Local French Toast with Homemade Blueberry Syrup and Whipped Cream

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Hi Everybody! February is half over and I can just feel spring in the air since we have had such a mild Minnesota weather. Speaking of Minnesota, I just have to talk to you all about “local”. I just love local and I love talking about local. So I thought I would show you some great recipes using some of our great local products right here in the Midwest.

Today I thought I would talk about French Toast with homemade blueberry syrup and homemade whipped cream. This is a ‘yummy” no matter which way you look at it. Continue reading “Local French Toast with Homemade Blueberry Syrup and Whipped Cream”

Meet Your Herbs

Meet Your Herbs

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If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I am all about local! At Coborn’s, we have so many great partners that supply us with honey, beef, dairy, soap, essential oils, popcorn, peanut butter and so much more! One of the best things about these local products is to know the source of where they come from. It gives us all a better understanding of the quality and the commitment of the producers when we know where our products are traveling from and the amount of time it took for them to reach our tables. Continue reading “Meet Your Herbs”

Keepin' your skin Local!

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The good news is that many people are eating healthier these days.  That can mean many different things depending on your starting line.  For some, it’s adding more fruits and vegetables and less Twinkies.  For others, it means choosing organic food more often and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals.  It can also mean purchasing more local items, which are generally fresher and help support the local economy.

But what about what you put on your skin, not just in your mouth?  You may remember from that high school biology class that your skin is actually an organ.  In fact, it’s your largest organ, covering 20 square feet.  That’ a lot of skin!  Some medicines are delivered through the skin, via a patch or cream.  So, that must mean that what you put on your skin goes into your body!  Now, isn’t that a thought!

Imagine you are pondering the next great fountain of youth product to make you even more beautiful.  How about slathering this on your face:

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Niacinamide*, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Panthenol**, Polyethylene, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4***, Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Tocopheryl Acetate^, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract^^, Dimethiconol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Peg-100 Stearate, Dmdm Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Laureth-4, Laureth-7, Disodium Edta, Fragrance * Vitamin B3, ** Pro-Vitamin B5, ***Amino-Peptide, ^ Vitamin E, ^^ Green Tea

Ick.  Well, it does have Green Tea as the last ingredient.  Since they list the ingredients in order from most to least, they probably just waved a tea bag near the container.  I won’t name the product, but many skin care labels look like this.

Let’s try this instead:

99% Natural Ingredients: aqua(water),organic cold pressed olea europaea(olive)fruit oil, hamamelis virginiana(witch hazel),kosher vegetable glycerin, organic helianthus annuus(sunflower) oil, organic cocos nucifera (coconut), cetearyl alcohol, organic butyrospermum parki (shea butter)fruit,lavendula augustafolia(lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract.

That is Purple Prairie’s Lavender Lotion, made by our friends in Clearwater, Minnesota.  I can read and understand those ingredients!  I’d much rather put coconut and olive oil on my skin that crosspolymers.  And I am certain I will remain just as radiant.  Because there is no fountain of youth, sadly.  The secret is to keep your skin moisturized, get some fresh air and be happy.  And I hear buying local keeps you beautiful, too!

Purple Prairie Botanicals was started in 2000 by Bethany Albers.  She would sell her products to friends and co-workers (including my mother!) and then at farmer’s markets.  I was so thrilled when she was ready to be sold at Coborn’s.  All Purple Prairie products are free of:

  • Petroleum
  • Parabens
  • Synthetic Dyes
  • Artificial Preservatives
  • Animal Ingredients
  • Detergents
  • Sulfates
  • GMOs
  • Gluten

We’re proud to offer products with these high standards.  They have great scents from essential oils and most everyone can find one they like.

Plus, as I have said many times before, when you buy local, your money stays in the community.  When you purchase a Purple Prairie item, that money goes back to Bethany and her team in Clearwater.  They may be spending their money in your restaurant, or your uncle’s gas station or on your kid’s school fundraiser.

Enjoy your summer.  Keep buying local, which is easy to do when our store is full of beautiful tomatoes and sweet corn and other seasonal offerings.  But remember your skin all year long!

Rhonda
Coborn’s, Inc. Natural Foods Category Manager

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Eichten’s Tomato Basil Gouda

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Eichten’s cheesemakers and mother Mary saw the future in the category of spiced cheeses. Eichten’s was the first farm in the United States to produce an all-natural cheese direct from the farm in 1976.

Italian Seasonings were commonplace in large families in the 1980’s, and Eichten’s knew that this seasoning would be a amazing hit for cooking and eating by itself. Just slice on crackers or fresh baked crusty breads this cheese is sure to please!

Eichtens developed a true European style Gouda with tantalizing sun dried tomatoes and sweet basil that brings out the essence of Italy.

Produced in Shafer, Minnesota, this is one of our states outstanding flavored Goudas. And don’t forget about the other fine Goudas that Eichten’s produces, they are all wonderful!

A great pairing with a sweet white or red wine, light amber beers and or Italian dishes.

Make sure to enjoy this fine Minnesota cheese!

Eichten’s Classic Quiche

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Eichten’s Classic Quiche
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 9” Pie Crust
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1.5 Cups Half and Half
  • 8 Oz. Bacon Crispy Bacon, chopped
  • 10-12 Oz. Eichten’s Tomato Basil Gouda, shredded
  • 1 T. Parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
Instructions
  1. Prepare crust and flute edges.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Beat eggs slightly.
  4. Stir in half and half, bacon, cheese, parsley and paprika.
  5. Pour into prepared pie crust.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes until eggs are cooked.
  7. Serve Warm.

 

Kevin
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Olive Oil Can Be Local Too!

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What is the “champion of local” doing writing about olive oil?  Do olives grow in Minnesota?  Of course not.  But sometimes you need to think about local in a whole new way.  My inspiration was this shirt, received as a gift while on a recent tour of California Olive Ranch in Artois, California.Olive Oil Should Be Local Too! www.cobornsblog.com

Currently, more than 95% of olive oil is imported from foreign countries including Italy, Chile, Spain and Tunisia.  Several studies suggest that nearly two-thirds of imported olive oil sold as “extra virgin” is mislabeled and actually uses high heat or chemical solvents to extract the oil, which does not meet the major legal definitions of extra virgin olive oil.

Enter California Olive Ranch (COR).  Their olives are produced by a small group of olive growers in California.  While touring their main ranch, also referred to as a grove or orchard, I was able to walk the fields and eat an olive right off the tree.  I would not recommend this as a regular practice although I was thrilled to experience it.  Fresh picked olives are extremely bitter!

Olive Oil Can Be Local Too! www.cobornsblog.comWe also rode along on the harvester.  It drives between the rows and shakes the trees, releasing the olives onto a conveyor belt that sends them into a trailer that drives alongside the harvester.

California is extremely dry right now and COR works hard to care for the land.  They extend water use through recycling and drip irrigation.  Tree trimmings are mulched back into the field to protect the land.  And, of course, California olive oil requires less energy for transportation than European imports.

The olives are all processed into olive oil right at the facility in Artois.  Following strict quality standards, the olives are pressed into oil within hours of picking.  The fresh, clean taste is truly amazing.  The harvest date is on every bottle, which is very unique.  Once you open a bottle of olive oil, be sure to use it within six months.  Don’t keep that bottle next to the stove either!  Heat, light and oxygen are the enemies of olive oil.  COR does a superior job of maintaining the best conditions for the olive until they ship it out.  You just need to keep it in a dark, cool place.  But not the refrigerator, as that will change the quality.

Another highlight of the tour was an olive oil tasting with COR Head Miller Bob Singletary.  When writing about my love of all things local, I often mention connections and relationships.  What a surprise to learn that Bob’s wife of many years is from Pipestone, Minnesota.  I was so proud to be able to tell him that his olive oil, which he tastes and approves every day, is available on our shelves at Coborn’s in Pipestone.

Not all our food can come from nearby, unfortunately.  But there is always an opportunity to close the distance your food travels.  Choosing a fresh product that is produced with great care and pride is always a great choice.  Having the opportunity to follow the olives right from picking to the bottle was truly amazing.

Rhonda
Coborn’s, Inc. Natural Foods Category Manager

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