Guest Bloggers

Looking for a refreshing August Salad? – With chaumes cheese?

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Try guest blogger Rebecca’s fabulous Sumac Spiced Salad with Chaumes!

Sumac Spiced Salad with Chaumes Cheese

I made this wonderful salad last week and got to try out the Sumac seasoning I got in the Spice Bazaar. Sumac is a plant the drupe or flowering part is ground to make a spice powder that imparts a citrus taste. I was fortunate to receive some Chaumes cheese from Ile de France – it’s a Southwestern French Soft Cheese, with a creamy taste and lovely texture.

Ingredients:

* a big bowl full of mixed greens
* one tomato quartered
* a hand full of blueberries
* one small Persian cucumber sliced
* one tablespoon of good quality extra virgin olive oil
* one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
* sumac powder sprinkled on the top to taste
* about 8 wedges of chaumes

Method:

1. simple toss all the ingredients together and enjoy with fresh ciabatta or a French baguette

Summer cheese salad recipe

That’s right – ANOTHER GUEST BLOGGER!!!

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Introducing the Cheese Lover’s Blog’s 3rd Guest Blogger Katie Rice!

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Katie is an old friend of Ile de France. She’s won recipe contests and been featured on the main Ile de France site. She lives in the Suburbs of Chicago.

“I love the diversity that the city and its people offer and love trying new food. I feel very fortunate to be able to buy great ingredients and have lots of great food at (my) fingertips. I love what cooking represents, its not only an art form but it shows people you care (about) and love them. If you take the time to make some one a meal or bring them a treat, it shows them you care and that you took time out of your day to do that for them. It makes people feel special and for me that is the greatest reward, the look on someone’s face when you give them a dozen cookies or after the first bite of a home cooked meal.”

CLB: How long have you been cooking and when / why did you develop a passion for food?
I have been cooking as long as I can remember. It was really important to my mom to have us know how to cook and understand and learn about food at an early age. Cooking is a form of expression, its an art and once you dive in you can’t help but become passionate about it.

CLB: What do you like about French cheese?
It never disappoints, There are so many options and all of them good in their own way. It was one my favorite things to eat here and on my visit to France. I don’t think I can ever get enough French Cheese.

Rebecca’s Brie and Apple Panini

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

This is a delicious and super simple panini made with thinly sliced apple and Ile de France Brie.

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Simply add the Brie and apple and grill till melted. Brie is a world famous French soft cheese with a creamy interior and edible rind. It becomes even more yummy when melted. Its great to add to BLT’s, salad, omelletes, the list goes on!

Check out more of Rebecca’s recipes at www.ChowandChatter.com

Introducing our 2nd Guest Blogger . . . .

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The Cheese Lover’s Blog is pleased to introduce guest blogger Rebecca Subbiah. A Brit living in Winston Salem, NC, Rebecca is a registered dietitian and blogger (check out her blog Chow and Chatter!). She loves to travel the world picking up new recipes and ingredients to take home – and have fun in the kitchen.

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How long have you been cooking and when / why did you develop a passion for food?

I have been cooking since I was little, but I would say after starting the blog and connecting with other amazing cooks I have improved so much and am more willing to try complicated recipes. My husband is Indian so I have learned a lot of Indian recipes over the years.

What do you like about French cheese?
Oh, whats not to like adore – Brie, Cambembert and all of it! As a Brit, we also have good cheese and our stores have lots of French cheeses, but I must say over the last few years its easier to get good quality European cheese in America

Favorite thing to serve at a party or family gathering?
Probably a curry!

Introducing our 1st Guest Blogger. . . Anne Coleman!

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The Cheese Lover’s Blog is proud to present our new guest blogger program, where we will feature the delicious recipes and pictures of selected bloggers with a taste for French Fromage!

First up is Anne Coleman.
mail Anne is a trained chef, food writer, food photographer and recipe developer. She is the mother of 7 children and resides in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. In addition to her own blog, Cooking with Anne, she also writes A Thousand Soups and is a recipe developer and contributor at Disney’s Family.com and staff writer for Half Hour Meals.

How long have you been cooking and when / why did you develop a passion for food?

I’ve been cooking since I was very young – or at least trying to – and studied culinary arts when my two oldest children were 3 and 1. I graduated in 1994 and have been in the food industry in one way or another since then. To me food and family are nearly synonymous, it’s hard to have one without the other!

What do you like about French cheese?

French cheeses are so much more varied than people think, and each has a smoothness in flavor that isn’t as evident in other cheeses.

Favorite thing to serve at a party or family gathering?

I serve what I like and share it with others. You can’t go wrong with a favorite of your own, and people love to hear stories about food. I adore goat cheese and tapenade and try to turn everyone on to it. So far my kids are in love with it and sometimes I have to hide my portion!

Anne’s Grilled Fol Epi Sandwich

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

About six months ago I learned that one of my great-grandfathers was a cheese maker. I was thrilled at this information for obvious reasons, the least of which is my love of cheese. I’ve tried so many types of cheese, some memorable and others not so, but I rarely find a cheese that I dislike. Ile De France produces many of my favorite French cheeses and I’m always happy to try new ones.

French cheeses are so different in nature than others and I find that each has a quality to it that pairs well with certain foods; sort of like I fine wine. Fol Epi is a cheese with a distinctive flavor likened to Emmental. Nutty and smooth, it doesn’t have quite the bite that a Swiss would have and is milder in flavor, but equally delicious.

My favorite grilling cheese is of the Swiss variety, so I knew exactly what would become of this lovely sampling. The sandwich was so good, and the flavor of the cheese so mild, that my 3 year-old daughter couldn’t get enough … thankfully the other kids were out for the day.

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The Fol Epi Grilled Sandwich
Serves 1

2 teaspoons grainy brown mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1 Naan bread
4 ounces smoked turkey breast slices
1 ounce sliced Ile De France Fol Epi cheese
red pepper slices
tomato slices
leaf lettuce

1. Slice Naan in half crosswise. Spread both halves with mustard and honey on one side only.
2. Layer one side with turkey, red pepper and cheese. Top with other half.
3. Cook in a non-stick grill pan, flipping once, until cheese is melted – about 3 -4 minutes.
4. Carefully remove one half and top with tomatoes and lettuce – replace top and serve.