Smude’s Microwave Popcorn - Family, Friends & Food with Jayne

It’s March and you know what they say about March… in like a lamb, out like a lion. Well, I’m hoping this year that doesn’t come true. As much as I love winter, I sure love spring and can’t wait for those fresh flowers to pop up! In the meantime, there are evenings I just like to stay home cozy up to a roaring fire and grab my favorite blanket. I call those “movie nights” and I look forward to them.  Continue reading “Smude’s Microwave Popcorn”

How much is too much Halloween Candy?


It’s officially Autumn here in the Midwest, which means cooler weather, fall colors, pumpkin spice, and of course Halloween! It’s the one day in a year we see goblins, princesses, and TV stars alike, going door to door asking for candy. Now don’t call me the candy police, I’ll be the last person to say you should avoid candy on Halloween, but moderation can be a total game changer! Let’s chat a little about how added sugar in Halloween candy nutrition can really stack up. Continue reading “How much is too much Halloween Candy?”

Cheese Of The Month: Jarlsberg

Cheese of the month: Jarlsberg

Jarlsberg has grown in popularity since its international launch. Its success lies in the secret recipe used to manufacture the cheese, the people who make it and their pride in always delivering a product with the same consistent high quality and unique taste. Continue reading “Cheese Of The Month: Jarlsberg”

Spreadable Dubliner Cheese

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One of my new favorite snacking cheeses is Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner. Unlike any other brand on the market, Kerrygold is made from the milk of grass-fed cows that graze on Ireland’s lush, green pastures for up to 312 days a year. The traditional practices upheld by generations of Irish dairy farmers ultimately yield a product that has a golden color and creamy flavor that is unparalleled in the category. It’s the way butter and cheese should always look and taste, the way nature intended; the new Kerrygold Dubliner Spreadable Cheese is no exception.

As one of the most beloved Kerrygold cheese varieties, Dubliner boasts the brand’s grass-fed goodness with a nutty and naturally sweet flavor that has captivated cheese-lovers everywhere. Luckily, for avid fans of the brand, the irresistible taste of Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese is now available in a spreadable option.

This creamy and delicious cheese pairs perfectly with everything from crisp vegetables and fresh fruit to crunchy baguettes and crackers, making it easier than ever to host friends for cocktails.

So when you’re debating on a perfect snacking cheese to have, don’t debate, simply pick up a container of Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner Cheese and enjoy this amazing new cheese spread! Or try a twist on a classic recipe by trying one (or ALL) of the delicious recipes below!

Creamy Dubliner Pickle Roll Ups

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Creamy Dubliner Pickle Roll Ups
Serves: 12
  • 8 Oz. Deli Ham, sliced
  • 10-16 Pickles, medium size
  • 6 Oz. Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner Cheese
  1. Pat dry ham and pickles.
  2. Spread Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner Cheese on ham slices.
  3. Place 2-3 pickles end to end on top of cheese.
  4. Roll and slice into ½ inch sections.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Artichoke Dip with Creamy Dubliner Cheese

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Artichoke Dip with Creamy Dubliner Cheese
Serves: 12
  • 14 Oz. Can Artichoke hearts, chopped and drained
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 T. Garlic, minced
  • 2 T. Oregano, chopped
  • 2 T. Onion, chopped
  • 12 Oz. Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients.
  3. Spoon mixture into an 8 inch baking dish.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, pita chips or flat bread.

Garlic and Herb Dubliner Cauliflower Mash

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Garlic and Herb Dubliner Cauliflower Mash
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 Large Cauliflower, trimmed into florets
  • 2-4 T. Kerrygold Garlic & Herb Butter, salted
  • 6 Oz. Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner Chaeese
  • 2 T. Chives, minced
  • 2 T. Oregano, minced
  • 2 T. Basil, minced
  • To Taste Salt and Pepper
  1. Steam cauliflower florets until quite tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Transfer cauliflower to food processor.
  3. Begin processing with 2 tablespoons butter and 3 ounces Kerrygold Spreadable Dubliner Cheese.
  4. Add remaining ingredients except salt and pepper and continue processing until mixture resembles mashed potatoes; make it as smooth or lumpy as you like.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Serve while warm.

Coborn’s, Inc. Director of Deli

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5 Simple No-Bake Treats for Fourth of July

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Some of my very favorite memories from growing up occurred during Fourth of July celebrations at our family cabin. From decorating the boat in the morning and then waving at dock sitters as we pass by in the boat parade to potlucks and games of beanbags with our fun neighbors and late-night fireworks and Northern Lights on the beach, we all enjoy the laid-back holiday that celebrates our country’s Independence Day.

We have some pretty awesome veterans in the family, so we always hang our flags proudly and make patriotic treats to enjoy. Part of the “charm” of our cabin is freedom from air conditioning and a dishwasher, so when I plan a cabin menu, I try my very hardest to find recipes that don’t need the oven. This year, my fingers are crossed for a hot and sunny holiday, so I’ve picked five no-bake treats to bring to our festivities.

On a side note, the timing of this blog post couldn’t have been better for me. At Coborn’s, we started carrying a new line of cake decorating supplies called Over the Top. They catch my kids’ eyes every time we walk through the baking aisle, with rich colors and super-fun textures. I was delighted to give them a whirl – my new very favorite grocery product is the sanding sugars! You’ll see in my photos that there are lots of pretty sparkly accents. Enjoy!

Strawberries and Stripes

Strawberries And Stripes and 4 more simple no-bake treats for the 4th of July.

Strawberries & Stripes
  • 1 Pint Medium or Large Strawberries
  • ½ Package Almond Bark
  • ¼ Cup Blue Sugar
  1. Wash the strawberries and gently pat them all the way dry; set aside.
  2. Pour the sugars into their own small bowls.
  3. Melt the almond bark in a small microwave-safe bowl for one minute.
  4. Stir.
  5. Microwave for 15 seconds and then stir.
  6. Repeat until it is fully melted and smooth.
  7. Holding a strawberry by the stem, dip two-thirds of the berry into the almond bark.
  8. To keep these berries patriotic, be sure to leave the top ⅓ showing at the top of the berry.
  9. Dip the bottom third of the berry into the blue sugar until the bottom third is covered in blue.
  10. Set the strawberry on waxed paper and repeat until all of the berries are dipped.
  11. Store the berries in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them.
I used the Over the Top sanding sugar (royal blue) and regular colored sugar (light blue)


Yankee Doodle Yummies

Yankee Doodle Yummies (no-bake party mix) and 4 more simple no-bake treats for the 4th of July.

Yankee Doodle Yummies
  • 1 Bag Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop
  • 2 Cups Mini Pretzels
  • 1 Small Can Shoestring Potatoes
  • 1 Cup Peanuts
  • 1 Package Almond Bark, melted until smooth
  • 1 Canister Over the Top Red Sixlets
  • 1 Canister Over the Top White Sixlets
  • 1 Canister Over the Top Blue Sixlets
  • 10-20 Shakes of Over the Top Red Sugar
  • 10-20 Shakes of Over the Top Blue Sugar
  • 6 Pull-n-Peel Twizzlers (red, white and blue), cut into ¼” pieces
  • Wax paper
  1. Spread out a 3 feet of wax paper and set aside.
  2. Pour into a large bowl and mix well: popcorn, pretzels, shoestring potatoes and peanuts.
  3. Melt the almond bark according to the package directions, then pour over the top of the snack mix and stir to thoroughly coat the snack mix for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add in the Sixlets, colored sugar and licorice. Mix for another 30 seconds, then dump the mixture onto the wax paper to dry.
  5. Let it sit for a minute, then shake some more colored sugar as the mixture is drying.
  6. Let sit for a half hour before packaging it.
  7. I usually scoop it into sandwich bags so the kids can each have their own snacks without digging their mitts into a larger bowl.


Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches and 4 more simple no-bake treats for the 4th of July.

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Frozen Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Two small rectangular bowls (a butter dish is perfect)
  • ¼ Cup Blue Over the Top Sanding Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Red Over the Top Sanding Sugar
  1. Pour blue sugar in one bowl and red sugar in another.
  2. Unwrap an ice cream sandwich and dip the long sides in one color sugar and the short sides in the other.
  3. Place decorated sandwich on a platter and repeat until all the sandwiches are decorated. Serve immediately or place the platter in the freezer until just before serving.


Layers of Liberty Drinks

Layers of Liberty Drinks and 4 more simple no-bake treats for the 4th of July.

Layers of Liberty Drinks and 4 more simple no-bake treats for the 4th of July. www.cobornsblog.comThe layered look works because the higher the sugar content of the drink is, the lower it sinks in the glass, which is why you must start with the cranapple juice in order for the layers to stay separated. If you do not pour each layer onto ice and instead pour it into the layer beneath it, you will simply create a glass of lavender-colored juice.

Also, had I remembered my plan before I began pouring, I would have dipped the rim of each jar into some water and then dipped it into some colored sugar to add a little more sparkle to the drinks before filling the jars. Oops.

Layers of Liberty Drinks
  • 1 Cup Ocean Spray CranApple Juice Drink
  • 1 Cup Coco Libre Coconut Water
  • 1 Cup Blue G2 Gatorade
  • Four Small Glass Jars
  • Ice
  1. Fill each jar with ⅓ cup of CranApple juice.
  2. Fill each jar to the top with ice.
  3. Slowly* pour ⅓ cup of coconut water directly on top of a piece of ice.
  4. Slowly* pour ⅓ cup of Blue G2 Gatorade directly on top of a piece of ice.
  5. Insert a straw and some decorations and serve.


Firework Cupcakes (or Muffins)

Firework Cupcakes (or muffins) and 4 more simple no-bake treats for the 4th of July.

Firework Cupcakes (or muffins)
  • Cupcakes (I purchased blueberry muffins at the bakery to stick with my no-bake approach)
  • 1 Can White Over the Top Aerosol Decorating Icing
  • 1 Tube Blue Over the Top Decorating Icing
  • 1 Tube Red Over the Top Write-on Gel
  • Toothpicks
  • Napkins
  1. Ice top of cupcakes with white frosting using the larger round tip.
  2. Pipe icing to make a target shape, starting with a red dot in the middle. Make alternating blue and red circles around the top of the cupcake. Make a total of three rings around the dot, leaving some white in between each circle.
  3. Using the end of a toothpick, start in center of cupcake and draw toothpick through icing to the outer edge of the cupcake to pull the frosting colors into a starburst. Wipe the toothpick onto a napkin, then drag it from the center and pull it a half-inch out. Repeat, making small pie-like drags around the entire top of the cupcake.

This year, whether you celebrate old memories or make new traditions, don’t forget to enlist your favorite people to help make the holiday special. By keeping your menu simple and cool, you’re sure to enjoy the Fourth of July even more.


– Rebecca
Coborn’s Communications Manager

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