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Golden Ticket Giveaway in Salt Lake City
July is just around the corner and I can’t wait for it to get here! One reason is because it’s National Ice Cream Month! Yes, there is a month and a day designated to celebrate the love of ice cream! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food and he called for all people of the United States to observe with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” So let the activities begin!
We’ve got the perfect activity for all of our Tillafans in Salt Lake City. Come see us at the Loaf Love Tour stops to participate in the Golden Ticket Giveaway! Every hour two Golden Tickets will be hidden in the midst of the grocery store around summer items. One will be redeemable for one carton of Tillamook Ice Cream and the other for a baby loaf of Tillamook Cheese!!!!! There is no other way to properly observe this day without Tillamook Ice Cream…. and Tillamook Cheese of course!
I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited. I’ve already come up with a list of awesome places where I could hide the Golden Tickets! All of the Brand Ambassadors will be there stocked with coupons, buttons, smiles and cheese!! So if you find yourself in Salt Lake City. Come see us! It’ll be a grand time. And for the rest of you who won’t be able to attend, I hope that you will also celebrate with us by eating Tillamook Ice Cream!
I know I will be picking up a carton of Oregon Black Cherry Ice Cream and Chocolate Peanut Butter… and Marionberry Pie Ice Cream. What about you?? I’d love to hear about it! Send me a tweet @Peppercornypaku!
Dress Up for Halloween AND Cheese!
Orange is the cheesiest color of them all! It’s the signature color of our award winning cheeses, the noticeable shade of paint on our tillatastic Baby Loaf buses, and the color to wear to the San Diego Zoo tomorrow. If you’re one of the first one hundred zoo goers to show up in Tillamook orange you’ll get yourself free entry! Anyone wearing orange after the first 100 will save $1 off zoo admission. So who’s ready for a cheesy fun-filled day at the zoo?!
With Halloween in just a few days, I’m sure your orange outfits will not disappoint! In case you need a few ideas to get you started, I’ve put my Tillamook cheesy thinking cap on and thought of some! If you’re feeling extra cheesy how about showing your Loaf Love by dressing up as a loaf of cheese? Mimic your favorite zoo animal like a tiger or an orangutan! Embrace the season by being a pumpkin or a candy corn! You can even represent your favorite teams who are all about the orange! The possibilities are endless so get creative!
The Loaf Love Tour will be there to keep your day cheesy! We’ll be handing out tasty Tillamook Cheese samples, delicious containers of Tillamook Yogurt, and games for the whole family to enjoy. Loafy will also be there ready to high five and give hugs! So put your orange on and come on down to the San Diego Zoo!
See you there!
Pepper Corny Pakou
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Cheese and Football!
As much as we hate to see the summer days come to an end, I am pretty absolute when I say that we also embark upon fall with excitement and anticipation. The underlying reason is that autumn means the beginning of FOOTBALL!
As you know there is plenty of pride, rivalry and team spirit on the Loaf Love Tour! We are only a few weeks in and there has already been quite a show of cheering, crying, and cheesy treats. Jammin Jason wore a grin all day when the Beavers upset the Badgers! Noelle, TillaMaya, and Tillyssa hooted and hollered when the Ducks handled the Bulldogs. Tillatistic Ash did cartwheels to commemorate the Cougars first win of the season against their neighbors, the Eagles. While Cheddar Coy and Dandy Andy comforted each other when the Huskies got blown out by the Tigers. And again when the Seahawks lost to the Cardinals in the final few minutes.
Win or lose, we were never without Tillamook Cheese: TillaMaya’s famous quesadillas, Noelle’s cheesy potato and broccoli or my cheesalicious bread sticks. Cheesy treats taste better when we root for our favorite teams! What cheesy treats do you serve up with your football?! Game on!
Bacon Vanilla Tillamook Ice Cream Farewell
It’s National Ice Cream month and I’m so excited to be heading to Utah where I can find delicious Tillamook Ice Cream again!
The last time I had some was part of my farewell to friends and family in Portland. Good-byes are always sad, but when it ends with a delicious dessert made with Tillamook Ice Cream, there’s enough sweetness to make it all okay. This was exactly the case when I was preparing to leave and head out on my cheese adventures with the Loaf Love Tour.
My friends had planned an elaborate four-course meal that consisted of two of my favorite things: bacon and Tillamook products! You can’t even imagine the delicious dishes that they conjured! I would list off the menu, but I feel that it would be unfair to you all because it would make you very, very hungry!
I will share one thing off the menu - the dessert. It was Tillamook Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream topped with crispy bacon and a root beer reduction. Just as it sounds, it was a little bit of everything; sweet, salty, and creamy. With the evening coming to an end it was what my friends and I needed to remember the night. But I can’t help but think that if “good-bye” is this sweet, imagine how “hello” will be when I head back home!
Good-bye or hello, I think Tillamook Ice Cream is an amazing choice! What’s your favorite way to serve Tillamook Ice Cream?
Another Tillamook Loving Family
Growing up in a traditional Hmong house, cheese was not a part of our diet. Mom cooked rice, simple soups, meat and vegetables. The truth is that it was Dad who was the cook. He was more creative and experimental, and Mom stuck to the traditional Hmong food. Some of you might be wondering, what is Hmong food? Well, quick story is that the Hmong are from the mountains of Southeast Asia, and our staple food is white rice, which is usually eaten with a variety of vegetables and boiled or fried meat. You can see how cheese doesn’t fall on the menu.
It wasn’t until I got older that the kids took control of the kitchen and started to introduce the ‘American’ dishes that we loved to the rest of the family. When I say kids, I mean my mom gave birth to eight of us. With me as the eldest pioneering us into this new world of food, we have had our fair share of hits and misses. In the beginning we just started to insert some different dishes into our meals and then we graduated into having full on different cuisine meals. My parents would attempt to try them all, but mom was always more hesitant with the dishes that contained cheese. It was just too different from her usual foods.
I am happy to say that after years of trial, we finally succeeded in creating a dish that mom loves and has requested again and again. With new additions such as my brother-in-laws, sister-in-law and nieces, it is always a party when we all get together and we have had a lot of fun with this recipe.
Here’s the recipe to my mom’s favorite cheese dish!
Chicken Hawaiian Pizza
- Tillamook’s Mozzarella
- Tillamook’s World’s Best Medium Cheddar
- Grilled chicken
- Pineapple chunks
- Tomato paste
- English muffins
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place the English muffin halves cut side up onto a baking sheet. Spoon some of the pizza sauce onto each one. Top with the cheeses and toppings. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cheese is melted and browned on the edges. Enjoy!!!
How have you introduced cheese to other people? I’d love to hear about it!
Happy Mother’s Day to you all and happy cooking!
-Pepper Corny Pakou, follow me on Twitter @peppercornypaku
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