Archive for July, 2012

Delicious and Cheesy French Fries

Friday, July 27th, 2012

French fries are one of the most popular comfort foods in the U.S. They’re often seasoned with different ingredients and toppings – including cheese! It’s not surprising that Cheese French fries recipes can be found on restaurant menus all over the country. In fact, a recent article at Foxnews.com lists the most outrageous gourmet cheesy French fries America.

French fries with cheese can be easily prepared at home, too. Traditionally it involves two steps of preparation: preparing the fries and preparing the cheesy sauce of course. Here’s a great example: Baked Spicy Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce recipe at “Pinch of yum.”

By the way, French fries isn’t the only comfort food that can be made with cheese! French Toast, Macaroni and Cheese, Omelettes or Quiche Lorraine, Soups and Gratin, Cheesecake and more can all be even more delightful and stunning with cheese!

Video Recipe: Tartiflette with Ile de France Brie

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

For those who love Brie we are happy to present a simple, yet delicious Tartiflette with Brie video recipe prepared by Chef Philippe at Brasserie Julien in New York City!

To make this gourmet entrée you’ll need: yukon gold potatoes, spanish onions (sweet onions), slices of bacon, Brie cheese, salt and pepper, Olive oil.

Start out by cooking the yukon potatoes in their skin and slicing them into 1/4 inch slices.



Dice up the onions and sautéed until caramelized, with a touch of olive oil, then set aside.



Cut the bacon up into small strips. Using the same frying pan, sautéed until golden, then set aside.

Keep the fat and put the potato slices in, and sautéed until crispy.

When the potatoes are ready, add the onions and the bacon, and mix well together.

Add salt and pepper to taste.



If you have a ring put larger potato slices at the bottom, then add the rest on, trying to alternate layers. Place the Brie on top. If you don’t have a ring, just pile up the mix on top of a potato base.



Just before serving, pre-heat the oven to 400 °F.  Place the Tartiflette in the oven until the cheese starts to melt.

Then put the tartiflette on a plate and serve hot. You also can add a small salad of your choice on the side.



Bon appétit!

Cheese and Beer Pairing – Perfect for Summer Happy Hour!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Beer and cheese are a naturally delicious pair. Just ask Michael Agnew, who write the “Drinks. Serious Eats Blog and is big beer and cheese fan.

The connection between beer and cheese is particularly strong since the animals milked for cheese ate the grains used for brewing beer. It’s possible that your nose and palate may pick up similar flavor profiles. Simply put, they taste good together.

“Beer and cheese also share similar flavors: nutty, tangy, floral, and earthy. They can both offer a sharp, dry texture or a smooth and creamy one. And where there is no complement there is delightful contrast; the sweetness of some beers is an ideal foil for cheese’s saltiness. And beer’s scrubbing bubbles work to whisk away the mouth-coating richness of cheese.” – continues  Michael Agnew.

With the wide variety of domestic, imported, and craft beers now available, selecting the right one can be just as overwhelming as choosing an appropriate wine.  Fortunately Mr. Michael gave us a few suggestions for our next gourmet cheese and beer tasting! Check out all his smart suggestions in his “Drinks. Serious Eats Blog“.

And here’s our French cheese and beer pairing suggestions: Cheers!

Refreshing beer and cheese

Summer beer and cheese pairings

Fall seasonal beers and cheese

Brew the perfect winter beer cheese pairings

 

 

 

Host a delicious & cheesy weekend brunch party!

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The weekend is the  best part of the week, isn’t it? As the week starts, we’re all looking forward to those two days to rest, have fun and savor meals! And nothing beats spending time with friends and family. One great way to combine all the best parts of the weekend is to host a sumptuous Sunday brunch!

Some of our recipes are perfect for brunch get togethers – check them out and get started planning a cheesy brunch menu!

Brunch Brie Strata

Grilled Mixed Fruit with Goat Cheese and Honey

Grilled bagels with Blueberries, Roquefort and Walnuts

Homemade cheese and chocolate truffles

Matching Cheeses with White Wines

Chocolate-Covered Brie Bites

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Chocolate is a favorite dessert all over the world! People add it everywhere and combine it with everything. And cheese is not an exception! Cheese and chocolate go perfectly together! They both are rich, savory and surprisingly delicious when paired.

Whether you prefer soft or hard cheese, milk or dark chocolate, you’re certain to find a combination that suits your taste. The only thing remember: when it comes to pairing melted chocolate and cheese, use your imagination!

Here is an awesome Chocolate-Covered Brie Bites Recipe at about.com for you to get started with! Decadent squares of Brie cheese covered in rich chocolate and crunchy sea salt will undoubtedly impress your taste buds.  Also check out our website to find out a few more ideas how to create irresistible melted chocolate and cheese pairings at home!

Truffls with your favorites

Chocolate-dipped berries with Etorki Cheese

Chocolate-glazed St. André

 

Bastille Day Daily Draw

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Attention cheese lovers! Here is a new chance to win FREE cheese from Ile de France! Celebrate France’s Independence of the birthplace of America’s favorite Brie Cheese and win FREE gourmet French fromage!

We’ll pick one winner each day from June 9 to July 15. Enter daily for a new chance to win a delicious prize!!

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