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 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…
A still from the French Accordion playlist on Youtube
July 6th, 2013
Fully recovered from your 4th of July celebrations yet? We bet more than a few of us out there still have plenty of party leftovers – luckily, adding the right cheese can transform tired leftovers into gourmet treats.
For this Salad Saturday, we’re getting our cheese and salad pairing tip from Tamara Eckles, dessert expert and food blogger at Jem of the South who shares a love for cheese!
“Being a southern girl, I love a fresh tomato salad, fresh basil, and goat cheese. Season with salt and fresh pepper. Toss in olive oil and vinegar.”
We agree with Tamara that this is a great go-to recipe! Classic and easy to prepare but also beautiful to serve!
Here’s a recipe on our site for Stuffed Tomatoes Provencal
Stuffed Tomatoes Provencal
Tamara can be found on Twitter and also check out her dessert blog Jem of the South for some yummy dessert recipes like this one for Sweet Surprise Banana Cake with cream cheese that looks so delicious!
Sweet Surprise Banana Cake
July 3rd, 2013
In her fascinating article on NPR, Maria Godoy discusses how we can change the perception of food tastes by changing plates and cutlery.
There have been studies that show:
- People perceive food as more enjoyable when eaten off heavier plates and heavier cutlery
- Round plate emphasizes sweetness while angular plates tend to bring out bitterness
- People tend to eat less when their dishes are in sharp color-contrast to their food
- Cheeses are rated as saltier when eaten off a knife compared to a toothpick, spoon or fork
Elizabeth Willing/Courtesy Flavour
It’s interesting to relate these findings to the dining experience. When you imagine ordering a dark chocolate dessert, does the server bring it on a square plate in your mind’s eye?
One practical takeaway from this article is that one might eat less when their dishes are in color contrast to the food. Perhaps this tidbit of info could be added to a dieting strategy to cover all your bases. It does beg the question, how many different sets plates would one have to collect?
The most burning question of all would be how to get your guests to start eating cheese from a knife? Do Skewers count? Here’s a recipe for Vegetable Skewers with Saint Albray.
Check out the full NPR article here:
June 28th, 2013
Summertime eating is all about freshness – and what’s fresher than salad? But vegetables alone can only deliver so much flavor. So how can we turn nutritiously green salads into zesty treats? Cheese, of course! That’s why we’re introducing Salad Saturdays! All summer long, we’ll be highlighting the many ways foodies enliven fresh salads with French cheeses.
First up, food blogger Caroline Edwards @chocandcarrots who shares with us this delectable salad idea:
“Warm, fried goat cheese balls are my absolute favorite salad toppers. Pair the salad with a balsamic vinaigrette, apples or pears, candied walnuts and the goat cheese balls. Salad heaven!”
Read about her other yummy recipes on her blog: chocolateandcarrots.com, where you can find more of her fabulous salads!
Feel free to comment on this post if you would like to have your salad and cheese pairing featured in future posts!
Some salad recipes from chocolateandcarrots.com
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
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!
* 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
* 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.
May 23rd, 2013
For reasons unknown, cheese seems to be an afterthought or merely a garnish ingredient in summer cooking. For most, the summer diet is centered on the almighty grill and the fresh flavors of colorful fruits and vegetables. However, just because the weather is warming up doesn’t mean you have to stop eating cheese.
Two of the most versatile – not to mention delicious – summertime cheeses are Chevre and Brie. Both are ideal for warm weather eating!
This slightly salty and fresh tasting cheese with a rich texture tastes great with mixed vegetables, crunchy greens, and sweet, citrus fruits. The tangy acidity pairs well with white wines such as, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. (Cobb Salad with Goat Cheese and Vinaigrette pictured.)
The fresh milky note and remarkably creamy texture of this cheese tastes delicious on its own and can also be enjoyed in several ways. Served with fruit compote, light summer pasta, or on top a grilled burger, this cheese will enhance any flavor profile. (Exotic Lamb Burger with Herbed Brie pictured.)
May 2nd, 2013
According to an article from takepart.com, a new risk assessment from the FDA shows that if you recently purchased Camembert produced from non-pasteurized milk, your risk of listeriosis could be up to 160 times higher than if it was made from pasteurized milk. Taken from this website on bacteriology, Listeriosis is classified as a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria.
If you enjoy a creamy and nutty Camembert, make sure to diminish your risk of illness and go for Ile de France Camembert, made authentically fresh from pasteurized milk.
April 23rd, 2013
Coincidentally enough, ‘Stressed’ spelled backwards becomes ‘Desserts’. So if you’re feeling stressed, why not take it as a sign to indulge on some deliciously sweet treats! We love talking about the scrumptious dessert recipes that are even more flavorful just because it is made with Ile de France Cheese. Try our Ile de France Goat and Cream Cheesecake, our Strawberry Chipotle Brie en Croute or our Amaretto & Goat Cheese Stuffed Pears for a cheesy and sweet twist!
April 9th, 2013
If you’re a cheese lover, this may be the best time of the year for you. Grilled Cheese sandwich is a true classic that is enjoyed by people of all ages. The crispy outer texture blending in perfectly with the oozing melted cheese can take you to heaven and back with one bite. Take advantage of this cheese fan-favorite delight during the month where it is highly appreciated!
Looking to make that unforgettable Grilled Cheese sandwich? Take a look at our wonderful tips & ideas for the perfect crispy melted cheese delight!
If you’re looking to get creative with your Grilled Cheese, try our sensational Fol Epi Grilled Cheese sandwich with Caramelized Onion, Apple & Walnut or our Gourmet Comté Grilled Cheese and Ham Sandwich with Fried Egg!