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The Entertaining Encyclopedia by Denise Vivaldo, includes articles and recipes like International Party Themes; Wine and Cheese Parties; Cheese Board with Bread and Cracker Assortment; Oscar Night Party; and Crab and Blue Cheese Bundles.

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Wine and Cheese Parties


Cheese Board

Serves 6 to 8
or can be multiplied up to 4 times


Serve mild-tasting cheeses, as strongly flavored ones will overpower most wines. Buy very good-quality cheeses and let them come to room temperature before serving.


Make use of the cheese counter in your local gourmet store. Ask them to help you choose a good hard cheese, a soft ripened cheese, a soft goat cheese and a semi-hard cheese.

Arrange cheeses on a serving plate or cheese board with small knives and spreaders.


Bread and Cracker Assortment

Serves 6 to 8
or can be multiplied up to 4 times

Bread and crackers serve a dual purpose: they cleanse the palette while also serving as a vessel for the cheese.


Look for sweet tortas from Spain. These are fried flatbread crackers with honey and aniseed, and are delightfully flavorful.

Arrange breads and crackers in a shallow bowl or basket.


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