Vegan Living – It’s More Than Just Kale

Cash Wise
Natural Foods Manager

My career in Natural Foods is something that I happily, however accidentally, fell into, but the trend has been a part of my lifestyle for a little over 10 years. Starting in high school I decided the treatment of animals was important to me and quickly adapted to a vegan food diet. For some, a diet like this which ignores all meats (yes, this includes chicken AND fish), all dairy products, eggs, gelatin and for some, honey, sounds difficult to adhere to, and let me tell you 10-15 years ago it wasn’t easy finding a simple vegan meal in a grocery store and the big food holidays required a lot of creativity.  In the last 5 years, the vegan food trend has blown up and plant-based foods have become as common as ice in a freezer. Continue reading “Vegan Living – It’s More Than Just Kale”

How to Incorporate Flax Seed into Your Diet

A Natural Approach with Cheryl -

First a little tutorial about flax seeds… Flax is a super seed grown mostly in Canada, North Dakota and South Dakota. Minnesota and Wisconsin also produce flax.

Canada is the leading producer of brown flax seed and the Dakota’s tend to produce more of the golden flax. There is little difference in the two colors but many prefer the gold because it is easier to sneak into recipes, the brown is more visible in those muffins! Continue reading “How to Incorporate Flax Seed into Your Diet”

Meet Your Herbs

Meet Your Herbs Naturally Close to Home with Rhonda

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”

Homemade Bug Spray

Homemade Bug Spray

Ashley Maurer
Ashley Maurer

Summer is finally here! Which means so are the bugs… and anybody that knows me, knows that I strongly dislike bugs! This year I decided to try making my own bug spray using essential oils, and I must say, I’m impressed! It really does work well and smells way better than commercial bug sprays.

After doing my fair share of research I discovered there really is no right or wrong way to make bug spray with essential oils! There are so many recipes out there and I’m sure they all work great so it really comes down to personal preference. I decided to use both jojoba oil and witch hazel in mine since both are good for your skin! Why not moisturize while fighting away those pesky bugs?

I would smell the oil blend as I went, adding a little more of one thing or another until I felt like I had a good balance of all the oil smells. Depending on the brand of oils used (you can find Aura Cacia oils in your local Coborn’s Natural Foods Department) as well as the type of Witch Hazel this may vary. So use the recipe as a guide line and adjust as needed.

Homemade Bug Spray
  • 1 - 2 Oz. Dark Glass Spray Bottle
  • 1 Oz. Witch Hazel
  • ½ Oz. Jojoba Oil
  • 30 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 30 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 20 Drops Lemon Grass Essential Oil
  • 15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  1. Combine all ingredients into glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake well and apply, avoiding face.
  3. Reapply as needed.

Once you have it all mixed in the spray bottle, it’s ready to use! Just make sure to shake it well before each use, avoid spraying it on the face and re-apply as often as needed.

Just in case you forget your bug spray and come home with some bug bites, you can also make an itch relief roller ball with the jojoba, lavender and tea tree oils used to make the bug spray. I would suggest filling half the roller ball with jojoba oil to dilute the oils just in case anyone has sensitive skin. Then do 1/4 lavender and 1/4 Tea Tree oils to fill the rest of the way. Shake before each use. Although many oils are safe to use during pregnancy, make sure to consult you doctor first before using products with essentials oils.

Hopefully using homemade bug spray works as well for you as it does for me! I know this will help me enjoy summer so much more. Have a fun and bug-free summer!

Ashley Maurer
Coborn’s Inc. Graphic Designer

Hennings's Cheese

Henning's Wisconsin Cheese

December Cheese of the MonthHenning’s Cheese is a 4th generation family owned and operated cheese factory located near Kiel Wisconsin. They still use milk from 25-30 small, local family dairy farmers who allow their cows to graze on lush pastures when the weather permits; giving a rich flavor to Henning’s award winning cheeses. Henning’s manufactures approximately 16,000 pounds of cheese daily, 5 days a week! Coborn’s had the opportunity to be a part of this unique cheese making experience; following the artisanal way of making cheese by turning and stacking each piece of cheese by hand.

The famous Henning’s Mild Cheddar makes a great addition to any recipe or simply paired with a glass of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. If you prefer beer, a nice Pilsner or Blond Ale would be a great match for this rich creamy cheese that everyone is sure to love!

Cheese Facts

  • The natural color of cheese is white, same color as milk.
  • It takes 10 pounds or approximately 5 quarts of milk to make 1 pound of cheese.
  • Lactose, the sugar in milk, is broken down during the cheese making process- cheese becomes lactose free after 1 to 2 years of aging.
  • This cheese has an additional 15 – 20 recipes you can check out on the Henning’s web site at under FAQs.

Hennings's Mild Cheddar Southwestern Chicken Skillet
Serves: 4
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 4 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast halves
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • ½ Cup Salsa
  • 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Cup Henning's Mild Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2 T. Cilantro or Green Onion, chopped
  1. Sprinkle chili powder, cumin and salt over chicken.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add chicken and garlic; cook 5 minutes.
  4. Turn chicken over.
  5. Combine salsa and mustard; spoon over and around chicken.
  6. Continue cooking, turning chicken and stirring sauce, 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Sprinkle cheese and cilantro over chicken.
  8. Continue cooking 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Hennings's Easy Mild Cheddar Lasagna Jellane Style
Serves: 8
  • 1½ Lb. Hamburger
  • 1 Onion, small
  • 1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • 10 Lasagna Noodles
  • 2 Cups Henning's Mild Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2 Cups Henning's Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  1. Brown the hamburger with onion, season to taste.
  2. Drain the grease.
  3. Add spaghetti sauce, stir till blended.
  4. Cook noodles in salted water, drain water.
  5. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  6. Put one layer of noodles in pan, ½ of the meat sauce, ½ of each cheese.
  7. Repeat.
  8. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, then uncover pan and cook for 10 minutes.
Recipe freezes well.

Special thanks to Jamie Hamilton for supplying us with this month’s Cheese Blog and Recipes!