Sunday, February 21, 2010

Brownie and Milk

Such a classic combination! The brownie recipe is from Deb, whose recipes are pretty surefire, and if you haven't tried this recipe yet, you really should get on it. It's an easy, throw things together kind of recipe that makes a dense, fudgy brownie that only gets better with age. We added pecans to ours, which I loved.

I always love reading Deb's blog for the great recipes, but lately she's been hiding links to pictures of maybe the cutest baby in the whole world within her posts. Seriously, go look.

On my 2010 to-do list was: Switch to local milk. I thought I'd let you guys know how it's going.

Things started out well. K and I both agreed that we wanted to switch. We wanted milk from a local dairy that didn't use growth hormones or unnecessary antibiotics, a place where the welfare of the animals was important.  We found a nearby grocery that offered just what we were looking for. Unfortunately, the grocery wasn't always stocked with this milk and so at times we'd have to choose between no milk and the milk we were trying to get away from. So, there were some weeks of setback and frustration, but I felt that it was ok. The local milk switch needed to be convenient for our weekly shopping and if it wasn't, we needed to work something else out.

Enter JD Country milk from Logan County, KY. It's been at our grocery consistently the past few weeks. It's hormone-free, the cows get lots of grazing time, and it comes in glass bottles. The flavor is absolutely wonderful. We get the 2% with creamline, which means there's a bit of cream on top, a special treat. Yes, I'm pretty much smitten with this milk, and I hope my grocery keeps stocking it for a long time.

JD Country milk comes in skim, 2%, whole, and chocolate. If you live nearby and would like to try it, I know you can get it at ValuMarket. The JD Country milk website also lists these other stores and if you're in Logan County, they sell their products at their farm.

How are your goals for 2010 going? I made a lot, so I've still got quite a bit of work to do.

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Updated to add: The Courier-Journal just ran an article featuring JD Country milk. It's a really interesting read; I learned some more things about the milk and the dairy farm that make me love it even more. Check it out!


  1. My grandparents were dairy farmers in the rural county where I grew up. I applaud your efforts to drink milk from locally-grown cows. Now you have me thinking about where I can get such farm-fresh milk around these-here parts! Good for you.

  2. Great goal Allison! At work, we're gearing up to launch our Bingham Fellows program for 2010 and this year's theme is making Louisville a 'greener' city. So recently at the top of my mind (and my coworkers' minds) is making the switch to locally-raised, locally-produced food.

    I think that if more people do what you are doing, we could keep more money in our community and do something good for the environment! Kudos to you (and K)!

  3. i want to find that milk in Louisville!

  4. We have the Promised Land Dairy. It's not exactly next door, but is about 3 hours away. The milk is better...

    And that brownie looks amazingly decadent. Yum.

  5. The first eight years of my life were spent on my neighbor's dairy farm so we got milk straight from the milking tank--with that line of cream, you were talking about. I guess that's why it took me so long to become a vegan. I had this idyllic vision of what a farm was. The only way I would go back to dairy, was if I found a local, more ethical milk. (Actually, the farm I grew up on is now an organic farm. But I don't know if he has any dairy cows.)
    Good for you, Allison, for going with Milk from a good source! And for following through on one of your goals! :)

  6. I have a few goals that I set at the new year, and I guess I'm staying on course - sort of. I wanted to preplan meals for each week, but I haven't been regular about it. The weeks I have planned ahead have been less stressful and we've eaten better.

    I can't wait to see your tyrol hat from the pattern I posted!

  7. that is wonderful about the local milk. is it incredibly expensive? i would like to switch to local milk and actually lessen our milk consumption, maybe alternating with homemade rice milk or something.
    that brownie? very tempting. being good, though...
    and i sent a vintage swap box your way yesterday. :)

  8. I think you are so lucky to have such beautiful milk locally! Especially in glass bottles. I'd love to find local milk here. Oh yes, and that brownie looks fantastic.


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