Cheese Plate Essentials

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The cheese plate: the quintessential appetizer that draws together dinner guests and gets the party started.

You can't really go wrong with high-quality cheeses and nibbles around the board, but here are some recommendations for the perfectly balanced plate at your next party...

bloomy-rind cheese: camembret or brie
semisoft cheese: etorki
hard cheese: hard cheddar
blue cheese: stilton
accompaniments: cranberries, apricots, assorted nuts, raw pumpkin seed butter (the best)
crackers: sea salt and olive oil crackers

adapted from real simple magazine