See Jayne on KARE 11 This Weekend!

See Jayne on KARE 11

Our resident foodie, blogger and home chef extraordinaire Jayne will be cooking up some new deliciously healthy holiday recipes again with Pat Evans on Kare 11, Saturday, December 24th on the morning show. Be sure to tune in for these great recipes and cheer Jayne’s on!

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Festive Holiday Dippin' - 6 Festive Holiday Dippin' Recipes - Making Holiday Dippin'' Memories with your Grandchildren
Sharon with her Husband and 9 of 13 Grandchildren

We’ve all experienced an unexpected change in plans, but the true test is how we handle those challenges.  Being a grandmother of 13 lively, active grandchildren, you would think I would be prepared for anything thrown my way…..not so!  Three days before Thanksgiving I received a phone call from my five grandsons who live in California….”Guess what Granny…we’re coming to visit you in three days!”.   Once the excitement and sheer joy of getting to see them wore off and reality set in, so did panic.  What was I going to do with five very active little boys at my house?  We had recently moved and downsized as empty-nesters do, so I no longer had the room or toys to keep them entertained.  Mmmnnn, what to do…..Holidazzle Parade was a must-see, but now for the remainder of the visit.  Oh, I know…we’ll bake Christmas cookies.

Yes, now with a plan of action, I sat down to make my list of cookies to bake….let me see, there’s cut-out cookies, spritz cookies, fudge and oh so many wonderful goodies.  But then I envisioned my kitchen powdered in flour, sugar and icing and knew I needed to come up with a different plan.  Being an old-fashioned baker at heart, taking the easy method of “dipping” somehow didn’t seem like holiday baking, but I was willing to give it a try.  After a quick search of recipes and ideas from Pinterest, I was off to the store armed with my shopping list.  Being a traditional baker, I don’t usually try new products for my holiday baking, but with a big crew of active boys I gave the new Food Club Quick’n Easy Candy Coating a try — what a great find this was.  Each package contains individual bars of candy coating eliminating the mess of cutting pieces off for melting.  It really was quick’n easy with no mess, the creamy consistency remained smooth and pliable for even the littlest hands to leisurely finish their dipping projects.

The day finally arrived, and with now eight grandchildren gathered around we began our day of dipping fun. But really, would telling this crew of boys we’re going to dip pretzels in almond bark sound exciting?  I knew in a fleeting moment I needed a creative twist to this adventure.

We made Rudolph Antlers, Reindeer Corn, Snowflake Frisbees, Santa’s Magic Wands, Christmas Mice and Snowball Cherries.   With these magical recipe names I was named the “Best Granny In the World” – a memory-making day without creating a disaster in my kitchen. The weekend was a success, spending cherished bonding time together with family and the added bonus of several new candy coated favorites added to my traditional holiday baking collection.  So grandmothers, mothers, aunties and friends, gather up a spoonful of love, add a pinch of patience and a splash of creativity and get ready for a Festive Dippin’ Holiday.
– Written by Sonja’s Guest Blogger – Sharon

Don’t forget to click here and print out your $1.00 off Food Club Quick’N Easy Candy Coating coupon. Good at all Coborn’s stores through December 31, 2013. - Snowball Cherries

Snowball Cherries


1 (8 oz) Package Food Club Cream Cheese, softened
36 Food Club Dunksters, finely crushed
1 Jar Food Club Maraschino Cherries, patted dry
1 Package Food Club Quick’n Easy Candy Coating (Almond Bark)


Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.  Shape in 40 ( 1 1/4-inch) balls. Press to flatten.  Top each with a cherry and wrap cream cheese mixture around cherry to completely enclose cherry. Reroll into balls.  Freeze for 10 minutes or until firm.  Melt candy coating in microwave as instructed on package, dip balls in coating and placing on wax paper.  Sprinkle with sugars as desired.  Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. - Reindeer Corn

Reindeer Corn


1 Bag Food Club Kettle Corn
1/4 Package Vanilla Food Club Quick’N Easy Candy Coating (Almond Bark)
1/4 Package Chocolate Food Club Quick’N Easy Candy Coating (Almond Bark)
Sprinkles as desired


Place one whole bag of kettle corn in a large bowl or roaster pan. Melt 1/4 package of vanilla almond bark in the microwave as instructed on package. Place melted almond bark in a plastic baggie and cut a small hole in the corner. Squeeze melted bark out of the corner of the bag and drizzle over popcorn while stirring continuously. Repeat with chocolate almond bark. When stirred completely, add sugared sprinkles if desired.


You can also use regular popcorn or puff corn in place of the kettle corn to achieve a different flavor. - Rudolph Antlers

Rudolph Antlers


1 Bag Food Club Twisted Pretzels
1/2 Package Food Club Quick’N Easy Candy Coating (Almond Bark)
Chocolate Sprinkles
Red Cinnamon Candies


Melt candy coating in microwave as instructed on package.  Dip pretzels in candy coating. Let excessive coating drip off and the place on waxed paper. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles and a red cinnamon candy. When cool, store in an air-tight container.


Use a meat fork or a metal skewer for easy pretzel dipping. - Santa's Magic Wands

Santa’s Magic Wands


1 Bag Food Club Pretzel Rods
1 Package Food Club Quick’N Easy Candy Coating (Almond Bark)
Sprinkles as desired


Melt candy coating in microwave as instructed on package.  Dip top half of a pretzel rods in melted candy coating and decorate with sugars or sprinkles. Lay on waxed paper to dry. - Christmas Mice

Christmas Mice


1 Jar Food Club Maraschino Cherries with Stems, patted dry
1 Bag Hershey Kisses
1/2 Package Food Club Quick’N Easy Chocolate Candy Coating

Sliced Almonds
Decorators Gel


Melt candy coating in microwave as instructed on package. Hold stem and dip maraschino cherry in chocolate, covering completely. Attach cherry to flat side of an unwrapped Hershey Kiss and place on waxed paper to dry.


Add sliced almonds for ears and use decorators gel for eyes - Snowflake Frisbees

Snowflake Frisbees


1 Box Food Club All Purpose Crackers
1 Jar Food Club Chunky Peanut Butter
1 Package Food Club Quick’n Easy Vanilla or Chocolate Candy Coating
Sprinkles as desired


Spread peanut butter on a cracker and place another cracker on top creating a cracker sandwich.  Melt candy coating in microwave as instructed on package.  Dip each cracker sandwich in candy coating and place on waxed paper.  Decorate with sugars, sprinkles or decorating gels if desired.


Instead of crackers and peanut butter try using vanilla wafers with chocolate hazelnut spread.


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Holiday Treats in the Microwave - Holiday Treats in the Microwave

If your household is like mine, members of the family gather sometime after Thanksgiving for the traditional holiday cookie bake.  Everyone brings several recipes of various cookies and treats to produce, while looking to outperform the other family members.  It is sort of a competition with the influence of egg nog.   My wife will start looking for recipes months in advance trying to top the winner from the previous year.  We usually have 8-12 people in our house making these delectable treats and in the end sharing with each other.

The problem is, we only have a double oven and trying to get oven time is not always easy.  They have gotten smarter about this handicap by doing treats that don’t always need oven time but maybe stove time.  Last year I watched for a short period, I don’t bake at home, and noticed that the microwave was not in use very much.  It was used primarily for melting butter or chocolate but not for cooking or baking.  Then I remembered when our kids were young how we would use the microwave to make peanut brittle and watch in amazement the foaming of the batter once you added the baking soda.   The kids loved to watch the “magic” happen.  So instead of making cookies this year why not try making candy, another holiday treat.  I will share a couple recipes that you can adapt and make various kinds of candy.  The first will be the basic peanut brittle.  Using this same recipe you could take out peanuts and add cashews or add some chipped coconut and make Klondike.  Make sure you add raw Spanish peanuts because you will cook them in the corn syrup.

Peanut Brittle
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Cup Raw Peanuts
  • ⅛ tsp. Salt
  • 1 T. Butter
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  1. Combine the sugar, corn syrup, peanuts, and salt in a 2 qt. microwaveable bowl.
  2. Microwave for 4 minutes on high then stir.
  3. Microwave another 4 minutes on high.
  4. Add the butter and stir.
  5. Microwave on high for 2 more minutes.
  6. Immediately take out and add the vanilla and soda and stir swiftly until light and foamy.
  7. Pour on a lightly greased sheet pan and spread as thin as possible.
  8. Let cool and harden, break into chunks before serving.
Be careful, this is very hot and will burn quickly if spilled.

The second one is very easy as well.

Almond Bark
  • 1 Lb. White Candy Coating
  • 8 Oz. Whole Almonds *Unsalted is preferred
  1. Melt candy coating in the microwave.
  2. Stir every 30 seconds until completely melted.
  3. When coating is smooth and creamy, stir in almonds.
  4. Pour onto waxed paper and spread.
  5. Allow to cool and harden, break into pieces before serving.
Be sure to stir candy coating every 30 seconds or it will burn.

You can substitute for the almonds broken pieces of peppermint and have peppermint bark.  You can purchase colored candy coating instead of white if you want to be a bit more festive.  The only limit is your imagination.   So have fun and enjoy everyone’s company. Really isn’t that one of the reasons for the season?