Celebrate June Dairy Month With Tasty Dairy Recipes

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June is National Dairy Month

This month marks the 77th annual June Dairy Month. Though dairy month history says its original goal was to get people to consume more dairy products during peak production season (hello, summer), by the mid-1950s it had evolved into the overall promotion of dairy foods. This year’s theme is “Dairy Packs Power,” which not only celebrates the dairy farm families across the region, but provides an opportunity to discuss the superheroes of the dairy industry – milk, cheese and yogurt.

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So enjoy your dairy products this month. Have some yogurt for breakfast, string cheese as a snack and don’t feel so guilty about smothering butter on whatever vegetables and breads you serve at dinner. Okay, maybe butter isn’t the healthiest ingredient in the world, but real butter – and all dairy products – contain vitamin D, which is essential to helping your body absorb calcium.

Celebrate June Dairy Month in a delicious way – by making some of these tasty recipes filled with dairy products.

Breakfast Recipes

Fresh Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Fresh Fruit Smoothie: Made with low-fat vanilla yogurt, or substitute skim milk or buttermilk

Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

Pumpkin Pancakes: Calls for 3 cups milk, and tastes great with a little whipped cream on top

Country Ham and Cheese Biscuits recipe

Country Ham and Cheese Biscuits: Features sour cream, Swiss cheese and milk/buttermilk

Spring Greens and Country Ham Tart

Spring Greens and Country Ham TartMade with Gruyere cheese and milk

Main Course Recipes

Eggplant, Mozzarella, and Pesto Gratins recipe

Eggplant, Mozzarella and Pesto Gratins: Each eggplant stack contains a thick slice of mozzarella cheese, plus Parmesan (okay, and butter…)

Ribbon Meatloaf recipe

Blue Cheese Ribbon Meat Loaf: Contains 1 cup of milk in addition to a ribbon of blue cheese (or cheddar, if you’re not on board with pungent blue cheese)

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup: Gets its smooth, creamy texture from heavy cream

Sour Cream Enchiladas Recipe

Sour Cream Enchiladas: Combining sour cream, cheddar cheese and cream of mushroom soup

Baked Zucchini Mostaccioli

Baked Zucchini MostaccioliCalls for three different types of cheeses

Dessert Recipes

Panna Cotta with fresh berries recipe

Panna Cotta With Fresh Berries: Milk and heavy cream, Italian style

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake recipe

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake: Butter, half-and-half plus plenty of whipped cream

Carrot Cake Cupcakes recipe

Carrot Cake Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting: Mmm, cream cheese…

Raspberry Lime Tart Recipe - Raspberry Dessert Recipes

Raspberry Lime Tart: Cream cheese blended with Greek yogurt

Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream recipe

Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream: Made using the dairy trifecta of butter, milk and whipping cream

Strawberry Chiffon Pie

Strawberry Chiffon PieMade with heavy whipping cream

And that’s just a few of our dairy recipe repertoire. Plus, don’t forget to thank a dairy farmer for all these delicious dairy products, from yogurt to cheese to plain ol’ delicious milk. Cheers!

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