Everyone loves a cheese plate — it’s a tried-and-true crowd pleaser. And for Thanksgiving, it’s the perfect (not to mention easy-to-prepare) starter to have out as guests arrive, especially as you’re busy cooking the main event. In addition to the usual assortment of cheeses — blue, brie, goat and so on — add a colorful mix of fruits, dates and nuts to both excite the palate and brighten the display.

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