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Memorial Day Entertaining
May 22, 2019
Hello Everybody! It’s Memorial Day Weekend and this is the kick off to summer! This is the weekend that the cabins are opened, camping starts and we are entertaining our family and friends. The weather isn’t always the greatest this weekend, so you kind of have to play it by ear. That’s why I try to come up with food that you can grill outside of the weather is great or you can also make inside if Mother Nature isn’t playing nice! I can hardly wait to make these recipes again. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Cuban Sliders This time I have a Cuban Slider Recipe that I went crazy for the first bite I had. It makes several servings making it great for bigger get togethers. Plus, it is super quick and easy to make, so you’re spending time with your guests instead of in your kitchen! I had a Cuban Sandwich about a year ago for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. When I saw this recipe for sliders I knew I just had to try it. I will be making this recipe several times throughout the summer because it is just that good. Fresh Summer Salsa Next, I make this Summer Salsa Recipe every time I’m at the cabin entertaining because my guests absolutely love it and request it every time they come over. I can promise you that there are no left overs and your guests will be happy! It goes great with basically anything and it is even better when the fresh vegetables come from your garden later in the season. Swap the Pineapple with Mango if you prefer, or toss a little of both in for an added twist! We also don’t have all the time in the world like we want, so when I’m short of time I stop into anyone of our Deli Departments. They have a wide variety of salads, smoked beans and fruit salads that go great with any meal! Have a Great Memorial Day weekend and enjoy the kickoff to summer! We waited a long time for warm weather so let’s enjoy it with family and friends! Jayne...
May 17, 2019
Asthma Awareness Did you know that May is Asthma Awareness Month? Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways in your lungs (your airways carry air in and out of your lungs). For those that have asthma, the inside lining of their airways become sore, swollen and sensitive. When sensitive, they then react strongly to things that they are allergic to or find irritating. This reaction causes the airways to get even narrower and the lungs get less air… and lungs not getting air is obviously a bad thing! Symptoms of asthma include Wheezing Coughing, especially early in the morning or at night Chest tightness Shortness of breath Not all people who have asthma have these exact symptoms, and having these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean that you have asthma. Doctors will diagnose asthma based on tests that gauge the strength of the lungs, a thorough medical history, and a physical exam. For those that have asthma, when their asthma symptoms become worse than usual, it’s called an asthma attack. Severe asthma attacks may require emergency care and they can even be fatal. Asthma is typically treated with two different kinds of medications: quick-relief medications to stop asthma symptoms and long-term control medicines to help prevent asthma symptoms. We have been busy this month spreading the word about asthma and helping our patients better manage their asthma. Here are some of the things we have been doing in our stores and pharmacies; Asthma Control Tests – A quick assessment of how well someone’s asthma is being managed Asthma Action Plan Reviews – Making sure patients know what to do when not feeling well Immunization Screenings – Patients with asthma should have flu and pneumonia vaccines Wellness Wednesday Events – Hosted by our Pharmacists and Dietitians in select locations Peak Flow Meters for sale – A tool to help assess asthma control As always, stop by any of our pharmacies if you have questions about any of your inhalers or medications. Also, check out the Minnesota Department of Health’s asthma webpage. They have a ton of great resources and educational materials that are FREE! Jason Pharmacy Clinical Program Manager...
Meet Our Cake Decorators!
May 5, 2019
Meet Our Cake Decorators! We have a remarkable staff of incredibly talented and passionate cake decorators… and we would love to introduce you to some of them! Autumn I have only professionally been cake decorating since September of 2018. I would decorate cakes for fun, inspired by my favorite cooking and baking shows. I always watched them growing up and thought, “I want to do that, too!” Now I am doing my dream job every day! My forté is quirky and whimsical cakes, like me! Anything from a garden full of gnomes to a robot playing football. I’m excited to continue expanding my artistic abilities. One day, I’d love to own my own bakery! Jonathan I’m not a typical decorator who went to school or had lots of training. I’m all self-taught. I started off as a cashier, but I’ve always had a creative side so I jumped at the chance to work in a bakery. Four years later, I’m designing and decorating countless cakes for every guest that walks in! I even did a video for our YouTube channel! I love creating cakes that make your day or event even more special! Lisa I was born and raised in Central Minnesota. My daughter, Shawma, and I love the MN State Fair. It’s where my partner, Steve proposed to me, right in front of the Midway. I decorated a cake that has all my favorite life memories, including the MN State Fair, becoming a mother and a grandmother and even my Graphic Arts education at SCTCC which helped develop my creative ability that I used in all of the cakes I decorate. Custom designed cakes are a fantastic way to celebrate milestones and memories for yourself or for someone important in your life! Jill My entire life I have always loved creating art projects and craft items. It has always made me happy and kept me busy. Cake decorating allows me to do both of those for my job so I absolutely love it! My most requested and favorite cake to design is a birch tree stump with a fall theme that has colorful leaves. This cake also comes in a winter theme that has pine bows all over it that is very popular. The best part of my job is seeing the happiness and excitement when a guest pick up their cake. Sometimes, they even cry tears of joy! It always makes me so happy to see their reaction. I once did a military cake for a women’s organization and when they came to pick up the cake they looked at it and started crying! I thought I did something wrong but they were just beyond thrilled with how it turned out! I love seeing the reaction of our guests when they pick up a cake I’ve created for them! Martha I like to create cakes with bright colors usually with flowers but my most requested cake ordered is the Game Station cake. I didn’t go to school for cake decorating but did take many art classes in high school. My creativity comes from the theme a guest has chosen for their party. I gather ideas and then put my own fun twist to it. I love that I’ve worked here long enough now that I get to see the local kids and families grow, often reminiscing about past cakes I’ve made for them. I’ve created wedding cakes for some and then have had the privilege of creating gender reveal cakes and 1st birthday cakes as their family expands. Reveal cakes are fun especially when the parents don’t even know. I’ve had the experience numerous times of opening the sealed envelope from the sonogram being the first person to know the gender. It’s hard to contain my excitement! I love helping make our guests celebrations even more memorable with a custom-designed cake!! Ana I have been decorating cakes for 12 years at Coborn’s. My love for cake decorating began when I was hired to work in cake production at the Cash Wise bakery in Waite Park. During my breaks, I would watch the cake decorators ice plain cakes and turn them into beautiful cakes that were too pretty to eat. Fortunately for me, a job opportunity opened up at Centennial a few years later, where I would meet Nellie, who would train me into the wonderful world of cake decorating. My favorite cakes to decorate are those with floral designs inspired by nature, and vibrant cakes that are full of colors. Nothing makes my day like seeing customers pick up their cakes and the smiles on their faces when they see them for the first time! Kelly Jo I have been decorating cakes for over 20 years. One of my first cakes I created was a Holly Hobbie design which I entered into the county fair at age 13. From there I moved on to creating roses that looked like cabbages and writing that you couldn’t even read! As I became more skilled, my love for cake decorating became my profession. I was the first cake decorator that was hired at Riverside Coborn’s in Sartell back in 1987. I took some time off to raise my family but returned to the cake decorating world to continue my passion and here I am today! Melanie I grew up watching my mom decorate cakes at home for family and friends. I started working for Coborn’s in 1994 at the central bakery and learned from many great bakers and decorators. I became Bakery/Deli manager at Coborn’s 5th Avenue store and continued decorating cakes. When the Coborn’s Cooper store opened I became a full-time cake decorator. After having a baby, I transferred to Coborn’s in Clearwater as part-time cake decorator. I have taught many cake decorating classes for local grade schools, 4-H programs, U of M extension service and even seniors in nursing homes. I enjoy sharing all that I’ve learned about cake decorating and continue to learn new things from my students. I am passionate about bakery and hope to encourage and inspire new decorators! Erica I’ve been a Coborn’s cake decorator for eight and a half years. I have always been an artsy person, taking a lot of art classes in high school, and particularly love arts that involved working with my hands. When I first started decorating cakes, I found an immediate passion. Since working here, my work has been featured in Minnesota Brides magazine, I’ve won Gold Awards in the Upper Midwest Bakers Convention and have built a loyal guest following. While I am skilled in fondant cakes, I have a passion for creating beautiful cakes out of buttercream icing. One of my specialties is caricature cakes. I just love taking a photo of the guest of honor of a celebration and turning it into a caricature of them on their cake. I am always building my skills and would love helping make your celebration even more memorable! Amanda I have been a cake decorator for over 7 years and four of those years have been with Coborn’s. Some of my favorite designs to create are tiered cakes with rosettes on the side. I find rosettes add a very beautiful and elegant touch to cakes. The rosette design is a request I get quite often especially during wedding season because it seems to go great with any theme. The basket weave is another design that I love creating on cakes. It really is a great spring time element and when spring comes around it seems like I go crazy with this design. I can do so much with the basket weave technique and its gorgeous for any event – especially a wedding. ...
May 2, 2019
Spring Cleaning Your Pantry! The weather is warming up and if you’re like me, you’ve got the windows open and you’ve already started doing some spring cleaning! Of course, it’s great to tackle all the grime and dust that builds up in places around your home, but there’s one area that most people tend to forget about in their cleaning frenzy… the pantry! Are you up for the challenge? Then join our Spring Cleaning #PantryChallenge! It’s the perfect time to clear out your expired food items and re-organize your food storage space to be more functional for the whole family. I’ve established a How-To-Guide on cleaning your pantry, fridge and freezer! It’s easy to follow and you can do it on your own time. #PantryChallenge Goals: Get rid of expired food in your pantry, freezer and refrigerator. Guide your meal planning to utilize items you have on hand. Give you inspiration to make better choices for you and your family! Let’s Get Started Pick your zone! Start in the pantry, fridge or freezer. Where you start doesn’t matter, as long as you take the first step. Just know you will repeat these steps with each space. Step 1: Take EVERYTHING out I mean it… EVERYTHING! If you keep any small appliances or other non-food supplies in your pantry, clear them all out. This will help you start fresh and keep things organized where they need to be. Plus, it’s a good chance to dust off the ones you haven’t used in a while or consider donating items you haven’t used in a REALLY long while! Step 2: Toss all expired food I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll have some items in your house from 2017 or before. (I’m guilty, too). Toss them out and keep only the items that you and your family will eat. For non-perishable items that are not expired and you don’t see your family utilizing, donate them to your local food shelf. Step 3: Write it down Write down all food items that you are keeping. Find a blank notebook, scratch paper or an app in your phone… whatever works for you! Make 3 columns – Pantry, Freezer & Refrigerator. Write down all the items that you still have on hand, make sure to exclude all the items that were outdated and donated. Step 4: Scrub-a-dub-dub! Clean & wipe down the space. Now that everything is out, give it some good old-fashioned elbow grease and get cleaning! Get in those corners and be sure that your food is being stored in a clean place. This would be a good opportunity to add or replace shelf paper in the pantry or add a coat of paint to brighten up the space too! Step 5: Re-stock Put all your items back in. Keep them organized as you go by putting like items together. This is a good time to add new shelves or bins to help keep your food organized. Double check the food as you return it to the space to see if the cans or boxes may be dusty too. Wipe them down if needed so they don’t dirty up your nice clean shelves. Smarter Meal Planning Take the list that has all the food items you have in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. Are you overwhelmed? It’s amazing how much food we have on hand, yet, we can still come home and think “We have no food in this house!” (I’m guilty, too!) The last step to our #PantryChallenge is my favorite part! I challenge you to use the list of food that you have on hand and create as many meals out of it as you can! For example, if you know you have pasta and lean ground beef, perhaps you make spaghetti and meatballs one night. Or if you have a variety of canned beans, maybe you try out some chili. The goal is to plan meals that utilize the food you have on hand to help you use up the food that’s been sitting in the cupboard for quite a while. So, get creative with your meals or find some new recipes! (We have lots of great Dietitian’s Choice recipes right here on CelebrateMore!) By planning ahead, it’s easier to plan healthier, more balanced meals for the whole family. Plus, your shopping list should be much shorter if you’re utilizing what you already have at home, saving you time and money at the grocery store! Share your photos with us! Take a before and after photo… You’ll be glad you did! We would love to see the progress and improvements you made in your home with the #PantryChallenge! So, show off a little on how you are reducing food waste and stretching your food dollar. Share your photos on Instagram and tag us @Coborns_Stores. We would love to know what other tips you might have when it comes to spring cleaning your pantry! Cheers to spring!! Amy, RD, LD...
Let’s talk about CBD
April 24, 2019
Let’s talk about CBD Everyone has probably heard about the recent explosion of CBD products that seem to be popping up everywhere. I thought it was worth spending some time talking about all things CBD. What is CBD? CBD stands for cannabidiol, CBD is one of the ingredients in marijuana. The other, slightly more well known, ingredient is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the psychoactive ingredient that gives recreational marijuana users the “high” associated with it, CBD is the anti-psychoactive ingredient that may (or may not) provide some benefit. The Cannabis plant can be grown in variants that have different amounts of each ingredient; those that are low in THC and high in CBD are called hemp, while those high in THC and low in CBD are called marijuana. Hemp is now legal for farmers to grow crops for fuel, fiber, clothing, etc. This has created the somewhat murky legal landscape of whether or not companies can produce over-the-counter items containing CBD. Do CBD products even work? Depending upon the definition of the current laws, companies may be able to make CBD products for consumer use as long as they have THC limits under 0.3%, and there are no recommended or approved doses of CBD. There seems to be some limited evidence that CBD products can be helpful for certain types of seizure disorders, evidence for other conditions (pain, anxiety, inflammation) is lacking. The FDA recently approved a prescription product containing plant derived CBD to treat 2 rare forms of seizures… it is licensed as a specialty medication only available from select pharmacies to the tune of about $35k per year, called Epidiolex. Because the CBD products showing up on shelves now are not regulated by the FDA, there is no guarantee that they are being produced at high standards or have the amount of the ingredients in them claimed. In a recent study of CBD product; 7 of 10 CBD products did not contain amount advertised (43% under, 26% over) 1 of 5 products contained THC over limits allowed (0.3%) There are also reports of interactions between CBD and prescription medications that can result in elevated levels of the medications, and there have also been low rates of elevated liver enzymes. Are CBD products legal? According to a recent statement from the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy… no. In summary, the sale of most products that contain CBD extracted from any type of cannabis plant and intended to be used to treat medical conditions or to alter the structure and function of human or animal bodies, remains illegal under both federal and state law. The exceptions would be FDA-approved drugs, such as the recently approved Epidiolex®, and the products allowed to be sold under state law by the manufacturers that are regulated by the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Medical Cannabis. We are still in the very early stages of figuring out medical marijuana use, recreational marijuana use, CBD containing products, and the rules/regulations around them. For now, most organizations are taking a wait and see approach regarding how to address them. As healthcare providers we can only preach caution as we have no legal ground to stand on yet. Jason, Pharmacy Clinical Program Manager...
April 15, 2019
Happy Easter! Only one wish… let the snow be gone! It’s been a long winter and I’m really looking forward to those beautiful spring days, the smell of fresh grass in the air and those beautiful tulips. Easter is fast approaching and I’m trying some new recipes this year for my Easter meal. I want to share those with you and let you know how easy they are to prepare. Let’s start with the appetizer. We all know once Easter is here we have so many of those hard-boiled eggs and we are looking for ways to use them up and not waste them. One of my favorite appetizers is Deviled Eggs and I decided to spice things up and make them a little more exciting. You gotta try this recipe… you’ll never go back to regular, boring Deviled Eggs again! Now let’s move on to the main entrée, the ham!! If you haven’t already make sure to check out our Four Brothers Ham because the flavor is unbelievable. When I’m getting it ready I just can’t help but slice a piece off before I place it in the oven because I can’t resist sampling. Now what’s a ham without a sweet and savory glaze drizzled over it? Every year I try a different recipe and each year I say it’s my favorite. This year I found this Apricot Glazed Ham recipe and again I have to say it’s my favorite. When my family has ham it’s a must that we have some kind of potatoes so here is a recipe that’s so cheesy you can’t stop eating it. I have made this Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes recipe several times and I’ve used the cheese sauce over fresh broccoli or cauliflower too, so the sauce is very versatile! Don’t forget to use Crystal Farms Shredded Cheese in this recipe! And while you’re at it, they’re also giving away a $100 gift card so you can buy everything you need to make these Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes for Easter this year and more! For your chance to win, enter here! Last but not least I always need a vegetable because no only is it so healthy for you but it brings color into your meal. This year I found a new recipe for Candied Carrots and it really is like eating candy. It’s amazing!!! Now the best part, the goodies!!! Make sure to stop into any one of our Bakery Departments because I am so excited to introduce new items for your Easter Dessert. We have several flavors of cream cakes and I think the best are the Pistachio Bars. For the kid’s we now have Unicorn Cookies which they will just love. Don’t forget to check out our new Upside-Down Pineapple Cake and our Easter Cupcakes too! Have an AWESOME Easter and enjoy your holiday together with family and friends! Jayne...
Plant Based Eating – Staying On Trend
April 1, 2019
Staying on Trend with Plant Based Eating Plant based foods are trending in the world of health and nutrition, and for good reason! By aiming to incorporate more plant-based foods in your meals and snacks, you’ll increase your serving of fruits and vegetables, vary your protein sources and boost your fiber intake. All can aid in digestive health, weight management, and overall health. Choosing more plant-based foods doesn’t mean throwing out all your meat and poultry options. It simply means adding more variety to your food choices to jazz up your meals and snacks! You’re likely eating some plant-based foods as part of your daily routine already. Fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and beans are all examples. With spring upon us, it’s a great time to be thinking about potentially having a vegetable garden or having some tomatoes or green peppers in potted plants on your deck. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to have more produce on hand. Digestive Health As a registered dietitian, I want to be clear that eating meat and poultry is not bad and can still provide great nutrition! However, sometimes we are repetitive with our shopping list and food choices. (I’m guilty of this as well!) There are so many plant-based foods that can help us achieve our protein and fiber needs throughout the day. For example, beans, quinoa, brown rice and lentils all provide protein and fiber! Inside our guts we have a microbiome that is made up of mostly bacteria (don’t fret – we need these bacteria!!) Our gut plays a huge role in our overall health and you’ll feel much better if your microbiome is well balanced! We can help balance our microbiome by having good nutrition and feeding it pre and pro biotics. Prebiotics and Probiotics People often think of these two as the same, but they are in fact very different! Prebiotics act as food for the current bacteria that’s in our gut and helps it to grow. On the other hand, probiotics are the new bacteria that we add to our current microbiome. They are both essential for a healthy gut! Prebiotics can be found in many of the foods that we consume (or should consume) daily. That’s why there is more of an emphasis on probiotics in the media. Foods that have prebiotics include fruits, vegetables and other complex carbs including fiber. So, plant based foods can offer great benefits towards our gut health! Probiotics contain live organisms, which is good! Yogurt is a perfect example of a common food that contains probiotics. Now if you look on the shelf at the store, you’ll see other items such as kombucha and sauerkraut that have probiotics. Then again, you can find supplement forms of both pre and probiotics. Food is the best source for pre and probiotics, as they offer so many other nutrients beneficial to our health. Find what works for a healthier YOU! As always, our goal as Registered Dietitians is to help you feel your best! We’d challenge you to tie in more plant-based foods into your day-to-day life and see how you can boost your intake of fruits and vegetables as well as provide protein, fiber, pre and pro biotics into your routine. If you have any questions, please reach out to us through our Dietitian’s Corner page! Check out these plant-based recipes! BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich with Avocado Slaw Quinoa Salad with Apples, Baby Spinach and Chick Peas Lentil Soup The BLEND Classic California Burger! *This is for those who have good intentions of eating a plant- based burger, but still need their beef! It’s a perfect blend of mushrooms and beef to add great flavor to a juicy burger! Amy, RD, LD Mayo Clinic. (2018, March 06). Prebiotics, probiotics and your health. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/prebiotics-probiotics-and-your-health/art-20390058...
March 20, 2019
Depression is a serious medical illness. It’s more than just a feeling of being sad or “down” for a few days. Depression occurs in more than 19 million teens and adults in the United States, and for them, the feelings do not go away, they persist and interfere with everyday life. Although depression may occur only once during a lifetime, people typically have multiple episodes. During these episodes, symptoms occur most of the day, nearly every day and may include; Feeling sad or “empty” Loss of interest in favorite activities Overeating, or not wanting to eat at all Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much Feeling very tired Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious, or guilty Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems Thoughts of death or suicide Depression is a disorder of the brain. There are a variety of causes, including genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Depression can happen at any age, but it often begins in teens and young adults. It is much more common in women. Women can also get postpartum depression after the birth of a baby. Some people even get seasonal affective disorder in the winter (can’t imagine that around these parts, right?). Depression is a serious disorder that can take a terrible toll on you and your family. Depression often gets worse if it isn’t treated, resulting in emotional, behavioral and health problems that affect every area of your life. There’s no sure way to prevent depression. However, these strategies may help. Take steps to control stress, to increase your resilience and boost your self-esteem. Reach out to family and friends, especially in times of crisis, to help you weather rough spells. Get treatment at the earliest sign of a problem to help prevent depression from worsening. Consider getting long-term maintenance treatment to help prevent a relapse of symptoms. If you feel depressed, make an appointment to see your doctor or a mental health professional as soon as you can. If you’re reluctant to seek treatment, talk to a friend or loved one, any health care professional, a faith leader, or someone else you trust. If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Sources: mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20356007 medlineplus.gov/depression.html Jason, Pharmacy Clinical Program Manager...
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