Posts Tagged ‘gourmet cheese’

Cherry preserves and Ile de France Brie

Friday, October 15th, 2010


Simple and delicious, this EZ snack was featured on our guest blogger Monique Rodriguez’s blog I Are the Food Snob. The blog is filled with delish recipes!

I was in the mood for a sweet and tart combo with the brie. I toasted some whole grain bread and then broiled the bread with some brie to melt it. – Monique

Basque-Style Grilled Cheese with ETORKI

Friday, September 24th, 2010

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Etorki is a cheese from French Basque region of the Pyrénées. “Etorki” means “origin” and has been produced in the Basque country for over 4000 years. We received a sample of this excellent Basque cheese from Ile De France who distributes this cheese in the US.

This hard cheese is made of sheep’s milk and has a pretty orange rind. Inside, it is bright ivory with a rich buttery texture and a slightly sweet taste with a nutty finish.

Etorki is delicious with fresh crusty bread and cold cuts for a nice weekend lunch. It is also terrific when melted. Since April is a National Grilled Cheese Month, I decided to make a special Basque-style grilled cheese sandwich using Etorki cheese, roasted Piquillo pepper, and Basque-style chorizo.

A combination of these ingredients was fantastic, and we really enjoyed this delicious grilled cheese sandwich.

Ingredients: (1 large sandwich)

Butter or olive oil
2 large slices of Pain de campagne (French Country bread)
2 large slices of Etorki (the approximate size of the bread slices)
3 slices of Basque or Spanish-style chorizo
2 roasted Piquillo peppers, drained, seeds removed, patted dry


Pre-heat the grill. Lightly butter the bread slices or brush them with oil. Grill on one side until lightly browned, then flip over. Place one slice of cheese on each slice of the bread. Grill for about a minute, then top one slice with peppers and chorizo. Cover with the other slice of bread. Grill until lightly browned on the bottom, flip over, and cook for a little bit longer until the cheese is melted.

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Natasha is a Five Star Foodie

Friday, September 17th, 2010


Natasha’s our latest guest blogger! She blogs at Five Star Foodie.

How long have you been cooking and when / why did you develop a passion for food?

I have always enjoyed the creative process of inventing something new and different in the kitchen. More recently, I’ve begun an adventure, exploring the cuisine available in some of the best restaurants in the United States and around the world. The more innovative the food, the more I am inspired to innovate at home for my two most appreciative “customers” – my husband and my daughter.

What do you like about French cheese?

The versatility of it – French cheese is always excellent to eat by itself or with fresh bread and it’s excellent to cook with.

Favorite thing to serve at a party or family gathering?

The latest favorite appetizer that I have made is a brioche toast with sauteed mushrooms and onions with Brie melted over the top. It is easy to make and definitely popular at parties!

Check back for Natasha’s recipe!

Family meal time recipes

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

September is here! That means cooler weather, school, football and a much busier post-summer schedule for families.

Of course, no matter how busy you get you’ll still have to eat! So make a plan for a few delish weekday family meals with help from Ile de Fance.

Here’s some of our favorite hearty meals that are perfect for adding a little flavor to your work and school week.

Mac and Cheese with goat cheese


Classic grilled cheese sandwiches

Puff pastry mini pizzas
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New Guest Blogger – Meet Monique!

Monday, August 23rd, 2010


Monique Rodriguez blog is called I Are the Food Snob check back later this week for her original recipe featuring Ile de France Cheese!

A little about me:
Im a single gal living in Queens. I developed a love for food at a young age and started a cookbook collection that has since led to an obsession with dinner parties. After spending hours of my day searching for new and interesting food blogs to read, I decided to start my own so I could document all my fun adventures that revovle around food. As for my training, i have only taken a class on sushi making and one on cake decorating. My life long dream is to go to Culinary school… and for my dog to learn how to wash dishes.

How long have you been cooking and when / why did you develop a passion for food?
I can remember way back to when I was about 5 or 6 and mom would be in the kitchen making dinner. I would sit by the entry way and watch her as she added spices, basted, and stirred with such fascination. And when she saw my interest she put me to work. I was her best cheese grater for her baked ziti and macaroni and cheese. When I was 8, I made my first batch of pancakes. They were the ugliest pancakes in the history of food but I was proud of them! And by the time I was 16 I was hosting weekend dinner parties for all of my friends.
I love how food brings people together. I also love making it my own. I have always had a fascination with art and find that food is a great medium.

Lunch with cheese

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Make your mediocre sandwich a delicious indulgence – add a little French cheese!

Ever have a Monte Cristo sandwich?
Add some French flair to this classic by adding some melted Comté . . .

* 6 slices firm whole wheat sandwich bread
* 4 ounces smoked deli turkey, thinly sliced
* 4 ounces Comté cheese, thinly sliced
* 1 small tomato, thinly sliced
* 1/2 teaspoon dried basil or thyme, crushed
* 1 egg
* 1/4 cup milk
* 2 teaspoons butter, divided


Check to the full recipe to learn the rest of the instructions –
You’ll be enjoying your lunch break a lot more if you do!

Fromage for KIDS!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The kiddies may generally favor hot dogs and pizza, but they’re never too young to begin developing an appreciation for fine cheese. Present some mild, creamy cheeses like Ile de France brie with something sweet, like honey or chocolate and the children may be requesting le brie instead of candy the next time they’re itching for a treat.

Try these tips for introducing everyone to the flavors of fine fromage!

The Cookin’ Canuck is back!

Thursday, August 12th, 2010


The newest guest blogger – Dara Michalski – used some of the cheese she won in our recent recipe contest to make the fabulous grilled zucchini rolls you see in the below post.

For more info on Dara, check out the interview she did after winning the Springlicious recipe contest!

And don’t forget Dara blogs as the Cookin’ Canuck!