As far as I'm concerned, a cheese board is a simple and effective way to avoid cooking desert when time is tight. It is a great easy entertaining trick and a card I always keep up my sleeve, it looks stylish and is a great way to drum up conversation at the table.
But... (and there always is a but *sigh*)...
... with SO many options of cheese out there, it can be very hard to choose the right selection. It's a bit like choosing wine. So, it helps to follow a few friendly rules. This is the first set I ever learnt, the rules for a basic board - you'll need to choose a cheese from each category:
The hard cheese
A solid Cheddar, a strong Parmesan or maybe a Red Leicester... something solid and weighty.
The blue cheese
Rich, creamy and full of blue mold - Stilton, Dolcelatte or anything blue
Goats cheese is always a great option
A squidgy smelly Brie, Mozzarella or a stinking Tunworth