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Beat the back-to-school food blues

Going back to school often means hitting the books for ideas to create healthy lunchbox and after-school treats that kids will love. Luckily, the experts at the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) have developed a host of easy tweaks and creative twists that will keep you thinking outside the traditional lunchbox all year long.

Governor Brown Declares June 2011 Real California Milk Month

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Dairypalooza: A Month of Real California Dairy

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Real California Curried Carrot Soup

REAL CALIFORNIA CURRIED CARROT SOUP1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

8 cups Real California 1% milk

Zest of 3 limes, removed in large strips with vegetable peeler

4 tablespoons Real California butter

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 large onion, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons white rice

Salt and freshly ground white pepper

California Skinny Sweet Pea Soup


3 cups Real California 1% milk

3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 cup peeled and diced russet potato

6 scallions, whites only, sliced thin

12 large fresh mint leaves

4 cups shelled fresh or frozen sweet peas

Salt and freshly ground white pepper

1/2 cup non-fat Real California sour cream or Greek-style yogurt


California Dairy Products Help You Soup up Menus and Stay in Shape During the New Year

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California Cucumber & Yogurt Gazpacho

Serves 6-8


2 ¼ cups plain real California yogurt

½ cup Crème Fraiche

1 ¼ pound English cucumbers, trimmed, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces.

4 cups washed spinach

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 ½ teaspoons Salt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1½ teaspoons ground cumin

2 tablespoons fresh dill

½ teaspoon toasted caraway Seeds


Dill-Cucumber Salad

2 each cucumber, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon salt

Tasteful tips for holiday baking with dairy

Baking for the holidays is a time-honored tradition that conjures up warm memories. Whether you're making Grandma's pumpkin pie or Aunt Sue's special cookie recipe, be sure to keep your pantry and fridge stocked with baking staples.

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

Milk And Yogurt Dairy Products Listed Among Top Five Functional Foods By New York Nutritionists

California Leads the Nation in Total Milk and Yogurt Production

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., & MODESTO, Calif. – May 1, 2009 – The New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA) recently announced a list of whole foods that they consider to be the most “functional” in a standard diet. Two dairy products – milk and yogurt – were featured in the top five.

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