Cheese Stuffed Hamburgers

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Everyone puts cheese on top of their hamburgers, but have you ever tried to put it in the middle? Stuff Hiland Dairy Mild Cheddar Cheese in between two hamburger patties, throw your hamburger in a skillet with melted Hiland Dairy Butter, and you will never make a hamburger any other way. These stuffed burgers ooze cheesy goodness with every bite!

Ingredients (makes 4 burgers):

Directions:

Cut the mild cheese into 12, 1½ x 1½ squares. Julienne the onion into 1-inch strips. Set both aside.

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In a small skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of Hiland Dairy Butter. Sauté the onion until browned for approximately 5 minutes.

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In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, salt, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Softly toss to combine the ingredients with your hands.

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Roll the mixture into balls that are approximately 3-inch in diameter.

Flatten each ball into ½ inch thick patties and indent the center.

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Place 3 Hiland Dairy Cheese squares into the indented center of 4 patties. Place another meat patty on top and pinch the sides to create a hamburger.

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Melt 3 tablespoons of Hiland Dairy Butter in a large skillet. Fry the patties for 5 minutes on each side.

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Top each hamburger with pickles and sautéed onions. Serve immediately.

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Diva’s Tip:

Hiland Dairy Pepperjack Cheese is also a delicious substitute for the cheese filling.

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Candied Maple Bacon Ice Cream

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Two American Classics That Create a Sweet and Salty Treat

I bake by this unwritten rule: Everything tastes better with bacon. When I saw Hiland Dairy Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream in my freezer, I thought, why not sweeten up some bacon and mix the two together? That’s how my Candied Maple Bacon Ice Cream was born. It’s become a big hit around my house. Hopefully, it will be as big of a hit in your household too! Here’s how you make it.

Ingredients:

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Line a jellyroll pan with aluminum foil. Fit a baking rack on top of the pan, and coat it generously with cooking spray.

Place eight strips of bacon onto the baking rack.

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, maple syrup and spreadable butter together.

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Brush each bacon strip with the maple mixture, reserving half for each side. Bake for 12 minutes.

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Turn over and brush the remaining maple mixture on top of each strip.

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Return to the oven and bake an additional 12 minutes or until desired crispiness. Remove and let cool completely.

Once cooled, transfer the bacon onto a plate or cutting board and chop into smaller bits, leaving a few larger pieces for garnish.

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Scoop the ice cream into a small bowl.

Add the bits of bacon to the ice cream and gently fold together.

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Serve immediately in small bowls, and garnish with a large piece of bacon.

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Diva’s Tip:

You can add these maple candied bacon bits to just about any Hiland Dairy Ice Cream. Visit Hiland Dairy’s website to see all of the available Hiland Dairy Ice Cream flavors. You can also sign up for money-saving coupons.

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Inside-Out Cherry Turnovers

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Put the Cherry On Top of This American Classic

Treat yourself to these delicious Inside Out Cherry Turnovers. These puffed-up cups are loaded with fruit filling, drizzled with decadent cream cheese frosting, and made with wholesome Hiland Dairy Milk and Butter.

Ingredients:

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  • 1 package puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 21 ounces cherry filling
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup Hiland Dairy Butter
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons Hiland Dairy Milk

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Unfold two pastry sheets and cut four circular shapes using a biscuit or round cutter from one of the sheets. Place the pastry rounds on the baking sheet. Cut four identically sized circles from the second pastry sheet. Next, using a smaller biscuit or round cutter, cut out the center of the large pastry round, creating a circular rim.

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Brush milk on the edge of each large pastry circle and place the pastry rims on top of each round, pushing down softly to adhere the two layers together.

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Bake the pastry cups for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven and push the centers down slightly.

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Fill each cup with approximately 1/2 cup cherry filling. Bake for an additional 8 minutes or until the pastry rim is golden brown.

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Meanwhile, mix the remaining ingredients and add milk until the frosting is thin enough to drizzle off a spoon.

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Drizzle the frosting over the top of each cherry turnover. Enjoy with a fresh glass of Hiland Dairy Milk.

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Diva’s Tip:

If you don’t want to create cups using pastry sheets, you may use premade puff pastry cups.

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S’mores Ice Cream Shake

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A New Twist on an Old Favorite

Standing over a fire pit roasting marshmallows for s’mores sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to do it. However, even though my kids are begging me for those tasty roasted treats, I can’t seem to muster up the energy to stand by any open fire with temperatures reaching nearly 110 degrees here in Texas. Staying inside with the air conditioner on high to make S’mores Ice Cream Shakes sounds like a much better option. Trust me; you have to make these.

Ingredients:

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Directions:

Put marshmallows on a baking sheet and turn the oven on to “hi broil.” Place the baking sheet underneath the broilers to crisp the marshmallows. Keep the door propped open so you can watch, and move the baking sheet so the marshmallows crisp evenly. Once the marshmallows are crisped to your liking, turn them over and crisp the other side. Remove from the oven and let cool.

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Combine the marshmallows, ice cream, graham crackers and milk in a blender. Blend until creamy and smooth. Let rest for a few minutes to allow the graham crackers to soften.

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Crush two to three graham crackers in a bag and pour onto a plate. Set aside.

Meanwhile, drizzle chocolate sauce down the side and on the rim of each serving glass.

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Dip the rim of the glass onto the crushed graham crackers to coat the rim.

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Fill each glass with the ice cream mixture. Garnish with a crisped marshmallow, extra cracker crumbs, and a straw!

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Diva’s Tip:

You also may use any variety of Hiland Dairy Vanilla Ice Creams as a substitute. Simply add 1/3 cup of chocolate syrup to the blender.

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Get Ready for Your Day the Right Way

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Gobble Up Protein Packed Pancakes That Will Keep You Going

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It revs you up for work, school or whatever your day may bring you. These Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancakes are a delicious start to your day and will not only provide you with the protein your body needs but also will keep you feeling full longer. They’ll help reduce cholesterol levels, maintain lean muscle and provide many other important dietary needs. Get your protein in a scrumptious way!

Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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Ingredients:

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Place all ingredients except the butter into a blender and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.

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Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Using a 1/4 measuring cup, drop batter onto skillet.

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Cook until bubbles appear on top, and flip over until golden brown.

Serve warm with your favorite fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup and a glass of farm-fresh Hiland Dairy Milk!

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Diva’s Tip:

Visit Hiland Dairy’s website for additional protein-packed products you can substitute in this recipe.

 

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Six-Layer ‘I-Scream-for-Ice-Cream’ Bars

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 Enjoy a Cool Treat for Summer

Ice cream and summertime go hand-in-hand, especially when you’re headed to a friend’s barbecue and you’ve been asked to bring dessert. This refreshing ice cream treat is created with layer after layer of scrumptious deliciousness that will leave your friends asking for seconds — and your recipe.

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Fudge Sauce Layer

  • 1½ cups evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Hiland Dairy Butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cookie Crumb Layer

Additional Layers

In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine evaporated milk, 1/2 cup butter, chocolate chips and powdered sugar. Bring to a rolling boiling, and cook for approximately 7 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract and cool completely.step 1 800x800

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together the crushed chocolate sandwich cookies with 1/2 cup melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish; freeze for 20 minutes.

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Remove from freezer and place ice cream sandwiches in a single layer over the cookie mixture.

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Tip: You may have to break apart a few sandwiches and press them to cover the entire cookie layer.

Immediately spread the softened ice cream over sandwich layer and freeze for 20 minutes.

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Remove from freezer and spread the cooled fudge sauce over top and sprinkle with peanuts. Freeze for 20 minutes.

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Spread the thawed whipped topping and place back in the freezer overnight or until firm.

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Diva’s Tip:

Be sure to buy the 1/2-gallon carton of Hiland Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream, open the package completely and slice the ice cream into 1/2-inch-thick pieces to lay them over the ice cream sandwich layer.

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Make This Father’s Day Delicious

Fathers Day Traditions

It’s the Thought That Counts

In my family, our gift to Dad is breakfast in bed. My husband loves when the kids file into our bedroom with his baked ham-and-cheese baked omelet, bacon and a cold glass of farm-fresh Hiland Dairy Milk. He looks forward to it every year because of the omelet’s light, fluffy texture and the gooey goodness of the melted cheeses. Happy Father’s Day!

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Calling All Peanut Butter Lovers!

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Delectable Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pound Cake

Once you take a bite from this dense, delicious cake, you won’t look at peanut butter the same again. The richness of the peanut butter cake is enhanced by chocolate chips and a delectable peanut butter glaze. It’s the perfect cake for any occasion. Be sure to have a glass of Hiland Dairy Milk nearby. Nothing helps wash down every last crumb better.

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Calling All Cheese Lovers

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A Cheesy Treat for National Cheese Lover’s Day

What do you get when you stuff taco meat and delicious Hiland Dairy Colby Jack Cheese into pizza dough? A satisfied tummy! These cheesy taco sticks are redefining taco night at my house. Served with your favorite salsa and Hiland Dairy Sour Cream, these scrumptious morsels are a great appetizer or snack, and you can even serve them for a main meal.

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This Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Is Healthy and Delicious

Typically, you wouldn’t think a creamy soup is a healthy choice. But this chicken and wild rice soup’s creamy base is made from wholesome Hiland Dairy Milk. It’s delicious, and you can make it easily in your slow cooker. You’ll enjoy the savory aromas of this soup the second you walk through the door.

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One Recipe, Many Uses

I’m a busy mom and don’t have a lot of time to plan and prepare well-balanced meals every night. That’s why I rely heavily on my favorite go-to kitchen appliance — my slow cooker. My trick is to make several pounds of shredded chicken; then I portion and freeze it for up to two months. Shredded chicken is a versatile ingredient in many of my family’s favorite dishes, plus it’s easy AND nutritious. Today, I’d like to share my delicious shredded chicken recipe with you, plus a bonus recipe for grilled chicken and cheese sandwiches!

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Clever Edible for Fall Parties!

This creamy ranch spread won’t even last until midnight, so go ahead and turn an ordinary cheese ball into a pumpkin! It will be the hit of any fall soirée with its festive look on the outside and savory flavor on the inside. Serve with your favorite crackers or veggies, and watch your pumpkin cheese ball disappear, one bite at a time!

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Celebrate National Seafood Bisque Day

Fall is here, and that means the official start to soup season in our house. If you love soup as much as we do, here’s a delicious recipe loaded with fresh Hiland Dairy ingredients. You can make mini bisque pies or serve it up in a bowl. So go ahead and add this one to your fall menu. After all, it’s National Seafood Bisque Day!

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It’s National Farmers Market Week? Off to the Market We Go!

This week kicks off National Farmers Market Week, and I love heading to our local market to pick up fresh veggies. I also enjoy this foil pack recipe because you don’t need a grill. I bundle up various vegetables and pop them in the oven. Simple and yummy!

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Celebrate National Bomb Pop Day

I remember two distinct things about summertime when I was a kid: hot Iowa temperatures and gobbling up Bomb Pops®. They were so delicious and the perfect remedy to cool down on those hot summer days. So, in honor of my childhood memory, I’ve created my own version of this summertime staple by using Hiland Dairy Yogurt to wrap up National Dairy Month!

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Share a Mint Chocolate Float on a Wonderful Summer Evening

This past year, my family decided to plan out some family time each day, typically in the evenings to just rest and relax. It’s usually after dinnertime and almost always includes some type of treat at least a few times a week. This past week we enjoyed some family time with these Mint Chocolate Floats while planning out our next trip to Silver Dollar City.

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April Is Stress Awareness Month

So, we here at Hiland Dairy figured we’d take the opportunity to help reduce everyone’s stress levels a bit. After all, that’s the whole purpose of this blog: to highlight recipes, tips, tricks and other so-called “life-hacks” to help you save money and time — the two things that most often lead to stress.

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Tater Tot Mexirole

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A Classic Casserole With a Twist

For National Tater Day, I decided to treat my family to a hearty tater tot casserole. I added a little kick to this basic casserole by baking in Mexican flavors that my family loves. The fresh Hiland Dairy ingredients made this Mexican casserole so delicious, there were no leftovers to be had!

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Plan Your Meals Ahead to Save Time and Money

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What’s For Dinner?

How many times has this happened to you: You look up at the clock at work, see that it’s nearing 5 p.m. and suddenly realize you haven’t figured out what’s for dinner yet. Luckily, Hiland Dairy is here to help. We’ve put together a free, four-week email series on this very subject.

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Mini Pancake Bites

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You’ll Flip for These Pancakes

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why make it ordinary? Think outside of the frying pan and make pancake breakfast bites using a mini muffin tin. Using fresh Hiland Dairy ingredients and serving them with a glass of pure Hiland Dairy Milk is the perfect way to start your family’s day. Breakfast is served!

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Mini Ham and Broccoli Cups

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Ham It Up!

They might be mini, but they are mighty! These mini ham-and-broccoli cups are perfect when you don’t have a lot of time to make dinner. Eat them with your favorite sides and a tall glass of fresh Hiland Dairy Milk, or grab a few to eat in the car on the way to basketball practice. Either way, they always hit the spot!

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Creamy Cajun Pasta

Creamy Cajun Pasta Recipe for Fat Tuesday

The Perfect Pasta for Fat Tuesday

When you think about Mardi Gras, you may think about the world-famous New Orleans parade, beads and masks. Personally, I think of scrumptious Cajun cooking! Over the past several years, I’ve enhanced this recipe by adding a little bit of this and that from Hiland Dairy to make one amazing creamy pasta dish. Get ready to dig in, Divas!

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Blonde Brownies Are More Fun

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Just wait until you pull a pan of these tasty treats out of the oven. Your brownie-loving family will have their minds — and taste buds — blown. You see, these brownies aren’t brown; they’re blonde. Did we mention that they’re simple to make and ready in less than an hour? Well, let’s get started!

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Got Lemons?

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It’s National Lemon Cupcake Day

Okay, I admit it. I go crazy for lemon-flavored anything—drinks, sauces, cakes—you name it. If it has that juicy fruit involved, I’m all in. So, when I looked at my calendar and noticed that today is National Lemon Cupcake Day, I headed straight for my kitchen, grabbed my Hiland Dairy ingredients and made my favorite homemade lemon cupcakes. Here are the step-by-step directions so you can give them a try!

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Make It a Hiland Holiday

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Spend the Holidays With Hiland

With the holiday season in full swing, most of us will be busy preparing side dishes and desserts to bring to parties, as well as full holiday meals for friends and family. Freshness counts when choosing ingredients for your favorite recipes, and you can count on Hiland Dairy to provide only the freshest dairy products for all of your cooking and baking needs. So, don’t forget to add these staples to your holiday grocery list…

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Did Someone Say Chili Cheese Nachos … Diva-style?

When I think of nachos, I think of beef-and-bean-laden chili, lots of Hiland Dairy Shredded Cheddar Cheese, and a whole lot of hands digging into the mountain of goodness. These Macho Nachos are the first to disappear from my party buffet. Let’s get cooking!

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Blue Ribbon Creamy Fudge

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It’s Diva-licious!

Hello, Divas! If you could see me right now, I’m doing my happy dance. Why? Because today is National Candy Day! My mom used to make blue ribbon winning fudge, so I’m using today as an excuse to pay homage to her succulent treat. Back in the day, she used only the freshest ingredients. That’s why I’m using products from Hiland Dairy!

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Who Doesn’t Like Pizza?

Even though my family doesn’t see eye-to-eye on pizza toppings, I always use Hiland Dairy Cheese when I make homemade pizza. I know the cheese is made with pure and fresh Hiland Dairy Milk, so I know it’s good. If you’ve never done it before, I recommend you try making a pizza pie from scratch. Bake it. Slice it. Eat it. Your taste buds will thank you!

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Dip In!

Our family loves to sit down for a family movie night whenever we get a break from our busy schedules. And, family movie night isn’t complete without some great snacks to go with it! Hiland Dairy Dips with chips and veggies are always the top of our snack list. But, when the chill of fall is in the air, we also like a nice hot dip. That’s when I whip up my savory Buffalo Chicken Dip. It’s easy-peasy and oh-so-delicious!

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Experts recommend that adults try to consume 30 grams of protein with every meal.

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Lotsa Mozza!

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Protein-Packed Herbed Cream Cheese And Egg Sandwich

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Looks Good. Tastes Good. Good For You.

Looks Good. Tastes Good. Good For You.

If it tastes great for either breakfast or lunch, can you call it brunch?

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Who Wants Coffee Cake

Today is National Coffee Cake Day.

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Get Chippy...it is National Tortilla Chip Day.

It’s National Tortilla Chip Day.

I can’t think of a better day to serve your favorite Hiland Dairy Dip with chips than on National Tortilla Chip Day. This crispy little snack is perfect for dipping and dunking and is a favorite in my home. And since we’re already on the subject of chips and dip, I’d like to share my Spicy Corn Dip recipe with you. This hot and bubbly dip goes great with tortilla chips!

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Don’t Be Scared of These Spooktacular Pancakes!

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Fall is just around the corner…

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Dairy Tip Tuesday: Pancakes Powered by Protein

Dairy Tip Tuesday Pancakes Powered by Protein

Pancakes are a breakfast favorite here at The Hiland Home. The problem is, pancakes generally don’t give us that protein boost we need to get our day going. Sure, we can have a tall glass of Hiland Dairy Milk to get the morning protein we need…but what if we get a craving for a cup of Hiland Orange Juice instead?

That’s why we have this recipe for our delicious Cottage Cheese Pancakes!

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Breakfast, Cottage Cheese, Dairy Tip Tuesday, Protein, Recipes, Tips

Easy Beef Crockpot Casserole

Easy Beef Crockpot Casserole

When the weather is nice, the last thing you want to do is spend hours cooped up in kitchen cooking over the weekend. Our Easy Beef Crockpot Casserole recipe lets you throw your ingredients in with minimal prep, set the timer and head to the ball game—maybe even a concert—and come back to a nice hearty meal!

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Dinner, Lunch, Milk, Recipes

Get Your Greens: Kale Slaw with Citrus Dressing

Kale Slaw with Citrus Dressing

For the past few years, we’ve been hearing about the benefits of kale. Doctors praise how nutrient-rich it is with its high levels of antioxidants and vitamins A and K, but the slightly bitter taste can be hard to swallow.

At Hiland, we’ve created a recipe to make getting all those nutrients a little bit tastier.

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Health, Orange Juice, Recipes

Cucumber Soup…Perfect for Summer!

Cucumber Soup Perfect For Summer

Soups generally aren’t thought of as your typical summer food. They’re usually too hot, too filling or too hearty…which isn’t exactly what you want when you’re trying to eat a light summer meal.

Enter Hiland’s invigorating Cucumber Soup recipe. Not only is it cool and refreshing, but the prep work couldn’t be any easier!

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Dinner, Greek Yogurt, Lunch, Milk, Recipes, Summer

Summer Grillin': Beef Kabobs

Beef Kabobs

Now that we’re well into the summer season, it’s time to break out the grill if you haven’t already. And, to christen your newly brandished grill, it’s essential that you make the king of all the grill-friendly dishes, beef kabobs.

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Dinner, Lunch, Protein, Recipes

Sara’s Kitchen: Lemon Lace Cookies

Saras Kitchen Lemon Lace Cookies

As the mercury rises this summer, I’ve got a great recipe for some delicious cookies that are light, lemony and a perfect companion for just about any outdoor lunch or dinner. I saw this recipe for Buttery Lemon Lace Cookies and absolutely had to give them a go – I was looking for a simple, elegant and light cookie to pair with some Hiland Dairy Real Vanilla Ice Cream, and these beauties seemed perfect.

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Cookies, Desserts, Guest Contribution, Recipes, Sara's Kitchen, Tips

Roasted Red Pepper Yogurt Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Yogurt Dip

Looking for a tasty, all-natural way to treat the family? Well look no further, we’ve got a deliciously creamy dip that’s the perfect snack for hungry kids and adults alike! Best of all, it features Hiland Dairy Yogurt – made with NO artificial growth hormones.

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Dips, Midwest Dairy, Recipes, Snacks

Sara’s Kitchen: Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Saras Kitchen Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta cheese is an extremely versatile cheese whose manufacture dates back thousands of years. It can be beaten smooth and mixed with sweet and savory ingredients to create a variety of desserts and snacks. It is also commonly used in Italian main dishes such as lasagna, manicotti and ravioli.

But there’s nothing quite like home made…

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Fresh, Recipes, Sara's Kitchen, Tips

Fun Kids Recipe: Baglets!

Kid Friendly Recipe Baglets

Here’s a recipe that kids just love. It’s weird, squishy and it produces a tasty, nutritious breakfast treat! It also lets kids have (a bit of) control over what they eat, which can be quite empowering for a little one—especially if he or she is a picky eater.

So, on with the show…you’re about to make “baglets” – omelets in a bag!

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Breakfast, Family, Lifehacks, Recipes, Tips

Fruity Baked Oatmeal

Fruity Baked Oatmeal

We’ve got a baked oatmeal recipe that’s chunky, crunchy and packed with sweet-and-tangy fruit! It’s delicious, nutritious and super-easy to make. What’s more, you can make it on Sunday and simply pop it in the microwave in the morning for breakfast all week long!

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Breakfast, Health, Recipes, Tips

Fun Kids Recipe: Frozen Yogurt Medley!

Kid Friendly Recipe Frozen Yogurt Medley

When your kids get home from school, what’s the first thing they do? If you’re like most families, they head to the kitchen to start snacking. Instead of candy bars and cookies, wouldn’t it be great if they’d eat something a bit healthier? Sure…but how do you get a kid to eat healthy snacks? The answer is, make them fun! And here’s a recipe that’s both fun and easy to make.

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Family, Health, Recipes, Snacks, Tips

Sara’s Kitchen: Homemade Chocolate-Covered Salted Caramels…Great for Gifts!

Saras Kitchen Homemade Chocolate-Covered Salted Caramels

I have a friend who loves Rolo candies. Decadent chocolate and creamy caramel? What’s not to love?

So one day, I decided to make her something as close to a Rolo as I could, but with a few changes. I used semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate. I added sea salt to the caramel and also sprinkled it on top. And, I didn’t go to the trouble of forming the candies into the small cylindrical shape of their store-bought inspiration.

But the result was, if I do say so myself, delicious! And, if you go to the trouble of making a batch, they are perfect for parties, housewarming gifts or setting out when guests drop by.

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Desserts, Gifts, Recipes, Sara's Kitchen, Tips

Dairy Tip Tuesday: 9 Tips for Perfectly Whipped Cream

Dairy Tip Tuesday 9 Tips for Perfectly Whipped Cream

There’s nothing in this world quite like a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream. Whether you’re topping off a slice of pecan pie, finishing off a peach cobbler or adding it to a bowl of freshly picked raspberries…real, honest-to-goodness whipped cream is one of life’s true pleasures.

Simple though it may be, there are a few things you should know if you want to get your topping technique whipped into shape.

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Dairy Tip Tuesday, Recipes, Tips, Whipped Cream

A Down-Home Favorite: Milk-Boiled Corn On The Cob

A Down Home Favorite Milk Boiled Corn on the Cob

If you’re from the Midwest, you probably grew up eating corn on the cob weekly in the summertime. That’s one reason why, here in the Hiland Kitchen, we like to keep it near the top of our menu all summer long.

Sure, you can boil or grill ears of corn and they’ll turn out tasty. But to us, there’s nothing like the recipe below to help bring out the best in fresh sweet corn.

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Dinner, Family, Lunch, Recipes, Tips

Hiland Classic Recipe: Chicken in Orange Juice

Hiland Classic Recipe Chicken in Orange Juice

There’s nothing quite like chicken. You can throw it on the grill, fry it, bake it, cook it on the stove top…here in the Hiland Home it’s our most versatile meat protein. So we want to share one of our favorite chicken recipes from the Hiland Home cookbook that is fast, easy, delicious and loved by kids and parents alike.

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Dinner, Family, Lunch, Recipes

Easter Egg Nog Casserole

Easter Egg Nog Casserole

You’ve heard about Easter eggs… but have you heard about Easter Egg Nog?

Well, this creamy, delicious treat isn’t just for Christmas anymore. So the next time you’re at the store, pick up some Hiland Dairy Easter Egg Nog and delight your family with this deliciously spicy recipe that perfect for an Easter breakfast or dessert!

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Breakfast, Desserts, Easter, Family, Milk Life, Recipes

Sara’s Kitchen: Irish Soda Bread

Sara's Kitchen: Irish Soda Bread

Everyone is Irish in March. With this Irish Soda Bread recipe, now you can eat like it too!

Bread baking can be a frightening, somewhat overwhelming endeavor. What may begin as an image of a perfectly risen loaf of bread, golden brown and fresh from the oven, can quickly turn into hours spent waiting for the perfect rise, a kitchen covered in flour and a loaf that just doesn’t live up to your high expectations.

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Guest Contribution, Holiday, Recipes, Sara's Kitchen, St. Patrick's Day

Snackify Your Drink

Snackify Your Drink

Are you always on the go? No time to stop and smell the roses – let alone sit down for a meal? Well, the Hiland Home can be wherever you are. And we’re here to help you snackify your drink and get some much-needed calcium and protein in a delicious, nutritious, grab-and-go treat.

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Breakfast, Milk Life, Protein, Recipes, Snacks

Easy Egg Casserole

Easy Egg Casserole

Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Not only is it tasty and nutritious, it can also be made in a jiffy. But regardless of when you serve it, your family will absolutely love it. And since it’s made with fresh, delicious Hiland Dairy milk and cheese, you know it’s going to be good – and, as always, with NO artificial growth hormones!

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Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Milk Life, Protein, Recipes

D-FENSE: Dairy Dips and Drinks

D-FENSE: Dairy Dips and Drinks

The Dip Option

When you have a roomful of hungry football fans watching the Big Game on your big screen, the last thing you want is for any of them to miss a play while they’re going to the kitchen to hunt for snacks. So on Big-Game Sunday, make sure your TV area is well stocked with snack stations that are all within easy reach of your guests.

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Dips, Health, Recipes, Snacks