Archive for December, 2011

Have a Happy and Yummy New Year’s Cheese Lovers!

Friday, December 30th, 2011

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New Year is almost here! Happy holiday cheese lovers!

Appetizers, finger foods, and delicious dips are great for parties, family gatherings and festive dinners. Here are our top three appetizers and finger foods recipes to enjoy at your New Year’s Eve party!

1. Brie Crostini topped with Caramelized Onions - Sweet caramelized onions and buttery-rich Brie combine to create the perfect flavor. Make these just before guests arrive, and start your party off on a delicious note.

2. Pancetta Cups with Goat Cheese- The salty crunch of the pancetta blends with the creamy goat cheese and the light greens to form a fabulous first course.

3. Fig-Topped Brie - It’s got the crunchy texture of almonds, the rich taste of brie, and the sweetness of preserves.

Add these unbelievably simple and incredibly delicious recipes to your festive menu and enjoy a gourmet New Year’s Eve dinner!

Happy New Year!

Cheese Around the Web

Friday, December 30th, 2011

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Join us each week for a look at the latest cheese news from across the web!

This week: New Year’s Cheese Fondue, Party Dips and Appetizers for New Year’s Eve, Say “cheese” with style with New Year’s tray, Fabulous finger foods for New Year’s Eve parties.

- New Year’s Cheese Fondue by Sally Rosenthal via westford.patch.com – A great Cheese Fondue recipe for your festive New Year dinner (check out more delicious fondue recipes here).

- Party Dips and Appetizers for New Year’s Eve by Lee Elkins via newtown.patch.com - Easy to cook and easy to eat with one hand appetizers – always perfect for the festive party!

- Say “cheese” with style with New Year’s tray by Kate Lawson via buffalonews.com – All secrets of your perfect cheese platter: from mixing and matching to garnishes and serving.

- Fabulous finger foods for New Year’s Eve parties by Andrew Z. Galarneau via buffalonews.com – Try these delightfully delicious finger foods for your New Year’s Eve party. (Check out our finger foods recipes for adding even more flavors to your festive dinner).

Bon appétit! And Happy New Year!


Celebrate with chocolate and cheese!

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

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Can you imagine the holiday season without chocolate? Nothing could be more traditional than chocolate presents for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Everyone from children to adults loves to open, taste and share chocolate Santas, holiday truffles, and other sweets. That’s why a perfect holiday morning often features Christmas music playing, family together laughing happily, soft snow falling, and a box of Christmas chocolates peeking out from under the tree.

Cheese and chocolate are two of the most craved foods in the world, so putting them together is natural and absolutely delicious! It can provide delicate and extremely flavorful taste sensations. Here are some quick pairing advices for your holiday delight:

Dark chocolate goes well with a range of cheese flavors – from the Brie to the Roquefort.

White chocolate is especially good with Goat cheese and provides a delectable contrast that unlocks all the flavors of each.

Milk chocolate goes extremely well with St. André cheeses, simply as a chocolate topping.

If you have Caramels try it with Brie, Raclette or even with a Bleu cheese for more exotic taste.

For more fantastic ideas of pairings cheese and chocolate together check out our Cheese and sweets – together at last!

Bon appétit! And Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays Cheese Lovers!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

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Happy Holidays Cheese Lovers!

Thanks to everyone who reads the Cheese Lover’s Blog and visits www.IledeFranceCheese.com!  We hope you enjoy it and will stay with us next year!!

We’re really looking forward to writing for you in 2012 and are planning to make our blog more and more interesting for you. So please leave your comments about our future content, what topics you would prefer to see on the Cheese Lover’s Blog.

Wishing everyone a wonderful, happy and healthy holiday season!

Bon Appetit!

Festive Wine & Cheese Christmas Party Pairings

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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The holidays are almost here. That means it’s the season of holiday parties! People everywhere are decorating their houses, planning their winter vacations and most importantly coming up with the most delicious and festive recipes for seasonal gatherings!

Why not to add a wine and cheese tasting element to your party? All you need is some of your favorite cheeses and wines and you will delight your guests with fantastic and flavorful pairings.

Here’s several pairing suggestions to get you started:

- Port wines are are a perfect counter point to salty cheeses like Roquefort

- Pink rosé wines pair well with full-flavored blue cheeses

- Sweet wines make a delicious pairing with Brie as well as hard cheese like Etorki or Fol Epi

- Sparkling wine is great with creamy cheeses like Brie and Camembert

- White wines are perfect with rich and smooth Goat Cheese

Check out our full archive of wine and cheese pairing tips!

Have a Happy Holidays!

Cheese Around the Web

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

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Join us each week for a look at the latest gourmet cheese news from across the web! This week:  frosty the cheeseball man, the most stolen food in the world and tips for choosing healthier cheese.

- Frosty The Cheeseball Man: A Velveeta &Cream Cheese Holiday Party Trick via huffingtonpost.com Learn how to construct a cheesy version of Frosty the Snowman…and then delight in his suffering. Once the snowman melts, you can eat it!

- The Most Stolen Food in The World via huffingtonpost.com Cheese is the most stolen food in the world, says a recent global study.

- Tips for Choosing Healthier Cheese via everydayhealth.com Check out a few important things you should know about your favorite dairy product.

Cheese & potatoes are an easy and flavorful match!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

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Potatoes are a common food all over the world and in all sorts of cuisines. They make perfect pairings with almost everything: meat, mushrooms, vegetables, sauces and more. Even simple pairings like herbs and baked potatoes make for fabulous flavor.

So it’s no surprise that potatoes are fantastic with cheese also!

From simple boiled potatoes to colorful salads or pies, potatoes and cheese are a fantastic pair. Take for example this zesty Warm & Zesty Grilled Potato Salad with Saint Albray. The Saint Albray undoubtedly goes wonderfully with the hearty grilled potato flavor and texture.

For more fantastic ways to enjoy cheese and potatoes together check out our Cheesy Potato Goodness page.

By the way, what’s your favorite cheesy potato recipe?

December 16th is National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

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Even an old shoe would taste good dipped in chocolate!

National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day is coming up soon! All American chocoholics should celebrate December 16th by eating chocolate-covered treats, getting and giving chocolate as a gift and making unusual chocolate recipes at home!

A great way to celebrate National Chocolate-Covered Anything day with friends and family is by hosting a “chocolate” party. You can serve everything from chocolate fondue to sushi under chocolate.

This is the day to try chocolate on something you would never even think of. Or you can be more traditional and treat your guests delicious well-known combinations like chocolate and cheese!

Take our Chocolate-Dipped Berries & Etorki Cheese recipe, for example. The chocolate, cheese and fruit pairings will amaze you with a unique and juicy flavor!

Happy  Chocolate-Covered Anything day!!!

Taco Shells Out of Cheese

Friday, December 9th, 2011

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Yesterday we got a very intriguing question from our Twitter follower Elizabeth (@JMZNLIZ)! The question was: “can you make taco shells out of cheese? Do you know how?” And you know what? We were stuck!

Traditionally taco shells are made out of flour or corn. Of course there is some modern ways to make taco shells, for example, oats, rice, garbanzo beans make distinctive substitutes for traditional taco shells.

Some brief online research  also revealed that taco shells made with cheese are actually quite popular. A number of people have generously shared their cheese taco shells recipes on blogs and recipe sites. Brian Davis’s Food.com article  “Low Carb Taco Shells” looks especially delicious and is also easy to make!

All you need is to melt a slice of cheese in a microwave for approximately one or two minutes, which forms a Taco shell while the cheese is still flexible. The author used Cheddar cheese in his recipe but you can use any cheese that melts easily. For example Fol Epi or Comté and other pressed cooked cheese work well and are mild yet flavorful.

So now we all know the simple secret of cheese taco shells and can easily surprise our friends by treating them with especially cheesy home made tacos!

French celebration in your kitchen

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

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Having French food loving friends visit for the holidays? Surprise them by having a welcome party the French way!

All you need is some French music, a few French greetings to say, a nice bottle of French wine and, of course, a tasty French dish!

One of the best, easiest and the most fun ways to enjoy real French cuisine at home is to make soufflés!  They are fun to cook, flavorful and can be full of surprises!

Moreover, souffles are much easier to make than many people think. Not convinced? Check out our simple souffle cooking tips and then make our delicious Goat Cheese Soufflé recipe.  It’s really easy!!

Bon appétit!