How to Make a Charcuterie Board
Hello! My name is Lesia. I’m super new to all of this ( i.e. leadership, ministry and blogging). But, if it touches one person’s life for Christ, I’m all in “Above All Else.” Since the launch, Pastor Lisa has been sharing how we can continue to operate out of our gifts to love others and reflect the heart of God through a physical touch element of something for them to take away and to not withhold our greatest gifts. (Psalm 21:1-7)
Creating your own charcuterie board is super easy and fun! Everyone seemed to love the idea of the charcuterie boards at the launch and Pastor Lisa shared how we could incorporate “healthier” choices for everyone as part of Above All Else’s ministry. One of the very first things I did when selecting the menu for the boards was finding options that were tasty, inexpensive and plentiful. I chose a variety of cured & deli meats, flavorful cheeses, crackers, baguettes and soft breads. Fresh fruits included; grapes, assorted berries and herbs. Olives, pickles, artichoke hearts were a must and an assortment of jellies, spicy mustard, fruit spreads, nuts and honey to complete the presentation. Next, I purchased the boards and pre-treated them for cleanliness. We simply washed each board with hot water, and patted dry. Then sprayed them with white vinegar, sprinkled each with Kosher salt and rubbed the entire board with a cut side of lemon. Wiped away the salt & lemon and generously rubbed mineral oil into the wood with the grain and ‘Voila – you’re ready to create your board!
The desserts were next! Each of the mousses were extremely easy to make and the mini-cakes were just as simple. For the mousses, I melted the chocolates over a double-boiler, folded in cool whip topping and allowed them to set in the refrigerator before serving. The mini-cakes were store bought cake mixes in which I used almond milk and unsweetened applesauce in lieu of water & oil, free-range organic eggs and baked according to the box directions. I decorated each with whipped cream cheese frosting, but that was probably the only unhealthy choice I made. 😊
I often wondered what was my gift? How can I use it to minister to others and glorify God? Awhile back I began reading, “Discerning the Voice of God” by Priscilla Shirer and she talked about doing five things once we sensed God leading in a certain way. They were: look for the ‘Message of the Spirit, search the Model of Scripture for guidance, live in the Mode of prayer, submit to the Ministry of Eli, and expect the Mercy of confirmation.’ As I began to follow each step, God confirmed it just like she quoted. My gift was hospitality. I have always enjoyed doing things for others and I love blessing those around me, but with humility. Pastor Lisa said humility is big and followed it up with this question, “when is it the Holy Spirit and when is it just us trying to add to it?” My prayer is always that it not be about me and I ask that my worship never be routine in God’s presence. That God will renew my commitment in honest and sincere obedience in my love and devotion to Him. (Isaiah 29:13) I hope this encourages you all and look forward to posting more blogs on hospitality, health, and recipes. Blessing #AAE
Talk to you soon,