In my husband’s line of work, they have a very famous acronym – ABC, which stands for Always Be Closing. I have my own acronym – ABE or Always Be Entertaining. No matter where I am. I am looking for inspiration, ideas, and recipes. I am always on high alert at wineries because most have a style that I admire.
It happened recently at Murietta’s Well when we ordered a cheese board for lunch. I couldn’t help but take a picture of our board. What I liked about this board was its unstudied casual look, yet it had style!
We were invited to dinner and a slide show of our friends’ recent trip to Italy and France. It was Italian themed as they had taken a cooking class outside of Sienna and were eager to try out their new skills. Lucky us!
We were asked to bring some cheese and crackers for appetizers, and I thought the look of the Murietta’s Well board would work well. It had prosciutto, rustic crackers, roughly cubed cheese, dried apricots, cranberries, and candied walnuts.
I didn’t use exactly the same foods, instead, I emulated the style of the board using things I found at the local market and things I had on hand. I found a cheese called Italian Fontal (It was like a cross between Fontina and Mozzarella) at the market in Angels Camp along with some cheddar and dry coppa. The dried figs were from the Moroccan Lamb Stew I made a few weeks ago and I had the cranberries in the pantry. I found the crackers at the market as well. They are not as rustic as the ones from Angels Food Market, but I think they do the trick. I also had a little more food as we were feeding a crowd. Instead of candied walnuts, I used smoke almonds that I always have on hand.
The trick is not to take it so seriously. Let the chips or crackers fall where they may.
Looks pretty appetizing, right? Here’s the whole board.
Do you take pictures and collect ideas and where do you keep them? How do you find the later?Let me know it the comments below.