Charcuterie Made Simple

There is nothing I love more than a charcuterie board, so if there is ever an occasion I can ask my daughter Grace to make one–I do!

Last week on Christmas Day, she made a delicious one that held my people over from brunch to dinner. I took copious notes because I wanted to make it easy to recreate this for a New Year’s treat. I’m always intimidated by the cheese department, but I think we scored some delicious crowd pleasers from Trader Joe’s. If you’re not a Trader Joe’s shopper, many of these brands or flavor profiles are available at any grocery store.

Our charcuterie platter on Christmas Day looked like a Christmas tree. Below, I’ve listed the meats, cheeses, and treats Grace picked in the order they appear here.

  • Tippy Top: Somehow Grace turned a Honeycrisp apple into this star.
  • A row of mini carrots.
  • Blueberry Chevre: This mild goat cheese is covered in blueberries and is just delicious if you’re looking for a spreadable cheese.
  • Club Crackers: These go with everything.
  • Dubliner Cheese: One of my all-time favorites, this cheese aims to combine the sharpness of a mature cheddar and the buttery sweetness of parmesan.
  • Chorizo and Salami: Just the right amount of meat to give the cheese a little bite.
  • Cucumbers: These cocktail cucumbers are the perfect amount of green vegetable for this tray.
  • Gouda and Asiago with Rosemary: Mild and yummy.
  • Truffle Infused Cashews from B’s Gourmet Nuts: These were a separate purchase from Winnetka’s B’s Gourmet Nuts. These cashews are are wonderful on their own, as a gift, or mixed in on your charcuterie board.
  • Raisin Rosemary Crisps: These are my favorite crackers that Trader Joe’s sells. They take every cheese board up a notch.
  • Unexpected Cheddar: This is another mild flavored cheddar that has a crumbly texture but is very good with a piece of salami or on its own.
  • Melba Toast: We needed a trunk and this did the job. These pieces of toast are a fun addition to your cheese board.
  • Flavored Popcorn and Sweet Pretzels: Trader Joe’s always has great seasonal sweet and savory combos that are fun to frame a charcuterie tray with.

I hope this adds a little festiveness to your upcoming New Year celebration!


My name is Ann Marie Scheidler and I'm thrilled you've decided to check out my blog. I'm a pearl-loving yogi with a thing for travel, a weakness for beautiful bags, and a passion for storytelling. In this space, I'll be sharing stories about my family, go-to recipes, my wellness journey, fashion and beauty favorites, and my love for Chicago’s North Shore. I find new inspiration wherever I go. Thanks so much for coming along for the ride!


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  1. I wish I had seen this Christmas tree platter before Christmas! Definitely bookmarking for next year xx

    Posted 12.30.20 Reply
    • Ann Marie Scheidler wrote:

      You just made my year, Julia! Happy happy new year! xoxo

      Posted 12.30.20 Reply
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    Posted 1.21.22 Reply
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      Posted 1.21.22 Reply