Feb 11

The Truth About the 5 Second Rule

The Truth About the 5 Second Rule

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Kim

Hi Everyone! My topic for today’s blog is the “5 Second Rule”. I think at some point in time we all have either given into the 5 second rule and/or at least contemplated it, right?  I, myself, can say that is true. Saying to myself… “Really, what could possibly be wrong with this, it was only on the floor for a second?!?!”  Well, let me tell you, there are various organisms including some fairly harmful bacteria that reside in the soil:  Listeria, Salmonella, E.coli… just to name a few. Granted, not all bacteria residing in the soil are harmful, but the reality is we do not know where these harmful ones are lurking. They don’t glow, smell or leave any type of calling card that let you know where they are residing, so it is best to presume they may just be there!

Also, just thinking about all of the places our shoes take us each day, from either walking across the grass to pick up something blowing in the wind to walking through a park or down a trail where a dog needed to do it’s business or a bird flew overhead leaving nature’s duty in it’s path. This leaves the bottoms of our shoes a nice little harborage area for germs, in turn leaving some of these bugs behind on the floor as we walk through the cafeteria or into the restaurant or across our own floor at home. Some might say, “Well, I remove my shoes when I get home.” I think we all have experienced, 5 Second Rule5 Second Rulethough, even if we are committed to taking our shoes off in our homes, that our floors still get dirty. Either from dust, old food debris that may have fallen on the floor from previous meals and even dirt (because we cheat from time to time, don’t we? “I just need to run in quick and get my cell phone that I left on the counter!”)  …your secret is safe with me.

If the potential for some harmful microorganisms lurking on the floor doesn’t raise a cause for just throwing the food out, what about the thought of any physical object sticking to the food item. A piece of hair, a small pebble or that little dust bunny. Biting into these physical objects makes eating not very pleasurable either.

So the next time someone shouts, “5 Second Rule!” Think twice… Do you want to take the risk? Or would you rather pick it up, throw it out, wash your hands (of course) and go for another bite of something that hasn’t spent even a second on the floor!

Wishing you healthy and SAFE eating!

Kim
Coborn’s, Inc, Food Safety & Nutrition Manager, Registered Dietitian

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Feb 9

Coborn’s Valentine’s Day Dinner

Coborn's Valentine's Day Dinner

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Jayne

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and if you are like me and don’t venture out to a local restaurant to celebrate I’m here to help you plan out your romantic meal at home step-by-step and it’s easy to do. Don’t worry I’ve got your back!

If you want to wow your significant other let’s start in the Meat Department at any one of your local Coborn’s stores. The days leading up to Valentine’s Day just stop in and ask for the pre-cooked Prime Rib in the heart shaped containers. Don’t forget to ask them about Johnnie’s French Onion Aujus also. This pre-cooked Prime Rib is fully cooked so all you have to do is place it in a glass dish, pour a little of Johnnie’s French Onion Aujus over the top of the steaks and then place them in your oven at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes and you have the most succulent and tender steak imaginable.

If you want something different in the steak family we also have Ribeye’s or Surf n Turf which is a New York Strip and Lobster. Don’t forget to melt a little butter to drench your lobster in or a wedge of lemon to serve on the side, but you better hurry in because the heart shaped containers are only available while supplies last.

To add to that wonderful meal don’t forget a little dessert and we now have a new item that I am so excited about. Stop in the Produce Department and ask for the strawberries dipped in chocolate placed in a heart shape container. I also can’t forget that the strawberries are drizzled with white chocolate, which is my favorite flavor and it truly puts the whole dessert over the top.

Now Valentine’s Day is not Valentine’s without a little wine to serve with your meal and I have a perfect wine that pairs so well with steak orDSC02776 seafood. It’s called “Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon”. It is a full body red wine and has black cherry and plum flavors along with an undertone of coffee and spice.

Now last but not least don’t forget to stop into our Floral Department for those beautiful roses to impress your friend. You put this all together and I know you will have a magical evening.

Since it is Valentine’s Day, I want to show my appreciation for all of you! I am going to make it even easier for you to impress that special someone in your life with a little giveaway! I’m going to give one lucky winner a head start with planning that special meal. Just “Like” & “Share” my video and you will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE Prime Rib Dinner along with one dozen roses!!!

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day to all!!

Jayne
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

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Feb 7

Weekly Ad Recipe – Mediterranean Pot Roast

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This recipe is outstanding and the Mediterranean flavor puts this roast over the top. I love the sun-dried tomato and olive flavors in this roast. Since I love olives I also added a few Kalamata olives to this recipe. Enjoy… I did!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Mediterranean Pot Roast
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Lb. Boneless Rump Roast
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove, finely chopped
  • ⅓ Cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes In Oil, drained and chopped
  • ½ Cup Sliced Pitted Ripe Olives
  • ½ Cup Beef Broth
  • ½ Cup Frozen Pearl Onions
Instructions
  1. Spray 12-inch skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook beef in skillet about 5 minutes, turning once, until brown.
  3. Sprinkle with salt, Italian seasoning and garlic; remove from skillet.
  4. Place beef, seasoned side up, in 4 or 5 quart slow cooker.
  5. Spread tomatoes and olives over roast.
  6. Add broth and onions.
  7. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 7-8 hours until beef reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
  8. Remove beef from slow cooker; cover and let stand 15 minutes.
  9. Slice beef; serve with beef juice and onions from slow cooker.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing: 14 Hands Cabernet

 

Feb 4

Cheese of the Month: Somerdale

Cheese of the Month: Somerdale Enjoy Me With Cheeses

Enjoy this delicious Cheese with our Coborn’s English Cheddars which were developed to be paired alongside flavorful wines or craft beer. Red Wine pairs nicely with the White Cheddar Aged One Year which is made with Swiss Cultures that results in a flavorful and slight sharp nutty flavor. If you prefer a White Wine then enjoy Somerdale Red Cheddar which has been Aged One Year and has a more sweet taste along with a nutty flavor.

This, “Enjoy Me With” concept was developed for the self service case within the Deli, thus enabling our Coborn’s Guests to quickly identify a cheese to pair with the beverage they know they will be consuming for any given occasion! With all the choices of wine and cheese pairings out there we know this can be difficult! That’s why we are so happy we can help. Check out the Recipe below that features your favorite Somerdale Classic English Cheese variety!

Crab Salad English Muffin Melt
 
Ingredients
  • 6 Oz. Crabmeat, drained
  • 3 T. Mayo
  • 5 tsp. Celery, minced
  • 1 T. Green Onion, minced
  • 2 English Muffins, split
  • 4 Slices Tomato
  • 5 Oz. Somerdale Cheese of your choice
Instructions
  1. In small bowl combine crab, mayo, celery and onion.
  2. Place muffins on non-greased baking sheet.
  3. Broil 4-6 inches from heat until toasted.
  4. Spread each muffin half with crab mixture.
  5. Top with tomato and cheese.
  6. Broil until bubbly.

We hope you enjoyed this tasty Recipe! Be sure to check out the “Enjoy Me With” Service Deli Cases at your local Coborn’s Deli today!

 

Feb 2

Peanut Free Facts & Snack Ideas

Peanut Free Facts & Snack Ideas

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Ashley

Hi Everyone! This month I would like to take time to talk about peanut allergies. There are many different food allergies out there, but the peanut allergy is one of the most common. Peanuts can cause a severe potentially fatal, allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Did you know, “allergy to peanuts appears to be on the rise in children. According to a FARE-funded study, the number of children in the U.S. with peanut allergy more than tripled between 1997 and 2008.1 Studies in the United Kingdom and Canada also showed a high prevalence of peanut allergy in schoolchildren. Peanut allergies tend to be lifelong, although studies indicate that approximately 20 percent of children with peanut allergy do eventually outgrow their allergy. Younger siblings of children allergic to peanuts may be at increased risk for allergy to peanuts.”

To prevent a reaction, strict avoidance of peanut and peanut products is essential. As a result, many schools are going peanut free. It is vital to check every food label to make sure there are no peanuts in the product. It may surprise you what products have peanuts in them and or are produced in a facility that also produces peanuts, thus posing a risk for contamination. So as your favorite supermarket dietitian☺, I have created a peanut free list of the foods we provide in our grocery store that are peanut free. Please note that my list of food products was peanut free as of last spring, spring of 2015. As I’m sure you are aware, manufactures are constantly changing their products so it’s best to always check the label and contains statement in order to be extra cautious.

Please Click Here for a full list of Peanut Free Snacking ideas straight from your local Coborn’s grocery store! You can even print this list off to refer to while you are grocery shopping!

Also its important to note, “peanuts are not the same as tree nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc.), which grow on trees. Peanuts grow underground and are part of a different plant family, the legumes. Other examples of legumes include beans, peas, lentils and soybeans. If you are allergic to peanuts, you do not have a greater chance of being allergic to another legume (including soy) than you would to any other food. Based on recent studies, an estimated 25-40 percent of people who have peanut allergy also are allergic to tree nuts.2 In addition; peanuts and tree nuts often come into contact with one another during manufacturing and serving processes. For these reasons, allergists usually tell their patients with peanut allergy to avoid tree nuts as well.”

Avoiding Peanuts

  • “The federal Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) requires that all packaged food products sold in the U.S. that contain peanuts as an ingredient must list the word ‘Peanut’ on the label.”
  • “Read all product labels carefully before purchasing and consuming any item. Ingredients in packaged food products may change without warning, so check ingredient statements carefully every time you shop. If you have questions, call the manufacturer.”
  • “As of this time, the use of advisory labels (such as ‘May Contain’) on packaged foods is voluntary, and there are no guidelines for their use. However, the FDA has begun to develop a long-term strategy to help manufacturers use these statements in a clear and consistent manner, so that consumers with food allergies and their caregivers can be informed as to the potential presence of the eight major allergens.”

Please see the lists below from FoodAllergy.org

Avoid foods that contain peanuts or any of these ingredients:Mixed Nuts

  • Artificial nuts
  • Beer nuts
  • Cold pressed, expeller pressed or extruded peanut oil
  •  Goobers
  • Ground nuts
  • Mandelonas (peanuts soaked in almond flavoring)
  • Mixed nuts
  • Monkey nuts
  • Nut meat
  • Nut pieces
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanut flour
  • Peanut protein hydrolysate

Peanut is Sometimes Found in the Following:Baked Goods

  • Baked goods (e.g., pastries, cookies)
  • Candy (including chocolate candy)
  • Chili
  • Egg rolls
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Marzipan
  • Mole sauce
  • Nougat

Some Unexpected Sources of Peanut:

  • African, Asian and Mexican dishes
  • Sauces such as chili sauce, hot sauce, pesto, gravy, mole sauce and salad dressing
  • Sweets such as pudding, cookies, baked goods, pies and hot chocolate
  • Egg rolls
  • Pancakes
  • Specialty pizzas
  • Some vegetarian food products, especially those advertised as meat substitutes
  • Foods that contain extruded, cold-pressed or expelled peanut oil, which may contain peanut protein
  • Glazes and marinades
  • Pet food

*Note: This list highlights examples of where peanuts have been unexpectedly found (e.g., on a food label for a specific product, in a restaurant meal, in creative cookery). This list does not imply that peanuts are always present in these foods; it is intended to serve as a reminder to always read the label and ask questions about ingredients before eating a food that you have not prepared yourself.

Keep the Following in Mind:

  • Certain food service establishments are considered high-risk for individuals with peanut allergy due to the common use of peanut and the risk of cross-contact – even if you order a peanut-free item. These include African, Asian (especially Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese) and Mexican restaurants; bakeries; and ice cream shops.
  • The FDA exempts highly refined peanut oil from being labeled as an allergen. Studies show that most individuals with peanut allergy can safely eat peanut oil (but not cold-pressed, expelled or extruded peanut oil – sometimes represented as gourmet oils). If you are allergic to peanuts, ask your doctor whether or not you should avoid peanut oil.
  • A study showed that unlike other legumes, there is a strong possibility of cross-reaction between peanuts and lupine.
  • Arachis oil is peanut oil.
  • Sunflower seeds are often produced on equipment shared with peanuts.
  • Some alternative nut butters, such as soy nut butter or sunflower seed butter, are produced on equipment shared with other tree nuts and, in some cases, peanuts. Contact the manufacturer before eating these products.
  • Peanut hulls can sometimes be found in compost, which can be added as top-dressing on lawns. Before you hire a contractor, inquire about the use of peanut hulls in compost so that you can make an informed decision.

For a Peanut-Free Diet…Peanut Butter toast

Avoid foods that contain peanuts or any of these ingredients:

  • Artificial nuts
  • Beer nuts
  • Cold pressed, expeller
  • Pressed, or extruded Peanut oil
  • Goobers
  • Ground nuts
  • Mixed nuts
  • Monkey nuts
  • Nut pieces
  • Nut meat
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanut flour
  • Peanut protein
  • Hydrolysate

Peanut is Sometimes Found in the Following Foods:Pancakes

  • African, Asian (especially Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese), and Mexican Dishes
  • Baked Goods (e.g., pastries, cookies)
  • Candy (including chocolate candy)
  • Chili
  • Egg rolls
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Marzipan
  • Mole sauce
  • Nougat

Please Note:

  • Mandelonas are peanuts soaked in almond flavoring.
  • The FDA exempts highly refined peanut oil from being labeled as an allergen.
  • Studies show that most allergic individuals can safely eat peanut oil that has been highly refined (not cold pressed, expeller pressed, or extruded peanut oil). Follow your doctor’s advice.
  • A study showed that unlike other legumes, there is a strong possibility of cross-reaction between peanuts and lupine.
  • Arachis oil is peanut oil.
  • Many experts advise patients allergic to peanuts to avoid tree nuts as well.
  • Sunflower seeds are often produced on equipment shared with peanuts.
  • Some alternative nut butters, such as soy nut butter or sunflower seed butter, are produced on equipment shared with other tree nuts and, in some cases, peanuts. Contact the manufacturer before eating these products.

Resource: https://www.foodallergy.org/allergens/peanut-allergy

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog about Peanut Free Snacking!

Peace and Wellness,

Ashley
Coborn’s Registered Dietitian

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Jan 31

Weekly Ad Recipe – Citrus Cocktail Smokies

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Get ready for the big game by preparing this cocktail smokies recipe. Instead of using BBQ sauce, change it up with a sweet and savory sauce. The pineapple juice and soy sauce give this recipe a whole new yummy twist! Enjoy….I did!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Citrus Cocktail Smokies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Flour
  • 2 tsp. Ground Mustard
  • 1 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • ½ Cup White Vinegar
  • 1½ tsp. Soy Sauce
  • 2 Lbs. Cocktail Smokies
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, flour and mustard.
  2. Gradually stir in pineapple juice, vinegar and soy sauce.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Add sausages, stir to coat.
  5. Cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes longer or until heated through.
  6. Serve warm.

 

Jan 28

6 Quick and Easy Salads in a Jar

Quick and Easy Salads in a Jar

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Lynell

This fall the Coborn’s Support Center moved to a brand new building. The building, my workspace and the entire campus are absolutely beautiful and it creates a wonderful atmosphere to work at, but unfortunately I have to drive a little farther for my daily commute. With busy mornings where you are trying to get up and go quickly, I needed something that makes planning out lunches a little bit easier.

I suppose the easiest lunchtime solution is to go out to eat, which I’ll admit is nice occasionally, but it can be pricey to do everyday Kraft-Dressingand not always healthy for you. That’s why I’ve collected some delicious recipes to share with you all that I promise will spruce up any boring lunch routine!

Food Prep Freshness

Glass mason jars help to keep the salads very fresh, and by using wide mouth  jars I have created delicious salads that are perfect for anyone on the go or looking for a healthy and fun way to get their greens in- no salad bowl necessary. My mason jars were even chalkboard jars I picked up from a craft store for added lunchtime creativity!

Everything on my Facebook homepage lately seems to feature food recipes, clean eating blogs and meal prepping ideas. What better way to follow suit than to make my complete week of salads on Sunday evening and have them ready to go for the entire week.

I love the taste, freshness and most of all the convenience of these Mason Jar Salads. Best of all you can make so many different varieties, which means lunchtime doesn’t need to be boring, it can be as original as each day of the week!

Check out some of the recipes for these Mason Jar Salads below:

Dietitian’s Choice Salad

Dietitian's Choice Salad

Dietitian’s Choice Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 4-6 Baby Carrots, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Peas
  • ¼ Cup Peppers, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Garbonzo Beans
  • ¼ Cup Reduced Fat Feta Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tomato, chopped
  • 2 Cups Spring Mix Salad Greens with Kale
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. In the same order that is listed above add your ingredients to a wide mouthed mason jar.
  3. Shake jar when ready to be eaten and refrigerate if you are saving it for a later date.
Notes
Dietitian’s Notes:
-This salad is great because the wide variety of vegetables are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
-Add dried cranberries to your salad to represent as many food groups as possible, but make sure no sugar is added!
-Make sure you always have beans or some sort of protein added to your meals, and if a salad is your full meal make extra sure they are added!
-Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar add a great flavor and provide healthy fats.
-Aside from the Feta Cheese (19) and the Balsamic Vinegar (18) all of these ingredients have a 100 on the NuVal Scoring System!

 

BLT Avocado Salad

BLT Avocado Salad

BLT Avocado Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Bleu Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Avocado, chopped
  • 6 Bacon Slices, cooked and chopped
  • 2 Cups Lettuce or Spinach Mix
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in the order listed above.
  3. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.
  4. Shake jar, add chips and enjoy!

 

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Greek Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing
  • ½ Cup Cucumber, chopped
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 T. Red Onion
  • 4 Oz. Skinless Chicken Breast, cooked and chopped
  • 2 T. Reduced Fat Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1 T. Black Olives, chopped
  • 2 Cups Romaine Lettuce, chopped
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Layer jar with dressing, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.
  3. Add in chicken, feta cheese and olives.
  4. Top with lettuce.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  6. When ready to eat shake jar.

 

Mom’s Salad

Mom's Salad Jar

Mom’s Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Bleu Cheese Dressing
  • 4-6 Baby Carrots, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 Oz. Bacon Real Bites
  • 2 Cups Romaine Lettuce
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in the order as listed above.
  3. When ready to eat shake jar and enjoy.
  4. Be sure to refrigerate if salad is going to be eaten at a later date.

 

Taco Salad

Taco Salad Jar

Taco Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Classic Catalina Dressing
  • 1 T. Salsa
  • 2 T. Sour Cream
  • ¼ Cup Taco Meat
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Kidney Beans
  • ⅛ Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tortilla Chips, crushed
  • 2 Lettuce, shredded
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in same order as listed above.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  4. When ready to eat shake jar.

 

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
  • ½ Cup Strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ Cup Blueberries
  • ¼ Cup Almonds
  • 2 Cups Romaine and Spinach to Brim of Jar
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. Wash produce.
  3. Add ingredients in order to above and keep refrigerated.
  4. When ready to eat shake jar and enjoy.
Notes
Additional optional topping:
Mandrain Oranges

 

Tips & Tricks

The number one most important rule to remember when making these salads is to always keep the dressing at the bottom and the salad greens at the top of the jar. Keep the two layers as far away from one another as possible by having them separated with your hard veggies, protein and soft veggies. If you do that, your greens will stay crispy and fresh with no problems.

Follow this Layer List:

  •  Layer 1 (Bottom of Jar): 2-4 T. Dressing of Choice
  • Layer 2: Hard Veggies- This is where you add in carrots, bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
  • Layer 3: Protein- This is where you will add the cheese, meats, beans, hard-boiled eggs, etc.
  • Layer 4: Soft Veggies- In this section you will add tomatoes, onions, corn, avocado, etc.
  • Layer 5 (Top of Jar): Greens to the Brim- Add in your lettuce and/or spinach.

Try to keep the ratio of each jar about half-and-half. That means half of the jar holds the toppings, dressing, grains, proteins and half of the jar holds the greens.

As I mentioned I like to make several of these jars on Sunday evening so I’m prepared for speedy grab and go lunches later on in the week. Luckily these salads last a week in the refrigerator!

Because these jars are so full to the brim you might have to eat off a layer or two of greens (yum!), then replace the lid, shake the heck out of it to distribute the dressing, and then dig right in with a fork.

Hope you enjoy my creations and they make meal planning a success!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Jan 26

Jayne’s Easy Game Day Recipes

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Jayne

There is the winter season, holiday season, hunting season and fishing season but let’s not forget about football season! It’s time to start planning for the championship football game party and I’m here to help. I have some quick and easy recipes that I would love to share with you, just in time for kickoff!

Pineapple Cocktail Smokies

Now if you know me I like to change things up and not always do the same old, same old when it comes to party food. So I found this recipe for cocktail smokies that doesn’t call for BBQ sauce and instead uses pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and mustard. This gives those smokies a sweet and sour flavor and they are truly awesome.

Pineapple Smokies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 3 T. Flour
  • 2 tsp. Ground Mustard
  • 1 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • ½ Cup White Vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Soy Sauce
  • 2 Packages Cocktail Smokies
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and mustard.
  2. Gradually stir in the pineapple juice, vinegar and soy sauce. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Add sausages; stir to coat.
  5. Cook, uncovered until heated through.

Stuffed Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce

Next I didn’t want to just do cocktail shrimp with cocktail sauce. I wanted to change up the flavor and wow did I find some great flavor in these luscious little guys. The secret is adding horseradish to cream cheese and parmesan cheese and stuffing them in the shrimp. They are so good and they make a beautiful presentation at any kind of party you may have.

Stuffed Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 4-1/2 tsp. Prepared Horseradish
  • 1 T. Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Lb. Cooked Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Dried Parsley
  • Seafood Cocktail Sauce
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, horseradish and parmesan cheese until blended.
  2. Cut a small hole in the corner of a re-sealable plastic bag; add cream cheese mixture to bag.
  3. Butterfly the shrimp along the outside curves as shown in the video.
  4. Pipe about 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture into each shrimp. Arrange on a serving platter.
  5. Sprinkle with parsley.
  6. Serve with seafood sauce if desired.

Cheesy Pizza Dip

My third recipe is really good if you are a pizza fan, and truthfully, who doesn’t like pizza? Just melt cream cheese and add pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni and you have the best pizza dip in town! Now just cut up some French bread in cubes and serve them as a dipper for this pizza dip. Yummy!!!

Cheesy Pizza Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 8 Oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8Ooz. Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 1 Can Pizza Sauce
  • ½ Cup Ripe Olives, choppped
  • 1 Cup Sliced Pepperoni, chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, melt the cream cheese and mozzarella together.
  2. Next add the pizza sauce, ripe olives and chopped pepperoni then mix all together.
  3. To keep warm place in slow cooker.
  4. Serve with cubed French bread or crackers.

Crazy Fresh Guacamole DipI don’t think I could ever have a party without Guacamole Dip, it’s just not in me.  I absolutely love the stuff and I am so excited to tell everyone that we now have a “new” Guacamole Dip called “Crazy Fresh” and that is exactly what it is, so FRESH! It’s just like homemade. This is probably the best Guacamole Dip I have ever had and the best part is I don’t have to make it.  It’s ready to serve.

Snack MixFootball CupcakesNow if you are like me you don’t always have time to fit homemade baking into your busy schedule. So just stop by any Coborn’s Bakery and pick up some party snack mix. The mix comes in a football size tray that will look great on your party table.

Pick up a package of football cupcakes from the Coborn’s Bakery and be assured that all of your guests with a sweet tooth will be taken care of throughout the entire game.

Good luck to your team and enjoy these delicious appetizers!!

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Jan 24

Weekly Ad Recipe – Slow-Cooked Swiss Steak

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This is another very easy recipe that you can throw together before you leave in the morning that will be ready to go by the time you get home. The meat and vegetables are so tender and the gravy is stupendous. Enjoy….I did!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Slow-Cooked Swiss Steak
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp. Vegetable Oil
  • 1½ Lb. Boneless Beef Top Round Steak
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper
  • 1 Medium Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Medium Carrot, shredded
  • 4 Oz. Can Mushroom Pieces and Stems, drained
  • 10.75 Oz. Cream Of Mushroom Soup
  • 8 Oz. Can Tomato Sauce
Instructions
  1. In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper; place in skillet.
  3. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, turning once until browned.
  4. Meanwhile spray 4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  5. In cooker, mix onion, carrot and mushrooms.
  6. Cut browned beef into 4 pieces; place in cooker over vegetables.
  7. In same skillet, mix soup and tomato sauce.
  8. Pour over beef.
  9. Cover; cook on low heat setting 8 to 10 hours.
  10. Stir sauce well before serving over beef.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing Fetzer Vineyards Merlot

 

Jan 21

Valentine’s Puppy Treats

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Ashley Maurer www.cobornsblog.com

Ashley Maurer

Last October we brought home a furry little bundle of joy that we call Bella. Having a new puppy definitely had its challenges, but now we can’t imagine our lives without her! The way she wiggles and squeaks with excitement every time we come home, regardless of how long we were gone, is something that never gets old. I’m sure many other pet owners can relate!

With Valentine’s Day coming up soon I thought it would be fun to make something creative to celebrate our first Valentine’s Day with Bella in our lives. And since she’s a dog, and all dogs love treats, I thought it would be fun to make her some homemade treats. Bella approved! The recipe is very simple and versatile as well. I cut out heart shapes and painted a variety of words on them to make them festive. You could always skip the food coloring and the words if you are short on time, or change the colors and the shape to go with the seasons!

Keep in mind if you have several dogs you can always increase the recipe to accommodate or if you have large dogs you can use a larger cookie cutter as well. I would roll them a little thicker if you’re going to make them larger so they don’t break apart.

Have fun and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Puppy Treats
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 jar (4 oz.) pureed apple baby food
  • Food coloring
  • 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Parchment paper
  • Fine-tipped artist’s brush
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In large mixing bowl, combine flour and applesauce; mix until crumbly dough forms.
  4. Add a few drops of water to mixture if needed to help mixture stick together and form a soft, non-sticky dough.
  5. Divide flour into as many equal parts as needed depending on how many different colors you will be using.
  6. Add a few drops of food coloring and knead until well mixed, adding more as needed until desired color is reached.
  7. If needed add extra flour to help dough from becoming sticky.
  8. Repeat for all colors.
  9. Roll each color of dough between two sheets of parchment paper.
  10. Use a 1-2 inch heart shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes into dough.
  11. Place on baking sheets; bake for 7-10 minutes, or until treats are firm and appear dry; let cool.
  12. Using fine tipped artist brush, use small amount food coloring to write on treats.
  13. Store in air tight container.

Ashley Maurer
Coborn’s Inc. Graphic Designer

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