Breaking News

Dairy Princess: Simple recipes for your holiday enjoyment | Food

Hello Everyone! This is Lilly Crane, your Wyoming County Dairy Princess.

As the winter season approaches, typically everyone gets more laid back on many things but one specifically being their diets. Your diet contributes to many everyday tasks, even sleeping!

Of course, there isn’t much to do during what some like to call the “most wonderful time of the year,” but there are many ways to have fun in the snow and to enjoy seasonal meals and beverages that include dairy!

One of the most challenging things to keep up with during these cold harsh months is your everyday routine. For those that have kids home for winter break it can be even more challenging.

One activity I love to do is take my siblings outside and play in the snow. A lot of my most fond memories include going out and sledding, snowball fights or building snowmen!

A way to provide a delicious treat while catering to a healthy diet this winter is hot chocolate. Hot chocolate may seem like a dessert choice such as ice cream, but it can have a nutritious benefit by making one simple change. One thing my mom always did for us was use warm milk in the hot chocolate mix instead of water. Warm-milk hot chocolate provides a great serving of dairy and essential minerals in our diets and also continues to support our hard working local dairy farmers that persevere through these times.

The recommended number of dairy servings you should have daily is three. This may seem like a lot but when you’re consuming things you enjoy it is so easy! Milk contains 13 essential nutrients such as high-quality protein, calcium, vitamin D and more. These nutrients help our bodies function properly while giving us a great night of sleep, which is essential to everyone, including highly active kids.

The holiday season brings many options for you to continue to keep dairy in your diet.

One of my favorite holiday drinks is eggnog.

Eggnog contains one serving of dairy while providing you with a delicious treat. Nothing sounds better than having a nice cup of eggnog while keeping warm inside your home and watching the snowfall.

Another idea for keeping your body healthy after shoveling all that dreaded snow here in Western New York or even trying to keep up with outside maintenance is rewarding yourself with a nice cold glass of chocolate milk; the number one refuel beverage. Many don’t know this but chocolate milk replenishes electrolytes and builds muscle faster than any other beverage. It contributes to your health in many ways including that serving of dairy I keep going on about.

I am wishing you all a safe and wonderful holiday season. Always remember to support the hard working dairy industry by aiding your body and consuming as they provide for us.

I have added a nice and simple recipe for everyone to make and enjoy with their family. Happy holidays and remember to make the most out of the snow and have fun!

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

ground cinnamon (for topping)

Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until light and creamy. Set aside.

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the milk, cream, nutmeg and salt. Stir frequently until to comes up to a low simmer.

Temper the egg mixture by ladling a big spoonful of the hot milk to the egg mixture (first one) and whisk quickly to incorporate well. Repeat a couple of times until the egg mixture is hot.

Pour both mixtures together in the saucepan.

Whisk constantly for a few minutes (about 5 miutes), until the mixture is just slightly thickened.

Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Pour the eggnog into a pitcher or other container and cover with plastic wrap.

Refrigerate until chilled. It will thicken as it cools.

Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and fresh whipped cream, if desired.

Store homemade eggnog in the fridge for up to one week!

The Dairy Court knows lots of great ways you can celebrate the season while supporting the dairy industry.

Wyoming County Dairy Princess Alternate Kendra Brace shares a pumpkin pie recipe – it’s a flavor everyone loves – and to make it better you can use heavy cream in your pie.

15 ounces of pumpkin puree

1 1/4 cups of brown sugar

1 Tablespoon of cornstarch

1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 cup of milk (any percentage)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk the pumpkin, eggs, and brown sugar together until mixed. Then add the cornstarch, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, heavy cream, and milk. Whisk the remaining ingredients in until it’s all mixed together.

Stir it all up and add it to your pie crust.

When you’re ready to bake it, put it in the oven for about 55 to 60 minutes. Let it cool for three hours on a rack.

Once finished use whatever toppings you wish, pour a tall glass of milk, and enjoy!

Celebrate this season using dairy products and supporting this great industry.

Nothing sounds better than having a nice cup of eggnog while keeping warm inside your home and watching the snowfall.