Coborn’s launches Miller Coors Pints and Plates Program

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Wade

We are excited to announce the launch of Miller Coors pints and plates program into our liquor outlets. Pints and plates offers suggestions to satisfy your appetite… including appetizers, cheese, salads, main courses and even desserts to make sure you are making the most out of food and beer.  Continue reading “Coborn’s launches Miller Coors Pints and Plates Program”

National Blueberry Month

3 Blueberry Recipes: Blueberry Month

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We are past the 4th of July and that tells me that summer is already half over. Yikes! If you have to find a positive in that news however, here’s the best part… We are going right into the middle of all our garden growing and now is the time that we can start to enjoy the “fruits of our labor”. Or in this case, the blueberries of our labor! Is that yummy or what? I get so excited about this time of year because there is nothing quite like fresh fruit or vegetables from the garden.   Continue reading “National Blueberry Month”

Edgy Veggie – Uff-Da Bars

Edgy Veggie - Uff-Da Bars - MN Bars with all Minnesota Made Ingredients

 

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Andrew

Bars are as Minnesotan as hot dish. On second thought, they’re probably WAY more Minnesotan than that. Bars are as Minnesotan as Dylan. They’re as Minnesotan as that ice scraper that stays in your car all summer long because, “Hey… you never know”. One might go so far as to say they’re as Minnesotan as purple shirts on Sunday. If you’ve ever tried to leave Grandma’s house without having at least one bar, you understand how vital they are to our social fabric. Some cultures break bread to express kinship. We make bars.

If bars are the sweet, chewy building blocks of our way of life, why not make them out of Minnesota ingredients? In honor of our efforts to Buy Local, I whipped up a recipe using only products from Minnesota companies. Every one of the companies I chose for this recipe has a rich and compelling story. J.R. Watkins has been making incredible spices and extracts since 1868 – almost as long as MN has been a state. Marquette Honey Farm is just up the Mississippi from Lindberg State Park, where I’ve spent countless autumn days hiking the trails. Crapola Granola started as a joke between a couple up in Ely, but evolved into a seriously high quality product. I could go on and on.

We seriously love our local producers at Coborn’s. Because WE ARE local producers. Take a walk through your local Coborn’s bakery department and you’ll find countless items either baked fresh at your local store or sent daily from our Central Bakery. It’s so close to our headquarters in St. Cloud that the smell of fresh donuts wraps the entire building in a warm blanket. Did you know our bakers put the M&M’s on the cookies BY HAND? I’ve seen it in action. Life is sweet!

Without any further adieu, I’ll introduce you to the reason my kitchen smells heavenly tonight. Don’t forget to write your name on your tupperware, because no one will object to taking these leftovers home.

 

Edgy Veggie - Uff-Da Bars - MN Bars with all Minnesota Made Ingredients
Start with the good stuff.

What you’ll need:

  • A stove and a medium saucepan.
  • An 8″ or 9″ baking pan – glass or non-stick
  • Parchment or wax paper

Uff-Da Bars

Ingredients – Bars

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
    Land O Lakes – Arden Hills, MN
    — Vegan alternative – Coconut butter
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
    Old Home – New Brighton, MN
  • 3/4 cup honey
    Marquette Honey Farms – Little Falls, MN
    — Vegan alternative – Agave Syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
    J.R. Watkins – Winona, MN
  • 3 cups granola (1 Bag)
    Crapola – Ely, MN

Ingredients – The Drizzle

  • 3 or 4 oz. Chocolate Almond Bark Cubes (3 cubes)
    Gurley – Willmar, MN
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
    J.R. Watkins Saigon Cinnamon – Winona, MN


Step 1:
 Heat a medium sauce pan to medium on the stove. Melt the butter, then stir in peanut butter, honey, vanilla. Stir continuously until the texture is consistent, 2-3 minutes.

Edgy Veggie - Uff-Da Bars - MN Bars with all Minnesota Made Ingredients
Coat the mixture evenly

Step 2: With a spatula, start folding the granola into the fantastic sugary goo. Remove from heat and stir until evenly coated.

Step 3: Line the bottom of your 8″ or 9″ pan with parchment or wax paper. This will prevent the granola bars from sticking to the surface. Spread the entire mixture evenly in the pan, flattening as you go. Place in the refrigerator to cool.

Edgy Veggie - Uff-Da Bars - MN Bars with all Minnesota Made Ingredients
Mmmm… chocolatey…

Step 4: Heat Chocolate Almond Bark in a small sauce pan. Read the package instructions carefully for more tips. Once completely melted, stir in the cinnamon.

Step 5: Carefully lift the bar sheet out of the pan and place on a flat surface. Transfer the melted chocolate into a plastic zipper bag and cut off a very small corner. Squeeze the plastic bag to drizzle lines across the entire surface of the bar sheet or draw something nice. Minnesota nice, if you will.

Step 6: Place the whole works back in the fridge for a few minutes so the chocolate can set. Cut into bars and enjoy!

Edgy Veggie - Uff-Da Bars - MN Bars with all Minnesota Made Ingredients
Finito! Get ready to have a lot of new friends.

Do you have a favorite recipe featuring Local items? Please feel free to share in the comments below!

If you want to find out more about the local products you can find at Coborn’s, check out our Buy Local section on Coborns.com.

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Edgy Veggie - Uff-Da Bars
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Recipe type: Dessert, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Minnesotan, American, Granola, Natural
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An easy, no-bake dessert bar recipe using all Minnesota-made ingredients. Features granola, honey, peanut butter and chocolate.
Ingredients
  • Ingredients - Bars
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter - Land O Lakes - Arden Hills, MN (Vegan alternative - Coconut butter)
  • ½ cup chunky peanut butter - Old Home - New Brighton, MN
  • ¾ cup honey - Marquette Honey Farms - Little Falls, MN (Vegan alternative - Agave Syrup)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract - J.R. Watkins - Winona, MN
  • 3 cups granola (1 Bag) - Crapola - Ely, MN
  • Ingredients - The Drizzle
  • 3 or 4 oz. Chocolate Almond Bark Cubes (3 cubes) - Gurley - Willmar, MN
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon - J.R. Watkins Saigon Cinnamon - Winona, MN
Instructions
  1. Step 1: Heat a medium sauce pan to medium on the stove. Melt the butter, then stir in peanut butter, honey, vanilla. Stir continuously until the texture is consistent, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Step 2: With a spatula, start folding the granola into the fantastic sugary goo. Remove from heat and stir until evenly coated.
  3. Step 3: Line the bottom of your 8" or 9" pan with parchment or wax paper. This will prevent the granola bars from sticking to the surface. Spread the entire mixture evenly in the pan, flattening as you go. Place in the refrigerator to cool.
  4. Step 4: Heat Chocolate Almond Bark in a small sauce pan. Read the package instructions carefully for more tips. Once completely melted, stir in the cinnamon.
  5. Step 5: Carefully lift the bar sheet out of the pan and place on a flat surface. Transfer the melted chocolate into a plastic zipper bag and cut off a very small corner. Squeeze the plastic bag to drizzle lines across the entire surface of the bar sheet or draw something nice. Minnesota nice, if you will.
  6. Step 6: Place the whole works back in the fridge for a few minutes so the chocolate can set. Cut into bars and enjoy!

 

-Andrew
Senior Web Designer
Coborn’s, Inc.

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Dishes for Dad

coborns delivers and coborns father's day recipes
Courtesy: Food Network

Best Dishes for Father’s Day

This Sunday is all about Dad – so why not let him bask in his glory and serve him a great meal?  We promise these recipes won’t keep you in the kitchen or stuck at the grill on Father’s Day. You’ll be able to spend time together and enjoy this wonderful holiday!

Grill Up Some Pork

If your dad loves pork – try these Grilled Pork Chops with Ancho Chili Rub. The meat gets great flavor from a spice mix you create at home. These are best using bone-in chops. If you’d prefer to grill up some boneless pork chops – try this recipe for Grilled Pork Chops with Honey Glaze. This recipe calls for a brine – but it’s a quick 30 minute one so you don’t have to worry about doing anything the night before!

Super Sloppy Joes

If your dad loves beef – try  these Sloppy Joes instead of burgers for Father’s Day. The meat simmers on the stove while you make up some delicious onion straws for the top. Don’t let the lengthy ingredient list fool you – this is a simple recipe to make for Dad. Continue reading “Dishes for Dad”