My family is fond of California cheese. I especially love grilled cheese sandwiches that we prepare on lazy Sunday afternoons when we’re at home.

That’s why I make sure to try different types of cheese every now and then to make our meals extra special.

But did you know that there are about 1831 types of cheese all over the world? In France alone, there are 365 variants that you can choose from. This means you get to try one type of cheese every day of the year. And that doesn’t even count other popular cheeses from Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the US.

One of my favorite brands in the market is Real California Milk Cheese. What I love most about them is the huge variety of popular cheese that they offer at an affordable price.

Real California Milk is among the line of dairy products of the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB). They represent California’s more than 1300 dairy farm families who create different varieties of cheeses. And today, over 50 cheesemakers are producing more than 250 varieties of cow’s milk cheeses that carry the Real California Cheese seal.

CMAB cheese expert Joe Baird says that California cheeses are packed with natural flavors that make dishes stand out. Cheese has natural umami flavors that make food more delicious for our palates.

There are different types of cheese that you can use for your cooking needs.

Hard cheeses like Dry Jack, Parmesan, and Cheddar are great for cooking and baking because they can withstand higher cooking temperatures.

Soft and soft-ripened cheeses like ricotta and mascarpone are best for mixing in with desserts like custards and souffles.

Semi-hard, smoked cheeses add a nice kick and enticing aroma to any meal, especially on salads. Aged cheeses, on the other hand, have sharper tastes, longer shelf life, and make awesome additions to soups and stews.

The CMAB also offers a wide variety of dairy products you can enjoy from ice cream, yoghurt and yoghurt drinks, and butter. So if you want dairy items produced by healthy, happy, and well-fed cows from family farms, all you have to do is look for the Real California Milk seal.

Last year, I had the chance to learn how to make homemade cheese and butter with “The Cheese Dude,” Mark Todd. And since we drink Real California Milk at home, Zeeka and I had so much fun doing recipes at home. Zeeka made some milk shakes and I did some quick homemade butter and queso blanco.

Read more about how to make your own butter at home here.

Try out these simple and awesome recipes that you and your family will surely love!

California Cheddar and Bacon Waffles

Grilled Cheese with Tomato Dipping Sauce

Check out this awesome dip recipe made that goes perfectly with veggies.

California Protein Dip and Veggie Skewers.

Craving for dessert? See this simple recipe.

California Butter Cookies

Having guests over? Create an impressive cheese board without the fuss. Here are some quick and easy tips on which cheeses to add to yours.

The best part is, most of their products are available in leading supermarkets near you, like S&R, Robinsons Supermarket, and SM.

To learn more about Real California Milk and other dairy products made with Real California Milk, visit their website at www.realcaliforniamilk.com. You can also follow Real California Milk on Facebook for more recipe ideas.

Do you have easy and amazing cheese recipes? Share it below!

We are in the process of looking for a good “big school” for our daughter. In a recent conversation with a co-parent, she mentioned that some schools also interview parents. I asked her what they ask parents, and she said, the usual questions like “how much time do you spend with your child?” and “What do you do when you spend time with her?”. That got me thinking about how we spend time with our daughter.

I realized that I haven’t been that much “fun” to hang around with. Haha! When we hang around, it’s always about teaching her about numbers and the alphabet. So with this, I though about a fun activity that we can do together. One of the things that I thought of is making a fun and nutritious drink together.

I just bought three boxes of California Sunshine Milk from S&R Membership Club, so I thought about creating milkshake with her. My daughter loves the California Sunshine Milk Homogenized (orange box). The other two variants that we bought were California Sunshine Milk Non-Fat (blue Box) and California Sunshine Milk Reduced Fat (purple box) which my husband and I drink, too!

We love buying California Sunshine Milk because it has the seal of approval from the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB). The CMAB, an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is one of the leading agricultural marketing boards in the US comprised of the dairy farm families in the state. CMAB exists to spread the word about the extraordinary dairy products made with Real California Milk.

With this sign, I know that the milk that we give our daughter is of the highest quality.

We want to share with you this fun recipe we created!

Berry Beary Milkshake

Ingredients:

3 Ounces of California Sunshine Milk Homogenized (orange box)
1 Cup Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Sugar
15 pieces graham bears
4 huge pieces of marshmallow
5 bars of wafer covered with chocolate
4 huge pieces of strawberry

How to create the Berry Beary Milkshake!

  1. Pour 3 Ounces of California Sunshine Milk Homogenized into the blender
  2. Add 1 Cup yogurt and 1 Tablespoon of sugar. Blend. Check if you agree with the level of sweetness.
  3. Wash 4 huge pieces of strawberry, and add them inside the blender.
  4. Add 15 pieces of graham bears, 4 huge pieces of marshmallow and 5 small bars of wafer covered with chocolate.
  5. Blend everything together!

Check out this video that we created!

We had so much fun. My daughter loved the drink and she asked for more refills. This is a fun activity that you and your child can do.

How about you? How do you spend time with your kids? Do you invent recipes, too? Have you invented one recently? Can you share your California Milk Recipe with us and use #ReturntoReal #LookForTheSeal? I’d love to feature your recipe in my blog, too!

Have an enjoyable day with your loved ones!

 

Love,

Mommy Ginger