When assembling a cheese tray, take 2 or 3 varieties of cheese – like cheddar, mozzarella, and Monterey Jack – and arrange on a platter with fruit and crackers.
Part-skim mozzarella has such a light flavour it can be paired with a wide range of foods. Meats like beef, pork or poultry are just as fitting as pasta, basil, olives, or sardines.
Which spirit should one lift when eating old cheddar cheese? Many will do, including bourbon, rum, port, brandy, whiskey, cognac, or scotch.
A nice extra effort when compiling a cheese plate is giving each variety a name flag so guests know what they’re nibbling.