Jan 27

Valentine Sundaes

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Lynell

DIY How to make a Valentine Sundae - www.cobornsblog.comValentine’s Day is always a special time to celebrate with loved ones. This cold day in February has an extra special meaning for me; it was the day my second son, Mathew, was born. I remember it like it was yesterday, a big Minnesota snow storm outside and a sweet baby boy in. Year after year, it was heart-shaped cake after heart-shaped cake. Mathew begged me to make something else. So this year, I will be making my son a fun little gift in a glass. Today I am going to share this idea with you and you can make this festive gift for your friends and family. I call it the Valentine Sundae.

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DIY Valentine Sundaes
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Ingredients
  • Glasses: Think how many Valentine Sundaes you want to make. Consider the size and shape you want based on the candy you choose.
  • Candy or Nuts: Consider colorful items to go into the glass.
  • Something White: Taffy, Marshmallows, Curling Ribbon, Bow, White Carnations, and Cotton Balls could all work.
  • Flexible Straws
  • Toothpicks
  • Something to resemble a Cherry on Top: A Red Sucker or Red Heart Candy would be perfect.
Instructions
  1. Put 1 straw in the center of the sundae glass.
  2. Keeping it straight, add a little bit of candy around the straw so that the straw stays in place.
  3. Add one or two more straws and bend those two straws.
  4. Add more candy, filling the glass.
  5. Put curled ribbon (or whatever your white items are) on top of the candy.
  6. Put a toothpick in 1 candy heart set in the middle straw; if the straw is too tall, cut off part of the straw.

If you need a few ideas, remember that most kids love Skittles, men often love peanuts and pistachios, and most all women love chocolate.

Giving a Valentine Sundae is a fun and easy way to brighten the day of your teachers, friends, co-workers, moms, dads, significant other, grandparents, day-care-providers, coaches etc.

Happy Crafting,
Lynell

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Jan 25

Weekly Ad Recipes – Game Day Dips

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Cheesy Pizza Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 8 oz. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  • 1 Cup Food Club Pizza Sauce
  • Snack Crackers
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Beat cream cheese and seasoning with mixer until well blended.
  3. Spread onto bottom of a 9 inch pie plate; top with 1 cup of mozzarella, pizza sauce and remaining mozzarella.
  4. Bake 15-20 minutes or until dip is heated through and cheese is melted.
  5. Serve with crackers or sliced French bread.


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Mexican Cheese and Bean Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 16 oz. Velveeta, cut into ½” slices
  • 15 oz. Black Beans, rinsed
  • 11 oz. Corn with Red and Green Bell Peppers, drained
  • 1 Cup Salsa
  • Tortilla Chips
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except chips in microwavable bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for 5 minutes or until Velveeta is completely melted, stirring after 3 minutes.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.


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Jan 25

Weekly Ad Recipe – Game Day Treats

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Toffee Ice Cream Treat
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (12 Count) Box Food Club Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • 8 oz. Food Club Whipped Topping
  • 12 oz. Jar Hot Fudge
  • 2 Heath Candy Bars (or Toffee Candy Topping)
Instructions
  1. Place unwrapped ice cream sandwiches in a glass 9×13 inch pan.
  2. Cut sandwiches so all fit it the pan if needed.
  3. Microwave jar of hot fudge about 30-45 seconds to soften; pour over ice cream sandwiches.
  4. Top with whipped topping and crumbled candy topping.
  5. Freeze for minimum of 1 hour.
  6. For variety you may use different flavors of ice cream sandwiches and toppings: mint sandwiches and crumble candy canes or Andes mints.

 

Jan 25

Weekly Ad Recipes – Game Day Drinks

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Pomegranate-Apple Hard Cider
Serves: 3
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Food Club Apple Cider
  • 1 Cup Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 oz. Skyy Vodka
  • 1 oz. Orange Liqueur
  • 1 Cup Ginger Ale
  • Ice Cubes
  • Pomegranate Seeds, optional
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except pomegranate seeds in a pitcher; stir.
  2. Serve in tumblers over ice.
  3. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, if desired.

 
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Captain’s Orange Cream
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • Half Gallon Orange Juice, divided
  • 1 Box (3 oz.) Food Club Instant Vanilla Pudding and Pie Filling
  • 8 oz. Food Club Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 1-1/2 Cups Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • Ice Cubes
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine 1 cup orange juice and pudding mix.
  2. Blend until pudding mix is dissolved.
  3. Add whipped topping, rum and remaining orange juice to blender; blend until smooth.
  4. Serve in a glass over ice.

 
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Quick Cranberry Punch
Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • 64 oz. Cranberry Raspberry Juice
  • 2 Liter Sprite
Instructions
  1. In a large punch bowl mix together all of the juice and Sprite.
  2. Add slices of lime for a garnish.
Jan 25

Weekly Ad Recipe – Slow-Cooker Jambalaya

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This is a great recipe if you want to add a little spice in your life. Heat up this Cajun favorite by sprinkling with more red pepper sauce just before serving. Andouille sausage is traditionally used for this dish so if you don’t care for spice in this recipe you can substitute with Smoked Sausage. Enjoy…I did!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Slow-Cooker Jambalaya
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Onion, chopped
  • 1 Cup Green Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Cup Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 28 oz. can Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 Cups Fully Cooked Coborn’s Signature Smokehouse Andouille Sausage or Smoked Sausage, chopped
  • 1 T. Parsley Flakes
  • ½ tsp. Dried Thyme Leaves
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Red Pepper Sauce
  • ¾ lb. Wholey Cooked Shrimp, tails removed (thawed, if frozen)
  • 4 Cups Hot Cooked Rice
Instructions
  1. In 4 quart to 6 quart slow cooker, mix all ingredients except shrimp and rice.
  2. Cover; cook on low heat setting 7 to 8 hours.
  3. Stir in shrimp, cover and cook on low for 30 minutes or until shrimp is heated through.
  4. Serve jambalaya with rice.

 

 

Jan 25

Weekly Ad Recipe – Stuffed Peppers Snack

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Let me tell you that this is the most addicting appetizer I have tasted in a long time. I introduced this recipe to my family during the holidays and we could not stop eating them. I finally had to have my husband take them away from me. Extremely easy to make and the different colors of peppers really make your presentation of appetizers look wonderful. Perfect recipe for those upcoming Super Bow parties. Just a quick tip! Place the cream cheese in the microwave for 10 seconds to soften it up and it will be easier for you to mix together. You can also make this same recipe using fresh mushrooms too! Enjoy…I did!

Jayne
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Stuffed Peppers Snack
 
Ingredients
  • 1 package Pero Vine Sweet Mini Peppers
  • ⅓ Lb. Ground Pork Sausage, mild or hot
  • ½ cup Onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, finely minced
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1 Whole Egg Yolk
  • ¾ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash off peppers and slice lengthwise in half and remove seeds.
  2. Brown and crumble sausage.
  3. Set aside on a plate to cool.
  4. Add onions and garlic to the same skillet; cook for 2 minutes over medium low heat.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Set mixture aside on a plate to cool.
  7. In a bowl, combine cream cheese and egg yolk.
  8. Stir together with Parmesan cheese.
  9. Add cooled sausage.
  10. Stir mixture together and refrigerate for a short time to firm up.
  11. Smear mixture into the cavity of each pepper, creating a sizeable amount over the top.
  12. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  13. Garnish with minced parsley if desired.

 

Jan 22

Hearty Game Day Recipes

Hearty Game Day Recipes: Chili Cheese Dog, Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes & BBQ Chicken Spread - www.cobornblog.com

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Holly

I’m a Vikings watching, meat-and-potato eating, Minnesota girl. However, not to my surprise, the Vikings cease to make it to the Superbowl, or even the Playoffs yet again. Well, I still enjoy a good Superbowl party and great food. This year, I will be serving some hearty eats, including, but not limited to, loaded twice-baked potatoes, chili cheese dogs and a barbecue chicken spread. Here are my recipes, be sure to pin and save for later!

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How to make BBQ Chicken Spread - www.cobornsblog.comBarbecue Chicken Spread

First let’s start with the spread. Honestly, when I first read this recipe it didn’t sound the best, but trust me, it is delicious and you will not be able to stop at just one, or two, or three. I serve this dip with Ritz Bacon crackers, because… everything is better with bacon, right?

Barbecue Chicken Spread
 
Ingredients
  • 8 Oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8 Oz. Sour Cream
  • 9 – 10 Oz. White Chunk Canned Chicken Breast, drained
  • 8 Oz. Finely Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Snack Crackers
  • Green Onions (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix together cream cheese and sour cream and spread onto platter.
  2. Pour barbecue sauce over cream cheese mixture and evenly spread.
  3. Sprinkle chicken breast evenly on top of barbecue sauce.
  4. Top with shredded mozzarella and serve with snack crackers.
Notes
Chop green onions and add on top of the mozzarella. Get creative with this recipe and add your favorite ingredients, like green olives or tomatoes.

 

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Chili Cheese Dog

Chili Cheese Dog Recipe - www.cobornsblog.comI have to be honest with you, I had never eaten a Chili Cheese Dog before I decided to make them for my Superbowl party. As I made them for this blog, I was excited to give them a taste. Well, let me tell you, this will not be the last time I eat them. I honestly think the key is the kind of “dog” you use. I chose the Coborn’s Signature Smokehouse ground course wieners. To put it lightly… delicious! I made it easy with canned Hormel Chili, but you could certainly make a chili from scratch. I topped my chili with chopped onion and Food Club chipotle shredded cheese. The chipotle shredded cheese is my go to – whenever I make a taco dip or baked potatoes with cheese, I like to use the chipotle cheese just to add a little extra flavor. It’s not too spicy, but just adds a little something more. Of course, I used the Coborn’s Own Hot Dog buns. These buns are made fresh in our own bakery each day. They are fresh, fluffy and delish!

Chili Cheese Dogs
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Ingredients
  • Coborn’s Signature Smokehouse Course Ground Wieners
  • Coborn’s Own Hot Dog Buns
  • 2 or 3 Cans Hormel Chili with Beans
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 Bag Food Club Shredded Chipotle Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat wieners and chili on stove-top or in microwave to desired temperature.
  2. Chop onion.
  3. Fill hot dog bun with wiener and top with chili, onions and cheese.
Notes
You could serve these buffet-style by keeping the dogs and chili in warmers and creating a buffet of toppings such as onion, cheese, sour cream, etc.

 

Loaded Twice-Baked Potato Recipe - www.cobornsblog.com

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

Like I said, I am a meat-and-potatoes girl, so what better than topping your potato with meat? You could simply make baked potatoes and top with Hormel Chili, or you could take it a step further, like I did, and make a twice-baked potato by removing the filling, adding cheese and butter and baking again with chili and cheese. Serve with sour cream and your guests will love it!

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes
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Ingredients
  • 6 Russet Potatoes
  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Cans Hormel Chili with Beans
  • 2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • Sour Cream
  • Pepper
Instructions
  1. Bake potatoes in 350° oven until soft, about one hour depending on size.
  2. Remove from oven and slice off a lid and set aside.
  3. Remove potato pulp from 4 potatoes and place in a bowl, keeping skins in tact.
  4. Remove potato pulp from 2 potatoes and reserve, keeping skins in tact.
  5. Add ½ cup cheese, butter and salt to 4 potato pulp mixture and mash.
  6. Season potato mixture with pepper to taste.
  7. Refill potato skins with potato mixture, pressing it into the bottom and against the sides, leaving a “bowl” to add the chili.
  8. Set filled potatoes back onto baking sheet and place lids skin side down on baking sheet as well.
  9. Fill potatoes with Hormel Chili with Beans and top with remaining cheese.
  10. Bake in oven until heated through and cheese is melted and browned, about 12 minutes.
  11. Remove potatoes from oven and transfer to a platter, top with a dollop of sour cream and place lid on top, if desired.
  12. Serve immediately.
Notes
Only use the pulp from 4 potatoes so that you have room to fill the skins with chili. Use the remaining pulp as you wish.

 

This year at your Superbowl party, forget about the popcorn and chips and fill those bellies with hearty, meaty and delicious food!

 

Party On,
Holly

 

Coborn’s, Inc. Social Media/Creative Specialist

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Jan 20

Homemade Baby Wipes

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Lori

Shortly after my daughter was born, we discovered she had very sensitive skin and constantly had diaper rash.  After consulting her Pediatrician, he requested we immediately stop using store-bought wipes as they could be irritating her skin and not allowing the diaper rash to dissipate, or quite possibly could be the main cause of the rash.

A month or so prior to this appointment, I had gone to a friend’s house where we made homemade baby wipes, along with numerous other all-natural baby products.  Immediately after returning home from our daughter’s doctor appointment, my husband and I started using the homemade baby wipes on our daughter and overnight the diaper rash disappeared. We have been using these wipes on her ever since, and not only are they so much better for her skin, but they are so quick and easy to make, as well as tremendously cost-effective!

For this blog, I used the Aura Cacia Essential Oils from Coborn’s. Aura Cacia, has a great variety of high-quality Essential Oils that are animal-friendly, environmentally-friendly and clearly list all of their ingredients on each product. Their products are backed by a quality guarantee and it is easy to grab them on your shopping trip to Coborn’s. I pick up my Domestix or Ziploc containers, paper towels and Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap at Coborn’s as well.

 

Homemade Baby Wipes
 
Ingredients
  • 1 T. Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap – Lavender Scent
  • 1 T. Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Drops Aura Cacia Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 1 Drop Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oi
  • ⅓ Roll Paper Towel
  • 1 round plastic container with lid – at least 1.6 QT
Instructions
  1. With a large, sharp knife, carefully cut a paper towel roll in three pieces.
  2. In the round container, add the first five liquid ingredients and stir.
  3. Slowly place one of the three portions of the paper towel roll in the liquid mixture and place the cover on the container.
  4. Let sit for at least 15 minutes to absorb the liquid.
  5. Remove the cover, pull out the cardboard core, and either flip the paper towels in the container and replace lid or replace lid and flip the entire container upside down.
  6. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  7. When you are ready to use them, pull wipes from the center.

How to make homemade baby wipes. www.cobornsblog.comTips

  • Cutting the paper towel roll is the hardest part. I usually have my husband do this and he will cut 3 or 4 rolls ahead of time so we have a stock of them ready.
  • Any brand of paper towels will work, whether generic or name brand.  We typically buy a generic brand and they work great.
  • Depending on the size of the container and thickness of the paper towels you use, you may need to add a little more or less water.  This can be done at any time, even after the wipes are ready to use.
  • I always have a pre-made container of wipes on hand for immediate use after the container we are using runs out.
  • Place wipes in a sealed bag to store in the diaper bag.

Even my husband, who has not always been much of an essential oil or all-natural believer, thinks they were a great change for our daughter and an amazing money saver for our family. Enjoy!

Lori
Coborn’s, Inc. Admin. Assistant

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Jan 18

Weekly Ad Recipe – Beef Stew

Weekly Ad Recipe - Beef Stew www.cobornsblog.com

This is a very hearty recipe and oh so delicious. This is a perfect recipe if you don’t want to spend all your time chopping vegetables. Serve with a cold glass of milk and you have the prefect meal for those snowy winter nights. Enjoy….I did!

Jayne
Coborn’s, Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Beef Stew
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 lbs. Beef stew meat
  • 12 Medium New Potatoes, cut in half
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 8 oz. bag Baby Cut Carrots
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Seasoned Salt
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ¼ cup Cold Water
  • 2 T. All-Purpose Flour
  • 14.5 oz. Canned Chopped Tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In 4-quart ovenproof bean pot or casserole dish place all ingredients except cold water, flour and tomatoes.
  3. Cover and bake about 2 hours and 30 minutes or until beef is tender.
  4. In small bowl, mix cold water and flour; gradually stir into beef mixture.
  5. Stir in tomatoes, Bake about 20 minutes longer or until slightly thickened and beef reaches an internal temperature of 135 degrees.
  6. Remove bay leaf.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing Menage a Trois Cabernet

 

Jan 15

What is Greek Yogurt?

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Cheryl

There’s a funny thing about Greek yogurt…it’s not Greek! A more appropriate term for this smooth, rich yogurt would be Strained Yogurt. In Greece, strained yogurt is known as ‘straggisto’ and is used throughout Greece as a popular ingredient in many ethnic dishes.

It’s Healthy

Yogurt in general is a nutritious and healthy food: an excellent source of protein, calcium and potassium, and it is also a good source of vitamins and minerals. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends three servings of milk, cheese or yogurt per day for individuals aged nine or older, children four to eight years old should consume two and half servings. Eight ounces of yogurt is considered one serving.

Probiotics

What really makes yogurt such a shining star is probiotics. Because yogurt is a cultured or fermented product made with the starter cultures Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Steptococcus thermophiles, it contains probiotics. Probiotics (think Pro versus anti, as in antibiotics) are good and necessary bacteria that help to maintain a healthy digestive system.

What makes it different?

Now, back to Greek yogurt. As yogurt is strained, the watery substance of whey is separated from the yogurt, leaving a thicker, creamier and more tart product that we call Greek yogurt. When the whey is removed, there is less sugar, fewer carbohydrates and more protein than in regular yogurt.

A little something extra

If you don’t care to eat yogurt plain, try adding your own fruit pieces and /or granola for a healthful way to enjoy it. Usually when the yogurt is sweetened up by the manufacturer, it will be higher in calories and sugar than if you put in your own fresh or frozen berries or fruit. I often use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream or mayonnaise in recipes.

What to watch for

Remember to read labels when shopping in order to avoid purchasing imposters.  The term “Greek” is not regulated and thickening agents like corn starch can be used to create the thick and rich texture of truly strained yogurt. Also, not all yogurts really carry the healthful probiotics I mentioned earlier, so if probiotics are important to you, make sure the label says “live active cultures.”

Below is a comparison of the labels from Dannon’s Greek and a regular non-fat yogurt (note the difference in serving sizes):

Greek Yogurt VS. Regular Yogurt Nutrition Comparison. www.cobornsblog.com

So you make the choice and enjoy yogurt – Greek or Regular – for its great taste and healthful benefits. Just remember to read those labels so you know for sure that you are getting the real deal!

Cheryl
Coborn’s Natural Foods Manager – Clearwater, MN

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