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California Milk Advisory Board Celebrates Small Bites Trend With Brochure Spotlighting Nibbles, Starters & Small Plates Featuring California Dairy

From mini desserts to single bite appetizers, small plates are hotter than ever—and 2013 food trends reveal that these petite plates are here to stay with a continued evolution of smaller portions being featured at white tablecloth and quick serve restaurants. But this bite-sized trend isn’t just for dining out as more consumers are experimenting with their own small plates at home. The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) is offering a free consumer brochure with tips and recipes for tapping into this trend for holiday celebrations or every day meals.

How to make your cocktails the life of the party

This time of year, homes across the country are bustling with friends and family celebrating the holidays with festive foods and drinks. Dairy products like butter, milk, cheese and cream are standard ingredients in celebratory dishes, but one area where dairy can play a starring role is often overlooked – the cocktail glass. Instead of just offering wine or beer, the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) has put together cocktail tips and tricks for making every gathering a happy hour at home.

Wild's Cooked Egg Holiday Eggnog

Yield: 25 servings 

12 whole eggs, separated

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 quart Real California whole milk

1 quart Real California heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg

8 ounces good quality dark rum or bourbon, optional

Grated nutmeg

Minty Moocha Hot Chocolate

Yield: 2 servings 

2 1/4 cups Real California whole milk

1 1/4 ounces granulated sugar

1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped and reserved

3 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

1 ounce peppermint schnapps

1/2 ounce coffee liqueur 

Real California whipped cream

Shaved chocolate

Lunchbox 101: A Dairy Lesson Plan from the California Milk Advisory Board

School is in session and that means lunches, lots of lunches. Over 79 million kids are back in school this September according to the US Census and that means parents needs to dust off their creative lunch-packing skills to keep the kids happy and well-fed. Nothing says school lunch more than ice cold milk and dairy products. The lunch experts at the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) are offering a lesson plan to inspire healthy, fun school meals the kids will actually want to eat (and their friends will want to share). 

Scoop it up for July Ice Cream Month: 90 percent of Americans eat ice cream regularly

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., & MODESTO, Calif. – July 05, 2012 – Summer is in full gear and temperatures are on the rise, what better way to cool off than with California ice cream? California is the nation’s number one ice cream producer, churning out over 142 million gallons of ice-cold creamy goodness each year. In honor of July Ice Cream Month, the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), representing California’s more than 1600 dairy families, surveyed consumers to find out just where they find themselves enjoying some good-old fashion ice cream, frozen yogurt and gelato.

CMAB offers 30 days of dairy inspiration for June "Real California Milk" Month

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., & MODESTO, Calif. – June 5, 2012 – The month of June may be the start of summer, but it also kicks off a month-long celebration of all things dairy. As the number one dairy state, California is celebrating June Dairy Month with a proclamation from California Governor Jerry Brown declaring June “Real California Milk Month” in recognition of the importance of California’s dairy industry and 30 days of activities celebrating and supporting milk and dairy products and the farmers who bring this essential food to the table.

California Dairy Hits the Turf with a New Ad for the Big Game

So. San Francisco & Modesto – January 30, 2012 – Whatever happened to those witty cows from California? They’re busy being the life of the party from kitchens to driveways and everything in between. The folks who brought you the Happy Cows are giving you an insider’s pass to see what they’ve been up to in a pre-game YouTube preview of their Super Sunday commercial on January 30th

Five ways to enhance entertaining with a California cheese course

Whether it's preparing for a holiday gathering, watching the big game or planning a dinner party with friends and family, it can be difficult to decide what food to serve. A cheese course is a simple, elegant solution that also saves much-needed kitchen prep time.

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) is offering party hosts, families, and cheese lovers alike an introductory lesson on putting together a first-class cheese course.

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