Summer is the Sweet Season

What does summer mean to you? Warm weather brings pool parties, block parties and ice cream parties. Whether it’s a party or a family picnic, we have an award winning recipe from Venae’s Kitchen that’ll be the hit of your next gathering!

Maple Croutons

Ingredients:

  • Strawberry Salad
  • •1 lb. strawberries, sliced
  • •1/2 lb. fresh blackberries
  • •1/3 lb. fresh raspberries
  • •1/4 cup lemon juice
  • •1 cup fresh mint
  • •1/2 lb. feta crumbles

 

Directions:

Melt butter in a saucepan and add sugar. Stir to combine and melt sugar. Let cool slightly. Take the slices of bread and cut into cubes and place in a large plastic freezer bag. Add the butter mixture and shake to coat all the bread.

Place in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 400°F until golden brown. Cool on a rack. Use these sweet croutons to add to a fresh strawberry summer salad.

Your Garden Won’t Be The Only Thing Blooming!

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With a few simple ingredients and a steady hand, you can create an edible bouquet guests and family will love! Simply whip up a batch of cupcakes using your favorite recipe (we love this one from Life, Love and Sugar!) and then it’s time to get piping.

Here are our tips on how to create a pretty display of petals.

tipsTip 1: Pastry decorating tips are key to creating beautiful flowers on your cupcakes. Open star, drop flower and petal tips are helpful to have to create full and unique flowers.

Tip 2: Pipe the middle of your flower first. This will act as a guide for creating the rest of your petals and ensure you have an even flower. Just be sure when creating your petals to let a little bit of the middle peak through.

Tip 3: A good buttercream is essential to creating beautiful and delicious decorations. No matter which one you choose, be sure to reach for Minerva Dairy Amish Roll Butter for the richest flavor! Our 84% butterfat butter will add extra flavor and ensure you have a rich and delicious frosting to work with!

Winning Game Day Snack Recipes

Nothing goes better with basketball than some tasty game day snacks. This year, skip the chips and switch it up with some simple snacks that will help your party score, even if your team doesn’t.

Check out our four favorite tournament snacks from Venae’s Kitchen that will score points among your guests.

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Muffin Pan Baltimore Style Crab Cakes: Bring a piece of Baltimore home in the simplest way possible. Who knew muffin pan crab cakes could be so tasty? We did!

Cheddar Brats: Take advantage of the warm weather (and commercial breaks) to utilize the grill. Our Cheddar Brats put a simple twist on the traditional bratwurst. These will quickly become a favorite at your viewing party!

Meatball and Sausage Bombs: You’ll take the championship with these finger food staples. Our favorite: bite-sized Meatball and Sausage Bombs straight from Venae’s Kitchen. Serve your “bombs” with a homemade dipping sauce like this one from The Pioneer Woman.

Minvera Dairy Reuben DipReuben Dip: You can’t foul out with this hearty dip! With the flavors of a traditional Reuben sandwich, this dip is a great alternative to pulling out the cold cuts and making a boring sandwich. We suggest serving it with toasted bread for a hearty crunch!

Which one of these game day snacks is your favorite? Tag us in your recipe recreations and we’ll share it on our social sites!

Delicious Dishes Courtesy of a Few of our Favorite Bloggers

soups1. Peppermint Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups: Our friends at Home Maid Simple whipped up these delicious, Peppermint Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups, using our Minerva Dairy Amish Roll Butter. These minty cheesecake treats make for the perfect cookie!

2. Coconut Macarons: Blogger Leah Says created these delicious Coconut Macarons using our Amish Roll Butter.

3. Chocolate Stuffed Cookie: Are you a lover of whoopie pies? If your answer is yes, then this recipe for Chocolate Stuffed Cookies from Sweet and Savory Food is the one for you. Our Amish Roll butter makes chocolate cookies extremely fluffy, which perfectly compliments the creamy and nutty filling.

4. Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt: This recipe from ABCs and Garden Peas is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. The hints of espresso and smoked sea salt in these cookies pair perfectly together.

The Best Recipes for a Snow Day

When the week is jam packed and busy, we all welcome those relaxing days when our planner isn’t full! February is prime for snow day weather. Here at Minerva Dairy, we like to make the most of those days and use them as an excuse to whip up some of our favorite recipes.

We’ve compiled some of our favorites from Venae’s Kitchen and narrowed them down to our top five choices.

Chocolate Pancakes
When the days are busy, breakfast can quickly become a forgotten meal. So when we have free time, we love to spend the mornings cooking up our favorites. Our go-to’s are Venae’s Chocolate Pancakes. Using Minerva Dairy Amish Roll Butter and cocoa, these sweet and chocolatey pancakes will be a delicious morning treat.

 

Chowder
On your next chilly day off, cuddle up to a warm and hearty bowl of chowder. One of our favorites is Mushroom Chowder. This decadent soup is made extra creamy with the addition of our 84% butterfat Amish Roll Butter.

 

 

Brussels Sprouts
Nothing compliments a meal better than the perfect savory side dish. Using Maplewood Smoked Amish Roll Butter, these Shaved Brussels Sprouts can complete any meal.

 

 

Garlicky Orzo
Sure a quick spaghetti works perfectly for a busy night. But when we have a little bit of extra time, we like to change things up. A Garlicky Orzo is not only delicious but it’s a perfect comforting dish. Our Garlic and Herb Amish Roll Butter adds the perfect amount of garlic flavor to this pasta dish.

 

Grilled Peaches with Caramel
Nothing completes a meal better than dessert! One of our favorites are Grilled Peaches with a Caramel Sauce. This bright dessert will transport you to a warmer day (and who couldn’t use that right about now!)

 

So, next time you find yourself with a little spare time, treat yourself to a delicious home cooked meal, and let our go-to recipes act as your menu inspiration!

Soups You’re Going to Savor All Month Long

soupsFrench Onion Soup:This French Onion Soup recipe will become your new cold weather favorite. Prepared with delicious beef broth, tender onions, French bread and melted Provolone Cheese, this classic and decadent soup will surely please the entire family!

Beef Stew: A hearty beef stew is sure to satisfy your family this month. This tender and rich slow–cooked stew will have your family running to the table. Make this dish even more delicious by serving it in a bread bowl.

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup: Our recipe for Cheesy Cauliflower Soup will warm up any chilly January day. This indulgent soup features cauliflower, carrots, celery and some of our favorite Minerva Dairy cheeses.

Kick Start the New Year with Something REAL

We’re kicking the New Year off right with some must-have ingredients that’ll help you create healthy and delicious meals. Of course, Minerva Dairy 84% butterfat Amish Roll Butter tops our list!
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The most important step in eating healthier is making sure your home is stocked with healthy ingredients with which to create delicious meals. This year, we’re sticking to the basics … real and wholesome ingredients.

Real butter: While some believe that margarine is healthier than butter, margarine tends to be high in saturated fats. So, next time you’re in need of butter, choose one that’s made with quality ingredients and has a high butterfat content.
All of Minerva Dairy’s butters are slow churned in small batches. They also contain 84% butterfat, which results in the best tasting and performing butter!minervadairy-dairyrecipe-buckwheatpancakes

Whole grains: Whole grains are full of protein, fiber, antioxidants and minerals. Whole grains help reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer.
Try our Buckwheat Crepes with Pumpkin. They have whole grains for days!

minervadairy-dairyrecipes-ham-bean-soupBeans: Beans are full of health benefits. They are high in protein, rich in complex carbs and offer an array of vitamins and minerals. Beans are also low in fat and free of cholesterol. We love them in our Classic Ham and Bean soup.

Lean meats: Lean meats, such as chicken, turkey, pork and fish are not only low in dietary fats, but they are full of rich proteins that the body needs to build muscle. They are also a good source of iron and B-complex, which promotes healthier blood.

Cooking with these real and wholesome ingredients will have you starting your New Year off on a lighter (and more flavorful) note! Cheers to a year filled with real home cooking and real ingredients.

Dress Up America’s Most Underrated Cookie

Minerva Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
We get it, we get it! The leaves are turning hues of ruby red and burnt orange … which means pumpkin. Lots of pumpkin!

So, how do you celebrate fall in all its glory without overdoing the pumpkin in your kitchen? One recipe from Venae’s Kitchen can help you break free of the basic pumpkin spice latte and bring a little warmth to the oft-forgotten snickerdoodle.

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But before you get a jumpstart on our recipe for Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, make sure your fridge is stocked for fall. (We’ll wait. Go on … take a read and we’ll meet you back in the kitchen to get these treats baking!)

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Ingredients
1 cup of Minerva Dairy Pumpkin Spice Butter, softened
3 1/4 cups flour
3 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg yolk
1/4 cup canned pumpkin purée
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For Rolling
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions
In mixing bowl combine flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar, baking soda, baking powder, salt cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together Minerva Dairy Pumpkin Spice Butter, sugar and brown sugar until mixed. Add egg yolk then mix in pumpkin and vanilla. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 mins to an hour. Preheat oven to 350°F during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration.

In a small bowl combine the 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tsp of cinnamon. Scoop out dough and make a small ball and roll in the cinnamon sugar. Place on cookie sheet and press down slightly on each ball. Bake in preheated oven 10-12 mins.

9 Essentials for Stocking Your Fridge and Pantry

You may not be able to achieve perfect balance – between the extra-curriculars and surprise visits from the in-laws – but you can achieve the perfect fridge and pantry. Here’s how:

Fridge Essential #1: Minerva Dairy Pumpkin Spice Amish Roll Butter
Our Pumpkin Spice Amish Roll Butter is the 84% butterfat Amish Roll Butter you’ll love in almost any recipes. Sweet or savory, every dish could use a little of the good stuff. Spread it over a toasted slice of sourdough bread and you’ll up your breakfast game in a flash.

Fridge Essential #2: Minerva Dairy Maple Syrup Amish Roll Butter
Trust us. We’re not just tooting our own horn. Our Maple Syrup Amish Roll Butter is the recipe companion you never knew you needed. A little goes a long way in our Buckwheat Crepes with Pumpkin Ricotta. Can you say, “Hello fall!”

Fridge Essential #3: Carrots and Brocolli
These veggies have magical powers. Well, ok. They have versatility. That’s the same thing, right? Plus, Candied Maple Carrots are always welcome at the dinner table.

Fridge Essential #4: Hot Sauce
Dress up leftovers or add some warmth to your savory fall dishes. With a chilly winding knocking on your door, you’ll be glad for this little bit of heat.

Fridge Essential #5:Sausage
It’s sausage. Do you really need a reason to keep stocked up this fall? (You’ll want to buy a little extra once you give our Croissant Waffle Breakfast Sandwich a try)

Pantry Essential #6: Beef or Chicken Stock
There’s bound to be a chilly fall Sunday evening where homemade French Onion Soup just sounds so. Dang. Delicious. With this pantry staple, you’ll be ready for when the craving strikes.

Pantry Essential #7: Canned Tomatoes
Canned tomatoes (and pretty much any other varieties of canned veggies) let us make our favorite fall recipes even when the ingredients are seasonal. Okra and Tomatoes are one of our cool weather go-to’s.

Pantry Essential #8: Onions
From soup to salad to stir-fry, you’ll be set for any fall recipe the foodie home chef in you can dream up.

Pantry Essential #9: Maple Croutons
When Maple Croutons are made fresh, they’ll go fast, but try to keep a batch on hand to toss on your favorite salad or soup.

Cool Weather Tips to Brighten Brunch

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It’s not fall without a few really incredible brunch get-togethers thrown in there, is it? Here are three simple ways to hack your way through the kitchen work and come out with recipes that put fall in reach.

Bulletproof your coffee: We love putting butter in our coffee because we’re butter lovers, plain and simple. But blend a few tablespoons of our Unsalted Amish Roll Butter in a cup of freshly brewed joe for a creamy drink you’ll love waking up to, and you’ll be hooked too!

Amplify your pancake game: Chef Eric Greenspan’s Pancake Lasagna is a clever and insanely delicious way to please the brunch-going crowd. Get the perfect bite and you’re noshing on pancakes, bacon, sausage and eggs … all in one bite. Perfection.

Turn up the flavor with one ingredient:
And that ingredient is butter. Our Pumpkin Spice Amish Roll Butter and our Maple Syrup Amish Roll Butter is the easiest way to add a little pizazz to your favorite pancake recipe … or even to a stack of frozen waffles. Hey. We’re not judging!