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February 2011  

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Feb 2011


Super Sunday snacks

We have lots of snack ideas for your Super Bowl enjoyment: cheese curds, assorted cheeses, summer sausage, smoked beef, brats, ground beef patties, baconburgers, crackers, granola, baked goods, pigs in a blanket (Moo Roo only), ice cream, candy and popcorn. Stop in and stock up!

Here are two great dip recipes using Hansen's dried beef:
Dried Beef Pickle Dip: 3 oz Hansen's smoked dried beef, 8 oz cream cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup coarsely chopped dill pickles. Cut up the beef and pickles, stir in the softened cream cheese and sour cream and top with a little ground pepper. Serve with chips, crackers or fresh vegetables. Yum!

Reuben Dip: Mix 1 jar/can drained sauerkraut, 1 pound shredded Swiss cheese, 8 oz cream cheese, 8 oz sour cream and 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped Hansen's dried beef. Heat in a crock-pot and serve on rye bread.

Valentine's Day Special

Treat your sweetheart Feb. 12, 13 and 14 at both stores. Buy one sundae, get one free at Moo Roo; at the Outlet, buy one ice cream soda, get one free.

Bad weather

There may be times when Moo Roo and the Outlet close early or open late because of inclement weather. If these events should occur, we will post updates on Facebook to inform you.

More chances to win!
cash cow

The large CA$H COW prize has not been found in several months, and in February the game is up to $1,000. To give more people more chances to win, we have chosen to split up the prize money. 10 jugs will now have $100 written under the label (look inside the jug at your label when it's empty). Remember, there are still 5 jugs each week marked with a $5.00 prize, so keep your eyes open! View details here on our web site.

January's $5 winners were: Waterloo Community Christian School, Waterloo; and Orrin Miller, Waterloo.

Cheese of the Month
Cedar Grove Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Extra sharp cheddar

Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese is so named because it is aged for at least 12-24 months. The older the cheese, the sharper the taste. There are even 6-year and 10-year cheddars available from some cheese factories. The cheese becomes drier and melts easier as it ages. If you notice white on the cheese itself, this is the salt bleeding through. Sometimes air can develop and the bag may be puffy. Mold may develop on this cheese, but that portion may be trimmed off and the rest of the cheese is fine.

This recipe uses extra sharp cheddar cheese to give depth and richness to traditional mashed potatoes. Cook time: 10 minutes; total time: 25 minutes
Ingredients: 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into chunks, and cooked until tender
3/4 to 1 cup hot milk
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1 tbsp chopped chives
Preparation: Drain cooked potatoes well and return to the pot. Add milk, butter, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Mash well. Stir in cheddar cheese. Gently re-heat mashed potatoes, stirring constantly, until all of the cheese has melted. Pour into serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped chives. Serve immediately. Recipe is easily multiplied for larger crowds.

Cow of the Month

February's Cow of the Month wears her heart on her head. As you can see from the photo, Mesha shows love all year round! Mesha was born Jan. 9, 2009, and she is also special this month because she just became a mother for the first time on Sunday. Mesha wants to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!

Ice cream container problem

We are aware that there have been some complaints about the broken ice cream containers. At the time the containers were filled, we did not realize there was a problem. We contacted the company to inform them of the situation. The containers have been used up but there may still be some flavors out there in the bad containers, so we apologize for the inconvenience.

Food for thought

At the USDA/HHS Press Conference, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans stated that there were four nutrients lacking in the American diet. Three of those are calcium, vitamin D and potassium. Milk is the No. 1 source for these nutrients.

10% of the calories in the American diet come from dairy. Is dairy the cause for obesity?

From the Midwest Dairy Association newsletter

Attention, teachers!
Grants available

The Iowa Farm Bureau is offering grants for K-12 teachers to supplement reading and science programs. For more info, click here. Hurry! Applications are due Feb. 11.

Free gift!

Moo Roo sweatshirt
Now through February - Spend $50.00 at Moo Roo at one time and get a free Moo Roo sweatshirt!

Our goal in creating this newsletter is to keep customers informed of new products, specials, helpful hints, interesting facts, and recipes using our products. If you have any comments, suggestion, ideas, recipes, or general input, email us at [email protected]

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