Champagne and Cheese Pairings for any New Years Soirée

Friday, December 27th, 2013

However you choose to celebrate the new year, there are 2 elements that are sure to add the party factor: cheese and Champagne!

Cheese plates are, by nature, social foods which encourage people to circulate around the room, taste, and engage with each other over, “what is the name of that delicious cheese?!”

Champagne is a nice touch to remind everyone that they’re here to celebrate a special occasion or to enjoy life’s little excesses (in moderation, of course). Serve these 2 at a party and you’ll have an instant hit! If you need some quick Champagne and cheese pairing advice, we’ve got a great article that will give you the pairings for our brie, goat, Fol Epi, and St. Agur:

Champagne and Cheese Pairings

Enjoy your New Year’s Celebrations!


IDF champagne pairings

Holiday Dessert Recipes: Skip the Fruitcake

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

We all know how fruitcakes can get a bad rap over the holidays, but don’t count fruit out altogether from your holiday dessert menu! These dessert recipes feature fruit as well as cheese in creative ways and are sure to wow those guests!


Chocolate-Dipped Berries & Etorki Cheese

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Amaretto & Goat Cheese Stuffed Pears

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Winter Fruit Compote with Honey-Whipped Goat Cheese Crème

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Holiday Dessert Recipes: Cheese and Chocolate Unite

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

How do you satisfy a cheese lover AND a chocolate lover at your holiday parties? You present to them a sweet treat made of cheese and chocolate! May we suggest these dessert recipes that use both beloved ingredients:

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes filled with Chocolate Ganache and Topped with Creamy Goat Cheese Frosting by Angie

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Chocolate smothered raspberry goat cheese butter cream cakes by Beth

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Black Bottom Cupcakes with Ile de France Goat Cheese, by Stef

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Holiday Dessert Recipes: Cheese Please!

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Ah the holidays… whatever it is that we’re celebrating, one thing’s for sure- we’re celebrating it with food! Food seems to have a way to bring people together in a unique way. From tradition being passed down in the kitchen, to the great care in presentation and serving, food is a big part of the season!

Are you tasked with bringing a dessert to your get-togethers, or will you be providing sweets to your own guests? Maybe both? Either way, we’ve rounded up dessert recipes for the real cheese lovers that think cheese should not be excluded from the dessert menu!

These dessert recipes feature cheese as a main ingredient:


Goat and Cream Cheesecake

Holiday Dessert Recipes Sweet Cheese Us 1

Ile de France Goat and Cream Cheesecake

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Creamy Pumpkin Dream Pie

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Chocolate-Glazed St. André 




10 Winners of the Create Your Own Cheese Board Giveaway

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Cheeselovers! Have we digested our Thanksgiving feasts yet?

We wanted to take some time out from Black Friday and congratulate our 10 winners of our Facebook Create Your Own Cheese Board Giveaway!

IDF Thank you giveaway

  • Carl S
  • Tom B
  • Kimberly L
  • Jayne L
  • Sue P
  • Tracy M
  • Janet C
  • Valerie T
  • Pat F
  • Ross R

Create your own cheese board

Thanks everyone for participating and we’ve also got another exciting new giveaway coming soon, so stay tuned!

#Cheesegiving 2013: Desserts to Please with Cheese

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Thanksgiving is already tomorrow and if you hadn’t yet settled on your dessert for Turkey day, this recipe for Pumpkin Goat Cheese Bread Pudding from Sarah Eats Austin is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

“I know I should be posting about how to make homemade candy, or what to do with leftover candy but well… I’m not. I’m just waiting for Thanksgiving to devour all the wonderful delicious food! In any case, here is a delicious fall treat!.” -Sarah

Sarah enjoys young culinary student cooking and eating her way through Austin Texas. She focuses on delicious food all made from scratch, most likely with the addition of booze, and she just has to throw in some words about music now and then. Enjoy her blog Sarah Eats Austin and get her tips and recipes!

What’s on your Thanksgiving Day menu?

Pumpkin Goat Cheese Bread Pudding



#Cheesegiving 2013: Cheese Side Dish Ideas

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Thanksgiving is fast approaching- have you finalized your list of side dishes?  Who doesn’t loves a side dish that includes a bit of delicious cheese goodness. Nutritious veggies complemented with tangy cheese can be the best of both worlds! This recipe for  shallot balsamic glazed green beans with goat cheese  made by Brianne was too good not to share! You can find tasty recipes for desserts as well on her blog Cupcakes and Kale Chips.

“I suppose my palate has gotten more used to fresher ingredients than the processed stuff that we were all raised on.  So I have actually made this green bean dish at home several times…”   -Brianne



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What are you making for Thanksgiving?

#Cheesegiving 2013: Talk of the Table

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

The 2013 Holiday season is here again! Thanksgiving is a time for getting together with loved ones,  showing gratitude, and selecting only the best side dishes to prepare!

Adding cheese to your thanksgiving day recipes will add that hearty flavorful kick that makes a dish warm and inviting. We’ll be bringing you some recipes that turn time-tested favorites into the talk of the table.

This ingenious cheese infused recipe we rounded up, comes from Gaby of What’s Gaby Cooking! Check out her recipe for Brie-stuffed mushrooms and more on her blog! Gaby is a fellow cheeselover AND is a sucker for fresh squeezed juices!

“Two of my favorite things about Thanksgiving (obviously they both are food related) are baked Brie and stuffed mushrooms. So one night, when I was dreaming about food (that’s a pretty frequent occurrence) I imagined these Brie Stuffed Mushrooms and topped with an herb breadcrumb mixture. Jackpot. I knew I had to make them and that’s exactly what happened.” -Gaby

Brie Stuffed Mushrooms from whatsgabycooking.com


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IDF Ghost Hunt Answer to Clue #5 and Bonus Clue

Monday, November 4th, 2013

IDF - Ghost Hunt


Thanks for ghost hunting with us on our IDF Ghost Hunt, where we hid a “Gourmet Ghost” on one page of our website, and everyday, we’d release a new clue on where the Gourmet Ghost was on that day!

The answer to Thursday’s clue: “Saintly & soft, this cheese is heavenly with chocolate.” was the St. Andre cheese page  get it? “Saintly”!

The answer to Friday’s final bonus clue: “Have your cheese & eat it too this weekend!” was Gourmet Cheesecake Recipes  get it? “Have your [cheese] cake and eat it too”!

Thanks again for Ghost Hunting with us! The fun doesn’t stop there, we’ve got another giveaway going on right now: The Holi-Daily Draw ending on Nov. 6th! Enter daily to win Ile de France cheese!

IDF Holi Daily Draw Free Cheese Giveaway



Good luck! :)




IDF Ghost Hunt Answer to Clue #4

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

IDF - Ghost Hunt


Our Annual IDF Ghost Hunt is officially on! Every weekday starting today through Halloween, we’ll hide a “Gourmet Ghost” on one page of our website.

Here’s how to play: We’ll post a daily clue on Facebook and Twitter that will help you figure out where he is on that day. Then, email the page link to: contest@iledefrancecheese.com for your chance to win! See contest page for more info: http://bit.ly/18TeFSy

The answer to Wednesday’s clue: “Don’t cry when making a bowl of this classic French delight!” was French Onion Soup with Gourmet Cheese get it? “Onions”- “cry”, French delight!

Check back on our blog tomorrow for the answers to the previous clue right here on our blog!

Happy Ghost Hunting!