Celebrate June’s “Dairy Days of Summer”

Many people think of the hot, sultry days of July and August as “the Dog Days of Summer.”  Who knew that June calls for the “Dairy Days of Summer”?

The refreshingly fun website by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board is “the ultimate how-to guide” for celebrating June Dairy Month.  The month-long list of events just might inspire you to pack your bags, load your family into the car and head out on the highway for a getaway.  (A Farm Breakfast sounds especially good to me!)  The beautiful food photography on this site will likely inspire you to head to the kitchen.  (I’m speaking from experience on this one.)

With temperatures hovering around 90 for the next three days, I’m planning to beat the heat with ice cream!  I was originally planning make an Oreo® and Ice Cream Sandwich Cake this weekend.  I’ve had this particular recipe bookmarked since March 6, when America’s favorite cookie turned 100 years old.  I thought this might be the weekend that I could get around to trying it.  Now that I’ve discovered a whole new passel of ice cream recipes, however, I’m having second thoughts.  An internal battle is brewing: Oreo and Ice Cream Sandwich Cake or Ice Cream Cupcakes.  Which one gets your vote?

No matter what’s on your weekend menu, I hope you’ll join me in showing appreciation to America’s dairy farmers.  Today I’d like to give a shout-out to a few dairy producers in Latham Country:

  • Paulsen Dairy, featuring Double Chocolate Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Meier Dairy, featuring Strawberry Pizza with cream cheese
  • Bailie Dairy, featuring Ritz® Cracker Ice Cream Dessert

P.S.  You can also join in the “Dairy Days of Summer” celebration online via Facebook and Twitter.  Here’s an example of a cooking tip gleaned from the Dairy Days of Summer Facebook page:

When cooking with sour cream, make sure not to overheat or boil it as this can cause it to break down and give it a thin, curdled appearance. Whenever possible, let sour cream be the last ingredient you add when cooking.