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Annual Easter #CheeseEggHunt

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Pastels and Easter Eggs all around us mean one thing: Easter season is here!

To get into the spirit, we’re hosting our annual Easter Egg Hunt : find the Easter Egg on our website for your chance to win a gourmet cheese prize pack!

Here’s how to play our #CheeseEggHunt:

1- Every day at noon (through Apr. 19th), we’ll hide an Ile de France Easter Egg on one page within our website and post a clue on our Facebook & Twitter pages to help you find it.

2- Email the egg-containing page’s URL to emilie@iledefrancecheese.com for your chance to win! One winner each day will be selected from those who emailed the correct URL.

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss a clue! Happy Hunting! :)

More info here.

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Thursdip: Blue Cheese Dip with Herb

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Happy Thursday! Looking for the tastiest way to add some oomph to a finger food? Thursdip is back with another cheese dip idea, this time from Sincerely Fiona!When we see an awesome food blogger with beautiful photography, we just have to share it with our community!

Fiona, hails from Australia and only got into cooking and baking more seriously in 2010, although browsing through her food blog, you’d think she was a veteran! Her culinary journey took off when she was introduced to a Patisserie Master, who “changed her life completely”! We should be so lucky to get the advice of a Patisserie Master once in a while!

Her Sweet Potato Wedges with Blue Cheese Dip looks simply divine, and she shares her special recipe she used for making her Blue Cheese Dip! Fiona adds an herb and some savory ingredients to her dip, so check out the recipe to find out how she made it! Aside from blue cheese, she also encourages trying out other cheeses in the dip, like brie- interesting idea!

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Thursdip: Light Blue Cheese Dip

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Introducing Thursdip! Every Thursday, we highlight a savory and enticing cheese dip recipe from some of the most creative bloggers around!

Cheese dips are great for pairing with fresh veggies to make a savory party appetizer or to add some cheese oomph to wings and more! Curious as to how versatile we can get with cheese dips? Check back every Thursday for your Cheese dip ideas in our Thursdip series!

First up, we’ve got a cheese dip from Donna of The Slow Roasted Italian! She’s a self taught cook, with a passion for home cooked meals inspired by her mom- learn more about her here!

Blue cheese dips are popular, and not just around Super Bowl time! Donna puts her spin on a time-tested favorite: Light Blue Cheese Dip!

For more simple and yummy recipes, find The Slow Roasted Italian on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, AND on Google + !

Happy Dipping!

 

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Brie Bites Featured in Good Housekeeping

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Our Brie Bites were featured in the latest issue of Good Housekeeping! Check out the article here! They outline a week long healthy menu that features our brie bites as part of snack portion ideas! They recommend a Fruit and Cheese Plate: 1 Ile de France Brie Bite along with 1/2 apple, sliced.

Who knew eating well could taste so good!

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Congratulations winners of our Recipe Contest

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

A big thanks to all of YOU wonderful cooks for making this recipe contest a terrific success! We had the treat of browsing so many delicious recipes as our stomachs growled with approval! Some of the recipe entries were so good, we were tempted to stop what we were doing and proceed to make them at once!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for… Congratulations to winners: Maiah A., Augustina Z., Sandi S., Stacy R., Jen P., and Rachel R.!

These were the six recipes that were picked as “la crème de la crème”!

 

 

Grand Prize-Apple Rosemary Quiche

Grand Prize: Apple Rosemary Quiche by Maiah A.

 

 

Runner up - duck sausage,fig, and camembert stuffed bosc

Runner Up: Duck sausage, fig & Camembert stuffed bosc w/mustard-orange coulis by Sandi S.

 

 

3rd Place - Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Strudel with Balsamic Honey_Maple Drizzle

Third Place: Roasted vegetable and goat cheese strudel w/ honey maple balsamic glaze by Augustina Z.

 

 

Best Appetizer - Bacon & Goat Cheese envelopes with apricot sauce

Best Appetizer: Crispy bacon and goat cheese envelopes with apricot dipping sauce by Stacy R.

 

 

best entree - almond crusted chicken with brie

Best Main Course: Almond Za-atar chicken with brie by Jen P.

 

 

best-dessert-raspberry vanilla brie custard

Best Dessert: Layered Vanilla Bean raspberry brie custard by Rachel R.

 

Prizes:

  • Grand prize won $1,000
  • Runner up and Third Place both won $250
  • Best Appetizer, Main Course, and Dessert all won a Boska Holland Cheese Dome & Knife and Ile de France coupons!

We’ll be sharing the photos and recipes on our website for all to enjoy soon, so stay tuned!

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovers…of CHEESE!

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day Cheese Lovers! Planning to celebrate L’amour with a loved one, or just savor the fact that it’s Friday? Cheese and bubbly are a great accoutrement to any occasion! Champagne is great, but if you want some other sparkling ideas, check out our Parings with Sparkling page!

XOXO

Happy Valentines Day

Recipe Contest: So Hard to Choose

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

To all those that entered our Holiday Recipe Contest: you make it so hard to choose!

We are so impressed with the quality and originality of the entries, that this has been our most competitive Recipe Contest ever. We know everyone is on the edge of their seats waiting for the results, so please bear with us while we hash out some very tough calls. Once we reach out to the winners in the coming weeks, we’ll be posting the results here on our blog and on our Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ pages!

Thank YOU for making this the best Holiday Recipe Contest we’ve ever hosted!

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Celebrate Cheese Holiday Recipe Contest

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Thank you all for sending in your delicious recipes! We’ve had a great response to the contest and can’t wait to select the winners! To recap, here are the prizes that the winners can look forward to:

  • Grand Prize: $1,000
  • Runner Up: $250
  • 3rd Place: $250
  • Best Appetizer: Boska Holland Cheese Dome & Knife and Ile de France coupons
  • Best Main Course: Boska Holland Cheese Dome & Knife and Ile de France coupons
  • Best Dessert: Boska Holland Cheese Dome & Knife and Ile de France coupons

Stay tuned to find out which recipes were the winners!

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Gourmet Video Recipes: French Bistro Live

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Check out our all new video recipe section: French Bistro Live!

Our gourmet videos show you how chefs at real bistros prepare recipes using their favorite Ile de France cheeses! All videos are filmed in authentic French bistros throughout the United States. Some of the cheeses used in our video recipes include goat cheese, brie and St. Albray, while the featured chefs prepare dishes such as sorbet, tartlettes, cheese salads and much more!

Let us know on our Facebook page if you try any of them out!

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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!

 

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