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!

Jackie Dodd

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!”
The best little quinoa salad ever
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

 

 

Salad Saturdays: August is National Goat Cheese Month

August 17th, 2013

As you may or may not know, August is National Goat Cheese month and what better way to observe such a fine event than to indulge in some rich, creamy Goat Cheese! One of the more versatile cheeses around, goat cheese paired with salads is the most healthy, summery way to enjoy! This Salad Saturday, our cheese and salad pairing is courtesy of Dina, a registered dietitian who loves helping people improve their overall health through her passion- preventative nutrition! You can read about Dina’s nutrition and healthy food tips on her blog nutritiousfeast.com.

Dina recently made her favorite salad and shares some photos with us!
Dina's Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Dina’s Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad Ingredients

“This is a quick and easy salad full of antioxidants to celebrate the summer harvest. I used baby spinach, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts and goat cheese. Goat cheese is a little salty and tangy with a wonderful rich texture. I love this salad because it has the perfect combination of sweet and salty. I decided to add blueberries at the end to add an extra burst of vitamin C, A and fiber.”

Dina's Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Dina’s Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Dina’s choice of dressing for this salad was fat free strawberry balsamic dressing, or another option she recommends is raspberry vinaigrette. She loves making that salad all the time, and switches it up by changing the nuts and fruits, and sometimes adds chicken! “It’s so perfect for a hot summer day.”
For more of Dina’s food tips:

Follow Dina on twitter @DinaJ
Find her on Facebook: Nutritious Feast
And check out her Nutrition blog: www.NutritiousFeast.com
Happy National Goat Cheese Month!

Giveaways and Cheese Deals!

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

 

 

A Savory Twist on a Picnic Favorite

August 3rd, 2013

The dog days of summer are upon us again… but that doesn’t mean we can’t beat the heat with refreshing salad recipes! Salad Saturday returns to serve you up some inspirations for your picnic tables.

Angela Roberts is an award-winning food blogger who’s cooking is local, fresh and often Italian inspired: Food a woman will love and a man will marry her for! She is also Rated in Top 10 of Urban Spoon for Nashville Restaurant Reviews and her Savory Sour Cream Chive Cheesecake With Potato Chip Crust was featured on Huffington Post. Her saucy site, Spinach Tiger, has a huge variety of recipes, but today is our day for salads.

This recipe she shared with us is sure to pique your interest: Blue Cheese Coleslaw with Green Apple.

The elements of Blue cheese and dijon mustard come together in quite a medley and the apple brings a crunch to the texture, while the cabbage lends its nutritious qualities! This cole slaw is dinner party appropriate and could bring zest to a simple main dish; Angela suggests pairing with a pork loin or a roasted piece of fish.

Spinach Tiger's Blue Cheese Coleslaw with Apples

Spinach Tiger’s Blue Cheese Coleslaw with Apples

The recipe calls for Ile de France Roquefort “which is quite salty and tangy, so a little goes a long way, but even Mr. Spinach Tiger who doesn’t like blue cheese totally loved this cole slaw.”

You can find Spinach Tiger on Twitter: @SpinachTiger and on Facebook: Spinach Tiger and also on Pinterest: Spinach Tiger

Enjoy your Salad Saturday!

Salad Saturdays: Changing Textures

July 27th, 2013

We hope everyone’s been enjoying their summer (and their salads) so far! Up until now, most of the featured cheese parings have been creative variations of a salad staple: goat cheese. This Salad Saturday, we hear from Baker-turned-cook and Food blogger, Marnely Rodriguez-Murray. She writes for Marcus Samuelsson’s Food Republic and Honest Cooking Magazine and her beautifully photographed site can be found at CookingwithBooks.net

Cooking with Books

By now, you’re asking yourself “what is the cheese that sits atop Marnely’s summer salad?”

Nothing better than blue cheese crumbles over a crisp summer salad! The tangy cheese balances out flavors & adds texture to the meal! Even better? Try making your own blue cheese dressing for dips and salads – refreshing and delicious!

Mixing textures in a salad can really make it memorable, and that includes switching up the texture of the dressing! If you’re up for creating your own blue cheese dressing, You can pick up some blue cheese like Ile de France Roquefort cheese and try this recipe by Anjali Prasertong  for theKitchn.

Image courtesy of theKitchn

Follow Marnelly on Twitter at: @nella22 and like her page on Facebook: CookingwithBooksBlog!

Enjoy your Salad Saturday!

 

 

Salad Saturdays: GOAT = Greatest Of All Time

July 20th, 2013

If cheeses were contending for the title of “Greatest Of All Time” and Salad Saturday was the judge, then Goat cheese would clearly emerge as the winner! We have seen how versatile and popular this cheese is in our first, second and third Salad Saturdays blog posts!

There are so many different ways to pair goat cheese with salads, nuts, fruits, dressing, and all the fixins’. This Salad Saturday, we are treated to a cheese and salad pairing from food blogger, Katerina. Katerina has a passion for cooking, baking, food photography, entertaining, and all food-related subjects, which you can find on her blog, Diethood.

diethood food blog

 She shares this salad cheese pairing tip with us:

“A generous sprinkle of goat cheese on top of a green salad with spinach, strawberries, and pecans! & a drizzle of homemade poppy seed dressing! OH MY! … ok…Seriously. I need to make this salad, stat.”

Salad recipe

 

We certainly agree that thinking about a yummy salad is enough to send us to the grocery store! If you’re looking to recreate this salad recipe using homemade poppy seed dressing, Pinch of Yum has a great recipe for Homemade poppy seed dressing.

Homemade poppy seed dressing Pinch of Yum

photo courtesy of pinch of yum

 

Let us know how your salads turn out! Post photos of your summer salad creations on our Facebook wall and we’ll share them with the rest of our community!

Until next Salad Saturday!

 

Salad Your Heart Out

July 17th, 2013

Summer’s not over yet and neither is Salad Saturday! We’ve got another salad and cheese recipe for you to check out! This round, food blogger, Stephie Swope treats us to a salad recipe from her food blog: Eat Your Heart Out.

eat your heart out

“Good food brings people together in a way that few other things can. Some of my favorite memories take place around the dining room table; even in the worst of times, it is around the table that my family has found the strength to smile and laugh.”

We agree with that Stephie!

This strawberry and pear salad recipe calls for Feta, but Stephie also suggests goat cheese as another alternative to use since it’s another cheese that pairs well with fruits and balsamic, etc. Stephie likes that goat cheese can add a salty tang to salads without having to add tons of dressing!

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Until next Saturday!

 

Cheese Grating Made Fun!

July 17th, 2013
Why haven’t they thought of this before? Sammy Medina shares with Fastcodesign a flexible cheese grater might soon be coming to market. That is awesome news because grating cheese just got more fun! When a recipe like Smokey Macaroni & Cheese calls for fresh grated cheese, we all know that the annoying part of grating fresh cheese is cleaning the shards out of the grater.  Not so if you use the bendable Flexita Grater!
Flexia Cheese Grater
This flat grater made of thin steel has handles that you can use to grate with one hand. When finished, simply release and let the grater flatten out and the cheese particles drop.Currently, the award winning Flexita is still only a prototype, but with continued buzz around this novel idea, it won’t be long before we’re seeing it on shelves. Do you prefer store bought grated cheese or do you grate your own?
Check out our cheese grating guide for tips and recipes!

 

Salad Saturdays: Spinach Gets a Makeover

July 13th, 2013

This Salad Saturday, we get a new spin on a salad staple, and just in time for tomorrow’s Bastille Day celebrations!

Food blogger Patty Price of Patty’s Food blog shows us how she livens up a healthy Spinach Salad:

My favorite things about my spinach salad are the sweet juicy cherries served along with the crumbled fresh goat cheese and walnuts. The walnut oil in the vinaigrette is also good with the goat cheese and fresh cherries.

This special recipe features a special vinaigrette that includes walnut oil, honey, and lime juice. Taking the time to craft your own dressing can lead to a much better result! You can find her complete recipe for this tasty spinach, cherry, goat cheese & walnut salad on her blog Pattysfood.com.

Pattysfood.com Spinach salad with cherries goat cheese and walnuts

Pattysfood.com Spinach salad with cherries goat cheese and walnuts

Bastille Day Party Ideas

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