Archive for September, 2010

Basque-Style Grilled Cheese with ETORKI

Friday, September 24th, 2010

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Etorki is a cheese from French Basque region of the Pyrénées. “Etorki” means “origin” and has been produced in the Basque country for over 4000 years. We received a sample of this excellent Basque cheese from Ile De France who distributes this cheese in the US.

This hard cheese is made of sheep’s milk and has a pretty orange rind. Inside, it is bright ivory with a rich buttery texture and a slightly sweet taste with a nutty finish.

Etorki is delicious with fresh crusty bread and cold cuts for a nice weekend lunch. It is also terrific when melted. Since April is a National Grilled Cheese Month, I decided to make a special Basque-style grilled cheese sandwich using Etorki cheese, roasted Piquillo pepper, and Basque-style chorizo.

A combination of these ingredients was fantastic, and we really enjoyed this delicious grilled cheese sandwich.

Ingredients: (1 large sandwich)

Butter or olive oil
2 large slices of Pain de campagne (French Country bread)
2 large slices of Etorki (the approximate size of the bread slices)
3 slices of Basque or Spanish-style chorizo
2 roasted Piquillo peppers, drained, seeds removed, patted dry

Directions:

Pre-heat the grill. Lightly butter the bread slices or brush them with oil. Grill on one side until lightly browned, then flip over. Place one slice of cheese on each slice of the bread. Grill for about a minute, then top one slice with peppers and chorizo. Cover with the other slice of bread. Grill until lightly browned on the bottom, flip over, and cook for a little bit longer until the cheese is melted.

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Natasha is a Five Star Foodie

Friday, September 17th, 2010

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Natasha’s our latest guest blogger! She blogs at Five Star Foodie.

How long have you been cooking and when / why did you develop a passion for food?

I have always enjoyed the creative process of inventing something new and different in the kitchen. More recently, I’ve begun an adventure, exploring the cuisine available in some of the best restaurants in the United States and around the world. The more innovative the food, the more I am inspired to innovate at home for my two most appreciative “customers” – my husband and my daughter.

What do you like about French cheese?

The versatility of it – French cheese is always excellent to eat by itself or with fresh bread and it’s excellent to cook with.

Favorite thing to serve at a party or family gathering?

The latest favorite appetizer that I have made is a brioche toast with sauteed mushrooms and onions with Brie melted over the top. It is easy to make and definitely popular at parties!

Check back for Natasha’s recipe!

Lunch Time!

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Nothing says lunch like sandwiches and soup.

But be careful – These basic dishes are just as likely to be boring and bland as they are delicious. With a little tasty cheese, however, there won’t be any risk of blandness.

Here’s one example of a delicious sandwich and soup combo that features just enough gourmet flare to make lunch savory without making it too complicated to enjoy on the average Tuesday.


Ham, brie and pear panini

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Chunky black bean soup with goat cheese
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Friday, September 10th, 2010

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Family meal time recipes

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

September is here! That means cooler weather, school, football and a much busier post-summer schedule for families.

Of course, no matter how busy you get you’ll still have to eat! So make a plan for a few delish weekday family meals with help from Ile de Fance.

Here’s some of our favorite hearty meals that are perfect for adding a little flavor to your work and school week.

Mac and Cheese with goat cheese

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Classic grilled cheese sandwiches
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Puff pastry mini pizzas
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Brie Tuna Wantons

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Here’s Jane’s delicious-looking recipe for brie tuna wantons – perfect for parties!
Check out more of Jane’s recipes at her blog Little Corner of Mine!

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This recipe came about when I decided to create a recipe for brie. Usually brie is best to serve it with crackers or even toasted English muffin or bagel but I wanted to think outside of the box. I wanted it a be a healthier combination and also delicious. So, I created this appetizer or finger food for party or any occasion.

My idea came from cheese wanton but totally different in a sense that I used canned tuna and a slice of brie and some seasoning. I wrapped it differently too. After I done deep-frying, it was the taste test time. I gathered my girls and asked them to try it. We all loved it and Edda thought it was pork as a filling, LOL! It’s slightly sweet and savory at the same time and brie and tuna came out well together. It’s hard to believe I was actually eating a tuna wanton.

I was at a friend’s house during a Chinese New Year Party and she was serving some crackers with Brie as an appetizer. That was the first time I had brie because I don’t normally had cheese in my house or tried any sort of cheeses out there in the market. My hubby and I were blown away at how creamy and delicious it was but when asked, the host forgot which brand of brie she bought. I tried one brand in the market and it was not it and tasted horrible. Then, I think I finally found it, it was this Ile De France Le Brie that she was serving at that time. This cheese was mild and creamy and totally yummy. This brand is awesome!

Meet Guest Blogger Jane

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

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Jane Lim blogs at Little Corner of Mine

How long have you been cooking and when / why did you develop a passion for food?
I started cooking when I was in college. First, I cooked in order to save cost and then I cooked because I missed Malaysian food. Malaysian food was hard to come by in a small town in American, so in order to satisfy that craving, I had to pick up my knife and apron. I developed a passion for food when I learned that with my both hands I could create a delicious and healthy meal for my friends and family. The smile, compliment and satisfaction on their faces said it all.

What do you like about French cheese?

I like that it is smooth and creamy in texture of and yet rich in flavor.

Favorite thing to serve at a party or family gathering?
I love to serve a mix of American and Malaysian food. It is a great way to introduce Malaysian cuisine to our fellow friends here. Sometimes I would combine the two and make a fusion food such as my Brie Tuna Wontan. This is a great appetizer to serve at a party.