Plenty of ways to celebrate dairy farming in Wisconsin

From festivals and farm breakfasts to promotions and recipes, there is no shortage of unique and dairy-friendly ways to celebrate June Dairy Month in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) is once again commemorating the holiday with the Dairy Days of Summer campaign. At the heart of the campaign is the www.DairyDaysOfSummer.comWeb site with recipes and an interactive calendar of events, activities and promotions designed to help consumers find the perfect way to celebrate.

“June is the traditional time to celebrate Wisconsin’s vibrant dairy industry,” said Dave Bavlnka, vice president of advertising at WMMB. “There’s something for everyone to enjoy—from dairy breakfasts to special community celebrations. The online events calendar makes finding the perfect events for you quick and easy.”

Wisconsinites can look forward to a month filled with unique dairy-themed festivals such as Sparta Butter Fest and Cows on the Concourse in Madison, along with sampling opportunities, special menus and deals at participating restaurants and retailers. The complete listing is available at www.DairyDaysOfSummer.com/events.

The popular dairy farm breakfast locator map is also featured on the site, searchable by date or location. More than 35 farms across Wisconsin will welcome the public to their breakfast tables during June.

In addition, the site offers a collection of more than 40 dairy-friendly recipes, ranging from breakfast and appetizers to dinner and desserts. Among the new June Dairy Month options are Pear Brunch Cake, Cottage Cheese Tart, Quadruple Chocolate Ice Box Cake, Mascarpone Lemon Ice Box Parfait and Coffee and Caramel Shake.

For more information about Dairy Days of Summer and June Dairy Month, visit DairyDaysOfSummer.com.

Coffee and Caramel Shake

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cups coffee-flavored ice cream

1 cup milk

1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

1/4 cup whipping cream, whipped

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions: Place ice cream, milk and caramel topping in blender; blend until smooth and thick. Pour into two glasses, top with whipped cream; sprinkle with cinnamon.

Tip: For stronger coffee flavor, freeze

1/2 cup coffee in ice cube tray. Add cubes to blender with ice cream.

Cottage Cheese Tart

Makes 24 pieces Ingredients:

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed 6 ounces (4-6 slices) thick-sliced bacon

1 cup bulb onions, sliced

1 cup kale, ribs removed, thinly sliced

1 cup cottage cheese

1 egg, beaten

Salt and pepper to taste

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