Archive for April, 2012

Fruit and Cheese Symphony

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The season of cool, natural and light snacks is upon us. Nothing could be better than the gourmet combination of ripe, sweet fruits with cheese on a spring sunny day!

“Pair cheese and fruit for a healthy snack or easy appetizer when entertaining!” says cheese lover Nadia Muna Gil in her Cheesaholics Anonymous blog. “The salt in the cheese” – she continues –  “is balanced by the sweet in the fruit, and the crunch of the fruit contrasts the suppleness of the cheese. In short, your salivary glands will think they died and went to heaven.”

We couldn’t agree more!

What is your favorite fruit and cheese pairing? If you still need some delicious inspiration check out our  amazingly delightful pairing ideas for your seasonal savoring:

Berries and Brie;

Black Corinth grapes with St. Agur;

Cherries with Charles Arnaud Comté;

Melon with Goat Cheese;

Papaya with Cantorel Roquefort

Video Recipe: Wild Mushroom and Brie Cheese Crispy Rolls

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Today we are happy to present an amazingly delicious Wild Mushroom and Brie Cheese Crispy Rolls video recipe! Well known in Miami, chef Jerome Cormouls at Provence Grill offers a step by step guide to make these incredibly delightful cheese rolls at home. Click on any picture to watch the video!

So if you are ready to impress all your guests with a delicious gourmet dish lets get started!

The ingredients you need are: spring roll wrappers, sliced Brie cheese, mixed wild mushrooms, 2 garlic cloves, 2 peeled shallots, parsley, fresh spinach, sundried tomatoes, baby greens salad, roasted pinenuts, sun-dried tomato pesto and olive oil.

Start out by cooking the wild mushrooms with the garlic, shallots and parsley in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. In the same pan, sauté the seasoned fresh spinach then set aside as well.

Fill up the spring roll wrap with the Brie, the wild mushrooms and spinach, sun dried tomatoes and fold it. Put it in the stove for 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss the baby greens with olive oil, raspberry vinegar, roasted pine nuts and sun dried tomato pesto! Serve the spinach salad with the Brie wraps on top.

Bon appétit.

Happy National Cheese Ball Day!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Did you know today is National Cheese ball Day! Cheese balls are the perfect item to serve as a snack or appetizer at any party! They can be prepared in just a few minutes as a snack or whenever an unexpected guest drops in.

Gourmet cheese balls can be made with softened cheese decorated with nuts, spices and herbs. This type of cheese ball is usually served as a dip.

So let’s celebrate Cheese Ball Day by making these delightfully gourmet and simple cheese balls and sharing them with family or friends! Serve with crackers, crusty bread and veggie sticks!

Chicken & Goat Cheese Ball;

-Chèvre Mini Boules.

 

Video recipe: Radicchio with Goat Cheese and Bacon

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Attention Goat cheese Lovers! Chef Cary Neff at Coquette Bistro in Philadelphia makes a delicious salad – Goat Cheese Radicchio and Bacon Gratin!

The ingredients you need are bacon, balsamic vinegar, tamari or soy sauce, olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, tarragon leaves – and Goat cheese, of course!

Start out by cooking the bacon in a large sauté pan over medium heat until crisp.

After that, in a large mixing bowl, combine the vinegar, soy, tarragon, salt and pepper. Whisk in both olive oils.

Add the radicchio leaves to the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Transfer leaves to a large baking dish. Sprinkle the raddichio with the bacon, then cover with the Goat cheese.

Broil until the radicchio is wilted and the cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes.

Serve as a side dish with meat, fish or chicken

To see the whole video click on any of the pictures!

Bon appétit!

Happy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Is there anything more delicious than melted cheese between two slices of buttery toast? If your answer is NO, today is definitely your day – Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! That’s right, today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day – the day to savor the most American of comfort foods!

There are so many variations of this delicious meal. Whether you change up the bread, cheese, sandwich stuffing such as meat, lettuce, tomato, pickles, or popular condiments – ketchup and mustard – you’re always able to create your own perfect grilled cheese sandwich for any occasion!

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, try some of these delicious recipes or make your own original grilled cheese creation!

Emmental Hot Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich;

- Pineapple Croque Monsieur au St. Agur Bleu;

Croque Monsieur with Chicken and Brie;

- Fol Epi Grilled Cheese sandwich with Caramelized Onion, Apple & Walnut;

Croque Monsieur with Etorki and Fried Egg.

 

Happy and Tasty National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

 

Have a happy Easter!

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Happy Easter Cheese Lovers!

Kids and adults love traditional Easter activities like painting Easter eggs, baking bunny and egg shaped sugar cookies, making Easter greeting cards and preparing Easter feasts.

Easter also signals the beginning of the spring! That’s why barbecues with friends and family are very common during the Easter holiday weekend.

Here are some springtime recipes to celebrate Easter and beginning of happy spring/summer time:

Saint Albray and Watercress Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette & Walnuts;

Warm & Zesty Grilled Potato Salad with Saint Albray;

Fruity Spring Salad with Bleu d’Auvergne;

- Goat Cheese Stuffed Peach Grilled with Honey;

Buffalo chicken burger with Bleu d’Auvergne sauce;

Have a Happy Easter!!

Video recipe: Pear and Almond Salad with Goat Cheese

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Nothing could be better than salad with cheese, especially if it’s Goat Cheese! Chef Jim Piano from Chick’s Cafe in Philadelphia makes a simple, yet savory and gourmet Pear and Almond Salad with Goat Cheese.

Start out by cooking a vinaigrette.

In a blender chop the roasted shallot and pear then add Dijon mustard and sherry vinegar. Slowly add the oil in a stream while blender is running.

Season with salt and pepper up to your taste!

Next step is serving the salad! In a large bowl toss the greens and pears with enough dressing to coat the leaves. Plate the greens and top with the toasted almonds. Crumble approximately a 1/4 of the goat cheese log onto each serving plate.

Bon Appétit.

 

Get ready to get cheesy: The 10th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational is coming up soon!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Attention Cheese Lovers! A great annual cheesy event is coming up very soon! Only 4 weeks until the largest and the most exciting grilled cheese cooking contest of 2012 – Grilled Cheese Invitational! The contest is Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Pasadena. Need more info? Check the event’s official website.

Registration is open now. There are three ways to register for the event: as a participant (amateur chefs = $25; professional chefs = $50), as a judge ($25), or as someone who gets to casually stroll around and eat your weight in grilled cheese ($15).

Get your tickets soon! There are a lot of grilled cheese lovers who surely will be there!

Meanwhile to get you well prepared for this amazing event check out our fabulous grilled cheese recipes and suggestions:

Duck Fat and Garlic “Toasted” Camembert Mini Grilled Cheese;

- Grilled Bacon and Brie Sandwich;

Gourmet Comte Grilled Cheese and Ham Sandwich;

Grilled camembert and apples sandwich;

Emmental Hot Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich.