Our weekends are pretty much always filled with seeing friends and family. And actually, a majority of the time those get-togethers are at our house.
Since moving, it’s been a lot of fun being able to entertain more.
Long gone are the days of us and our friends all standing around our 1 bedroom apartment’s kitchen island that connected to our living room space. No shade to our old apartment, I loved it but it was small in comparison to our new home.
Now we actually have a dining and living room where people can sit and relax. It’s a luxury I didn’t realize I would love so much.
But somethings never change – and just like our downtown apartment, in the summer our house gets HOT. While we one day plan to invest in central air conditioning – that just isn’t going to happen for this summer. For now, we just need to embrace the heat and learn how to work with it.
One major way I work with the heat is by making stove-and-oven-less meals. The stove and oven ramp up the temperature in our home and it’s simply not worth it. Especially when there are so many great cold meals that you can easily whip up.
Now imagine a super hot house then packed with people – cooking is just a huge no-no. It’s such a no-no for us that we’ve actually told friends and family to put a pause on bringing snacks for everyone that require being cooked in the oven.
Rather than cook when we have friends over, we instead simply put together a charcuterie board or two (always served up with my fave lavender lemonade recipe!). They are always a crowd-pleaser – I mean, who doesn’t love meat, cheese, and fruit right? Here are a few charcuterie board ideas to try out at your next party:
The Ultimate Charcuterie Plate: Making a Healthy Charcuterie Board
Making a low carb and keto-friendly charcuterie board makes it easy to stick to a restricted health plan but is something your friends and family will devour.
How to Make a Charcuterie Board (Meat and Cheese Platter)
Learn how to make a gorgeous charcuterie board that is perfect for summer & fall entertaining. This one's loaded with cured meats, cheeses, seasonal produce (easy to swap out), and lots of sweet & savory bite-sized nibbles, so there's something for everyone. Prep & assemble the ingredients in about 30 minutes then relax while everyone grazes and chats.
The next time you throw a party or are ready to curl up on the couch to watch a movie with your honey, these charcuterie board ideas will help you create a beautiful spread of meats and cheeses without much effort.
Ultimate Charcuterie Board & Homemade Sumac Pita Chips
How to build a Charcuterie Board with Homemade Sumac Pita Chips is an easy way to take a regular meat and cheese board into the next level.
Making a Simple Cheese Board
If you don’t feel confident in the kitchen, the charcuterie board might just become your new best friend! There are no cooking skills required whatsoever and even the least creative person can put together an artful masterpiece of meat and cheese.