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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.

Aunt Gwen's Macaroni and Cheese

Makes 8 servings.

Ingredients

1 lb. elbow macaroni

1 10.75-oz. can condensed cream of chicken soup

1 10.75-oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 lb. regular or Mexican Velveeta cheese, diced large

Real California milk

Real California butter

Directions

Healthy and Delish Grilled Cheese

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

1 tbsp. Real California butter

2 slices wheat bread

2 slices Real California Cheddar cheese

1/2 tomato, sliced

1/2 avocado, sliced

Directions

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

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

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