January 9th, 2013
Serving a gourmet cheese plate is the perfect solution to starting your dinner party or casual get-together with a bang. You get to feel sophisticated and “on top of your game” while impressing guests with delicious cheesy treats.
Look at it this way: That moment at the last party you went to and saw that tasty-looking cheese platter with your favorites just laying there for you to casually munch on. Bet you avoided small talk with Debbie Downer in turn for some cheesy goodness! (Someone out there just shouted: “OMG, how’d you know!”)
So at your next party, be sure to serve up a cheeseboard with your favorite Ile de France cheeses along with tasty garnishes and make your guests feel the same way you did. Here are a few ideas on putting together the perfect cheese place from The Glitter Guide. Enjoy!
January 3rd, 2013
How are you starting the New Year? We think it’s the perfect time to make a cheesy resolution! Something like: Eating more gourmet cheese dishes! A great way to start is by making this flavorful Tomato & Ile de France Camembert Pie.
*1 Ile de France Camembert
*1 sheet of prepared dough
*1 tablespoon of mustard
*2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
*Preheat the oven to 400° F.
*Roll out the dough and place on a garnished pie plate. Prick the bottom with a fork. Brush with mustard.
*Cut the tomatoes into thin slices and arrange them on the dough. Bake for 15 minutes.
*Cut the Camembert into slices. Remove the tart from the oven (leave the oven on). Arrange the slices of Camembert on top of the tomato slices and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
*Bake for an additional 10 minutes.
*Remove from oven and allow to slightly cool before serving.
December 12th, 2012
With winter coming up and the holidays approaching, we recommend breaking out that dusty fondue set for some good old-fashioned fondue party! Chocolate fondue with assorted fresh fruits is great, but serving gourmet cheese fondue will certainly satisfy the cheese lovers while creating a truly rich and flavorful experience.
Give your holiday fondue party a twist by trying this Comté Fondue recipe and adding Sauvignon blanc as your choice of dry white wine. And if you’ve never hosted a fondue party before, check out our Full Fondue Guide. Enjoy!
December 5th, 2012
The season of festive holiday gatherings is here so we’re inviting you to celebrate with a recipe contest! Both traditional and exciting new dishes are on the menu at parties everywhere and we want to reward your culinary creations!
Simply make a holiday dish that includes Ile de France cheese and send us the recipe along with a cool picture of your dish for a chance to win fabulous gourmet prizes and cash! Click here to see the rules and BIG prizes.
December 3rd, 2012
Have you ever tried Almond and Goat Cheese Candy Bar? At first glance, the scrumptious candy bar (photo from Seattle Times website) pretty much looks like an almond chocolate candy bar but the addition of Goat cheese packs a flavorful punch. Found on the Mercury News website, we dare you to try making this yummy Almond & Goat Cheese Candy Bar recipe using the rich & tangy flavor of our Ile de France Goat Cheese; it makes for the perfect holiday treat your loved ones will certainly enjoy!
November 27th, 2012
You heard it right! Those famous beef, onion, and pepper sandwiches that Philadelphia is famous for translate beautifully when you add thin slices of creamy Ile de France Brie to the sautéed beef and vegetables. Try serving this delicious Philly-style Cheese Steak Recipe by Kathy Gunst at your next football party with some ice cold beer!
November 20th, 2012
Are you still trying to find that perfect stuffing recipe that will blow your loved ones away at Thanksgiving dinner? We recommend taking the sophisticated Mediterranean route with our Fennel, Olive and Sausage Stuffing with Creamy Goat Cheese recipe!
And since it’s always nice to have options, check out these other deliciously creamy stuffing recipes (Caramelized Apple, Pecan & Roquefort Stuffing, Vidalia Apple-Sausage Stuffing with Fol Epi, or Artisanal Herbed Olive Stuffing with Etorki) that certainly won’t disappoint on Turkey Day. We always think it is our creamy cheeses that make the difference. Enjoy!
November 19th, 2012
According to this interesting article on the Forbes, people in the US who enjoy eating Parmesan may rarely be actually consuming the popular Italian cheese. Larry Olmsted, a journalist and regular contributor on Forbes, states that when you buy it in America, “you could be getting anything” except the true version from Parma. Now that’s a cause for concern!
On a similar note, Ile de France cheeses such as Brie and Camembert are made authentically and naturally with freshly collected milk in France; though there are some substitute American versions that boast being gourmet and cheaper yet contain a lack of quality as well as less richness than the French Brie.
November 7th, 2012
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy hot meals and beverages. Two of our favorite foods for the cooler temperatures that come with the autumn season are Ile de France Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and hot chocolate! So why not pair them together to make a hot meal?
After all, they are both creamy and the sweetness of the hot cocoa boasts an excellent contrast to the savory flavor of a grilled cheese sandwich. Feel free to also check out these 40 Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes from BuzzFeed Food to get you started!
October 25th, 2012
Food for thought! Did you know that goat’s milk cheese, which we now call “chèvre,” was considered the “poor man’s cheese?” According to Nancy Carr, those who couldn’t afford cows, or did not have open grazing land, could often raise goats instead and make goat cheese. This was taken from Nancy Carr’s article on the Auburn Pub that spoke of her passion for cheese and how she likes to enjoy it during the fall season!