Showing posts with label ile de france. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ile de france. Show all posts

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ile de France Camembert: The Cheese for Cheese Lovers

Camembert, with its strong aroma, is not a cheese to be taken lightly. This cheese first originated in Normandy and is made from cow's milk and its surface ripened usually for at least three weeks.

Since Ile de France just came out with a new recipe for their camembert cheese, they offered me a sample for review. It came to my doorstep via overnight delivery.

Now, keep in mind that this, as any other cheese, should be eaten at room temperature, where the camembert will be wonderfully runny. Since I like taking cross section shots I did this one before it's at room temperature and ready to eat:
Ile de France Camembert

It should be even runnier than this:
The camembert may look like brie, and is as smooth and creamy, but a simple sniff will tell you the difference. A strong nutty and musky aroma; no, this is no simple brie. The flavor is more intense as well: earthier and nuttier

So, I decided to do a recipe with the camembert this time around *gasp*. Don't be too surprised though, as I'm no great cook I'm doing a grilled camembert sandwich!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Product Review: Ile de France Goat Cheese

A few months ago I reviewed a sample of the brie cheese from Ile de France, and since I absolutely loved it, I wasn't about to turn down their sample of goat cheese. The package that was chilled with a couple of ice packs contained La Buchette, their 10.5 oz pack of the plain goat cheese (they also sell ones flavored with herbs).
Since I was out of town, I got to the package a day late but thankfully the ice packs still kept it cool.

When I first opened it, the cheese was so soft and creamy and spread very easily on crackers. The cheese was smooth and rich, slightly salty and had a -- interestingly -- slightly tart flavor to it. This surprised me at first but then I grew to really like it. I loved it paired with some sweet fruits.

You can chill the goat cheese to get it firm and crumbly to sprinkle it on your salad (or your beets, naturally!)

For me, I enjoyed most of mine spread over crackers with a side of champagne grapes.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Product Review: Ile de France Le Brie Cheese

Ile de France was looking for bloggers to review their cheese products via Tastespotting, and I got hooked up with some Brie cheese.

Ile de France's Le Brie came to my office mailbox and luckily the large DO NOT TOUCH! sign I put in the fridge was enough to keep people at bay long enough for me to get it home!
Taking it out of the box and unwrapping it reveals a uniform white rind. Looking good!
The first cut. I can already feel its firmness and smell the nice aroma. Can't wait to take the first bite!
The aroma is subtle but inhale enough and you get that delicious sharp aroma! The cheese is firm, yet silky and creamy. It's almost like eating butter with a slight nutty aftertaste. This was one good brie!

The product is listed on Amazon but is currently unavailable, so I don't know how much it retails for. But it is one of the best brie I've had, so if you get your hands on it and it's not outrageously priced, buy it.

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