Posts Tagged ‘Pairings’

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovers…of CHEESE!

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day Cheese Lovers! Planning to celebrate L’amour with a loved one, or just savor the fact that it’s Friday? Cheese and bubbly are a great accoutrement to any occasion! Champagne is great, but if you want some other sparkling ideas, check out our Parings with Sparkling page!

XOXO

Happy Valentines Day

Champagne and Cheese Pairings for any New Years Soirée

Friday, December 27th, 2013

However you choose to celebrate the new year, there are 2 elements that are sure to add the party factor: cheese and Champagne!

Cheese plates are, by nature, social foods which encourage people to circulate around the room, taste, and engage with each other over, “what is the name of that delicious cheese?!”

Champagne is a nice touch to remind everyone that they’re here to celebrate a special occasion or to enjoy life’s little excesses (in moderation, of course). Serve these 2 at a party and you’ll have an instant hit! If you need some quick Champagne and cheese pairing advice, we’ve got a great article that will give you the pairings for our brie, goat, Fol Epi, and St. Agur:

Champagne and Cheese Pairings

Enjoy your New Year’s Celebrations!

 

IDF champagne pairings

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!

Goat Cheese Goodness!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goat cheese is a popular creamy cheese capable of livening up a grilled cheese, recreating a margarita pizza or adding a fresh tangy twist to pasta. This cheese alone has the ability to make chicken exciting again. Fortunately, Goat Cheese is an affordable gourmet fromage so there are no reasons for you not to indulge in its richness from time to time. It’s mild enough to mix with most flavors, yet zesty enough to contribute to the recipe.

To get you started on a Goat Cheese adventure, check out our delicious recipes using Ile de France Goat Cheese! We suggest trying this flavorful Provencal Vegetable Grill with Toasted Goat Cheese Nut Rounds that will surely impress your dinner guests.

And if you were wondering about which food pairs excellently with Goat Cheese, here are our Top Five Ile de France Pairings!

 

It’s Time for Fall Beers (and Cheese!)

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Mug of beer on a pub table

Fall seasonal beers – which are more flavorful and substantial compared to lighter summer beer – are getting more and more popular.

Traditionally, one of the best complements for any beer is a nice flavorful cheese, and that’s especially true with robust fall seasonal beers. They naturally taste great together!

They complement each other because they share some common characteristics in both aroma and flavor. The carbonation in beer lifts the palate and brings out many nuances in cheeses.

So before savoring an invigorating fall seasonal beer and cheese pairing let’s think how can we combine them. First and foremost use your own personal preference whether you are cooking with cheese or just savoring alone.

Try pairing complex beers with complex cheeses. You can also try and make a perfect match or play around and make subtle contrasts. For instance, delicious and bold Pumpkin beer makes a perfect match with bleu cheese, such as Roquefort or Bleu d’Auvergne – the saltiness of the cheese is an excellent contrast to the sweet notes of the pumpkin beer.

Check out our fall seasonal beers and cheese guide for more interesting ideas about beer and cheese pairings.