Dairy Farmers of Canada : Milk Calendar 2016 : Lemon Cauliflower Orecchiette

Dairy Farmers of Canada contacted me and asked me if I was interested in being one of their chosen bloggers to test drive one of the 2016 Milk Calendar recipes.

Ummmmm - YES.

THEY MAKE CHEESE!!! BUTTER!!! WHIPPING CREAM!!! Basically, my favourite things in life.

'Presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada, the 2016 Milk Calendar is a time-honoured tradition. Each of the 19 new recipes features the goodness of 100% Canadian milk, by including at least a cup of milk in each recipe, and can be ready in 45 minutes or less.'

I was excited to be assigned the Homestyle Lemon Cauliflower Orecchiette - little ear-shaped pasta, Béchâmel sauce, cauliflower, lemon, capers and cheese - I mean, doesn't that sound good?

And it was. 

HONESTLY - it's one of my favourite things I've made in a long time.

There's a teeny tiny hit of heat from the 1/8 tsp of cayenne, tanginess from both lemon zest and lemon juice, salty goodness of capers, luscious creamy sauce, bite-sized chew of orecchiette pasta, a sharp creamy punch from Canadian Parmesan and everything is finished off with the freshness of chopped parsley. 

It's seriously friggin' good.

I think you could take it a step further and pour the finished pasta into a casserole dish and bake it with breadcrumbs or crushed potato chips on top for about 20-25 minutes at 350º. This would add a nice crunchy toasty texture to the already wonderful balance of the other ingredients.

Here's the link to the Homestyle Lemon Cauliflower Orecchiette recipe, plus, there's also a fun video you can watch - www.dairygoodness.ca/recipes/homestyle-lemon-cauliflower-orecchiette

Keep your eyes open for your free copy of the 2016 Milk Calendar when you're out and about this holiday season. The calendar is absolutely beautiful, filled with delicious-sounding recipes and gorgeous photography. You can also order a copy, or download the calendar as a PDF here - www.dairygoodness.ca/milk/my-milk-calendar/pick-up-your-2016-milk-calendar.

Happy cooking!