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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

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.

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

Saffron Milkshake Shots

Milkshakes

1 1/3 cups Real California heavy cream

2 2/3 cups Real California whole milk, divided

2 teaspoons hot water

1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, plus extra for garnish

1/3 cup egg yolks (about 6)

1/3 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch 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.

Eggnog Pots De Crème

Makes 6 Servings

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon each dark rum and brandy, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 300° F.

Cream

A Definition

Cream is the milkfat-enriched layer that rises to the surface of unhomogenized, whole milk after standing. To be called cream, a product must contain at least 18 percent milkfat.

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