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Tomato Recipe Round-Up
There’s never a shortage of fresh tomatoes come August, so we’ve rounded up a few delicious ways to incorporate them into your summertime meals!
Wheat Berry White Cheddar Salad
This simple salad is not only delicious, but also packed full of fiber, protein, and iron to keep you energized for all your summertime activities.
This savory spin on a traditional pie is the perfect way to put some of those vine ripened tomatoes to good use!
Toasted Tomato Quesadilla with Cilantro Cream
This quick and easy tomato recipe will help you spend less time inside making dinner and more time outside enjoying the summer sun!
Tomato and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwich
No Tillamook recipe round-up would be complete without a grilled cheese sandwich! This tasty rendition melds together all of best flavors of summer and serves them up in one tasty bite!
Pesto Roasted Tomatoes
This simple recipe will be the perfect side to share at your next summer BBQ!
Tasty Toppings for Your Tillamook Treats
…are so good! Raw strawberries over ice cream are good, but roasted strawberries over ice cream are out-of-this-world good! They are also super easy to make!
Cut up your strawberries (however many you need, or should I say want!) and sprinkle them with a little sugar. Make sure the strawberries are evenly coated with sugar and pour them onto a baking sheet. Put them in a 350 degree oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, just until they get soft.
There are a lot of ways you could tweak this simple recipe to make it your own; drizzle them with balsamic vinegar, splitting open a vanilla bean and mix the seeds in before roasting, use brown sugar instead of white sugar, the options are endless!
Homemade Caramel Sauce
Homemade caramel sauce is my Achilles heel; I’ll eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon. So the other night when I was craving some thick buttery caramel sauce to drizzle over my Tillamook Mudslide Ice Cream I found this recipe from Stephanie over at the Macaroni and Cheesecake blog. There really isn’t much to making caramel sauce, but you will want to keep an eye on it as it’s cooking. The sugar and water mixture will turn from clear to caramel brown pretty quick, and if you aren’t watching it can burn. (A word of advice; use a big pot. When you add the cream at the end it will bubble up like crazy!) Let the caramel cool a little bit and then put it in storage containers and keep it in the fridge!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Sauce
This chocolaty peanut butter fudge topping from the Bless This Mess blog is the perfect pair for your nightly bowl of Tillamook Vanilla Bean Ice Cream! A perfect marriage of chocolate and peanut butter that’s not too complicated to make and tastes amazing!
What’s toppings do you add to your Tillamook Ice Cream?
Serving up Tillamook Ice Cream!
“I am having a party and plan to serve Tillamook Ice Cream, how much ice cream will I need?”
It’s a real conundrum, how do you make sure to have enough ice cream to feed everyone, but not so much that you end up with 6 full cartons in your freezer when the party is over (not like that would be a bad thing)?
We get this question all the time, so we came up with a quick calculation that should help! A standard ice cream scoop is about 4oz, so with one 1.75qt container you should be able to serve (approximately) 14 (4oz) scoops. Keep in mind every scooper scoops differently, so if your ice cream scooper is liberal with their scoops, you will want to account for that!
I generally allow two scoops per person, so with the 4oz calculation from above, that would be 7 ice cream beneficiaries per carton, however, I am one of those liberal scoopers I was mentioning above, so to play it safe I estimate about 6 ice cream beneficiaries per carton.
Keep in mind, the above calculation doesn’t account for cake or pie being served! If you’re going to be serving other sweet treats with your Tillamook Ice Cream, I would scale back and only serve one scoop per person, making the number of scoops per carton go up to 12 (remember, play it safe and assume you are going to over serve a few of those scoops!).
Ice Cream Only: 6 servings per carton.
Ice Cream served with other sweet treats: 12 servings per carton.
Now go get scooping! Share your summer ice cream party photos with us on Facebook!
Top 5 Berry Yogurt Recipes
Living in Oregon, if you can handle the torrential downpour in the months leading up to summer, you will be handsomely rewarded with lush green trees and some of the most deliciously juicy summer berries!
Here are a few recipes to give you some berry tasty inspiration. What I love about these recipes is the versatility to use whichever Tillamook Yogurt flavor that tickles your taste buds!
Mason Jar Meal
Eco-friendly and clever! These reusable food vessels are perfect for stacking up your morning parfait or a sweet mid-afternoon lemon bar jar treat!
Blueberry and Strawberry Yogurt Muffins
Even on a chilly morning, these muffins baked with strawberry yogurt and blueberries will make you feel bright and sunny.
Berry Oatmeal Smoothie
Filling and refreshing, this power packed smoothie will keep you fueled and ready to take on that day hike or get you ready for a day of lounging in the sun.
These deliciously dipped beauties are great for a summertime dessert or afternoon snack. Healthy, refreshing, and no oven or stovetop required!
What’s your favorite Tillamook berry flavored yogurt?
Sweet and Savory Hand Pies
Big family feasts and holiday meals are the best! That’s when all the best tasting food comes to the table (and the best leftovers)! However, after a few days, I tend to get a little bored of eating the same leftovers. So, instead of eating the same meal over and over again, I like to bake the leftovers into some puff pastry (or pie crust, whatever you have) and eat it as a hand pie.
Hand pies are exactly what they sound like, pies that you can hold in your hand and eat! There are some traditional hand pie recipes, but they can really be any combination of flavors or leftover that you have.
I always have leftover scallop potatoes and ham from Easter dinner, and they seemed like a perfect hand pie filling. I tucked my leftovers into some store bought puff pastry (found in the freezer section) with some Tillamook Swiss Cheese. Make sure your scallop potatoes (or whatever leftovers you are using) are cold when you load them into your shell, that way they aren’t too gooey when you seal the hand pie.
Layer your leftovers in the middle of your pastry dough (make sure to leave enough room around the edges to seal the hand pie). Brush the edges with an egg wash (mix together an egg yolk and a little water) and then seal the pie by pressing the two sides together; mark the edges with a fork. Poke a few holes in the top to keep the pies from bursting while cooking and then brush the top with egg wash. Throw them in a 400 degree oven until they are gold brown (about 15-20 minutes).
We always seem to have a colony of chocolate bunnies around the house after Easter, so I cracked off a few pieces of chocolate and baked them into a cherry hand pie.
You will want to let them cool a little, but they are definitely best served warm out of the oven!
The options are truly endless; ham, swiss, and honey mustard or how about roast beef, horseradish cream, and provolone. What leftovers would you make a hand pie with?
Getting Inspired for National Craft Month
March is National Craft Month! So naturally, we’ve been spending time on Pinterest and have pulled together some of our favorite crafty pinners that we have been drawing inspiration from! Here are a few of our favorite Pinners!
Emily’s boards include everything from holiday inspiration to repurposing an old sweater for a lamp shade to making the perfect cake pops. Whatever inspiration you’re looking for, you can be sure Emily has already pinned it on her boards.
Marlynn’s boards are filled with eye catching pins of brightly colored cookies, unique gadgets, and iconic images. We plan on taking some crafty inspiration from her Organizing Bliss board when making these containers.
Vanessa’s Craft Nook board gave us all the inspiration and motivation we needed to get organized for National Craft month! Now we are ready to tackle all the fun projects she has pinned!
What will you create for National Craft Month?
DIY Cheese Platter
Birthdays, the Loaf Love Tour hitting the road, Wednesday afternoon – we’ll use any reason to celebrate, as long as cheese is involved! But of course, we need a plate to serve all that cheese on! I saw this DIY platter and thought it would be the perfect way to class up our daily cheese celebrations!
Instead of painting the whole plate with chalkboard paint, I decided to paint a thin strip along the bottom of the platter; I didn’t really like the idea of cheese sitting on chalkboard paint. There are some food safe paint options out there, so make sure to read the label before painting.
I already had the white plate and tape (I recommend painters tape because it peels off easily without leaving a sticky residue), so all I needed was some standard chalkboard paint, chalk, and a disposable paint brush.
Tape off the area you want to paint and apply two coats of chalkboard paint, allowing the first coat to dry before applying the second. Allow it to dry overnight and peel off the tape!
Share your cheese platters with us on Pinterest!
Top 5 Cheese Curd Recipes
Here are the top 5 Miss Muffet approved cheese curd recipes!
There seems to be a little confusion as to where poutine was first invented. Regardless, whoever came up with this gravy smothered mound of deliciousness is a culinary genius in my eyes!
Cheese Curd Quesadilla
Quick, delicious, and squeeky! A great combination!
Tis the Season for Giving
I probably don’t need to tell you this, but Tillamook has some of the greatest fans ever! And every day we’re given the great joy of interacting with them personally!
This time of year is synonymous with sharing and giving, but our amazing fans are always blowing us away with their acts of kindness. Things like; dedicating their As You Wishlist contest entry to a loved one, requesting that we send their product replacement coupons to a family less fortunate “because they’re really going through a hard time right now and they could use them more than me,” multiple fans uniting to get an adorable little girl with cancer entered into the Picnic Pic contest so she could win a trip for her and her family.
We love engaging with you (our fans) because your simple acts of kindness warm our hearts, not only this time of year, but year round! So thank you, for joining us now, and year-round, in the spirit of giving.
Ode to Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month! And OHHHH how I love peanut butter! In honor of my favorite Tillamook Ice Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter, I wrote a little love note that I thought I would share with you!
Oh, Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
You weave your way through my wildest dream
Your ribbons of thick creamy nuttiness
Make me want to run and jump with happiness
You touch my soul
As I admire you in my bowl
After I rob the container of the thick waves of peanut butter
I sit and listen to everyone else mutter
Oh, Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
You do more than just fill my tummy
You make me positively beam!
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Beer and Cheese Pairings Sat, December 14
Pelican Pub will be at The Cheese Factory from 12-4pm sampling seasonal ales!
Pictures with Santa at the Cheese Factory Sat and Sun, December 14 -15
Santa is stopping by with his elves from 11am til 2pm to meet you & find out if you have been naughty or nice this year!