This post is sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
June is National Dairy Month! This month I am partnering with the Florida Dairy Farmers to talk to you about our Florida Dairy Farmers. There are more than 130 dairy farm families who are both men and women. They take care of their cows, are stewards of the land and most are leaders in their respective communities.
Most of the dairy cows in Florida are Holsteins, you know the black and white ones we see all of the time. They aren’t the only kind however so if you want to meet the cows, go here. Dairy herds in Florida range in size from 150 cows to 5,000 cows. There are about 123,000 dairy cows in Florida that collectively produce about 2.34 billion pounds of milk a year. The total represents 277 million gallons of Florida-produced milk in the grocery store. Each Florida dairy cow produces about 6-8 gallons of milk each day and is milked 2-3 times per day.
Most of the dairy farms in Florida are in Lafayette and Okeechobee counties. The state’s more than 130 dairy farms are primarily owned and operated by second and third-generation farmers.
Milk contains 9 essential nutrients and vitamins: protein, vitamins A, D, and B12, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin, zinc, and magnesium. Drink 3 cups of milk a day to get your recommended daily allowance for dairy.
I’m sharing my recipe today with you for Fettuccine Alfredo. When you need a quick and fast dinner try this easy recipe.
Gather your ingredients. Milk, Heavy Cream, Butter, Flour, Salt and Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese. Grating your own Parmesan cheese is easy with a hand grater or using your food processor. It will make a difference in your finished product. When grating your cheese be sure to save the rind piece and throw it in a pot of vegetable or minestrone soup for additional flavoring.
See the little dot on the surface of the Alfredo sauce? That’s the fresh grated Parmesan cheese right before it melted into the sauce. Whisk the Parmesan cheese over low heat to keep it from getting stringy.
Here’s a tip I’ve shared before but it bears repeating. When chopping fresh parsley when it is chopped wrap it in several thickness of paper towels or cheesecloth. Then rinse the parsley under cold water and wring it dry several times. It gets dry and fluffy and won’t tint your sauce green. Often I do a whole bunch of parsley and leave it in the refrigerator. It will last several days when done this way.
- Alfredo Sauce
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup Florida Farmers Dairy Milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 small garlic cloves crushed
- ½ cup fresh Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
- ½ - ¾ lb. fettuccine
- Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the flour until it is well coated with the butter.
- Add the heavy cream. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes.
- Add the garlic, salt and milk. Stir until well mixed. Do not let boil.
- Add the fresh parmesan cheese and parsley. Whisk until cheese is melted into the sauce.
- Cook the pasta until ala dente. Add the sauce.
Meet our Farmers – On the Florida Dairy Farm, Florida Milk in the kitchen (love, love all of the great recipes you’ll find here), Florida Milk in schools (Children in Florida have a new interactive resource to learn about dairy foods and the state’s dairy farming industry. Dairy 101 is a free, educational kit developed by the Dairy Council of Florida), Florida Milk in the news
Milk in the Morning:
- Blueberry Coconut Muffins by Take a Bite Out of Boca
- Lighter Breakfast Quiche by The Healthy Fit Foodie
- Spinach Artichoke Strata by Helpful Homemade
- Strawberry and Cream Breakfast Smoothie Bowls by Family Foodie
- Strawberry Orange Banana Sunrise Crepes by The Gold Lining Girl
Milk during the Day:
- Fettuccine Alfredo by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Hamburger Gravy by My World Simplified
- Homemade Mozzarella by An Appealing Plan
- Langostino Mac and Cheese with Crispy Bacon and Chives by Pook’s Pantry
- Margherita Penne Pasta by Life Tastes Good
- Simple Polenta Recipe by Healing Tomato
- Summer Corn Soup by Casa de Crews
- Sweet Onion Tart by Flour On My Face
Milk in Desserts:
- Boozy Hazelnut Frozen Hot Chocolate by GO Epicurista
- Cannoli Cupcakes with Chocolate Pistachio Crunch by The Crumby Cupcake
- Chocolate Eclairs by Love and Confections
- Hot Milk Sponge Cake with Blueberries by The Hungry Goddess
- Mini Bread Puddings with Whiskey Caramel Sauce by Dessert Geek
- Nutty Cookies & Cream Ice Cream by Family Around The Table
- Strawberry Milkshake by Desserts Required
- Southern Buttermilk Pie by Sunday Supper Movement
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