Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

Strawberries and Cheese

Thursday, April 28th, 2016


Welcome the warmth of spring with in-season strawberries. They’re juicy, sweet and pair well with the savory flavor of cheese. Here are our 4 favorite ways to enjoy strawberries and cheese this spring.

Strawberry Salad

Combine baby spinach, sliced strawberries, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts and either balsamic or asian sesame dressing

Brie Cheese

Ile de France Brie is a sweet, creamy cheese with nutty and slightly earthy notes. Simply cutting up some of this creamy cheese, paired with cut up strawberries makes the perfect snack

Saint Agur

We love a good blue cheese with strawberries. Find some larger strawberries at your grocery. Cut the stems off and scoop out the middle with a knife or small spoon. Stuff the strawberries with Saint Agur. Then drizzle with balsamic.


Strawberry and Brie Grilled Cheese

Butter two slices of your favorite bread (on one side each). Assemble sandwich by covering first slice of bread (butter side down) with slices of Brie. Top with sliced strawberries, covering the cheese to the edges. Top with more brie and remaining slice of bread. Heat a skillet to medium heat and place sandwich on skillet. Cook until side is golden brown and cheese starts to melt. Flip the sandwich (carefully) and cook until golden brown. Serve immediately.

June 29th is National Lasagna Day!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Did you know that June 29th is National Lasagna Day? Did you also know that you can make a lasagna with all different kinds of cheeses like Brie, Goat Cheese, and Roquefort? In honor of this cheese-lover’s dish, we want to share with you some of our most creative lasagna recipes in our Lasagna Recipe Series!

Would you try making a Roquefort and Apples lasagna? Or how about a Spinach Brie and Pistachio lasagna?

Let us know what you think on our Facebook page!

Bon Appetit!




2014 World Cup…chowing down is the goal

Monday, June 16th, 2014

It’s 2014 World Cup time! If you’re hosting your friends to watch the matches and the goal is to have a great time and serve yummy snacks, check out some of our finger food ideas!

Who are you rooting for?

2014 World Cup Cheese

Stressed Out? Try Some Desserts!

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013










Coincidentally enough, ‘Stressed’ spelled backwards becomes ‘Desserts’. So if you’re feeling stressed, why not take it as a sign to indulge on some deliciously sweet treats! We love talking about the scrumptious dessert recipes that are even more flavorful just because it is made with Ile de France Cheese. Try our Ile de France Goat and Cream Cheesecake, our Strawberry Chipotle Brie en Croute or our Amaretto & Goat Cheese Stuffed Pears for a cheesy and sweet twist!

Mac & Cheese: Kraft vs. Ile de France Cheese

Thursday, March 7th, 2013








An article on Kraft’s Mac & Cheese was recently published in ABCNEWS that focused on an American mom’s concern with the iconic brand’s inclusion of an additive that “has been associated with hyperactivity in children, allergies, migraine and maybe cancer”. The additive in question is yellow dye. Yellow dye generally adds no flavor to the food but affects the coloring. According to the article, the Mac and Cheese produced by Kraft in the UK does not use additives due to stricter regulations, yet tastes the same as the American version; so why add this ingredient in the first place?

For an authentic and better tasting Mac and Cheese, we suggest using gourmet cheeses like Ile de France Brie or Ile de France Goat Cheese in order to get more flavors out of the creamy popular dish. Check out our rich & flavorful Mac and Cheese recipes using the finest French cheeses with no additives used.

Cheese Around the Web

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012


Join us each week for a look at the latest cheese news from across the web!

This week: NYC’s 5 Best Wine And Cheese Bars; Cheesesteak Melt and Mac & Cheese from Gorilla Cheese NYC; Tailgate Recipe: Beer Cheese Dip; Dressed-up Pimiento Cheese, Pickled Onions and Potato Salad.

NYC’s 5 Best Wine And Cheese Bars via – Milk and cookies, coffee and doughnuts, beer and pretzels–some things just seem to be made for each other. Here are the best bars in NYC to pair wine and cheese.

Today’s Lunch: Cheesesteak Melt and Mac & Cheese from Gorilla Cheese NYC via – Great cheese menu for your fast and deliscious lunch in NYC.

Tailgate Recipe: Beer Cheese Dip via Love beer? Adore cheese? Then this flavorful dip is for you.

Dressed-up Pimiento Cheese, Pickled Onions and Potato Salad via – Here’s how to give supermarket versions of traditional cookout side dishes a homemade flavor.

January is National Soup Month!

Monday, January 9th, 2012


You may not know it, but January is officially National Soup Month. It’s a celebration of the delight of the lovely comfort food. Especially in winter – the coldest time of year – it’s always a good idea to warm up with a bowl of delicious soup!

There is a variety of kinds of soup: thick and clear, cold and hot, with meat or vegan. Add some St. Agur cheese to a simple Creamy mushroom soup recipe or add Saint Albray cheese to potato leek soup to create unique gourmet flavor!

One of our current favorites is gourmet cheese soups: Brie and Leek Soup with Sherry, French Onion Soup with Compté and Fol Epi, Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Saint Agur. They take just 30 minutes to make and are perfect on any chilly winter evening!

Have a worm and tasty Soup Month!

It’s no joke – April is National Grilled Cheese Month!

Thursday, March 31st, 2011


You surely know that April 1st is April Fools’ Day. But did you know that it’s also the start of National Grilled Cheese Month?

Actually we don’t know if it is a real holiday because there is no official source of information. Is it a real government sanctioned commemoration? A campaign of cheese marketers? Or just a myth?

Wherever it comes from, grilled cheese indeed has a great history with its origin in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and cheese became easily available. Grilled cheese sandwiches became popular during the Great Depression as people were short of money.

Nowadays, those sandwiches can be found in many creative ways on our restaurant menus.
For many of us it is a staple of childhood. Don’t you remember your mom making grilled cheese sandwiches as a quick and easy afternoon snack? Wasn’t it one of the first meals you cooked by yourself because it’s just so easy to make? We think that everyone of us has it’s own personal grilled cheese history.

So, why not devote a whole month to one of America’s most popular meals? You can participate in this culinary celebration by making one of our original gourmet grilled cheese recipes:

Garlic “Toasted” Mini Grilled Cheese

Hot Turkey Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Apple & Walnut

Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Ham

Cabbage & Carrot Cole Slaw Grilled Cheese

Grilled Bacon & Brie Sandwich

Grilled Camembert and Apples Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Panini with Caramelized Onions

Ham, Brie and Pear Panini

Pesto and Brie Grilled Cheese

Looking for a refreshing August Salad? – With chaumes cheese?

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Try guest blogger Rebecca’s fabulous Sumac Spiced Salad with Chaumes!

Sumac Spiced Salad with Chaumes Cheese

I made this wonderful salad last week and got to try out the Sumac seasoning I got in the Spice Bazaar. Sumac is a plant the drupe or flowering part is ground to make a spice powder that imparts a citrus taste. I was fortunate to receive some Chaumes cheese from Ile de France – it’s a Southwestern French Soft Cheese, with a creamy taste and lovely texture.


* a big bowl full of mixed greens
* one tomato quartered
* a hand full of blueberries
* one small Persian cucumber sliced
* one tablespoon of good quality extra virgin olive oil
* one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
* sumac powder sprinkled on the top to taste
* about 8 wedges of chaumes


1. simple toss all the ingredients together and enjoy with fresh ciabatta or a French baguette

Summer cheese salad recipe

More winning recipes from Dara

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Dara writes the Cookin’ Canuck blog and was the chef’s choice winner in our most recent contest.

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The Cheese Lover’s Blog was thrilled to hear she put her cheese prizes to good use:

“I couldn’t have been more thrilled with the incredible cheese selection that you sent to me for winning the Chef’s Prize in the Holiday Bash for Cash contest (with my Pan-Fried Brie Cheese with Persimmon Salsa Canapes). As much as I love cheese, I knew there was no way that my family and I were going to enjoy all of that cheese before it spoiled. So, we invited a dozen friends to our house for a cheese and cocktail party.”

CLB wishes it had been at this truly gourmet gathering – by the looks of the recipes Dara made we’re guessing the menu was a hit! Click on the pictures to see the recipes, and stay tuned to for more contests and cheese prize drawings!


Brie cheese & balsmamic caramelized onion whole wheat flatbread


Mini pepper biscuits with creamy blue cheese spread