Posts Tagged ‘Goat Cheese’

Our Resident Cheesebuff Talks Goat Cheese

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

August is National Goat Cheese Month and what better way to celebrate than with our resident #cheesebuff Tom Connin! He shares his Goat Cheese wisdom in honor of  this glorious month.

IDF: What is your absolute favorite way to eat it?

TC: Usually eat it cold on salads but also like it as ingredient in mashed potatoes or polenta.

There you have it- a special secret ingredient that you could add to your favorite dishes, courtesy of our #cheesebuff

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#FlavorMeltdown Grilled Vidalia Onion, Goat Cheese and Arugula Flatbread Pizza

Friday, August 15th, 2014

In case you haven’t already heard, August is national goat cheese month! We’re back with another goat cheese themed #FlavorMeltdown where we share with you the most creative and flavorful grilling recipes that call for delicious Brie or Goat cheese! Our next recipe is from Robyn of Grill Grrrl: Grilled Vidalia Onion, Goat Cheese and Arugula Flatbread Pizza.

This recipe is for pizza lovers who have a gourmet palette but want something simple yet creative.

Robyn encourages “women to learn to grill as it is a great way to create healthy, flavorful dishes without all the fuss and clean up in the kitchen.” We’re all for grilling!

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#FlavorMeltdown Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

August is one of our favorite months because… it’s national goat cheese month! We’re combining 2 awesome things: goat cheese and outdoor grilling to give you #FlavorMeltdown goat cheese edition! Through the end of summer, we’ll be sharing with you the most tempting grilling recipes that call for delicious Brie or Goat cheese! We’re doing all goat cheese features this month, starting with this recipe from Courtney of Neighborfood Blog: Red Wine Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese.

This amazing recipe is a foodie’s answer to a time-tested favorite. A few key ingredients are what makes this creation stand apart.

Courtney asserts that food tastes better when it’s shared and we couldn’t agree more! Find more of her creations at

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#FlavorMeltdown – Grilled Peppers with Goat Cheese

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Did you know that July is national grilling month? Outdoor grilling is a great summer activity that combines sunny weather and great FOOD! We know how mouth watering melted cheese is, so excuse us while we have a #FlavorMeltdown! Through the end of summer, we’ll be sharing with you the most tempting grilling recipes that call for delicious Brie, Roquefort, or Goat cheese!

Our first #FlavorMeltdown recipe is from Anna and Lisa of the food blog, Garnish With a Lemon. They’ve got a simple, yet savory grilled peppers with goat cheese recipe that is perfect for snacking or served as an appetizer.

The grilled peppers provide a char flavor and a little snap, while the Goat Cheese provides a melty, tangy contrast.

Check out the recipe here!

Keep up with Anna and Lisa (who loves her goat cheese)

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We All Scream for (Cheese) Ice Cream!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The dog days of summer are here and we’ve got some gourmet new recipes to help beat the heat.

Cheese and Ice cream make a surprisingly satisfying and refreshing combo, and we’re sharing some awesome recipes! Adding gourmet French fromage like brie, Camembert, and goat cheese to your plain ice cream can really elevate the flavor and texture, giving new life to a classic treat. Make sure to check our cheese ice cream recipes and tips for a gourmet spin on a summer fave!

 

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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.

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 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.)