14 inch diameter tray
fresh herbs (chives, rosemary, parsley, etc)
fresh rose leaves or bay leaves
red seedless grapes
Christmas shape cookie cutters
Arrange crackers in a circle on tray. Cut 4-5 cheese slices 1/4 inch thick and approximately 3×4 inches OR the size of your cookie cutters and set aside. Cut remaining cheese in a variety of shapes and sizes (bite size cubes, wedges, slices, chunks, or leave in small wheels). Begin by arranging larger pieces of cheese around tray. Intersperse with smaller pieces of cheese. Tuck fresh herbs and leaves around outside edge of tray and throughout cheese arrangement. Intersperse arrangement with small washed clusters of grapes and cherry tomatoes.
Using cookie cutters cut Christmas shapes from slices of cheese and place on a smaller plate with washed and quartered apples and cluster of grapes for Santa.
* Use a variety of cheese colors and flavors (sharp, mild, nutty, fruity, etc). Try some of the following: Gouda, blue, pepper jack, cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, herbed cheese, Brie, etc.
Chef Combo’s Kids Fondue
Combine 1 can (10 oz.) condensed cheddar soup with 8 oz grated Swiss cheese in a fondue pot. Stir and heat until cheese is melted. Stir in enough milk to create desired consistency. Use sliced apples and other fruit for dipping in fondue. To individualize for each child, place small amount of fondue in a cup for each child. For more kid pleasing ideas go to www.familyfoodzone.com or www.nutritionexplorations.com