Cheese How To | Tips for Serving Fromage | Ile de France

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Ever wondered how to properly cut a slice of brie?
How about the best way to eat the rind of a specialty cheese?

Here in our cheese how to section, we've compiled a useful cheese guide for everything from how long to keep cheese before eating to how to store different cheeses. Browse our cheese tips archive and learn everything you need to know to get the most out of your fromages! Tips on how to serve cheese in a variety of ways for different meals as well as information on what seasons are best for what cheeses is here as well.

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written by Fran Dodson, November 21, 2016
I have been looking for Ile de France Gourmandise with Kirsch for a recipe I make during the holidays. First I searched locally to all our local grocery stores where I had always been able to find it in years past. This year I decided to expand my search to the internet. I found it on several web sites, but everyone I called said they didn't have it, until finally one shop in Texas told me you are no longer making it. Last year I had trouble finding the duck breast I usually buy for that recipe, but found it online, so I ordered a large quantity of duck breast...only then, I couldn't find your wonderful cheese. So I have a freezer full of duck breast, waiting for the Gourmandise Kirsch, only to find it is no longer available. Since you no longer make it, can you tell me how I might make it myself? People ask me to bring it at all holiday parties, and I have been serving it in my own home for several years. I've been saving the duck for the holidays. To make my appetizer I sauteed the duck breast then baked it in the oven for 15 minutes. To the duck drippings in the frying pan I added the liquid from a jar of Bing cherries, added a very small amount of sugar, the juice from 1/2 sweet orange witih orange zest, and thickened it with cornstarch to a nice glace'. I sliced the duck breast in thin slices, then spread crostini with the Gourmandise Kirsch, added a slice of duck, and topped with a spoon of the glace with cherries on top. I would be very grateful if you could help me with proportions of Kirsch to the cheese. Thank you! Fran Dodson
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written by Michel A Culross, July 24, 2015
In the early 50's was introduced by My French Grandparents in the country of French Morocco city of Casablanca where they lived at the time to Camembert. There is no equal to this soft ripened cheese here in the USA. Is it possible to order from you & In bigger sizes than the 230gm normally available on the rare occasion you do find it? Merci in advance for your answer.

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written by Emilie , June 09, 2015
Hi Shirley,

Thanks so much for reaching out! We'll send you the answer via email- check your inbox!

-Emilie, Ile de France Cheese Marketing Team
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written by Shirley, June 04, 2015
WHERE can I find the brie cheese baby bites? Can I order it from you? I have checked with Vons and Albertsons and a couple of local (not chain) markets and no one seems to have it. Zip is 92003.
Thank you.
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written by T. Blessey, March 15, 2015
I have an unwrapped wedge of Brie with a supermarket date that says "Sell by 2/15/15." It is now 1 month beyond that. No sign of mold on the Brie. Is it still good to eat?
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written by richard, November 28, 2014
thank you JESUS IS LORD
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written by Daphne, November 22, 2014
win soon.
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written by Ric, October 28, 2014
Any recipes for Welsh Rarebit?
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written by Stan Litvin, August 15, 2014
I like any cheese. Can it til blind..................
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written by michelle torrey, July 26, 2014
i want to make a brie with fresh goat milk adn some fresh cows milk =raw=
and just add a little fresh nutmeg and fresh seaweed and a little sea salt
and a touch of fresh honey
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