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Canadian Kirsten Captures America's Heart To Join California's Happy Cow Herd

More Than One Million Votes Cast in Search for Next Star of California Dairy Campaign 

New Study: California Dairy Industry Responsible For More Than 443,000 Jobs - Three Percent of State's Job Production

California’s Largest Agriculture Commodity Feeds Billions into Economy, Stimulates Positive Ripple Effect Throughout Local Communities

Real California Cheesemakers Win Big at 2009 World Cheese Awards

California Brings Home 15 Awards at Best U.S. Showing in the History of the Competition

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., & MODESTO, Calif. – October 21, 2009 – California’s cow’s milk cheesemakers were honored with 15 awards at the 2009 World Cheese Awards, a prestigious international cheesemaking competition hosted October 1-3 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

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Real California Cheeses Beat the Heat and the Competition at Annual American Cheese Society Competition in Austin, TX

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., & MODESTO, Calif. – August 12, 2009 – California cow’s milk cheesemakers won 23 awards, including a distinguished Second Place Best of Show, at the 2009 annual cheese competition held by the American Cheese Society (ACS), August 5-8 in Austin, TX.

The American Cheese Society recognizes the finest cheeses produced in the United States. A record 1,327 cheeses and cultured dairy products were entered into the competition.  California cheeses had another strong showing this year competing against 197 producers from 32 states, another ACS record.

Real California Cheeses Take Top Honors At 2008 World Cheese Awards

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., & MODESTO, Calif. – October 31, 2008 – California cow’s milk cheese makers won 10 awards at the 20th annual World Cheese Awards cheese competition held in late September in Dublin, Ireland.

California Pepper Jack and Beef Quesadilla

California Pepper Jack and Beef Quesadilla

Yields 4 Servings

  • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 4 cups (about 16 ounces) coarsely grated California Pepper Jack
  • 2 cans (3 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 8 ounces thick-sliced roast beef, cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Port-Poached Pears and Ricotta

Port-Poached Pears and Ricotta

Yields 4 Servings

Cheese:

  • 1 cup California Ricotta cheese

Port-Poached Pears:

Monterey Jack with Apricots, Honey and Mint

Monterey Jack with Apricots, Honey and Mint

Yields 4 Servings

  • 20 whole dried apricots
  • 3 tablespoons honey, plus additional for drizzling over cheese
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons julienned fresh mint leaves
  • 8 1 1/2-ounce triangular slices California Monterey Jack cheese

Dry Jack with Winter Fruit Compote

Dry Jack with Winter Fruit Compote

Yields 4 Servings

  • 6 dried apricots, halved
  • 4 dried pear halves, coarsely chopped
  • 4 dried Calimyrna figs, halved
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs, divided
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into 3 pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cracked peppercorns
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