Chicken Pho

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Jayne

Spring has arrived and every time I step outside, I can smell that fresh scent of spring and I love it. It’s time for me to get out in the garden and start planting those summer flowers. The days are getting warmer but the evenings are still a little chilly. Even though we are not in the fall season we still have those cooler nights in May and on those evenings, there is nothing better than a hot bowl of soup. Continue reading “Chicken Pho”

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Weekly Ad Recipe – Italian Style Blue Marlin Steaks

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I absolutely loved this recipe because it was so quick and easy. The pairing of the onions, garlic, tomatoes and fresh basil put it over the top. I served it over rice with a side of fresh zucchini and summer squash. Enjoy… I did!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Italian Style Blue Marlin Steaks
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4-6 Oz. Blue Marlin Steaks
  • 4 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Onion, chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 28 Oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 6 T. Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 2 T. Capers
  • 4 T. Italian Parsley, chopped
  • 1 Cup White Wine
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat and sauté the onions and garlic until the onions soften.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, basil, capers, parsley and wine and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Place the fish in a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray and pour the tomato mixture over the fish and bake in a 400 degree oven for 12-18 minutes and until internal temperature of fish reaches at least 145 degrees.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay

 

DIY Microwavable Heating Pad

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Our family mantra is that some of the best memories are made outside. We’re an active family, enjoying fresh air as much as possible – all year long. Believe it or not, we do don’t even keep our television plugged in. Along with all of our outdoor adventures comes many owies to tend to, from scratches and bruises to deep muscle aches. Years ago, my mom tipped me off on the kid-safe heating pad/ice pack idea of using reusable rice bags; I’ve adapted her recipe into an anti-inflammatory bag of wonder.

DIY Microwavable Heating Pad www.cobornsblog.comThese rice bags are not difficult or expensive to make, but they do take a little time. I have made a simple square one for each of my children, and have given many more shoulder-size rectangles to friends and family. You can use your rice bag as a heating pad by nuking it in the microwave for a couple minutes and you also can keep one in the freezer as an “ice pack.”

Supplies for Shoulder-Size Rice Bag

¼ yard of heavy 100% cotton flannel
¼ yard of heavy 100% cotton flannel in a coordinating color
All-purpose thread to match fabric
Rotary cutter and mat, or sharp scissors
Straight pins
4 cups jasmine rice
1/3 cup whole allspice
1/3 cup cinnamon sticks – busted up into little chunks
1/3 cup black peppercorns
1/3 cup whole cloves

Instructions

Combine the rice and spices in a bowl and set aside. Then, cut one 9″ x 23″ rectangle from each piece of flannel.

At Your Sewing Machine

1. Pin the fabric rectangles right sides together.
2. Sew all the way around the two long sides and one short side, leaving one short end open for adding rice. Remember to pivot at the corners and to lock your seam at the beginning and end of these seams.
3. Trim the three sides and cut the corners at an angle.
4. Flip the bag right side out again.
5. Fold the bag into thirds and mark with pins.
6. Open the bag and pour a third of the rice mix to fill the first pocket. Note, you want to be able to conform the pad to your neck, so don’t overfill it.
7. Hold the pad up vertically so the rice falls to the bottom of the first pocket you marked earlier with pins. I find it helpful to hold the rice pocket with one hand and guide the fabric as it is sewn using the other hand. This way, little pieces of the rice mixture don’t sneak over and get in the way of your needle. If you need to, you can pin along the line.
8. Sew a vertical line of stitching at the first line to make the bottom pocket.
9. Repeat for the next pocket.
10. Fill the last pocket, then fold the open edges inward and sew the edge shut.

Using Your Rice Bag as a Heating Pad

To use your rice bag as a heating pad, microwave the bag for 1-2 minutes. Test the bag to make sure it’s not too hot, as microwaves vary with how quickly they heat.

Using Your Rice Bag as an Ice Pack

To use your rice bag as an ice pack, simply toss the bag into the freezer for an hour. We keep one in the freezer at all times.

Words to the Wise

You can make any size rice bag you want – simply cut the fabric with a 1” margin. I have made 2”x2” rice bags to use as reusable hand warmers in mittens and boots during the cold snaps of winter.

Be sure to keep the rice bag dry. If it gets wet, your rice will begin to swell and cook and need to be thrown away.

My favorite materials are heavy 100% cotton flannel remnants from our local quilt store, jasmine rice, and a blend of anti-inflammatory herbs from the Bulk Foods section. Alone, whole peppercorn isn’t all that interesting. But when you pair it with allspice, cloves and cinnamon, the combination is incredibly good. It has soothed more achy muscles than I care to remember.
If I could find a way to share how incredibly wonderful this all smells, I would love to send you a whiff through your screen. Once you make your first rice bag, don’t be surprised when you soon find yourself shopping for flannel. These little anti-inflammatory bags of wonder truly are terrific!

 

Rebecca
Coborn’s, Inc. Communications Manager

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Just BARE Crusted Parmesan Chicken

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Jayne

During the winter months I always set a goal to go through all my cupboards and closets in my home and get rid of everything I no longer want or need by the time spring arrives. I had each one of the kids stop home and take their junk that they have stored here for years and if they didn’t want it, I would make sure to donate it to our favorite charity. Well, spring has arrived and I accomplished my goal. I can’t believe how much storage space I have and the best part of going into summer, my house is clean and all the junk is gone.

Just Bare Chicken Attributes - www.cobornsblog.comNow that I have all this extra time, I had a few of my girlfriends over for dinner the other night right after work and I knew that wouldn’t give me much time to come up with something so I prepared a meal that is my husband’s absolute favorite and it is so quick and easy to make. I have served this many times for dinner parties and even for Easter Dinner instead of the traditional ham. I have had so many requests for this recipe and finally my girlfriends the other night told me to put it on my next blog, so here it is. All it takes is 30 minutes of your time. I also have to tell you a little bit about the chicken that I use in this recipe. I want to make sure that I am serving a good and healthy product to my family and friends, so I choose Just BARE Chicken because of the attributes listed in the graphic above.

Crusted Parmesan Chicken

Crusted Parmesan Chicken
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Package Rice-A-Roni Chicken Flavored Rice
  • 1 Cup Half-n-Half or Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tub Chive & Onion Flavored Cream Cheese
  • ½ Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Packages Fresh Chicken Tenders
  • 1 Box Fryin’ Magic Seasoned Coating Mix
Instructions
  1. Prepare Chicken Flavored Rice according to package in frying pan and keep warm.
  2. Moisten chicken tenders with a little water.
  3. Pour Fryin’ Magic into plastic re-sealable bag along with chicken tenders.
  4. Shake to coat the chicken tenders.
  5. Preheat ¼ cup oil in a skillet.
  6. Brown pieces of chicken over medium heat for 5 minutes, per side.
  7. Cook until internal temperature of chicken reaches at least 165°F.
  8. Melt one tub of Chive & Onion Flavored Cream Cheese in pan
  9. Add 1 cup half-n-half, and ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese.
  10. Mix all together until it forms a nice creamy sauce.
  11. Now it’s time to serve. Let your company help themselves by placing rice on their plate, then top with 3-4 pieces of chicken and pour Parmesan sauce over the top.

Then all you need is a side of fresh asparagus or garden fresh beans and you have the perfect meal.  My husband loves this recipe so much that I think he would give up a steak dinner for this and believe me I thought I would never see that day.  Enjoy…..we all did!

Jayne
Coborn’s, Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

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