August 21st, 2014
August is National Goat Cheese Month and what better way to celebrate than with our resident #cheesebuff Tom Connin! He shares his Goat Cheese wisdom in honor of this glorious month.
IDF: What is your absolute favorite way to eat it?
TC: Usually eat it cold on salads but also like it as ingredient in mashed potatoes or polenta.
There you have it- a special secret ingredient that you could add to your favorite dishes, courtesy of our #cheesebuff
August 19th, 2014
We’re sharing a wonderful quote in honor of the wonderful Julia Child who was born on August 15, 1912.
“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
We’re remembering her gourmet legacy all month long. Julia loved to make one of the most popular and well known dishes of French cuisine, Soufflés! French classic, Quiche Lorraine was also a popular choice, enjoyed cross-culturally. It’s popular, delicious and enjoyed by food lovers the world over. Lets not forget the iconic French street food: the Crepe.
Here are some Julia Child Facts that you may not have known (via PBS):
- “Premiering in 1963, The French Chef was the first cooking show on PBS. Julia had new cooking shows air over the next 5 decades.”
- “She was the first educational television personality to receive an Emmy.”
- “Julia was 6’2” and played basketball at Smith College in Massachusetts.”
- “She donated her Cambridge home to Smith College & her kitchen to the Smithsonian Institution.”
- “While filming the Baking with Julia series, she used a whopping 753 pounds of butter.”
- “Her childhood nicknames were Juke, Juju & Jukies.”
- “She was nominated for eight Emmys and won three of them.”
- “Julia passed away 2 days before her 92nd birthday. Her last meal was homemade French onion soup.”
August 15th, 2014
In case you haven’t already heard, August is national goat cheese month! We’re back with another goat cheese themed #FlavorMeltdown where we share with you the most creative and flavorful grilling recipes that call for delicious Brie or Goat cheese! Our next recipe is from Robyn of Grill Grrrl: Grilled Vidalia Onion, Goat Cheese and Arugula Flatbread Pizza.
This recipe is for pizza lovers who have a gourmet palette but want something simple yet creative.
Robyn encourages “women to learn to grill as it is a great way to create healthy, flavorful dishes without all the fuss and clean up in the kitchen.” We’re all for grilling!
Keep up with Robyn onFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest!
August 5th, 2014
August is one of our favorite months because… it’s national goat cheese month! We’re combining 2 awesome things: goat cheese and outdoor grilling to give you #FlavorMeltdown goat cheese edition! Through the end of summer, we’ll be sharing with you the most tempting grilling recipes that call for delicious Brie or Goat cheese! We’re doing all goat cheese features this month, starting with this recipe from Courtney of Neighborfood Blog: Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese.
This amazing recipe is a foodie’s answer to a time-tested favorite. A few key ingredients are what makes this creation stand apart.
Courtney asserts that food tastes better when it’s shared and we couldn’t agree more! Find more of her creations at
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July 29th, 2014
Did you know that June 29th is National Lasagna Day? Did you also know that you can make a lasagna with all different kinds of cheeses like Brie, Goat Cheese, and Roquefort? In honor of this cheese-lover’s dish, we want to share with you some of our most creative lasagna recipes in our Lasagna Recipe Series!
Would you try making a Roquefort and Apples lasagna? Or how about a Spinach Brie and Pistachio lasagna?
Let us know what you think on our Facebook page!
July 22nd, 2014
Did you know that July is national grilling month? Outdoor grilling is a great summer activity that combines sunny weather and great FOOD! We know how mouth watering melted cheese is, so excuse us while we have a #FlavorMeltdown! Through the end of summer, we’ll be sharing with you the most tempting grilling recipes that call for delicious Brie, Roquefort, or Goat cheese!
Our first #FlavorMeltdown recipe is from Anna and Lisa of the food blog, Garnish With a Lemon. They’ve got a simple, yet savory grilled peppers with goat cheese recipe that is perfect for snacking or served as an appetizer.
The grilled peppers provide a char flavor and a little snap, while the Goat Cheese provides a melty, tangy contrast.
Check out the recipe here!
Keep up with Anna and Lisa (who loves her goat cheese)
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July 9th, 2014
The dog days of summer are here and we’ve got some gourmet new recipes to help beat the heat.
Cheese and Ice cream make a surprisingly satisfying and refreshing combo, and we’re sharing some awesome recipes! Adding gourmet French fromage like brie, Camembert, and goat cheese to your plain ice cream can really elevate the flavor and texture, giving new life to a classic treat. Make sure to check our cheese ice cream recipes and tips for a gourmet spin on a summer fave!
June 27th, 2014
If you haven’t heard, we’re hosting a new giveaway, called Ile de France Chef’s Tablet Sweepstakes!
Here’s your shot at 1 of 6 Google Nexus 10 tablets. Each tablet comes loaded with luscious cheese recipes, videos and tips!
Our giveaway ends on August 18th and it’s one entry per person: good luck cheese lovers!
June 18th, 2014
Congra-cheese-lations to the winners of our Memorial Day Giveaway:
Mary B. from South Carolina
Stephanie O. from Kansas
Pamela M. from Oregon
April D. from Connecticut
Jake B. from Washington
June 16th, 2014
It’s 2014 World Cup time! If you’re hosting your friends to watch the matches and the goal is to have a great time and serve yummy snacks, check out some of our finger food ideas!
Who are you rooting for?