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June 22, 2015

Chocolate BBQ Sauce

Over ice cream, dip cookies, berries or bananas, marshmallows....what ever your pleasure, this Chocolate BBQ Sauce recipe by Francois Payard looks like a winner to me.  My plan is to incorporate it into a milkshake since we're right in the middle of National Ice Cream Month.

We're getting ready to head to our local fair, where the kids show their Holsteins and we will be camped out there for five days. Whipping out some chocolate BBQ sauce to dip my pretzels in will sound good at the end of a long fair day.  Especially when paired with a nice bold glass of cab.  I think I'll be ready for it by Thursday night, I am sure of it.

See you at the fair!

                                                                                 Photo and recipe courtesy Francois Payard

Chocolate BBQ Sauce

8 ounces (250 grams) 61% or 72% chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon (12 grams) light corn syrup
1 cup (250 grams) heavy cream
½ cup milk
4 tablespoons your favorite BBQ sauce
2 dashes of Tabasco

1)     Place the chocolate and corn syrup in a medium bowl.
2)     Pour the heavy cream and milk into a small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Pour the hot cream and milk mixture over the chocolate, and whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Strain the mixture into a bowl.
3)     Add 4 tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce and 2 dashes of Tabasco to the chocolate mixture.
4)     Line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats. Dip cookies, berries, or marshmallows into the chocolate BBQ glaze and place on the lined baking sheets. Allow the chocolate BBQ glaze to set and then enjoy.
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June 1, 2015

Eager for Dairy

We kicked off Dairy Month a day early yesterday with a whole lot of dairy. Beginning the day with our own local 4H club's annual 4H Project Workshop and Chicken BBQ.

The workshops are held to help instruct 4H members how to show or just to practice showing different animal breeds at the local fair.  Non 4H members are also encouraged to come out and learn and try handling the animals as well.  Fun for all.

In the photo above, Paige is practicing her Showmanship techniques in the ring with her cousin's Jersey dairy cow, Ruby.

Many of the kids attending, eagerly awaited their turn to participate. 
(Thanks Jenny for the cute photo below)

We also had a beef cow workshop, which is completely different than showing a dairy cow.

A rabbit, cavy and poultry workshop....
(Two additional photos by Jenny, thank you!)

Much was learned about showing swine as well.  The beach balls doubled for the actual live animal in the swine workshop.  So much fun!

Appetites were on fire after the workshops concluded, so after washing up we enjoyed a fabulous chicken BBQ paired with plenty of Clover Stornetta milk and Three Twins Ice Cream..

June kicks off Dairy Month and we have an entire month+ of dairy related excitement to come!  My kids are eager to show their dairy heifers at our local fair in a few weeks, hope to see many of you there!

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