Enjoy this Epic Rectangular Charcuterie Board for the holidays, a festive board of cheese, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, and cured meats! [42 in by 12 in]

Epic Rectangular Charcuterie Board

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Friends, a few years back, my husband made me this new charcuterie board! I loved the size, for this Epic Rectangular Charcuterie Board, which fit nicely on our kitchen counter. If you want to order my boards, links are below.

Epic Rectangular Charcuterie Board

Recently for a holiday meal, we made another epic charcuterie board—full of everything festive, and lovely for winter. We actually took this board to a party this past weekend! If you want more inspiration, visit my charcuterie/cheeseboard page.

My favorite for the holiday season is the Party Ham Rolls Charcuterie Board (one my mom would have loved), and a smaller version, Winter Rustic Charcuterie Board. You can also set out the munchie snacks for the kids with this Holiday Kid-Friendly Charcuterie Board

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What is a charcuterie board?

Some of the ingredients were: Dried fruits, veggies, dips, crackers, olives, nuts, and several kinds of cheese, salami (cured meats), and crackers!

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Oh, and don’t forget the roasted carrots (a real treat) and we heated up the brie in the center when we got to our party. Check out my recipe, Roasted Carrots Easy Appetizer Recipe.

And it’s perfect for chips and salsa!

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What is the size of my board?

This is 12 x 42 inches, by my new EPIC size like this is 12 x 36 inches – and it’s FOOD SAFE with a lip!

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For me, it’s all about a raised edge or a lip to keep the food on the board. There’s nothing worse at a party than to have a mess of crackers and food all over the counter … right?

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Gratitude this time of year

But first, I love to think about gratitude this time of year. There’s something about the holidays that are so … serious, in a way. I think we have so many memories that well up inside our hearts, when we reminisce about simple moments together with family and friends.

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My mother at Christmas

I often think of my mother, who had such an impact on my young life. She’d sew bathrobes, quilts, doll clothes, up all night to get them finished and under the tree. She made the house smell so good with all of her amazing cooking. She filled our house with a lot of love, family, and friends. My Dad bought the tree and helped us girls decorate it. He always had beautiful Christmas music playing, and jumped in to help mom.

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Basically, in my mind, my mom and dad were perfect when it came to hosting others. What a great example, and gift, to my sisters and me. One that we now pass down to our kids.

So the simple moments are meaningful and they make me really grateful.

“A grateful attitude becomes a grid through which you perceive life.” – Sarah Young

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I wonder if you feel you have a grateful attitude toward life?

Our upbringings really do shape us, but that doesn’t define us today.

I’m so thankful God’s mercies are new every morning. We have a new chance each and every day to cultivate a thankful heart.

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When I make these epic boards, I have so much joy in my heart.

Not only are they fun (you can be so creative), they feed a lot of people, and they actually make others happy.

Have you ever watched the faces when people walk through the door of your home and they see appetizers set out, or a big charcuterie board, or the table prepared for them? It might even be the smell of “dinner” … but most of the time people are just happy to gather over a large amount of food.

Ready to dig in!

The Big Board

Friends, The Big Board is here! Yes, I’ve partnered with JK Adams, the premier woodmaking company in Vermont, with my own line of RE boards!

  • 20-inch
  • 26-inch
  • 12 x 36-inch
  • 23-inch Lazy Susan
  • A board with a lip (or raised edged) so the food doesn’t fall off
  • Made in the USA
  • Undercut handles (a unique design)

Thank you for your support, as we’ve sold out so many times already!

Order The Big Board today!

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  • Brie cheese
  • Cranberry Chutney
  • Dilly green beans
  • Olives
  • Hard cheese
  • Cheese slices
  • Favorite crackers
  • Salami, several kinds
  • Hummus
  • Roasted Carrots
  • Snap peas
  • Red pepper slices
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Goat cheese with cranberries
  • Fig jam
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Dried apricots and spicy mangos and cranberries
  • Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs


  • On a large try, place the small bowls (olives, hummus, fig jam, nuts, etc:) and the plate of brie (which you will heat up right before serving).
  • Arrange the rest of the food around these dishes. Place small spoons and forks on the tray, and let everyone dig in!
Course: Appetizer
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Friends, here are the boards that I LOVE. A “lip” is the secret to the best charcuterie or dinner board, because the food does not fall off. [This post has affiliate links. Every purchase from these links supports RE at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]

Here are the affiliate links:

LARGE Hand-Carved Gabrielle Tray, Large – 28.5 inches round. Buy >> HERE  

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Rememember it says it is “not food safe,” so you need to prepare the board by either laying down parchment paper under the food, or you can “season” it like we did.

Here are a few other (affiliate) options:

Courtland Wooden Lazy Susan – 18-inch round. Buy >> HERE

LAZY SUSAN is a board that spins. It does NOT have a lip, but it’s cool for the center of the table.

Here’s an 18-inch wine barrel wood board or a 24-inch hammered large round tray or a 26-inch stainless steel serving platter that you may also like! Check out the weight on these boards.

How to season a Charcuterie Board

If a wood board says it “not food safe,” you can lightly sand it down with sand paper, and rub down with beeswax and mineral oil.

We used this butcher block and cutting board oil conditioner after we lightly sanded the board down.

Or, lay down parchment paper! Easy peasy!

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