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Jayne’s Holiday Appetizers
December 12, 2018
Hello Everyone!!! It’s the holiday season and it’s the biggest time of the year where we invite our family and friends over to celebrate with some holiday cheer. The lights are up and the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg swirl throughout the house making it so inviting. It’s also the time we really like to WOW our guests with delicious food and spirits. Throughout the holidays everyone is so busy, and we would all love to take the time to make the fanciest foods and impress our guests but let’s face it, we just don’t always have time. So, I put together some appetizer ideas that are easy and elegant so you get that WOW from your guests and the best part is, they will think you worked all day to put them together! It will be only you and I that will know that these recipes are easy peezy! Here is my first appetizer… I absolutely LOVE BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella! It’s the prefect snack, because it’s so light and has a mild flavor and such a creamy texture! There are so many things you can do with it. I got a package of Crostini’s from our Bakery Department add a slice of BelGioioso Fresh Sliced Mozzarella then I top it off with a variety of items from sweet to salty and they all taste amazing! There’s something for everyone making it perfect for Holiday gatherings. Here’s a few of ideas that I tried with my fresh Mozzarella: Zucchini ribbons and roasted red pepper slices Diced assorted fruit (Strawberry, Kiwi and Pineapple) Hard Salami with Pickled Asparagus Prosciutto slice with Green Olive Bruschetta Salami and chopped olives (Green or Black) My next Appetizer is Antipasto Bites. So elegant looking but so easy to make. I found these fun skewers with a cute knot on the end that added an even more elegant look! I highly recommend the fresh basil on these as well, it really compliments the fresh mozzarella pearl very well! Again, there are so many items you can place on your skewers so get creative and add color. Don’t be afraid to mix and match items or try using different types of olives and meats to add more variety for your guests. Now I have exciting news for the holiday!!! BelGioiso Master Cheesemakers is proud to present their newest cheese “Artigiano” which means “Artisan” in Italy. They have 3 new flavors. Classico – It is pleasantly nutty and sweet and perfectly aged. Vino Rosso – Soaked in fine Red Wine with Sweet notes & Nutty Flavor Aged Balsamic & Cipolline Onion – Enrobed in Balsamic Vinegar with a hint of Cipolline Onions. Slightly Sweet & Savory Flavor. The best way to eat Artigiano is with the rind. This is where the aged Balsamic and onions soak into the cheese and create a distinctive flavor. The white dots on the rinds are calcium crystals and that is a sign of properly aged cheese. They add some pleasant crunchiness to the firm, crumbly body. I love this cheese because it’s easy to cut up into pieces and put on a fancy serving tray with some nuts or crackers for your guests to munch on. Now clearly at any party your guests get thirsty and I have the perfect item to serve at your next party. It is so refreshing, and the flavor profile goes with anything. Kristian Regal is a healthy, non-alcoholic, all-natural, sparkling juice with no preservatives or artificial flavors. It has big flavor but not a whole lot of calories. This year for your holiday needs they have just added two new flavors to their family. Strawberry Apple Lemon (my absolute favorite!!!!) Apple Mango Passion Fruit It’s great for the upcoming holidays, anniversaries, family reunions and the best part is, it’s great for any day of the week! I hope you have a very safe and happy holiday and I wish you all a very Happy New Year!!! Jayne, Coborn’s, Inc. Merchandising Specialist Team Manager – Bakery & Deli...
Cooking With Kids!
November 30, 2018
Although we are all proud and tough here in the midwest, we often just need to stay inside to stay warm on these brisk winter days! However, we may get a little antsy if we’re stuck inside for too long, especially with kids around. A great family activity is cooking or baking together, especially around the holidays! I can almost guarantee that when you cook with the kids, the kitchen will be a bit more of a mess, but it will all be worth it! No matter their age, cooking can be a great way to encourage kids to try new foods, develop new skills, and learn to follow instructions. How to get the kids involved at every age: The Big Question: What Do We Make?! There are so many great recipes that incorporate fruits and vegetables that are so easy and fun for kids to make. Here are a few of my favorites: Confetti Quesadillas Everyone loves confetti, right!? What about confetti quesadillas? This is a fun spin on your classic quesadilla that adds in the veggies, beans and whole grains. Perfect for Taco Tuesdays for a quick weeknight dinner! Pizza Night Build pizza your way on a whole grain pizza crust! This is always a hit with kids and they can add whatever toppings they like. Try making fun faces on the pizzas using veggies to make eating veggies more fun! Blueberry, Avocado, and Banana Smoothie Bowl This is a great way to get more fruit in your kids’ diets! They’ll have fun adding things in the blender and watching it mix. It’s a great afternoon snack or the perfect breakfast to start their day (and yours!) off right! Share with us on Instagram @Coborns_Stores what you and your kids are cooking up! Join in the conversation with the #kidscookingcreations! Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season, Amy RD, LD ...
Thanksgiving Side Dishes
November 14, 2018
Wow! We are getting so close to Thanksgiving and I’m already starting to plan. This year I don’t have to cook the entire holiday meal because my daughter-in-law just called me and invited me over for Thanksgiving Dinner and I’m going to take her up on it. If you don’t know already I love to cook so I volunteered to bring a couple things and I just have to share what I am bringing because they are fabulous. The first recipe I decided to make something a littler lighter. It’s called Grapefruit & Pomegranate Salad. It has so many awesome flavors in it like avocado and feta cheese! It’s sure to be a favorite all year long as well as a great side dish for the Holidays! Then I’m going to bring something hot since it’s been so cold lately! So I have this awesome recipe for Cranberry Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. It’s a favorite for us because we are mad about Brussel sprouts in our family. Again, this is an extremely easy recipe and is ready in no time. The best part is the easy clean up and only needing one sheet pan to make it! These recipes will really delight your guests and make your Thanksgiving prep work so much easier. Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal!!! Jayne, Coborn’s, Inc. Merchandising Specialist Team Manager – Bakery & Deli...
National Diabetes Awareness Month
November 7, 2018
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month November is here, that means that along with elections, we get to talk about diabetes again. Once again I’ll just provide a brief recap, or overview of diabetes, then highlight some of the things that we are doing in our pharmacies to help patients with diabetes. What exactly is diabetes? Diabetes is a progressive disease in which your body is unable to efficiently process sugar to use as energy. Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin that is used to move sugar from your blood into your cells to use for energy or store for later. When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or your cells don’t respond to insulin. When this happens, you are unable to get the sugar from your blood into your cells. There are two main types of diabetes; Type 1 and 2. Type 1 diabetes (formerly known as insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes) is caused when your own immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes is caused by your body not producing enough insulin or your body not responding to the insulin being produced, called insulin resistance. Is diabetes that big of a problem? The answer is YES! The most recent statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that in 2015, it’s estimated that 9.4% (30.3 million) of the U.S. population had diabetes, 1 in 4 didn’t know they had diabetes. With numbers like this, diabetes is a growing epidemic. In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the American population has aged and become more overweight. Are you at risk for developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes? You’re at risk for developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes if you: Are overweight Are age 45 or older Have a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes Are physically active less than 3 times a week Have ever had gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant) or given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds So what can you do to reduce your risk of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes? Maintain a healthy weight Lose weight if you’re overweight Regular physical activity – 150 minutes per week Eat healthier How can we help? We will be offering prediabetes screenings at our pharmacies through the month of November We will also be offering free blood glucose testing at pharmacies this month Having diabetes makes you more likely to contract Hepatitis B and Pneumonia. We offer immunizations for both at our pharmacies (don’t forget your flu shot) Talk to our pharmacy staff about our PharmaSmart program to help monitor your blood pressure Join our RX Savers club for access to affordable medications to treat diabetes Free Glucocard meter and 50 count test strips for $9.99. Dietitian approved, month-long diabetic menu and shopping lists As always, stop by any of our pharmacies if you want any more information or help with your diabetes concerns. Thanks! Jason Miller, Pharm. D. Pharmacy Clinical Program Manager...
Managing Diabetes Through The Holidays
November 1, 2018
Managing Diabetes Through the Holidays Hey there! The most wonderful time of the year is just over the horizon! The time when friends and family gather to share those special moments around the table with holiday goodies in every corner of the room. It can be fabulous and so enjoyable, but it can also be a time of stress for those of us that have prediabetes and diabetes and for those that are interested in being the best and healthiest version of themselves and strive to maintain that status through all the holiday cheer. The temptations can be overwhelming, but our team of Registered Dietitians have some great tips for you. Tip #1 You can ALWAYS create a healthier “better for you” version of almost anything. It is all about selecting the right ingredients. We’ve made it easier to find better-for-you options of all your favorite ingredients through our shelf-tag programs like Food Facts & Dietitian’s Choice – These programs will help guide you towards more nutritious options in every aisle. Items have been hand selected by our team of Registered Dietitians as better-for-you options. Swapping out ingredients in your favorite recipes for some better for you options is a great place to start making small, sustainable changes. Here’s a list of some of our favorite healthier substitutions. Find more ideas in our Eat Healthy, Shop Smart Newsletter. White flour → whole wheat white flour Mayo, sour cream → plain, non-fat Greek yogurt Plain, non-fat Greek Yogurt can be used in so many dishes! Check here for more ideas! Egg → 1 Tbsp. Flax + 3 Tbsp. water Vegetable oil → Canola Oil Stick margarine → Land O Lakes Light Butter (tub) Butter → Avocado (1:1 ratio) Chocolate Chips → 60% Cocoa dark chocolate baking chips Sugar → Sugar Substitute (equal, stevia, etc.- check package for amounts) Half and half → Fat Free half and half Peanut Butter → Natural Peanut Butter Powdered Sugar → Sugar Free Instant Vanilla pudding Instead of making a cake or cupcakes use mini cupcake liners to limit portion Pumpkin pie in the can → 100% canned pumpkin puree + add your own spices Tip #2 It can still taste amazing! Try to be open minded about trying new versions of your favorite recipes. Still not sure what to make? Check out this great vegetable side dish for Sweet and Spicy Brussels Sprouts. Tip #3 It’s all about proper portions and moderation. Balance is key. The first few bites are the most satisfying when compared to the last bites. This is all about being present and mindful when eating. Be sure you are enjoying your time and conversations with family and friends. The French say that hunger is the best sauce. They’re right! When you’re hungry, everything tastes better. The very first bite of food has a much stronger taste and creates a stronger sensation than the one after that. And the more you eat, the less additional pleasure you get from each bite. Tip #4 Don’t skip meals! Don’t think you should save your carbs and calories for a dinner or party. It is very important to eat consistent amounts of carbs throughout the day to keep your blood glucose levels more consistent, minimizing those peaks and valleys. It will help you feel better throughout the day, too! Happy & healthy eating throughout the holiday season! Peace & wellness, Ashley...
October 25, 2018
Hey everyone! I’ve got another fun DIY project that’s perfect for this time of the year. This cute pumpkin arrangement will look super cute on the front step when trick or treaters come, and it’s also a great centerpiece for Holiday gatherings! Here’s what you’ll need to make this: Pumpkin from the produce department, hollowed out Enough wet floral foam to fill the pumpkin One package of cash and carry Fall Floral Mum One stem of baby’s breath Mixed Greens Hyacinth stake to hold pumpkin top on the bouquet Scissors or floral knife Have fun mixing all your favorite fall colors to make this project your own. The possibilities are endless! Have a great Halloween! Ashley, Floral Manager, Sauk Rapids ...
October 18, 2018
Antibiotics are medicines that fight bacterial infections. Used properly, they can save lives. But there is a growing problem of antibiotic resistance. It happens when bacteria change and become able to resist the effects of an antibiotic. Antibiotic resistance is one of the most urgent threats to the public’s health. Antibiotic resistant bacteria can cause illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics to become untreatable, leading to dangerous infections. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are often more difficult to kill and more expensive to treat. In some cases, the antibiotic-resistant infections can lead to serious disability or even death. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics allows the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria (bacteria that antibiotics can still attack) are killed, but resistant bacteria are left to grow and multiply. This is how repeated use of antibiotics can increase the number of drug-resistant bacteria. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections like the common cold, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis, and many sinus and ear infections. Widespread use of antibiotics for these illnesses is an example of how overuse of antibiotics can promote the spread of antibiotic resistance. Smart use of antibiotics is key to controlling the spread of resistance. To help prevent antibiotic resistance Tell your healthcare professional you are concerned about antibiotic resistance. Ask your healthcare professional if there are steps you can take to feel better and get symptomatic relief without using antibiotics. Take the prescribed antibiotic exactly as your healthcare professional tells you. Safely dispose of leftover medication. Ask your healthcare professional about vaccines recommended for you and your family to prevent infections that may require an antibiotic. Never skip doses. Never take an antibiotic for a viral infection like a cold or the flu. Never pressure your healthcare professional to prescribe an antibiotic. Never save antibiotics for the next time you get sick. Never take antibiotics prescribed for someone else. Antibiotic resistance is a growing concern in the healthcare community, it will take a combined effort from providers and patients to help address this, following the tips above will certainly help. Thank you and be well! Jason Miller, Pharm. D. Pharmacy Clinical Program Manager...
There’s No Place Like Halloween
October 12, 2018
There’s no place like Halloween! It’s our 4th annual Halloween video and I am so excited for this year because I have so many fun ideas and great recipes to share. As I’m sure you all know by now, I have so much fun planning for my Halloween party every year, and this year is no exception! First, I made a Cauliflower Brain to hold some chip dip. Simply remove all the leaves from a head of cauliflower and slice the end of it flat so it stands. Then cut out a bowl shape on top of cauliflower to hold the dip. Decorate the brain by weaving thin strands of red and blue fruit strips between the florets to make veins and arteries. Then it’s time to add the dip and I just had to use Crazy Fresh Guacamole because it’s the best! Every menu needs something hot to serve and these Eyeball Sandwiches using Simek’s meatballs are the perfect way to really make your Halloween theme come to life! Using a nice chunky sauce adds flavor and makes the eyes look bloody. A little melted cheese over the meatballs makes the whites of the eyes. Top them with a sliced black olive to complete the look. You can cut these into smaller sections to serve as an appetizer or keep them bigger and make this a fun meal too! Next, it’s witch’s brooms and these are so cute and easy! All I did was cut Crystal Farms Mozzarella Cheese sticks in half, then shred one end of the cheese and the other end I placed a pretzel stick in. Then take some chives to tie just above the broom bristles to really make it look awesome! Variety is always nice when throwing a party. One of my new favorite dips is that’s perfect for Halloween is Dead Man’s Dip and this recipe is fantastic and so quick and easy. Simply combine all the ingredients and bake it in the oven. The corn is an unexpected surprise that really makes this dip one people will remember! Now to make some fun and healthy items for the kiddies. I cam across some seriously adorable ideas that kids are sure to love. I made some little carved oranges and all you do is hollow out an orange and carve it like a pumpkin. Then add a variety of blueberries and raspberries. Another quick and easy kid friendly idea is monster munchies. For these I cut rambutan fruits in half and filled the spikey shells with pomegranate seeds. White fruit from the rambutan is perfect to toss in the punch recipe for some spooky eyeballs too! Next I made little Frankenstein heads that I thought were so cute. First, cut off the bottom of a kiwi so that it sits flat, then use a vegetable peeler to remove the fuzzy skin from the kiwi leaving some on the top for hair. To make neck bolts, take a pretzel stick and break it into three pieces. Push the ends of the broken pretzel on each side of the kiwi towards the bottom so they stick out just a little bit. For the mouth, take the center piece of your broken pretzel and gently push that piece sideways into your kiwi where the mouth should be. Lastly, use two mini chocolate chips and push them each into position above the mouth to make his eyes. These are a great way to get the kids to eat some fresh fruit by making it fun! Now, the kids need something fun to drink too so make sure to serve Kemps Chocolate Milk! October is usually pretty chilly in the Midwest, so what better way to have chocolate milk than to heat it up and turn it into hot chocolate! This is great for when the kids get back from trick or treating… and make sure to add Kemps new whipped topping before serving! Of course, kids aren’t the only ones that enjoy Halloween! I love using dry ice to set the mood and make some spooky fog flowing out of my punch bowl. This recipe for Eye Of Newt Punch is a tasty adult beverage and the greenish glow makes it look like a potion straight from the witch’s cauldron. Adding the rambutan fruit for eyes makes it even spookier! When decorating for a party, don’t forget there are fun ways to make your food be part of the decor! We have Here are some more fun and creative decorating tips to make your food the life of the party! Order fun halloween themed desserts from any of our bakeries. It will save you tons of time and you can custom order cakes, cupcakes, giant sugar cookies or our 12 inch chocolate chip cookies to fit your halloween theme! Turn whole carrots into witch fingers by placing a dab of cream cheese on the pointed end of the carrot. Then add a sliced almond for a nail. Then place them into your dip bowl for a dramatic look. Use whole carrots instead of candles in candelabras to add more color and texture. Serve dips in small, hollowed out pumpkins. They add color and variety, plus save on dishes! I put our new spinach and artichoke dip in a pumpkin and added the witch finger carrots to it as well to make it even more interesting! Adding small decor to your food like plastic spiders, skulls or fake cobwebs can really help set the theme and take a simple plate of chips and turn it into a spooky spider web! I hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!!! Jayne, Coborn’s, Inc. Merchandising Specialist Team Manager – Bakery & Deli...
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