Archive for June, 2011

Cheese around the web

Thursday, June 30th, 2011


Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week; cheese making in Belize, grilled cheese ideas, blue cheese ice cream and a picnic excursion.

– Making cheese in Belize via Kathleen and Andrzej are living their cheese making dream in Central America.

– Gourmet Grilled Cheese Ideas via Check out these great grilled cheese idea for a real gourmet delight.

– Blue Cheese Ice Cream via If you are sick of usual ice cream flavors like vanilla, chocolate or strawberry, you should give this custom-made flavors a try.

– Independence Day Picnic via What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence on the Fourth of July than a picnic?

Summertime is ice cream time

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011


If you’re like most people, you may have never thought about pairing ice cream with cheese. The combination sounds unusual – but is surprisingly delicious. Serving ice cream with cheese is a great way to get your guests talking and trying something new. Since the combination will be a first-time experience for most, it is sure to be a moment of gourmet delight!

Create a mild dessert by pairing brie or camembert with a vanilla or coffee ice cream. If you feel like having a more rich dessert, pair it with chocolate ice cream. The combination of the creaminess of brie or camembert and the cool, refreshing texture of ice cream is a delicious contrast.

You can even go one step further by making your own custom cheese ice cream like our St. André Gelato with plum Beaujolais compote.

If you are not in the mood to experiment, go back to the basics and make one of the more traditional recipes below.

Chocolate-Glazed St. André

Goat and Cream Cheesecake

Creamy Pumpkin Dream Pie

Friday, June 24th, 2011


Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week; cheese tattoos, national dairy month, world’s best restaurant and a diet research.

– Cheesemongers’ Cheese Tattoos via Cheese-lovers show their cheese body art of choice.

– National Dairy Month via A month dedicated to the importance of dairy products.

– noma – World’s Best Restaurant via This restaurant makes you cook your own food.

– Say no to fries and chips, but say yes to cheese via Check out the latest diet report.

Camembert and Brie

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011


Marla Meridith created a fantastic Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe with Ile de France Camembert – and some cheese-lovers were wondering, what’s the difference between Camembert and Brie?

Marla did a little research and her conclusion that Camembert is a bit stronger while Brie is creamier is absolutely correct. But there are many similarities; Both are semi-soft fromages with bloomy rinds. The cheese-making process for each is similar and both are made from cow-milk.

So why are they different at all?

The main differences stem from the regions where each is made. Camembert is made in Normandy and Brie in the region of Ile de France. The regions’ climate and proximity to certain parts of the ocean alters the soil – affecting what the cows eat and ultimately the milk that produces each cheese.

Learn more about the origins of both cheeses on our Camembert and Brie pages.

Both cheeses are flavorful and versatile – and we’ve got some great recipes show off the flavors of each!

Petite Camembert Soups au Gratin
Chicken Salad with Camembert
Zucchini Lasagna with Camembert

Double Brie Burger
Philly-style Cheese Steak
Brie Quesadillas

Get Grillin’ 2011 Summer Food Event

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011


We are a sponsor of Get Grillin’ 2011, a special summer grilling event hosted by food bloggers Dara Michalksi and Marla Meridith!

Get Grillin’ is a 6-week online grilling contest and is in it’s third week – our week as the main sponsor! The week’s theme is entrees and we invite you to participate by posting your recipes. The winner will get gourmet cheese from Ile de France Cheese worth 100$.

It’s easy to enter on Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuk – simply post your recipes or links in the comments of the below recipes.

Check out the delicious recipes our bloggers created for this week’s special, including Ile de France Cheese!

Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette and Camembert

Grilled Steak Sandwich with St Andre Cheese & Basil Aioli

It’s time for a picnic!

Friday, June 17th, 2011


Long days, warm weather & lush scenery – the summer is here!
So, don’t be a couch potato! Replace your television with the beautiful scenery waiting for you outside.

This Sunday is Father’s Day, which you probably spend with your family! Instead of going to a restaurant you could do something different this time. Pack the cheese and head outside for a family picnic. The weather is perfect – parks, gardens & lakes allow you to have a real outdoor adventure with your family.

There are basically two things you need to have for a great picnic.

1. Have the right food!
Picnic food should be easy to pack, prepare and eat! Bring only portable snacks and courses like sausages, cut vegetables, fruits and of course – cheese!
Find picnic food ideas for salads, appetizers, main courses and desserts on our special site!
Don’t forget the wine! On a warm day, there’s no better way to enjoy your picnic food than with a fresh and crisp white wine.

2. Have the right gear!
Tablecloths, coolers, disposable serving ware, napkins, trash bags, sunscreen and bug spray are picnic essentials. Bring frisbees and balls to keep kids busy! And don’t forget the camera to record this unforgettable family day!

Have a cheese-loving dad?

Thursday, June 16th, 2011


Father’s Day coming closer – do you know what to get for your dad?

If you’re dad loves cheese, a gourmet cheese basket will be the perfect gift. To make the perfect gift basket, we’ve collected some tips for you:

Create variety: You should choose from your dad’s favorite cheeses! Don’t pick a cheese twice – you can easily add further variation by including cheeses with different texture and from different milk types: goat, cow and sheep’s.

Choose the right size: Gift baskets look best if they are overflowing.

Pick matching accompaniments: Cheese can be enjoyed with a variety of food & beverages! Pick a bottle of your dad’s favorite beer or wine and add some crackers, baguettes, fruits, preserves or sausages! It’s best to pick the same number of accompaniments as cheeses.

Follow these tips and your cheese basket gift is sure to be a hit with dad.

Cheese around the web

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011


Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week; a wine trail, cheese course essentials, Father’s Day cheese treat and frozen gourmet food.

– The Mountain Road Wine Experience via Take this wine & cheese trail for your gourmet indulgence.

– Cheese Course Essentials via Learn more about the secrets to serving a perfect cheese course.

– Beer, Cheese and Chocolate on Father’s Day via Bring Dad along to sample beer, cheese and chocolate at Calke for a father’s Day treat.

– N-ICE Frozen Gourmet Food via From herbs to steak and legs of lamb – everything served within this gourmet restaurant will be frozen

Friday, June 3rd, 2011


We’re excited to be sponsoring a very special summer grilling event with fabulous food bloggers Dara Michalski of Cookin Canuck, and Marla Meridith of Family Fresh Cooking!

Get Grillin’ 2011 begins Monday, June 6th. It’s a 6-week online grilling event (though you don’t have to participate every week). Share your favorite recipes with us, according to the week’s theme, for a chance to win some great prizes provided by our wonderful sponsors There will be a winner every week!

Check out Cookin Canuck and Family Fresh Cooking for all the details and fabulous grilling recipes!

Here’s a few more details on participating in Get Grillin’ 2011 (reprinted from Family Fresh Cooking)

1) Get grilling and post your recipe on your blog. For each week’s theme, you can enter up to 3 recipes. Each recipe post is counted as a separate entry for a chance to win a great prize from one of our sponsors. It is fine to use recipes that are previously posted on your blog, as long as you add the info in (3).

If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay. Just leave your recipe in the comments section of our themed post on any day of the theme week.

2) During the theme week, add the link to your grilling post to the widget on either Family Fresh Cooking or Cookin’ Canuck. You only need to add it on one site, but it will show up on both. Cool, huh? Dara and I will be post our themed post on the Monday of each week (for example, on June 6th, we will both post our appetizer recipes), so be sure to look on these posts for the recipe link widgets.