4th of July Party Food

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Holly - Practial Party Planning - www.cobornsblog.comI hope you all read and enjoyed my “3 Simple Party Games for the Fourth” blog. This is part two! I’m going to share with you the most important part to any party… the food! To alleviate the stress and cost of my party I made mine a potluck. I love a good potluck because you always get to try new recipes and get new ideas. We supplied the Four Brothers burgers for the grill, paper products, chips, cookies and juice and our guests brought the rest.  Here’s how it went down!

Paper Products

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If you know me then you know I am very patriotic and a little type-A. So of course I had to have red, white and blue paper products. However, I did not buy the ones with the little American Flags on them. For two reasons, technically you are not supposed to eat on an American Flag and you are not supposed to dispose of an American Flag by throwing it in the garbage. So the patriot in me chose to just represent the fourth with the colors of the flag instead of using the actual flag. Also, you may not use all of the plates, napkins and cups you bought, but you don’t want to throw the rest away and the primary colors will match more party themes you have in the future vs. the American Flag design. But, feel free do what you want, we have both available at Coborn’s, I chose to go with the Domestix and Food Club brand of plates, cups and napkins. They are cheaper and are nice quality. I also picked up a blue plastic table cover in the party section at Coborn’s, to add color and make clean up a breeze.

Decorations

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What is a party with out crepe paper? Not a party! Lol. Okay so I have a weird obsession with crepe paper. It is just so cheap and looks so good. I used one red roll, one white roll and one blue roll of crepe paper. I wrapped it around the deck railing and stapled the paper to itself so I didn’t leave any marks or staples in the deck. I added a couple stars and stripes bows and the mood was set!

Let’s talk food!

Four Brothers Burgers

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If you have not tried our Four Brothers Gourmet Beef Patties yet, you are missing out. They are a half pound burger stuffed will all kinds of flavorful goodness. 4th of July Party Food - www.cobornsblog.comWe have eight varieties including Original, Mushroom Swiss, Cheddar Bacon, Cheddar Swiss, Blue Cheese, Jalapeno Pepper, Philly Cheese and Bacon Onion Cheddar.  With such a big burger, I just counted one per person, no guess work, one was plenty.

Beverages

My party was BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage), but I did supply some red juice. Again, going with the red, white and blue theme, I picked up some Food Club Cherry Limeade Drink Mix, served it in a pretty pitcher and that was it.

Cookies

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I LOVE Lofthouse Cookies. They are like the hybrid of a sugar cookie and a vanilla cupcake. So delicious! There are many brands that try to replicate the Lofthouse cookie and some are not so good. But let me tell you, Sweet P’s hit the nail on the head. These cookies are just as good if not better than Lofthouse. You will not be disappointed. I bought some with white frosting and red, white and blue sprinkles. Tray them up and they are décor and dessert in one!

Chips

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Whoever gets assigned to bring chips to the potluck really gets off easy! Especially if they know that at Coborn’s the Food Club chips are always Buy One Get One Free. I bought BBQ Kettle Cooked Potato Chips because they are my favorite and I bought Puffed Corn because… why not, they are delicious, buttery and melt in your mouth.

Fruits & Veggies

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My cousin brought fruits and veggies. If you hit up the Coborn’s 5 for $15 Produce Sale, you can get a lot of produce at a great price. She simply cut it up and put it in some Tupperware containers and it was really well displayed and healthy!

American Flag Fruit Pizza

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So you probably aren’t supposed to eat the American Flag… but this just represents the flag and is so yummy. Plus, the healthiness of the fruit outweighs the cookie, right? My Mom brought this and it was so good. Check below for the recipe.

Patriotic Fruit Pizza
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tube Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 8 Oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1 Small Tub Marshmallow Crème
  • Fruit of Your Choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Roll cookie dough out to the shape you want.
  3. Lay the cookie dough on a cookie sheet
  4. Bake about 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown, check back of cookie package for oven temperature and suggested cooking times.
  5. Mix cream cheese and marshmallow crème
  6. Spread cream mixture evenly on top of cooled cookie
  7. Decorate with fruit
Notes
Do not press the cookie dough in the pan, it will stick.

Sweet Corn

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What summer party is complete without sweet corn? But, how do you bring that to a potluck where people are continually grazing? My Mom also brought the sweet corn and all she did was shuck and boil the sweet corn, then kept it warm by placing it in a roaster with a couple inches of milk and butter in the bottom. She used two sticks of butter, but you could use only one if you prefer.  The corn stayed warm and the guests simply rolled the corn in the butter mixture before adding it to their plate.

There you have it! I hope I was able to give you some ideas on how to throw a Simple Fourth of July Party. Remember, if you have not done so already, check out  “3 Simple Party Games for the Fourth” to complete your party!

Party On,
Holly

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Savory and Sweet Treats… Just add Bacon!

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Jayne

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and pretty soon we will be ringing in the New Year?  Where did yesterday go?

The other day I was in my kitchen experimenting and as much as I like bacon I thought I would try some new recipes using bacon. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised to find out all the things you can prepare with bacon. I found a quick easy recipe for the holidays and believe it or not I found a fantastic chocolate chip cookie recipe that includes bacon in the recipe. Now I have a new appetizer and a new cookie to serve during the holidays. These cookies were so moist that after a week I am still nibbling on them every time I pass the kitchen counter.

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Smokie Bacon Bites

Smokie Bacon Bites
 
Ingredients
  • 14 Oz. Cocktail Smokies
  • 16 Oz. Bacon
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut bacon in half.
  3. Wrap each Little Smokie with half bacon slice; secure with toothpicks.
  4. Place in glass baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle one cup of brown sugar over entire pan of bacon bites.
  6. Bake 22-24 minutes or until bacon is crisp and golden brown, turning after 12 minutes.
Notes
Since the brown sugar glaze will be sticky, line the pan with foil before to make clean-up a snap!

Suggested Beer Pairing: Newcastle Brown Ale

 

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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Four Brothers Bacon

Chocoalte Chip Cookies with Four Brothers Bacon
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter, room temperature
  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • ¾ Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. Maple Extract
  • ⅓ Cup Four Brothers Bacon, fully cooked and chopped
  • 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. Beat together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar with an electric mixture until smooth.
  4. Add the remaining egg, vanilla extract and maple extract, beat until well blended and slightly fluffy.
  5. Stir in flour mixture a little at a time, mixing just until combined.
  6. Stir in bacon and chocolate chips.
  7. Scoop rounded tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Bake in oven until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
Notes
Make sure to fully cook the bacon and chop it into tiny little pieces before adding to cookie dough. I used my mini chopper.

 

Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and safe travels. Enjoy…..I did!

Jayne
Coborn’s, Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

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