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#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

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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!

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Good luck! :)

 

 

 

IDF Ghost Hunt Answer to Clue #4

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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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!

 

 

 

IDF Ghost Hunt Answer to Clue #3

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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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 Tuesday’s clue: “Draft this pair for hearty fall flavor!” was Fall Seasonal Beers and Cheese get it, draft – “beers” pair – “Beers and Cheese”!

While you’re on the hunt for the IDF Gourmet Ghost in our Ghost Hunt, check back on our blog for the answers to the previous clue right here on our blog!

Happy Ghost Hunting!

 

IDF Ghost Hunt Answer to Clue #2

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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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 Monday’s clue: “Watching the fall classic? Serve this triple threat of flavor!” was Fall Flavor Trifecta: Cheese, Beer & Pretzels!! get it, triple – “trifecta”!

While you’re on the hunt for the IDF Gourmet Ghost in our Ghost Hunt, check back on our blog for the answers to the previous clue right here on our blog!

Happy Ghost Hunting!

 

Halloween Costume for your Cheese

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

October is in full swing and Halloween will be here before you know it! The second most important question of this holiday (right after “what are you going to be for Halloween”) is what are you going to be serving this Halloween?

It is just as fun to dress our food up as it is to dress ourselves up in a scary theme! Some of the most versatile party appetizers around are cheese based, mainly because you can mold, carve and sculpt it into the creepy art that will delight your guests!

We’re highlighting one interesting appetizer from Cleverly Inspired : the Halloween Spider Cheese Ball and Platter Appetizer!

Give this interesting recipe a try and let us know how it goes on our Facebook!

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IDF on TV!

Friday, October 18th, 2013

IDF is on TV! Our famous Ile de France Brie has been making the rounds on television, this time alongside our other cheeses: Saint Andre, St. Agur and Chaumes! Charles Duque of CheesesofFrance.com joined Margaret Larson from New Day Morning Show on Seattle’s King 5 to give the audience a quick French cheese 101.

Did you ever want to learn the “method to the cheese madness” in building a cheese plate? Charles shares this simple rule of thumb:

Place the mildest cheese at noon position on the plate, placing the stronger cheeses going clockwise and finishing with the strongest cheese.

In this case, the strongest cheese was the St. Agur blue cheese, rounding out the plate. Charles also wants to point out that it’s best to try to include different colors, different textures, and different rinds (outer surface of the cheese).

 

Check out the clip here: Fromage de France

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Delectable cheese Appetizers for Your Dinner Parties

Monday, October 14th, 2013

October is in full swing and whether you’ll be hosting an upscale Halloween dinner, or spooky themed party, you’ll want the perfect appetizers! This article from The Week has some delectable ideas for appetizers like:

Visit us on our Facebook page and let us know some ideas you have for your fall dinner parties!

 

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Fall Trivia Challenge Answers!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

When it comes to trivia, everyone wants to know the answers! We wouldn’t leave you hanging after our Fall Trivia Challenge, so check below to see which ones you got right and which ones you missed:

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Question #1: “An expert who sells cheese is called a Cheese________.”

A: monger

 

Question #2: “An expert on aging cheese until it reaches its flavor peak is called a:________.”

A: Affineur

 

Question #3: “Foodies throughout history have enjoyed cheese, including:”

- Ancient Romans
- Ancient Egyptians
- American Pilgrims
- All of the above

A: All of the above

 

Question #4: “What milk is used to make Ile de France Brie?”
- Goat’s milk
- Fresh Cow’s milk
- Sheep’s milk
- Moose milk

A: Fresh Cow’s milk

 

Question #5: Which cheese is aged in natural caves?

- Ile de France Roquefort
- Ile de France Chèvre
- Ile de France Brie Bites
- Smoked Sharp Cheddar
- American Cheese Single Serve Slices

A: Ile de France Roquefort

 

Question #6: Roquefort Cheese has often been called:

- The Shepherd’s Cheese
- The King of Cheese
- The Emperor of Flavor
- Fromage Affinage

A: The King of Cheese

 

The City of Love… for Cheese

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

If you ever plan a trip to Paris and are reading this blog, chances are, you’ll want to experience all the fine cheeses Paris has to offer. Even if you aren’t planning for one soon, take a mental vacation and imagine going on a cheese tour to all most famous spots in Paris to experience le fromage! To help craft your hit list of cheese tours, we found a handy must-visit list, Cheese Tastings in Paris, compiled by acclaimed pastry chef, author, and food personality David Lebovitz.

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If someone you know is visiting France in the near future, don’t let them go without this list! They’ll thank you for it, and in return, maybe they’ll even bring you back a little cheese souvenir…