Local French Toast with Homemade Blueberry Syrup and Whipped Cream

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Hi Everybody! February is half over and I can just feel spring in the air since we have had such a mild Minnesota weather. Speaking of Minnesota, I just have to talk to you all about “local”. I just love local and I love talking about local. So I thought I would show you some great recipes using some of our great local products right here in the Midwest.

Today I thought I would talk about French Toast with homemade blueberry syrup and homemade whipped cream. This is a ‘yummy” no matter which way you look at it. Continue reading “Local French Toast with Homemade Blueberry Syrup and Whipped Cream”

Meet Your Herbs

Meet Your Herbs

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If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I am all about local! At Coborn’s, we have so many great partners that supply us with honey, beef, dairy, soap, essential oils, popcorn, peanut butter and so much more! One of the best things about these local products is to know the source of where they come from. It gives us all a better understanding of the quality and the commitment of the producers when we know where our products are traveling from and the amount of time it took for them to reach our tables. Continue reading “Meet Your Herbs”

New Local Brands to Love!

New Local Brands to Love!

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Happy New Year! What a perfect time to spotlight a few new local brands that we’ve added to the family.

My absolute favorite new line is Buddy’s Nut Butters.  Personally, I have always been a bit confused by chocolate nut butters, even though I am inBuddy's Nut Butters the food business.  What do you do with them?  Do I want chocolate toast before the Local Favorites: Buddy's Nut Buttersun rises?  Yes!  Now I do!  Buddy’s has three amazing flavors, Honey Peanut, Cinnamon Raisin and the mind blowing Chocolate Peanut.  I put that on toast (I hear adding strawberries puts it over the top), on raspberry bagels, and most often simply on a spoon.  When you’re looking for a little treat, it fills the bill and gives you protein and fiber as an added benefit from the peanuts.

Buddy’s Nut Butters are made by Buddy, also known as Andrew Kincheloe.  Imagine that.  He simply wanted to make a better nut butter and started working on that in his kitchen in Minneapolis.  Today his products are in over 300 retailers and Coborn’s is proud to be one of them.

While I am having that spoonful of Buddy’s, I might also grab some WholeMe Clusters.  They are a delicious grain free alternative to regular granola and snacks.  Available in three great flavors, Lemon Berry Chia is a favorite.  It’s full of coconut and cashews and really freshened up with a bit of real lemon zest.  Like Buddy’s, it was founded by Local Favorites: WholeMe Oat clusterspeople looking for something better to eat.  In this case, it was two women in St. Paul.  They were both looking for a snack to fuel their busy lives.  One was a pastry chef, so you know taste was a top priority!

Our most recent addition is suds! Bath and Body based in Prior Lake.  I love their story.  Founder Erin Seidl became alarmed when she starting reading the labels on her favorite skin care items.  She couldn’t recognize most of the ingredients, which was extra frightening since she is a chemical engineer!  Like our other great Minnesota entrepreneurs, she decided to take matters into her own hands, literally and launched her own skin care line. At that time, she was working for one of our favorite Minnesota companies creating delicious (and natural!) flavors for their popcorn.  Now she is able to focus all her time on her own growing company.

One of my favorite products is the Lotion Stick.  Somewhat resembling a round deodorant stick, it is lotion that is a solid and you simply rub it across your skin.  No mess and minimal effort when you aren’t quite awake yet and haven’t had your chocolate peanut butter yet.  The smell of Vanilla Almond is divine.

The bars of soap are wrapped in brown paper that contains wildflower seeds so you can plant it in your yard or garden.  Plus that means zero waste.  And it makes an extra nice gift.

All of these Minnesota companies were started by someone who had an idea for something better.  And we have the opportunity to support that can-do spirit of our neighbors, keeping our local economy thriving!

 

Rhonda
Coborn’s, Inc. Natural Foods Category Manager

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Introducing Gluten Free Bakery at Coborn's!

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There is something new coming to your local Coborn’s and we can’t contain the news any longer! We are excited to announce the opening of our Gluten Free Baking Facility! Located in the heart of Minnesota (St. Cloud), this facility is in a completely separate building from our conventional bakery to ensure there is no cross contact with gluten containing ingredients.

Gluten Free Cookes & Cupcakes - www.cobornsblog.comWith the growing demand for gluten free products and the majority of the current products available sold frozen, it seemed right to us to start a Gluten Free Bakery focused on offering primarily fresh baked goods. Our expert bakers work diligently to create products that are not only gluten free, but taste delicious! The selection of items is sure to please from morning until night. To start the day, there are sugared cake donuts and decadent muffins…with the Double Chocolate Chip being one of my personal favorites! Other muffin flavors include Chocolate Chip, Banana, Blueberry and Cranberry Orange – all melt in your mouth delicious! Lunch/Dinner time brings choices such as hotdog and hamburger buns, or a great slice of bread for a sandwich. Finish off with a tasty cupcake, bar, or cookie. Cupcakes come in both White and Devil’s Food, while the bars include Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Chip flavors. There is also a delightful selection of cookies – Sugar, Raspberry, Chocolate Chip, and Double Chocolate Chip – in two sizes!! Last, but certainly not least, are the frosted cakes available in delectable White and Devil’s Food. The flavors of these items will entice everyone – even those that do not need to eat gluten free.

Gluten Free Breads & Buns - www.cobornsblog.comEnsuring the products taste good is one aspect, but we also want to ensure the safety of our guests. Knowing that even the slightest amount of gluten can be detrimental for some, we are taking additional safeguards to ensure our gluten free claim holds true. Only gluten free ingredients are used along with testing all incoming ingredients as well as our finished products to confirm the absence of gluten.

Come give them a try!  You’ll be glad you did! They will be in our stores starting August 16, 2015.

Keepin' your skin Local!

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The good news is that many people are eating healthier these days.  That can mean many different things depending on your starting line.  For some, it’s adding more fruits and vegetables and less Twinkies.  For others, it means choosing organic food more often and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals.  It can also mean purchasing more local items, which are generally fresher and help support the local economy.

But what about what you put on your skin, not just in your mouth?  You may remember from that high school biology class that your skin is actually an organ.  In fact, it’s your largest organ, covering 20 square feet.  That’ a lot of skin!  Some medicines are delivered through the skin, via a patch or cream.  So, that must mean that what you put on your skin goes into your body!  Now, isn’t that a thought!

Imagine you are pondering the next great fountain of youth product to make you even more beautiful.  How about slathering this on your face:

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Niacinamide*, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Panthenol**, Polyethylene, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4***, Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Tocopheryl Acetate^, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract^^, Dimethiconol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Peg-100 Stearate, Dmdm Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Laureth-4, Laureth-7, Disodium Edta, Fragrance * Vitamin B3, ** Pro-Vitamin B5, ***Amino-Peptide, ^ Vitamin E, ^^ Green Tea

Ick.  Well, it does have Green Tea as the last ingredient.  Since they list the ingredients in order from most to least, they probably just waved a tea bag near the container.  I won’t name the product, but many skin care labels look like this.

Let’s try this instead:

99% Natural Ingredients: aqua(water),organic cold pressed olea europaea(olive)fruit oil, hamamelis virginiana(witch hazel),kosher vegetable glycerin, organic helianthus annuus(sunflower) oil, organic cocos nucifera (coconut), cetearyl alcohol, organic butyrospermum parki (shea butter)fruit,lavendula augustafolia(lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract.

That is Purple Prairie’s Lavender Lotion, made by our friends in Clearwater, Minnesota.  I can read and understand those ingredients!  I’d much rather put coconut and olive oil on my skin that crosspolymers.  And I am certain I will remain just as radiant.  Because there is no fountain of youth, sadly.  The secret is to keep your skin moisturized, get some fresh air and be happy.  And I hear buying local keeps you beautiful, too!

Purple Prairie Botanicals was started in 2000 by Bethany Albers.  She would sell her products to friends and co-workers (including my mother!) and then at farmer’s markets.  I was so thrilled when she was ready to be sold at Coborn’s.  All Purple Prairie products are free of:

  • Petroleum
  • Parabens
  • Synthetic Dyes
  • Artificial Preservatives
  • Animal Ingredients
  • Detergents
  • Sulfates
  • GMOs
  • Gluten

We’re proud to offer products with these high standards.  They have great scents from essential oils and most everyone can find one they like.

Plus, as I have said many times before, when you buy local, your money stays in the community.  When you purchase a Purple Prairie item, that money goes back to Bethany and her team in Clearwater.  They may be spending their money in your restaurant, or your uncle’s gas station or on your kid’s school fundraiser.

Enjoy your summer.  Keep buying local, which is easy to do when our store is full of beautiful tomatoes and sweet corn and other seasonal offerings.  But remember your skin all year long!

Rhonda
Coborn’s, Inc. Natural Foods Category Manager

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