June 1, 2013

World Milk Day

“He who distributes the milk of human kindness cannot help but spill a little on himself." - James Matthew Barrie

It's World Milk Day!

World Milk Day was started in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations as a way to globally promote and focus on the nutritional benefits of milk, as well as the economic importance and impacts of the industry. Many countries were already celebrating some form of a national milk day on or around this time in spring each year, so it made sense to make it June 1st.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

Remember, you don't have to take every food holiday literally. If you don't want to just drink straight-up milk, don't. There's loads of other ways to incorporate it into today: use it to make a coffee drink (like a cappuccino), eat some ice cream, make a soup using it as an ingredient, etc. I'm celebrating with a seriously delicious dish I first discovered at a local pub: sweet potato fries topped with cheddar cheese (which is made from what? MILK!), BBQ sauce (something like Stubb's Sweet Heat is best), shredded fried chick'n, and maple syrup flavored sour cream or mayo. And if you really wanna go the extra mile, I would pair this with a pint of hard cider!

Mega noms.

Happy World Milk Day!