As we begin our new contest – our first Cheese Platter Picture Contest! – We decided to have a chat with our recent recipe contest’s winner, Katie Rice. She used Ile de France Goat Cheese in her winning Spring Time Goat Cheese Risotto. Check out the recipe – as well as the recipes from everyone else who participated in the contest.
And don’t forget to create your own cheese platter to submit in our new contest!
When did you become interested in cooking?
I have been cooking as far back as I can remember. I used to stand on a chair to reach the counter just so I could help my mom in the kitchen.
What was your first French cheese experience and what did you like about it?
My mom loves Brie cheese, so my first French cheese experience was very simple and focused completely on the brie - as it was just brie on a water cracker. It was creamy and delicious, I was hooked.
What is your favorite French cheese and why?
Saint Andre. One word: decadent. It's perfect on a baguette with some honey drizzled on it.
How did you come up with your winning recipe? What was your inspiration?
I love Risotto. I think it is a great dish to master because it is so versatile. Whatever you have in the house, you can make into a risotto. When I got the opportunity to compete in this contest and received the Ile de France Goat Cheese, I knew right away I would make Risotto. The goat cheese adds a wonderful creaminess and tangy flavor. The springtime veggies that were in season, were the perfect inspiration and companion to the goat cheese.
When you entertain, what is your favorite way to serve cheese?
Hands down, a cheese plate. You get to feature multiple cheeses and everyone always enjoys mixing and matching with the different accompaniments.
What is your favorite type of food to serve when entertaining?
Comfort food. I think everyone has a much better time if the food you serve is not stuffy.
What would you recommend to those who are new to French cheese?
Try them all. Sure they might not all be your cup of tea, but I'm sure that you will fall in love with at least one.
Do you have any advice for people who have never cooked with French cheeses?
Find a cheese you like to eat and then look at other recipes that include that cheese. If you like to eat the cheese, you will like to cook with it. Don't just try cooking with a cheese before you try it.
Spring Time Goat Cheese Risotto Recipe by Katie
Recipes from the contest
Cheese Platter Picture Contest!