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Cheese: The MVP of Super Bowl Appetizers

Although we are disappointed our Green Bay Packers did not make it to the Super Bowl again this year; we are excited to watch the New England Patriots and New York Giants battle for the Super Bowl XLVI Championship title.

Cheese Gifts

Photo Credit to Figi’s Gifts in Good Taste

Some may say that Super Bowl Sunday is the easiest “holiday” of the year.  You don’t need to buy presents for loved ones or decorate your home with seasonal trimmings.  All you need to do is provide enough comfortable seating and tasty snacks.

When it comes to snacks, Buffalo wings and 7-layer dip may be the first munchies to come to mind, but both require a lot of work to prepare.  Cheese is one of the easiest appetizers you can serve at your Super Bowl party.  Use the following tips to create a victorious game day cheese assortment.

Choose Your Cheese Selection

The best cheese platters have variety.  When deciding which cheese to use, choose blocks from different categories.

  • Semi-hard: Cheddar, Colby, Gouda and Swiss
  • Semi-soft: Brick, Monterey Jack and Ricotta
  • Soft-ripened: Brie and Camembert

Broaden Your Pairings

Here at Figi’s, we love meat and cheese gifts, but we also know that there are many more excellent pairings.  The most popular cheese partners are fruit, vegetables and nuts.  To discover winning cheese combinations, check out the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Cheese Pairing Guide.

Make Your Cheese Platter Unique

Who says cookie cutters are just for cookies?  Break away from typical sliced cheese tray by adding different shapes.  If you are really in the Super Bowl spirit, take a look at these football-shaped cookie cutters.

Remove Tray From Refrigerator Before Serving

Take your platter out of the refrigerator about an hour before your hungry guests arrive.  Cheese tastes outstanding at room temperature.

Cheese may be the MVP of Super Bowl appetizers, but when you serve it, you will be the MVP of Super Bowl party hosting.  What else will you be serving your family and friends on Game Day?

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New Year’s Resolution Self Check

It’s now the second week in January; how are you doing with your New Year’s


If you are having trouble getting motivated, you are definitely not the first and you will most certainly not be the last.  As a matter of fact, a 2007 study states that nearly 88 percent of all New Year Resolutions fail.

Don’t let this unsettling statistic discourage you!  We have tips to help you succeed:

  • Focus on only one resolution

Many people use the New Year as an opportunity to make several resolutions.  While this is very ambitious, it may actually deter you from achieving your goals.  By setting multiple resolutions, you very well maybe spreading yourself too thin.  Rather than making two or three resolutions, just make and focus on one.

  • Set realistic, straight forward goals

One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to lose weight; again, very ambitious, but not very specific.  Rather than giving yourself a generic goal, be more definite.  Your new New Year Resolution could be to lose 1 pound a week or 5 pounds in a month.  By setting specific goals, you will set yourself up for success.

  • Don’t give up

Did you know recent studies show that it takes at least 66 days to form a habit?  This means that if your New Year’s Resolution is to exercise more, don’t be surprised if you struggle to get started.  Just keep reminding yourself of your goal and be patient.  If you can make it until March 6, you can rest assured that your habit will stick with you.

No one said keeping a New Year’s Resolutions was going to be easy.  How do you plan on keeping your New Year’s Resolution in 2012?

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