Kick up your holiday dishes with California cheese

A few days before Christmas, we received this fantastic gift from the California Milk Advisory Board. It was in the form of a variety of cheeses and grapes coming all the way from California!

California cheese

Thanks to the wonders of free trade, these high-quality stuff are now available in the Philippines. They are now being carried by leading supermarkets like Robinsons and S&R. There’s something special about California cheese because they come from ‘happy cows.’ Hah!

According to Ms. Reji Retugal-Onal, country representative of the CMAB, “The climate of California and the specialized care given by farmers to their cows allow their milk to attain its premium quality. Milk that meets California standards is said to contain more protein, calcium and other nutrients than the federal standards.”

Anyway, cheese comes from milk and I was surprised that they even make Mykonos Feta Cheese in Kalipornya!This is what I did for our post-Christmas lunch today: some pasta cooked in the cast iron skillet with Scampi, baby spinach, Italian parsley, lemon juice, then deglazed with white wine and topped off with cubed feta. If this looks delish…. it is 🙂

Pasta with feta

Another idea is to use your cheese to make a topping for baked potatoes. To make the sauce, melt some butter, add flour and water then whisk. Afterwards, add milk, grated cheddar, then season with salt, pepper and a dash of cayenne. Voila! You have a tasty, cheesy topping for your baked spuds.

Baked potatoes

The good thing with cheese is that you can easily serve them at your holiday party or add a touch of sophistication to your meals without much fuss. Just slice them, take out some crackers, grapes, figs, olives and wine, put on a cheese board (if you have) and there you go… an instant meal best enjoyed with good company.

California Cheese

To learn more about California cheese and discover new recipes you can use this holiday season, log on to http://www.realcaliforniacheese.com/recipes.

Or get in touch with Ms. Reji Retugal-Onal at 534.8534 / 534.8223, email rronal@synergyasia.biz or log on to www.realcaliforniamilk.com if you want to know more about California milk products.

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