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Indian Summer ~ An Autumn Cheese Plate!

We like to think of Indian summer as an intermezzo in the year – like a sorbet between seasons. Officially there should be a frost first, followed by warm days, but instead it vacillates – one moment cool and crisp, and the next as warm as a midsummer day, but always with an autumn mood. Perfect weather for enjoying outdoor cafes, tailgate picnics, antique hunting, fishing expeditions, hunting trips, long walks, and long, long games. The colors are rich and warm – forest greens, burnt oranges, deep reds, tobacco goldens, russets and browns. It is usually the first snowfall that draws the final curtain and forces us indoors.

Did you know that October is American Cheese Month? It’s also that time of year when it really starts to feel like autumn, and the harvest is in full swing. What better reason to celebrate with a massive platter of cheese that’s shockingly gorgeous and perfect for fall?

Fall cheese and fruit platters are easy and great fun to put together. Use brightly colored birch, maple and ash leaves to hold the cheese – big rounds of Canadian and Vermont Cheddar’s are favorites. This is one time when guests can cut away but be sure to pick up the crumbles from time to time so the platter always looks fresh and clean. Accompany the cheese with a wide assortment of unusual grapes – black, red, Concord – all in perfect clusters.

Cheese boards are one of my favorite things to throw together for a party. My favorite part about them is how they can be customized to suit the season. It’s easy to create an elegant cheese plate at home by grabbing up a few key ingredients from the Village Market and following these four simple steps for a wonderful Autumn Cheese Plate.

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.”
~ Stanley Horowitz

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