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Top Viewing Party Tips

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Mom's Mac

Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Ingredients

1 lb. large elbow macaroni

1/2 cup Real California butter, cut into 6 to 8 pieces

3 tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups Real California milk

8 oz. Real California sour cream

1 cup bacon bits, or more to taste (optional)

1 tsp. garlic salt

2 lb. shredded Real California mozzarella cheese, divided

1 lb. shredded Real California Cheddar cheese, divided

Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Pancakes

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

6 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups Real California buttermilk

1/2 cups Real California sour cream

2 large eggs

4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1 1/2 tsp. Real California butter, or more as needed

Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Squash and Asparagus Casserole

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

1 tbsp. cooking oil

4 tbsp. Real California butter, divided, plus more for the baking dish

12 asparagus spears, cut in thirds

6 yellow squash, sliced

5 large shallots, diced

2 large garlic cloves, minced

Pinch ground cayenne, or more to taste

2 tbsp. dried thyme leaves, divided

1 cup shredded Real California sharp Cheddar cheese, or more to taste

Pigs in a Buttermilk Blanket with Maple Drizzle

 

Makes 18 Servings

Ingredients

1/2 cup Real California sour cream or crème fraîche

5 tablespoons maple syrup

1 cup Real California buttermilk

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

3 tablespoons Real California butter, melted, plus more for skillet

1/2 teaspoon salt

18 (3-inch) links cooked breakfast sausage, warmed

Directions

Bite-Sized Spiced Apple Bread Puddings

Yield 24 

Ingredients

3 tablespoons Real California butter, plus more for muffin tins

3 tart-sweet apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1/3 cup sugar

12 whole star anise

3/4 cup Real California milk

2 large eggs

3/4 teaspoon salt

8 ounces (5 to 6 slices) buttermilk bread, cut into1/2-inch dice

1/2 cup Real California sour cream or crème fraîche

 

Lettuce Cup "Tacos" with Chicken and Crema

Yield 12 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons Real California butter

3 (6-to-7-inch) corn tortillas, halved and cut into 1/4-inch strips

3/4 cup Real California sour cream or crème fraîche

1 chipotle pepper (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce), minced, or more to taste

12 iceberg lettuce leaves, trimmed into a bowl shape

1 pound cooked chicken, shredded

2 cups tender cilantro sprigs

California Dairy Products Take the Title of MVP in Big Game Foods and Snacks

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. & MODESTO, Calif. – (January 31, 2013)— Whether used to make a dip, melted on top of pizza or drizzled on tortilla chips, cheese and dairy products rule as ingredient of choice on Super Sunday. When Americans across the country tune into the East vs.

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