Mother’s Day Drink Recipes

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Mother’s Day is a few weeks away and I don’t know about you but my favorite way of celebrating Mother’s Day is at the lake especially if it is a beautiful Minnesota spring day! By the time Mother’s Day is here I have the spring-cleaning done at the cabin, the patio furniture is out at the lake and the outside fireplace is working. The dock is in along with the boat and I’m ready anytime for summer weather. Continue reading “Mother’s Day Drink Recipes”

New Year's Eve Traditions

New Year's Eve Traditions

 

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New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and no matter what part of the world you’re in, it’s a time of year that spins a little magic. People around the globe embrace many traditions, focus on good luck in the year ahead, and often enjoy one last night of celebrating holiday festivities before starting new resolutions.

At Coborn’s, we have guests and employees from around the world who grace our stores each week. In appreciation for the array of cultural richness among us, below you’ll find some New Year’s Eve food traditions from different countries. If you pay attention, you may notice that there are three overarching themes to many New Year’s foods: gold, round things, and pork. Gold symbolized wealth and good fortune. Rings symbolize the year coming full circle. And in many countries, pigs symbolize progress because they never walk backward.  Who knew?

Rice Pudding with a Surprise

Rice Pudding with a Surprise

As a child, one of my favorite New Year’s traditions came from my dad’s side of the family. His mom was Finnish and on New Year’s Day, she always served warm rice pudding with an almond hidden in the dish. The person who found the almond would certainly enjoy good luck in the New Year. I was about five or six when I first found it and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

Sauerkraut

When I married into my husband’s family (99% Polish heritage), I had never heard of sauerkraut as a New Year’s Day dish to bring forth good luck in the year ahead. I later learned that Germans traditionally eat sauerkraut on New Year’s Eve to ensure wealth and good fortune in the New Year. This is a tradition I gladly embraced. Yum! Pickled herring is also a favorite in Poland.

Twelve Grapes

12 Grapes

A friend of mine from college grew up in Spain and she shared her tradition of gobbling grapes. When the ball drops at midnight, party-goers in Spain quickly gobble a dozen grapes for good luck. Each grape represents a month, so if one is particularly sweet, the correlating month will be wonderful. If, say, the third grape is sour, your March may be unlucky. At my friend’s New Year’s Eve parties, she pokes the grapes onto a bamboo skewer and then uses this like a giant stir stick in each guest’s champagne flute. It’s a lovely presentation – until it’s time to gobble. The revelers try to get all the grapes into their mouth at once. It’s literally a mouthful and then some!

Soba Noodle Soup

In Japan, party-goers enjoy soba noodle soup on New Year’s Day. The long buckwheat noodles are known to symbolize longevity. Here’s a delicious recipe I tried from the Coborn’s website.

Soba Noodle Soup
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2-6
 
Ingredients
  • 6 to 8 Cups water
  • 6 to 8 Dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 8 Oz. Package Dried Soba Noodles
  • 1 Carrot, scrubbed and cut into matchsticks
  • 3 Scallions, white and pale green parts only, cut thinly or on the diagonal
  • ½ Lb. Firm Tofu, cut into 1-1/2-inch dice
  • 3 T. Shoyu
  • 3 T. Mirin
  • 1 T. Minced Fresh Ginger
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. Sesame Oil
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, heat 6 to 8 cups water (depending on how thick you want your soup) to boiling. Place the shiitakes in a medium bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let steep for 2 hours or as long as overnight.
  2. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions,* but undercook them slightly, as they will be reheated in the broth. Drain and rinse well. Set aside.
  3. Steam the carrots until they are brightly colored and just tender. Rinse with cold water and set aside.
  4. Drain the mushrooms, reserving the liquid. Place the liquid in a soup pot. Remove and discard the stems from the mushrooms. Chop the mushroom caps and add to the saucepan.
  5. To the mixture add the scallions (reserving 1 tablespoon), tofu, shoyu, mirin, ginger, and garlic. Simmer gently for 15 minutes.
  6. Add the cooked noodles and steamed carrots to the saucepan. Simmer a few more minutes, until the noodles and carrots are heated through. Remove from the heat and add the sesame oil. Serve in warmed bowls, garnished with the reserved scallions.

 

Cotechino con Lenticchie

For those looking for a little more substance, perhaps the Italian dish Cotechino con Lenticchie will be satisfying. It features lentils that look like miniature gold coins and pork sausage medallions that are supposed to guarantee good luck. The dish stands for prosperity and good fortune in the New Year. You can find the recipe here.

Cotechino with Lentils
Prep time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cotechino Sausage
  • 1 1/1 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Cloves
  • ¾ Lb. Dried Lentils
  • 3½ Oz. Canned Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Broth
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse the lentils, then soak them in a bowl full of cold water for 12 hours. If you prefer, you can used jarred lentils.
  2. Using the tip of a skewer or a fork, poke holes in the cotechino. Place it in a pot of cold, unsalted water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and cook over low heat for 2 hours.
  3. In the meantime, peel and dice the onion. Place a frying pan over medium heat. Add a little olive oil and, once hot, add the onion, bay leaf and cloves. Once the onion is translucent, but not yet brown, add the lentils, drained of their soaking water and rinsed. Saute for 30 seconds, then add the tomato. Mix well and cover with broth.
  4. Bring to a boil, then cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until the lentils are soft, but aren’t falling apart. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Once done cooking, remove the cotechino and cut off any kitchen twine. Cut into ½ to 1 inch slices. Remove the casing and serve with the lentils. If you like, you can grind extra pepper on top.
Notes
When you cook lentils, remember to salt them at the end of cooking, rather than the beginning, so that they don’t remain hard.

 

St. Basil’s Bread 

The Greeks have a delicious tradition of savoring St. Basil’s Bread, which is also called Vassilópita, on New Year’s Day. It’s a sweet bread that tastes sort of like a Brioche; what makes it really special is that the baker drops a gold coin inside. The person who finds the coin will be blessed for the New Year. The bread was originally baked as an act of charity by St. Basil, who generously helped the poor in a sneaky way. He had the church ladies bake the bread with coins inside so he could feed the hungry and surprise them with money without damaging their pride. The recipe is below.

St. Basil's Bread
 
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Warm Milk
  • 1 (.25 ounce) Package Active Dry Yeast
  • ½ Cup Bread Flour
  • 6 Cups Bread Flour
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ Cup White Sugar
  • ½ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¾ Cup Butter, melted
  • 3 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Almonds, chopped
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together ½ cup milk, yeast and ½ cup flour. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  2. Place 6 cups flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add contents of small bowl, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ¾ cup melted butter, 3 eggs and 2 cups milk. Mix thoroughly to make a thick dough.
  3. Scoop the dough into a lightly greased 8x8 inch baking pan. Brush dough with melted butter, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. When dough has risen, insert a clean silver coin into the loaf. Brush dough with beaten egg and sprinkle with chopped almonds. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 40 minutes.

 

Alcoholic Beverages

Regardless of the country you’re in when the clock strikes midnight, there will likely be some revelers enjoying some sort of alcoholic drink. Here in the US, it’s common to celebrate with some sparkling wine. At my house, we grownups partake in the German mulled wine called Feuerzangenbowle. The kids enjoy mulled cider (sans spirits, of course). In Japan, they sip a cup of sake.

Mulled Wine
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Bottles Red Wine
  • 2 Cups Orange Juice
  • 1 Orange, sliced into four thick slices
  • 50 Cloves (or so) 4-5 Cinnamon Sticks
Instructions
  1. Combine the wine and juice in a pot and simmer over low heat.
  2. Poke the cloves into the white part of the orange slices on both the top and bottom side.
  3. Add the orange slices and cinnamon sticks to the wine.
  4. After mulled wine is hot (not boiling), remove the pot from the stove and place it on a trivet in an open area.
  5. Atop the pot, balance a metal “stand” for setting the sugar cone onto (metal cooling rack works, so does a pair of metal shish kebab skewers).
  6. Carefully place the sugar cone onto the stand.
  7. With a ladle, slowly pour the Bacardi 151 over the sugar cone until it is fully covered.
  8. Then light the cone and enjoy the blue flames that dance from the cone.
  9. As the sugar and rum melt, they caramelize and drip into the wine, adding to the already amazing mulled wine flavor.

 

No matter where you are or which traditions you adopt as you ring in the New Year, I offer you this toast: To good health, good friends, and good cheer. Happy New Year!

 

Rebecca
Coborn’s, Inc. Communications Manager

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Weekly Ad Recipes – Game Day Drinks

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Pomegranate-Apple Hard Cider
Serves: 3
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Food Club Apple Cider
  • 1 Cup Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 oz. Skyy Vodka
  • 1 oz. Orange Liqueur
  • 1 Cup Ginger Ale
  • Ice Cubes
  • Pomegranate Seeds, optional
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except pomegranate seeds in a pitcher; stir.
  2. Serve in tumblers over ice.
  3. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, if desired.

 
Weekly Ad Recipe - Captain's Orange Cream www.cobornsblog.com

Captain's Orange Cream
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • Half Gallon Orange Juice, divided
  • 1 Box (3 oz.) Food Club Instant Vanilla Pudding and Pie Filling
  • 8 oz. Food Club Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 1-1/2 Cups Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • Ice Cubes
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine 1 cup orange juice and pudding mix.
  2. Blend until pudding mix is dissolved.
  3. Add whipped topping, rum and remaining orange juice to blender; blend until smooth.
  4. Serve in a glass over ice.

 
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Quick Cranberry Punch
Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • 64 oz. Cranberry Raspberry Juice
  • 2 Liter Sprite
Instructions
  1. In a large punch bowl mix together all of the juice and Sprite.
  2. Add slices of lime for a garnish.

10 Healthy Ways to Enjoy Georgia Peaches this Summer

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Make summer even sweeter with Georgia Peaches. Peaches are a perfect snack, and they’re much more than a delicious filling for cobblers, crisps and crumbles. Peaches are great for pizzas, salads, salsas, soups and even beverages. Their sweet mild flavor also complements main dishes like poultry, pork and seafood.

Here are 10 crowd-pleasing ways to put sweet Georgia Peaches on the menu:

Peach Salsa

Peaches make a delicious salsa that goes well with baked tortilla chips, fish tacos, on top of burgers, or with grilled pork or fish.

Summery Sips

You can incorporate them into many beverages like smoothies, sangria, bellinis and refreshing iced tea and lemonade.

Peach Preserves

Savor summer all year long by making peach jam when fruit is in-season.

Peach Pizza

Put some pizzazz into your pizzas with peaches. Cut two fresh peaches into 1⁄2-inch wedges and grill peach wedges, flipping, until caramelized, about 2 minutes per side. They’re a perfect addition to pizza made with ham, mozzarella and basil.

Peach Pancakes and More

Add fresh peaches to muffins, quick breads, pancakes or waffles that are made with whole grains for an unexpected sweet surprise inside.

Peachy Popsicles

Fresh peaches partner well with other in-season fruit, like strawberries. Add them to fruit juices to create wholesome popsicles that children love.

Peach Salad Topper

Fresh or grilled, peaches can liven up summertime salads. They add succulent sweetness to beet salads, with arugula, spinach, field greens, and cheese.

Grilled Peach Dessert

Toss peach halves with a little bit of lemon juice, brown sugar, and vanilla extract and put them in foil and on a grill until they become tender and carmelized. Serve warm with Greek yogurt or frozen yogurt.

Summer Chilled Soup

Like tomatoes, fresh peaches can become a wonderful cold soup that’s enjoyed as a starter or even a dessert.

Peach Caprese Salad

Create a twist to the Italian classic by using fresh peaches instead of tomatoes.

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Peach Caprese Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • Dressing
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 T. Champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 1 T. Water
  • 1 T. Honey
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 T. Fresh Mint, chopped
  • Salad
  • 2 (4-ounce) Balls Fresh, Water-Packed Mozzarella
  • 4 Ripe Peaches, unpeeled, each cut into 8 wedges
  • ½ Cup Fresh Basil Leaves
Instructions
  1. To prepare dressing, combine lime juice, zest, vinegar, water, honey, and salt.
  2. Slowly whisk in olive oil and set aside.
  3. Cut cheese into 1-inch pieces and gently toss with peaches and basil leaves.
  4. Whisk mint into dressing and toss about 2 tablespoons (or more to taste) with salad. Season with freshly cracked pepper and serve.

 

5 Guilt-free Margarita Recipes

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Happy Summer, Everyone!

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Now this blog is especially for those over 21! I know there are alcoholic beverages served at many summer events and celebrations, so I am here to give you some tips are how to enjoy some beverages with lower calorie counts and less sugar.  I always talk against having liquid calories, as they can add up so quickly. Especially when you are sipping on them in the hot sun, it can be hard to keep track of how many you consumed!

It is important to note that when you are consuming alcohol, for every one alcoholic beverage you should have at least one glass of water in order to stay hydrated.

As I have stated many times, it is always better to make your own food and beverages at home, rather than always buying them. That way, you can control the amounts of sugar, sodium, and fats in your food and drinks, although I am pretty sure you don’t have to monitor the fats in margaritas. Did you know that the average happy hour margarita has more than 400 calories… WOW! The added bonus to cooking at home is that it’s WAY cheaper!

So, now that I have convinced you to make your own margaritas at home, that doesn’t mean you should just buy the premix and add liquor. Many of the margarita mixes that you just add liquor to can have more 300 calories in a single drink – not to mention nearly 75 grams of added sugar! Oh my gosh! We should have no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day! Now, not all of the pre-made drinks are that high in sugar; you can find some that are around 25 grams, which is still considered high, as that is the amount we are allocated for the entire day.

I would rather you receive at least some nutritional value when you are consuming added sugar and we all know a margaritas is not the most nutrient dense drink out there. Nonetheless, here are some better-for-you margarita recipes, which are MUCH lower in added sugars, have fewer calories, and that use whole fruits in the recipes to provide at least some nutrition. However, this does not equate these to being “healthy” and you still have to practice proper portions and responsible drinking.

Original Gulit-free Margarita – 130 Calories

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Original Guilt-free Margarita
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Ounce Premium or Silver Tequila
  • ½ Ounce Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 1.5 Ounces Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients
  2. Shake with ¾ cup ice
  3. Garnish with lime and serve
Nutrition Information
Calories: 130

 

Guilt-free Watermelon Margarita – 105 Calories

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Guilt-free Watermelon Margarita
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 3½ Cups Cubed Seedless Watermelon
  • ½ Cup Tequila
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
  • Lime Wedges or Watermelon Balls (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucer
  2. Rub the rims of 6 glasses with 1 lime wedge
  3. Set prepared glasses aside
  4. Combine watermelon and next 4 ingredients (through Triple Sec) in a blender; process until smooth.
  5. Fill each prepared glass with ½ cup crushed ice
  6. Add ½ cup margarita to each glass
  7. Garnish with lime wedges or melon balls, if desired
Nutrition Information
Calories: 105

 

Guilt-free Mango-Avocdo Margarita – 162 Calories

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Guilt-free Mango-Avocado Margarita
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Ice Cubes
  • 1 Cup Mango (about 1 large), chopped and peeled
  • 6 Tablespoons Ripe Avocado, chopped and peeled
  • 6 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¼ Cup Tequila
  • ¼ Cup Orange Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Triple Sec (Orange-Flavored Liqueur)
  • 4 Lime Wedges (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.
  2. Divide the mixture evenly among 4 glasses.
  3. Serve drinks with lime wedges, if desired. Serve immediately.
Notes
For extra zip, rub the rim of each empty glass with a lime wedge, then coat the rims with chili powder
I highly recommend doing that! It sounds crazy, but it’s fabulous!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 162

 

Guilt-free Strawberry Margarita – 198 Calories

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Guilt-free Strawberry Margarita
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 3½ Cups Strawberries
  • 2½ Cups Crushed Ice
  • ½ Cup Tequila
  • ½ Cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Cointreau (Orange-Flavored Liqueur)
  • Lime Wedges (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine strawberries, ice, tequila, lime juice, sugar, and liqueur in a blender. Process until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour the margaritas into 4 large glasses.
  3. Garnish margaritas with a lime wedge, if desired.
  4. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 198

 

Guilt-free Blackberry Margarita – 204 Calories

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Guilt-free Blackberry Margarita
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup 100% Agave Blanco Tequila
  • ¾ Cup Grand Marnier
  • ⅔ Cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 12 Ounces Fresh Blackberries
Instructions
  1. Combine 1½ tablespoons granulated sugar and kosher salt in a dish.
  2. Cut lime into 9 wedges; rub rims of 8 glasses with 1 lime wedge.
  3. Dip rims of glasses in salt mixture.
  4. Combine water and ½ cup sugar in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup. Microwave on high for 2½ minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar; cool.
  5. Combine syrup, tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, and blackberries in a blender; process until smooth.
  6. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve over a pitcher; discard solids. Serve over ice.
  7. Garnish with remaining lime wedges.
Notes
Make sure you strain this or you will have tons of the seed specks in your drink, making it hard to drink. Plus, the seed specks will get stuck in your teeth.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 204

There you have it! Lower calorie, guilt-free margaritas fit for any summertime gathering, if your guests are 21 and over. Here are a couple tips to keep in mind. I used real sugar, but to cut even more calories and to have no sugar in your beverages, you can use Splenda or stevia. Note: I didn’t put any salt or sugar on the rim of my glasses in order to save a few calories and unnecessary sodium.  Also add fruit for flavor. You will notice with all of these that I use whole fruits – no pre-made mixes here. They don’t have to be fresh. You can use frozen fruits, which are less work because they are pre-washed and all cut up; plus you could even eliminate some of the ice you need to add by using frozen fruits. Finally, practice good portion control!

I hope you enjoy these refreshing, guilt-free margaritas!

Peace and Wellness,

Ashley
Coborn’s Supermarket Dietitian

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