Money Saving Appetizer

When I was in high school I used to come home from school and watch Food Network, the weeknight shows then were chefs like Rachael Ray explaining recipes in front of a camera and that’s how I learned how to cook. Now my favorite Food Network show is The Kitchen, I’m pretty sure Katie Lee and I would be really good friends if we ever got to hang out.

There was a new holiday episode on yesterday where they had simple tips for meat and cheese boards. Their #1 tip was that foods that dwell together pair well together, meaning to match cheeses from certain regions with meats from that same region.

One of my favorite places to shop is Trader Joe’s, they have really great deals on equally great foods. The one in our area is in a super busy shopping center so I only go there during the week on my lunch break. After watching this episode yesterday it made me really want to put together a meat & cheese tray to snack on.

There was a big football game on yesterday afternoon so I took advantage of the roads being clear and went to Trader Joe’s. I was able to find a variety of both cheese and meat and a French bagguette and spent less than $11 before tax!

Here’s how I did that while still following the tip from The Kitchen;

Trader Joe’s has a big section of cheeses, some of them come with more than one option, which is what I snagged. This one is a trio from Spain.

On the other side of the store, where the sandwich meat is located is where I found another trio from Spain,


And here’s the bread,


Once it’s plated on my marble cake stand, it’s a lovely, tasty, INEXPENSIVE, meat & cheese board! They also have a big selection of wines that would go great with this and still be saving money.

There was a lot of new items for Christmas time at Trader Joe’s that I’m excited to try.

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  1. I LOVE Trader Joe’s! Luckily, there are quite a few near us, so the dreaded Trader Joe’s parking is normally not an issue. We’ve done the same kind of meat and cheese plates, just never on such a nice plate or board. Need to up my game.

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