May is Asthma Awareness Month


Did you know that May is Asthma Awareness Month? Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways (your airways are tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs). If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways become sore, swollen, and sensitive, they may react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When your airways react, they get even narrower and your lungs get less air. Continue reading “May is Asthma Awareness Month”

Coborn’s 12 Days of Christmas 2016

Coborn's 12 Days of Chrimstas!

It is hard to believe the holiday season is once again upon us! The Coborn’s elves have been busy over the last year, putting all the finishing touches on this year’s 3rd annual “12 Days of Christmas” celebration.

During this special holiday event, our elves and vendors visit 12 of our stores. They search for a guest at each with a full cart – and when the guest least expects it – they come out of nowhere and present the ultimate surprise: a $200 gift card that’s used to pay for their groceries and if they are a MORE Rewards Member, they receive DOUBLE Fuel Rewards!

The winning guest also receives a nice gift from the vendor. Plus, plenty of attention: the whole presentation is caught on camera!

The holiday giving does not stop there. Our elves also hand out 10 gift cards (valued at $20 each) to guests around the store, allowing others to get in on the fun!

Be sure to watch the Coborn’s Facebook page, Coborn’s YouTube Channel, or Coborn’s Website throughout the 12 Days of Christmas to find out where the elves have been!

We would also like to thank several of “Santa’s helpers” – our great vendors – who play a big part in making this event happen!

Crazy Fresh Produce
Crystal Farms
General Mills
Gold’n Plump
Land O’Frost
No Name Steaks

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from all of us at Coborn’s!

Summer Cooler Safety

Summer Cooler Safety - Coborn's Food Safety Coordinator, Kim

Summer is officially here and the perfect time for picnics – picnics in the park, picnics at the lake, picnics, picnics, picnics! When we think of preparing for a picnic, what is the essential item that every picnic needs? That’s right – a cooler! I’m here today to provide you with some tips to keep your picnic food safe utilizing your cooler. Continue reading “Summer Cooler Safety”

The Donut, An American Classic

Cob: The Donut, An American Classic

Friday, June 3rd is National Donut Day this year. Have you ever questioned where donuts originated? Today, you can go to any bakery and some bread stores to get your fill of various types of donuts; chocolate iced, raspberry filled, glazed. I am sure there is one out there for everyone. But going back to my original question, where did the donut get its start?

Bakers always had problems with what to do with leftover bread dough. They found if they took a strip of dough, tied it in a knot and then dropped it in hot pork grease, the fried confection had a unique but good flavor.  The Dutch called them, English translated, dough-knots.

As time went on bakers filled the middle with apples, prunes or raisins but a major problem occurred; the centers were never fully cooked or, as some may say, had “raw centers”.  Bakery folklore is thought to have said that a sea captain’s mother from New England made these for her son with nutmeg and hazelnuts or walnuts in the middle. Legend has it, she would call them dough-nuts. However, when he went to sea, the captain had his cook make them and like before the centers never fully fried. Out of frustration he told the cook to leave out the filling, thus creating a hole. Is this true or a legend? Fact or fiction? I don’t know but it sure sounds good! • Learn the story behind the "Doughnut Girl" and WWI "Doughboys"During World War I donuts had become very popular and many of you may have seen the Salvation Army poster titled “My Doughnut Girl.” The Doughnut Girl was always handing donuts out to the GIs at the train station, reminding her “Doughboys” to come back home. These ladies then went to Europe and their sole purpose was to make doughnuts for the Doughboys.

When the Doughboys came back from war they were in love with the donut. Similar to popcorn today, they were sold as a popular snack in movie theaters. To satisfy the increasing demand, a Russian immigrant created the first donut machine. At the 1934 World Fair in Chicago the donut was declared the food hit at the Century of Progress Fair.

In honor of Donut Day on the 3rd of June and as a way to show support for the Salvation Army, Coborn’s will be celebrating by selling specially boxed donuts with a portion of all proceeds going to the Salvation Army. Last year, company-wide we raised $3,000 to present to the Salvation Army on the Donut Day and we’re excited to try to top it in 2016!

The donut still remains the one confection that anyone from the age of 2 to 102 + can enjoy with their favorite beverage of milk or coffee. Healthy?? Sorry, that could be another blog… But the story of the donut is truly that of an American Classic.

Using the Right Knife for the Right Job: A Guide to the Kitchen Knife Block

Finding the Right Knife for the Right Job: A Guide to the Kitchen Knife Block - A Cut Above with Chef Todd
Chef Todd

Whether you are slicing fruit for a smoothie, deboning chicken for a crock pot meal or filleting fish, the knife you use in the kitchen is essential to the job you are trying to accomplish and to the efficiency level you will be achieving while preparing your food. No matter the task at hand or your ability level in the kitchen, it is incredibly important to equip yourself with the proper tools while cooking to ensure less time wasted, proper technique and increased skill, therefore helping to make you an even better cook. Continue reading “Using the Right Knife for the Right Job: A Guide to the Kitchen Knife Block”