Shavuot GIVEAWAY: Les Petites Fermieres Cheese Basket (+ Shavuot Recipe Exchange)

It’s not quite Lag B’Omer, but we’re still in the homestretch to my favorite holiday: Shavuot! What do I love so much about Shavuot? Well, of course I could say it’s the spiritual power of recalling Matan Torah, but … yeah, honestly? It’s the CHEESE.

If you’ve ever read one of my menu plans, you know we do a lot of dairy anyway –  including on the occasional Shabbat. But a whole holiday dedicated to eating ice cream and cheesecake and lasagna? Hello, love!

Imagine my total delight when the good folks at Anderson International, makers of the creamy, handmade kosher cheese Les Petites Fermieres (find them on Twitter at @Sincerely Brigit or on Facebook) asked if they could send me some samples of their farm-fresh cheese. And that they wanted me to give away a GORGEOUS basket of cheeses to one of my readers.

Yes, please!

The founder of Les Petites Fermieres grew up in France – which explains the mouth-watering creaminess of their cheeses. From Mozzarella to Gouda and fiery Pepper Jack, Les Petites Fermieres offers an abundances of choices – over 40 different kinds.

My personal favorite are the goat cheese varieties. Have you ever had warm goat cheese salad? Or berry goat cheese salad? Either would be a perfect starter for your Shavuot meals – esepcially for the more sophisticated palettes among your guests. Of course, my kiddos most appreciate the cheddar and mozzarella cheese sticks (what is it about kids and cheese sticks?).

Tonight’s pizza dinner featured Les Petites Fermieres’ Chef’s Pizza Blend. It was *perfectly* shredded and meltingly delicious. Fortunately there is a bit left over that I plan to use for some potato skins. (Yes, I’m indulging! A care package of cheese does that to me!)

My only disappointment is that among the 15 cheeses we were able to sample, we didn’t get to try their Camembert, which I hear is absolutely top-notch as well!

We have ordered Les Petites Fermieres from our local kosher co-op, and I know that you can find it at many grocery stores that carry kosher cheeses.

All Les Petites Fermieres cheeses are kosher certified by the OK, although it is not chalav yisrael.

Would you like to win your own generous basket of more than a dozen varieties of Les Petites Fermieres cheeses – which will arrive just in time for Shavuot? Cheddar, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, a variety of mouth-watering goat cheese, Monteray Jack, Meunster, Gouda… and if you’re lucky, you might even get to enjoy some Camembert.

To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment with your favorite dairy dish for Shavuot. If you have a recipe – leave that, too. Recipes aren’t required, but this dairy-fiend will surely appreciate them.

If you are looking for some menu inspiration, please check out their blog, Sincerely Brigitte, for a host of mouth-watering recipes, including this unique Mexican Strata.

The contest will be open until next Friday, May 27. If you can still comment, you can still enter. The winner will be announced on Sunday, May 29 – and your package will be sent out the following week, so the winner will be sure to receive it in time for Shavuot.

Contest open only to U.S. residents 18 and older.




  1. My favorite dairy dish for Shavuot is cheese and broccoli blintzes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. shelley says:

    ohhh…. anything with spinach, cheese and mushrooms!


    (pick me! pick me!)

  3. Love doing ice cream sundaes.

  4. My husband would love me forever (well he would anyways, but you get the idea) if I win him this basket. My favorite dairy food is cheese borekas, hands down. My grandmother used to make them from scratch and when I have the time, I do too. But I’ll really take them any which way…! 🙂

  5. Gotta be cheesecake. A nice classic one, no extra frills.

  6. cheesecake!!

  7. Each year I make a spinach feta pie in puff pastry. It’s always a huge hit.

  8. REBECCA says:

    My favorite dairy meal is BREAKFAST!! any form of breakfast food for dinner is always fun. We do eggs and hash browns, french toast, blintzes, fruit salads, pancakes. The kids love that we switch things up. They also LOVE cheese!

  9. Kimberly says:

    I love cheese cake with a little carmel drizzel (carmel from williams sonoma). Another thing that goes great w/ Shavuos are potato borekas!

  10. It’s no where near healthy but we love Tuna Melt Souffle
    1 C. Mayonnaise
    4 Tbls. Flour
    4 eggs, beaten
    1 C. milk
    2 cans tuna, flaked
    16 oz. (500 grams) mozzarella cheese, shredded

    Combine all and pour into 9X13 pan. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.

  11. My favorite shavuot meal is a noodle kugel.

  12. zucchini parmesan and penne a la vokda

  13. missfrizzly says:

    i make a yummy cheesecake (with cottage cheese rather than cream cheese, so it’s not too rich), and it has a yogurt topping that’s sweet/tart…i don’t have the recipe handy now but i can come back later to type it up for you…i love all things cheese/dairy!!

  14. Freshly-made deep dish pizza with feta cheese and fresh vegetables! Actually freshly-made deep dish pizza with anything on it. Oh, how I love being able to cook on chag.

  15. Tziporah says:

    Since I only make it once a year, I will have to say cheese cake.

  16. Laura Lee says:

    We have a super yummy spinach cheese casserole that I have doctored the recipe to give it an Indian flavor. It’s KP too, but I didn’t get around to making it this year. Now I just might have to make it for Shavuot. And, any quiche or cheesecake or blintz souffle…. Too many to choose from.

  17. Broccoli cheese quiche is one of my favorite Shavuot dishes.

  18. yummy hungarian style crepes can’t be beat

  19. For Shavuos – my husband’s cheesecake. It is something I look forward to all year 😉 During the year, lasagna with lots of veggies.

    Your description of the cheeses sounds awesome. My mouth is watering…

  20. Yummmm- I would love to win the cheeses. My all time favorites are fettucini alfredo and eggplant parmesan. so hungry 🙂

  21. I have a sweet tooth so definitely cheesecake!

  22. Rivky W. says:

    we looove cheesecake. i have the world’s best recipe!!! it uses maple syrup for the sweetener which makes it that much more delish. we also love veggie chili wraps with melted cheese for shavuot and parmesan stuffed tomatoes over pasta for a slightly fancier dish.

  23. Ladyfinger cheesecake! It’s creamy awesomeness with cherry pie filling on top – YUM!

  24. I love getting to make all dairy meals on Shavuot – just feels lighter – even when it’s not! I love Eggplant Parmesan and cheesecake!

  25. Definitely cheesecake for Shavuos. My son especially would be thrilled if we won this basket. He thinks pretty much any food (not fleishig, of course) can benefit from cheese.

  26. French Onion Soup with lots of melted cheese on top…. mmm… crusty bread too. Worth the work to make it! (I use the Joy of Cooking classic recipe to make it.)

  27. My husband makes cheese cake that everyone RAVES about, but I go for anything with cheese and veggies. We can only get Les Petite Farmiers here over Passover (I bought a ton!) so I would be thrilled to get this basket. Thanks for your great blog, Mara.

  28. My mom’s cheese pie. I have to look up the recipe, and i will email it to you when i get a chance. Also the blintz souffle from Haddassa’s holiday cookbook.

    I love Les Petite Fermiere!

  29. Judith from Ottawa says:

    CHEESECAKE. CHEESECAKE. CHEESECAKE. CHEESECAKE. only time of year we indulge!

  30. michelle says:

    spinach cheese lasagna!!

  31. Throwing my name into the hat. Would love to win this basket!!!!

  32. Rivky G. says:

    No-bake peppermint cheesecake!

  33. Cheesecake and quiche – I always make quiche!

    Loving the look of Arica’s recipe.

    Here, in Asheville, we get very little kosher cheese. So, I always stock up when we travel to other cities (which we do regularly to get kosher cheese!). The brand I ALWAYS buy – Les Petites Fermieres – LOVE IT!!!! And I love that there are no added hormones!!!!

  34. Blintz Souffle!

  35. chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake!

  36. Cheese Enchilada Casserole
    YIELD: 4 servings
    COURSE: Casseroles


    1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
    1 cup chopped tomato
    1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
    1/3 cup sliced green onions
    2 teaspoons chili powder
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    9 (6-inch) corn tortillas
    Cooking spray
    1 cup taco sauce (such as Ortega)
    1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


    Preheat oven to 375°.
    Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Arrange 3 tortillas in bottom of an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread half of cheese mixture over tortillas. Repeat procedure with 3 tortillas and remaining cheese mixture; top with remaining tortillas.
    Pour taco sauce over tortillas; sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until cheese melts.

    Cooking Light
    OCTOBER 2002

  37. I love a good, rich cheesecake
    Smitten kitchen has an amazing recipe for key lime cheesecake that I need to find an excuse to make sometime soon

  38. Fettuccine Alfredo and my husband makes an amazing one with half the fat!! Thanks for the opportunity to enter the give-away.
    Good shabbos.

  39. Totally cheesecake from Juniors. YUUMMM

  40. Lasagna. Nothing special, just the recipe on the box and replace the meat with morningstar farms crumbles (bought with coupons, of course!)

  41. any cheesy casserole/quiche (spinach works great with those too);
    AND Greek salad with feta is my Shavuot as well as everyday favorite

  42. Orthonomics says:

    Favorite Shavout dish is a pastel pie that I made combining many different pasteles receipes. I make my own butter crust and fill it with a vegetable and feta cheese filling. I like to use eggplant and red peppers for vegetables, but like to add whatever else is on sale and will add color.

  43. cheese knish of sorts (puff pastry, farmers cheese, green onion, egg, salt and pepper) and bake. so good.

  44. Shoshana says:

    I just like the chance to have a dairy dessert! Given a choice? Marble cheesecake in a chocolate cookie crust. Yum-my!

  45. Rivka H. says:

    Mmmm…. this is making me hungry.

    My favorite dish for shavuos is cheesecake. I use the recipe from Spice & Spirit – it’s a big one that uses a 9×13 pan.

  46. My favorite one right now is one of yours: your potato/kale gratin.

    But also, love a ratatouille with summer squash, zucchini, and tomato with feta on top.

  47. Shavout is great as I love anything with cheese. Lasagna, borekas, cheesecake and anything that my husband cooks 🙂

  48. Spinach quiche!

  49. Oops – don’t put that through yet –
    Spinach quiche or broccoli-lasagna roll-ups from the Kosher Palette

    • we made the broccoli-lasagna roll-ups one year and they came out fabulous! Thanks for reminding me that I should really try making them again. (It helps that they also look so pretty 🙂

  50. stephanie says:

    Cheese enchiladas- my great grandmother would make them from scratch, including making her own corn tortillas.
    My husband’s family is of askenazic descent and he thinks of cheesecake and blintzes for Shavuot. The first year we were married he was surprised to have enchiladas and cheesecake.