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The Best Charcuterie Boards in Dallas

Once-trendy charcuterie boards have become a menu staple in Dallas. More and more restaurants are boasting their own unique plates of cured meats, pickled vegetables, and (sometimes) cheese.

Charcuterie boards are an ideal meal for scorching hot summer days when a burger is too heavy, but a salad doesn’t cut your voracious appetite. Here’s a list of some of the best boards in Dallas.

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A Sneak Peek Inside Dallas Grilled Cheese Company

Mack Simpson has dreamed of opening a restaurant for a decade. Now, his dream has materialized into a cheese-filled reality. Simpson and a team of partners have transformed the old Book Doctor space at 310 W 7th St. into a rustic-chic grilled cheese restaurant, aptly named Dallas Grilled Cheese Company.

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Taste Test Thursday: Cheese Logs Balls

The cheese log is as vintage as lava lamps and bouffants. The dish, which was once a party staple, is making a comeback with a little help from Pinterest and trendy DIY cookbooks. I stopped by multiple grocery stores in pursuit of log-shaped cheese, rolled in toasted nuts. Unfortunately, I only came across one log. The rest were spherical. Surely the shape doesn’t affect the taste, right?

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Scardello Artisan Cheese

We’re turning the spotlight on food-centric gifts over the next 12 days leading up to Christmas. Fruit, coffee, cheese, kitchen gadgets, various cuts of meat, jellies, cakes, even specialty olive oils will be part of the mix. Whether you’re looking to enhance your holiday spread, or surprise your favorite uncle (who also happens to be a fantastic cook), we’ve got something to whet your appetite.

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Cheese, Charcuterie, & Wine: A How-To with Brian & Courtney Luscher

A couple summers ago I traveled to London and forever changed my culinary outlook on life. My greatest discovery: cheese, charcuterie, and wine should have their own section of the food pyramid. A combination that makes for the perfect meal at any point the day, it’s an unwavering trend for menus around the world. Whether […]

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Taste Test Thursday: Pimento Cheese

Cheese, cheese, cheese, cheese.

I love cheese.

In fact, I’m inhaling it right now. As a hardcore Southern-Asian-American gal, one of my favorite snacks is a tub of pimento cheese with a pile of crackers. Who doesn’t love mayo, cheddar, and veggie bits all smushed up together? One of my favorites in Dallas is made by We Me Dallas, but I didn’t exactly have the time to visit her at the farmers market this weekend. Instead, I went out and got these five other ones.

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The Localist: Texas Raclette

That February flash of Alpine weather in Dallas brought upon a desire to consume the regional fare. The first dish that came to mind was raclette with all the traditional fixings. Raclette, when capitalized, is the name of a semi-firm, slightly pungent cow’s milk cheese from Switzerland. Otherwise, raclette is a traditional dish of its melted former self piled on a plate and enjoyed with various accoutrements.

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3 Dallas Deals for National Grilled Cheese Day

What’s gooey, cheesy, and dips perfectly in ketchup? Grilled cheese, of course. Tomorrow, April 12, is National Grilled Cheese Day, which is by far one of the best holidays ever invented. Whether it’s a plain Jane grilled cheese or a fancy prosciutto-and-tomato, there’s always room for one more.

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To Detect and Serve: The Wild Detectives Brews Excellent Coffee

Now that Matthew McConaughey’s taut, sinewy body is done brain-screwing us with his apathetic, brooding intensity, it’s time to turn our affections to the new detectives in town. The Wild Detectives opened last month inside a small house just east of the Bishop Arts District at 314 West Eighth Street. It’s snuggled in between neighboring houses, and there’s a little Chihuahua next door with a surly attitude towards visitors. He keeps his distance, though.

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The Localist: On Pure Ground’s Divine Texas Chèvre

Last week, while tasting my way through the display case at Scardello, I told the cheesemonger I wanted to focus on sampling Texas-made cheeses. Without missing a beat, he immediately reached for a wrapped disk of fresh chèvre. Within a matter of seconds, he handed me a small tasting spoon with a sample. It was love at first bite. I adored the creamy consistency and vibrant fresh flavor. The chalky texture that plagues so many goat cheeses was nowhere to be found here. It was mild and pleasingly rich. The flavor was gentle enough to appease the most discerning palate, while thoroughly impressing my cheese nerd friends who arbitrarily rate the quality of a cheese by the volume of its sweat sock aroma.

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Snuffer’s is Making a Few Changes to the Menu

After Snuffer’s was bought out by Firebird Restaurant Group (which is owned by Mike Karns of El Fenix and Meso Maya), the famous burger and cheese fries restaurant has made a few changes. We were invited to a special “Burgers, Bloggers, and Beer” event at Snuffer’s, where we scarfed some food down and learned about the chain’s big news.

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5 Blue Cheese Facts and Tips from Scardello

On Thursday night, Scardello graciously allowed me to attend an exciting night with blue cheese. Each person was given 11 pungent, sliced cheeses, and I had to hold myself back (yes, even mold in cheese form can make you feel like that) from gorging myself at first sight. Soon after, the good people of Scardello poured a glass of 2010 Elysian Brut Prosecco for everyone and the feasting began.

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