Entertaining over Breakfast

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There are many occasions in which guests may be at your house for breakfast or brunch including: Easter, Baptism, First Communion, Baby or Bridal Shower, or even a Wedding Gift Opening. Whatever the celebration, there are many breakfast options.

My favorite breakfast menu includes an egg bake (see recipe below). This one has meat, but you can also do a vegetarian style if you desire.  I would also be sure to include a side of fresh fruit like pineapple, grapes, melons and strawberries if in season.  That is when they taste the best! Along with that I would include a mini muffin or Danish with juice; it doesn’t have to be orange juice, and coffee.

It is very important to keep your hot foods hot and your cold foods cold, not just for food safety, but also to keep the integrity and quality of the food at its best.  If you like to prepare your egg bake the night before, keep it in the fridge and put it in the oven to cook right before it is served.  With the fruit, be sure to keep it cool and crisp in the refrigerator until it is time to eat. While the dishes are out on your table you can keep the egg bake covered and a bowl of ice under the fruit.  Keep coffee hot in a carafe.

I would be happy to assist you with any of your questions regarding hosting a meal.  You know how to reach me. Or if you prefer, Coborn’s is always more than happy to cater for your special events.

Egg Bake
Serves: 18
  • 18 Eggs, whipped
  • 6 Cups Milk
  • 1 tsp. Mustard (prepared)
  • 1½ Lbs. Meat, cooked - Sausage, Bacon or Virginia Baked Ham, diced
  • 4 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 9 Slices White Bread
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl mix whipped eggs, milk, mustard, cooked meat, 2 cups cheese and vegetables of your choice.
  3. Spray the bottom of a 13"x9" pan with cooking spray.
  4. Layer bread on bottom of pan, covering bottom.
  5. Pour egg mixture over the bread.
  6. Top with Salt and Pepper and add remaining cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered for approximately 35 minutes (can cover if it gets too brown)
Add to your liking: Mushrooms, Green Onions and/or Green Peppers (do NOT use any frozen vegetables)

Egg portion can be prepared the day before and refrigerated.

Bon Appetite!
Coborn’s Catering Manager, Sauk Rapids, MN

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Vegetarian options for your next get together

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Party planning can be a lot of fun, but just be sure to remember that all of your guests may not be meat-eaters. You don’t want your vegetarian guests to be restricted to the raw veggie platter, so here are three recipes that you can serve your vegetarian guests to keep them happy and satisfied.

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango

The first recipe is a quinoa salad with black beans and mango. This is a great option because the quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it has all of the essential amino acids as well as fiber, B vitamins and iron. This makes it a great protein option for people who are vegetarian or vegan as these are nutrients that can be challenging to get enough of in their diet. A bonus to this recipe is that it is also considered vegan, meaning that it does not use any animal products.

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Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango
Serves: 6
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced small
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced as small as you can get it
  • 1 cup chopped scallion
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1½ cups black beans, drained and rinsed (a 15-ounce can)
  1. Combine the mango, red pepper, scallions, and cilantro in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the red wine vinegar, grapeseed oil, and salt and stir to combine.
  3. Add the quinoa and stir until everything is well incorporated.
  4. Fold in the black beans.
  5. Serve immediately or let it sit for a bit to let the flavors meld.
Dietitian's Tip: The reason you want to rinse the beans is to get rid of the excess salt and sodium.

Tofu and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

The second vegetarian recipe option is stuffed peppers. I’ve always been a fan of stuffed peppers, but the biggest problem I’m sure most of us have is that we stuff them full of sausage and cheese. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case.

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Tofu and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Serves: 12
  • 14 Oz. Package West Say firm or extra firm tofu, cubed
  • 16 Oz. Jar Full Circle Black Bean Corn Salsa (or your preferred salsa)
  • 12 Oz. Box Ancient Harvest Traditional Quinoa
  • 1 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 Cup Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese
  • 12 bell peppers (red, yellow, or green)
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Start by cooking the quinoa per the directions on the box. This is usually a very simple process of adding 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa, bringing to a boil, then reducing heat, covering and simmering until it is tender.
  3. Rinse and wash your peppers, then remove the tops and seeds while the quinoa is cooking, and set to the side.
  4. In a skillet, heat up a small amount of olive oil and add your tofu, sautéing until it has a nice golden brown coating.
  5. In a large bowl, combine your tofu, black bean salsa, cooked quinoa, and red onions.
  6. Stuff each pepper with the mixture and top with a small amount of mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until the cheese has a golden brown color to it.

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

The third recipe is fudgy black bean brownies. What, brownies you say? Brownies are already vegetarian. However, serving this brownie option is doing your vegetarian friends, and non-vegetarian friends at that, a favor. By removing the white flour and adding black beans in its place it makes this recipe higher in fiber and protein, which again are challenging nutrients for vegetarians to get in their diet. Did I mention this recipe is also delicious? So not only are you serving a healthier brownie option, but a tasty one too. Just see if anyone can tell that there are black beans in these fudgy, delicious squares.

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Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
Serves: 16
  • 15 Oz. Can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 3 T. Canola Oil
  • ¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp. Peppermint Extract (optional)
  • ½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • ½ Cup Mini Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips, divided
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly oil or coat an 8x8-inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Place the black beans in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add eggs, oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, peppermint extract if desired, baking powder and salt.
  5. Process until smooth.
  6. Add ¼ cup of the chips and pulse a few times until the chips are incorporated.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan,
  8. smooth the top with a rubber spatula and sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips.
  9. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool in the pan before slicing into 2-inch squares.

– Mary
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Planning the Perfect Grad Party… or any party

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Even though you are celebrating one very special person’s achievement, you’ve got a whole crowd to please when it comes to what’s on the menu.  Don’t sweat it.

Start with setting a budget, how much you want to spend per person, and let Coborn’s expert party planners (like me!) help you work through the details! We’ve got some party packages that are priced at under $3.00 per guest. You don’t need a diploma to know that THAT is a great deal!

Where will this party of yours take place? In your home? On your lawn? In your garage? Make sure you have access to electricity to keep hot foods toasty or room enough for chafing dishes heated by sterno, and also methods to keep cold things chilled like shade, ice trays or bowls beneath your salads, and coolers for your beverages.

Now comes the fun part. What to eat? Should you opt for a grab-n-go picnic style menu with cold but crowd-pleasing sandwiches or fun and fresh wrap options, mounds of meat and cheese on platters and chilled salads and fruit? How about hot and savory Sloppy Joes or piled high pulled pork on fresh buns with pasta and potato side options? Or juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside fabulous fried chicken and hot cheesy potatoes? Or a festive twist with a delicious build-your-own taco bar complete with heaping helpings of taco meat and all the traditional taco fixings. No matter what you decide on, Coborn’s can do all the prep work for you so all you have to do is pick it up and go!

If you would like help planning a fun and creative menu for your party that’s loaded with delicious options and won’t set you back a pretty penny, feel free to pick up the phone and give me a ring at (320) 252-2141. You can find me at the Coborn’s Superstore in Sauk Rapids just about any day of the week. Ask for Mary in catering. I’d be happy to help you make your event memorable, affordable and simple!

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Coborn’s Sauk Rapids, MN

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Feeding 5 or 500 – Guidline to preparing the right amount of food for your party

Coborn's Blog: Feeding 5 or 500. Guideline to preparing the right amount of food for your party.

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Doesn’t it seem as though we throw a party for just about everything? It’s fun to have people over and celebrate. Even if your team did not make the Big Game, it is still a great time to get the crew together, eat a lot of food and watch some football!
I have been a party planner for almost 20 years, the past eight have been right here at Coborn’s. The one question that I get asked all the time is, “How much food do I need?” I have written up a few guide lines, per person, to help you plan for five or 500!

  • Sandwiches, 1-1.5 Sandwiches, depending on size. (Size of the sandwich, not the person.)
  •           Cold Cuts (Ham, Turkey) 2-3 oz. per sandwich
  •           Cheese  1-1/2 oz. slice
  •           Bread 2 slices or 1-1/2 Dollar Buns
  • Fresh Fruit ½ cup (4oz.)
  • Potato Salad ½ cup (4oz.)
  • Hot Meat (Sloppy Joes, etc) ½ cup
  • Mashed Potatoes 4-6 oz.
  • Chicken 1 ½ -2 pieces
  • Cake one 2”x2” piece
  • Coffee  8 oz.  cup

Hope this helps make your Football Party planning, or any party planning, a little easier. If you have any questions, feel free to pick up the phone and give me a ring. I am located at Coborn’s, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. (320) 252-2141 and ask for Mary in Catering!

– Mary
Catering Manager
Coborn’s Sauk Rapids, MN


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