Jul 22

Georgia Peaches: Summer’s Superfruit

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Savor the flavor of summer’s healthiest picks when they’re at the peak of ripeness. Sweet Georgia Peaches are a warm-weather favorite and you’ll find them at their best in June and July. This sweet summer fruit not only tastes amazing, it’s also a nutritional powerhouse. In just 60 calories,
 a medium peach packs in more than 20 different macro and micro-nutrients, including fiber, vitamins A, C, E, potassium and zinc. They’re also naturally free of fat, sodium, cholesterol, gluten and trans fats.

There are plenty of reasons why peaches deserve superfruit status. First, they’re an all-natural fruit. And a large body of scientific research shows 
that diets rich in fruit (and veggies) helps you maintain a healthy weight, and reduces the risk for many chronic diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Chances are you’re not meeting your daily fruit requirement. A recent national study conducted by the Produce for Better Health Foundation found that just 8% of Americans meet their daily fruit targets.

The orange-yellow hue of peaches is a cue that they’re an excellent source of beta-carotene, an important antioxidant that’s converted to vitamin A. In fact, a medium peach (1 cup slices) has about 500 IU of vitamin A, equal to about 10% of the Daily Value for this nutrient. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for optimal growth, bone health and vision. According to the American Cancer Society, some studies suggest that beta-carotene from colorful fruits and vegetables may even offer protection against certain types of cancer.

So pick up Summer’s Superfruit now at Coborn’s when they are at their peak of freshness for the year. And don’t forget to follow Coborn’s on Twitter and watch for your chance to win an iPad filled with Peach Recipes!

 

Grilled Fish Tacos with Fresh Peach Salsa
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • Corn tortillas
  • Avocado, peeled and sliced thin
  • Lime wedges
  • Salsa:
  • 1 ½ Cups Fresh Peaches, diced
  • 1 Firm, but Ripe Avocado, diced
  • ¼ Cup Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 T. Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • ½ Small Jalapeño, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime, about 3 T.
  • Fish:
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Ground Coriander
  • 2 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 ½ Lbs. Fresh Salmon, Halibut, Catfish, or your favorite fish
Instructions
  1. Combine salsa ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Prepare grill to medium-high heat.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cumin, sugar, and coriander.
  4. Brush fish with olive oil and sprinkle with spice mixture.
  5. Grill fish on oiled grill grates for 3-5 minutes per side until cooked to your liking.
  6. Char tortillas on grill about 10 seconds on each side.
  7. Serve tacos with fresh salsa and desired toppings.

 

Jul 19

Weekly Ad Recipe – Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Blue Cheese

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Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Blue Cheese
Author: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Lb. Pizza Dough, room temperature
  • Cornmeal for sprinkling
  • 2 Peaches, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
  • 6 Very Thin Slices Prosciutto, torn into pieces
  • 3 Oz. Blue Cheese, crumbled
  • Small Handful Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Olive Oil to drizzle
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Sprinkle metal baking sheet lightly with cornmeal.
  3. Divide dough in half and stretch pizza dough into two thin rounds.
  4. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, top with prosciutto and peaches.
  6. Crumble cheese over pizza, leaving a ½-inch border around edges.
  7. Return pizza to oven and bake until crust is browned, about 10 minutes.
  8. Drizzle with olive oil and top with basil leaves.
  9. Slice pizza into wedges and serve.

 

Jul 19

Weekly Ad Recipe – Grilled BBQ Steak

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A tender cut like T-Bone, Rib Eye or New York Strip are all great cuts for this simple marinade and you don’t need to put a lot of flavor on because the best flavor is in the steak. To add  add a little extra flavor just add a dollop of garlic butter on your steak and watch it melt.  Wow! It’s fantastic.  Enjoy….I did!
- Jayne
Coborn’s, Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Grilled BBQ Steak
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 4- ½ Lb. Beef T-Bones
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 oz. Steak Spice Seasoning Mix
Instructions
  1. Put oil and steak spice on a large enough platter to accommodate the steaks.
  2. Coat the steak well with the oil and spices.
  3. Preheat your grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.
  4. Grill steaks over high heat to an internal temperature of at least 145°F.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing: The Great American Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Jul 17

3 ways to prepare Sweet Corn

3 ways to prepare sweet corn - www.cobornsblog.comIt’s good to see all the gardens starting to produce. After the wet spring that we have had in the Midwest, it looks like Local Sweet Corn will start real soon. Many people, including myself, consider sweet corn a real favorite that goes well with many meals, Summer BBQ’s, or it can be a meal in itself. By the second week of August until freeze, sweet corn should be available for all to enjoy.

When selecting sweet corn to purchase, look for corn that is good sized, fresh with green leaves, with plump ears, and not dented.

Some of the ways I like to prepare sweet corn are determined by how I am preparing the rest of my meal that day.  If I am planning to grill, then I will grill the sweet corn.  If cooking inside, I prepare using stove or microwave.  Here are a few ways I like to prepare my sweet corn.

GRILLING Sweet Corn

  1. Peel husk down to about 2 inches from bottom of cob, remove silk & pull husk back up.
  2. OPTIONAL- Tie string around cob to hold husk in place
  3. Soak cob in cold water for about an hour before grilling.
  4. Place on heated grill for about 20 minutes, rotating every 5 minutes or so. Corn will appear done earlier; leave on as it will take that long to be done.  Take off grill, and enjoy.

MICROWAVING Sweet Corn

Easiest method

  1. Husk off all leaves and silk.
  2. Place in microwave safe bowl, or tray & cover with plastic wrap.
  3. Microwave on high for 7 minutes if you have a couple in bowl.
  4. Carefully remove plastic & you are ready to eat.

BOILING Sweet Corn

  1. Fill pot half full of water and turn on high.
  2. Husk and peel corn.
  3. Place corn in pot of rapidly boiling water.
  4. Bring water back to a boil (about 20 minutes).
  5. Using tongues, carefully remove hot corn from pot. Let cool for a moment or so, and you are ready to eat.

Sweet corn has only about 125 calories per ear of corn, and has a perfect NuVal score of 100. What you decide to put on that corn is up to you.  Some favorites of mine are salt and butter, but if you are watching your health and/or calorie intake, just plain old corn is delicious too.

We have waited for this season. Hope you enjoy as much as my family does.

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Mike P.
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Jul 15

Wedding Survival Kit

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Holly

It seems like all of my friends are getting married. So it is bridal shower after bachelorette party after wedding. That means a lot of fun and a lot of gift giving. Buying something off of the registry is nice, you know it is what they want and there is always a gift receipt in case they get a duplicate, but I like to be a bit more creative with my gift giving and a bit practical too.

I am what you call a BTDT Bride, Been There, Done That. I have been a Maid-of-Honor, Bridesmaid, Personal Attendant and even a Bride myself. So, I feel like I kind of have a sense of what it takes to make it through the day. The practical gift I am going to share with you is the “Wedding Survival Kit”.

 

Wedding Survival Kit - #FreePrintables #PracticalGiftGIving - www.cobornsblog.comThe kit includes almost everything that a Bride would need in a pinch on her wedding day, and of course, I bought it all at Coborn’s… and Coborn’s Liquor! And, got it all for less than $30! You could really go crazy on what you want to put in here, but I wanted to keep mine small, compact and filled with the essentials.

I also made a fun “Wedding Survival Kit” top that you can attach to your kit container. I used a Food Club 76 fl. oz. reusable large rectangle container; this should also fit the Ziploc containers too. Click here to print the cover. Along with the cover, I printed an “In Case of Emergency” phone list. In case the bride needs to call the photographer, DJ, reception hall, etc., phone numbers are on this list and at her fingertips.  Click here to print the “In Case of Emergency” list. Now, here is a list of what I put in my gift!

Hair Supplies

  1. Comb
  2. Travel Size Hair Spray
  3. Bobby Pins

Personal Care

  1. Dental Pics
  2. Breath Mints
  3. Travel Size Deodorant
  4. Manicure Kit
  5. Band-Aids
  6. Hand Sanitizer

Relief

  1. Rolaids (After all Rolaids spell relief)
  2. Pain Relief Pills
  3. Two mini bottles of liquor

Just in case

  1. Travel Pack Shout Wipes
  2. Sewing Kit complete with mini scissors and safety pins
  3. Lighter (There are typically candles and not enough lighters)

Because it’s a Crazy Day

  1. Two power bars (You will need the energy for this marathon)
  2. Tissues (Because someone is going to cry)
  3. A photo of the Happy Couple (Because sometimes you need to be reminded what this day is actually about)

Some other things you could add to your emergency kit would be: cell phone charger, compact mirror, her favorite candy, lotion, tampons, or just hit up the travel size aisle at Coborn’s, there is always good stuff there!

All joking aside, I think this is a really great gift. It shows that you care for the bride, put some thought into the gift and it is something she can actually use. So be creative, be practical and be thoughtful, this gift is sure to please any bride-to-be.

Holly
Coborn’s, Inc. Social Media/Creative Specialist

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Jul 12

Weekly Ad Recipe – Grilled Asparagus with Baby Red Potatoes

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This is one of the best side dishes that I have prepared on the grill.  The flavoring of lemon-pepper on the potatoes and fresh asparagus was wonderful.  Just a tip, that if you don’t have a grill basket using a sheet of foil with a few holes poked through it also works.  Enjoy….I did!

- Jayne
Coborn’s Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Grilled Asparagus with Baby Red Potatoes
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Olive oil
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Lemon-pepper Seasoning
  • 6 Baby Red Potatoes, unpeeled, quartered
  • 1 Lb. Fresh Asparagus Spears, trimmed
Instructions
  1. Heat gas or charcoal grill.
  2. In large shallow bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of the oil, ¼ tsp. of the salt and ¼ tsp. of the lemon-pepper seasoning.
  3. Add potatoes; toss to coat.
  4. Place in grill basket.
  5. Place grill basket on grill over medium heat.
  6. Cook 15 minutes, shaking grill basket occasionally to turn and mix potatoes.
  7. Meanwhile, place asparagus spears in same shallow bowl.
  8. Add remaining oil, salt and lemon-pepper seasoning; toss to coat.
  9. Add asparagus to potatoes in grill basket.
  10. Cook about 10 min. longer or until potatoes and asparagus are tender, shaking basket occasionally to turn and mix vegetables.

 

Jul 12

Weekly Ad Recipe – Grilled Salmon with Lime Sauce

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I am such a salmon lover and any chance I get to try a new way of preparing it I go for it. The flavor of fresh lime is fast becoming one of my favorite flavors and you are seeing if all over recipe websites. I love it!  This recipe was so quick to make and the flavor was wonderful. Nothing like a fresh piece of salmon for dinner with a great addition of lime. Enjoy….I did!

Grilled Salmon with Lime Sauce
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp. Grated Lime Peel
  • ¼ Cup Lime Juice
  • 2 T. Honey
  • 1 tsp. Dried Dill Weed
  • 2 tsp. Canola Oil
  • 1-1/2 Lb. Salmon Fillets, cut into 6 serving pieces
  • ½ tsp. Salt

  • Lime Sauce
  • ⅓ Cup Fat-free Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Grated Lime Peel
  • 2 tsp. Lime Juice
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix 1 tsp. lime peel, ¼ cup lime juice, honey, dill weed and oil.
  2. In 9” square glass dish, arrange salmon pieces, skin sides up, in single layer.
  3. Pour marinade over salmon; turn to cover all sides.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Heat gas or charcoal grill.
  6. Carefully brush grill rack with oil.
  7. Remove salmon from marinade; discard marinade.
  8. Sprinkle salmon with salt.
  9. Place skin side down on grill over medium heat.
  10. Cover grill; cook 10 to 15 minutes until internal temperature of salmon reaches 145 degrees.
  11. In small bowl, mix Lime Sauce ingredients with wire whisk.
  12. Serve with salmon.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing: Velvet Crush Pinot Noir

 

Jul 10

Share a Coke & WIN this Summer!

Share a Coke and WIN this Summer with Coborn's & Viking Coke! www.cobornsblog.comThere’s a fun campaign that’s happening this summer and I’m amazed at how many memories it has triggered from my youth! “Share a Coke” is all about reviving that tried-and-true fun of enjoying a Coke with friends.

Find your name!

There are two parts to this campaign that really grabbed my attention. First, Coke is swapping out the logos on its 20-oz. bottles for the 250 most popular first names among American teens and Millennials. What a surprise to see my name made the top 250! If your name isn’t on the list, you can go to shareacoke.com and create a virtual personal pop. Plus, there are a number of fun and neutral bottles to choose from, such as Family, Buddy, Wingman, and so on.

Share A Coke U.S.A.

The second part of the promotion to catch my eye is the social media interaction. By using the #ShareaCoke hashtag, Coke drinkers can share their stories and photos for the chance to be featured on interactive Coke billboards across the country.

Win with Coborn’s & Viking Coke!

To come back to what this means here locally, we invite Coborn’s customers can take a selfie holding a coke. Simply snap the picture, upload the photo onto Facebook or Instagram, and tag Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Coborn’s. Every photo that’s uploaded will be entered into drawings for over $500 in prizes. There will also be a photo area at Lake George for the July 9, 16 and 23 Summertime by George! events with the same concept. Bonus: when you stop by the Summertime by George! booth, you also will receive a BOGO coupon.

In this modern day land of selfies, who can resist taking a picture of a personalized coke! Good luck and don’t forget to Share a Coke this summer!

Rebecca
Coborn’s Communications Manager

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Jul 8

Jayne’s Garden Party – Including 4 delicious recipes!

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Jayne

Are you as sick of the rain as much as I am?  I thought I would never say that after the drought we had a few years ago, but enough is enough. Summer is the time I look forward to celebrating outdoors. I love working in my flower garden but between the rain and those nasty mosquitoes I haven’t had the chance to enjoy them as much as I normally would. So I thought the next best thing I could do is throw a garden party with some of my friends on the back patio and show off some of those beautiful flowers. So I sat down one morning and planned out my menu.

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail Salad

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I wanted to start off with a salad that would WOW my friends and I had gotten this recipe from my mom a few years back and fell in love with it. Number one reason why?? Anyone that loves Bloody Marys will love this recipe. It has no alcohol in it but it has all the flavors of a great Bloody Mary and the taste of fresh Grape Tomatoes makes this recipe outstanding.

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail Salad
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Red and/or Yellow Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • ½ Cup Celery, diagonally sliced
  • ¼ Cup Scallion, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. Celery Salt
  • 1 Lemon
  • ¼ Cup Chili Sauce
  • 2 tsp. Prepared Horseradish, drained
  • ⅛ tsp. Pepper
  • ½ Lb. Cooked Shrimp, peeled and deveined
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, toss tomatoes with celery, scallion and celery salt; let stand for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  2. In separate bowl, grate 1 tsp. zest of lemon and squeeze 1-T. juice from lemon; stir in chili sauce, horseradish and pepper, then stir into tomato mixture.
  3. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  4. Divide tomato mixture among 4 glasses or dishes and top with shrimp.
  5. If desired, garnish with lemon and celery leaves.

Pink Lemonade Cocktail

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Next I wanted something to drink that would scream “refreshing” for a hot summer day and I found the solution. This recipe is perfect for your next garden party, hot summer night or a picnic by the lake.

Pink Lemonade Cocktail
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 12 Oz. Container Frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate
  • 2½ Cups Cold Water
  • 1½ Cups Lemon-Citrus Rum
  • ¼ Cup Triple Sec
  • 2 Cups Ice Cubes
  • 4 Lemon Slices
  • 12 Oz. Can Lemon Lime Soft Drink (Sprite)
Instructions
  1. In a 2-quart pitcher, stir together frozen pink lemonade concentrate, water, rum and triple sec until blended.
  2. Add ice cubes and lemon slices.
  3. Top with lemon-lime soft drink; stir lightly.
  4. Serve immediately in ice-filled glasses.
  5. If desired, garnish with lemon slices.
Notes
This drink can be made without alcohol just by making the lemonade like it says on the package and just adding some lemon-lime soda to it.

 

Italian Roast Beef & Turkey Sandwich

Italian Roast Beef & Turkey Sandwich Receipe and other great recipes for your next Garden Party - www.cobornsblog.comNow for the main entrée and I wanted something simple so I decided to serve this sandwich.  I think this was not only a hit for the party but it was also a hit in the kitchen for me because it was so easy and quick to make.

Italian Roast Beef & Turkey Sandwich
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Chipotle Flavored Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Loaf Crusty Italian Bread, halved lengthwise
  • 6 Leaves Romaine Lettuce, torn
  • 4 Oz. Deli-Sliced Roast Beef
  • 4 Oz. Deli-Sliced Turkey Breast
  • 3-4 Slices Deli-Sliced Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tomato, sliced
  • ¼ Cup Sliced Banana Peppers, drained (optional)
  • Large Pimento-Stuffed Spanish olives
Instructions
  1. In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, Chipotle flavored mayonnaise and chopped cilantro.
  2. Spread mixture over cut sides of bread.
  3. Arrange half of lettuce on bottom half of bread.
  4. Top with roast beef, turkey, cheese, tomatoes, banana peppers and remaining lettuce.
  5. Cover with bread top.
  6. If desired, before serving garnish with olives threaded onto toothpicks

 

Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa Receipe and other great recipes for your next Garden Party - www.cobornsblog.comNow it’s time for dessert and I was looking for something light and since we are in the heart of berry season I thought I would come up with something where I could use those fresh wonderful strawberries that make my mouth water every time I see them in the grocery store. Well sure enough I found the perfect recipe.  Wait until you try this recipe with the chocolate covered graham crackers. Ooooo la la! They were fantastic.

Strawberry Salsa
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Strawberries hulled and chopped
  • 1 Cup Fresh Pineapple, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1 T. Fresh Mint, chopped
  • ¾ tsp. Grated Lemon Zest
  • ½ tsp. Sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine strawberries, pineapple, mint, lemon zest and sugar and mix together.
  2. If desired you can garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  3. Serve with ginger snap cookies or chocolate covered graham cracker cookies.

Now for putting the finishing touches together by creating a table setting that your friends will love.  You don’t have to spend a ton of money on decorations for your party just look around your home and it’s amazing what you can find for ideas. Here are a few that I want to share with you.

  • Bring out pillows to create a relaxed atmosphere on your chairs.
  • Hang pretty paper lanterns in the trees or from the porch railing.
  • Make sure to add candles or fill small lanterns with tea lights surrounded by petals.
  • Mix and match linens and dishes, in pale, pretty colors. Try white and pink together or baby blue and peach or yellow.
  • Top your table with a vase of cut blooms, herbs or greenery.  Have an extra watering can and fill them with flowers and put near your entryway of the patio.
  • I also added a little country touch to my garden party and since I do canning towards the fall I had empty jars to serve the lemonade in. I just love the look of the old fashioned striped paper straws and believe it or not I found them at our local craft store under $2.00. They just add that extra special touch.

Now I had pretty much everything planned except the weather and as we all know that is the one thing you can’t do in the great state of Minnesota. Well wouldn’t you know a half hour before my garden party was to start it rained and I was defiantly not a happy camper.  Fortunately I did not have my table set so I was ok. Within 10 minutes the sun was out and everything turned out perfect. My neighbor Donna, my son’s girlfriend MacKenzie and Holly my co-worker and fellow blogger joined me for a perfect afternoon luncheon. Hopefully this gives you some simple easy ideas for you to create your own garden party or any fun occasion.  Enjoy…we did!

Garden Party Giveaway!

WIN ME! Pin, Share and/or Tweet this blog for your chance at winning this Begerage Dispenser! One Winner chosen on July 31, 2014. #JaynesGardenPartyWell it’s been a while since I have given something away on my blog so I believe it is time again!
I’m giving away this 2-Tier Stackable Ice Cube Glass Beverage Dispenser! It will be PERFECT for your next Garden Party!

How do you win? It’s Easy!

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One winner will be announced on July 31! Good Luck!

 

 

 

- Jayne
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Jul 3

5 fun ways decorate with a star tip

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Amanda

It has a lot of points, it comes in many sizes, it usually only does one job, but it does it well. What is it? A star tip! This time around I’m going to share 5 little things you can do with your star tip, I’ll be using a number 22, if you are wondering. Also, sometimes the tips come with the points all pointing inward, almost touching. I always jam a pen or stick in there to flair them out. The frosting comes out much more full and puffy. Just don’t use your finger! The points are sharp and you may instantly regret the decision. You’re going to have to trust me on this one.

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1. Fantasy flowers. Here’s a secret. Fantasy flowers are decorator code for “I know these don’t actually look like a flower you find in nature but I think they look pretty so I’m going to do it anyway.” I did one of these cupcakes with long, drawn out stars. Just squeeze and pull back. The other I did by making shell shapes that all meet in the middle. Isn’t that more fun than the usual blob of frosting on top? Then you finish off with a round tip to make the center of the flower.

How to make a Cookie Sheep and 4 other fun ways to decorate with a star tip! www.cobornsblog.com2. These little sheep cookies would be so cute at a baby shower. Or make some up in the spring! Using your little star tip you just make small circular motions, covering the surface with puffy fluffiness. Draw on the face with a round tip and dot your eyes. I have also made these on upside down cupcakes, equally adorable.

 

 

 

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3. Monster face! The best part about this idea is there is no wrong way. You can draw long drawn out fur, short push star style or small swirls. You can sweep the hair up, down, over the eye… You get to be a hairstylist with frosting. Finish your face by making crazy eyes and a creepy smile with your round tip. You can decorate cookies, cupcake tops, or even a cake.

 

 

 

 

How to make a Basket Weave look without the work! And 4 other fun ways to decorate with the star tip! www.cobornsblog.com4. The “not really basket weave but at a distance might fool your friends” idea. So doing basket weave can be time consuming. Don’t get me wrong, it looks great, but it’s definitely an upper level skill when done correctly. Here’s an idea for giving the same woven look in a fraction of the time. Start at the bottom of your iced cake. Do a shell border in the clockwise direction. Once you’ve gone all the way around do a shell border above that in the counter clockwise direction. Try to line up the puffy part of the shell with the tail of the shell below it. Think of it as laying brick. Continue your borders all the way up the side of your cake to create the basket weave look.

5. Borders! Yeah, I’m sure you were thinking this would be some mind blowing, original idea. Well, guess what. It’s time to leave that push star border behind. Yeah, I’m looking at you. You want to decorate? Good. Let’s get you making a real border and not one of them frosting pile caterpillar borders!

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A basic shell border is made of… shells! Ok, that wasn’t much of a shock. The part to master is the shape and how you connect them into a border. Yes, there are shell tips, it looks like a half star, but I don’t use them anymore. I was confused on my first day on the job. How could I make shell borders without shell tips?! Feeling silly I was told to use the star tip and I haven’t looked back. I think the borders look so nice and full with a star tip. Plus later on, when you want to get fancy, you can make more ornate shell borders.

How to make a shell border with a star tip. And four more ways to decorate with a star tip! www.cobornsblog.comTo make a nice little shell first make sure you are holding the tip at the correct angle, go for about 45 degrees. If you are making your border from left to right have the opening facing to the left, this is assuming you are right handed. Now give a squeeze. The frosting will flow out. When the puff is the size you want you pull and move your hand to the right at the same time releasing the pressure. This should cause a tapering effect on the end of your shell. Basically you are making a puff and a tail, over and over. Practice making little puffs first. When they look like the individual puffs in the photo, try linking them together. Make a puff, draw out a little tail, then the trick is to give a little push/flick to the left while beginning the squeeze for the next shell. This should make the puff over lap the tail you just made previously. Puff to tail, puff to tail, puff to tail, over and over.

Without the little tapering tail your border will start to look like a conga line of shells.  Look at the side shot of the borders. See how in the second to the top row the puffs are just in a big piggy back pile? Try to make borders like the bottom two rows. The piggy back look tends to get taller and taller, sometimes leaning over. If you find you are just making a wavy frosting pile you need to work on squeezing and relaxing as you go to create the contrast between shells. It will make your border look much more professional. And don’t feel bad! It’s a good start, you just need more practice!

From there you can make so many variations. Big puffs and very long tails, 2 puffs and a tail, the scroll border! the reversing scroll border! and beyond!

I hope you try a few ideas out or at least practice your borders. Remember, you don’t need all the tips in the store. Just a few tried and true favorites and some creativity.

Amanda
Coborn’s Cake Decorator
Sauk Rapids, MN

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