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1-2-3, California Cheese Please! One Mac & Cheese Recipe Served Three Ways Makes for Ultimate Comfort Food

The chill of fall and winter heralds many changes, including our appetite for heartier foods. This is the perfect time to break out the casserole dishes and whip up your family’s favorite comfort foods. Americans seem to agree that when it comes to comfort classics, macaroni and cheese is what they crave.

Tailgate to Touchdown

Football season is in full swing and the dairy experts at the California Milk Advisory Board want to help you score big with your tailgating fare. Tailgating is more than a tasty way to eat before the big game; it’s become the main event! More than 35% of tailgaters don’t even make it into the game, they’re just too busy snacking.

So Long, Summer, Hello Lunch Box!

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO & MODESTO – September 12, 2013 – The sun is setting on summer and the hours spent at the pool are now being spent in the classroom. With over 79 million kids back in school this month (US Census), there’s less splashing and lots more lunch bags to be filled.

REAL CALIFORNIA CHEESE FACTS*

  • California produced 2.25 billion pounds of cheese in 2012 and is the second-largest cheese-producing state in the U.S. (CDFA) 

 

  • In 2012, California produced more 2.2 billion pounds of cheese. (CDFA)

 

Real California Cheeses Show Well at American Cheese Society Competition

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., & MODESTO, Calif. – August 12, 2013 – California cow’s milk cheesemakers brought home 20 awards from the 2013 annual cheese competition held by the American Cheese Society (ACS), August 2nd in Madison, WI.

REAL CALIFORNIA CHEESE FACTS*

  • California produced 2.25 billion pounds of cheese in 2012 and is the second-largest cheese-producing state in the U.S. (CDFA) 

 

  • In 2012, California produced more 2.2 billion pounds of cheese. (CDFA)

 

  • California is the country’s largest milk producer and in 2012 produced 42 billion pounds of raw milk.  Approximately 43% percent of all California cow’s milk goes to make California cheese. (CDFA)

 

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

California Mac 'n' Cheese with Bacon

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Ingredients

8 oz. elbow macaroni

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

4 scallions, thinly sliced, or 1/4 cup diced onion

1/4 tsp. minced garlic

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups Real California whole milk

1 1/4 cups Real California ricotta fresca, divided

1/2 cup shredded Real California white Cheddar cheese, divided

Cheesy Cheeseburger To Go

Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients

1/2 lb. ground beef

1/2 lb. ground chicken

1/2 lb. ground turkey

2 large tomatoes, 1 diced and 1 sliced

1/3 cup diced mushrooms

1 tbsp. garlic powder

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp. salt

1 tbsp. pepper

15 slices smoked bacon

6 slices Real California American cheese

6 slices Velveeta cheese

1 sweet onion, such as Vidalia, diced

Grilled Cheese, Pizza Flavored

Makes 1 serving.

Ingredients

1 tbsp. Real California butter

2 slices bread

1 to 2 slices Real California cheese

1 large slice of tomato

1/8 tsp. dried oregano

Directions

Spread the butter onto one side of each slice of bread. Top an unbuttered side of one slice with the cheese and the remaining bread, buttered side up.

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