Posts Tagged ‘Goat Cheese’

Salad Saturdays: August is National Goat Cheese Month

Saturday, 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!

Salad Saturdays: GOAT = Greatest Of All Time

Saturday, 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 Saturday: Cheese Pairing From a Different Perspective

Saturday, 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

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

Sweet Surprise Banana Cake

Introducing Salad Saturdays!

Friday, 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

Some salad recipes from chocolateandcarrots.com

Summer Cheeses

Thursday, 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!

 

1. Chevre

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.)

2. Brie

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.)

No Meat This Friday? Cheese to The Rescue!

Monday, March 25th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re like many people who choose not to eat Meat on Fridays leading up to Easter Sunday, we have some magnificent meatless dishes featuring Ile de France Cheese for you to try.

 

Whether you’re hosting a formal dinner party or a casual get-together, our Gourmet Goat
Cheeseballs are easy to make, flavorful and look fabulous when presented on cute serving trays. For a meatless entrée, make our Squash & Fol Epi Cheese Casserole that is sure to have your guests going for seconds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our salads with cheese recipes feature many great meatless options, too!

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!

Have a favorite wine pairing? Tell us why you love to savor it! Contact us on TwitterFacebook or in an email to emilie@iledefrancecheese.com – we’d love to feature you and your favorite wine pairing!

Perfect Holiday Party Treat!

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever tried Almond and Goat Cheese Candy Bar? At first glance, the scrumptious candy bar (photo from Seattle Times website) pretty much looks like an almond chocolate candy bar but the addition of Goat cheese packs a flavorful punch. Found on the Mercury News website, we dare you to try making this yummy Almond & Goat Cheese Candy Bar recipe using the rich & tangy flavor of our Ile de France Goat Cheese; it makes for the perfect holiday treat your loved ones will certainly enjoy!

Enjoy Thanksgiving With Our Cheesy Stuffing!

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Are you still trying to find that perfect stuffing recipe that will blow your loved ones away at Thanksgiving dinner? We recommend taking the sophisticated Mediterranean route with our Fennel, Olive and Sausage Stuffing with Creamy Goat Cheese recipe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And since it’s always nice to have options, check out these other deliciously creamy stuffing recipes (Caramelized Apple, Pecan & Roquefort Stuffing, Vidalia Apple-Sausage Stuffing with Fol Epi, or Artisanal Herbed Olive Stuffing with Etorki) that certainly won’t disappoint on Turkey Day. We always think it is our creamy cheeses that make the difference. Enjoy!

Words of A Cheese Lover

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Food for thought! Did you know that goat’s milk cheese, which we now call “chèvre,” was considered the “poor man’s cheese?” According to Nancy Carr, those who couldn’t afford cows, or did not have open grazing land, could often raise goats instead and make goat cheese. This was taken from Nancy Carr’s article on the Auburn Pub that spoke of her passion for cheese and how she likes to enjoy it during the fall season!