Thankful for Cheese!

Happy Thanksgiving week to you and yours!

Thanksgiving reminds me to take inventory of what I am thankful for…thankful for youThe Scarlata family is gearing up for a fun, relaxing holiday with family.  My brother-in-law is flying in from Canada and my son will be home for the holiday! 🙂 My just shy of 90 year old mom and all three kids will enjoy the holiday with us.  So…what more could I ask for? 🙂

My favorite part of the holiday is the pre-game time.  Chilling out and catching up with those I don’t see that often.  I love appetizers…and my favorite is a good cheese plate.

So this Thanksgiving I am giving thanks for cheese! 🙂

Most cheese (unless its very wet) is low lactose and low FODMAP approved.  If the cheese is hard and aged–it tends to be the lowest in lactose.

I love bringing a nice cheese plate to any holiday gathering as it’s easy to put together…requires NO cooking and travels well.  Adding a few pretty sprigs of greenery makes it even prettier!

cheese plateI created a savory cheese board on the left and a sweet version on the right.  Olives (dressed up with a spring of rosemary), Swiss cheese, Chai BellaVitano cheese, baby carrots and some stacked brown rice crackers make for a tasty savory cheese plate.  I might add some prosciutto too for the Italians in my world!

My dessert board features Taza chocolate–salted almond (amazing!), Taza Cape Escape cranberry jam a sweet jam with a hint of chocolate, Camembert, and some California red grapes. Russ surprised me yesterday and took me to Taza chocolate on a surprise road trip! BEST husband ever!

dessert cheese plateFor more Thanksgiving holiday inspirations–check out my 2013 post which features more holiday recipe links.

And a Low FODMAP stuffing recipe (I include a non-FODMAP and FODMAP version).

Hope this post inspires you to create some yummy low FODMAP treats for your upcoming holiday!

Safe travels to you and your family and… enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving!