Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Fig Crostini
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Pandemic-related stress manifests itself in different ways. Some people want to curl up in a ball and nap all day while others have harnessed all of their energy into trying that new hobby they've been meaning to explore. Despite being home and near my kitchen all the time, my passion for cooking completely fizzled at the beginning of March. Gone were the days of testing new appetizers, meal-prepping, planning dinners, and making soup from scratch. Instead, my husband took over dinner duty while I futzed around on the computer.
Determined to get back on the horse, I was excited to learn that Kylie Mazon-Chambers had released her first-ever cookbook, Share + Savor: Create Impressive + Indulgent Appetizer Boards for Any Occasion. Known by her Instagram handle — @cookingwithcocktailrings — to her 103,000+ food-obsessed followers, Kylie's new book centres on delicious and inventive appetizers meant to be shared.
A sucker for a cheeseboard any day of the week, I figured it was time to put on a podcast and get cooking after months of takeout.
A sucker for a cheeseboard any day of the week, I figured it was time to put on a podcast and get cooking after months of takeout and watching The Sopranos on the couch. After cracking open Share + Savor: Create Impressive + Indulgent Appetizer Boards for Any Occasion and reading a few recipes, I realised that most of the dishes weren't overly difficult to make and had easy-to-find ingredients. Plus, there's a ton of cheese involved, so I was immediately sold.
Although I needed to give myself a small pep talk before heading to the grocery store for the ingredients one Sunday morning — the slump had consumed me by this point! — I was eager to make a few dishes I could be proud of. Keep reading to see some of my favourite recipes from Kylie's new book, all of which are perfect for an afternoon spent with your loved ones.