Our Award-Winning Butter Is Your New Culinary Companion

We're #1 Butter

We were beyond excited to learn that our very own Maplewood Smoked Amish Roll Butter was recognized as best-in-class by none other than The American Cheese Society!

Curious about what made it a standout among its competition? These five recipes will have you in a foodie’s paradise. WARNING: Addictively bold flavor beyond this point.

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Of a total of 285 dairy brands submitting more than 2,000 products to be considered for the win, it’s true: our Smoked Maplewood Amish Roll Butter ranked first in the American Cheese Society’s “Butter with Flavor Added” Category.

Elevate your home cooking in three incredibly easy ways with expertly crafted butter that adds depth to your favorite savory dishes. (pssst … don’t have Maplewood Smoked Amish Roll Butter at your grocery store yet? We’ve got a Grocer Request Form for that!)

Smokin’ Dish #1: Shaved Brussels Sprouts
Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it can’t be tasty. Our Shaved Brussels Sprouts are the perfect twist on a nutritious dish.

Smokin’ Dish #2: Smokey Tex-Mex Burger
The secret to this burger recipe is (you guessed it) the Maplewood Smoked Butter. It’s our favorite on the grill or pan-fried any time of the year.

Smokin’ Dish #3: Shiitake Mushroom Leek Frittata
This meatless breakfast go-to is simple, yet scrumptious. It’s absolutely perfect for brunch or feeding your veggie-loving family … everyone will be asking for your recipe!

Where will our award-winning butter take your culinary adventures? We love hearing from fellow dairy lovers. Share your best Maplewood Smoked Butter-inspired recipes to us right here.

How to Stay Ahead of the Backpack Crew

Going back to school can be stressful not only for moms, but also for our kids. Check out these 7 stress-free tips for those of us getting back into the school swing.
How to Stay Ahead of the Backpack Crew

1. Start your school-day routine now.As summer winds down, start your child’s bedtime a bit earlier, slowly moving to the desired time. This also means waking the kids up a bit earlier, too.

Sleep Tip: According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens (ages 14-17) need 8-10 hours of sleep, school-aged children (6-13) need 9-11 hours of sleep, and preschool-aged children (3-5) need 10-13 hours.

2. Do a reconnaissance mission.Get permission to visit the school. Hang out on the swings, stroll around the buildings, find the bathrooms and get familiar with the layout before that big first day. Most schools have an orientation day, but visiting when it’s quiet can make all the difference.Croissant Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

3. Stay organized.Going back to school involves needing to keep track of an overwhelming amount of items … papers, forms, books and school supplies. If these items aren’t organized into individual bags or cases, the clutter will take over. Be creative with organization ideas for your family.

4. Wake up 30 minutes before the kids. When you get ready first, you allow yourself to ease into the day. Give yourself some alone time without the little ones fighting for your attention. Easy Breakfast Tip: Need a little morning inspiration? We’ve got the perfect on-the-go recipe.

5. Prep your healthy choices for breakfast. It’s truly the most important meal of the day. Studies show that 20 percent of children skip breakfast, which is linked to lack of concentration and unhealthy weight gain. A well-balanced breakfast with protein can help your child start the day calmly.red rind muenster

6. Love note.Write your kids a little love note and leave it in their lunch for a mid-day surprise! For a unique and eco-friendly message, write directly onto a banana.Grab our favorite words to live by right over here.

7. After-school fun. Your kids might be exhausted, but a small after-school treat to look forward to can help them get through the day. We prefer our snacks with a little extra cheese!

Back-to-School Basics

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Is it back-to-school already? Your To Do List may have grown, but have no fear; we sifted through all of our favorite recipes to make one, simple list of the easiest packable lunch and quick dinner recipes for your on-the-go life.

  1. Croissant Waffle Breakfast SandwichCroissant Waffle Breakfast Sandwich:
    When your “good morning” becomes a “gotta go!” morning, we’ve got you covered.

 

  1. Farmers Omelet Muffins:
    This breakfast is true brain food. And the best part? Your leftovers become an easy after-school snack! Just keep ‘em chilled in the fridge.

 

  1. Watermelon Farmer’s SaladWatermelon Farmer’s Salad:
    Dice, slice and toss this easy salad into a Tupperware. Lunch, anyone?

 

  1. Shaved Brussels Sprouts:
    Picky eaters, be gone! These veggies make dinnertime a breeze for parents who hear “I don’t like that!” far too often.

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.

3 Steps for a Stress-Free Easter

This year, spend less time fretting over your menu and more time enjoying quality moments with your loved ones. We’ve gathered three of our favorite dishes from Venae’s Kitchen that will be a hit at your Easter dinner.

Easter Ham: Now, this Easter ham is anything but ordinary. The sweet pineapple and peach create a delicious crust with flavors that match the light Spring weather. And the great thing about this dish (besides it being a hit!)… you can leave it to cook in the oven until it’s ready to serve, meaning less work in the kitchen for you!

Shaved Brussels Sprouts: Switch up your traditional Easter side dishes with these flavorful Shaved Brussels Sprouts. Needing only a handful of ingredients, this tasty side dish will take you under 30 minutes to whip up!

Lemon Bars: Celebrate the flavors of Spring by whipping up some light Lemon Bars. Best made the night before, these lemon bars will give your family a sweet treat that involves minimal clean up on your end!

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

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.

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.