Next-Generation Coborn’s Store – Part 1

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I’m so excited to introduce you to our “new” Next-Generation of Coborn’s stores in Isanti, MN. So many people have asked me what makes it so different and I thought why we don’t just go shopping. So I took a trip to the new Coborn’s Marketplace store so that I could walk you through it and introduce you to some of the employees that work there. Continue reading “Next-Generation Coborn’s Store – Part 1”

Easy Entertaining: Brie Shooters

Shooters are everywhere right now– not just liquor, but desserts, appetizers, and nearly everything else! As a new twist on the “one bite” Coborn's Blog: Brie Shootersappetizer, these are fun, colorful, and a unique addition to any holiday gathering. Serve with your favorite cracker or bread.

Ingredients

8 ounces brie cheese

12 tablespoons green pepper jelly

12 teaspoons red pepper jelly

Cut brie into 1/4″ cubes

Instructions

Place 1 tablespoon green pepper jelly in each of twelve 2-ounce shot glasses. Divide brie evenly among glasses. Top each with 1 teaspoon red pepper jelly. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Go go yogurt

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but yogurt is really popular. So popular, in fact, that it was named food trend of the decade. And no surprise, because it’s a nutritional powerhouse that promotes healthy digestion, and it’s seriously yummy. But with all the new varieties, one can get a little lost in the dairy aisle. Why are we eating this stuff? How did it come along? Which ones are healthiest? Let’s take a quick look at the classics, the upstarts, and why we love them.

Plain Yogurt: Plain yogurt is a workhorse. and with no added sugar, you can make it exactly what you want it to be. Add fresh fruit, granola, graham crackers or honey for a healthy snack. Substitute it for milk on your cereal in the morning. It can also stand in for ingredients like sour cream or mayonnaise in recipes to reduce the fat content.

Fruit Yogurt: This remains to be one of the most popular kinds of yogurt–you see it in lunchboxes and breakrooms everywhere. As the kind of yogurt that most of us grew up with–and what still makes up the majority of the yogurt shelf in the grocery store–there are hundreds of varieties and flavors. Most often made with real fruit bits mixed in, fruit yogurt is a filling and relatively healthy snack. Keep an eye on the sugar, though.

Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt has exploded in popularity in the past few years. And no wonder–it has twice the protein and half the carbohydrates of regular yogurt. What makes it different? It’s extensively strained, which removes much of the whey, lactose, and sugar. And it concentrates the protein (it has almost as much as a serving of meat) and gives Greek yogurt a thicker, drier consistency. It’s often eaten with honey, fruit preserves, agave syrup, or fresh fruit, and has become a favorite for folks trying to make healthier eating choices.

Australian Yogurt: This new kid on the yogurt block. It’s the thinner, usually sweeter cousin to the American version, and is just beginning to gain popularity in the states.

Icelandic Yogurt:When is yogurt not really yogurt? When it’s skyr–a soft Scandinavian skim milk cheese that’s very similar nutritionally to Greek yogurt, but even a bit higher in protein. It’s not always easy to find and it’s not cheap, but if you’re a yogurt aficionado, it’s definitely worth a try.

Kefir: No spoon handy? Maybe you’d like to drink your yogurt. Kefir is a centuries-old yogurt drink beloved in Eastern Europe.  It’s long been believed by Russians to be beneficial to digestion and general health because of its enzymes and probiotics.

With so many choices, you owe it to yourself to give some of these new yogurt choices a try next time you’re at Coborn’s or placing your CobornsDelivers order.

Easy Entertaining: Nutella Hot Chocolate

Coborn's Blog: Nutella Hot ChocolateHot chocolate with marshmallow? Classic.

With a peppermint stick? Love it.

With Nutella? How is it we’ve never thought of this before? More chocolate flavor and a hint of hazelnut sounds like the perfect update for this classic. Your family and guests will love this.

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

1 cup milk

2 1/2 tablespoons Nutella

1 tablespoon cocoa

Tiny pinch salt

Directions

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, whisk all ingredients together until they are well blended and hot. Pour into a mug and top with homemade whipped cream and shaped chocolate

Homemade Whipped Cream

Ingredients

1 cup heaving whipping cream

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Place a medium bowl and your beaters from your electric mixer in the freezer for 10 minutes; this helps whipped cream stiffen faster. Pour all ingredients into chilled bowl and start to beat with chilled beaters. Start off slowly and gradually work your way up to high. You can tell if it’s done when it is the consistency of whipped cream. Do not over beat!

Easy Entertaining–Easy Jalapeno Dip

We’re kicking off the holiday season with a week of Easy Entertaining ideas at the Coborn’s Blog. Hope you liked the free printable labels–now let’s move on to the food.

Raise your hand if you have a holiday party coming up. We have such a love/hate relationship with these events–so fun to see friends and family, so great to have a reason to dress up and sparkle, but so stressful to get everything ready. Who of us hasn’t run out of time between work, family, shopping and wished you could snap your fingers and have everything on your table. We can’t give you the magic spell, but we have a few suggestions for easy, quick, elegant appetizers for your next event. And when we say easy, we mean EASY . Read on. . . .

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We told you this was going to be easy–three ingredients:
a jar of Tabasco pepper jelly, a block of cream cheese, and your favorite crackers.
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Unwrap the cream cheese in a pretty bowl.
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Pour the pepper jelly over the top of the cream cheese.
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Arrange the crackers around the edge of the bowl.
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Ta da! Look how pretty and yummy. Total prep time, under 60 seconds. Seriously, it took you longer to look at these pictures than it took us to prepare it.

Are you liking this so far? Great, because we’ve got another one for you later this week. Stay tuned.