ATLANTA, Ga. — North Carolina’s dairy farm families are sharing their personal recipes — and their stories — in a new cookbook produced by the dairy check off organization.
“The Dairy Good Cookbook: Everyday Comfort Food from America’s Dairy Farm Families” was inspired by a love for cooking and recipe sharing, a passion shared by dairy farm families and American consumers alike.
Second-generation North Carolina dairy farmer of Jonesville Barbara Myers’ “Macadamia Ice Cream Pie” recipe was selected from thousands of nationwide entries to be highlighted in the new cookbook. Myers recreated the pie after visiting San Diego 20 years ago and it has been a family staple ever since.
“I traveled to San Diego with my husband for a dairy conference and while visiting I had this incredible pie,” said Myers. “When we returned to the farm, I just had to try and duplicate it.”
The pie, which includes decadent layers of macadamia nuts, vanilla ice cream and shredded coconut, is sure to become a hit in any household.
“The funny thing is, after returning to San Diego and having that pie again, I actually like mine better. I don’t know what I did to put it over the top, but it is in high-demand in our household.”
With temperatures warming up across the south and grilling season in full swing, Myers’ “Macadamia Ice Cream Pie” is perfect for your next family cookout.
“The pie is a perfect hot summer dessert,” said Myers. “It’s great for a summer backyard cookout since it comes straight out of the freezer.”
North Carolina is home to more than 250 dairy farm families, ranking 23rd in the nation for number of licensed dairy operations in the United States. More than 47,000 cows call North Carolina home and in 2014 they produced over 961 billion pounds, or approximately 111.7 million gallons, of milk.
Dairy plays a vital role in North Carolina’s economy, generating more than $244.5 million dollars in cash receipts in 2014. North Carolina is also home to four commercial milk processing plants, located in Asheville, High Point and Winston-Salem, as well as one commercial cheese plant. Craft cheese makers thrive throughout North Carolina, with 37 registered operations generating over $10 million in gross receipts last year.
The 256-page book showcases modern dairy farming through stories and photography of farmers and the recipes their families have enjoyed — in some cases for generations — on the farm.
“It is so delicious and perhaps one of the easiest desserts to make since you can make it ahead and store it in the freezer or throw it together in 10 minutes time,” Myers said.
More than 100 recipes are categorized by a typical farm day — from sunrise to sundown. There also are dishes for special occasions and family gatherings. Each recipe showcases the versatility of cooking with milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and other dairy favorites.
Carla Hall, a culinary expert and cohost of daytime talk show “The Chew,” wrote the book’s foreword and highlights her passion for dairy and appreciation of dairy farmers.
“I grew up with dairy being a fabric of my childhood and later my professional career, so I know comfort food,” Hall said. “And, who better to share a number of comfort food recipes that feature dairy than the people who know it best — America’s dairy farmers and those who bring dairy from around the world to your dinner table every day.”
The book is available wherever books and e-books are sold for $25. It also can be ordered on the Dairy Good website, www.dairygood.org.