Did you know that January is National Slow Cooking Month? I’m a pretty big fan of the slow cooker, and I use mine often! So when the folks at Minerva Dairy sent me some of their yummy butter and asked me to use it in a slow cooker recipe, I decided that their butter really needed to be the star of the dish!
The dairy is America’s oldest family-owned dairy producing traditionally-made cheese and butter! For five generations, the family has used fresh farm milk, old-fashioned churns and wholesome ingredients to make their butter and cheese products. They also offer gift baskets and yummy meats and mustards!
With that said…on to the recipe!
I like cooking rice in my slow cooker. Have you ever tried it that way? I feel like, when I’m making a meal that utilizes rice as a side, I’m already using my stove and my microwave and my steamer for other things. Somehow it’s hard to get rice done in there, too, so I normally throw mine in the slow cooker. The result leaves me with two layers of rice: one that is almost the texture of risotto (which I love) and one that is a bit more firm (which my husband loves)! Both have an almost “sticky rice” consistency, but I can’t get those two combinations anywhere else but my slow cooker.
Can you even believe that it’s August 1? That means 4 months until December!!! (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist!)
Moving on, moving on… let’s not think about Christmas just yet! How about a peek at the top posts here on the blog in the month of July?
1. Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Graeter’s! – The giveaway is over, and heck, the month is over, too, but there’s NEVER a bad time for ice cream! Especially Graeter’s!
Ever just think of how simple it would be if we could all go back to “the good ol’ days”? I guess we all have our own definition of those days, but for me, at least when it comes to food, the good ol’ days included big ol’ gardens full of fresh veggies, hen houses full of fresh eggs, and barns full of cows for fresh dairy products. Okay, okay…now I’m hungry. Aren’t you?
Because in my mind, there was so much more GOODNESS in food in those good ol’ days…and much less…NOT good. Preservatives? Hormones? Dyes and colors? Nah, none of that. But it’s not like you can just find healthy products like BUTTER anymore, can you? Impossible, right?
Well, thanks to Minerva Dairy, WRONG! Their butter is so legit that it’s WAY better than margarine! With 84% butterfat, making it the best good-for-you butter around, the 5th generation family-owned Minerva Dairy’s Amish Roll butter comes from local Ohio farms that boast pasture-raised cows that are hormone and antibiotic free. And guess what? You can order it online and have it shipped right to your door! No more excuses at all!
Now more than ever, I’ve been evaluating the food I purchase at our grocery stores each week. It’s crazy the stuff you’ll find in your food if you start reading all the labels, isn’t it?! Of course, it’s overwhelming if you start trying to change years of habits all at once, so I’ve been taking it a little bit at a time. For instance, I think I’ve finally eliminated all traces of high fructose corn syrup from our diets! Now I’m on to looking for and eliminating those nasty hormones – BLECH.
So when Erin contacted me about trying some butter from Minerva Dairy, I was intrigued. When she told me that the butter comes from pasture-raised cows, which means it is hormone and antibiotic-free, I was even MORE intrigued! And I mean…BUTTER. Who doesn’t want to try BUTTER?!
I hadn’t heard of Minerva Dairy before, so I headed over to their website to take a look. The dairy is America’s oldest family-owned dairy producing traditionally-made cheese and butter! For five generations, the family has used fresh farm milk, old-fashioned churns and wholesome ingredients to make their butter and cheese products. They also offer gift baskets and yummy meats and mustards!
When the package arrived, I was astonished to find FOUR POUNDS OF BUTTER. Four pounds!
It was packaged so nicely for me in dry ice with an awesome cooler to boot!
We’re big fans of peanut butter at our house. If it can be peanut butter flavored, we’ve got it! But we also have almond butter and even some pecan butter on hand, as well. I especially love fruit (apples and bananas) along with a bit of nut butter!
But I never really thought too much about the benefits that nuts and butter made from nuts offers! I mean, I knew there was lots of protein and some good fats in there, but that’s about it. So when Kaylee from Ghergich & Co. contacted me about an infographic along these lines, I was intrigued! Check this out…