Celebrate National Dairy Month in June with Delicious Dairy Desserts

As soon as summer hits, ice cream, creamy pies, and other dairy treats immediately beckon. Give in to that craving. You deserve it! Plus, June is National Dairy Month, so it’s the perfect time to indulge in all your favorite creamy treats.

Do you need another reason to celebrate dairy? Approximately 98 percent of all Oklahoma dairy farms are family-owned, according to Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom, so by drinking milk and enjoying dairy, you are supporting Oklahoma’s farmers and our state’s economy.

National Dairy Month History

While some food celebrations come and go, National Dairy Month has been a constant since 1937 and this year, will celebrate 80 years of delicious dairy celebrations. Although the name has changed from National Milk Month to National Dairy Month, the goal remains the same. It’s all about celebrating dairy’s products, its producers, and its nutritional benefits..

Nutritional Benefits of Dairy

Dairy has varied in terms of popularity through the past 80 years; but you can’t ignore its health benefits. Dairy provides calcium, potassium, and a sufficient amount of protein to help rebuild and repair muscle tissue. A dairy treat like chocolate milk or yogurt is a delicious snack after a workout.

“Many people are concerned by the amount of calories and fat found in whole milk, but it’s important to consider the nutritional benefits of it,” Pam Patty, registered dietitian at INTEGRIS, said. “It’s more important to be mindful of correct serving sizes.”

When it comes to enjoying dairy’s benefits, remember moderation is key.

Delicious Dairy Treats Round Up

Everyone has their favorite traditional dairy treat — maybe an ice cream sundae, custard, cake, or even a creamy drink. Here are some different dairy desserts made by fellow Okies to change up your typical dairy creation. Plus, we’ve included a lighter dairy dessert option to help you enjoy the summer season guilt-free.

Key Lime Pie by Take a Bite Blog

Key Lime Pie is a wonderful summer treat. The lime zest adds the perfect twist to this classic sweet pie.

Key Lime Pie

Blueberry Lemon Puff Pastry Bites by Krisztina Clifton

When you combine delicious flaky pastries and a scrumptious filling, you get pure happiness. This treat is perfect to bite into on a hot day.

Buttermilk Brownies by Made in Oklahoma Coalition

There is nothing like the perfect chocolaty rich brownies topped with creamy vanilla ice cream. This tried and true dessert is sure to please any guest!

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream by Taste of Home

Speaking of ice cream, this easy homemade ice cream is delicious. We believe recipes that have been passed down through the years are some of the finest, and this ice cream proves our theory right.

Ice Cream Pie with Easy Caramel Sauce by Pioneer Woman

We are convinced that the Pioneer Woman can do no wrong when it comes to food. This ice cream pie with the caramel sauce is to die for and definitely worth the calories. We recommend having guests over for this one so you don’t eat the whole thing by yourself!

Mouthwatering Dairy-Free Round Up

We understand that dairy isn’t an option for everyone’s diet. Homeland carries plenty of alternatives in stores so you can join in on the fun.

Chocolate-Covered Mocha Ice Cream Bites by An Unrefined Vegan

The delicious flavors of coffee and chocolate join together in these little bites, and believe us, it’s a match!

Banana Nutella Ice Cream by Hugs, Kisses & Snot

If your countertops are piled high with ripening bananas, we have the perfect way to make sure they won’t go to waste. Make some ice cream! Bananas serve as an unconventional but effective swap for dairy.

Root Beer Float by Plaid & Paleo

Craving a fizzy, creamy root beer float, but can’t quite stomach the dairy? Here’s a great alternative for you to try!

So, which dessert calls out to you? Celebrate National Dairy Month by heading to your nearest Homeland, picking up your favorite dairy products, and making a delicious summer treat!

How to Make an Empanada in 10 Easy Steps

Want to impress and intrigue your dinner guests? Empanadas are sure to do the trick. They may sound fancy, but these treats contain the two things we enjoy most in life: carbs and a delicious filling, and they’re sure to satisfy any hungry friend.

Empanadas aren’t a common dish in the United States but are very popular in Latin American countries. They can be served as the main dish, an appetizer, or a dessert and are the perfect unexpected party guest. Empanadas are also very portable and easy to enjoy as an appetizer while making the rounds, or to take on the go. You won’t mind having any leftovers.

Dinner Table with EmpanadasEmpanadaHistory of Empanadas

The name came from the Spanish verb – “empanar,” which means to wrap or coat in bread. Empanadas originated in Spain and Portugal, but their popularity didn’t stop there. They were quickly seen in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Philippines with different variations for the filling.

Since then, the empanadas’ popularity continued to thrive and can be enjoyed throughout the world today.

Empanadas

Types of Empanadas

Empanadas are a stuffed pastry or bread. They commonly have meat inside and are referred to as meat pies in some parts of the world. However, you can also make them with veggies, eggs, or anything your heart desires.

The biggest decision you have to make when it comes to empanadas is what you want it to be served as at your dinner. Do you want to offer it as a savory appetizer, the main dish, or as the delightful sweet treat to end the meal?

Empanadas with SauceIt’s also customary to have a dipping sauce to pour over the empanadas. Consider which sauce you’d like to offer your guests. If you’re having a savory Argentinian empanada, you may enjoy a chimichurri sauce, but if you’re having a sweeter Caribbean empanada, a mango salsa may be a better option. You also must decide if you’re going the healthier route, or going all in. Empanadas taste delicious baked or fried.

Now it’s time for you to make your very own empanada. Follow the recipe to the T, or make it your own by changing up the vegetables insides it. That’s the fun part about empanadas: there isn’t a wrong way to fill them!

Empanada Ingredients

Empanada Dough

¼ C Vegetable Shortening

3 C Flour

1 C Hot Water

Empanada Filling

1 ½ Pounds Ground Beef

1 Red Onion

2 Cloves Garlic

1 Green Pepper

1 Red Pepper

1 Jalapeño

3 TBSP Tomato Paste

½ TSP Salt

½ TSP Pepper

2 TBSP Olive Oil

2 TSP Cumin

¼ TSP Cayenne

½ TSP Red Chili Pepper

¾ C Water

8 Oz Cheese (Your Choice)

Instructions

  1. Let’s get started and make the dough. Stir the flour, water, and vegetable shortening together and make a ball of dough. Refrigerate for one hour.
  2. Time to make the filling. Heat the oil in a pan. Then, brown the ground beef. Add the onions and garlic into the mix until they are translucent.
  3. Next, add the peppers and jalapeño to the mix for a few minutes, or until they are cooked.
  4. Pour the water into the mixture and add the tomato paste. The filling should thicken in this stage.
  5. Take the filling off heat and let it cool completely.
  6. Heat oven to 400 degrees to begin preheating.
  7. Time to take your dough out. Roll out the dough into a 1/8 inch circular layer. You can use a circle cookie cutter to create the outside. Dependent on the size, you can either make about 15 small ones, or 7 larger ones.
  8. Once you have the outside ready, spoon the insides into the middle of each circular layer. Sprinkle filling with cheese, making sure there is enough bread on the outsides to seal it shut.
  9. Fold the empanada in half and crimp edges with a fork. Careful not to let the filling come out.
  10. It’s time to get those empanadas into the oven. Brush the empanadas with oil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

Is your mouth watering yet? Head to your nearest Homeland to pick up all the ingredients you’ll need!

Drug Take Back Event

On Saturday, April 29, two of our Homeland locations hosted Drug Take Back Events in partnership with KOCO and the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The Take Back Event allowed people to drop off their unused or expired prescription medications for safe disposal.

The event was a huge success even with the less than ideal weather. Our store on Britton and May collected eight trash bags full of medications, and our 18th and Classen location collected another four.

If you missed the take back event and would like more information on the safe disposal of prescription medications, you can contact your local law enforcement agencies for the dates and locations of take back events near you.