Archive for April, 2011

Thursday, April 28th, 2011


Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week; grilled cheese contest winners, cheese apps, gourmet food serving convicts and cheese art!

– Apps for Cheeses via northjersey If you’re crazy about cheese, this app is a must! Get information about 750 cheeses from 18 countries, including pictures and wine pairing suggestions.

– The Grilled Cheese Invitational in Los Angeles via grilledcheeseinvitational To celebrate Grilled Cheese Month, cheese lovers came together to choose LA’s best grilled cheese sandwiches. Here’re the winners.

– Convicts cook & serve gourmet food via bbc It’s a restaurant – with a difference! Check out this video report about gourmet cooking prisoners.

– Mike Geno’s Cheese Art via madamefromage If you are interested in art, visit the all-cheese gallery of Mike Geno to experience art in a cheesy way

Bread, Butter, Cheese, Victory – Who cooks the best grilled cheese sandwich?

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

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Grilled Cheese Makers in Los Angeles found a special way to celebrate one of America’s most popular meals! The Grilled Cheese Sammich Cooking Competition will be held at LA’s Grilled Cheese Invitational on April 23rd!

The idea was created in 2003 as a couple of cheese lovers dueled each other in this competition. Over the years it has grown into the largest grilled cheese-cooking contest in the USA with 300 competitors and tens of thousands visitors! Besides the competition in four categories, visitors get entertained with cooking demonstrations, cheese calling competitions and a cheesy costume contest.

If you’re a grilled cheese lover, you can’t miss this culinary event! To get your tickets and more information enter the Grilled Cheese Invitational Webside

Would you like to become a cheesemaker?

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

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As she turned 56, Rose Buero, a nurse and a passionate cheese lover decided to make a bucket list and put a cheesemaker’s license on the top of it. Some time later she turned her dream into reality and won a licensed cheesemaker scholarship and launched her own small business.

If you would like to become a cheesemaker as well you have generally two options: A side business or a Master Cheesemaker Program.

To launch a small business, it’s a good idea to first attend courses in sanitation, regulatory, issues, flavor, body texture and types of cheeses, though formal classes aren’t necessarily required.

What is required is an appropriate facility that is certified by local health department. Pasteurizers to kill harmful bacteria, drainage systems to drain the whey from the cheese curds and a cooling system to store the cheese are needed to get a license.

Becoming a master cheese maker is even more complicated. To become a licensed Wisconsin Cheesemaker®, for example, you can apply for a special program, which is the first outside of Europe.

The program is intense. The license requires 10 years of cheesemaking experience, plus five years experience with one specific type of cheese.

As you can see, it’s not that easy to become a real cheesemaker, which makes the story of Rose Buero even more remarkable.

Do you feel like becoming a cheesemaker? Rose Buero showed you how to do it, enter here to learn about her story.

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What do you have for lunchentach? For what?

Thursday, April 14th, 2011


That’s what people used to say in 1580. Nowadays it is commonly abbreviated to lunch!

If you need a new idea for lunchentach – here’s the perfect spring solution!

Even if you are not the most gifted cook, “Ham, Brie and Pear Panini” is so easy to prepare that you will feel like a first rate chef.

The “Ham, Brie and Pear Panini” will be ready in just a few minutes and can easily be taken on the go – and since it’s spring-time, why not enjoy your sandwich on the balcony, in the garden or in the park!

Our recipe features with multi-grain bread, but you can use your favorite bread as well. If it’s crunchy baguette, ciabatta, sour dough, pre-sliced rye, white or pumpernickel – it doesn’t matter – it’s delicious any way you make it!

Make this unforgettable sandwich for lunch. Check out the recipe!

World Records of Cheese

Thursday, April 7th, 2011


Most bottles opened simultaneously, largest Pokemon Collection, most envelopes torn in half in thirty seconds, largest gathering of people dressed as gorillas – it seems like there is a World Record for everything.

The best global performance ever recorded in a specific skill sets up a World Record regardless of the uselessness of the skill. The range Guinness World Records is enormous and so it is not surprising that there are some cheesy records.

Check out the largest, smallest, longest and fastest cheese performances…

Largest Fondue Set

Largest Potato Gratin

Largest Cheeseburger

Smallest Cheeseburger

Fastest Grilled Cheese Eating

Largest Cheese Sculpture

Largest Goat Cheese

Largest Mac & Cheese

Most Expensive Cheese Sandwich

Largest Cheesecake

Well, there is no official World Record held by Ile De France… because there is just no category for “most delicious gourmet cheese” ☺

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011


Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week; A future cheesemaker, an upcoming festival, the Statue of Liberty and grilled cheese tips!

– Cheesemaking nurse wins competition via cheeseunderground Check out the story about this cheese-fan

– The Grilled Cheese Invitational in Las Angeles via grilledcheeseinvitational Flex your melt-making muscles and join this festival.

– Cheese carver transformed cheese into the Statue of Liberty via youtube Creative idea, but we think cheese should be eaten instead.

– How to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich via moorestown Try these techniques and celebrate Grilled Cheese Month

Cheesy April Fools’ Day

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Whether you like it or not, people around the world play all kinds of jokes on April 1st.

Even though the origins of April Fools’ Day are still uncertain, one possible explanation comes from France. Looking back to the Middle Ages France celebrated New Year’s Day on March 25th ending on April 1st. In 1582, France adopted a new calendar ordered by Pope Gregory XII which made New Year’s Day move from March 25th to January 1st. Many people refused to accept the change or didn’t learn about it and kept celebrating on April 1st. As a result other people made fun of these traditionalists and fooled them into believing something false.

Anyway, here are some cheese related jokes from the web! You may like some of them!

Grilled Cheese for April Fools’ Day

Cheesy Jokes

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