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[this is good] many rules! but all make sense and are pretty much how I operate without knowing the rules!
At my hubby's xmas party last week, it was at a hotel private dining room...and they had a beautiful cheese board to go with drinks before dinner....unfortunately they took it away at dinner before we got much of its yumminess! :( My rule is to make sure you get what you want before they take it away for good! :p


and if i may indulge, sometimes just take a forkforthat yummy pieceof camembert and eat it up ... for a perfect, creamy brie just use a spoon
if there's any cheese leftover, particularly an epoisse (the really stinky stuff) place in an air tight container to avoid smelling out the fridge
and another tip (tolerance permitting) if one hasn't a cheese larder, take cheese out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before serving, much yummier (and spoons to the ready)


grapes and pears are delicious with cheeseI much prefer nuts and dried fruits like apricots and figs myself, but I'll give those a try.

Dewi CasGwent

Your right the only cheese that should be mined is a silton and then only if a spoon is provided, when you a very very generous host.


omg. who scoops???! i've never heard of such a thing! obviously we australians are just more accustomed to cheese!


[this is good] Scooping is barbarian. Such folk should be banished. This post is very timely given the approaching plethora of parties before us all. You have done an excellent public service here.


Next time try distracting the miners with a big block of Velveeta.


[this is good] Weird... I don't think I've ever seen anyone mining out a cheese. There ought to be some heinous forfeit for that, along the lines of those incurred for losing one's bread in the fondue.Then again, what do we expect from the nation that gave the world Velveeta (and markets it with the slogan, forget the cheddar, Velveeta is better)?I would also add 5c Do not, under any circumstances, cut the nose (the point) from a wedge of cheese; always take a slice from the side.


Do not, under any circumstances, cut the nose (the point) from a wedge of cheese; always take a slice from the side.
really good point. so avoid the apex.
does that mean its okay to cut across the base, say for a piece of brie.


I already knew you had good manners. :-) Taking the cheese plate away before dinner means that they were using it as an appetizer, which is not unheard of but is untraditional. Cheese traditionally comes at the end of a meal, before or instead of dessert. It follows the salad which also comes at the end and aids in digestion.


Very good tips indeed, thanks for contributing!


I'm not much into dried fruit, but I am with you 100% for the nuts. Especially walnuts. Yum!


I'm not much into stilton and have completely forgotten the rules - thanks for adding them!


I think that scooping is an american thing, we love scooping so much we have actually designed chips in the shapes of spoons.


Thank you!


Note for next time: block of velveeta with miniature axes


Excellent point about the tip of the cheese, and it goes double for the base. Cheese is always cut on the side, thus minimizing the places from which it can ooze.




[this is good] Very informative and amusing.

Kapolnek Family

You've made me hungry! Can I come over for some left over cheese?

Nancy Mitchell

[this is good] I love this. Thanks for the reminders. The "miners" drive me nuts too.


[this is good] I definely had never thought of this before, but I'm SURE it will come in handy some day. Thanks!

Georgia Lynn

"From experience I know that most Americans will choose to become miners and most Europeans will slice in the hope of fixing the mess. Without this cleanup effort the entire cheese will collapse, walls crumbing in a heap, forever trapping the cheese that remains."

Next shop party, as a gentle teaching lesson, you could start each cheese already sliced once, you could even leave the little slice on the cheese knife. Would that be within cheese etiquette for the hostess?

Georgia Lynn

Oops, forgot my [c'est top] :-)

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