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How to Prepare the Perfect Charcuterie Board


This holiday season, impress your guests with a charcuterie board! Carefully crafted and presented quite elegantly, a charcuterie board is essentially a fancy title for a meat and cheese board. Here are five easy steps to help you prepare the perfect appetizer!

1. Select Your Provisions.

Having a medley of diverse cured meats is the first step to create your cheese board. Aim for thinly sliced provisions such as prosciutto or peppered salami. Then try rolling the slices or layering them on your board. Typically these meats can be found at local food stores including Keeler Bay VarietyHealthy Living, and City Market

Photo Source: FN Sharp

2. Choose Your Cheese.

The next step is choosing your fromage. While it's hard to go wrong in this department, incorporating multiple contrasting textures will keep your board fun and interesting! Include artisanal cheeses like Isle La Motte’s Happy Bird Poultry Farm’s Smoked Seriously Sharp Cheddar slices and then mix in a softer cheese like Vermont Creamery’s  herb goat cheese. For one stop shopping, check out Arbor Farm Market or Cheese and Wine Traders for a wide selection of local Vermont products.

Photo source:  Happy Bird Poultry

3. Incorporate Fruit And Nuts.

Adding fruit to your board provides a pop of color and also creates a sweet mixture of flavors. Select fruit that goes with your cheeses of choice. Include an assortment of fresh and dried fruit then try to add a fruit spread or chutney! Test out My Kid's Kitchen's excellent selection of fruit preserves. Plus,  don’t forget to add a mix of nuts in there...Do we dare suggest candied walnuts?  

Photo source:  Arbor Farmstead

4. Add Crackers and Bread

When making your decision on what crackers to incorporate, think about the type of cheese and meats you’ve selected. Vermont’s Castleton’s Crackers complement nicely with harder cheeses while hand crafted bread such as a seeded baguette from Wally's Place would be ideal to pair with your spreads or dips. 

Photo source: Wally's Place

5. Assemble the Board

Firstly, we recommend using your largest cutting board or a sizable serving platter. Then, layer the cheese and meats on top of each other and sprinkle the fruit and nuts in where you see fit. Additionally, you can use a small bowl for creamy dip or olives. Include any necessary utensils such as cheese knives and garnish with an herb like rosemary or thyme for a pleasant aroma!

Photo source: A Dash of Megnut 

Now pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back, marvel at your board, and dive in! Whether you're gathering with family at the holidays or going to housewarming parties charcuterie boards will be sure to amaze your company and their taste buds!

Photo source: Edyta via Eating European


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7 Champlain Islands Businesses To Shop At This Season

Champlain Islands Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? There are plenty of options right in the Champlain Islands! This holiday season we challenge you to shop local and support Grand Isle County businesses. Below are just some of the shops and talented local artisans located right here in the Islands.

1. Island Craft Shop, South Hero

The Island Craft Shop is the oldest artisan cooperative in Grand Isle County and features over 21 artisans with a wide variety of handmade goods. They are open from 10am - 4pm on Friday, November 25 and every Saturday and Sunday until December 19. For more information check out their Facebook Page.

2. Arbor Farm Market, South Hero

Arbor Farm Market features a variety of farm fresh products as well as many items from Vermont makers. You can visit them Wednesdays-Sundays to browse the great gifts such as handcrafted jewelry and pretty pottery pieces. Shop

3. Dusty Pine Wood Design, Grand Isle

Dusty Pine Wood Design is a maker of quality wood decor and furniture based in Grand Isle. They specialize in custom builds and gifts with a focus on utilizing reclaimed materials. To see their holiday market schedule and shop visit

4. Island Charm, Alburgh

Artisan Handcrafted Jewelry. Beautiful beaded jewelry, charms and more. All items, whether unique jewelry or decorative wind chimes, are handcrafted in Alburgh, VT. Follow them on Facebook or shop on

5. Grand Isle Art Works, Grand Isle

The Grand Isle Art Works has a variety of fine arts and crafts ranging from glass, mixed media, clay, wood, photography and much more! They feature makers across Vermont as well as Island artisans. Shop

6. Hero's Welcome General Store, North Hero

When in doubt, head to Hero’s Welcome in the North Hero Village. This general store is an Island staple, packed with games, books, gag gifts, household items, clothing, and a wide selection of local goods! Shop 

7. Viva Marketplace, South Hero

Viva Marketplace while it is closed for the season they are holding three Saturday holiday markets. You can expect to find curated gifts, jewelry, clothing, and many other items made right in Vermont. Shop

This list highlights just some of the great small businesses that are here in The Champlain Islands. What other small businesses do you like to support? Let us know in the comments.



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