Thursday, November 26, 2015

Dairy Farmers of Canada's 2016 Milk Calendar

I know a lot of you love milk, and I do too! Containing up to 16 nutrients that are essential for health, milk is not only extremely good for you it's also very delicious. Come to think of it, I seriously cannot imagine my childhood without milk...cornflakes and milk, chocolate milk, warm cookies and milk. Even now, one of my favourite desserts is a glass of milk and warm chocolate chip cookies. So simple but so good, you know? Anyway, besides drinking milk though have you considered using it as an ingredient in cooking? If you're looking for different ways to incorporate milk into your cooking or baking, then please read on!

Featuring delicious food pairings, insightful cooking tips and share-worthy recipe variations, the 2016 Milk Calendar, presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada, features 19 nutritious, easy-to-make recipes. Each of the 19 new recipes includes at least a cup of milk and can be ready in 45 minutes or less. Recipes include delicious and easy-to-make Pumpkin Granola Muffins, Homestyle Lemon Cauliflower Orecchiette and Family Night Pizza. Almost 2.5 million will be distributed in 2016!

The 2016 Milk Calendar is a time-honoured tradition. From the day that the very first calendar launched in 1974, the Milk Calendar was an instant hit with Canadian families. Originally printed on heavy paper and featuring eight recipes made with the goodness of milk, today’s Milk Calendar is printed on recycled paper from sustainable forestry operations and contains over twice as many recipes.

Thanks to Dairy Farmers of Canada I received a copy of the 2016 Milk Calendar as well as my very own Milk Calendar apron :) And because my birthday is in June they also sent me all the ingredients I need to make June's recipe, FRESH PESTO BEANS AND GREEN ORZO!

The FRESH PESTO BEANS AND GREEN ORZO recipe makes four servings. I decided to follow the recipe as is without reducing the measurements since I can always eat it for lunch the next day and give any extras to my friend.

The instructions were very easy to follow; everything went smoothly without any mishaps. And if you're wondering where milk is incorporated in this recipe, one and a half cup was used along with butter, flour, and salt to make a thin white sauce (sorry I forgot to take photos!)

Tada! I'm pretty happy with this dish. The orzo was light, and both the edamame and green beans were fresh and crunchhy. I especially like the flavours from the pesto and sundried tomatoes. I think the recipe could've used more seasoning but that's not a big deal since you can always add salt & pepper afterwards (I added some salt and hot sauce to mine).

If you're interested in checking out recipes from the 2016 Milk Calendar head over to The website features all of the recipes found in the calendar in English and French. The website will also host monthly recipe demonstration videos for the 2016 Milk Calendar, as part of more than 100 recipe videos created for the Milk Calendar over the years. Alternatively, you can download a copy of the calendar or request a free copy to be sent to you by clicking here.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada
Founded in 1934, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national organization defending the interest of Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes safe, high quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community and pride, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives. Visit for more information.