Archive for August, 2013

Salad Saturdays: More Than Just a Salad!

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

In this Salad Saturday feature, we’re changing it up and bringing you a salad that is hearty enough to be a main course! An award winning home chef, Dawn M. Richards founded D.M.R. Fine Foods and her passion for food shows! Dawn is a self-taught cook and has perfected her culinary skills in cooking schools abroad, such as The Lenotre cooking school in Paris, France, as well as studying in her hometown of Atlanta, GA.  She is currently also a culinary instructor at Williams-Sonoma.

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Dawn is letting us in on one of her favorite salad-cheese pairings:

 

“Grilled Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Crumbles (Roquefort would be great for this!).  Toss together romaine greens, fresh peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.  Top with sliced, grilled steak and finish with blue cheese crumbles and a vinaigrette dressing.  It’s a light, yet hearty salad, that always satisfies.”

 

This is one salad recipe that’s sure to impress your guests and leave them hoping to take home leftovers! For more about this recipe, check out her Grilled Steak Salad blog post and let us know if you’ve tried making it.

Follow Dawn on Twitter: @dmrfinefoods and find her on Facebook: D.M.R. Fine Foods

Grilled Steak Salad from DMR Fine Foods

Have a Domestic Fit this Salad Saturday!

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

We all know how healthy salads are, but do you ever wonder how to make them even more nutritious? Jackie Dodd has a Salad Saturday recipe that will do just that! A food blogger based in L.A., Jackie contributes to various established food publications, as well as running two of her own! The first one is The Beeroness  which focuses on beer pairings and the second one (see screenshot below) is her blog: Domestic Fits. A domestic Fits tends to result in “a homemade something, topped with bacon, rolled in chocolate”. We should all wake up and throw a domestic fit once in a while!

Jackie Dodd

Jackie Dodd

 

Domestic Fits

Domestic Fits

 

You can find a wide array of recipes like drinks, appetizers, and main courses. However, we wanted to highlight this Salad Saturday gem: The best little Quinoa Salad Ever. This is the recipe for the foodie who’s always looking to pack the most nutrition into their delicacies! Here is what Jackie says about this salad:

“I’m a big fan of Chèvre goat cheese and Ile de France makes a great one. Chèvre is generally lower in calories and fat than most cheese, making it a great option for a salad. I love to toss Chèvre goat cheese with some arugula, pomegranate seeds (or dried cherries), cooked and cooled quinoa, and a little balsamic. The result is a fabulous salad, backed with protein, that tastes decadent with creaminess of that fabulous cheese!”
The best little quinoa salad ever
We couldn’t agree more about  Chèvre goat cheese advantages! A big thanks to Jackie for inspiring us to include ingredients that will add health benefits as well as texture to our salads.

Follow Jackie on Twitter: @domesticfits

Find her on Facebook: Domestic Fits

…and also on Pinterest: Jax Dodd

 

 

Salad Saturdays: August is National Goat Cheese Month

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

As you may or may not know, August is National Goat Cheese month and what better way to observe such a fine event than to indulge in some rich, creamy Goat Cheese! One of the more versatile cheeses around, goat cheese paired with salads is the most healthy, summery way to enjoy! This Salad Saturday, our cheese and salad pairing is courtesy of Dina, a registered dietitian who loves helping people improve their overall health through her passion- preventative nutrition! You can read about Dina’s nutrition and healthy food tips on her blog nutritiousfeast.com.

Dina recently made her favorite salad and shares some photos with us!
Dina's Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Dina’s Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad Ingredients

“This is a quick and easy salad full of antioxidants to celebrate the summer harvest. I used baby spinach, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts and goat cheese. Goat cheese is a little salty and tangy with a wonderful rich texture. I love this salad because it has the perfect combination of sweet and salty. I decided to add blueberries at the end to add an extra burst of vitamin C, A and fiber.”

Dina's Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Dina’s Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Dina’s choice of dressing for this salad was fat free strawberry balsamic dressing, or another option she recommends is raspberry vinaigrette. She loves making that salad all the time, and switches it up by changing the nuts and fruits, and sometimes adds chicken! “It’s so perfect for a hot summer day.”
For more of Dina’s food tips:

Follow Dina on twitter @DinaJ
Find her on Facebook: Nutritious Feast
And check out her Nutrition blog: www.NutritiousFeast.com
Happy National Goat Cheese Month!

Giveaways and Cheese Deals!

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Hey Cheeselovers!

While you enter our Gourmet Soiree giveaway, you can always save on our famous cheese with our super easy printable coupons!

 

Gourmet Soiree Giveaway

Gourmet Soiree Giveaway

 

Ile de France Cheese Printable Coupon

Ile de France Cheese Printable Coupon

 

 

A Savory Twist on a Picnic Favorite

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

The dog days of summer are upon us again… but that doesn’t mean we can’t beat the heat with refreshing salad recipes! Salad Saturday returns to serve you up some inspirations for your picnic tables.

Angela Roberts is an award-winning food blogger who’s cooking is local, fresh and often Italian inspired: Food a woman will love and a man will marry her for! She is also Rated in Top 10 of Urban Spoon for Nashville Restaurant Reviews and her Savory Sour Cream Chive Cheesecake With Potato Chip Crust was featured on Huffington Post. Her saucy site, Spinach Tiger, has a huge variety of recipes, but today is our day for salads.

This recipe she shared with us is sure to pique your interest: Blue Cheese Coleslaw with Green Apple.

The elements of Blue cheese and dijon mustard come together in quite a medley and the apple brings a crunch to the texture, while the cabbage lends its nutritious qualities! This cole slaw is dinner party appropriate and could bring zest to a simple main dish; Angela suggests pairing with a pork loin or a roasted piece of fish.

Spinach Tiger's Blue Cheese Coleslaw with Apples

Spinach Tiger’s Blue Cheese Coleslaw with Apples

The recipe calls for Ile de France Roquefort “which is quite salty and tangy, so a little goes a long way, but even Mr. Spinach Tiger who doesn’t like blue cheese totally loved this cole slaw.”

You can find Spinach Tiger on Twitter: @SpinachTiger and on Facebook: Spinach Tiger and also on Pinterest: Spinach Tiger

Enjoy your Salad Saturday!