Posts Tagged ‘Cheese’

Quatre Tips for a Cheese Board

Monday, April 4th, 2016

When it comes to designing a cheese board 4 words should come to mind; tangy, creamy, funky and salty. This 4 categories will help you take your palette on a magical journey of cheese.



Think: goat cheese. Your first bite on a cheese board should be fresh. Ile de France Goat cheese is slightly salty, a bit tangy and above all – fresh tasting, with a rich texture.



Think: soft and supple. You could go with a classic Brie or Camembert here but why not change it up. Try Chaumes. Chaumes has a soft, springy but creamy texture. It is rich in fruity aromatics but has an hazelnut after taste.

etorki (1)


Think: something you haven’t tried before. We love Etorki. It is a sheep’s milk cheese from the French Basque region. Etorki has a smooth, velvety texture and rich, hazelnut, almost burnt caramel-like flavor. Its aroma is sweet and buttery, and the cheese is voluptuous on the tongue. It pairs very well with pickles, olives and cured meats.



Think: blue cheese. Our Saint Agur is a perfectly sinful, blue cheese to add to your cheese board. It entices you with its naked butteriness and delicate sharpness. It is slightly less salty than other blues but has 60% buttercream making delectably sinful. Pair this blue and others with honey, fruits and nuts!

Gooey Camembert Bake

Friday, March 25th, 2016


Baked Camembert is a snack made for cheese lovers. It is ooey-gooey and full of cheese flavor. This bake makes a great appetizer for your next party or just a snack for you and your family. Our Camembert Bake has only 4 ingredients and takes only 15 minutes to bake.


1 Wheel of Ile de France Camembert

4 tbsp honey


Assorted nuts and seeds. We chose almonds, cashews and pumpkin seeds.


Preheat your oven to 375F. Take your Camembert wheel and place it on a sheet of tinfoil. Then take a knife and make diagnol shallow cuts on the cheese. Similar to scoring meet. Then top the cheese with the honey, then craisins and nuts. Bake for 15min until ooey and gooey. Serve with sliced French baguette.

Winners of our IDF Memorial Day Giveaway

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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


Memorial Day Giveaway







2014 World Cup…chowing down is the goal

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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?

2014 World Cup Cheese

The City of Love… for Cheese

Tuesday, 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.

French bistro

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…







Can Dishes Change your Dining Experience?

Wednesday, 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:


Health Benefits of Cheese

Thursday, 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!


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Enjoy Croquettes with Ile de France Cheese

Tuesday, 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!

Wine Pairing Wednesday!

Wednesday, 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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Cheeseboard: A Key Player At Your Next Party!

Wednesday, 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!