Worth an Oogle: Cheese & Charcuterie

Here at the ModCloth offices, we sure do love us some cheese. So, what better way to celebrate the holidays than with pristine plates of cheese and other delightful deliciousness?

Now, we don’t claim to be highfalutin cheesemongers — we are merely lovers of cheese with a penchant for artfully arranged food goods. Come, oogle with us, and we’ll share a few slices of cheese plate wisdom along the way…


Just like in fashion, so it goes in food: create contrast and visual excitement with a range of color and texture! Here, we’ve selected cheeses in a variety of hues to create a most aesthetically pleasing arrangement. In this scrumptious spread, you’ll find cheese in hues of bold pumpkin-orange, mellow golden-peach, and four varieties of ivory — including two speckled by bits of vibrant fruit (lemon and cranberry Stilton, to be exact!).


Adding to the temptation of tastiness are luscious layers of texture supplied by dried figs, fresh red and black grapes, sliced apple, candied nuts, and two types of crackers — one that’s dotted with an exquisite array of seeds and nuts!

Mouth watering yet? On to plate two, where cheese meets meat…


On this plate, prosciutto, sopressata, and salami provide a fine selection of salty, savory, crowd-pleasing charcuterie options. A kaleidoscope of color is supplied by dried apricots and figs, green and black olives, artichoke hearts, and roasted red peppers, as well as herb-marinated fresh mozzarella.


Adding to the marvelous mix are marcona almonds and garlic-herb pita crackers, while fig preserves provide a sweet counterbalance to the saltiness of the meats, cheeses, and munchies.

In summary, for all you TL;DR-ers: Making a stunning spread is all about combining a variety of colors and textures! Be sure to include some fruit (dried and/or fresh), olives, crackers, a sweet spread of some sort, and cheeses and meats, of course. And, above all — use whatever you love! Don’t be overly picky about ‘pairings’. Because at the end of the day, the best cheese and meat trays are the ones that wind up completely empty.

+What will you be serving up this holiday season?

About Natalie

As the owner of three small, fluffy dogs, Natalie has accepted the fact that dog hair being everywhere and on everything is just part of her lifestyle now. She cannot stop decorating (and redecorating) her home, and lives by Robert Venturi's words, "Less is a bore." Fresh flowers, floral print dresses, and a good gin and tonic are just a few of her favorite things.

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1 Comment

  1. Brande 12/23/2015 at 6:09 pm #


    This is such an awesome post! I’m planning to put together a charcuterie tray/platter for New Year’s Eve and these ideas are really helpful. I love the vivid colors of the food.

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