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Muenster Cheese Soufflés #FrenchFridayswithDorie #IFBC2013

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Muenster_Soufflés (2)Muenster_SoufflésI love Muenster cheese…even if it’s not the coveted French Alsace variety with the “big and bold flavor” that Dorie extols. I was anticipating the need to use  ordinary grocery store Muenster  for these soufflés…but a last second run into one of the more gourmet markets brought me face to face with the real, albeit pricey, deal! My pungent round of Petit Munste, le préferé d’Alsace, was $15.99 for 220 g. Yikes. But actually, I was excited to make these individual Muenster Cheese Soufflés. Instead of sugaring the buttered ramekins, you utilize dried bread crumbs to give the batter something on which to cling while making it’s triumphant rise. With the cheese in my fridge, I was ready to roll.
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Oh, boy; these were terrific! As with soufflés in general, they deflated almost instantly, but the gourmet Muenster was a sublime addition, providing the predominant flavor without overwhelming the dish. The bit of cumin in the recipe was also discernible…and the perfect complement. I had one for lunch and another for dinner. Even the hubby was impressed. As Dorie suggested, I served mine with a salad of sliced cucumbers, grape tomatoes and peppers. In lieu of roast red bell peppers, I sprinkled my salad with “Sweety Drop” peppers purchased at DeLaurenti: Specialty Food & Wine in Seattle when I was at the food bloggers conference last month. Simply dressed with kosher salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, it made for a perfect meal.

The recipe can be found on Epicurious.

What I learned at the International Food Bloggers Conference (my favorite food bloggers conference to date!!!!):

  • Friendships established on-line are only reinforced when you meet in person. I have made the most amazing friends via food blogging and meeting SO many was truly the highlight of the conference.
  • Seattle is a foodie’s heaven. Dining at the award winning Sitka and Spruce was the culmination of an amazing conference…sharing top notch food with like minded gourmands. Every bite was exquisite. Thank you Urban Spoon!
  • Dorie Greenspan is the antithesis of a diva…she made herself available to all of us, gave her phone number out to one of my friends who wanted a cookbook autographed and brought us cookies from her New York bakery. Meeting her was worth the price of admission and more.
  • Renowned New York  Times food photographer, Andrew Scrivani, wowed us with his exquisite food photography. I was hoping to absorb some of his talent by osmosis…didn’t seem to stick! He showed us his home studio set up (basically a window and table) and shared his tips (now where are my notes????). He uses cheapboard inserts to bounce light artfully onto his food. He also reminded us to shoot in RAW, use our macro lenses and to utilize natural light as much as possible.
  • The sponsors were AMAZING! I’ve already done a giveaway from Lágrima Vanilla Extract and plan to do an olive oil tasting with my girlfriends sponsored by California Olive Ranch. For the bakers like me, glorious samples from Manuka Doctor Honey and Sharffen Berger Chocolate were also a thrill.
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59 comments on “Muenster Cheese Soufflés #FrenchFridayswithDorie #IFBC2013”

  1. Gorgeous souffle, I’d love one for lunch! The cumin sounds just perfect here!

  2. Great souffles Liz. I didn’t even try to get Muenster cheese, and good old cheddar tasted pretty good.

  3. Your musings about the IBFC and Muenster cheese soufflé are rich with all the good things about life people, and food. Dorie Greenspan does indeed seem to be a most generous person. Wish I could’ve had one of her cookies – after your soufflé, of course =)

  4. The souffle looks great, glad you found the cheese you wanted to try! Sounds like the conference was a lot of fun:@)

  5. I couldn’t find Muenster – lucky you! Yours are so pretty!

  6. I agree with all your takeaways from IFBC. Love your description of the soufflé gripping on to the breadcrumbs as it rises. It’s poetic, and what actually happens!

  7. Wow! Beautiful. And a glimpse of that salad makes me swoon. 🙂 Don’t sell your food photography skills short-you are outstanding Liz.

  8. OK, I’ve GOT to get into the loop on food blogger’s conferences. I have yet to go to one…. and I live in the Seattle area. I have shopped at DeLaurenti’s, it is a fun store and the folks who work there seem to really know their stock. The soufflé looks like a delicious treat, the price of gourmet cheese can be daunting but when you realize how little you need for your recipe, it makes it all OK.

  9. What a beautiful looking souffle Liz! The gourmet cheese and cumin sound fantastic together and love that you served it along with this bright and pretty cucumber salad! Hope you have a great weekend!

  10. Love the colors in your souffle and salad in that last picture!! Have a great weekend!

  11. Tempting cheese souffle, I want! Whoever starts importing European cheese to India in a larger scale will be making big bucks here. Our pastry shop buddies are from Alsace and I had asked them to bring cheese, you know what they brought? A kitchenaid mixer!! -_-
    Wish I could join you guys in some of the great US food blogger conferences, would be so fun!

  12. These were good weren’t they. Love your photo, perfect. A great post, you really captured the
    highlights of the IFBC. I’m still trying to get my words together on that. Have a great weekend.

  13. This looks like a another winner from Dorie! The cheese sounds fantastic. I’ll have to look for it at our cheese shops.

  14. So happy that you were able to find French muenster. My husband was skeptical because he was thinking that it would be too pungent, but I didn’t think that it was too powerful at all and really enjoyed the flavor. But Yikes indeed at that price!

  15. Your cheese soufflé looks wonderful. We just were in the Alsace region and I wish I had been able to have a delicious looking dish like this.

  16. OK, you’ve got me DYING to try to make a souffle now. Ohhh… the nerves are kicking in already!

  17. pretty pretty fancy fancy cheeeeesy cheeeeeesyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  18. It was truly wonderful to meet you after all these years! I think we should have a Dorista bash in NYC when we finish the book!

    I’m sorry I missed the photography session, but plan to take a few of Andrew’s on-line sessions. Your photography is wonderful – so is your souffle!

    Have a great weekend!

  19. Lovely souffle! Been ages since I last made any, and have not tried a cheese one yet!
    Wonderful photo, and with Dorie! So envious!

  20. OH, yes! Where are the utensils??

  21. Beautiful soufflé!!! Would be great with a light salad!!! Yum!

  22. Wonderful post, Liz! Loved reading your recaps of the IFBC…so much fun! And your muenster cheese souffles look utterly beautiful! Mine deflated very soon after I took them out of the oven…even though I had my camera ready for the photos! They were scrumptious!! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

  23. Gorgeous souffle, I’d want one for lunch! It looks so yummy 🙂

  24. Oh my lord – you made me drool on my keyboard again! I am so going to attempt this over the weekend! Thanks for making me hungry 🙂

  25. Oh my other half adores DeLaurenti’s! So many treasures from all around the world and a good meat and cheese selection too. Next time the conference is in Seattle I hope to make it out! That’s so cool that you got to meet Dorie Greenspan and even better that she is so nice. I’ve heard great things about her and seen some beautiful things come out of her cookbook!

    I’ve never made a souffle! Maybe this will tempt me enough to give it a try.

  26. Love cheese souflee and this look georgeous Lizzy!!

  27. You are making me hungry, Liz. sounded like a fabulous event! Your photos are good. Now I need to even figure out whtr RAW is and I’ve not even mastered a regular setting! Thanks for sharing! Looks like it was a cheesy week!

  28. You are a lucky soul. Great conference experience meeting Miss Dorie, finding this cheese..:). These look delicious.

  29. These look and sound wonderful, Liz! Muenster has always been my absolute favorite cheese. I’ve never seen it in its fancy form lol; I’ll have to look because I would dearly love to give this souffle a try!
    The conference sounds like it was completely fantastic. 🙂

  30. When I click away from your French Fridays with Dorie, I leave here hungry for the photographed subject. Lovely work on the Muenster Cheese Soufflé, Liz. So happy for your attendance at the IFBC last month—I suspect one day you’ll be the keynote at a conference!

  31. So glad you enjoyed these too. My husband really loved the bread crumbs. I think it was a really nice touch too.

  32. Lizzy,
    I don’t know if I’ll ever get to a conference but you make seem like so much fun. Your photos look so wonderful, I can’t believe they need improving.
    I’ve never made or had souffles. I bet yours are delicious.
    Annamaria

  33. Even the Wisconsin Muenster was pricey. But it is good. Souffle looks great.

  34. Such an exciting post, Liz. Not only did you bake up extraordinary soufflés, that I think you have pictured perfectly, you also shared your amazing experience at the conference.

    I have never met anyone from the blogosphere but I sure think it must be unbelievably awesome! I’ve read a couple of blogger’s experiences and it seems like everyone feels the same way about the entire conference. It sure is an incredible time to be a food blogger!

    Thank you so much for sharing your dainty soufflés and your wonderful time, Liz…

  35. Ah, muenster!! I love muenster and for some reason I often forget about it. Thanks for jogging my memory. And now I’ll need to go track down a recipe for these lovely soufflés! They sound wonderful.

  36. Yum…this sounds like the time and place to splurge on good cheese. What beautiful and delicious souffles Liz!

  37. I really like muenster cheese as well. Sometimes you gotta splurge on ingredients!

  38. Ah. I’m still eating my way through all the Seattle goodies! Your souff’s look fantastic Liz! I would have one for two meals in a row too!

  39. Wow, what a post. That’s a gorgeous souffle and then you want me to swoon over Dorie and Andrew? Okay, you win. 🙂

  40. Dorie sounds so wonderful. Lucky you! Your souffles look beautiful, Liz.

  41. Beautiful soufflé, Liz! It sounds like the conference was a great experience, too. I’ve loved seeing all the photos!

  42. The souffle looks wonderful. Enjoyed reading about the conference. Dorie sounds like a lovely person !

  43. Awesome cheese souffles, Liz. One is not going to be enough for me.

  44. Looks like such fun Liz. And the cheese souffles – oh dear!

  45. Beautiful soufflés. They look delicious and with the salad you had a perfect lunch:)

  46. Agreed – the people were the best part of the conference (the other parts weren’t too shabby either)

    Lovely soufflés!

  47. Liz, your cheese soufflé looks fabulous – took me a while to find the Munster cheese and I am a day late but I also enjoyed this recipe very much!
    Have a great weekend!

  48. I use Muenster in my mac and cheese, but not the pricey version. I know the top of the line brand would make a huge difference. Your souffles and the salad make a great meal at any time. A blogger conference is on my to do list and when I do I hope you are there.

  49. Liz, your souffle is so beautiful! I’m afraid I was counting on Whole Foods… and they let me down – I should have probably substituted one of the “fancy” cheeses I picked up on the same trip. Your description of your time in Seattle (and fairly enough, those of others) has left me terribly envious! I’m so happy that you had such a wonderful time!

  50. I used the same cheese, but alas, the flavor of mine didn’t come through in the souffle. Must have been a different batch. I’m glad it worked for yours though. They look fabulous. I enjoyed your reminiscing about IFBC. Wasn’t it fun?

  51. Yup- these little babies were amazing, no ? I am going to be redoing them again in the near future. And what a surprise to me to find I do like “stinky cheese”. Love that you came cross the real deal- even the packaging looks amazing. And enjoyed the trip down IFBC Memory Lane. Can still hear the “Manuka Dr’s” voice 🙂

  52. I finally discovered Muenster cheese! I LOVE it as well. You souffle looks delish.

  53. The sheer decadence and size is good for me, gorgeous cookies 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  54. Your cheese souffles are so tempting Liz. Your individual portions are so perfect.
    I would love love to be a part of the conference sometime. How do we get to know where and when the conferences are?

  55. This looks so tasty and with one of my favorite cheeses!

  56. I loved the souffle and salad combination too. I’m glad you had such a great time at the conference! All of your posts have really made me want to visit Seattle.

  57. This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

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