Our Annual Ile de France Recipe Contest is Back!

December 15th, 2014

Hey Cheeselovers!

Our recipe contest is back! You could win up to $1,000 or other prizes like cash or gourmet prizes by Boska Holland. For more info, click here:http://bit.ly/1aBgeVo

Make any dish that includes cheese and send us the recipe and a picture of the finished dish for a chance to win fabulous gourmet prizes and cash:

Grand Prize: $1,000
Runner Up: $250
3rd Place: $250
Best Appetizer: Boska Holland Gourmet Prize
Best Main Course: Boska Holland Gourmet Prize
Best Dessert: Boska Holland Gourmet Prize

A panel of culinary experts and cheese industry professionals will judge entries based on originality, presentation, creativity and use of cheese.

To participate, simply send us a recipe and picture that features at least one cheese featured on www.IledeFranceCheese and is suitable to serve at a holiday gathering. Send all entries to contest@iledefrancecheese.com

Entries must include a cheese on the Ile de France website or won’t be considered. Entries without a picture won’t be considered. Participants may submit multiple entries. Judges reserve the right – at their sole discretion – to disqualify any entry.

 

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#CheeseTip: Cheese for Health

November 25th, 2014

Hey Cheese Buffs, we’re sharing a weekly cheese tip to help you store and savor your cheese! How well do you know your cheese facts?

#CheeseTip Q: True or False, firm cheeses contain more calcium than soft cheeses.

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A:  True. Firm cheeses contain more calcium than soft cheeses. On average, a 1-ounce serving of natural mild cheddar cheese has 20% of the adult daily recommended nutritional intake of calcium. The calcium content of cheese depends on the variety and upon the manufacturing process.

#CheeseTip: Dine with Cheese and Wine

November 18th, 2014

Hey Cheese Buffs, we’re sharing a weekly cheese tip to help you store and savor your cheese! How well do you know your cheese facts?

Q: Open the wines and let them breath for __ minutes before serving.

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A: 15-20 minutes before serving to maximize flavor.

#MeltyMonday: Brie-ing you our Favorite Melty Cheese Recipes

November 17th, 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… food takes front and center before the holiday shopping madness! Thanksgiving may only be one day out of the year, but starting in autumn, we can savor comfort foods all throughout the chilly months. We’ll especially be enjoying the melty goodness of… CHEESE!

Every Monday, we’re bringing you our favorite recipes from the most creative, cheese-loving bloggers around! This #MeltyMonday, we’re featuring Tieghan from Halfbakedharvest. Her recipe features the melty goodness of Brie with a gourmet touch of sweetness. Curious yet? Check out her Spinach Artichoke and Brie Crepe with Sweet Honey Sauce and let us know what you think! This looks perfect for an indulgent yet healthy lunch, or an appetizer!

For more of Tieghan’s creations, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and also Instagram!

 

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#CheeseTips: Rind or No Rind

November 11th, 2014

Hey Cheese Buffs, we’re sharing a weekly cheese tip to help you store and savor your cheese! How well do you know your cheese facts?

Q: True or False, the rinds of Emmental and Comté cheeses are edible!

 

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A: Wrong. For fromages like Emmental and Comté, the rind is not edible, but for others, it’s all a matter of perspective.

#CheeseTip: Best Cutting Practices

November 4th, 2014

Hey Cheese Buffs, we’re sharing a weekly cheese tip to help you store and savor your cheese! How well do you know your cheese facts?

#CheeseTip: T or F, sharing cutting knives between cheeses doesn’t change the taste of the cheese.

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A: False. Use one clean knife per cheese, and never use the same knife for several cheeses. Cheese is very sensitive and can adopt the aroma and flavors of other cheeses.

#CheeseTip: Caring for Your Cheese

October 28th, 2014

Hey Cheese Buffs, we’re sharing a weekly cheese tip to help you store and savor your cheese! How well do you know your cheese facts?

#CheeseTip: T or F: Storing cheese in the freezer doesn’t change the behavior of the cheese.

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A: False.

However you choose to store your cheese, it is not recommended to freeze it! Though your cheese will keep in the fridge, provided that you’ve stored it properly, it won’t last forever. Check the cheese regularly, touching and smelling it to see how it’s behaving.

Oktoberfest: A German tradition with a French Twist

October 24th, 2014

October may be coming to a close, but Oktoberfest is still going strong! This yearly celebration features plenty of delicious beer and friendly partying. When beer is in the mix, gourmet snacks are sure to follow! Cheese is an especially delicious pairing for Fall & Oktoberfest beers.

Wondering which beer to pair with Ile de France Brie or Roquefort? Make sure to check out our pairing tips for Oktoberfest & Fall Beers and French cheese here!

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#CheeseTip: Cutting The Cheese

October 21st, 2014

Hey Cheese Buffs, we’re sharing a weekly cheese tip to help you store and savor your cheese! How well do you know your cheese facts?

#CheeseTip: Which kind of knife is best for cutting crumblier cheeses like Roquefort: Wide rectangular blade, narrow blade or tear-shaped blade?

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A: For crumblier cheeses, such as Roquefort and other blue cheese – use wide, rectangular knives for perfect slices.

#FallForCheese: Camembert tartles with pancetta and pine nuts

October 17th, 2014

Fall is Comfort food season and it’s one of things that makes us #FallForCheese! In honor of cheese in comfort food, we’re sharing some of our very favorite recipes in a weekly series called #FallForCheese!

We’re taking it to France this week with our featured blogger Chicho, of Chicho’s Kitchen, who is originally Lebanese but is currently living in the romantic city of Paris. Her love of French cheese began the first time she went to a fromagerie about 8 years ago when she moved to Paris. The cheese obsession continues and this recipe features one of our favorites, Camembert!

On to her Camembert tartles with pancetta and pine nuts! You may want to save this recipe for holiday get-togethers or Thanksgiving! This creation looks as beautiful as it does tasty! Add a French flavor to your list of bloggers to follow and find Chicho on Facebook and Twitter!

 

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