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.

4 Man Cave Cocktails

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Harley

You’ve got the dartboard, big screen TV, and neon signs hanging on the wall, but what is your Man Cave missing? What’s missing is a stocked bar with some hearty drinks to serve your buddies. If you are like me, a Makers Mark Cask Strength Neat is all you need, but if you really want to be the master of your cave, here are a few drinks I would suggest serving.

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Makers Mark Margarita

Makers Mark Margarita
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Oz. Makers Mark
  • ¼ Oz. Cointreau
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh OJ
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¼ Oz. Agave Nector
  • Top with ¼ Oz Grand Marnier
  • Lime Wedge Garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour all in to chilled shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into a salt-rimmed glass.
  3. Top with float of ¼ oz Grand Marnier.
  4. Lime wedge garnish.

Haymaker

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Haymaker
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ Oz. Makers Mark
  • ¾ Oz. Dekuyper Triple Sec
  • ¾ Oz. Dry Vermouth
  • ¾ Oz. Lime Juice
Instructions
  1. Fill old-fashion glass ¾ with ice.
  2. Pour ingredients in to chilled shaker.
  3. Shake and strain into glass and serve.

 

Summer Envy

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Summer Envy
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Ingredients
  • 1 ½ Oz. Angel’s Envy Bourbon
  • ½ Oz. Peach Liqueur
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Oz. Simple Syrup
  • 2 Sashes Angostura Bitters
  • Club Soda
  • Peach, Mint or Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour first five ingredients into a highball or old fashion glass.
  2. Top with club soda.
  3. Garnish with a peach, mint or Luxardo maraschino cherry.

 

Dog Days

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Dog Days
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ Oz. Knob Creek Rye Whiskey
  • ½ tsp. Absinthe
  • 1 ¾ Oz. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 ¾ Oz. Simple Syrup* (see notes)
  • 2 Oz. Ginger Beer
Instructions
  1. In a shaker add spirits, juice and syrup.
  2. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice and top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel and mint sprig.
Notes
*Simple Syrup Recipe
Combine equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar is fully dissolved
Allow to cool before using in cocktail

Until next time, cheers!
Harley
Coborn’s, Inc. Liquor Category Manager
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Nutritious & Realistic Meal Planning

A peek into Kelly's meal plan... Nutritious and Realistic Meal PlanningImagine coming home from work to a long mahogany table set with fine china and sparkling crystal.  A rainbow assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables and a steaming hot entrée greet your senses.  Can you smell the roast beast?  Of course, your servants pour you a cold beverage before you join your impeccably-dressed, well-mannered children at the table.  You eat a healthy, balanced, gourmet meal before you retire to the study while somebody else does the dishes.  Aaaaahhh.  Time to wake up!

Sure, in my fairy tale world, I’d have a fancy, three-course gourmet meal served on fine china.  But in reality, some days it’s tacos on a paper plate.  That’s REAL LIFE for this mom.  This mom has a hubby and three teenagers to feed.  I also have a passion for feeding them well.  To me this does not mean fairy tale perfection, but does mean making the effort to serve nutritionally balanced meals and healthy snacks.  Unfortunately, I do not have staff (or a royal budget) to handle this.  I am the staff and it takes a little bit of planning to make this food fairly tale a reality.

Nutritious and Realistic Meal Planning - www.cobornsblog.comIn order to accomplish this and keep my sanity, I try to stay organized and plan ahead for upcoming meals.  I find we eat healthier if we have a weekly menu plan.  I usually start by reviewing the Coborn’s flyer in the Sunday paper and base our meals on what is on sale for the week.  I do like to save a buck!  I have found it is possible to eat healthy on a budget.

Coborn’s has another tool in their stores that really helps us eat better and get more bang for our buck.  The NuVal nutritional scoring system, available in all Coborn’s stores, factors in over 30 nutritional components and assigns foods a score between 1-100.  The higher the score—the better the nutrition.  I love this, tool!  After all, who has time to sit and scour the nutritional panel for each product? NuVal does that for me.  All I do is glance at the NuVal score on the shelf tag to help me decide which product is a better choice for my family.  It’s that easy.

Nutritious and Realistic Meal Planning - www.cobornsblog.comThey even include some NuVal scores in their weekly ads.

After checking out the sales of the week and paging through a couple of my tried-and-true cookbooks, I start my grocery list.  I find having a list, a plan-of-attack, for the store keeps me on track and prevents me from filling my cart with less nutritious extras.  Planning ahead also saves time.  I can make one or two weekly visits to Coborn’s instead of daily ones.  That leaves more time to cook and eat with my family.

We have a small chalkboard on the door of our pantry.  That is where I write down the menu plan for the week.  At a glance, I know if I need to plug in the crockpot or thaw some meat before heading out for the day.  It keeps me organized and on track.

As you can see, this week chicken breasts and beef roasts are on sale as well as broccoli, lettuce and taco fixin’s.  We’ll have sautéed chicken breasts on Monday with family favorite chicken lettuce wraps on Thursday.  And, a build-your-own taco bar is a great way to start the weekend.  Tacos are princess (ok, teenager) and budget-friendly.

By taking a few minutes on Sunday afternoons to plan our weekly menu, I am able to reduce my stress and increase our bottom line as well as our nutrition.  While it might not meet up to my fairy tale ideal, it sure does help my reality.  Now…where did I put my tiara?

Until next time, dream big and eat well!

Kelly

 

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Valentine Crispy Bars

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www.cobornsblog.com The art of Cakes with Amanda
Amanda
Coborn’s Cake Decorator

Hello again! Are you ready for your next sweet project? I thought we could mix it up a bit this time around; let’s switch out the cake for another tasty snack. I have also found an assistant to help me here in my kitchen at home, my two year old son. I think you should find yourself a little helper too and find time to create this fun little Valentine’s Day treat.

I thought we could make some extra flashy crispy bars. Why not put a little pizazz in an old classic? You’ll need your favorite crispy bar recipe and ingredients, a bit of red food coloring, a baking pan, a heart shaped cookie cutter, and Fruit by the Foot. I made sure to buy red, strawberry flavored, Fruit by the Foot, I didn’t think the green and orange swirl would look very valentinish.

Valentine Crispy Bars - Fun twist on a classic  www.cobornsblog.comCreating the Crispy Bar

The first stage is simple; you make some crispy bars. While I was melting the marshmallows and butter I let my assistant butter up a pan. I chose a deep cookie tray versus a cake pan. Why? My cookie cutter wasn’t very tall, so I needed to make thinner bars so I could cut all the way through. Also, the cutter was a bit large width wise and I didn’t want massive, thick bars. But you can make these guys as big as your hunger demands.

Once the marshmallows are melted you add a bit of your food coloring, stirring it in. After you have created some nice, pink goo you add your cereal and stir some more.

Then you pan it up and pat, pat, pat. My young protégé enjoyed the smashing process, but who doesn’t? Just make sure the goo has cooled down enough to avoid burning little fingers.

After admiring our work my son decided we needed more marshmallows (I think he wanted an excuse to eat more while I wasn’t looking) so we poked some into the bars to make polk-a-dots. Sometimes two heads are better than one.

Shape into hearts

The next step is easy enough; making bars in the shape of hearts. I tried it two ways, and both ways worked well enough. First we just cut the shapes out with the cutter. Pretty straight forward. You may need to reshape the bar a bit but it’s easy for little hands to help with this method.

This method left a lot of scraps. They were still pretty sticky and pliable. I took chunks and pressed them into the cookie cutter, packing it solid. This produced bars that were much more dense and held their shape well. However, it was more time consuming and your thumbs may get sore if you plan to do lots of them.

Top it off

At this point you can call it done and start chowing down with your favorite sweetheart. But I can’t just leave it like that. It needs a little extra something special! This is where the Fruit by the Foot comes in. We are going to make cute little bows!

  • I cut six inch long strips, making a little mark at the half way point.
  • Next fold one side to the middle, then fold the other side to the middle. The secret to making it stick is to smear a little dab of water. Just enough to make the fruit roll sticky.
  • Now you give the middle a pinch.
  • For the finishing touch take a small bit of the fruit roll, about an inch or so, and wrap it around the center. Have the ends meet on the underside of the bow. Hold it in place with a little smear of water. This hides where the two ends meet and keeps the pinch tight.

Now one side of your bow should look like you tied a bow from ribbon. Repeat, repeat, repeat. With a bit of patience my helper was able to make a few bows as well. Of course, by this point his will power was waning and he couldn’t resist eating our supplies. So mom took over.

The last step is to attach the bows to the bars. If the bars are still warm you may be able to get them to stick with a little pressure. I ended up putting another dab of water on the bottom of the bow before pressing them on. After letting them sit a bit the bows stayed on well enough for me to package the bars and move them around.

I hope you find time to try making these this February. There will be enough chocolate floating around for Valentine’s Day, try something different. And most importantly take time out to make them with your sweetie.