November 17, 2020
Guest Blog Post by Katie Nardi, The Restored Board
Sure, charcuterie boards can look a little intimidating but when you break it down to the basics, it’s really not that hard. We may not be hosting large parties yet, but here's a simple "recipe" for building a great charcuterie board.
Follow these seven easy steps to construct your next grazing board. We probably break all kinds of rules, if there are rules to this…but it’s all about what you like. Switch out the ingredients for what you like and enjoy!
GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS!
CONSTRUCT YOUR BOARD
Step 1Use small containers or ramekins to anchor your board and fill them with loose items, condiments and items that may cause any sogginess (such as mustard, honey, pickles, olives and preserves). These will help to build your board and support other food items, so best to start here.
Step 2 Add your cheeses. Spread them out around the board so they’re easily accessible. Feel free to get creative with your placement and arrangements.
Step 3 Add meats. Same thing, you’ll want to spread them out across the board. This will also encourage different snacking combinations.
Step 4 Place large fruits such as grape bunches.
Step 5Add crackers in rows, semi-circles around the ramekins or use more organic-shaped crackers to fill in empty spaces.
Step 6Add fillers. This is where I add blueberries, cherries and pistachios to fill in any empty spaces, still placing them around the board in multiple spots.
Step 7Add your finishing touches. Garnishes (fresh rosemary, thyme & basil are good ones, but we were out) and serving pieces will round out your board and give it a finished look.
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August 27, 2020
I’m excited to announce the launch of Essentially Charleston, an online store dedicated to sharing the essence of the city via its makers and artisans and designers. All products are made here for you.
What you will find: a curated collection of homewares, kitchen and pantry items, fashion and lifestyle products, and essential gift boxes. When you want to say “thank you” or “you’re awesome!” in a meaningful way, give an Essentially Charleston gift.
You will also “Meet the Makers,” find delicious local recipes and uncover Charleston tidbits in the Essentially Charleston Journal and newsletter. (Join the newsletter list here. We super duper promise not to share your info!)
We look forward to “seeing” you in the store soon!