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2015 Ultimate Mac & Cheese Recipe Contest

Macaroni & Cheese In celebration of Dairy Month, the American Dairy Association Indiana INC. (ADAI) is on the hunt for the BEST mac & cheese recipe in all of America’s dairyland.

We agree with the ADAI, macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food! There’s really no way to mess it up – buffalo chicken mac & cheese, mac & cheese with bacon, baked mac & cheese, and the list goes on.

So, in celebration of this classic American dish, and the farmers who produce the signature ingredients that make it such a family favorite, the ADAI is currently collecting recipes. The winning recipe will be featured at the Indiana State Fair in August.

Think you have what it takes? Submit your original macaroni and cheese recipe, the official entry form, and a photo of your dish here by June 30, 2015.

One finalist will be chosen from each of the 3 categories (Home Cook, Chef, Farmer) and must be available to prepare his/her recipe in the “Ultimate Mac & Cheese Recipe Cook-Off” August 15 at the 2015 Indiana State Fair.

Now off to brainstorm our own recipe…

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Farm Favorite Friday: Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Because we can only talk so much about soil health, biological farming, and organic farming… welcome to the first installment of Farm Favorite Friday.

Farm Favorite Friday is about you! We want to share our favorite aspects of farm life and we want to hear your’s too. Each Friday, we will feature somebody new. You can share a video, pictures, memories, recipes, lessons learned — anything that makes the farm life unique to you.

And of course if you blog, we can link-up with each other. 🙂

So to get things started I’m going to kick off this series with my top secret apple cinnamon muffin recipe. Seriously, this is the ONE treat my farmer BEGS for each harvest season in the combine.

Farm wives/girlfriends/daughters listen up. Men, take notes if you want to impress.

First off I firmly believe the quality of an apple cinnamon muffin starts with a really knowledgable farmer who has learned how to grow a really good apple. I use apples from Christ Orchard located near Elmwood, Illinois. In my personal opinion, the Christ family have mastered the art of a really good apple. They seem to have that down to an exact science using various types of fertilizers.

So without further adieu, here is the recipe I haven’t shared with anyone until now. You’re welcome.


They even seemed to be a hit in the office.

They even seemed to be a hit in the office.

Yields 12 muffins

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups diced apples
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Toss together diced apples.
  • Cream together butter and sugar until lightened in color, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs. Mix in vanilla.
  • Gently stir in flour mixture, alternating with milk. Stir until combined. Stir in diced apples and scoop mixture into muffin tins. Fill about 2/3 or 3/4 the way full.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.

And this my friends is one of my farm favorites.

So who wants to share next week?

Until next time, happy trails!

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