!

       

      Love, Juliet

       

       

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      Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues, Vol. 11

      Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues, Vol. 11

      Got the travel bug again? I definitely do but I'm playing it safe and taking short/day trips not far from home for now. Once it's safe to expand my horizons, I have a long list of places I'm headed to. This week's list will help you plan colorful trips of all sizes:

       

      • I'm not big on tour traveling. Call me a control freak but vacations shouldn't be about schedules and timetables. Nevertheless, a few of these international food tours would make me break my own rules. 
      • Washington, DC has always been a weekend getaway destination for me. Despite all that has occurred there in recent months (and years), I can't wait to return to check out some of the places Vice President Kamala Harris frequents. (Travel and Leisure)
      • Pop these in your carry-on for a luxurious moisturizing skin care treat.
      • You'll be able to find your luggage on the airport baggage carousel with ease with one of these colorful spinners.

       

      Until next time, may your life be filled with COLOR!

       

      Love, Juliet

        

       

       

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      Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues, Vol. 5

      Color Collective: 10 Links to News & Hues, Vol. 5

       Your colorful links for this week are below:

        • I was asked a couple of times about the colorful serving platter shown in last week's spicy recipe that I shared. Here it is. (Amazon)
        • My home color consulting clients are overwhelmingly loving this soothing color for their renovations. (Benjamin Moore)
        • As if the color selection for these bed sheets wasn't enough, they are the softest I've ever owned that don't squeeze the life out of your wallet. (Amazon)
        • What the legendary actress, Cicely Tyson (who passed away last month) had to say in this Master Class back in 2014 about ending racism is poignant. (Oprah.com)
        • Here's some funny with James Corden (host of The Late, Late Show on CBS) and singer The Weeknd from the Super Bowl. (YouTube)

       

      Wishing you and yours a Happy Valentine's Day! Until next time, live life in love and color!

       

      Love, Juliet

       

      CLICK HERE to read the entire Color Collective series!

       

       

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