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The NEW trend in dinner is ...

November 17, 2021 by Emily Moore

"Let's go GRAZY!"

I am a BIG fan of the occasional no-cook dinner. Especially if it’s one my whole family is excited to help make! Call it what you will: charcuterie board, cheese plate, grazing board – I call it “dinner.”

Plan Your Board

Some people start with a theme, like Thanksgiving or Winter. I like to start with what’s already in my fridge/pantry and what’s in season/on sale. And you don’t need an actual board or fancy platter! For quantities and scale, consider how many people you’re feeding. Marissa Mullen of That Cheese Plate suggests: 

  • 8” Plate - 2 to 4 People
  • 10” Plate - 4 to 6 People
  • 12” Plate - 6 to 8 People
Build Your Board

As you gather supplies and get started, think about flavor, texture, color, and shape. Here are some ideas:


Use meat if you wish, or make a dynamite meatless board with hard-boiled eggs, lox, smoked fish, baked tofu, or veggie sausage!


Try a combo of fresh, seasonal fruit like berries, grapes, or apple slices AND dried apricots, raisins, figs, or dates.

  • Hard – smoked cheddar, Parmesan, Manchego 
  • Soft – mozzarella, brie, goat
  • Aged – aged cheddar, gouda
  • Blue – stilton, gorgonzola, Roquefort
  • Vegan/Dairy Free –​​​​​​​ create your own, or we love Daiya cheeses 

Start with what’s in season and pair it with a dip (see below)! We like: carrots, snap peas, sliced radishes, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers.


Some crunch is critical! Try: raw veggies (see above), pickled veggies (asparagus, giardiniera, olives), crackers, pretzels, chips, and nuts.

Dips & Spreads

Dips and spreads can be used for crackers, vegetables, and even fruit! Consider savory options like hummus, pesto, tzatziki, mustard, and ranch. Or on the sweet side: jam, jelly, honey, and cream cheese.​​​​​​​


Add a touch of something sweet (a few cookies or wrapped candies for a pop of color)

PUNNY to see you here

Thyme to come up with your own charcuterie, cheese plate, or grazing board puns. We'll start. 

  • What a brie-lliant dinner for gouda family laughs.
  • What a gouda dinner, you feta believe it.
  • Our family brie-longs together. 
  • I have a hypothe-swiss that we will love this dinner. 
  • How could this dinner get any cheddar?
  • Cheese Louise! This is grate!
  • Ricotta have dinner together more often.
  • Anything you can do, I can do feta.
  • This cheese board is really grate.
  • You feta believe we put this cheese board together as a family.
  • I'm not board at all.
  • You better brie-lieve this is dinner.
  • A real cheesy family dinner night.
  • In queso you didn't know, we put this grazing board together.
  • This is nacho average charcuterie board.
  • Absence makes the heart grow fondue.
  • Brie mine.
  • May the cheese be with you.
  • Cheesy puns crack-er me up!
  • Curd your enthusiasm.
  • Everything with cheese mac me so happy.
  • We found the fontina of youth.
  • Hakuna ricotta!
  • I'm grateful for my family and this gouda dinner!
  • Hugs and cheeses.
  • I hope you have a gouda day.
  • I’m so fondue of my family.
  • In queso emergency, eat cheese.
  • Just in queso you didn’t know, this is the best!
  • One of the gouda ones.
  • Puns are not cheesy; they’re gouda.
  • Sweet dreams are made of cheese.
  • Thank you dairy much!
  • This might sound cheesy, but our family is the gratest!
  • Only gouda vibes here.
  • To brie or not to brie, that is the question!
  • What did the piece of cheddar say to the ghost? Don’t scare me—I’m lac-ghost intolerant!
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