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Giveaways and Cheese Deals!

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Hey Cheeselovers!

While you enter our Gourmet Soiree giveaway, you can always save on our famous cheese with our super easy printable coupons!

 

Gourmet Soiree Giveaway

Gourmet Soiree Giveaway

 

Ile de France Cheese Printable Coupon

Ile de France Cheese Printable Coupon

 

 

Bastille Day Party Ideas

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

 

Besides Serving up some fine french cheese like Brie, Goat cheese, Camembert, or Roquefort, there are plenty of ways to add French Flair to your party. As long as the cheese is good and plentiful, all else can be arranged!

  • For edible decoration guests will feel guilty for enjoying, may we suggest trying this oh-so-simple Eiffel Tower Cookie Sundae recipe from What’s Cooking?: A Cookbook for Kids (Ratatouille) with an introduction and recipe by famous restauranteur, Thomas Keller. In it, you will find the most ingeniously simple idea of an Eiffel Tower made of wafer cookies! The blog Books Alive shows the final product of this edible iconic symbol of France! The image below is the finished product from the Books Alive blog.
eiffel tower cookie bastille day

Eiffel Tower Cookie Sundae image from Books Alive blog

 

  • Don’t put away all those 4th of July decorations yet! You can still re-use Red, White and Blue decor from your last fete. Just try to coordinate the blue on the left, white in the middle and red on the right, and steer away from stars and stripes. Alternatively, grab some on sale while they’re still available and just stick with basic solid red, white and blue. Food can also double as decor (as long as they last on the table!) So you can display those blueberries and strawberries next to your Brie for a blue, white and red theme and voila!

Food can double as decor

 

  • Set the party mood with a Bastille Day playlist! Browse on youtube, Spotify, or Pandora to find a French playlist. Songs with accordions could be a fun way to take you back in time to a bistro far, far away…
Bastille Day Youtube Playlist

A still from the French Accordion playlist on Youtube

Health Benefits of Cheese

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

According to an article on Doctor Solve Blog,  there are positive health benefits of eating cheese regardless of what type of cheese you eat (cheese in a can and cheese whiz don’t count).

Some of the benefits include cavity prevention, cancer prevention, and bone strength & density. So next time you want to indulge in a delicious piece of cheese, don’t feel bad — you are doing your body good!

 

Image courtesy of doodlewutt.blogspot.com

Spice Up Your Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Looking for the perfect Memorial Day burger recipes?

Try our Jalapeno Chil Burger with Fol Epi! These smoky burgers marry well with the mild, nutty flavor of Fol Epi. The moderate heat from fresh jalapeño peppers add a suprising kick!

Ingredients:

* 3/4 lbs. lean (10% fat) ground beef
* 1 Tbsp. fresh chopped jalapeño (about 1/2 large jalapeño)
* 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
* 11/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
* 1 Tbsp. ancho chili powder
* 1 tsp. ground cumin
* 3/4 tsp. salt
* 8 Fol Epi® cheese, divided
* 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
* 6 bulkie rolls, split
* 1 large avocado, sliced

Methods:

* Preheat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Oil grates right before using. Shred approximately 3 oz. Fol Epi® into a large bowl (you should have about 3/4 cup), cut remaining Fol Epi® into 6 equal slices and set aside. Into the bowl with the shredded Fol Epi®, add beef, jalapeño, cilantro, Worcestershire, chili powder, cumin and salt, and mix just until combined. Shape into 6 patties, about 4″ in diameter.

* Grill burgers 5-7 minutes per side or until almost cooked through (temperature should read 160°°F on an instant read thermometer). Top each burger with a slice of Fol Epi®, turn off heat and let stand 3-5 minutes until cheese begins to melt.

* Place tomato slices and burgers on bottom halves of rolls. Top with avocado and remaining halves of rolls.

 Enjoy!!

Pairing Chocolate with Ile de France Cheese

Monday, March 11th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boasting a rich and succulent consistency, chocolate generally makes for a favorable treat enjoyed by many around the world. As a delectable aliment, chocolate is quite satisfying on its own, but if there is another food that can complement it by enhancing the overall flavor and creaminess, it is definitely cheese. Not just any cheese, but gourmet cheese.

Though everyone’s palate is unique, we suggest starting your chocolate and cheese pairing adventure by trying a mild and rich cheese likeIle de France Brie with a creamy milk chocolate while contrasting the bittersweet dark chocolate with a robustly tangy fromage like Ile de France Roquefort.

If you’ve never had a recipe that paired the two foods together, try making our Chocolate-glazed St. André or our White Chocolate Cheesecake!

Mac & Cheese: Kraft vs. Ile de France Cheese

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An article on Kraft’s Mac & Cheese was recently published in ABCNEWS that focused on an American mom’s concern with the iconic brand’s inclusion of an additive that “has been associated with hyperactivity in children, allergies, migraine and maybe cancer”. The additive in question is yellow dye. Yellow dye generally adds no flavor to the food but affects the coloring. According to the article, the Mac and Cheese produced by Kraft in the UK does not use additives due to stricter regulations, yet tastes the same as the American version; so why add this ingredient in the first place?

For an authentic and better tasting Mac and Cheese, we suggest using gourmet cheeses like Ile de France Brie or Ile de France Goat Cheese in order to get more flavors out of the creamy popular dish. Check out our rich & flavorful Mac and Cheese recipes using the finest French cheeses with no additives used.

Goat Cheese Goodness!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goat cheese is a popular creamy cheese capable of livening up a grilled cheese, recreating a margarita pizza or adding a fresh tangy twist to pasta. This cheese alone has the ability to make chicken exciting again. Fortunately, Goat Cheese is an affordable gourmet fromage so there are no reasons for you not to indulge in its richness from time to time. It’s mild enough to mix with most flavors, yet zesty enough to contribute to the recipe.

To get you started on a Goat Cheese adventure, check out our delicious recipes using Ile de France Goat Cheese! We suggest trying this flavorful Provencal Vegetable Grill with Toasted Goat Cheese Nut Rounds that will surely impress your dinner guests.

And if you were wondering about which food pairs excellently with Goat Cheese, here are our Top Five Ile de France Pairings!

 

McCamembert Burger? Introducing Burgers with French Cheeses

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Huffington Post, McDonald’s in France are planning to introduce burgers with gourmet French cheeses. Now now cheese lovers. Before you go flying off to France to devour these “gourmet” burgers, know that the French are already unhappy with the idea of it; especially the Camembert producers from the famous cheese’s traditional home of Normandy “complaining that they feel used”.

Based on Australian reports, the Camembert cheese that will be used in these burgers is not even from the Normandy region and therefore will not taste like the original version. What are your thoughts on this? Would you prefer your burger with Ile de France Camembert made authentically from Normandy or some second-rate, cheaper version of it?

Cheeseboard: A Key Player At Your Next Party!

Wednesday, 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!

New Year Resolution with Cheese!

Thursday, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

*1 Ile de France Camembert

*1 sheet of prepared dough

*4 tomatoes

*1 tablespoon of mustard

*2 tablespoons of chopped parsley

Methods/steps

*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.