Halloween Costume for your Cheese

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!

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

IDF on TV

Delectable cheese Appetizers for Your Dinner Parties

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!

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

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brie on TV!

September 25th, 2013

Have you heard of a new show on Fox called Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Fans of Saturday Night Live will want to tune in and watch Andy Samberg as Det. Jake Peralta in this comedy about detectives at the very edge of New York City! If you saw the first episode of the series, you may have noticed a familiar wheel of cheese! You’ll find our Ile de France wheel of brie behind the counter at Beneficios Market at 13:40 min into the show.

Let us know what you think of the show!

 

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Salad Saturdays: Fool-Proof Salads

September 21st, 2013
Fall is around the corner, but the weather still reminds us of a summer’s day. Perfect for refreshing fruits, vegetables, and more than anything- salads! Salad Saturday returns with a cheese and salad pairing tip from David, a food blogger from Massachusetts who blogs at Cooking Chat. David has plenty of salad recipes on his site, but he shared with us his fool-proof salad recipe:

Greens, toasted almonds, good cheese and a simple vinaigrette and you’ve got a great salad…I’d say the goat cheese would be good in my salad!

 

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Thanks David, and happy Salad Saturday to all!

Peachy Keen on Salad Saturdays

September 14th, 2013

We just couldn’t get enough of food blogger Angela’s last salad recipe, blue cheese cole slaw,  so we’re excited to feature another cheese and salad pairing from her food blog Spinach Tiger!

She enjoys making her Grilled Peach Salad with Blue Cheese, Toasted Almonds, Peach Vinaigrette which, as you can see, is beautifully photographed here. She has prepared this salad about six times now and made it for a birthday dinner last week. We’ll bet this salad has been perfected and that the guest of honor couldn’t wait to savor! Don’t you just love that chandelier-style decorative stand? On her blog post, Angela shares her ingredients for the salad, like blue cheese, and also includes her two secrets to giving this salad the wow factor:

  1. How she grills the peaches
  2. How she makes the peach vinaigrette in a very special way!

Check out Angela’s blog post with tips on how to make this beautiful and savory salad for yourself! We know you’re curious about that peach vinaigrette!

 

Spinach Tiger's Grilled Peach Salad with Blue Cheese, Toasted Almonds, and Peach Vinaigrette

Spinach Tiger’s Grilled Peach Salad with Blue Cheese, Toasted Almonds, and Peach Vinaigrette

Salad Saturdays: More Than Just a Salad!

August 31st, 2013

In this Salad Saturday feature, we’re changing it up and bringing you a salad that is hearty enough to be a main course! An award winning home chef, Dawn M. Richards founded D.M.R. Fine Foods and her passion for food shows! Dawn is a self-taught cook and has perfected her culinary skills in cooking schools abroad, such as The Lenotre cooking school in Paris, France, as well as studying in her hometown of Atlanta, GA.  She is currently also a culinary instructor at Williams-Sonoma.

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Dawn is letting us in on one of her favorite salad-cheese pairings:

 

“Grilled Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Crumbles (Roquefort would be great for this!).  Toss together romaine greens, fresh peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.  Top with sliced, grilled steak and finish with blue cheese crumbles and a vinaigrette dressing.  It’s a light, yet hearty salad, that always satisfies.”

 

This is one salad recipe that’s sure to impress your guests and leave them hoping to take home leftovers! For more about this recipe, check out her Grilled Steak Salad blog post and let us know if you’ve tried making it.

Follow Dawn on Twitter: @dmrfinefoods and find her on Facebook: D.M.R. Fine Foods

Grilled Steak Salad from DMR Fine Foods

Have a Domestic Fit this Salad Saturday!

August 24th, 2013

We all know how healthy salads are, but do you ever wonder how to make them even more nutritious? Jackie Dodd has a Salad Saturday recipe that will do just that! A food blogger based in L.A., Jackie contributes to various established food publications, as well as running two of her own! The first one is The Beeroness  which focuses on beer pairings and the second one (see screenshot below) is her blog: Domestic Fits. A domestic Fits tends to result in “a homemade something, topped with bacon, rolled in chocolate”. We should all wake up and throw a domestic fit once in a while!

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Jackie Dodd

 

Domestic Fits

Domestic Fits

 

You can find a wide array of recipes like drinks, appetizers, and main courses. However, we wanted to highlight this Salad Saturday gem: The best little Quinoa Salad Ever. This is the recipe for the foodie who’s always looking to pack the most nutrition into their delicacies! Here is what Jackie says about this salad:

“I’m a big fan of Chèvre goat cheese and Ile de France makes a great one. Chèvre is generally lower in calories and fat than most cheese, making it a great option for a salad. I love to toss Chèvre goat cheese with some arugula, pomegranate seeds (or dried cherries), cooked and cooled quinoa, and a little balsamic. The result is a fabulous salad, backed with protein, that tastes decadent with creaminess of that fabulous cheese!”
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We couldn’t agree more about  Chèvre goat cheese advantages! A big thanks to Jackie for inspiring us to include ingredients that will add health benefits as well as texture to our salads.

Follow Jackie on Twitter: @domesticfits

Find her on Facebook: Domestic Fits

…and also on Pinterest: Jax Dodd