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Did you see the beautiful cheese plates that Martha and others created for the latest issue of Living? I recently collaborated with the digital team on my own take: a roundup of the finest boards on the market, decked out with flavorful accessories from Murray’s Cheese. It was a joy to work with friends new and old, and I wanted to share a few behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot. Enjoy!

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We had done our homework, as you can see from this giant inspiration board.

1 We had done our homework, as you can see from this giant inspiration board.

There were plenty of hands-on challenges, though. We were stumped over what to do with this hunk of Le Chevre Noir.

2 There were plenty of hands-on challenges, though. We were stumped over what to do with this hunk of Le Chevre Noir.

So sculptural.

3 So sculptural.

Thomas did some artful deconstruction and was instrumental in the selection of cheeses and their pairings.

4 Thomas did some artful deconstruction and was instrumental in the selection of cheeses and their pairings.

Mike, the photographer, made a few tweaks of his own.

5 Mike, the photographer, made a few tweaks of his own.

…And check out the after! I love having friends who are food stylists.

6 …And check out the after! I love having friends who are food stylists.

Sarah also stopped by to work her magic on an agate board topped with Cremont.

7 Sarah also stopped by to work her magic on an agate board topped with Cremont.

I never would have thought to stack the crackers that way. It was a total game-changer.

8 I never would have thought to stack the crackers that way. It was a total game-changer.

Working with my talented friends is one of the best parts of my job.

9 Working with my talented friends is one of the best parts of my job.

A gorgeous smoked cheese wrapped in maple leaves was a perfect match for this wooden board from Martha’s line at Macy’s.

10 A gorgeous smoked cheese wrapped in maple leaves was a perfect match for this wooden board from Martha’s line at Macy’s.

We decided that just one of these beauties could hold its own.

11 We decided that just one of these beauties could hold its own.

And of course, samples abounded. Let’s just say none of us went hungry.

12 And of course, samples abounded. Let’s just say none of us went hungry.

Can’t wait to share the rest of our picks with you soon!

13 Can’t wait to share the rest of our picks with you soon!

All photos by Janelle Jones

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