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Old 08-01-2020, 10:27 AM
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Is this big where you you live? We have several places doing them around here and people absolutely lose their minds over them. I mean they're great. Who doesn't love yummy nibbly snacks? And some of the arrangements are beautiful. I'm just surprised at how crazy people are about an assortment of items you can just grab at any grocery. I guess the variety all in one place? The pretty arrangement? I would understand more if they were specialty items you couldn't get anywhere else.

Anyway, I would absolutely love to order one and enjoy an evening on my patio with a couple of girl friends. (Not happening, just wishing)


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Old 08-01-2020, 10:36 AM
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Yes, they are kind of a big thing. My DD made a beautiful one at Christmastime, and everyone raved over it.
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Old 08-01-2020, 10:39 AM
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I love arranging a charcuterie board and I love eating it. That’s why I got a tabletop for my outdoor ottoman. Nothing beats sitting on the balcony with a friend, wine, Brie, Havarti, hard salami, olives, grapes, crackers...and anything else that appeals. I just go to Trader Joe’s and buy what looks good that day.

I can’t imagine paying someone to make mine—it’s fun to do and I know what we like.
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We had a wonderful one
Old 08-01-2020, 11:01 AM
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At an Italian restaurant last week. Burratta cheese, other cheeses, pepperoni, olives, tomatoes, other meats, and artichoke. So good!! I do make my own at home too.
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Old 08-01-2020, 11:19 AM
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Old 08-01-2020, 11:48 AM
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Yup.
It is the trendy thing.
I have a charcuterie board I love. I give charcuterie boards and the little bowls, spreaders etc as gifts along with specialty food items.
But seriously, I think it is hilarious.

I can't think of a time in my life when we didn't serve these foods.
We might have called them appetizers, cheese boards, cheese and crackers, fruit plates, vegetable trays, relish trays or meat platters.
But, we have always served cheese and crackers, olives, stinky meats (I don't like them -- hence I call them stinky meats), grapes etc.

The only thing that has changed is the delivery platform.
Now everything goes on a long live edge wood board or paddle instead of individual wooden bowls, cutting boards, wicker baskets or serving platters.
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Old 08-01-2020, 11:49 AM
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I love that, Icrazyteach! I actually have a book called Platters and Boards so I can try to make mine look like that!
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Old 08-01-2020, 12:17 PM
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I can't think of a time in my life when we didn't serve these foods.
I thought the same thing a few years ago when charcuteries started appearing. I already liked the foods, and I like the latest arrangement.
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Old 08-01-2020, 12:42 PM
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I must be missing something. To me it's just a bunch of snacks with a fancy name. People pay a higher price for fancy names I guess?
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Old 08-01-2020, 12:59 PM
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I always thought of a charcuterie as being meats.

Iím thinking of Kuletos that used to be in SF. They had a room for curing the meats and had the meats hanging above the bar. I seem to remember olives and their bread sticks on their board.


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Old 08-01-2020, 02:35 PM
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We've made them at home during board game nights. We love them but they put me way over budget on groceries every time!
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Old 08-01-2020, 03:42 PM
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I agree with those who think it's just a new name for old foods. I loved the lunchable meme. Those items have always been part of an appetizer spread but we called it cheese and crackers, cured meats, and fruit trays. I am happy though that entertaining with appetizers is making a comeback. It seems like there were quite a few years where people seemed to think if you didn't provide a full meal you just weren't doing it right. I've always preferred having people for drinks and heavy horderves. I love the beauty of the charcuterie boards, but I actually prefer them a little more separate.
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Itís nice to know Iím finally trendy
Old 08-01-2020, 05:10 PM
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Of course mine donít look fancy. If youíre at my house everything will probably still be in the container it came in. This has been supper at my house for years.
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Old 08-01-2020, 09:37 PM
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We always called it antipasto. I love it.
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Old 08-02-2020, 04:31 AM
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If you follow the Skinnytaste community on Facebook, there was a period last year around the holidays where everyone was posting their charcuterie boards. It got kind of funny actually, with people going over the top and for a while there, my feed had nothing but charcuterie.
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We rednecks had them for years
Old 08-02-2020, 04:33 AM
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here in the Midwest. But they were put in Grandma's enormous plastic tray from Tupperwear and had a side of Deviled eggs and probably a jello mold nearby...

I tried to find a picture of the Tupperwear tray with the food in it but that was a time in a world were we didn't take pictures of our food much...
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Old 08-02-2020, 05:19 AM
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Never actually heard that name before. 😳 We just say bring a meat tray or cheese plate/platter etc. or someone says Iím bringing a cream cheese spread. I guess my friends are not fancy! 😅
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Old 08-02-2020, 05:52 AM
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It is funny how something that has been around for so long gets to be "the thing" as if it is something new.

It is even funnier when those who would make fun of a relatives cheese/meat/olive tray now thinks it is all the rave. (Yes, I know someone like this. Makes my eyes roll.)

I've always loved my family's Charcuterie trays, but it usually contained just the type of items most liked by the family and relatives. I would not be a fan of many of the "fancier" ones because I am very particular on my stinky cheeses and stinky meats. It is love or hate with many of them.
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Old 08-02-2020, 09:22 AM
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I just like saying the word
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