Since Hank came along, we entertain at home a lot more because we’d rather buy groceries for the week than fund a sitter for an evening.
This is our cheese plate jar, it’s where we keep snacks for impromptu hosting. We used to eat all the yummy snacks ourselves, and then have sliced fudgesicles and dry pasta curls when people came over. Now, once something goes in the jar, it’s for guests only.
You can stock it with all kinds of shelf-friendly snacks, but our favorites include:
Bars of Dagoba or Scharffenberger dark chocolate
Raw almonds, pecans, filberts
Roasted pistachios or pumpkin seeds
Dried apricots, cranberries, or mangoes
If you happen to have some cheese in the fridge and a little drizzle of honey, you can make a killer cheese plate with that stash. If not, take three little dishes (we use sushi plates), and put out almonds, dried apricots, and chopped chocolate. You can put it together in five minutes with no cooking and no stress.
Look at you, so fancy.