Real Simple Features Horizon Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

 

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We are thrilled to announce that Horizon’s Gluten Free Mac has been featured as one of six gluten free comfort foods by RealSimple.com. With roughly a third of the American population identifying as gluten free, we are excited to be one of the companies offering delicious takes on some comfort food favorites. With organic white cheddar and rice-based macaroni, our Macaroni & White Cheddar Cheese can compete with the best of them. For a fun dinner idea, try adding in some broccoli or sausage.

Check out the full article here!

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Bringing Home the Medals

We are proud to announce that three WhiteWave products were chosen by Prevention Magazine in its 100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards of 2014. Silk’s Organic Unsweetened Soymilk, Horizon’s Organic Whole Milk and Earthbound Farm’s Tomatillo, Black Bean, and Baby Lettuce PowerMeal were all chosen as products that met and exceeded the criteria set by Prevention Magazine:

  • Must have no more than 10 g of added sugar
  • Must have less than 200 mg of sodium per serving (or 400 mg for meals)
  • All cans must be free of BPA
  • All fish must be sustainable, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium seafood criteria
  • All foods had to be absolutely delicious

Prevention had only compliments for Silk’s Organic Unsweetened Soymilk, it captured a spot in the beverage list:

“With no added sugar and 7 grams of protein, it’s the ultimate cereal-splasher for the dairy-free crowd. Just a cup provides 30% of your daily calcium and vitamin D, plus half of your B12 allotment. Make ours a soymilk mustache.”

Also in the beverage category, Prevention praised the natural values of Horizon Organic Whole Milk:

“For drinkers of cow milk, going organic gets you lots of benefits. Organic milk is free of hormones, and the cows from which it’s squeezed even tend to live longer than conventional cows. And it’s still the king of calcium: a cold glass of Horizon organic milk will get you 30% of that daily bone-building mineral.”

Finally, Prevention expressed its affection for Earthbound Farm’s  Tomatillo, Black Bean, and Baby Lettuce PowerMeal:

“We first fell in love with Earthbound Farm for their salad-ready organic lettuce and kale. But this year, they went the extra mile with a new ready-made salad PowerMeal. It’s the perfect complete lunch: an organic mixed greens base, plus a creamy dressing (a little goes a long way!), tortilla strips for crunch, and protein-packed beans. Guaranteed to be your new work fridge staple.”

The good news continued on Thursday morning. Siobhan O’Connor, Prevention Magazine’s executive editor, appeared on fourth hour of The Today Show, with hosts Kathie-Lee and Hoda, to detail 20 of the 100 Cleanest Packaged Foods Award winners. The segment featured Silk Organic Unsweetened Soymilk and Horizon Organic Whole Milk. O’Connor praised the quality of our Silk beverage and said, “Soy milk is often chalky and high in sugar, this is neither – this is Silk, organic, nice and smooth.”

It always feels gratifying to win awards and the praise of professionals, especially when the work it involves is quality and sourcing of our products. We would like to thank Prevention Magazine, Siobhan O’Connor, The Today Show and all of the WhiteWave consumers for recognizing the love we put into our products.

Prevention Magazine’s 100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards 2014

Today Show WhiteWave Coverage

 

 

 

Horizon Mac & Cheese

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Heart of Horizon

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Ever wonder where the milk in your favorite Horizon product comes from? The answer is that 99 percent of Horizon’s milk supply comes from more than 600 family farmers across the country. They are truly the heart of the Horizon brand. These farms range in size from 13 milking cows to 2,400, with an average herd size of just 86 cows. In fact, 600 of our 679 farms milk fewer than 100 cows. So, when you’re choosing Horizon milk, you’re not only guaranteed great-tasting organic milk that is produced without the use of antibiotics, artificial growth hormones, or GMOs, but you’re also supporting family farmers across the country. You can read about some of these farms here.  

The remainder of our milk supply comes from our Horizon dairy in Kennedyville, Md. The Maryland farm is a leader in conservation efforts, conserving water via a berm and dam structure along a nearby creek that minimizes erosion and captures rainwater. The dam can hold up to six million gallons of rainwater runoff, which is used to irrigate the farm’s pastures. In addition, the farm’s shop building features solar-heated water and efficient radiant floor heating.

Whether it’s from one of our family farmer partner dairies or our own Maryland farm, regardless of size, you can feel good knowing that all Horizon milk is produced in strict accordance with USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards, and all farms are certified organic by an independent, third party certifier. In fact, we’re proud to have played an important role in developing the USDA NOP regulations and the USDA organic seal. We also have our own additional standards that govern our Maryland dairy. They’re called our “Standards of Care.” They outline things like our belief that animal care and welfare should be holistic, preventive and natural and our moral obligation to treat our animals humanely and with respect. Our full Standards of Care document is available on our website here.

Since its inception more than 20 years ago, Horizon has grown to become the leading organic milk brand in the country. We have always been committed to supporting our hundreds of family farmer partners, as well as promoting sustainable agriculture and growing the organic dairy category. We are always looking to help more farmers convert to organic farming, which will ultimately lead to the growth of the industry so more consumers have access to organic offerings. We’re proud of our history and continue to believe that great milk starts with great farmers.

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Melting Heart Cookies

Yield: 30-35 cookies

Difficulty: Moderate

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 12-15 minutes per batch

These delicious cookies have a sweet heart of deep dark chocolate. 

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (if desired)

1 cup Horizon Organic unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar
2 large Horizon Organic eggs
2-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Filling
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1/4 cup Horizon Organic whipping cream 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease, spray or line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, cocoa, vanilla and espresso powder until smooth. Set aside.

In an another bowl cream butter and sugar until pale yellow and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add cocoa mixture to butter mixture, stirring until completely combined.

Sift together flour, soda and salt and add to the chocolate mixture, mixing until combined. (Dough will be quite stiff.)

Using a soup spoon, scoop balls and place 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until tops bounce back when lightly pressed.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to cooling racks. While cookies are still warm, use the back of a teaspoon to gently press an indentation in the center of each cookie.

Meanwhile, make Chocolate Filling:

In a small saucepan, heat cream to boiling, then remove from heat and quickly pour over chopped chocolate. Let stand for 3 minutes then whisk until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth.

To finish, scoop a teaspoon of filling into the center of each cookie. Cool and serve. Cookies may be stored, tightly covered, at room temperature for 2-3 days or frozen up to 2 months.

 Nutrition Information:

Calories 113; Calories from fat 52; Total fat 6g; Saturated fat 3g; Trans fat 0g; Cholesterol 21g; Sodium 57g; Carbohydrates 15g; Dietary Fiber 1g; Sugars 8g; Protein 2g; Vitamin A 3% DV; Calcium 1% DV; Iron 4% DV

 

Say Cheese!

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Horizon Mac & Cheese products, which were highlighted in the Wall Street Journal today. Horizon Mac & Cheese is an ideal option for families who love the taste and convenience of macaroni & cheese, but want to trade up to options with organic ingredients, that are free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives and that are made with non-GMO ingredients. Different from other Mac & Cheese options, all Horizon Mac & Cheese products are made with real, Horizon organic cheese. 

Horizon Mac & Cheese products are available in six new varieties:

USDA-Certified Organic Horizon Mac & Cheese Products:

  • Horizon Organic Mac & Cheese – Shells & White Cheddar Cheese
  • Horizon Organic Mac & Cheese – Macaroni & Mild Cheddar Cheese

Made With Organic Horizon Mac & Cheese Products:

  • Horizon Mac & Cheese – Pasta Cows & Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • Horizon Mac & Cheese – Shells & White Cheddar Cheese
  • Horizon Mac & Cheese – Macaroni & Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • Horizon SuperMac & Cheese – Macaroni & Mild Cheddar Cheese (with 12g protein per serving)

 Look for new Horizon Mac & Cheese products in your local grocery store today! More information and a store locator tool are available at www.horizonfamilyfavorites.com.

 

Eggnog Pound Cake with Rum Glaze

Eggnog Pound Cake with Rum Glaze
from Horizon’s farmer partner recipe box

Amazing dessert to bring to your next holiday party or to the office. The glaze is a perfect touch.

Yield: 8 servings

Difficulty: Moderate

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cooking Time: 65 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dried currants
2 tablespoons dark rum or water
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated or ground
1 cup Horizon Organic unsalted butter at room temperature2 cups sugar
3 large Horizon Organic eggs at room temperature
1 cup Horizon Organic eggnog mixed with 1 tsp vanilla
2 tablespoons water – glaze
2 tablespoons dark rum – glaze
3/4 cup sugar – glaze

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 9-inch Bundt pan. Soak currants in rum for 15 minutes. Combine dry ingredients and set aside. In a separate bowl, beat butter for 30 seconds with a mixer on medium speed. Add sugar and beat 5 minutes more. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. With mixer on low speed, alternately beat in eggnog and dry ingredients. Fold in currants and remaining rum. Pour into Bundt pan. Bake 55-65 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Cool ten minutes on wire rack. While cake is cooling, combine glaze ingredients. Turn cake out onto wire rack. Use pastry brush to spread glaze on cake. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Calories 366; Calories from Fat 114; Total Fat 13g; Saturated Fat 8g; Cholesterol 75mg; Sodium 126mg; Total Carbohydrates 58g; Dietary Fiber 1g; Sugar 40g; Protein 4g; Vitamin A 10% DV; Vitamin C 0% DV; Calcium 7% DV; Iron 8% DV.

Women in Dairy

Liz Bawden of Hammond, New York, and Netty Loos of Scappoose, Oregon, may live on opposite coasts of the country, but their personal and professional paths and passions led them to discover a similar, fulfilling life of organic dairy farming.

Click here to read the whole article.

Recycle your Cartons

NBC in Tampa recently aired a segment about how the City of Tampa is encouraging residents to recycle all of their food and beverage cartons.

You can view the clip here. Did you know that you can recycle Silk, Horizon and International Delight cartons? Yes, you can!

Yam Gratin with Nutmeg and Sage

Are yams on your Thanksgiving menu? Let us help you out with this delicious recipe for Yam Gratin. Yum.

Yam Gratin with Nutmeg and Sage

Yield: 4 Servings
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

This simple recipe can easily be multiplied to serve a large holiday crowd.

Yam gratin

Ingredients:
3 small yams
1-2 pinches dried sage
1 pinch ground nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. Horizon Organic unsalted butter, cut in pieces
1/2 cup Horizon Organic grated cheddar cheese
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a shallow one-quart casserole or gratin dish. Peel the yams and cut them in slices about 1/3-inch thick. Arrange the slices, slightly overlapping, in a single layer in the dish. Sprinkle with sage, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Dot with butter. Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 1/2 hours, until the yams are slightly tender. Top the gratin with cheese and bake for 30 minutes more, until the yams are very tender and the cheese is melted and golden.

Nutrition Information:
Calories 217; Carbohydrate 27g; Protein 7g; Fat 9g; Saturated Fat 6g; Cholesterol 25mg; Calcium 177mg (18% DV); Sodium 374mg