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The New Year is Here

By Mackenzie Reynolds

My name is Mackenzie Reynolds, and I'm the Genesee County Dairy Princess. I hope that everyone had safe and happy holidays and the new year is here and it's time to make those annual resolutions. As we all struggle to keep ours, it's easy to make one about consuming 3-A-Day of milk, cheese, and yougurt everyday. Consuming 3-A-Day of these dairy products will keep you body healthier for longer, for all ages. These tasty foods help build and maintain strong, healthy bones, muscles, and teeth. Also with a balanced diet, enjoying three servings of milk, cheese and yogurt a day will help promote a healthy weight. To help you get started with your 3-A-Day, I've included this recipe for a great chowder.

Southwestern Cheese and Corn Chowder



2 tbsp. butter

1 small onion chopped

3 cups fat-free chicken broth

2 cups fresh corn

2 potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 small red pepper, diced

1 rib celery, sliced

2 cups low-fat milk                     

1 cup shredded 2% reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Melt butter in large saucepan. Add onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken broth and all vegetables. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat and simmer, covered, 5 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove 2 cups of soup and puree in blender or processor. Return to saucepan with remaining soup. Stir in milk, cheese and seasonings and simmer 10 minutes.


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