Host a Wine and Cheese Party!

Host a Wine and Cheese Party!

Not everyone has the budget to host a sit-down dinner, nor do all of us even have the time! Whether the in-laws are in town or you are having a group of women over for drinks, cheese pairs wonderfully with an intimate night in. Savor wines, cheeses and even whipped honey cremes with this meal planner for easy fine dining at home. Recipes and tips to follow...

It is so nice savor nice wine, quality cheese and other wine bar staples at home with friends!

Honey Ridge Farms makes an award-winning Balsamic Honey Vinegar produced entirely from honey mead. Their honey vinegar can be used in place of balsamic vinegars, so they are terrific as a dipping oil with bread and cheese or in a salad! Because it’s 100% honey, the vinegar is also sulfite-free. With a touch of sweetness and bit of bite, it can be used in any recipe calling for vinegar. We loved using it as a base for salad dressings over spinach salad with fresh strawberries. Portland has an ice cream shop called Salt & Straw; they use it in a honey balsamic strawberry and black pepper combo dessert treat! The possibilities are endless.

makes a lovely part skim cow’s milk cheese with a sweet and nutty flavor. It was wonderful with red wine but can also be served with lagers or dry white wines. It also has a terrific consistency for baking.

Woolwich Dairy Original Chevrai and Triple Crème Goat Brie are ideal for entertaining. Unripened goat cheese is fresh and tangy and our definite favorite of the bunch! Triple Crème Goat Brie is buttery with an earthy finish.  Both cheeses are perfect with Belgian beer, wheat beer and white wines.

Nationally available in both supermarkets and warehouse clubs like Costco, these  cheeses are ideal because they are true "affordable luxuries". You savor all the premium flavor minus the high price tag.

Need a spread for that bread? Honey Ridge Farms Whipped Honey Cremes come in seven varieties: Lemon, Blackberry, Raspberry, Cranberry, Spiced, Apricot and Clover. The best part? They don't even require refrigeration, so they can be stocked in your pantry. The dairy- and gluten-free honey crèmes are Kosher certified as well. They cap off the wine and cheese session perfectly!

Here are some recipes that feature balsamic and honey that we truly adore:

Honey Grilled Chicken

Honey Candy

Honey-Pecan Chicken Thighs

Honey Cornbread

Balsamic-Glazed Filet Mignon

Balsamic Asparagus

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