What is the Dairy Council?

The Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada is a non-profit organization comprised of a small team of dedicated professionals devoted to the promotion of local agriculture, lifelong health, and the enjoyment of food. We work on behalf of Utah & Nevada’s Dairy Farm Families to provide timely, scientifically based nutrition information to the media, health professionals, consumers, and others concerned about fostering a healthy diet in addition to promoting fun, community-based events to showcase dairy foods and dairy farmers.

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Catch up on the latest dairy news and learn more about our farmers, schools, and the industry. Frequently updated, our stories show the journey from farm to table, highlighting that good comes from the farm.

  • Hess Dairy Winter 2017

    09 Jan Winter Weather on a Dairy Farm

    Last week, Barry and Joelle Hess’s daughter got a message on Facebook from a neighbor. With over a foot of snow, their neighbor couldn’t get from their home to feed their animals and was asking for help, so Barry was volunteered for the job –......

  • UNR When I Grow Up Day

    16 Dec When I Grow Up Day

    This week, over 5,000 kids from Washoe county visited the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) for When I Grow Up Day where they learned about different careers and got to stay for a basketball game. The Northern Nevada Dairymen partnered with UNR for the event,......

  • 12 days of christmas cookies

    13 Dec 12 Days of Christmas Cookies

    Today we kick off our 2016 (and first ever installment) of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. This post will be updated daily for the next 12 days with each recipe – enjoy! The Inspiration: When our very own Becky Low was 19 years old,......

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For the past several years, Becky has been a regular on KSL’s award-winning lifestyle show Studio 5. Becky’s teaching background and her culinary experience offer the credibility and resources necessary to tweak recipes, make cooking fun, and inspire at-home chefs. Below are Becky’s most recent creations. Click one to see the recipe or navigate to “Recipes” for a complete archive.

Gingerbread Men Cookies - Dairy Council of UT/NV Recipe - Kayli Cummings

Gingerbread Cookies

These soft gingerbread cookies are a tradition in Kayli Cummings' family. Kayli is part of our Dairy Council team and works on events, school initiatives, and manages our social media. Every year, she and her family make a batch of Gingerbread Men and decorate them using frosting or other goodies.

Day 12 of our 12-Days of Christmas Cookies

Soft and chewy, these cookies are a perfect holiday tradition. Cut out shapes and decorate for a spicy, cozy treat. Day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies

powdered sugar cookies

Yia Yia's Powdered Sugar Cookies

This recipe, shared by Lacey Papageorge who works with us as a Schools Mentor comes from her great grandmother. Passed to her by her Yia Yia (an affectionate Greek name for Grandma), Lacey remembers growing up with these traditional cookies at holidays and special occasions. Sometimes called Wedding Cookies or Snowballs (if made into round balls instead of crescents), these cookies look beautiful on a holiday tray. They are buttery and delicious.
Tip: Lacey's Yia Yia recommends also using a touch of anise oil in the recipe.

Day 11 of our 12-Days of Christmas Cookies

Also called Wedding Cookies, this traditional recipe comes from one of our colleague’s Grandma (Yia Yia). Traditional and beautiful, they are a holiday staple. Day 11 of our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies!

coconut lime snowball cookies

Coconut Lime Snowballs

These cookies are a favorite of one of our school mentors, Kami Greenhagen-Jones. About them she says, "As a child, most of my favorite traditional Christmas cookies had nuts in them, so when we discovered that our son had a nut allergy, I had to start looking for nut-free options." She turned to friend and food blogger, Maria Lichty of Two Peas and Their Pod for inspiration, and created these fun cookies. They have become a Christmas tradition for Kami's family.
Day 10 of our 12-Days of Christmas Cookies

Coconut Lime Snowball Cookies are perfect for the holidays. Plus they don’t have any nuts, so they are a great option for those with nut allergies. Day 10 of our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies!

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