Archive for November, 2011

Holi-Daily Draw: Seasonal Fromage

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011


Great news cheese lovers! Yesterday we started up our new Holi-Daily Draw: Seasonal Fromage. It’s an absolutely new way to win free cheese for the winter holidays!

We are picking one winner each day until December 13th! All you need to do is simply enter the contest each day for a new chance to win free delicious cheese!

Celebrate the holidays with gourmet delights!

Enter here!

Good luck!

Happy Thanksgiving! Try our Cheesy Stuffing Ideas!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011


If you are still looking for a new stuffing recipe for your thanksgiving dinner this year, look no further. Caramelized Apple, Pecan and Roquefort Stuffing is perfect with Turkey!

Delicious caramelized apples, dried cranberries and tender focaccia bread cubes stuffing dressed with tangy and surprisingly mellow Roquefort makes a fantastic pairing with Turkey.

Want to try something a little different? Check out more of our amazing stuffing with cheese flavors, including Fennel, Olive and Sausage Stuffing with Goat Cheese and Vidalia Apple-Sausage Stuffing with Fol Epi.

We also have a bunch of delicious holiday recipes (Bite-sized appetizers, Mash and puree recipes, Cheesy potatoes) that are perfect for Turkey Day!

Good shape – good taste!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011


Today we have a great news for all mac and cheese lovers!!!

A recent article in the Chicago Sun Times features a great way to make a full flavored mac and cheese dish that has less fat than most regular macaroni and cheese recipes!

The simple secret of the creamy, flavorful and low calorie macaroni and cheese recipe is butternut squash! The squash can be used in place of most of the cream and butter that most recipes call for. It also adds texture as well as vitamins and a lovely color.

“While a typical mac ‘n’ cheese has 908 calories, 963 milligrams of sodium and36 grams of saturated fat per serving, the numbers for this recipe are 390, 590 and 6, respectively,” according to the article.

You can easily use this secret while you are cooking different kinds of mac and cheese. Try modifying our gourmet recipes with butternut squash!

Macaroni and cheese recipes

New Facebook and Twitter Giveaways

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Our DailyDraw is over. We’re happy to report we’ve picked 14 winners who will receive gourmet cheese baskets! Congratulations to our latest winners – but don’t worry if you missed out!

Because there is a new way to win free cheese! There’s new contests just for our Twitter followers and Facebook fans!

It’s simple to enter and win. Each time we add 100 followers on Twitter we will give away a cheese prize to one follower. To enter just follow us and retweet one of our contest tweets.

On Facebook, all fans are eligible to win each time we add 100 fans!

Join the fun!/iledefrancecheese

Good luck!

Late Fall is the Perfect Time for Hot Drinks and Flavorful Cheese

Thursday, November 10th, 2011


It’s fair to say that not so long ago when people thought of cheese and beverage pairings they thought only of wine or beer.

But today things have changed! People all over the world eat cheese with all sorts of different foods and beverages.

Take cheese and coffee, for example. While they may not seem like a natural pair, they have a lot in common. Both are often described by the region they are made as well as their body, aroma and flavor. So combining coffee with different kinds of cheese is always an adventure.

Here is just one of the huge variety of possible combinations. It’s especially perfect for fall evenings – French coffee with flavorful Ile de France Goat Cheese.

There’s all kinds of ways to serve a hot coffee cocktail with cheese. Mix, for instance coffee with Grand Marnier. This hot French cocktail will provide the perfect palette buffer for the crisp tang of the goat cheese.

Enjoy this great pairing and learn more about possible gourmet cheese and drink combination on our website!

Cheese Around the Web

Monday, November 7th, 2011


Join us each week for a look at the latest cheese news from across the web!
This week: Hot Dog Chili Cheese Sandwich, Grilled cheese Sandwiches & French fries to go upscale and further Wisconsin Cheese Tasting.

Hot Dog Chili Cheese Sandwich by Jessica Tingler via – Find great, simple and delicious ideas for your homemade sandwich.

Grilled cheese Sandwiches and French fries to go upscale by trendwatch via – What’s expected to be hot in the food industry next year.

Wisconsin Cheese Tasting by Zingerman’s Events on Fourth via – Join the Wisconsin Cheese Tasting Dinner on Thursday, December 8.

“Grilled” News for Cheese lovers

Friday, November 4th, 2011


The classic grilled cheese sandwich is more popular now than ever before. The recent article in describes a number of fabulous grilled cheese spots in the city, including Melt Shop, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and Murray’s Cheese. Moreover, there’s a new restaurant in New York City that specialized in grilled cheese sandwiches – Little Muenster.

Of course, these aren’t the only places to get a great grilled cheese in New York and beyond. A lot of cities in the USA cater to grilled cheese lovers. Among the most popular of them: Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco, Birchwood Kitchen in Chicago, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese in Boston, Ruthie’s Rolling Café in Dallas and others!

While these are all delicious options, there’s an easier way to get a grilled cheese: Make it at home! So for those who don’t like to go out and prefer to enjoy homemade food we have a bunch of cheese grilled recipes on our website.

One of our favorites is Duck Fat and Garlic “Toasted” Camembert Mini Grilled Cheese.

24 slices of Baguette

1/2-3/4 cup Duck Fat (can be purchased)

5 cloves of Garlic (or to taste)

Ile De France Camembert Cheese

Dried Thyme

Water to blanch garlic.

Follow our simple recipe and in less than 15 minutes you’ll enjoy fantastic Grilled Cheese sandwiches.

Bon appetit!

It’s Time for Fall Beers (and Cheese!)

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Mug of beer on a pub table

Fall seasonal beers – which are more flavorful and substantial compared to lighter summer beer – are getting more and more popular.

Traditionally, one of the best complements for any beer is a nice flavorful cheese, and that’s especially true with robust fall seasonal beers. They naturally taste great together!

They complement each other because they share some common characteristics in both aroma and flavor. The carbonation in beer lifts the palate and brings out many nuances in cheeses.

So before savoring an invigorating fall seasonal beer and cheese pairing let’s think how can we combine them. First and foremost use your own personal preference whether you are cooking with cheese or just savoring alone.

Try pairing complex beers with complex cheeses. You can also try and make a perfect match or play around and make subtle contrasts. For instance, delicious and bold Pumpkin beer makes a perfect match with bleu cheese, such as Roquefort or Bleu d’Auvergne – the saltiness of the cheese is an excellent contrast to the sweet notes of the pumpkin beer.

Check out our fall seasonal beers and cheese guide for more interesting ideas about beer and cheese pairings.