Jayne’s Top 10 Holiday Appetizers

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Happy Holidays! As you know, I absolutely LOVE this time of the year. There are so many wonderful traditions, tons of beautiful decorations and of course, great food to try! Here’s my Top 10 Holiday Appetizer Recipes for you to enjoy with your family and friends during this Holiday Season.

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Jayne’s Top 10 Holiday Appetizers

Jayne's Top 10 Holiday Appetizers

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December is one of my favorite months of the year because it’s so festive everywhere you look. From pine trees and snow to tinsel and gold, it’s the kickoff to all the holiday parties with family and friends.

As we go into the holidays I want to share my Top 10 Holiday Appetizers to help you along the way and to make your parties a great success. So, here are 10 recipes that are quick and easy, allowing you even more time with your loved ones.  Continue reading “Jayne’s Top 10 Holiday Appetizers”

Halloween Party Ideas


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Halloween is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning your Halloween menu for those great Halloween parties. With the help of the very best Social Media and Video crew we put together our 2nd Annual Coborn’s Halloween Video. It was completed with a lot of laughs and a lot of makeup. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it! Continue reading “Halloween Party Ideas”

Simple and Elegant Holiday Entertaining

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First off all I want to say Congratulations to:  Elena N. of Big Lake for winning the Year’s Supply of Kemps Ice Cream just for pinning and sharing my November blog.   Hope you enjoy all that wonderful ice cream.  Visit kemps.com for some great holiday recipes using the holiday flavors now in the stores.

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It’s beautiful December and I know you are going to think I’m crazy but I just love the snow.  This month is all about parties, entertaining at home and eating, eating, and more eating. For my blog this month I thought I would pass on some tips for entertaining at home along with quick and easy recipes that wouldn’t drive you nuts but would look like you worked all day putting it together and would of course WOW your guests.  I also came up with some ideas that would be easy on the pocket book because we know how the holidays can take a bite out of it.

When I start planning a party at home I take a look at some of the serving dishes that I have and can use for my table.  I usually go buffet style because so many of my guests just love to walk through the house and visit with other guests.  So sometimes I decide my menu around the dishes I already have in my kitchen.    Here is my menu choice.

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Spring Greens & Strawberries

www.cobornsblog.com - Add lift to your table with an inexpensive tile and cans!I usually try to start with a salad that is low in calorie for my guests that like to eat light during the holidays.  I found little bowls to put the salad in and to give my table some depth I found an extra piece of tile that I had laying around the house.  I just put a couple of cans underneath the tile to give it a lift.  You can pick up extra tiles at Menards or Home Depot for around $3.00.


5 oz. Spring Greens
1 Cup Strawberry Halves
1/2 Cup Pecan Pieces
Marzetti’s Poppyseed Dressing


Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Toss salad with poppyseed dressing just before serving.

Suggested Wine Pairing

Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rose

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Stuffed Shrimp

I found little dessert glasses that I filled with cocktail sauce and hung the shrimp on the rim of the glass.  You can use any kind of short little glass to present the shrimp instead of just laying them on a plate.  It gives it a more elegant look.


4 Oz. Cream Cheese, softened
4-1/2 tsp. Prepared Horseradish
1 T. Grated Parmesan cheese
1 Lb. Cooked Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined
Minced Fresh Parsley
Seafood Cocktail Sauce


In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, horseradish and Parmesan cheese until blended.  Cut a small hole in the corner of a resealable plastic bag; add cream cheese mixture. Butterfly the shrimp along the outside curves.  Pipe about 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture into each shrimp.  Arrange on a serving platter. Sprinkle with parsley.  Serve with seafood sauce if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

Suggested Wine Pairing

Toad Hollow Chardonnay

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Black Tie Bites

When I found this recipe I thought that they were just so cute that I couldn’t resist.  I purchased the Mozzarella Sun-dried Tomato Basil cheese flavor just because I was in a hurry and with these all you have to do is unwrap them and place them on a cracker.  You can also use any kind of cheese and just slice them in a triangle shape.  Then I purchased a tube of cookie icing and did three little dots for buttons, and I did two little dots and using a toothpick spread them out the shape of a bow tie. These little cheese and crackers give the party a black tie and tux look and they are just so easy to make.  What a conversation piece. These appetizers are also great for those New Years Eve parties.

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Antipasto Kabobs

These are so quick and easy just slide a chunk of salami, a chunk of fresh mozzarella or feta cheese, a sprig of fresh parsley and to top it off a green olive stuffed with pimento on a toothpick.  I usually pour some Italian dressing over them before placing them on a serving tray for extra flavor.

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Sparkling Peppermint Punch

What is a party without some kind of libations? I put together the easiest punch recipe of cranberry juice, ginger ale and peppermint extract.  What’s really great about this recipe is you can serve it just as is for a non-alcoholic drink or you can add wine or vodka for your adult guests Then I took some sugar and used red food coloring and mixed them together. I dipped the rim of a martini glass in water (again you can use any type of glass around your house) and then dipped it in the red sugar mixture, filled the glass with punch and hung a peppermint stick on the edge.  Remember it is all about presentation.


6 Cups Cranberry Juice, chilled
24 Oz. Ginger Ale, chilled
1/4 tsp. Almond Extract


Combine all ingredients in pitcher. Pour into glasses and garnish with candy cane.

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Black Cherry Cream Toasts

www.cobornsblog.com - Black Cherry Cream Toasts. 3 Ingredient Recipe! Simple and ElegantWe can’t forget the best part of any party.  I wanted something very easy to make that was not too time consuming and yet I wanted it to look elegant.  I found the perfect recipe.  Just take an 8 oz. container of Mascarpone cheese and mix it with Wild Black Cherries in Syrup.  Make sure to save some extra cherries for the topping. Then I found some white serving spoons (or any teaspoon will work) that I placed on a serving tray.  Place Mini Toasts on each one of the spoons and put a dollop of cheese and cherry mixture on top of the toast.  Then with the extra cherries that I saved I placed a cherry on each to finish them off.   Trust me, they are to die for. All three of these items can be found in the Deli Department.

Make sure to look around your house when decorating your table because you will be so surprised at what you can find to serve food and make your table look wonderful.  Make sure to add some greenery that you can purchase at your local craft store or you probably have around the house.  Don’t forget to add candles and some ornaments for extra sparkle and color.  Also, give the gift of sharing by asking your friends to exchange tableware so that you don’t have to purchase new items. Last but not least, make sure to elevate your serving trays so give your table depth.  Don’t be afraid to go outside that box.  Who knows, maybe you will start a new trend.   Have a wonderful and safe holiday season and enjoy….I will.

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Great Cocktails for Christmas

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Drink Recipes for the Holidays

If you’re hosting Christmas this year you’ve probably thought about the menu and worked out who’s bringing what. But have you thought about what you’ll be pouring?  This Christmas – why not go beyond wine or beer and cheers all that the season brings – with a great cocktail?

Don’t worry – you don’t need to be worrying about playing bartender or the expense of stocking an entire bar. Just consider a few things and you’ll have a great drink to toast with on December 24 or 25!

First – party with punch. This Hot Spiced Wine is wonderful on a cold Minnesota night and is sure to warm up your guests. Even better – you can make it the night before and then just warm it up before everyone arrives!  Do you love eggnog? Try a Coquito! This Mexican twist on eggnog features the flavors of coconut and lime along with the traditional milk, rum and eggs. Continue reading “Great Cocktails for Christmas”