Yesterday was Valentine's Day. To celebrate it, Jenn and I put together a dinner of cheese, fruit, and charcuterie. That's a picture of our spread above. We are huge fans of fine cheeses, and especially huge fans of the Bedford Cheese Shop here in Brooklyn. (Here's a link to my Gridskipper posting on it, and you can go here for a rundown of all my stuff.)
Since it's too late and I'm too tired to actually do any "writing" I've compiled a list of what we had. In the magazine world, you'd call this a listicle.
Five Year Boerenkaas cheese (It's a type of Gouda, at $15.99/lb)
Rolf Beeler Gruyere (at $28.99/lb)
Montenebro (at $21.99/lb)
One tin of Riga Smoked Sprats (excellent little Latvian fish in sunflower seed oil, $1.99 for a 5.6 Oz. can)
Red Onion and Rosemary Z crackers
Pain D'Avignon Onion Ficelle bread
Bresola Biellese (Bresola is aged, dried beef. Think prosciutto, but beef. It rules, at $32/lb)
Honey Maple Turkey Breast and Herb Turkey Breast from Applegate Farms (at $8.99/lb)
Moroccan Oil Cured Olives (at $5.99/lb)
Gala Apples (which we forgot to slice and put on the table)
Pama Pomegranate Liqueur (from the slush table, shaken and strained into martini glasses as an aperitif. Quite divine)
Ribas de Cabrera 2001 Spanish Red Wine (yummers)
Below is a picture of the Riga Smoked Sprats, since I took the above picture and then realized I had forgotten to put them on the table.
Let the record reflect that I really love this style of eating: small plates with lots of different things to choose from. Cheeses, meats, smoked fishies, fruits, boozes. Everything good in life. And while it's pretty dear for a "home-cooked meal" it was an absolute cornucopia of excellent food, and far superior to anything we could have gotten for that money at a restaurant on Valentine's Day, also known as amateur night.
Let the record also reflect that I did indeed give Jenn a heart-shaped box of chocolates. We had a lovely time, and we also have leftovers.
Here is a picture of our cheese selection.