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Next week is July 4th and it is my very favorite holiday. I love the weather and all the fun that comes along with this time of year. Getting together with family and friends is got to be the best. Continue reading “Mexican Street Corn and Certified Hereford Beef Tri-tip on the Grill”

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.


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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.


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.


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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!


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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
  • 1 Tube Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 8 Oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1 Small Tub Marshmallow Crème
  • Fruit of Your Choice
  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
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,

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3 ways to prepare Sweet Corn

3 ways to prepare sweet corn - www.cobornsblog.comIt’s good to see all the gardens starting to produce. After the wet spring that we have had in the Midwest, it looks like Local Sweet Corn will start real soon. Many people, including myself, consider sweet corn a real favorite that goes well with many meals, Summer BBQ’s, or it can be a meal in itself. By the second week of August until freeze, sweet corn should be available for all to enjoy.

When selecting sweet corn to purchase, look for corn that is good sized, fresh with green leaves, with plump ears, and not dented.

Some of the ways I like to prepare sweet corn are determined by how I am preparing the rest of my meal that day.  If I am planning to grill, then I will grill the sweet corn.  If cooking inside, I prepare using stove or microwave.  Here are a few ways I like to prepare my sweet corn.


  1. Peel husk down to about 2 inches from bottom of cob, remove silk & pull husk back up.
  2. OPTIONAL- Tie string around cob to hold husk in place
  3. Soak cob in cold water for about an hour before grilling.
  4. Place on heated grill for about 20 minutes, rotating every 5 minutes or so. Corn will appear done earlier; leave on as it will take that long to be done.  Take off grill, and enjoy.


Easiest method

  1. Husk off all leaves and silk.
  2. Place in microwave safe bowl, or tray & cover with plastic wrap.
  3. Microwave on high for 7 minutes if you have a couple in bowl.
  4. Carefully remove plastic & you are ready to eat.

BOILING Sweet Corn

  1. Fill pot half full of water and turn on high.
  2. Husk and peel corn.
  3. Place corn in pot of rapidly boiling water.
  4. Bring water back to a boil (about 20 minutes).
  5. Using tongues, carefully remove hot corn from pot. Let cool for a moment or so, and you are ready to eat.

Sweet corn has only about 125 calories per ear of corn, and has a perfect NuVal score of 100. What you decide to put on that corn is up to you.  Some favorites of mine are salt and butter, but if you are watching your health and/or calorie intake, just plain old corn is delicious too.

We have waited for this season. Hope you enjoy as much as my family does. - Produce Philosophy with Mike
Mike P.

Mike P.
Coborn’s, Inc. Produce Merchandiser

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Authentic Cinco de Mayo Meal

Authentic Cinco de Mayo Meal - Add some culture to your meal. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this authentic meal. - Fun with Family with Rebecca

May is a month of celebrations at our house, starting with May Day on the first, the twins’ birthday on the third, Cinco de Mayo on the fifth, my husband’s birthday on the seventh, lots of other relatives’ birthdays, and countless school-related activities to carry us through to the cabin opener on Memorial Day weekend.

With all this celebrating going on, we opt to bring a little culture into our lives so we don’t get burned out on grilled hot dogs and birthday cake. On the technical side, we don’t have any Mexican ancestry that we know of, but we do make a point to add a little history lesson into the mix, along with a fabulous meal to observe Cinco de Mayo.

According to, “Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.”

Each year on May 5th, we make a wonderful meal at our house that consists of Mole Poblano Chicken, which has often been called the jewel of Puebla food, Chile Lime Corn on the Cob, Horchata, which is a cinnamon-y rice milk drink, and Fried Ice Cream.

Mole Poblano Chicken

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Mole Poblano Chicken
  • 2 T. Butter
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 9 Minced Ancho Chiles, (dried poblano peppers) seeds and stems removed
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ½ tsp. Fresh Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1 Cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • ¼ tsp. Anise Seed
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • ½ Cup Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 2-3 Biscuits or Hard Rolls, cut into chunks
  • ½ oz. Mexican Chocolate, grated
  • 4 lb. Chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 T. Sesame Seeds, toasted
  1. Brown onion, garlic and chiles in butter in a large sauce pan.
  2. Add in the bay leaf, pepper, cloves, tomato sauce, chicken broth, anise, cinnamon, sugar, peanut butter, and bread.
  3. Simmer over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in chocolate until it melts, then add chicken, covering each piece with mole sauce.
  5. Simmer on medium-low heat for at least 30 minutes, until chicken is cooked.
  6. To serve, pour mole over enchiladas or tostadas and top with sesame seeds.
DOÑA MARÍA also has a Mole sauce in a jar that is available in the Mexican Food section of our stores. It’s pretty similar to my recipe, only much quicker to prepare. The contents include chile peppers, soybean oil, crackers, sugar, sesame seeds, peanuts, salt, and cocoa.

Chile Lime Corn on the Cob

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Chile Lime Corn on the Cob
  • 6 Ears Corn on the Cob, cleaned
  • ½ Cup Lime Juice
  • 1 T. Chipotle or Chili Powder
  • ¼ Cup Grated Parmesan
  • To Taste Salt and Pepper
  1. Preheat your grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. While the grill is warming, soak the husked ears of corn in water for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix lime juice, chili powder, salt, and black pepper in a separate bowl.
  4. Remove the corn from water and grill, turning it frequently, until corn is golden brown on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  5. As you turn the corn, brush it with the seasoned lime juice.
  6. As you serve the corn, sprinkle with parmesan, salt and pepper.



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  • 2 Quarts Rice Milk
  • 1 Cup Water
  • ½ Cup White Sugar
  • ½ Cup Light Coconut Milk
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. Almond Extract
  • Cinnamon Sticks for Garnish
  1. Heat water, sugar, coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla and almond extract in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Simmer until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove mixture from heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Pour rice milk into a large pitcher and add the sugar water mix.
  5. Serve over ice or blended with ice.
  6. Garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick.


Fried Ice Cream

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Fried Ice Cream
  • 3 Cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, crushed
  • 6 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  1. Pour crushed cereal in a bowl.
  2. Quickly roll scoops of ice cream in the cereal to fully coat the ice cream.
  3. Place the coated scoops on a jelly roll pan, then freeze the ice cream for at least an hour.
  4. Just before serving, remove the pan from the freezer, drizzle honey over the balls and broil the ice cream about 6 inches from the broiler for about 30-45 seconds, just enough to brown the tops and crisp up the cereal coating.


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