Beer for your Valentine

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Beer for your Valentine - Sierra Nevade Sidecar Orange Pale AleCan you believe Valentine’s Day is next week? If you ask me… beer is the perfect gift for this holiday!

I have a lot of people ask me for suggestions of what brands of particular beers to buy at Coborn’s Liquor. And if you are buying for a gift you may not know what brand the gift-receiver loves but you may know what type they enjoy. So I have come up with a list of popular beer types and my suggestions for brands and flavors you should try.

Pale Ale

If your Valentine enjoys a Pale Ale, you should pick up Sierra Nevada’s new Sidecar Orange Pale Ale. It’s a Pale Ale with a twist. This hoppy Pale Ale is brewed with Cascade, Equinox and Mandarina hops with a hint of orange peel that adds a zesty pop of bright orange flavor.

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Make the BEST for your Valentine

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Valentine’s Day is only a couple weeks away and it is coming up quickly. I want to be prepared for it so I’m starting to plan now. It’s time to show the people in our lives how much we love them.

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Don't mind if I Fondue!

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We are going into the month of February and that means less than 2 months left of winter, at least I hope. You hear all the time February 14th, Valentine’s Day is for lovers and I say “NOT”, it’s for everyone.  So if you don’t currently have someone special in your life, get together with family or friends and throw a party to celebrate.  For me any chance I get together with friends means food and fun, right?

Well this Valentine’s Day I am inviting over some close friends and we are going to have Fondue Fun Night. It’s a way for everyone to get involved in the cooking process and who doesn’t love to do that? Fondue really is one of the easiest things to put together. Once the prep work is done, as the host of the party you can sit back and everyone else does the cooking. Here is one party you can relax and enjoy. I did Fondue Fun Night on Christmas Eve one year with my family and set up 3 fondue pots: one for steak, cheese and chocolate and now it is requested we do this every year.

Fondue Station #1

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Coborn's Black Pepper Top Sirloin Steak Fondue - www.cobornsblog.comIn the Coborn’s Full Service Meat case, we now carry Black Pepper Top Sirloin Steak. All you have to do is cut the marinated meat in 1-inch pieces and you are ready for your guests to cook their steak to perfection. The Black Pepper flavor marinated on this steak is outstanding. When purchasing, I usually buy 6 oz. of meat for each person. Now all you have to do is get the cooking oil and fill the fondue pot about half full.  Turn the heating switch to about 250 to 300 degrees and wait until it gets hot enough for the steak to cook. I usually put one piece of steak in the oil first and once it sizzles the steak is ready to cook. You will need to fry each piece of meat about 2-3 minutes, and remember to cook until you reach an internal temperature of at least 145°F.

Fondue Station #2Delicious Cheese Fondue Recipe - www.cobornsblog.com

Cheese is something I can’t live without. There is no way I could have a meal without incorporating some kind of cheese into it and this recipe is over the top. Remember, I’m from “MINNESOTA” and we take our cheese pretty seriously especially when we devour it like I do.

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Havarti Cheese Fondue
Serves: 20
 
Ingredients
  • 1.5 Cups Havarti Cheese, shredded
  • 1 Cup sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2 T. Flour
  • ½ Cup Chicken Broth
  • ⅓ Cup Milk
  • ½ Cup Sun-dried Tomatoes in Oil, sliced and drained
  • 2 Medium Green Onions, sliced
  • Bread Sticks
  • Fresh Vegetables, cut and/or sliced
Instructions
  1. In a re-sealable plastic bag, mix cheeses and flour.
  2. Shake until cheese is coated with the flour.
  3. In fondue pot, heat broth and milk just to a simmer over warm/simmer setting.
  4. Add cheese mixture, about 1 cup at a time, stirring with wire whisk until melted.
  5. Cook over warm/simmer setting, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened.
  6. Stir in tomatoes and onions.
  7. Keep on warm/simmer setting.
  8. Serve with bread sticks and vegetables.

Fondue Station #3

The BEST Chocolate Fondue Recipe - www.cobornsblog.com

What is Valentine’s Day without chocolate and especially some strawberries? For most of us, you don’t say Valentine’s Day without thinking about thick, luscious, tastefully delicious chocolate. I cut up a variety of fruit and things and served it with this chocolate fondue recipe – that was scrumptious.

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Chocolate Fondue
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2 T. Butter or Margarine
  • 14 oz. Can Sweet and Condensed Milk
  • 2 T. Water
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. In heavy sauce pan, over medium heat melt chocolate chips and butter with sweet and condensed milk and water.
  2. Cook and stir constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Add vanilla or almond flavoring.
  4. Then I usually pour it in my fondue pot to keep warm.
  5. Serve warm as a fruit and cookie/cracker dipping sauce or drizzle over ice cream or cake.
Notes
Here are some ideas of things you can have to dip into your chocolate fondue! Pound cake cubes, cherries with stems, orange sections, melon balls, pineapple chunks, strawberries, banana slices, apple wedges, grapes, dried apricots, peach chunks, angel food cake cubes, kiwifruit slices and marshmallows.

Quick Tips

  • If you do purchase a Fondue Pot they come with the skewers and at the end of each skewer they are color coded. Assign each guest a color and they never are left to wonder which skewer is theirs.
  • When serving fresh vegetables with your fondue, I usually serve fresh green beans and asparagus.  Heat a cooking pot full water until it reaches a rapid boil. Add your asparagus or beans and cook for 1 minute. Immediately place in a bath of cold ice water. It stops the cooking process and your vegetables turn out crisp with a beautiful green color.

Hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day and Enjoy… I will!

Jayne
Coborn’s, Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

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Chocolate Liqueur Valentine Martini

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Chocolate Liqueurs are sweet drinks that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in an after dinner drink.  You can also add them to your coffee or over some desserts to add a sweet flavor.

What is a Chocolate Liqueur?

For the sake of simplicity, it is a liqueur that tastes like chocolate.  Chocolate Liqueurs are not a new invention.  The concept’s history dates back to around 1666 in France and chocolate liqueur recipes have been found in both British and American cookbooks.  These dessert drinks rose to popularity during the chocolate craze in the 1990s.

History of chocolate liqueur recipes have been divided into two parts: Pre-19th Century and Post-19th Century.  Pre-19th century cocoa was the main ingredient, while the modern recipe has cocoa extracts, vanilla, vanilla extract, vodka and simple syrup.

They are made from a combination of alcohol, sweetener and chocolate flavoring.  The ingredients are simple, but the process is quite lengthy.  I will not get into the process of making them at this point as I feel the ones you can find at your local Coborn’s or Cash Wise Liquor Store will work for whatever your plans are (desserts, cocktails or coffee boosts).

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches and you are out shopping for the perfect chocolates for the apple of your eye, may I suggest that you pick up a chocolate liqueur and make your special someone a fun Valentine Martini? Here is a delicious recipe to try this Valentine’s Day.

Valentine Martini
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Oz. Tito’s Vodka
  • 1 Oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Whipped Cream for topping
  • Shaved Chocolate for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add vodka and chocolate liqueur.
  3. Shake vigorously, strain and pour into a martini glass.
  4. Top with lightly sweetened whipped cream.
  5. Garnish with chocolate shavings.
Notes
You can use chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate liqueur.
If you want to spice it up, you can use Crave Chocolate Chili Liqueur.

This recipe is sure to be a hit for your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Until next time, cheers!
Harley
Coborn’s, Inc. Liquor Category Manager

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Valentine Sundaes

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DIY How to make a Valentine Sundae - www.cobornsblog.comValentine’s Day is always a special time to celebrate with loved ones. This cold day in February has an extra special meaning for me; it was the day my second son, Mathew, was born. I remember it like it was yesterday, a big Minnesota snow storm outside and a sweet baby boy in. Year after year, it was heart-shaped cake after heart-shaped cake. Mathew begged me to make something else. So this year, I will be making my son a fun little gift in a glass. Today I am going to share this idea with you and you can make this festive gift for your friends and family. I call it the Valentine Sundae.

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DIY Valentine Sundaes
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Ingredients
  • Glasses: Think how many Valentine Sundaes you want to make. Consider the size and shape you want based on the candy you choose.
  • Candy or Nuts: Consider colorful items to go into the glass.
  • Something White: Taffy, Marshmallows, Curling Ribbon, Bow, White Carnations, and Cotton Balls could all work.
  • Flexible Straws
  • Toothpicks
  • Something to resemble a Cherry on Top: A Red Sucker or Red Heart Candy would be perfect.
Instructions
  1. Put 1 straw in the center of the sundae glass.
  2. Keeping it straight, add a little bit of candy around the straw so that the straw stays in place.
  3. Add one or two more straws and bend those two straws.
  4. Add more candy, filling the glass.
  5. Put curled ribbon (or whatever your white items are) on top of the candy.
  6. Put a toothpick in 1 candy heart set in the middle straw; if the straw is too tall, cut off part of the straw.

If you need a few ideas, remember that most kids love Skittles, men often love peanuts and pistachios, and most all women love chocolate.

Giving a Valentine Sundae is a fun and easy way to brighten the day of your teachers, friends, co-workers, moms, dads, significant other, grandparents, day-care-providers, coaches etc.

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Lynell

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