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MONDAY MOOD- SAY CHEESE, TIPS FOR HOSTING AN AWESOME WINE AND CHEESE PARTY

  • Disclosure : This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! Cheese as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

As much as I would love to entertain, our busy work schedules doesn't permit elaborate culinary indulgence or dinner soirees. But one thing that is always up my alley is a social rendezvous over wine and cheese. 

No matter where we hail from, what culture we belong to, what language we speak; one language the entire world understands is the language of food, and when the food is centered around wine and cheese: then there are sparks and instant connection.....

Hosting a wine and cheese party need not be nerve-racking. You don't need any major culinary skills or tools to host one yourself : just a few key ingredients, some presentation props and lots of cheese love is all you need. 
I have teamed up with “Heluva Good! Block Cheese” to bring to your table an easy cheese platter and table setting, that is sure to win your guest's hearts. Also, I am whipping up a quick baked cheesy dip, that is not only finger-licking good, the robust cheesy flavor will give a major case of binge-eating to your guests. 

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heluva cheese, how to host a wine and cheese party, black bean baked cheese dip, snack time, influence central, blogger, food blogger, saumya shiohare, myriad musings, how to be the perfect host For a 'serves 6' baked bean cheese dip you need :

refried beans: 1 16 oz jar
chunky salsa: 1 jar
softened creme cheese: 1 8oz block
taco seasoning: 1 packet
pickled jalapeños:  8-10 rounds
oven safe dish
Heluva sharp cheddar cheese :  1 8oz block

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Grease the bottom of your baking dish with some cooking spray.
  • Open the jar of refried beans, smooth out a layer of beans.
  • Next comes the cream cheese. Make sure the cream cheese is soft, otherwise you will have a hard time spreading it over the beans. Another way to do this is to mix the beans and cream cheese together and then spread out  a layer. 
  • Now pour some salsa over the beans and cream cheese layer. 


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If you love a little kick in your snack, then pickled jalapeños are the way to go. Use generously for a punch of heat or sparingly for a more kid-friendly version.

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  • What makes this dip so yummy is the choice of seasoning. Personally, I like the taco seasoning, but you could use fajita or any other seasoning of your choosing.
  • Finally it is time for the show-stopper: HELUVA cheese. I used sharp cheddar cheese, but the extra sharp would taste equally good. 
  • Top it off with some more jalapeño.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese melts.

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Serving instructions for this baked cheese dip:

This dip really goes well with the nacho corn chips, but you could also serve crackers as an accompaniment.

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For setting up the cheese board, you'll need:

  • vehicle- platter/ boards/tray
  • cheese- Heluva cheese - you could use cheddar cubes, Monterey jack, white cheddar or even colby ( all available at Walmart, special rebate code: http://goic.io/Id1kDe
  • crunch- salted crackers, french toast crisps  
  • fruit- apples, grape, cherries 
  • veggies- celery, carrots, colorful peppers 
  • tart- green/black olives 
  • sweet- dry fruits like prune, apricots, almonds, figs 
  • meat- prosciutto, salami 
  • extra- chocolate
  • cheese knives 

Wine pairing: have both white and red options.

Drink- mint or cucumber infused water is always refreshing.


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For setting the table, you'll need :

  •  runner or any equivalent of a runner 
  • serving coasters 
  • salt pepper shaker 
  • snack plates 
  • silvers 
  • straws 
  • napkins
  • wine glasses
  • mason jars for water/juice
  • bottle opener 
  • candles/lighter 
  • flowers in vase
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Now sit back and relax................



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