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How to Make a Trader Joe’s Cheese Plate

A Trader Joe's Cheese Plate

Our month of Trader Joe’s hacks wouldn’t be complete without an ode to their cheese aisle. Their selection includes everything from the classics to wildcards like blueberry goat cheese. The biggest draw? Most options are under $4. Which brings me to my friend Taylor‘s genius entertaining tip: the Trader Joe’s cheese plate. “It’s my low-lift, low-budget party trick,” she says. Here’s how she creates one…

A Trader Joe's Cheese Plate

Pictured above:

Cheese:
TJ Manchego
TJ Wild Blueberry and Vanilla Chèvre
TJ Unexpected Cheddar
TJ Goat Milk Brie

Crackers:
TJ Fig & Olive Crisps
TJ Pita Bite Crackers
TJ Organic French Baguette

Fruits/nuts:
TJ Dried Apricots
TJ Marinated Olives
TJ Fancy Medjool Dates
TJ Marcona Almonds with Rosemary
Honey
Grapes
Kiwis

Taylor usually picks three to four cheeses, with about an ounce per person per cheese. Her mandatory inclusion? The Wild Blueberry and Vanilla Chèvre. “It’s always the first to go,” she says. “It’s so good that my roommate and I buy two of these before a party, so we can keep one for ourselves.”

Other favorites include Manchego (because Manchego), Unexpected Cheddar (it tastes good with everything) and Goat Milk Brie (mild and creamy). For pairings, Taylor adds a combo of fresh and dried fruit, olives, nuts, a ramekin of honey and a selection of crackers, like the Fig & Olive Crisps and Pita Bite Crackers.

Overall tips: Take the cheese out of the fridge at least an hour before friends arrive. Cheese should be eaten at room temperature, when it’s at its full flavor and texture. When arranging items, start with big things first, like the whole pieces of cheese, bowls of nuts or clusters of grapes. Then fill in the space with the smaller things to add color and texture. Finally, cut a few slices of cheese to invite guests to dig in. No one wants to be the first one to crack open a wheel of something!

A Trader Joe's Cheese Plate

Thoughts? What do you serve when friends stop by?

Thanks so much, Taylor! You’re the best.

P.S. Our complete month of Trader Joe’s hacks, and more delicious cheese pairings that won’t break the bank.

(Photos and cheese arranging tips by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Diana says...

    I mouth watered just looking at these pictures! Could you recommend where I can get a large beautiful cheese/charcuterie board to feed a crowd? What are the pros and cons reg: marble vs wood? Thanks so much!

  2. I bought the blueberry goat cheese and. oh. my. gawd. I ate almost the entire thing by myself. It was like dessert.

  3. Kelsey says...

    This is so good!! Making lots of lists of things to keep on hand now! My fave party app is trader Joes Silver Chèvre on a pretty platter with about half a jar of Fig Jam dumped over the top and sprinkled in Trader joes shelled pistachios. Serve with the raisin rosemary crackers. This app is a crowd pleaser! Tangy, sweet, and salty! People freak out about it!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that sounds so good!

    • Laura says...

      Screenshotting that recommendation now! That sounds amazing.

  4. I had the black pepper Asiago on a cheese plate last night, and I am HOOKED. I also love their jalapeño stuffed olives, sharp mustard, and fog jam to round out the spread!

  5. Carol Mitchell says...

    Is this the last Trader Joe’s hack post? :( Where do we sign a petition to keep it as a regular thing? LOVED it!!!!

  6. Kate R. says...

    I know some people have complained about the TJ hack posts, but they’ve honestly been some of my favs this month! Please keep them coming, I always need ideas for quick dinners and these have been wonderful :)

  7. Alice says...

    Confession: I recently visited Portland, OR- I’m from the UK- and I walked a nearly four mile round trip to get to the nearest Trader Joe’s as a direct result of some of your previous posts about them and their cheese! As a Brit, I take my cheese very seriously, and I bought the Syrah soaked Toscana, the triple cream Brie, and a marinated goats cheese. They were INCREDIBLE, particularly with their sourdough and pita chips. I also bought one of their massive tubs of peanut butter cups and ate the entire thing in like a week. Totally worth it!

  8. I’m really tempted to try this blueberry cheese, looks delicious

  9. Taylor says...

    My group of friends all do this, wine and cheese nights are the best! Everyone brings a bottle and a cheese. The best one was for my friends impromptu engagement party. It was one of the best cheese plates we ever made and almost everyone went to TJ’s or at least I know I did, and I got that unexpected cheddar in the above picture. The dry salami and fruit and nuts are perfect too.

  10. Sherri says...

    Am I the only one who’s going to mourn the end of this wonderful series of TJ’s hacks?! I served the breakfast hash this past weekend to my parents who were visiting (from the other side of the country!), and it was a big hit. Shrimp tacos will be making their way to a dinner table near you (read: ours), and I’m busting out this cheese plate next time I host book club. Thank you for these great ideas!

  11. Emily says...

    Don’t forget to add TJs bruschetta to you charcuterie cheese board. Get the one in fridge section, not the one in a jar on shelf. The bruschetta is best served at room temperature. I put the bruschetta in a bowl with a spoon, then guests can top toasted TJs baguette slices as they wish. I’m salivating just thinking about it!

  12. Michelle says...

    I love this cheese plate! Trader Joe’s is the best. PSA: their organic dried Turkish apricots, which are a darker and less appealing color, are 100x more delicious than the regular dried apricots. My husband and I go through a bag of them every couple of weeks because they’re so incredible (and are the perfect snack with a handful of almonds!).

  13. Amanda says...

    Cheese is THE BEST and rightfully getting a lot of play in the comments, but I do feel like the marinated olives need some love as well…. they’re inexpensive and have such a nice lemony edge. My husband is WILD about olives, so while I’m pretty medium about them, we always have to include them on cheese boards – these are some of my go-to’s!

  14. kaitlin says...

    YES! I am my family’s go-to cheesemonger for family events and TJ’s is my special secret. I always get the Syrah soaked Toscano, the unexpected cheddar, plus one wildcard. On the side I grab the pita crackers, raisin rosemary crisps, apples, pears, olives, and one kind of nut.

    My question is…where can I get a decent and LARGE cheese plate for my spread?! Suggestions please!

    • edie says...

      Bed, Bath, and Beyond has some nice ones. I even purchased a slate one that’s shaped like my home state…and it was less than $25.

    • Emily says...

      we use a GIGANTIC wood cutting board (like the kind meant for cutting roasts).

    • Laura says...

      If you live near a Home Goods, they have HUGE wooden ones that are amazing and cheap.

  15. Jill says...

    Just made a TJ run and picked up most all of these ingredients. Plus, I grabbed a $1 can of rose to determine if it is something to purchase in the future.
    I’ll use this cheese tray for Easter dinner.

    • Sudha R says...

      Hi Jill, What’s the verdict on that can of Rose? Would love to hear :)

  16. The Marin French Cheese is so good and the size is called Petite Breakfast–it’s so perfect and makes me dream of sunny spring french mornings with cheese and chocolate croissants. CHEESE FOREVER

    • …oh and Cambozola. It’s as if butter and bleu cheese had a baby.

  17. Sarah says...

    My favorite cheese EVER from Trader Joes is the Rosemary Asiago. It’s good alone, on breakfast sandwiches, with crackers and fruit…

  18. This is one of my favorite ideas. We also like stilton with fruit (changes seasonally). The blueberry and cranberry are better than apricot IMO, but they’re all good. Unexpected cheddar and goat cheese (blueberry or just honey) are favorites here, too. Most people love cheese, and it makes great party snacks from the most informal game night to NYE or some other special occasion. We also usually add some chocolate snacks – sea salt & turbinado sugar almonds, milk & dark chocolate pretzels, and maybe others from TJ’s.

  19. Mina says...

    The plate looks amazing and beautiful, but I would like to know where those knives are from?! They look like they might fold, do they fold? I wonder what the handles are made of… What a treasure they would be to have on a spontaneous picnic outing with that cheese plate ^_^

    • Ramona says...

      They are Laguiole I think…I have the same ones. They are very beautiful but do not fold. For picnics I have a serrated spreader kind of knife that I think Williams Sonoma was calling a “sandwich knife” when I bought it; it cuts, spreads, and isn’t so sharp that you’ll accidentally stab yourself!

    • Carter says...

      Yup they’re laguiole. Nope don’t fold. But they do sure make a handsome cheese set! I have the flatwear and steak knives too. Got them when we got married almost 10 years ago and they have held up wonderfully for everyday use.

    • Mina says...

      Thanks so much!

  20. Patty says...

    The fig and olive crisp are far below the good taste of the pomegranate or rosemary flavor crisps. I don’t have a clue why the olive have survived. They would run out of the others but not the olive, there are always plenty of the olive. Please bring back the pomegranate.

    • Sarah says...

      agreed. the rosemary ones are heavenly!

    • L says...

      They also had ginger mango ones for a while that were soooo good but I haven’t seen them in weeks.

  21. Daynna says...

    Could anyone tell me what that orange marmalade spread is and if it’s found at Trader Joe’s as well?

    • Liz says...

      That looks like the honey! I think you can buy honey with the comb at TJs.

  22. Kate says...

    I love TJ’s but as it’s a 45 minute drive for me, going there is a special treat. BUT, I’ve taken to making my cheese boards with fixins from… ALDI! They always have such a great selection of affordable cheeses, and usually there are some interesting crackery things in their imports or specialty section! I don’t know how ubiquitous Aldi is in NYC, but IMO, they have really upped their game in recent years. They are now my go-to for affordable organic food + fun treats.

    • edie says...

      yes. yes. yes. Aldi’s is just as good, maybe even better because they’re selection is more straight-forward. Also, great wine and fish.

  23. Amy says...

    You guys, after I saw a friend do this, I now always mix in a handful of crumbled Unexpected Cheddar in tuna salad. I seriously cannot have this cheese in my house all the time though. It is crack.

    • Laura says...

      I add some crumbled Unexpected Cheddar to my scrambled eggs and often add the Everything But the Bagel seasoning too. So.freaking.good.

  24. jac says...

    Joanna- Did you ever watch Pushing Daisies? She would call her refridgerator a “cheese box”. That reminds me of you.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha that is awesome, jac! i haven’t seen it, but now i want to.

  25. Emily says...

    I love, love, love the goat gouda from Trader Joe’s!! It is so delicious! It is a must try, especially if you like goat and gouda cheese :-) Enjoy!

  26. Ellie says...

    St Andre is a steal for how good it is and a great alternative for brie fans. This one definitely needs to come to room temp to eat. I also love the Unexpected cheddar!

    My husband and I recently had friends over the day after we came back from a vacation (ambitious) and I ran out of time to bake dessert. Instead I bought 5 or 6 different cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, etc and it was such a hit!!

  27. can’t believe no one has mentioned the English Cheddar with Caramelized Onions…it’s THE BEST. always the biggest hit of my epic cheese boards!

    • Leah says...

      Yes! It’s the BEST!!!

    • YES!!

  28. Alyssa says...

    For my last birthday, we sat in our backyard enjoying a homemade Trader Joe’s cheese plate, homemade meatballs and homemade bread, and Salt & Straw ice cream pints! My birthday is in April… so most likely we will be doing this again :) Dutch Gouda for sure!

    • Sara R. says...

      This sounds like my dream party! I am doing this as soon as the weather gets nice enough (even though my birthday is in January, ha!)

  29. Karina says...

    My neighbor is from France and says the French triple cream Brie is exactly like the one you can get in Paris at the cheese shops. She also introduced me to the truffle cheese and dates as a yum combo.

  30. Ramona says...

    The syrah-soaked Toscano is soooo delicious. It’s my new go-to for entertaining. I know it sounds weird, but seriously, just try it.

    I also love the little baby Brie rounds. One of those, some crackers, some sliced cucumber, some nuts, and some fruit makes for a great lunch that’s easy to pack.

    • Emmy says...

      I love that Toscano cheese too – it’s actually made by a brand called Sartori, and is sold in other stores where it’s labeled “Merlot Bellavitano.” Sartori has different versions of this cheese with different rinds – the espresso one is actually kind of tasty too!

    • Peale says...

      Yessss!!! I was going to post about the toscano soaked in syrah – recently served this at a party and everyone was hooked! Must try!

    • This is my go-to cheese as well! So much cheaper than the Sartori equivalent from any other store. I’ll buy it with some of the Raisin Rosemary crisps (cheaper than Raincoast Crisps :D) and just eat that for dinner sometimes haha

  31. Jeanne says...

    I love the Parmesan Gouda Melange, especially with the fig butter on a stoneground wheat cracker. Yum!

  32. Sally K says...

    At Christmas my local Trader Joe’s sampled a Baked Lemon Ricotta with shortbread cookies. It was so good! I went through several boxes of shortbread cookies.

    Recently there’s been a commercial for Sargento Sweet Balanced Breaks which is usually some kind of cheese, a dried fruit, maybe some nuts and dark chocolate. They sound good, but at $4 each, too pricey for me. So I bought some Unexpected Cheddar and combined it with dried or fresh fruits. Excellent snack or accompaniment to a simple soup meal.

  33. shelby gibson says...

    those pita crackers are dangerous! I can polish off a box of those – cheese or no cheese!

  34. Cynthia says...

    Ughhh there isn’t a Trader Joe’s where I live!

  35. Denise says...

    My top fav is warm brie over sliced pear with just a tiny drizzle of balsamic. MM MM good. Actually, I haven’t found a cheese pear couldn’t pair with.

    • Kris says...

      Saving your dessert tip! Thank you

  36. Lauren E. says...

    I am actually salivating.

  37. Tom says...

    You just can not beat Trader Joe’s for great products for any kind of event.

  38. emme says...

    I’m sorry, but I really, really, really don’t like Trader Joe’s. So much pre-packaged crap food. Ugh. Try local and organic first, if available.

    • Jo says...

      I dont get the Trader Joe’s hype too :) I find Whole Foods carries much fresher, more organic & wider range of very interesting products..

    • Sarah says...

      Because TJs is so affordable. Their prices are low, and the food and customer service is good. Not everyone can afford local organic produce or Whole Paycheck.

    • S says...

      Not only is Trader Joe’s fairly affordable to begin with, EBT recipients can use their benefits there too.

  39. Carolyn says...

    Another great cheese from Trader Joe’s is their 100 Day Gouda, it my favorite cheese! Get their sea salt pita chips and the combo is delicious!

    • Amanda says...

      You said it, sister! #sogouda

  40. Kat says...

    I loved this month of food soooo much! Sad this is the last! Thank you!!

  41. Heidi says...

    Recently our TJs sampled the honey goat cheese spread onto the Triple Gingersnap cookies and it was so delicious!

    • Amanda says...

      OMG an old coworker used to bring that combo to various gatherings and it is SOOOO good…. I totally forgot about it until now!

  42. Cassie says...

    I am obsessed with the Syrah soaked Toscano cheese and have converted so many people to it! It is a must for any cheese board.

    • Maiz says...

      Yes, and the black pepper toscano… SOOO GOOD!

  43. Kristin says...

    TJ’s triple cream brie with mushrooms and the manchego are my go-to’s… other cheeses will come and go (and honestly, basically any cheese is a good cheese in my book) but these two ALWAYS grace my cheese platter.

  44. Abby says...

    The Boursin Garlic & Herb spread on Raisin/Rosemary Crisps (same brand as the Fig/Olive ones, just a different flavor) is our go-to!

    My six-year-old loves it so much that she wrote about it for a school prompt where they were supposed to talk about their favorite restaurant. She was basically all, “I don’t know about restaurants, but here’s what I love from Trader Joe’s!”

    • Christina says...

      Sounds like your six-year-old should be the next one to author a TJ Hack article from CoJ!

    • Sara says...

      Yes yes yes to this combo! 6 year olds are awesome! Mine asks for this combo in his lunch. I make little cracker sandwiches and give him some rotisserie chicken or salami on the side, some fruit and whatever raw veg he’s into that week.

  45. Thanks so much for giving my TJ party board its moment in the sun, and for making me sound like a total cheese whiz (had to), Stella!! Here’s to many more nights crowded around my tiny apartment table w/ wine and copious dairy products in hand….

  46. Nina says...

    Are these posts sponsored by Trader Joe’s? I noticed you’ve started marking other sponsored posts as such at the top, but not this one – but it has a definite advertisement vibe…

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hi Nina, thank you so much for your feedback! It’s not sponsored, we just love it, haha. It’s our March’s food series: https://cupofjo.com/tag/trader-joes/

      xo

    • Carol says...

      I like Trader Joe’s cheeses, but there’s often a “But” with TJ’s quality. I find the big goat cheese log is very goaty (too much male goat milk), but love the goat cheese gouda. So I was happy to find it at my local natural foods store for about the same price. I’m really trying to support the stores that aren’t chain or owned by Amazon. I used to follow a website (in the 1990s!) called http://www.fuckcorporategroceries (don’t look for it, long gone). I try to live by that principle.
      (It’s true that Traitor Joe’s is all about the party food.)

    • Lauren says...

      I’m very interested to know where Carol (below) got the concept of “male goat milk.” Would love to know where Trader Joe’s gets that!!

    • Male Goat Milk…! I had to think about that for a minute. Even looked it up… haha. (For those who are legitimately wondering now, it’s not a thing).

    • Ellen says...

      I had the same thought-but the males produce a lot of pheremones and scent that will change the taste of the milk if they are housed with the females (I used to have a milking goat, her milk was awful the week we had a buck come and stay). It just depends on how the farm runs their breeding as to how the milk tastes at different times

    • Helga Thomsen says...

      I like Trader Joe’s cheese plates but try to support local businesses and we’re lucky to have a great local cheese shop so I buy most things there and but I always buy brie from TJ’s and that always goes first.

  47. Carrie says...

    This plate needs some Gorgonzola and pretty much any type of nut! Or Basil! Basil + brie is amazing!!!

  48. Lauran M. says...

    I love the English cheddar with Italian truffles on pita crackers. It was sampled once and I was hooked! TJs should sample cheese more often.

  49. YES YES YES YES YES! Haha, I love trader joe’s for snacks and those fig crisps are so delicious. Sadly I get migraines so I’ve had to cut down on my cheese and salami but I love a good cheese plate.

    Eva

  50. Ava Joseph says...

    The Trader Joe’s goat Brie is divine. Here’s a tip— give it a light squeeze before you buy it. It shouldn’t be too firm in the middle. It should be squishy. That’s made the difference for me between a good goat Brie and a heavenly one!

  51. Danni says...

    Oooh yeah that blueberry vanilla chevre. One time the sample at TJ’s was that on the Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins and I have brought that combo to every party since.

    • Katherine says...

      That sounds delicious!!! You’ve inspired me to pick that up this weekend.

  52. Speattle says...

    Not being able to tolerate sny kind of goat/sheep milk product, and being allergic to the mold in the rind of brie, I’d have to make some substitutions, but overall tjis sounds like a great idea. Love shopping at Trader Joe’s. They also have a wonderful organic white cheddar from New Zealand that would be delicious on this kind of spread, as would the truffle cheese.

  53. you GOTTA try their soaked syrah cheese. it is THE BEST.

    • Kate says...

      I was just coming here to say this!! It’s amazing.

    • Zoe says...

      that is also my go to!

  54. Aimee says...

    That blueberry goat cheese is delicious! TJ’s has been carrying it for a while and when they keep something in stock it must be good because they often stop selling certain things to make room for new stuff. My friend passed off that blueberry goat cheese to her young sons as an ice cream dessert and they totally believed her- that’s how tasty it is!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Laughing so much about the ice cream comment, Aimee. Amazing.

  55. Nina says...

    love this and all the comments – thanks everyone!

  56. Claire says...

    Re: What do you serve when friends stop by?
    In addition to this beautiful selection, I would add some pickled things (peppers, marinated mushrooms, pickled green beans), maybe some prosciutto, and some kind of dip that, if not guacamole, involves smashing up ripe avocados and adding seasonings.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Delicious, Claire!

  57. Courtney says...

    I love TJ’s for cheese plates! I would just like to do a quick shout out to Trader Joe’s Goat Gouda. It’s been my absolute favorite for years, and is always a slam-dunk at a party. Goes really well with the Fig & Olive chips!

    • Caiti says...

      Yes X 1000000! My whole family is obsessed with the Goat Gouda!

  58. I’m a HUGE fan of cheese plates, but low budget they are not!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      totally! cheese can get SO expensive. luckily, TJs cheese are mostly under $4, so it’s very affordable — all these crackers and cheese added up to only about $25!

    • Sharon says...

      This is why TJ is the BEST. Even the fun and festive things you would buy for guests are under $4. I buy all sorts of cute seasonal things for small gift bags I use for work. Things are generally packaged in a fun way and always something different or unexpected.

  59. Lisa says...

    I don’t live in London so I don’t have the opportunity to taste trader joes, so could someone explain what’s unexpected about their cheddar? Does it sing or something? It’s not cheddar it’s actually Brie?

    We have two VERY small children so any entertaining we do at the moment is very low effort, like ordering take out to be delivered, or getting avocado + other toppings (feta, smoked salmon, sundried tomatoes) so people can make their own fancy avocado toast. One time we did it, our friends brought a variety of breads from a really good bakery. It was sooooo good!

    • Claire says...

      “…could someone explain what’s unexpected about their cheddar? Does it sing or something? It’s not cheddar it’s actually Brie?”

      Funny! :)

    • Nina says...

      Ha! I don’t think there’s a Trader Joe’s in London, though?? Not London, UK, anyway.

    • Jessica says...

      the unexpected cheddar tastes like parmesan and cheddar had a baby. it has those little crystallized bits that good parmesan has. it’s really good!

  60. JAR says...

    the double creme brie from trader joe’s is incredible. i can easily eat a whole wedge for dinner by myself – and don’t buy it that often for that reason ;)

  61. Emily says...

    The Toscano cheese from Trader Joe’s is my all-time fave. Whenever I put it out at a party, it disappears right away! It’s a hard cheese, but has a creamy texture when you’re eating it. And the pepper rind adds just the right amount of pizzaz ;)

  62. Cynthia says...

    Trader Joe’s has a delicious gorgonzola cheese, and I like their “everything” crackers. Their cheeses and crackers are so reasonably priced.

  63. Lauren says...

    I love everything on this list! Another super underrated TJs cheese plate must have? THE CANDIED LEMON SLICES. They up the fancy on every cheese plate and they’re delicious.

  64. Laura says...

    Apricot Stilton and Marcona almonds. Yum.

  65. Lauren says...

    Not to be forgotten and one of my (and my friends) complete favorite cheese from TJs: the syrah soaked toscano. Is is the BEST!!

  66. Anna says...

    One of my favorite cheeses at TJ’s is Belletoile brie. It’s sooo creamy it’s practically butter, I love putting some on baguette

  67. selby says...

    i STRONGLY recommend the trader joe’s “hot and sweet pepper jelly” to pair with the (non flavored) goat cheese. it’s my go-to for a hostess gift and it’s always a hit.

    • Oooh. We always do pepper jelly with cream cheese, but I am definitely going to try it with chevre instead!

    • Laura says...

      It’s sooo good with cheese and crackers

    • Lisa says...

      Agree Selby! that pepper Jelly is delicious on chicken sandwiches.
      I use TJ buttermilk biscuits
      TJs Frozen breaded chicken tenderloin breasts
      And a generous spoon of the jelly on top.
      Alternatively, TJs Bacon cheddar ranch dip is really good on this sandwich as well.

  68. In lieu of how great this TJ’s column was, this is my pitch for the next series to be “Rent Week Dinners and Tips” !!!!!!

  69. Amy says...

    Ummm droool. Why haven’t I thought of adding kiwis to cheese plates before?! Brilliant.

  70. Andrea says...

    I’ve lately come around to Ina Garten’s thinking on appetizers being one thing with drinks. I swear by Trader Joe’s Cambozola cheese with the fig/olive crackers and crisp/tart apple slices. The Cambozola is a marriage of creamy bleu cheese and the most amazing Camembert you’ve ever had. I love it and it’s generally a hit. If people don’t like cheese or are gluten free, they can do the apples alone or with the cheese.

    I like a big cheese tray like the article if it’s book club and we’re not eating a meal afterward.

    • Courtney says...

      I looooove the Cambozola!!!

  71. Liz says...

    Those Marcona almonds and NO JOKE. I’ve been eating them for the past year on a simple salad of arugula, dried apples, and lemon juice/ olive oil dressing. They are pricey, but worth it!

  72. B says...

    Love a good TJ’s cheese board! Was it hard to not type “no one wants to be the first to cut the cheese” insert wide eye emoji

    • Karen says...

      LOLOL!!

  73. MB says...

    I love TJ’s Unexpected Cheddar! Another great one–honey chevre. Also, their hot pepper jelly works wonderfully with manchego and other cheeses. Just a touch of hot pepper jelly makes the cheeses come to life! I wish I could eat a cheese plate for dinner every night…

    • Laura says...

      unexpected cheddar is my favoriteee

    • Sydney says...

      Unexpected Cheddar is my family’s favorite too!!! SO good! Their hot pepper jelly is amazing spread across a thin layer of cream cheese on a plate too. Serve with Ritz crackers – yum!

    • Unexpected cheddar is the bestbestbest!! It doesn’t even make sense, I swear. It, without fail, elicits the question, “what IS this?!?!” every time.

  74. Sara L says...

    Yum! On an unrelated note, Joanna, did you know that you and Alex got a shoutout on Dax Shepard’s podcast Armchair Expert? At the end of the Ashton Kutcher episode, Dax and his co-producer Monica are discussing Alex’s NYT article about robots in the workforce and Monica mentions you and that she reads Cup of Jo! So hi Monica, and let’s get Kristen Bell on here – maybe a motherhood around the world celebrity edition??

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hahaha, yes!!!!