The Perfect Fall Inspired Charcuterie and Cheese Board #Sponsored by @carnivoreclub

Thanksgiving is over and my parents are already back home, which means it's safe to crack in to this month's box from Carnivore Club. I know this is supposed to be the season of giving, so try not to judge me too harshly, but I had a feeling that I'd barely get a bite if I opened it up while I had company.

Sometimes it's ok to be stingy, especially when it comes to tasty, handcrafted meats.

If you missed our previous post this year and aren't familiar with Carnivore Club, they're a subscription service dedicated to delivering handcrafted, meaty goodness to your door. This is the ultimate meat club for discerning individuals and let me tell you, they don't mess around when it comes to providing you with quality meat. If you're looking for a gift idea for your meat-loving friends and family, then look no further, you could even pick up a box for yourself (I won't tell if you're not into sharing.)

Today's recipe was sponsored by Carnivore Club who has provided me a box of incredibly tasty meats from   Angel's Salumi   in   Carlsbad, CA. No other compensation was given for this post, but it does contain affiliate links.

Today's recipe was sponsored by Carnivore Club who has provided me a box of incredibly tasty meats from Angel's Salumi in Carlsbad, CA. No other compensation was given for this post, but it does contain affiliate links.

What's in the Box?


The November box included four delicious offerings from Angel's Salumi of Carlsbad, CA

Nostrano  (Salami w/ Black Peppercorn and Red Wine) 
Toscano (Salami w/ Black Peppercorn, White Wine, and Fresh Garlic)
French Rosette (Salami w/ Clove, Nutmeg, Garlic, and White Wine)
Duck Breast Prosciutto


Review


Most of the selections included this month were new-to-me, only the Nostrano was a style that I have tried in the past (in fact, it was one of my favorites in the April box.) I find that the flavor profile of Nostrano is very similar to Toscano which was also included this month. They're both mildly flavored, making them perfect to pair with a variety of things, but the Toscano receives a little flavor-boost from the fresh garlic, making it my favorite of the two. But the true stand-out among the salami in this box was the French Rosette—the flavor from the cloves and nutmeg really were out of this world, I've not tasted a salami quite like it before.

Full Disclosure: i'm absolutely nuts for anything made with cloves, I feel like they're really underutilized in cooking these days, so I was really excited to try this salami and may be a little biased, but as long as you don't loath cloves (and really, how could you?) then I think you'll enjoy this one. 

Now as much as I enjoyed sampling the various salami offered this month I'll admit it was all a bit overshadowed by the fact that the box contained Duck Breast Prosciutto. I love duck, in all its many forms, so this is the one I was most excited to try. Let me just say that it didn't disappoint, it absolutely melts in your mouth. I put a small amount on our Fall Inspired Cheese Board (recipe at the end of this post), but I've held the bulk of it in reserve for a open-faced sandwich I've had in mind that's topped with a soft-set duck egg, layers of duck prosciutto, and who knows what else. I'm going to enjoy experimenting with this once I have some spare time. If I had to pick a favorite this month, the Duck Breast Prosciutto would be it.

Would I order this again? Absolutely! Carnivore Club is always a winner in our house, especially when we're hit with a case of the munchies, but I love having a selection of meats on hand to pull out when I need something to bring to a party (what little bit I have left will be following me to our first holiday party of the season in just a few days.)
 

Price


Pay as little as $50/month with a recurring subscription (monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly plans available) with a three month minimum or purchase a single box for $55. 
 

Where to Subscribe


Carnivore Club - The Ultimate Meat Club for Discerning Individuals

For a limited time Save 10% off your order using coupon code EATMEAT Offer valid through 11/30/16

Deadline for the December box is November 30th (it will arrive in early December, just in time for gift-giving!) This box will feature a selection of meats from Wisconsin River Meats including elk and bison summer sausage!

Make sure to keep reading for our tips for putting together the perfect Fall-Inspired Charcuterie and Cheese board.

Fall-Inspired Charcuterie and Cheese Board + Carnivore Club Review

Fall Charcuterie and Cheese Board


There really is no right or wrong way when it comes to putting together a cheese board, but a good variety is the key to ensuring all of your guests find something to enjoy. It's important to know your audience. If there is something one of your guests loathe (like olives) don't include them on the board. You can always keep these types of things in a dish off to the side if you really want to serve them.

Keep your selection simple, in most cases I pick out one cheese per meat, although this time I opted to pair things down and go with two cheeses that were long-standing favorites: cheddar and bread-cheese, or Brun-uusto. Bread cheese is always a hit, but it is best served warm, so I let guests know to pop it in the microwave for a few seconds before eating, that way it's warm and melty.

Cheese

Brun-uusto (a Wisconsin-made 'Bread Cheese') - Brunkow Cheese
Goat Milk Cheddar - MontChevré 

Meat

Nostrano  (Salami w/ Black Peppercorn and Red Wine) 
Toscano (Salami w/ Black Peppercorn, White Wine, and Fresh Garlic)
French Rosette (Salami w/ Clove, Nutmeg, Garlic, and White Wine)
Duck Breast Prosciutto

Crackers, Bread, and other things...

Potter's Crackers - Garlic and Baby Onion Crackers and Caramelize Onion Crisps
Fresh Baguette
Sweetened Dried Cranberries
Sugar-rubbed Whole Pecans

Other important things to remember:

Don't forget to add condiments! I like to include something sweet, something savory, and a variety of mustards. In the fall things like fig jam, caramelized onion preserves, and pepper jelly are great choices to liven up your cheese board.

Always buy twice as many crackers as you think you'll need. Even after everything else is long gone people always enjoy nibbling on them.
 

Disclosure


Today's recipe was sponsored by Carnivore Club who has provided me a box of incredibly tasty meats from Angel's Salumi of Carlsbad, CA. No other compensation was given for this post, but it does contain affiliate links.

 

2015 Holiday Gift Guide - Gourmet Gifts

This year I decided to opt out of shopping during Black Friday so I could sleep in until ten and eat leftover pie for breakfast (while wearing my comfy jammies, of course.) I couldn't think of a better way to spend the day. Some people like to get up early and brave the crowds, but I will always choose pie over shopping, of that you should have no doubt.

Now, just because I took the day off and spent it acting like the glutton you know I am doesn't mean I didn't have you on my mind—I had a feeling at least some of you were staying in and enjoying your own food coma. So, for those of you who were smart enough to avoid the holiday madness that is Black Friday I have another handy gift guide made up of my favorite edible things. If store bought gifts really aren't your style, make sure you check out our DIY gifts and Cookies for some tasty holiday inspiration. 

2015 Holiday Gift Guide - Gourmet Gifts

Disclosure


This post contains my Adagio, Amazon, and Sur la Table affiliate links. I try to keep advertising unobtrusive and to a minimum in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Purchases made through these links provide me with a small income and ensure I can continue providing you with quality content.

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that the Mix & Match Tea Gift Set was provided to me free of charge by Adagio for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.

Gourmet Gifts for the Food Lover Who Has Everything

Finding the perfect gift can be difficult, especially if you're shopping for a food lover that already has every kitchen gadget imaginable. Does that sound like someone in your life? Don't worry you aren't alone, my husband says I fall in to this category too. My solution when I come across this problem is to give an edible gift I know the person wouldn't normally purchase themselves. Here is a list of some of my most wanted items and a few pantry staples to get you started on your holiday shopping.

2014_GourmetGifts.jpg
  1. Guittard Semi Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips — this is my go-to chocolate for brownies, it's miles better than any other brand I've tried.

  2. Stonewall KitchenCheddar Ale Mustard — I discovered this mustard a few years back and it quickly became a pantry staple. Try it on sandwiches, brats, or with summer sausage and crackers.

  3. San Francisco Salt Company French Grey Salt — Believe it or not the best meal I ate in Paris was a pan-seered salmon dipped in grey sea salt. Simple and delicious!

  4. Luxardo Maraschino Cherries — I've always wanted to try these, so they went on my wish-list this year.

  5. Scharffen Berger Unsweetened Natural Cocoa Powder Gift Box — I couldn't live without this cocoa powder.

  6. Distillerie Du Perigord Cherries in Kirsch Brandy — These make a delicious treat. You can use the Kirsch in your pie crust for a little added flavor and top your ice cream with the cherries. Yum!

Don't be afraid to ask us for help if you're having trouble finding the ultimate gift this year. We'll do our best to come up with the perfect suggestion or you can try one of our DIY Christmas gifts which are always sure to please!
 

Disclosure

 

This posts contains my Amazon affiliate links.  I try to keep advertising unobtrusive and to a minimum in order to provide you with the best experience possible. The revenue generated from these links helps to cover my expenses in running this blog so I can continue to provide you with quality content.