Thank you to Tillamook for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you love all things dairy and are based in the Washington, D.C. Metro area, have I got a treat for you. Tillamook cheese and ice creams are finally available in the area, and they’re hosting a major event called Melty Fest from July 24-28 to celebrate.
Tillamook: The Background
If you’re not familiar with Tillamook, I think they’re one of the most game-changing brands in the dairy industry right now. They’re a 110-year-old, farmer-owned cooperative based in Tillamook, Oregon. I’m a big fan of this company because they pride themselves on their commitment and mission to connect farmers and food lovers through better-made dairy products. Tillamook produces award-winning cheese, ice cream, sour cream, butter, and yogurt products — and they never sacrifice or compromise quality for profit. Also, if you’re ever on the Oregon coast, you can visit the Tillamook Creamery and tour the facility where they produce their ice cream and cheeses. You can also sample their products at the creamery as well! It’s a popular tourist destination and on my Oregon bucket list.
I’ve had the opportunity to try out Tillamook products in the past while I was visiting the West Coast. I’m so happy that they’ve finally expanded to our area! If you live in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area, you can now buy Tillamook ice cream and cheeses at your local grocery store. You can click here to find out what grocery store near you carries their products!
I went on a little bit of a Tillamook haul a few weeks ago at my local grocery store, and Tom and I sampled several of their offerings. We loved everything that we tried, but their Sharp Cheddar Cheese and their Oregon Strawberry Ice Cream were my two favorites. The best part? They don’t use any artificial ingredients!
Test Tillamook Products at Melty Fest
For my local friends: you also have the chance to taste test Tillamook products this week!
From July 24-28, Tillamook will be hosting a series of events in the District called Melty Fest. At Melty Fest, Tillamook will be taking over the menu at Little Red Fox. Chef Matt Carr will be creating a new cheesy special each day, for five days, featuring Tillamook award-winning cheddar. You can stop by between the hours of 3-7:30 pm to sample these unique dishes on Little Red Fox’s dinner menu.
At Melty Fest, you can also stock up on Tillamook cheddar and test out Tillamook Ice Cream x SugarFox Ice Cream sandwiches, which will be sold at Little Red Fox. Tillamook is also hosting several giveaways throughout the week to anyone who purchases a Tillamook product. Pretty cool, huh?
A Tillamook Recipe to Try At Home
Can’t make it to Melty Fest? You can make Chef Matt Carr’s Breakfast Burrito using Tillamook products found at your local grocery store. See the recipe below!
- Potatoes, preferably Yukon gold, 6
- Eggs, dozen
- Tillamook Cheddar, Extra Sharp, 8 slices
- Fresh corn (or frozen if not available fresh), 1 pint
- Black beans, canned, 1 pint
- Canola Oil (or vegetable oil), as needed
- Flour tortillas, 12", 8 each
- Hot sauce, as needed
- Warm oven to 400 F.
- Cut potatoes into large squares and place in salted water. Bring to a boil and simmer until fork tender.
- Drain water and place potatoes on a sheet tray lined with parchment. Generously coat with canola, salt and pepper. Bake at 400 F until golden brown and caramelized.
- Cut corn fresh off the cub. Place in simmering salted water until tender. Drain.
- Toss corn with black beans (rinsed) and add 2 T of cumin, salt and pepper to taste.
- Break eggs into bowl. Use immersion blender (or a fork) to mix until liquid is homogenous.
- Add canola oil to a large non-stick pan on high heat. Toss in potatoes & egg mix.
- Move eggs around pan continuously to avoid any browning.
- Once eggs come together, lower heat and toss in corn / bean mixture & Tillamook Cheddar (break up slices with your hand into smaller pieces, so it melts faster)
- Once cheese is melted, it’s ready to serve.
- Heat flour tortillas, one at a time, over open flame of the range. About 5 seconds on each side.
- Scoop 1 heaping cup of the burrito mix into each tortilla. Drizzle with your favorite hot sauce and then wrap tightly in a hot tortilla. We use our house made hot sauce, which contains smoked chilis and tomatoes, to add a really nice sweetness and kick.
Melty Fest is open to the public. However, make sure to RSVP to the menu takeover at Little Red Fox here, and to the Ice Cream Sampling Takeover at Wunder Garten here!
Have you ever tried Tillamook’s products? Let me know in the comments below!
Photos by Tom McGovern