A Night Cooking With The United Dairy Industry of Michigan (Plus a GIVEAWAY!)

A few weeks ago I headed over to the east side of the state for food. It is about the only thing that might get me to the other side of the state (ba dum dum). And it was worth the drive in every single way.


Bloggers like to eat. And talk. And take pictures (Thanks for the pic Jen)

Let me just say when the United Dairy Industry of Michigan invites you to a cooking class you say yes. Because there will be an abundance of cheese and heavy cream. You can never go wrong with cheese and heavy cream (unless you are lactose intolerant. then you have my sympathies).


Me learning “knife skills” while making buttermilk ranch dressing from scratch

I watched and learned from some amazing chefs. And I learned a lot of great things about Michigan Dairy products. If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know I am passionate about sourcing as much of our food as I can locally. And I buy the bulk of our dairy products directly from small farmers. But I also was happy to know that most of the dairy I buy locally in the store is also from local Michigan producers.


My teams creation: a Spring Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing (it was AMAZING)

First I will tackle some big questions we tossed around over dinner. No artificial sweeteners are added to your milk. Apparently there has been some misunderstanding about this, but there will never be anything added to your milk without it being clearly labeled. Rest easy. Also cows are treated with antibiotics when they have the equivalent to mastitis, but those cows are not milked with the other cows. Milk is highly tested to make sure it is antibiotic free.


I’m not sure what I am learning here but I think I am thinking, just let me eat!!

I was actually really excited to meet a Lansing area dairy farmer, who in addition to being hilarious, was so open and honest with all my questions I peppered her with. She is passionate about being a dairy farmer and is the fifth generation in her family to do so. She doesn’t know it yet, but I am bringing all my friends to visit her farm this summer.


Our chef making Salted Caramel Pots de Crème (ZOMG!!)

Most importantly I learned that milk is packed with nutrients. Many of which we are deficient in it. Would you believe that milk has as much vitamin D as salmon? Or as much potassium as a banana? Or as much calcium as 10 cups of raw spinach (that’s a lot of spinach!)

salted pots de creme

Salted Pots de Crème i.e.. the most amazing dessert I have ever had

I had amazing time, actually learned some great cooking skills and recipes (I will be making that dessert and salad again and again), met some great bloggers and was super impressed with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. I will be back later this week with a dairy inspired recipe to share.

To thank us for participating we were provided with a great gift bag. And I am excited to offer you the same gift!

dairy giveaway

You will receive:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


disclosure: I received gifts to thank me for my attendance. All opinions are my own.


  1. Okay, I’m going to cheat, because I learned this from another dairy campaign that I did a while back. But I love the fact that chocolate milk is a good thing for us to drink after working out. WAY better than sports drinks!
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    • Ummm…I RT’d your tweet and can’t figure out how to find the URL of that. Yes, I’m dumb. So the URL I put in Rafflecopter is from your original tweet. #giveawayfail
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  2. Oh my word. Cheese is my very favorite food. Seriously.
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  3. How do you get invited to all these amazingly fun and informative events?? :) I love that UDIM is teaming up with BCBSM to promote breakfast programs in schools. Kudos to them. And great to hear that the info about sweeteners and hormones are wrong! Thanks!

  4. I learned that has milk has been associated with reduced risk of several diseases and conditions such as osteoporosis, hypertension, obesity, colon cancer, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Yea milk!
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  5. Erica H says:

    I’d love to learn how to make my own cheese!

  6. I’m glad they say chocolate milk isn’t so bad for your kids. Because David will only drink chocolate milk!
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  7. Nicole says:

    I learned that Michigan ranks 8th in milk production in the US

  8. Milk has a lot of nutrients that we need.

  9. Lisa S says:

    Hmmm… I was too busy admiring your cute necklace…

  10. I found it very interesting how strictly the milk is tested and that a cow will be put out of commission if it is having a difficult time. Also, so many nutrients!!

  11. Making mozzarella is on my list to-do. Would love to win!
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  12. I had no idea that the ADA and DCM were non-profit! And I love the site they have for chocolate milk :)
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  13. Love, love, love this post! Want to know more about your local products…ask a farmer!

    Cannot wait to see the recipes! Thank you for sharing!

    “One in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related
    fracture during their remaining lifetime.” Ummm…That’s scary and very eye opening! Heading to the fridge now!

  14. I learned how to make Fresh Mozzarella Prosciutto & Fig Jam Grilled Cheese… so that’s something, right?
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  15. Jennifer says:

    Nutrition and health experts have named the following as some of the most enduring food myths: Dairy foods are fattening, eating sugar causes diabetes and eating carbohydrates makes you overweight.

  16. rachel says:

    They have plenty of delicious recipes on their site.

  17. alissa custer says:

    I live in Idaho, where there is a lot of dairy, but I was still surprised to see how very involved in good the dairy industry is in MI. Now I will have to find out if it is the same here!

  18. Lori S says:

    They are teaming up to teach in schools.


  19. So fun! I’m so glad to hear that milk can’t have artificial sweeteners added without listing them on the label!
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