My Favorite Cheeses

January 27, 2017

favorite cheeses for your next party

One of my biggest guilty pleasures, besides chocolate chip cookies, is cheese! And since I gave up sugar for the month of January, cheese has been king over here. Making cheese boards is one of my favorite things to do in the late afternoon. It’s the best pre-dinner snack, although you have to be careful not to eat too much that you’re full for dinner! Making a cheese board is super easy, though, and you can get creative with it. Usually I’m just adding bits of leftover cheese from the fridge and whatever fruit and nuts we have lying around.  I thought I’d share my favorite cheeses with you guys since I always love asking friends and family members about the ones they love the most. Also, please share your favorites with me below! We’re heading to the grocery store tonight so I’m going to pick up some new ones!

try these cheeses for your next party a delicious cheese board

My Favorite Cheeses

Point Reyes Blue Cheese– Even if you “don’t like blue cheese,” give this one a try! It is the absolute best and we always have a wedge in the fridge. Great in salads, omelettes, or alone with slices of pear!

Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam– so creamy and delicious! It’s a little pricier but I’m telling you it’s so worth it!

Cypress Grove Humbolt Fog– soft-ripened goat cheese. Delicious with marcona almonds or in a beet salad.

St Andre Triple Cream– buttery and so delicious! And perfect if I’m not willing to splurge on Mt Tam

La Tur– soft-ripened cheese with sheep, goat, and cow’s milk. Another creamy and slightly acidic one. We had this for Christmas and it was gone very quickly! Perfect for a party!

any type of aged gouda and salty manchego!

try these delicious cheeses my go-to cheeses Mara's Favorite Cheeses

Favorite cheese board additions: fresh fruit {apples, persimmons, or pears}, toasted nuts {pecans, marcona, or walnuts}, and some sweet element like honey or dark chocolate.

What’s your go-to cheese for a party or for eating at home?


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  • Natali

    I adore hard cheeses such as Pecorino and at the same time Im a sucker for Mozzarella buffala, the complete opposite. Hhehe!

  • Michelle Joseph

    I love cheese – just cheddar and mozzarella – but I have had to take a break from it since developing eczema. I’m on the mend though so I’m counting down the days until I can eat it again.

    Mich x

  • Rach

    I am obsessed with cheese!! If any dish requires cheese, you bet I have extra cheese haha! I’m going to try out the ones you suggested.

  • Love this post! I am such a cheese lover, so any post about cheese is a win for me. My faves are stilton, Applewood, cheddar, parmesan etc etc basically any and all cheese 🙂

    Rachael xx.

  • natalie rumore

    I love cheese soo much, but it does not love me – I have to be careful not to eat too much! I’ve tried almost all of the cheeses at TJs, but my all-time fave is the ‘Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah’ – if you haven’t tried it, you should! Let me know what you think 😉

    • ooh I definitely need to try that one! Thanks Natalie!!

  • Michelle

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! Cheese is my absolute favorite thing to eat! I could make cheese boards for a living! My favorite go-to’s for our cheeseboards are: Mimolette (very orange, sweet and nutty), Point Reyes Blue, Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam (BEST CHEESE EVER), Aged gouda (AMAZING with red wine and dried cranberries), Cotswold (cheddar and chives, SO GOOD), Aged cheddar and Manchego (which is so amazing with apple slices). I also enjoy making little cheese labels for me and my friends.

    • um yes!! You and I love the same cheeses. We should have a cheese party 🙂

  • Brie all the way! Put brie on literally anything and I’ll eat it. Self control can be a problem sometimes, ha!

    Natalie Was Here

  • rchiariello

    I’m a Wisconsinite and my diet is basically 10% cheese (not really, but close!) Love it!

  • Kelly

    Ever since I started breastfeeding I seriously can’t get enough of cheese. It goes on…pretty much everything!! lol So this post hit the spot, and now I can’t wait to hit the grocery store!

  • Jill Basch

    Awww. ❤️❤️💙❤️😘

  • Mmmm mozzarella, gouda, and jarlesberg are my absolute favorites. I have to pre-portion them out so I don’t end up eating the whole thing…because I most definitely would.

    Ashley | Sunday Brunch

    • oh my gosh seriously!! I’m the same way! If I don’t cut little wedges I’ll devour the whole thing!

  • I love cheese and nibbling on a cheese board before dinner, either when we have people over or if it’s just my husband and I. I love sharp cheddars, nutty Italian cheeses, and any kind of goat cheese! One of our faves now is a gouda goat cheese at Trader Joe’s 🙂

    • I need to try that gouda goat cheese!! Thanks for letting me know Jessie! We just got a gouda cheddar at Whole Foods that we really liked!!

  • brie is my all time favorite. you can also never go wrong with a nice sharp cheddar — although I feel like this is more of an east coast thing than west coast thing, when I lived in Oregon, it was much harder to find than mild cheddar.

  • Morgan

    Cheese boards are my go-to afternoon snack. Although, now that I’m pregnant my body is sadly not tolerating dairy like it used to. One of my favorite cheeses is yodeling goat gouda. It’s a vegetarian cheese and is delicious with crisp apple and honey. I get it at Whole Foods and I highly recommend it!

    • ugh that’s so hard that you can’t tolerate dairy right now. Hopefully it will be better after you have the baby. I have got to try that gouda. I loooove gouda and goat varieties always taste so yummy!! Thanks for the tip!!

  • Oh now this is my kind of post! I mean I am a huge fan of everything you do, but cheese is absolutely it’s own food group in my diet, and I am so excited to give some of these new ones a try!

    Fashion By Committee

    • aw yay! So glad you liked it!! Cheese is a top food group for me too 🙂

  • Keshia Marie

    Girl those look so good!!


  • Brandi Matthews

    Now I’m hungry! I could seriously live off cheese and I love making boards too! Gorgeous set up!
    Xx Brandi

  • I’m a huge cheese lover too, Mara, and you make it look so lovely! 🙂

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