Rainbow Cake

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You don’t need a unicorn by your side to create the latest slice of cake magic, the rainbow iced cake! From little kids to grownups who are young at heart this vibrant cake will light up any room at a party. It looks tricky, but with a steady hand and a few piping bags this Continue reading “Rainbow Cake”

Spooky Spider Cupcakes

Spooky Spider Cupcakes

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Put some creep in your cupcakes this Halloween with these spider treats! To create this critters you’ll need cupcakes, frostings, chocolate sandwich cookies with chocolate filling, malted milk ball candies, and black licorice. Continue reading “Spooky Spider Cupcakes”

Cast Iron Cooking

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September has officially arrived and I have to accept the fact that summer has passed. As much as I love our fall season it is always so sad when the kids go back to school and the summer fun at the lake starts to quiet down. Oh well, on to the next season! When I spend time at the lake, especially during the fall, I usually make comfort foods and oh how I love them. One of my favorite things to use in my kitchen at the cabin is a cast iron skillet. I remember as a kid my mom using only her skillet to make bacon, eggs and hash browns every Saturday morning. I can still hear the sizzling of the bacon and how the scent filled the entire cabin. No food could compare when she used her cast iron skillet. There are so many myths about the cast iron skillet that I thought this would be a perfect subject to talk about in my September blog. I hear from so many of my friends that they have received one of these skillets as a wedding gift and store it in the cupboard because they have no idea how to use it. So here are a few hints to get you started with being a Cast Iron Skillet Professional!

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Benefits to using a Cast Iron Skillet

  • Using a cast iron skillet instead of a non-stick skillet allows you to avoid the fumes that accompany most non-stick cookware.
  • Besides the stove, you can use a cast iron skillet in the oven, at any temperature.
  • By using a cast iron skillet you can create quality homemade fish sticks, potato pancakes, and French toast, complete with golden brown, crispy exteriors. Contrast this with non-stick cookware, which makes browning nearly impossible.
  • Since cast iron does not scratch, you don’t need to use plastic utensils, and there is no fear of using your silverware to stir or scoop. It lasts for so long that many people still use cast iron cookware that they have inherited.

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  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Wash the skillet with warm, soapy water and a sponge or stiff brush. Cast iron should not be normally washed with soap, but its fine here since the pan is about to be seasoned.
  • Rinse and thoroughly dry the skillet.
  • Using a cloth or paper towel, apply a thin coat of vegetable oil to the inside an outside of the skillet.  Vegetable oil is most commonly recommended for seasoning.
  • Place the skillet upside down on the oven’s center rack.
  • Place a sheet of aluminum foil below the rack to catch any drips.
  • Bake for an hour.
  • Turn off heat and allow the skillet to cool completely before removing from the oven.
  • A seasoned skillet is smooth, shiny, and non-stick. You’ll know it’s time to re-season if food sticks to the surface or if the skillet appears dull or rusted.

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  • Clean the skillet immediately after use, while it is still hot or warm. Avoid soaking the pan or leaving it in the sink, because it could rust.
  • Wash the skillet by hand, using hot water and a sponge or stiff brush. Avoid using the dishwasher, soap, or steel wool, as these may strip the pan’s seasoning.
  • To remove stuck-on food, scrub the pan with a paste of coarse kosher salt and water. Boiling water in the pan may also loosen stubborn food residue.
  • Thoroughly towel-dry the skillet or dry it on the stove over low heat for 5 minutes and let cool.
  • Using a paper towel, apply a light coat of vegetable oil to the inside of the skillet.

After you have seasoned your cast iron skillet you are ready to start a whole new world of cooking.

I’ve always loved the fall season because of the cooler nights and the beautiful colors, so when I’m at the cabin my cooking skills become a hobby and I get the chance to experiment with more recipes than I normally do at home during the busy work week. I’m still into simple and quick recipes because I want to spend as much time as I can on the pontoon and with family and friends, so here are a couple recipes that I would like to share with you to get you started with your own Cast Iron Skillet. Enjoy…..I did!

Cast Iron Cooking – Chicken Fajitas


Cast Iron Cooking - Chicken Fajitas
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 T. Vegetable Oil, divided
  • 2 T. Lemon Juice
  • 1.5 tsp. Seasoned Salt
  • 1.5 tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1.5 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp. Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp. Paprika
  • ½ tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, optional
  • 1.5 Lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, cut into thin strips
  • 1 Medium Sweet Red Pepper, julienned
  • 1 Medium Green Pepper, julienned
  • ½ Cup Onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 - 8" Flour Tortillas, warmed
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Taco Sauce
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream
Instructions
  1. In a large re-sealable plastic bag, combine 2 tablespoons oil, lemon juice and seasonings; add the chicken.
  2. Seal and turn to coat; refrigerate for 1-4 hours.
  3. In a large cast iron skillet, sauté peppers and onions in remaining oil until crisp-tender.
  4. Remove and keep warm.
  5. Discard marinade.
  6. In the same skillet, cook chicken over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  7. Add peppers back in with the chicken and heat until warm.
  8. Spoon filling down the center of tortillas; fold in half.
  9. Serve with cheese, taco sauce, salsa guacamole and sour cream.

 

Cast Iron Cooking – Kit Kat Skillet Cookie

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Cast Iron Cooking - Kit Kat Skillet Cookie
 
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Kit Kat Bites
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • Drizzle of Caramel flavored topping
  • Drizzle of Chocolate flavored topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray a large cast iron skillet with non-stick baking spray.
  3. In large bowl add butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in bowl and mix with electric mixer.
  4. Beat at medium speed until creamy.
  5. Add flour, salt and baking soda, beat at low speed until flour is combined, turn to medium speed and beat 2 minutes.
  6. Fold in Kit Kat bites and Chocolate Chips.
  7. Pour cookie dough into skillet and spread evenly.
  8. Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Drizzle caramel and chocolate flavored topping over warm cookie.
  10. Set aside and cool for 30 minutes before slicing.

 

Cast Iron Cooking – S’more Dip

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Cast Iron Cooking - S'more Dip
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 8 Large Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers for dipping
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Spray a cast iron skillet with non-stick baking spray.
  3. Add the chocolate chips.
  4. Snip the large marshmallows in half and top the chocolate chips with them.
  5. Place skillet in oven.
  6. Bake 7 to 9 minutes, until marshmallows turn golden brown.
  7. Serve with graham crackers for scooping.

 

Jayne
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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.

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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