Homemade Happy Hour

One of my favorite traditions at my parents house is forgoing dinner to have a homemade happy hour. It is a feast of meats, cheeses, bread, and of course wine. We will drink and graze for nearly two hours enjoying each others' company, telling stories, remembering times past, and I will frequently end up singing and dancing fueled by liquid courage.

Putting together your own charcuterie board for a homemade happy hour is actually quite easy! You'll need a few essentials— cutting board, cheese cutters, and appropriate wine glasses. 

Next, you'll need to go to your local grocery store, deli, or market to get an assortment of meats, cheeses, crackers, and other finger foods to build out your charcuterie board.

Some of my favorites include:


  • Brie
  • Double gloucestar with onion and chives
  • Goat cheese
  • Aged cheddar (where there is crystalizes on the inside)


  • Proscuitto (my favorite)
  • Genoa salami
  • Hot sopressata
  • Iberico chorizo

Happy Hour Baguette

You will need the following:

  1. Fresh french baguette from a local baker
  2. French butter
  3. Flavored salts (my favorites are French Picnic and Rosemary)

Put out the french butter to soften. Slice the french baguette into bit size pieces. Spread french butter on a piece of the baguette and then sprinkle with your favorite flavored salt. Enjoy! 


Gather some friends or family, Open up your favorite bottle of wine, and enjoy! Cheers!