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
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?
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.
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…
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
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:
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!
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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.
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!
Have a favorite wine pairing? Tell us why you love to savor it! Contact us on Twitter, Facebook or in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to feature you and your favorite wine pairing!
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!
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!
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy hot meals and beverages. Two of our favorite foods for the cooler temperatures that come with the autumn season are Ile de France Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and hot chocolate! So why not pair them together to make a hot meal?
After all, they are both creamy and the sweetness of the hot cocoa boasts an excellent contrast to the savory flavor of a grilled cheese sandwich. Feel free to also check out these 40 Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes from BuzzFeed Food to get you started!