Since it is significant enough to get its own section on the food pyramid, dairy deserves careful consideration.
A key part of many recipes—from milk and cream to butter and eggs—dairy is integral for much of what we do in the kitchen. What we love to do at Southern Living is consider all the ways recipes can be combined around a single idea. Our dairy-based tailgating party planner includes recipes for Houndstooth Hummus Dip, the Georgia Peach Jezebel Marinated Cheese Board, and Winning Blue Cheese Steak Bites. We also love the flavors of dairy, particularly full-fat cheese and whole milk. We also recommend egg yolks.
So when you consider the vast array of dairy products, focus on fresh, whole, and wholesome products crafted with care. Support local farmers and producers where you can. And learn to savor the flavors of the best that dairy has to offer. That sweet cream butter is going to taste particularly good on a batch of fresh-made biscuits, and a glass of fresh milk is going to go well with a batch of homemade cookies. Cheese pairs particularly well with wine. Dairy will be a favorite for a long time in Southern kitchens.