Archive for May, 2012

Video recipe: Goat Cheese and Pen Seared Foil Gras Sandwich

Friday, May 18th, 2012

There’s no reason to serve a boring sandwich at your next dinner party – simply adding some gourmet cheese can take a simple sandwich recipe to a whole new culinary level. Don’t believe? Check out our amazingly delicious Sandwich with Goat cheese, Fois Gras and Raspberry Sauce recipe prepared by Jerome Cormouls at Provence Grill, Miami, Florida. Click on any picture to watch the video!

To make this gourmet sandwich you need:

a loaf of walnut bread,

a raw duck foie gras,

a raspberry sauce or jam,

delicious goat cheese, of course,

mache salad, pepper blend and salt seasoning, a few fresh berries, fig vinegar and virgin olive oil.

Start out by cutting 2 slices (1/2 inch) out of the loaf and toast them.

After that in a medium non-stick pan over high heat, sear the foie gras 40 seconds each side. Reserve them on a plate with paper towel, season with salt and pepper.

Spread one slice of toasted bread with goat cheese, the other one with the raspberry sauce.

Then add the foie gras and close the sandwich.

Serve the sandwich on a plate with the garnish salad with fresh berries.

Note: As you prepare your salad, keep the sandwich in the oven to serve it warm.

Bon appétit!

Cheese and Red Wine, Together Again

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

According to Eric Asimov’s recent column “Cheese and Red Wine, Together Again” in nytimes.com many red wines can successfully be paired with a variety of gourmet cheeses. While many people like to focus on white wine pairings, there’s plenty of fantastic red wine options, too:

“While it may be true that white wine is more versatile with cheese than red, it’s a question of experience and instinct, rather than absolutes. The most important message is not to let fear be your guide, – continues Eric. The point is not to obsess over the specifics of food and wine pairings or, but to feel free to explore different matches. Seeking perfection is daunting and more often than not will disappoint. Looking for the good rather than the perfect allows more flexibility and fewer inhibitions, and opens one up to the quality of versatility. Exploration is the best way to develop one’s own instinct about which food and wine pairings work better than others. And instinct is the best guide of all.”

In general, reds match best with hard cheeses. The more pungent the cheese, the sweeter the wine should be. Try to find your perfect reds and cheese match and here’re some delightful pairing suggestions to start with:

Red, Robust and Delicious

Cheese with sweet wine

What to serve with Brie?

 

2012 Springlicious Recipe Contest

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Attention Cheese Lovers

Let’s savor the refreshing flavors of Spring along with our Springlicious Recipe Contest!

All you need is to create an original recipe featuring Ile de France Brie, Camembert, Goat Cheese, Roquefort, St. André or St. Agur and to send the ingredients, instructions and pictures or video to: contest@iledefrancecheese.com

We’re awarding the best spring recipes with cash and fabulous gourmet prizes from Boska Holland!

Check out our nominations and awesome prizes below:

Grand prize: $600

2nd Place: $300

Runner Up: $150

Best Presentation: Cheese dome serving set

Most creative use of cheese: Fondue set

Top Appetizer: Boska Holland Barbeclette

Top Entrée: Boska Holland Barbeclette

Top Dessert: Boska Holland Barbeclette

For more information please click here.

We look forward to seeing your fabulous recipes! GOOD LUCK!

Cheese And Teeth

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Cheese is not only good for the taste buds, it’s also good for dental health – especially childrens, according to dentists like Tiny Tooth in Las Vegas.

“Every parent worries about what their kids eat. What’s good for them? What tastes good, but will create problems for their teeth and overall health? How much is too much? Especially when you hear on the news nearly every day that what was good for you yesterday is bad for you today, how can you be sure you’re giving your child the best and most healthy snack possible? It’s enough to drive anyone just a little crazy, trying to be sure you’re giving your kids the right things!

The good news is, cheese is one snack you can feel good about giving your kids! Most kids love cheese, and it’s one of the healthiest snacks you can give your kids. Your children’s dentist Las Vegas parents trust can tell you that cheese is an excellent snack for kids’ teeth. Not only does cheese contain lots of calcium for healthy teeth and bones, but cheese is also great for preventing cavities!” Read more...

So the conclusion is eating cheese coats the teeth with calcium that helps protect them against caries, or cavities. Eating just one cube of cheese can increase plaque-calcium concentration by up to 112%, helping to harden teeth and discourage softening which leads to cavities. It appears that cheese – whether cooked or uncooked – also prevents demineralization and, at the same time, encourages remineralization of teeth.

Eat cheese and be healthy!

By the way cheese is good not only for our teeth, it has a lot of other health benefits:

Calcium and other benefits!

Vitamins in cheese!