Wine and Cheese Nights | KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway #BornOnTheFarm

wine and cheeseThis month Gay Lea asked me to share some of my secret indulgences and the first one that came to mind are the “girls nights in” that I end up hosting once a month. Yup! It wasn’t eating in front of the iPad watching Netflix ALL BY MYSELF or enjoying that decadent piece of chocolate with a glass of wine once the kids have gone to bed… nopes. Living in a household where I seem to be the only REAL cheese lover (seriously guys, melted cheese on pizza is the ONLY thing the hubs will eat and the kids aren’t far off in their love/hate relationship with cheese either!) I countdown to the wine and cheese nights while the hubs goes and plays board games with his posse. Sure I stay home with the kids, but each month I invite a couple gals over and we just chill on my comfy couch and snack the evening away. The  kids eventually go to bed and no one minds them playing in the background so it’s a total win-win situation.


Disclosure : I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Gay Lea and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog, as always, are TOTALLY ours! 


I know many moms have told me that they don’t like to host at their place because it means a lot of work but I’ve found an easy way out – charcuterie boards. I mean who doesn’t love a good spread of finger food? I’ve trained my gals to not expect a full on sit down dinner on these night, it’s all about the simple things. My rules for these wine and cheese nights are petty simple, bring a bottle of wine and maybe a snack to share. I love putting together charcuterie boards and shopping for the occasion is immensely satisfying. Our deli section has a superb mix of spicy and non spicy meats (a favourite of mine has a ring of Parmesan on the outside!) and our cheese counter carries a good range of various cheeses so that we can discover new ones on a monthly basis. On one of these runs I spotted the Ivanhoe Horseradish cheddar  many months ago and of course I picked it up! The addition of flavourful horseradish to the quality cheddar creates the most unique taste sensation. It’s mild but so creamy and has a bit of a kick that makes it such a novel addition to my boards. Don’t worry I love the classic brie, blue and aged cheddar as well.


Ivanhoe is part of the Gay Lea family and produces award-winning artisan cheddar as well as an extensive selection of specialty cheeses including Naturally Smoked Gouda and flavoured Monterey Jacks. They even offer Kosher and Halal varieties! It’s hard to find the many varieties offered by Ivanhoe cheese in downtown Toronto and I hope to visit the factory outlet the next time I’m in the Belleville area. The Salsa one sounds especially intriguing!


My friends love the boards I put together and I think the main reason is because I bring in a variety of sweet and salty combos when I prep for the night. My biggest tip as you prep a charcuterie board is to serve your cheese at room  temperature. Keep cheese wrapped when you pull it out of the fridge, and only unwrap it right before serving. I will keep my cheese wrapped until the condo buzzer rings! Also, at the end of the night, if you have left over cheese ensure you wrap it up in new wax paper and cling film.

Some of my favourite accompaniments to our cheese and meat collection are green olives, Korean Pork  Rind bites, chocolates, nuts and grapes. Some classics mixed in with some nontraditional items makes these nights deliciously satisfying. There’s a lot of rules around wine and cheese pairings and what goes best with which wine however, I’m not too fussed with that. I never know the spread of wines that will walk into our place and so it’s hard to really be prepared so I ensure I have a mix of soft, hard and ripened cheese to pick and choose as we go from Prosseco to Tempranillo over the course of the night!

Go on, tell me, what’s your secret indulgence?

If it involves baking you’re in luck because we have a fab giveaway thanks to the folks at Gay Lea! Enter below for a chance to win a KitchenAid Mixer!

Gay Lea
KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway – February 2017

  • Judy Cowan
    February 7, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Love using cheese as a snack when we have company over.

    • Yashy
      February 7, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Yes.. easy and delicious!

  • Erin W
    February 7, 2017 at 11:15 am

    My secret indulgence is a good cheddar melted a little on crackers! Mmm.

    • Yashy
      February 7, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      LOVE melted cheese!

  • kristen visser
    February 7, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Seriously I would be happy with any of these prizes!!! Of course the KitchenAid Mixer has been on my list for a LONG time now but I am also in major need of oven mitts lol. I only have one and it’s worn

    • Yashy
      February 7, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      We need to get you a matching pair! Good luck lady!

  • Amy Heffernan
    February 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Cheese is awesome!!! It is great as an appetizer! Thanks!

  • Andrea Amy
    February 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    You can never have too many oven mitts! Grand prize looks amazing too!

  • Lee-Ann
    February 7, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Ooohhh… always wanted a mixer!!!! And cheese…never can have enough cheese!

    • Yashy
      February 7, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Good luck Lee-Ann!

  • Christine Topley
    February 7, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I have to admit that chocolate cheesecake is my secret indulgence. So creamy and decadent – Mmmmmm. I can never get it the right consistency mixing by hand. Having a mixer would be a dream. I’d be living in my kitchen making , creating and baking up a storm.

    • Yashy
      February 7, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Good luck Christine!

  • Elaine G
    February 7, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    My indulgence is anything chocolate 🙂

    • Yashy
      February 7, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Good chocolate is SOOO good!

  • Tara Betterley
    February 7, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    A fridge is not complete without cheese.. The mixer is a must have when you are baking and cooking.

    • Yashy
      February 7, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Totally agree.. always want cheese in my fridge too!

  • amanda
    February 7, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    It has to be chocolate and wine!

  • Michelle Policelli
    February 7, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    My secret indulgence is cheese!

  • ivy pluchinsky
    February 7, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Oh how I love cheese and wine nights! And these prizes are awesome!

  • Jonnie
    February 7, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Cheese is my indulgence but it’s no secret. My favorite is five year old cheddar..yum!!!

  • Joni W
    February 7, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    My indulgence is anything chocolate. I’ve never met a chocolate covered anything that wasn’t awesome.

  • Linda G
    February 7, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Cheesecake…..any & all varieties

  • maria
    February 7, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    This would be amazing to win! I have so many indulgences, chocolate and wine.

  • Wanda Tracey
    February 7, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Cheese is my indulgence and I love any homemade dish or dessert that has cheese in it!!Cheesecakes are on the top of my list for a decadent indulgence. 🙂

  • Leslie C
    February 8, 2017 at 4:43 am

    I love chocolate anything!
    Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

  • Amber barrett
    February 8, 2017 at 7:44 am

    My secret indulgence is pumpkin cheesecake. I would love to win the mixer…. I have so many recipes I’d love to try out with my kids but I need this mixer to make them. Thanks for the chance.

    • Yashy
      February 8, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Oh that sounds so delicious! Wonder, could you make a pumpkin cottage cheesecake? You’ve got me thinking now, the Gay Lea Smooth vanilla cottage cheese would be a great addition!

  • Vesper Meikle
    February 8, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Always make sure we have enough cheese in the house and different varieties, my indulgence is very old cheddar

    • Yashy
      February 8, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Yes! I do love aged cheddar as well!

  • Sheila Russell
    February 8, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Cheese, chocolate & wine – all great indulgences

  • elldubbs
    February 8, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I love cheese.

  • Rachel
    February 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Love Kitchen Aid products and chocolate and cheese. I love it all!

  • Stephanie
    February 8, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I love cheese! It makes the perfect snack paired with crackers or proscuitto!

    February 8, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Cheese and wine gathering are my fave way to entertain and have a yearly one at Christmas

  • Alison Braidwood
    February 8, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Goat’s cheese with everything is my (not) so secret indulgence.

  • Cairine
    February 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Most people like cheese, I would suggest some mild cheese for those who don’t like the really strong cheeses.

  • jan
    February 8, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    One of five? Wow. Very generous. Love that charcuterie board!

  • Angela Mitchell
    February 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    That board is exactly what I’d love to put on mine– all of my favourite things! I’ve got my fingers crossed for the mixer. Like so many people it’s been on my wishlist for a few years now.

    February 8, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Love chocolate and cheesecake, huh wanna try this

  • Jenn Beckett @jennpup
    February 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Ooh, I have been dreaming of a mixer! My daughter would be soooo happy if we won!

  • Stephanie LaPlante
    February 8, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve heard so many amazing things about these mixers. I’ve wanted one for a long time now.

  • Calvin F.
    February 8, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    My indulgence is ice cream, pretzels, and chips. I also like matcha chocolate.

  • Glogirl
    February 8, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I would love to try these cheeses. They would change up my usual choices as I tend to stick to familiar cheese like marble and cheddar.

  • Edith Rennes
    February 8, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I found this post to be very informative and interesting…thanks

  • Andrea
    February 8, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I love cheese and cheese anything…

  • Anita D.
    February 8, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I absolutely love cheese (and wine). I will have to give the horseradish cheddar a try.

  • Daniela Plume
    February 8, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    We absolutely LOVE wine & cheese!

  • Dayle B
    February 8, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    My fav. indulgence is almond and dark chocolate.
    Sure like to snag this amazing swag.

  • Elaine Beierbach
    February 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    What ea great prize

  • Joy D
    February 8, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    My secret indulgence with a quality chocolate paired with a good glass of white wine.

  • Jim Alix
    February 8, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Great prize!

  • Elizabeth Matthiesen
    February 8, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Mine is things like Spätzle with cheese, fully loaded baked potato or French Onion soup. Or a whole cauliflower that is half cooked, covered with sliced ham and then sliced cheese, then all covered with Béchamel sauce, in the oven for about half an hour and then you’re in 7th heaven. 🙂

  • Heather Swanson
    February 8, 2017 at 10:13 pm


  • Suzanne G
    February 8, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    My favourite indulgence is dark chocolate and a good glass of red wine.

  • Nicole Aben
    February 9, 2017 at 12:40 am

    chocolate chips are my secret indulgence

  • Julie
    February 9, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Chocolate and potato chips are my secret indulgence and weakness!

  • Brenda Penton
    February 9, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Korean Pork Rind Bites?! OMG! I need these. I really wish pork rinds were easier to find near me. I will be making them.

    • Yashy
      February 9, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Not sure where you live but all grocery stores in downtown Toronto seem to carry them. Right in next to the pork chops and they’re SUPER cheap.. like $2 for a two roll!

  • Karla Sceviour
    February 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    ohh cheese!

  • Jolie
    February 9, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Amazing prize! Thanks so much for hosting 🙂

  • tracy k
    February 9, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    my favourite indulgence is chips haha..

  • Mary Warner
    February 9, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    I always like visuals. I can then imagine me doing it.

  • Jennifer L.
    February 9, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I just can’t resist flourless chocolate cake. It’s sooo good.

  • Florence Cochrane
    February 10, 2017 at 12:46 am

    My secret indulgence is cheese cake. I love blueberry and cherry the best.

  • Nicole
    February 10, 2017 at 1:34 am

    One of my favourite easy dinners – lots of fruit, nuts, cheese, crackers, meats & wine!

  • Wendy Jacinto
    February 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Love charteurie dinner! Easy & my kid and I love olives!

  • nicky
    February 10, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    That cheese and charcuterie board looks amazing! Making me hungry 😉

  • Sharon
    February 10, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    My secret indulgence is chocolate

  • Sarahj
    February 10, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Flourless chocolate cake…. How did I not know for this? Thanks for sharing!

  • Amy C
    February 10, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I love cheese and chocolate

  • Catherine Robichaud
    February 10, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    My indulgences are cheesecake and ice cream sandwiches.

  • ginette4
    February 10, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Our fridge always has at least 3 different kinds of cheese..we love cheese

  • Christy E
    February 11, 2017 at 12:27 am

    My secret indulgence is whip cream!

  • Harvinderks
    February 11, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Mmmm! Love anything cheese or cheesecake.

  • Josh S
    February 11, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I enjoy a delicious chocolate cake.

  • kathy downey
    February 11, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    What a wonderful prize good luck to all.i love cheese anyway at all !!

  • AD
    February 11, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    A cheese and charcuterie board (including fruits, nuts, honey, etc.) is my go to as well for a girls night; I hosted one last weekend and that is exactly what I made for the girls!

  • Karen Forsyth
    February 11, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    I would love to win this for my grandaughter who is a onderful young cook

    • Yashy
      February 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Good luck and what a great grandmother!

  • Leanne S
    February 11, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    I’m a wine and cheese lover for sure.

  • Bernice
    February 12, 2017 at 2:10 am

    my secret indulgence is cupcakes, Especially Chocolate cupcakes

    February 12, 2017 at 8:51 am

    fave indulgence…..can only be….cinnnabon buns for me

    • Yashy
      February 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Oh! Do you make them at home? Would love to hear your recipe

  • Robyn Bellefleur
    February 12, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Cheese is my secret indulgence. Love all types and varieties, but a double cream brie is my absolute favorite.

  • Peter H
    February 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I’m here to win the Mixer.

  • Kim K
    February 12, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    What an easy cheesecake recipe in the video, I’m going to try it out. Thanks for the giveaway

  • Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    February 12, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    My secret indulgence is cheese <3 xoxo

  • Melinda
    February 12, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Wine and cheese make a great additon to a party!

  • Dorothy H
    February 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    That looks like an awesome spread.

  • Tracey Schmidt
    February 13, 2017 at 10:38 am

    My secret indulgence is warm fresh baked bread with lots of butter.

  • Gord
    February 13, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I’m dreaming of what I could be making if I won this beauty!

    • Gord
      February 13, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      My secret indulgence is milk chocolate in big beautiful chunks!

  • Linda
    February 14, 2017 at 1:01 am

    I love putting out a meat and cheese board at parties. It’s the easiest way to feed a lot of guests.

  • nicolthepickle
    February 14, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Mmh, nothing better than a good baguette with butter and cheese.

  • laurel keating
    February 14, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I love cooking but so does my partner, this will really come in handy thanks love the recipes

  • Mandy B
    February 15, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Awesome giveaway LOVE to win this

  • Jen L
    February 16, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Your pictures are very tempting – red wine and cheese, mmm.

  • Debbie White Beattie
    February 17, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I love all kinds of cheese mozzarella, cheddar, pepper jack, smoked cheese, spreadable cheese, cream cheese and cooking with cheese makes any recipe better.

  • Nate
    February 18, 2017 at 10:11 am

    My secret indulgence is chocolate

  • Jody D
    February 18, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Cheese makes such a great appetizer for when guests are visiting before dinner!

    • Yashy
      February 20, 2017 at 8:28 am

      It’s so true! One of the reasons I love it so much – easy to whip up

  • Mike Gismondi
    February 19, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    What a great prize!

  • Wanda Bee
    February 20, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    That KitchenAid would change my life!! Would love to win this and start creating all sorts of wonderful meals.

  • Jennie Yuen
    February 21, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Love wine and cheese!

  • Lisa McLain
    February 21, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Great recipes, thanks for the chance i have always wanted a Kitchen Aid mixer ! Just not in the budget !

  • Jennifer Lo
    February 23, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    My girls love cheese!

  • Tracy D
    February 23, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Wine and cheese…yes!

  • Lisa
    February 23, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Great idea for a girls night!

  • Elizabeth Vlug
    February 23, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    That expression “it’s better with cheese” pretty much sums me up. My secret indulgence is salty feta. I can put this cheese on everything from salads, veggies and sandwiches. Fabulous prizes, thanks.

  • Elizabeth Vlug
    February 24, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Those Parmesan Shortbread on the Gaylea site just might be my new indulgence. And they look pretty easy to make too.

  • CL Chin
    February 24, 2017 at 10:03 am

    My indulgences are desserts like creme brulee and any kind of chocolate!

  • Dianne G.
    February 25, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    There are so many delicious varieties of cheese and always the first thing to go on appetizer trays. I would love to win this mixer so I could make delicious desserts for entertaining.

    • Yashy
      February 26, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Good luck Dianne!

  • Krista M
    February 27, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Look at that scrumptious spread! All those indulgences together are heaven! Meats, cheeses, bread, wine, chocolate… oh wow I’m hungry for all this food love!

  • NancyG
    February 27, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I would love to be able to put on a spread like this photo! I need the time…and maybe the energy

    • Yashy
      February 28, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Hahah.. I rarely have time or energy. Trust me, it’s easy! Just grab every day items from your local grocery store. Beats having to cook dinner!

  • RonnieG
    February 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

    This photo looks great but I rarely have the time to create anything like this

    • Yashy
      March 1, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Good news is that it literally took me less than 15 mins to put the spread together and I bought all the items at my regular grocery store!

  • Dana Miller
    March 4, 2017 at 5:04 am

    You’ve inspired me to use the charcuterie board for my next girls night. And I am going to look for the meat with the parmesan ring around the outside. I would be ecstatic to win a stand mixer. I burnt out the hand blender that I had and mix everything by hand.

    • Yashy
      March 5, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Oh do share some pics with me!! So excited to hear how your board goes!! Good luck

  • tanyab79
    March 4, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Great product and they have many great recipes.

  • rebecca g
    March 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Your cheese board looks amazing. I never thought about putting chocolate on it!

  • Carol M
    March 5, 2017 at 9:00 am

    That would be chocolate.

  • Toby
    March 5, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Cheese & wine! Love that combination! With so many varieties of each, possibilities are endless.

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