Posts Tagged ‘gourmet cheese’

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.)

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!

McCamembert Burger? Introducing Burgers with French Cheeses

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Huffington Post, McDonald’s in France are planning to introduce burgers with gourmet French cheeses. Now now cheese lovers. Before you go flying off to France to devour these “gourmet” burgers, know that the French are already unhappy with the idea of it; especially the Camembert producers from the famous cheese’s traditional home of Normandy “complaining that they feel used”.

Based on Australian reports, the Camembert cheese that will be used in these burgers is not even from the Normandy region and therefore will not taste like the original version. What are your thoughts on this? Would you prefer your burger with Ile de France Camembert made authentically from Normandy or some second-rate, cheaper version of it?

Celebrate the Holidays with a Fondue Party!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

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!

Memorial Day = Kick-off of Barbecue Season

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

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May 30th is Memorial Day and for most Americans the unofficial start of summer and the kick-off of barbecue season!

When days are getting longer and warmer – the time for barbecue has come! So get your grills ready to kick of the season!

You can grill almost everything! Sure, steaks, ribs and sausages are the most popular grilling dishes, often served with a fresh salad on the side. Vegetables like summer squash, eggplant, large mushrooms & corn are perfect to mix up your grilling plate.

To make it a true gourmet experience we suggest upgrading your dish with some delicious cheeses! Cheese always makes a good pairing with meat and vegetables!

Check out our upcoming June Special for more tips, ideas and recipes around grilling with cheese!

Till then you may want to make one of these delicious recipes for your outdoor gourmet delight!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Peach Grilled with Honey

Buffalo chicken burger with Bleu d’Auvergne sauce

Chicken, Camembert & Apple Sandwich

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Lynne Webb from MyGourmetConnect created a delicious sandwich recipe with our New Camembert cheese.

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Here’s the simple ingredients:

8 chicken tenderloins (about 1/2 lb)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
4 ounces Ile de France Camembert Cheese, softened
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and thinly sliced
Honey
8 slices whole grain bread
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Yum!

Check out Lynne’s full recipe and instructions here.

Thanks Lynne! Bon Appetit!

Fig and Camembert Cheese Pizzelle Sandwich

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Steph over at Steph Chows made a unique and yummy-looking sandwich with our new camembert!

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I had some pumpkin pizzelles left over from my luxury dinner party and was looking around to see what I could have as a snack. After spotting the also leftover figs and Camembert (compliments of Ile De France) I couldn’t resist making a little sandwich.

What you’ll need:
Pumpkin pizzelles
Camembert Cheese
Dried Figs – sliced

YUM!

Check out the full recipe post at Steph’s blog (and her other delicious concoctions!)

Toasts Two Ways: Sauteed Mushrooms with Camembert

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Harissa, Artichoke, and Mozzarella also go into this incredible delicious-looking recipe from Lisa over at Lisa is Cooking.

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“This (is) a camembert with character, a red wine kind of cheese, and mushrooms were the right choice to go with it,” Lisa said.

Check out the full recipe! – IT won’t disappoint!

The New Camembert Recipe on Mini Tarts with Melted Chocolate

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Natasha – whose fabulous blog is called the Five Star Foodie- recently tried the new Ile de France Normandie Camember and created this delightful mini tarts recipe:

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Recently, I received a sample of a new Camembert cheese from Ile De France. The new recipe is made exclusively with milk from herds that graze in the famous Normadie Region of France. The milk is transformed within 48 hours of milking to ensure absolute freshness. It’s delicious and creamy, with hints of nuttiness and wild mushrooms. This Camembert is a great addition to any cheese tasting and is also terrific to use in cooking.

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I decided to pair the Camembert with chocolate and made these delicious little puff pastry tarts.

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I baked the puff pastry rounds until just starting to get golden, then placed the thinly sliced Camembert on top and baked a little more until the edges of puff pastry were golden brown and the cheese was starting to melt. Then I topped the tarts with chocolate, melted in a double boiler with a little cream and sugar, and garnished the tarts with fresh strawberry slices. This was a delightful dessert that was very easy and quick to make.

- Natasha

New Guest Blogger: The Running Cheese Lover

Friday, October 29th, 2010

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Megan’s blog is called The Runner’s Kitchen and documents her two passions, running and experimenting in the kitchen.

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When she’s not training for the New York City Marathon, Megan can often be found concocting delicious recipes to, as she says, “Fuel the miles with a healthy balance” – a balance that often includes cheese!

How long have you been cooking and when / why did you develop a passion for food?
I’ve only started cooking in the last 5 years or so (before that I relied on my mom or the college dining hall!). My love for the kitchen began while I was living in Europe in 2006. I took some cooking classes, learned the basics, and slowly began to explore the world of artisinal foods.

What do you like about French cheese?
When it comes to cheese, I think it’s important to buy the best quality you can afford. A small portion of delicious brie or goat cheese is much more satisfying that a ton of sub-quality “cheese product”. And cheese is so versatile! You can have it for breakfast (mmm, ricotta with honey and fruit!), for dinner, or on a dessert plate.

Favorite thing to serve at a party or family gathering?
I recently discovered how delicious hot pepper jam and goat cheese can be together. Pour the jam over the goat cheese, add crackers to the plate, and tada! you’ve got an easy, unique appetizer.

Check back soon for Megan’s deliciously cheesy recipes!