We have another great week filled a wonderful and tasty variety of meals for you. Weather you make them on the grill, stove or a slow cooker, these meals are sure to win over the whole family! Continue reading “Fresh Meal Planning (4/15-4/22)”
Columbia Crest winery has found a home in the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington for more than two decades. This region and winery combine to make some of Washington’s and maybe the world’s most affordable and best “every day” drinking wines. The soil deposits from the Missoula Floods during the Ice Age and the current climate help create a terroir there ideal for wine grapes like Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay & Riesling just to name a few. Continue reading “March Food and Wine Pairings”
Well the evening has finally arrived for my son’s Groom’s Dinner and I wanted to invite you along to take a sneak peak into this evening’s event! You were there with us through the Bridal Shower video in May, so I wanted to share the ideas with you that I came up with for the Grooms Dinner. I really took the time to plan this out because I wanted to make this event extremely special for my son and his future bride – My soon to be daughter-in-law!! Continue reading “DIY Backyard Dinner Party”
There are a lot of homemade play dough recipes out there. I have tried a few and let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty. So I wanted to share with you a recipe that actually works and is fun to make with your kids.
The Holidays are here and it’s time to entertain! So for this month’s blog I have decided to introduce you to “Jayne’s Favorite Things”. When I say they are my favorite I really do mean it, not only for the taste but also for the convenience. These are some great items to serve when you are entertaining during the holidays.
I thought I should start with a couple appetizers. My first favorite is Simek’s Meatballs. These meatballs are so convenient especially when you do not have time to make homemade. You can find them in the frozen area of the Meat Department. I also have to mention that Simek’s has a “new” mini size meatball and these are awesome when making homemade pizza or for egg bakes when you have to prepare breakfast for your family on Christmas Day. These meatballs are so easy to prepare, just toss into a slow cooker and add my 2nd favorite item which is Ol’ West Barbecue Sauce. Once you have tried this sauce I doubt if you will ever try any others. You can find the BBQ Sauce in the condiment aisle in the Grocery Department. I also have one of my favorite dips that I make using Ol’ West BBQ Sauce and I also use our Rotisserie Chicken from the Deli Department. Make this dip and you will be the hit of the party and trust me there will be no leftovers. Don’t forget to serve with Nabisco’s “new” Triscuit Balsamic Vinegar & Basil.
- 8 Oz. Cream Cheese
- 8 Oz. Sour Cream
- Rotisserie Chicken, shredded
- 8 Oz. Mozzarella Cheese, finely shredded
- BBQ Sauce
- Snack Crackers
- Mix together the cream cheese and sour cream and spread on a platter.
- Pour BBQ sauce over cream cheese mixture and then put chicken over BBQ sauce.
- Sprinkle finely shredded mozzarella cheese over the top and serve with snack crackers.
Suggested wine pairing: Beringer Chenin Blanc.
Another “new” item to our stores is the Four Brothers Positively Parmesan Dressing, which you can find in our Produce Department. Wow! This is awesome. Just pour it over your favorite salad and you have a great quick and easy salad. If you are serving a vegetable tray at your next party consider using this dressing for the vegetable dip.
Now it’s time to move onto the main entrée. My family loves ribs and the only time they get them is on weekends because they take so long to make. Not anymore!! We now have Four Brothers Flame Seared Ribs and they are scrumptious!! You can find them in the Full Service Meat Case. They are fully cooked, so all you have to do is pour some BBQ Sauce over the top of them (yes only O’l West) and place in a glass dish in a 350 degree oven and heat for about 20 to 30 minutes. Since they take less than a half hour to heat I can pop these in the oven right after work and we are ready to eat in less than an hour. What a great convenience especially on a weeknight.
My next favorite entrée is our Norwegian Salmon. If you haven’t had a chance to try this salmon in the Meat Department you haven’t had the experience of awesome salmon. This salmon is so fresh and cuts like butter and has such a mild flavor. Seriously I can’t eat enough of it. Here is how I prepare it:
I always leave the skin on because that has all the good Omega 3’s that I’m looking for in my diet. Next I place it in a glass dish and spread my most favorite item on my list “Smude’s Sunflower Oil”. Let me tell you a little bit about this product. First it is locally made in Pierz, MN and I’m all about local! It is the only oil that I use when cooking or baking. Sunflower oil is high in Vitamin E and low in saturated fat. One of my favorite snacks is popcorn and if it is yours you just have to try using this oil when popping homemade popcorn. Its buttery flavor is wonderful and I don’t even have to put butter over the top of my popcorn because the flavor is already there. When using Sunflower Oil for baking cakes I have noticed that the cake becomes moister each day as it sits. What is really great is Coborn’s carries several flavors of the Sunflower Oil and I use them as toppings over salads, when cooking chicken, fish or anything else that calls for oil.
The next step to preparing the salmon is to pour a little of the Sunflower Oil over the top of the salmon and sprinkle our Four Brothers Prime Rib Seasoning. This is my favorite seasoning and I use it over everything. Skip the salt and pepper when you have this flavorful seasoning. Then let the salmon rest for about 15 to 20 minutes with the oil and seasoning on the fish. Then place the salmon in a 400 degree oven and heat until the internal temperature reaches at least 145 degrees. This salmon is so good I usually eat it as an entrée but it is fabulous on crackers as an appetizer or with leftover I serve it over a salad. Oh how yummy!!
Now my next move is towards the sweets because we can’t forget those. Earlier I told you that popcorn is one of my favorite’s and Angie’s Popcorn has so many flavors you just can’t imagine. Again this is a local company made right here in the great state of Minnesota and I love to promote them because they are local. The two flavors that I like at Christmas time are White Chocolate & Peppermint and Frosted Sugar Cookie. Check this company out because they have so many festive flavors especially during holiday time. Once you start eating their popcorn you’ll never be able to stop. Mmmmm so good!
Found in the Frozen Department is Kemps Pink Peppermint Bark Moosetracks Frozen Yogurt, another one of my favorite desserts and this is to die for. It’s loaded with peppermint flavored frozen yogurt, with crunchy peppermint bark, and famous Moose Tracks Fudge. What a great dessert to serve to your guests!
Now last but not least the beverage category. I want to talk about Kemps/JR Watkins Hazelnut Egg Nog. Again another local company right here in Minnesota. They have so many other flavors of Egg Nog that you just have to try. Try using it in your next glass of chocolate milk or in your coffee or even in an Egg Nog Cake. I’ve loved Egg Nog since I was a kid and especially love it added to my chocolate milk. Other flavors they have are Vanilla, Vanilla Almond and Buttered Rum, which you will find in the Dairy Department.
Now I know the next item is not a beverage but it pairs so good with wine I just had to pass it on to you. One of my favorite cheeses is Flagship cheese, which is located in the Deli Department. It is unbelievably good and goes so well with one of my favorite wines called Covey Run, which is a Riesling out of Washington. Serve these two items anytime as an appetizer or with dinner and you will have a hit on your hands.
So now that you know some of my very favorite things and in the spirit of the holidays I want to give a basket of “Jayne’s Favorite Things” away to one lucky winner. So like & share the video to qualify for a chance to win this gift. Have a Safe & Happy Holiday Season.