Hop on Board with Charcuterie
I believe it all started that balmy summer’s day when I was just 10 years old. It was mid-day when the sun was at it’s hottest. The thermometer needle hovering around 105. My mother noticed some workmen in our backyard repairing the telephone lines. Without wasting any time, Mom placed a tall pitcher of fresh lemonade and four glasses of ice on a tray and told me to take it out to the workers. To this day I can still remember the look of surprise and gratitude on their faces. I could tell they were genuinely touched that someone noticed them and gave them the unexpected gift of hospitality. I was hooked! I wanted to see those looks again. To my delight, throughout the remainder of my childhood I got to witness my mom and dad hosting friends, family members, and even strangers around our table and in our home.
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Heb 13:2
In my circle of friends, I’m known as the “party girl”. If you want to get my goosebumps going just mention a party theme and I seriously can’t turn it off. But the reality is, as single women, we don’t always have the time, space, or finances to host a big lavish spread or “put on the dog” as my mom would say.
I am so excited to share my newest party hack with you today, Charcuterie (pronounced shar-ku-terie)
I discovered it the other night when I was invited to a little get together. Those of us who were first responders stood in the kitchen grazing on the usual chips and salsa, chocolate chip cookies, and veggies with ranch dip. Then the doorbell rang. Suddenly we heard angels singing, the heavens opened up and a beam of light shone down on Tami as she strutted through the front door carrying a tray loaded with the most amazing assortment of sweets and savories.
None of us had ever seen such a culinary presentation. One gal gasped clutching her hand over her mouth, the rest of us fell at Tami’s feet proclaiming, “We’re not worthy! Teach us about this tray”.
Tami, tossing her head back and laughing, wanted us to believe she just threw her snack offering together on the way out the door. AND THE OSCAR GOES TO!… the rest of us, for pretending we weren’t envious of her talents (eye roll emoji).
But before long Tami had us eating out of her hands, so to speak, when she shared her secret with us. The secret that I am now going to share with you! It’s called Charcuterie .
So, basically a charcuterie board is the art of sharing various cheeses, cold meats, olives, nuts, etc. But this is where my party brain kicks in. Why limit it to a board? Why limit it to meats and cheeses? You can share a board, a tray or even a plate. You can make it as lavish or simple as you want. The idea is that you spend more time with the special people in your life and less time fussing in the kitchen.
What if you took your charcuterie board to shut-ins or people needing a little pick-me-up. You know, sort of a “Sisterhood of the Traveling Board.”
Check out some great charcuterie ideas at one of my newest favorite blogs The Reluctant Entertainer .
“Feasting on Life is when guests come empty-handed, and they bring their story.”
-Sandy Coughlin, Author of The Reluctant Entertainer
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Kathy, I love this concept but isn’t it a little pricey?” Never fear, I’ve got you covered! Check out Cheap Recipe Blog.
So why do I love to entertain? Because my mom and dad showed me over and over how much joy you give when you share the unexpected gift of hospitality.
Who do you know that could use a little charcuterie in their life? I’d love to hear about it.
Wheels up Buttercup!