Summer is Tick Season


If you spend time outdoors or have pets that go outdoors, you need to beware of ticks, especially this year as they are predicting a bad year for ticks. Ticks are small bloodsucking parasites. Many species transmit diseases to animals and people. Some of the diseases you can get from a tick bite are Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. Some ticks are so small that they can be difficult to see. Ticks may get on you if you walk through areas where they live, such as tall grass, leaf litter or shrubs. Because of the mild weather we had this past winter, the tick population is predicted to be very large this year. Continue reading “Summer is Tick Season”

Spring has Sprung!


Spring is here, and with it….allergies! Allergic rhinitis, often called allergies or hay fever, occurs when your immune system overreacts to particles in the air that you breathe. Once you breathe in the particles your immune system attacks them, causing symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose, or itchy and watery eyes. Continue reading “Spring has Sprung!”

Hot Soup and Hot Deals - Italian Sausage, Spinach & Bean Soup

Coborn's Culture with Emily Coborn
Emily Coborn
District Manager

I’m not a cold weather person so I really try to look for the silver lining when winter comes around. There are those beautiful snow flocked trees, guilt-free movie marathons, yummy soups, and…well, that’s about all there is in my silver linings playbook. Winter just isn’t my gig!

That’s why it’s been so tough these last couple weeks, waking up to all those Facebook pics of my friends’ car thermometers – I think the lowest I saw was -22°.

Enough of my complaining, though…there certainly is a silver lining to Winter Storm Ion and that is the huge surplus of soups in my freezer. This past Sunday, I bundled up and went to the store to get ingredients for a day-long cooking endeavor, including White Chicken Chili, Chicken Stroganoff Soup, and my all-time favorite Italian Sausage, Spinach and Bean Soup – all of which I froze for future enjoyment following my movie marathons.

Fortunately, with our current Food Club Fuel Rewards promotion, I earned savings for the next time I filled up at one of our Coborn’s-owned gas stations — which happened to be today (car temp indicated -2°) – by simply buying Food Club products for my soup ingredients. - Coborn's & Food Club Fuel Rewards

Here’s how the promotion works: Now through Feb. 1, 2014, if you buy four or more Food Club items (up to 25), you’ll receive a FREE fuel coupon that you can use at any of our Coborn’s-owned gas stations, including Little Dukes, Holiday or other partnering stations.

That means for my Italian Sausage, Spinach and Bean Soup alone, I earned nearly $2 toward my next fuel purchase, just for buying what I already planned to buy. It was so easy. And, I had no qualms about doing it because Food Club products are fresh, high-quality items AND they’re priced nearly 10-20 percent less than their national brand equivalent. If that doesn’t do it for you, they stand behind Food Club products with a 200 percent guarantee; if you’re ever unsatisfied, just bring the product back to the store and they’ll double your money back.

So, if you’re like me and winter isn’t your thing, consider taking advantage of this great promotion and having a cooking frenzy! I have even included my favorite Italian Sausage, Spinach and Bean soup recipe below in case you’re feeling adventurous. Stay warm and bon appetit!

Italian Sausage, Spinach & Bean Soup
  • 8 oz. Ground Italian sausage
  • 1 T. Food Club olive oil
  • 5 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. Dried Crushed Red Pepper
  • 10-oz. Package Fresh Spinach
  • 2-15-oz. Cans Food Club Cannellini Beans, undrained
  • 3 Cups Food Club Chicken Broth
  • ¼ Cup Food Club Butter
  • ½ Cup Food Club Parmesan cheese
  • 14.5 oz. Can Food Club Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 T. Fresh Parsley, chopped
  1. Brown sausage in olive oil in Dutch oven.
  2. Add garlic and dried crushed red pepper, and sauté for two minutes.
  3. Add spinach and sauté for an additional two minutes or until spinach is wilted.
  4. Stir in cannellini beans and cook for one minute.
  5. Add broth and bring to a boil.
  6. Add butter, cheese, tomato and 2 T. parsley.
  7. Cook until heated.
  8. Stir in salt and pepper.
If you really love spinach, use 2 packages instead of just one.

I usually use two fresh plum tomatoes instead of diced tomatoes but opted for the canned tomatoes because of this promotion.

District Manager
Coborn’s, Inc.


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