This post is sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
June is National Dairy Month, and I plan to celebrate accordingly using Florida Milk. With approximately 123,000 dairy cows in Florida that collectively produce about 2.34 billion pounds of milk a year (roughly 277 million gallons of Florida-produced milk in the grocery store), the possibilities for recipes using dairy are endless! That much Florida Milk makes it easy to aim for the recommended 3 cups a day. ‘Meet’ some of our Florida dairy farmers, here.
Growing up, I was somehow, always, the unofficial corn ‘shucker’, in the summer. There weren’t any fancy tools. It was just me, six ears of corn, and a trash bag. I whined, and complained every Sunday when my mom put me in charge of this tedious task, before my parents tossed those ears on the grill, with other meats for dinner.
Fast forward to my thirties (ugggh), and shucking corn is a calming task I now enjoy; I’m totally turning into my mother. And since corn is in season right now, adding it to a summery soup with Florida Milk is a no-brainer. I’m keeping the main stars of this soup local, and I love it when a meal comes together like that!
Milk contains 9 essential nutrients and vitamins: protein, vitamins A, D, and B12, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin, zinc, and magnesium; and by adding a cool glass of Florida Milk to my warm soup is comforting, without being too filling. It’s also a good way for me to sneak in those nutrients on the weekends we have our nephew. He loves milk, but we go through it so fast when he’s around, that I like the idea of making sure he gets an extra serving from my Summer Corn Soup. Learn more about Florida Milk in schools.
Warm soup may not be the meal you think of for ‘summer’– or if you’re in Florida, it’s already summer, even though it’s technically still spring, but eating as a meal by itself is the perfect serving for hot nights (or lunch leftovers :)) Snag more dairy recipe ideas, here.
- 1.5 qt container (6 cups) vegetable broth
- 5 ears fresh sweet corn
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 4 small red potatoes (or 1 small russet), quartered (no need to peel)
- 1½ cups milk of choice (skim, 2%, etc)
- 2 tsp dried thyme spice
- Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- paprika, for garnish (optional)
- green onions, chopped for garnish
- To a large pot, heat the broth until it comes to a boil, then reduce it to low. While broth is heating up, cut off the corn kernels from the cobs, and save kernels for later. Place the cobs in the pot, and simmer them covered, about 20 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add diced onion, and cook until translucent (about 3-4 minutes) Add potato, season with a little salt and pepper, and cover to steam for 4-5 minutes.
- Remove the cobs from the soup pot, and place them on a plate to cool. Add the sauteed veggies, potatoes, thyme, salt and pepper to the pot and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the milk and most corn kernels (reserve some for garnish). Simmer for 5 minutes to come together. Remove approx ½ of the soup and puree it in a blender or food processor until it's very smooth. Return the puree to the soup pot, and heat until it returns to a simmer, stirring frequently. This will give the soup a chunky, yet smooth taste. The longer it simmers, the more flavorful this soup will be.
- To serve, top with chopped green onion, remaining fresh corn, and paprika, if desired.
See what other recipes we’re sharing for #JuneDairyMonth below:
Milk in the Morning:
- Blueberry Coconut Muffins by Take a Bite Out of Boca
- Lighter Breakfast Quiche by The Healthy Fit Foodie
- Spinach Artichoke Strata by Helpful Homemade
- Strawberry and Cream Breakfast Smoothie Bowls by Family Foodie
- Strawberry Orange Banana Sunrise Crepes by The Gold Lining Girl
Milk during the Day:
- Fettuccine Alfredo by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Hamburger Gravy by My World Simplified
- Homemade Mozzarella by An Appealing Plan
- Langostino Mac and Cheese with Crispy Bacon and Chives by Pook’s Pantry
- Margherita Penne Pasta by Life Tastes Good
- Simple Polenta Recipe by Healing Tomato
- Summer Corn Soup by Casa de Crews
- Sweet Onion Tart by Flour On My Face
Milk in Desserts:
- Boozy Hazelnut Frozen Hot Chocolate by GO Epicurista
- Cannoli Cupcakes with Chocolate Pistachio Crunch by The Crumby Cupcake
- Chocolate Eclairs by Love and Confections
- Hot Milk Sponge Cake with Blueberries by The Hungry Goddess
- Mini Bread Puddings with Whiskey Caramel Sauce by Dessert Geek
- Nutty Cookies & Cream Ice Cream by Family Around The Table
- Strawberry Milkshake by Desserts Required
- Southern Buttermilk Pie by Sunday Supper Movement
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