March 19th, 2013
If you have ever had a croquette as an appetizer at a dinner party or as a finger food at a get-together, you know how scrumptious they can be! The crispy, delightful bites make for a fun plate with enough flavors to have guests reaching for seconds. So whether you’re a cheese lover, croquette fan, or a willing foodie, serve these deliciously creamy bites with your favorite Ile de France Cheese.
Looking for ideas to get you started? Try making our Ile de France Brie Croquettes, Camembert & Herb Croquettes, or Goat Cheese & Fish Croquettes. Enjoy!
March 13th, 2013
This week’s cheese pairing recommendation is from wok star and fellow cheese lover, Eleanor Hoh (@wokstar):
“As a wok cooking teacher and Wok Star , I’m always finding new foods to cook in my wok! My husband and I like to experiment with new ways to make omelets interesting and there’s nothing better than adding cheese. Cheese gives omelets another flavor dimension and oompf! Two of our favorites are soft or hard goat cheese and ones that melt like Emmental. This is probably sacrilegious to the French but we slather chili sauce all over our cheese omelets, yum. We like to pair Asian foods with Champagne, Francois Montand sparkling wine because it’s light and not too sweet. When I serve this pairing in my Wok Workshops, people always enjoy it. I also like Vouvray wine, again not too sweet to overwhelm my dishes.”
Be sure to check out our previous wine & cheese suggestions from previous featured followers!
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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!
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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
*1 Ile de France Camembert
*1 sheet of prepared dough
*1 tablespoon of mustard
*2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
*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.
December 12th, 2012
With winter coming up and the holidays approaching, we recommend breaking out that dusty fondue set for some good old-fashioned fondue party! Chocolate fondue with assorted fresh fruits is great, but serving gourmet cheese fondue will certainly satisfy the cheese lovers while creating a truly rich and flavorful experience.
Give your holiday fondue party a twist by trying this Comté Fondue recipe and adding Sauvignon blanc as your choice of dry white wine. And if you’ve never hosted a fondue party before, check out our Full Fondue Guide. Enjoy!
December 5th, 2012
The season of festive holiday gatherings is here so we’re inviting you to celebrate with a recipe contest! Both traditional and exciting new dishes are on the menu at parties everywhere and we want to reward your culinary creations!
Simply make a holiday dish that includes Ile de France cheese and send us the recipe along with a cool picture of your dish for a chance to win fabulous gourmet prizes and cash! Click here to see the rules and BIG prizes.