Mississippi on the Menu

Mississippi Dairy

There are 129 Grade A dairy herds in Mississippi that contribute $42 million in value of production of milk in 2011. Milk is the only crop that is harvested daily. Cows are milked at least twice a day with sanitary milking machines.

Dairy products are the primary source of calcium in the American diet, accounting for 76% of the calcium in food. Annual milk consumption in the U.S. averages 22 gallons per person.

The “sell by” date on a carton of milk is used as a guideline for grocery retailers and ensures that you are being sold a fresh product. Once you bring milk home, it remains fresh for 7 to 10 days beyond the “sell by” date if refrigerated at 35-45 degrees F.

Hot Pizza Dip

6 oz. light cream cheese
½ c. light sour cream
1 t. oregano
½ c. pizza sauce
1 c. shredded low-moisture, part skim Mozzarella cheese
¼ c. diced red peppers
¼ c. sliced green onions
½ c. grated parmesan cheese
Whole wheat bread sticks or crackers

Combine cream cheese, sour cream and oregano in a bowl; stir until smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly into a 9” pie plate or quiche pan. Top with pizza sauce, Mozarella cheese, peppers and onions. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with bread sticks or crackers.