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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.

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 MILK FACTS*

  • California has been the nation’s leading dairy state since 1993, when it surpassed Wisconsin in milk production. California is ranked first in the U.S. in the production of total milk, butter, ice cream, nonfat dry milk, and whey protein concentrate. California is second in cheese production. (CDFA)
  • California accounts for 21% of the United States’ milk production. In 2012, California produced 42 billion pounds of milk – more than one-fifth of the nation’s total production.

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

Pasqualina or Spinach Pie

Makes 8 servings.

Ingredients

Pastry dough for 2 9-in. deep dish pies

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 10-oz. boxes frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess liquid

1 onion, finely diced

6 tbsp. Real California butter

6 tbsp. all-purpose flour, or more as needed, plus more for the work surface

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 cup plus 1 tbsp. Real California milk, divided, or more as needed

6 large eggs

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

Celebrate the dairy days of summer by keeping products cool and fresh

Nothing says summer like dairy products from the number one dairy state, California. From scoops of cold, creamy ice cream to melted cheese atop juicy grilled burgers, dairy and summer menus go together like sweet corn and butter. But nothing spoils the summer fun like spoiled milk, which is why it's important to know how to store your dairy products - especially in the hotter months.

Nutty Pear and Raisin Breakfast Pudding

Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients

2 pears, peeled, cored and chopped

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup seedless raisins

1 tablespoon Real California butter

3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups nonfat Real California milk

1/2 cup regular cream of wheat cereal

1 egg, beaten

Directions

Lean Curry Chicken

Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Real California butter

8 green onions, thinly sliced, white separated from dark green tops

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 boneless, skinless uncooked chicken, cut into small chunks*

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