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Top 5 Spring Crockpot Recipes
I love crock pots! When I first moved away from home it was one of the first kitchen accessories I got myself. I had to get one of the largest ones I could find so I could fill it up and make a huge delicious meal to enjoy with friends. In fact, I think they’re so fabulous that they shouldn’t just be used for comfort food or soup in the Winter… they can still work magic in the kitchen in the Spring! Here’s a round-up Spring crockpot recipes to enjoy this year:
4. I don’t know about you, but tacos are a spring stable in my house. With this Chicken Tacos recipe you’ll be able to make simple, delicious tacos and top them off with Tillamook Cheese and Sour Cream!
5. You might not think spring when you first look at this Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe, but if you had the foresight to start your spring garden and plant some spinach then all you have to do is skip to the garden, harvest your spinach, throw in the artichoke hearts, cheese, and sour cream, and you’ll have the freshest spinach artichoke dip anyone has ever tasted.
What other recipes will you be cooking up in your crockpot this Spring?
Celebrate International Waffle Day with Tillamook!
We all know that waffles are delicious, but did you also know that they make a wonderful vessel for sandwiches? That’s right, waffle sandwiches (a.k.a. Dutch Tacos)! We know our cheese, but we needed a little help with the waffle side of things so we visited the Portland food cart Flavourspot to find the best way to celebrate….With waffles and cheese of course!
Muenster Cheese, smothered in brown sugar, with green apple, and bacon. It’s a riff off the classic baked brie! And it’s very, very tasty.
Smoked Medium Cheddar Cheese, veggie sausage, and maple syrup. Need we say more?
If you don’t have a waffle maker at home, fear not! The frozen waffles you can buy in the grocery store also work just fine. Or, if you’re in the Portland area, Flavourspot is the perfect place to indulge. Happy International Waffle Day!
Sneak Peek: Filming at Pine State Biscuits
Being born and raised in Portland, Oregon, I was never introduced to a proper biscuit until later in life when I was able to travel to the south. Now living in Portland as an adult, I know the only place to go get the real thing in town is Pine State Biscuits. That’s why I am ecstatic to welcome Pine State Biscuits as the next Tillamook Kitchen restaurant. Even better, I got to spend a whole day at the Alberta location talking about food and nibbling on some of the best grub in town!
Walt Alexander, Kevin Atchley, and Brian Snyder, the owners of Pine State Biscuits, getting their profile pictures for Tillamook Kitchen. All originally from North Carolina, they showed us some true southern hospitality. They’re down to earth, super welcoming, and the type of guys you immediately want to sit down and have a beer with.
Right when you walk in the door of Pine State Biscuits there’s an instant warm feeling. The flakey biscuits in the oven, the homey atmosphere, all the people enjoying their delicious food… It’s a true neighborhood joint and a place where everyone is welcome.
Pine State Biscuits started at the Portland Farmer’s Market and although it’s grown it hasn’t lost that local culture. Even the grits they use come from a local farm. Tillamook, of course, is also a local ingredient. My favorite bite of the day was the first ever Chatfield (fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and apple butter) made with Smoked Medium Cheddar Cheese!
Tillamook Ice Cream is now available in Arizona!
Good news, Arizona! Delicious Tillamook Ice Cream has made its way to the Grand Canyon state.
Look for Tillamook Ice Cream in Arizona in your local Bashas’ and Winco. Look up stores using our Where to Buy tool.
In case this will be your first taste of Tillamook Ice Cream, you should know we make it with the same dedication to quality, never using artificial growth hormones*, that we make our other dairy products.
*Please note that the FDA has stated that no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST treated and non-rBST treated cows.
New Year’s Party Snacks
Let’s face it; New Year’s is one of the ultimate snacking holidays. You’re surrounded by family and friends, but you’ve already prepared plenty of full meals in the last few months, which means it’s time to keep it simple. All you need for New Year’s are some yummy nibbles to keep your guests satisfied. Need some inspiration? Here’s a roundup of Tillamook recipes that will hit the snacking spot and be the hit of any party:
Happy (and yummy) New Year’s!
Tillamook Test Kitchen: Cheesy Turducken
Inspiration for this Tillamook Test Kitchen came from the turducken. What’s a turducken you ask? Well, it’s essentially a three-bird roast (made of turkey, duck, and chicken) where they are all stuffed together and cooked. It was a daunting thought for us to add cheese to this particular dish, so here’s our cheesy twist with cheese, meat, and veggies.
The first test: Cheesex3
Okay, let’s be realistic, you can’t really stuff cheese, in cheese, in cheese and cook it, so instead we decided to layer it, cold. I took half a loaf of Pepper Jack Cheese and layered it with Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Muenster Cheese slices. To be honest, all the cheese tasted wonderful together, but it was pretty hard to keep it together. If you want to showcase some cheeses together, layering slices on a cheese plate will probably work better.
The second test: Cheesy Turbacon
Be warned, there’s a lot of meat in this one. I took a loaf of Medium Cheddar Cheese, layered it with ground turkey, and then added what I like to call a bacon weave around that. It took over an hour to bake, and the result…well, it’s about what you would expect! It was like a mini turkey meat loaf, wrapped in bacon, with cheese inside. Pretty tasty even though the cheese was slightly overcooked. However, I don’t advise you eat too much at once, it’s pretty rich.
Note: if you don’t pack the meat around the loaf tight you might have a cheese leak while baking!
The third test: Cheesy Peptom
This one was pretty simple, a green pepper stuffed with Sharp Cheddar Cheese, stuffed with a tomato, stuffed with more cheese. You throw it in the oven for a while and you have yourself yummy roasted vegetables with a cheesy garnish.
Note: I wanted to put mashed potatoes in between the pepper, tomato, and cheese, but I didn’t leave enough room! If you ever try this yourself it might be a fun addition (and you’ll have to let us know how the test goes!).
The winner for me was the Cheesy Peptom. Simple fresh vegetables with melted cheese on top were a refreshing addition to my dinner. However, depending on your love of meat, you might disagree with me and go for the Cheesy Turbacon.
Sour Cream in Unexpected Places
Sour Cream is extremely versatile! I’ve found that while it makes the usual appearances in nachos, baked potatoes, and casseroles, it also pops up in unexpected places. Here are a few recipes that unsuspectingly use sour cream and I cannot wait to try:
• Best way to amp up a boxed cake mix? Sour Cream, of course!
• I am not only sharing this because I am an ice cream lover…this just sounds yummy! Peaches ‘n’ Sour Cream Ice Cream!
• Creamy, tangy, and affordable? These pancakes fit the bill! Sour Cream Blueberry Pancakes!
What recipes do you use sour cream in?
10 Things to do with Plain Yogurt
Don’t judge a product by its name…Naturally Plain Yogurt doesn’t sound exciting, but in reality it’s one of the most versatile, happening yogurts out there. Here are my top 10 things to do with Tillamook Naturally Plain Yogurt list:
1. Mix in honey, fresh fruit, and granola to plain yogurt and you have yourself an all-star breakfast.
2. Substitute plain yogurt for sour cream in enchiladas.
3. Make a garlic and plain yogurt sauce (great for dipping chicken in!). It’s really easy…chop up garlic, add to plain yogurt, and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour before diving in.
4. Make a dressing with plain yogurt for a nice creamy texture.
5. Plain yogurt + your favorite herbs = a tasty dip for vegetables.
6. Marinate with plain yogurt. Marinating meat in plain yogurt will help keep it moist while cooking.
7. Add plain yogurt to a smoothie to get a creamy texture with less calories than ice cream!
8. Substitute plain yogurt for heavy cream when baking for a healthier option.
9. You don’t need mayonnaise, try substituting with plain yogurt!
10. Make a light yogurt face mask… plain yogurt is great or your skin!
What do you use plain yogurt for?
Layered Tillamook Yogurt Pops
Houston, we have a delicious problem…Our rocket’s made of Tillamook Yogurt and we can’t get enough! If you’re looking for a fun family activity and a delicious snack, try making layered Tillamook Yogurt pops. All you need are some popsicle molds, Tillamook Yogurt, and a freezer. Layer your favorite flavors of Tillamook Yogurt in the mold and freeze. In a few hours you’ll have a tasty snack! If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even try putting a layer of juice in the yogurt pops. Just make sure that you let the juice layer completely freeze before adding more yogurt on top of it. I like berry yogurt, so my favorite combination was Mountain Huckleberry, juice, and Light Oregon Strawberry.
What flavors of Tillamook Yogurt would you put in a layered pop?
The Real Grilled Cheese
We have a Grilled Cheese Apron on our Online Shop that inspired this post. We love the apron and think that it’s a lot of fun, but after a while we got to thinking, what actually happens if you grill a loaf of Tillamook Cheese? We had to find out…
It turns out… you can grill cheese! It starts melting pretty fast and as cheese drips on to the coals, the fire flares up. Just like you would with anything else on the grill you have to rotate the loaf and it gets grill marks in it. One thing that I didn’t expect is that after I took the loafs of cheese off the grill, I found that only the outer layer of cheese was melty and gooey, and the rest of the cheese was still pretty solid. I guess you could keep it on the grill longer and let it keep getting gooey if you want to grill it all the way through? You just might not have a very big loaf left!
However, my real problem is that I didn’t know what to do with a grilled cheese once it was grilled. We got out a bag of tortilla chips and sliced cheese onto them. It was sort of like nachos, but you only heat up the cheese! Tell me, what would you do with a loaf of grilled cheese?
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