Peppermint Cream Hot Cocoa

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Harley

Hello January! Old man winter it here with vengeance, blasting us with wind, cold and of course SNOW, so I thought a nice hot cocktail was just what we needed and this recipe does not disappoint.

If you love a Peppermint Andes Chocolate Mints, then you are going to love this Peppermint Cream Hot Cocoa recipe. Using only three ingredients, we step up your traditional Hot Cocoa to an adult beverage that you will not want to put down. And if you want to step it up a notch, topping with mini marshmallows and peppermint is recommended. Simply print the recipe below, pin in on Pinterest, watch the video… but please try it, because this is sure to become a new winter favorite! Continue reading “Peppermint Cream Hot Cocoa”

Entertaining over Breakfast

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Mary

There are many occasions in which guests may be at your house for breakfast or brunch including: Easter, Baptism, First Communion, Baby or Bridal Shower, or even a Wedding Gift Opening. Whatever the celebration, there are many breakfast options.

My favorite breakfast menu includes an egg bake (see recipe below). This one has meat, but you can also do a vegetarian style if you desire.  I would also be sure to include a side of fresh fruit like pineapple, grapes, melons and strawberries if in season.  That is when they taste the best! Along with that I would include a mini muffin or Danish with juice; it doesn’t have to be orange juice, and coffee.

It is very important to keep your hot foods hot and your cold foods cold, not just for food safety, but also to keep the integrity and quality of the food at its best.  If you like to prepare your egg bake the night before, keep it in the fridge and put it in the oven to cook right before it is served.  With the fruit, be sure to keep it cool and crisp in the refrigerator until it is time to eat. While the dishes are out on your table you can keep the egg bake covered and a bowl of ice under the fruit.  Keep coffee hot in a carafe.

I would be happy to assist you with any of your questions regarding hosting a meal.  You know how to reach me. Or if you prefer, Coborn’s is always more than happy to cater for your special events.

Egg Bake
Serves: 18
 
Ingredients
  • 18 Eggs, whipped
  • 6 Cups Milk
  • 1 tsp. Mustard (prepared)
  • 1½ Lbs. Meat, cooked - Sausage, Bacon or Virginia Baked Ham, diced
  • 4 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 9 Slices White Bread
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl mix whipped eggs, milk, mustard, cooked meat, 2 cups cheese and vegetables of your choice.
  3. Spray the bottom of a 13"x9" pan with cooking spray.
  4. Layer bread on bottom of pan, covering bottom.
  5. Pour egg mixture over the bread.
  6. Top with Salt and Pepper and add remaining cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered for approximately 35 minutes (can cover if it gets too brown)
Notes
Add to your liking: Mushrooms, Green Onions and/or Green Peppers (do NOT use any frozen vegetables)

Egg portion can be prepared the day before and refrigerated.

Bon Appetite!
Mary
Coborn’s Catering Manager, Sauk Rapids, MN

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3 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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Lynell

Last year I wrote a blog featuring Seven Festive Ways to Use a Mason Jar. I received a lot of positive feedback so I wanted to blog about a few more fun ways to use a mason jar for the holidays. These ideas are simple, fun and make great gifts. Don’t forget that you can get most, if not all of the items to make these gifts at your local Coborn’s!

Mint Cocoa Cocktail

First let’s start with a fun “Adult” gift, The Mint Cocoa Cocktail. A little mint a little cocoa and a little liquor make for a great way to unwind from a long winter day. Click Here to print the Free Printable Gift Tags that include the directions on how to make this Christmas-y Cocktail.

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Mint Cocoa Cocktail Mason Jar Gift
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Ingredients
  • Mason Jar
  • Handful Peppermint Candies
  • 2 Small Bottles Peppermint Schnapps
  • 2 Packets Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 2 Peppermint Candy Canes
  • One 8" Round Piece of Material (peppermint pattern)
  • 4.5' Twine
  • Four 1" Bulbs (I used 4 different colors)
  • Free Printable Tag
Instructions
  1. Place peppermint candies in the bottom of the jar.
  2. Place 2 hot cocoa packets in the back of the jar.
  3. Place 2 bottles of peppermint schnapps in the jar in front of the cocoa packets.
  4. Add 2 candy canes in the jar for stir sticks.
  5. Screw the lid on the jar.
  6. Place the material on top of the lid.
  7. Wrap the twine twice around the lid to secure the material on the top of the jar.
  8. Attach free printable tag with twine.
  9. Tie the bulbs to the end of the twine.
  10. Stir with candy canes and enjoy!

 

Cinnamon Popcorn Santa

My next mason jar gift idea is a tasty treat that anyone on your list will love!

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Cinnamon Popcorn Santa Mason Jar Gift
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Ingredients
  • Mason Jar Supplies
  • Large Mason jar
  • Little Santa hat
  • 1 Foot 1" Black Ribbon (or paper)
  • 2" x 2" Sparkly Silver Paper
  • Cinnamon Candy Popcorn
  • Hot Glue
  • Cinnamon Popcorn Ingredients
  • 8 Quarts Popped Popcorn
  • 1 Cup Butter, cubed
  • ½ Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 9 Oz. Red Hot Candies
Instructions
  1. Mason Jar Instructions
  2. Hot glue the Santa hat on the lid.
  3. Hot glue the black band around the middle of the jar.
  4. Hot glue the silver buckle on the black band.
  5. Fill the jar with Cinnamon Candy Popcorn.
  6. Cinnamon Popcorn Directions
  7. Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside.
  8. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, corn syrup and candies; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes.
  9. Pour sauce over popcorn and toss to coat.
  10. Transfer popcorn to two greased 15" x 10" x1" baking pans.
  11. Bake at 250°F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  12. Dump popcorn onto waxed paper to cool.
  13. Break apart; store in airtight containers.

 

Edible Play Dough Snowman

My last mason jar gift idea is an edible play dough snowman. This is a great gift for the kids on your list. It is not a tasty treat, but if it is consumed, it is at least made with all edible ingredients! Not to mention it is pretty adorable as well.

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Edible Play Dough Snowman Mason Jar Gift
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Ingredients
  • Mason Jar Snowman Supplies
  • Mason Jar
  • White Spray Paint
  • Two ¾ -1" Black Buttons
  • Four ½" Black Buttons
  • Small Piece Orange Felt
  • 16" Square Piece of Material
  • Styrofoam ball - 3" Round and 1 ½" high
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Edible Play Dough Ingredients
  • 1 Box White Cake Mix
  • 1 Stick Butter, softened
  • Water
Instructions
  1. Spray paint the Mason jar white.
  2. Cut orange felt into a triangle to create a nose.
  3. Hot glue button eyes, button mouth and felt nose onto jar.
  4. Lay material right side down and place jar lid on top.
  5. Cut Styrofoam ball to fit on top of the jar (use a steak knife).
  6. Pull material up around the lid and ball and tie it, cutting off any excess.
  7. Make Edible Play Dough by combining cake mix, stick of softened butter and water. Add water as needed to create desired consistency.
  8. Push play dough in the jar and seal it with the lid.
Notes
The white spray paint is optional. You will still get the white color of the snowman by placing the white play dough inside the mason jar.

 

I hope you enjoy making these fun and festive mason jar gifts for your friends and family this holiday. For more fun gift ideas using mason jars Click Here and start following us on Pinterest today!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Edgy Veggie – Homemade Hot Sauces

Edgy Veggie - Double Trouble Homemade Hot Sauces

 

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Andrew

Here comes the heat. Today, I’m sharing two recipes close to my heart (and my heartburn). I love spicy food, especially hot sauces. There’s a certain thrill, an endorphin rush and a spirit of conquest that comes with a truly spicy dish. If you’re like me, it’s not really hot until you can feel your eyelids sweat. If that’s not your thing, you can still use this recipe as a foundation to design a mild sauce and enhance your diet with the wonderful benefits of HEAT!

Capsaicin is a very special molecule. Aside from being responsible for the heat in peppers, Capsaicin touts some pretty incredible potential side benefits. In the heat of the summer, spicy foods make you sweat and cool you off. That’s why, for centuries, spicy ethnic cuisine has tended to reside closer to the equator. There’s also evidence that Capsaicin has the potential to boost metabolism and increase your ability to burn fat. Several studies have shown evidence of Capsaicin’s ability to ward off certain types of cancer and relieve pain. It’s really pretty incredible, and I implore you to do some digging on the topic if you’re a sceptic or aren’t a fan of heat. It might be a taste worth acquiring.

I’m sharing two different methods of preparing hot sauce. You can try using different peppers and other ingredients, these are DIY-licious templates for your wild experiments.

Edgy Veggie - Double Trouble Homemade Hot Sauces
They look so innocent. Don’t be fooled!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A sharp kitchen knife – dull knives and small peppers don’t mix
  • A large sauce pan and a stove
  • A blender or food processor
  • A strainer with small holes – wire mesh is ideal
  • Latex or vinyl gloves
  • Containers for storage – canning jars or sealable bottles

WARNING: Always wear gloves when handling hot peppers. Even Jalapeños and milder peppers can infuse your bare hands with a spicy oil that lasts for days. It’s really not fun if you rub your eyes afterwards, I know from experience. Twice.

PREPARING PEPPERS: If you want an easy way to prep your peppers, this is what I do: Slice off the top on your cutting board. Over a bowl or strainer, use a butter knife to break the white fiber and core away from the outside walls. Save the seeds to add them back into your recipe for added heat. Back to the cutting board,  halve the peppers the long way, then stack and slice.

SHELF LIFE: These sauces should last a good 6 months if you store them in the fridge in a sealed container.

Meanie Greenie Jalapenie (Recipe 1)

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. – Olive oil
  • 1.5 Lb. Jalapeños – stemmed, seeded and sliced
  • 4 Cloves – Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Cup – Diced onion
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. – Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup – Distilled white vinegar
  • 2 Cups – Water

Edgy Veggie – Double Trouble Homemade Hot Sauces - Step 1
Step 1:
 Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Add peppers, garlic, onions and salt. Saute for 5 minutes.

Edgy Veggie – Double Trouble Homemade Hot Sauces - Step 2Step 2: Add water and cook for an additional 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside for a few minutes to cool.
Edgy Veggie – Double Trouble Homemade Hot Sauces - Step 3Step 3: Carefully transfer the mixture into your food processor. While blending, slowly add vinegar and salt.

Edgy Veggie – Double Trouble Homemade Hot Sauces - Step 4
Step 4:
Blend until consistent and smooth. Allow to cool, then transfer into a sterilized jar or bottle.

Blazing Arrow Habanero  (Recipe 2)

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp – Olive oil
  • 2 Poblano peppers – stemmed, seeded and sliced
  • 4 Habanero peppers – stemmed, seeded and sliced
  • 1 Cup – Diced onion
  • 4 Cloves – Garlic, minced
  • 1 Lb. – Ripe tomatoes, diced (I use Bushel Boys – they’re awesome and local)
  • 1 Cup – Distilled white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. – Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. – Sugar

Edgy Veggie – Double Trouble Homemade Hot Sauces - Step 1
Step 1:
 Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Add peppers, garlic, onions and salt. Saute for 5 minutes.

Edgy Veggie – Double Trouble Homemade Hot Sauces - Step 2Step 2: Add tomatoes, vinegar, sugar and salt. Reduce to medium heat, stirring frequently until the tomatoes turn saucy, 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside for a few minutes to cool.

Edgy Veggie – Double Trouble Homemade Hot Sauces - Step 3Step 3: Carefully transfer the mixture into your food processor. Blend until consistent and smooth.

Edgy Veggie – Double Trouble Homemade Hot Sauces - Step 4
Step 4: 
Allow to cool, then strain through a wire mesh strainer. Work the blended mash with a wooden spoon to extract the liquid, leaving the pulp in the strainer. Transfer into a sterilized jar or bottle.

Coborn's Edgy Veggie - Two Homemade Hot Sauce Recipes
Author: 
Recipe type: Sauce, Condiment, Hot Sauce
Cuisine: Southwest, Tex-Mex
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 20
 
Two different methods of preparing homemade hot sauce. You can try using different peppers and other ingredients, these are DIY-licious templates for your wild experiments.
Ingredients
  • Meanie Greenie Jalapenie (Recipe 1)
  • • 1 Tbsp. – Olive oil
  • • 1.5 Lb. Jalapeños – stemmed, seeded and sliced
  • • 4 Cloves – Garlic, minced
  • • ½ Cup – Diced onion
  • • 1 tsp. Salt
  • • 1 Tbsp. – Sugar
  • • ½ Cup – Distilled white vinegar
  • • 2 Cups – Water
  • ———————————————————
  • Blazing Arrow Habanero (Recipe 2)
  • • 2 Tbsp - Olive oil
  • • 2 Poblano peppers - stemmed, seeded and sliced
  • • 4 Habanero peppers - stemmed, seeded and sliced
  • • 1 Cup – Diced onion
  • • 4 Cloves – Garlic, minced
  • • 1 Lb. – Ripe tomatoes, diced
  • • 1 Cup – Distilled white vinegar
  • • 1 Tbsp. – Salt
  • • 1 Tbsp. – Sugar
Instructions
  1. Meanie Greenie Jalapenie (Recipe 1)
  2. Step 1: Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Add peppers, garlic, onions and salt. Saute for 5 minutes.
  3. Step 2: Add water and cook for an additional 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside for a few minutes to cool.
  4. Step 3: Carefully transfer the mixture into your food processor. While blending, slowly add vinegar and salt.
  5. Step 4: Blend until consistent and smooth. Allow to cool, then transfer into a sterilized jar or bottle.
  6. ———————————————————
  7. Blazing Arrow Habanero (Recipe 2)
  8. Step 1: Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Add peppers, garlic, onions and salt. Saute for 5 minutes.
  9. Step 2: Add tomatoes, vinegar, sugar and salt. Reduce to medium heat, stirring frequently until the tomatoes turn saucy, 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside for a few minutes to cool.
  10. Step 3: Carefully transfer the mixture into your food processor. Blend until consistent and smooth.
  11. Step 4: Allow to cool, then strain through a wire mesh strainer. Work the blended mash with a wooden spoon to extract the liquid, leaving the pulp in the strainer. Transfer into a sterilized jar or bottle.

 

-Andrew
Senior Web Designer
Coborn’s, Inc.

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Edgy Veggie – Raw Slaw Zingy Spring Rolls

Raw Slaw Zingy Spring Rolls - Edgy Veggie @ Coborn's Blog

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Andrew

Mama always told you to eat your veggies. But did she tell you to eat a good portion of them raw? Certain vitamins and nutrients, such as Vitamin C, are destroyed or greatly depleted with even the healthiest cooking methods. Introducing more raw vegetables doesn’t have to leave you trapped in some hidden valley, monotonously dipping uniformly shaped stick vegetables into pale dressing.

Let’s slowly back away from the salad bar and take a journey to my cutting board, where we’ll use some common Asian ingredients to whip up something fun. There’s no need to preheat the oven and we get to play with knives.

Raw Slaw Zingy Spring Rolls - Edgy Veggie @ Coborn's Blog - Vegetarian & Vegan
The Unusual Suspects
Dressing Blend

  • 3 Tbsp Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 1 Clove Garlic – Minced
  • 2 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce or Tamari (reduced sodium preferred)
  • 1/8 tsp. Sri Racha hot sauce (or more, if you’re brave)

Raw Slaw Mix

  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro Leaves
  • 3 Scallions – Chopped
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers – Seeded, Cut into Matchsticks
  • 1 Bag Fresh Express 3-Color Coleslaw  (Cabbage, Carrots & Red Cabbage)
  • 2 Tbsp.  Sesame Seeds
Wraps

  • 8 Sheets Rice Paper
  • 8 Sheets Nori

Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 C Soy Sauce or Tamari
  • 1/4 C Rice Vinegar
  • 1 TSP Grated Fresh Ginger
  • 1 TSP Sri Racha / Chili Sauce (to your preferred heat level)
  • 1 Cloves Crushed Garlic

 

 

Cook like a pro and do your cut-work up front. Chop-chop!


Step 1: Cook Like a Chef.

Do your knife work first. By chopping, mincing, dicing and slicing everything ahead of time, you save precious time.

Raw Slaw Zingy Spring Rolls - Edgy Veggie @ Coborn's Blog - Vegetarian & Vegan
The dressing will whisk you away!

Step 2: Get Dressed.
Whisk the dressing ingredients together. It should be a smooth, consistent caramel brown after about a minute.

Raw Slaw Zingy Spring Rolls - Edgy Veggie @ Coborn's Blog - Vegetarian & Vegan
All of the slaw ingredients mixed together.
Raw Slaw Zingy Spring Rolls - Edgy Veggie @ Coborn's Blog - Vegetarian & Vegan
Tossed with all of the dressing and evenly coated.

Step 3: Mix it Up and Toss.
Mix together all of the Raw Slaw Mix ingredients. Once the veggies are well mixed, toss in the dressing until everything is well coated. Don’t be afraid to taste, it’s already tasty!

Raw Slaw Zingy Spring Rolls - Edgy Veggie @ Coborn's Blog - Vegetarian & Vegan
Whip up the sauce. Take it easy on the Sriracha unless you’re a natural fire eater.

Step 4: Get Sauced.
Mix the dipping sauce together. If you like it, make a double batch.

Raw Slaw Zingy Spring Rolls - Edgy Veggie @ Coborn's Blog - Vegetarian & Vegan
Soak the rice paper circles for about a minute, then transfer.

Step 5: The Final Boss, a.k.a. “The Wrap Battle”
This part takes a bit of mastery, but once you’ve got the hang of it, it’ll become second nature. To soften the dry Spring Roll wraps, soak one at a time by covering in a thin layer of warm water on a plate. After about a minute, the wraps will become semi-soft. Transfer the soft wrap to a cutting board, gently shaking off the water as you transfer.

On top of the soft wrap, place a handful of the slaw mix, making a small pile on the half of the wrap closest to you. Shape the mix into a tight mound about 2/3 as wide as the wrap. Next, fold in the sides of your wrap, up to the edge of the mix. Now, take the bottom flap and fold it over, tightening the wrap as you go. Roll it up tight and you’re ready to go.

You can follow the same technique and add a sheet of Nori on top of the spring roll wrapper. This makes them hold up quite a bit better and adds a unique flavor twist, reminiscent of sushi. Please note, the Nori sheets don’t need to be soaked beforehand like the spring roll wraps.

Raw Slaw Zingy Spring Rolls - Edgy Veggie @ Coborn's Blog - Vegetarian & Vegan - Step By Step
If they don’t fall apart, congratulations. You level up to Spring Roll Master. The reward is a delicious meal.

Edgy Veggie - Raw Slaw Zingy Spring Rolls
Author: 
Recipe type: Spring Rolls
Cuisine: Asian, Raw, Fusion
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
These spring rolls are flavorful, fresh and spicy. Check out the full article to learn the technique to properly wrap them.
Ingredients
  • Dressing Blend
  • * 3 Tbsp Chunky Peanut Butter
  • * 2 Cloves Garlic - Minced
  • * 2 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • * 2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce or Tamari (reduced sodium preferred)
  • * ⅛ tsp. Sri Racha hot sauce (or more, if you're brave)
  • Raw Slaw Mix
  • * ½ Cup Chopped Cilantro Leaves
  • * 3 Scallions - Chopped
  • * 1 Red Bell Peppers - Seeded, Cut into Matchsticks
  • * 1 Bag Fresh Express 3-Color Coleslaw (Cabbage, Carrots & Red Cabbage)
  • * 2 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds
  • Wraps
  • * 8 Sheets Rice Paper
  • * 8 Sheets Nori
  • Dipping Sauce
  • * ¼ C Soy Sauce or Tamari
  • * ¼ C Rice Vinegar
  • * 1 TSP Grated Fresh Ginger
  • * 1 TSP Sri Racha / Chili Sauce (to your preferred heat level)
  • * 1 Cloves Crushed Garlic
Instructions
  1. Step 1: Cook Like a Chef.
  2. Do your knife work first. By chopping, mincing, dicing and slicing everything ahead of time, you save precious time.
  3. Step 2: Get Dressed.
  4. Whisk the dressing ingredients together. It should be a smooth, consistent caramel brown after about a minute.
  5. Step 3: Mix it Up.
  6. Mix together all of the Raw Slaw Mix ingredients. Once the veggies are well mixed, toss in the dressing until everything is well coated. Don't be afraid to taste, it's already tasty!
  7. Step 4: Get Sauced.
  8. Mix the dipping sauce together. If you like it, make a double batch!
  9. Step 4: The Final Boss, a.k.a. "The Wrap Battle"
  10. This part takes a bit of mastery, but once you've got the hang of it, it'll become second nature. To soften the dry Spring Roll wraps, soak one-at-a-time by covering in a thin layer of warm water on a plate. After about a minute, the wraps will become semi-soft. Transfer the soft wrap to a cutting board, gently shaking off the water as you transfer.
  11. On top of the soft wrap, place a handful of the slaw mix, making a small pile on the half of the wrap closest to you. Shape the mix into a tight mound about ⅔ as wide as the wrap. Next, fold in the sides of your wrap, up to the edge of the mix. Now, take the bottom flap and fold it over, tightening the wrap as you go. Roll it up tight and you're ready to go.
  12. You can follow the same technique and add a sheet of Nori on top of the spring roll wrapper. This makes them hold up quite a bit better and adds a unique flavor twist, reminiscent of sushi. Please note, the Nori sheets don't need to be soaked beforehand like the spring roll wraps.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 Calories: 116 Fat: 4.3g Saturated fat: .4g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 14.5g Sugar: 4.8g Sodium: 628.8mg Fiber: 3.1g Protein: 5.6g Cholesterol: 0

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-Andrew
Senior Web Designer
Coborn’s, Inc.

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