There’s No Place Like Halloween

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

Dead Man’s Dip

Dead Man’s Dip

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Corn Kernels, drained
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Onions
  • Kemps Sour Cream
  • 4 Oz. Crystal Farms Cream Cheese
  • 4 Oz. Chopped Green Chiles
  • ½ Cup Crystal Farms Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
  • ½ Cup Crystal Farms Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Tortilla Chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, except chips, saving some shredded cheese for topping.
  3. Spread mixture into a 2-quart baking dish; top with remaining shredded cheese.
  4. Bake for approximately 25 minutes until heated through.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips.
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Memorial Day Weekend

Wow! I didn’t think Memorial Day Weekend would ever get here with all the snow that we had this spring. It’s the official week to summer kickoff and that means, fishing, camping, graduation parties and family reunions. I usually entertain that weekend and I am always looking for easy quick ideas because I want to be outside in the fresh air by the lake and enjoying my company. So, I have a recipe that I want to share with you that you can make ahead of time and it’s so quick and easy you to will be able to enjoy your company outdoors instead of working in the kitchen! 

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

  • 7 oz. Classico Traditional Basil Pesto Sauce
  • ¼-cup Mayonnaise
  • 2-1/2 cups Rotini Pasta, cooked
  • ½-cup Ripe Olives, sliced
  • 3-Tablespoons Oil Packed Chopped Sundried Tomatoes, drained
  • ½-teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼-cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese, Optional
  1. Mix pesto and mayonnaise in large bowl. 
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Mix lightly. 
  3. Chill for 1 hour and serve. 
  4. Optional:  Sprinkle shredded Parmesan cheese on top. Serves 6

Now to top that great salad off make sure to pick up Simply Lemonade out of our Dairy Department. Exciting news they now have Peach Lemonade and it is awesome and so refreshing. I promise you will want to serve this all summer long!

Have a great and safe holiday weekend!!
Jayne,
Coborn’s, Inc. Merchandising Specialist Team Manager – Bakery & Deli

Easter Side Dishes

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Wow Spring is here and so is Easter!

I know most of us are planning our Easter dinner already which most likely means the traditional ham as well as all the favorite side dishes that our family and friends love. Once in a while, it’s nice to mix things up and try some new recipes too! Continue reading

Big Game Appetizers

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Are you ready for the big game? Some of you might be going to a big party and others might be hosting a big party for family and friends at home! So, you’ll need some fun and tasty appetizers to share that are quick and easy to put together.

Well, this year I’m invited to a Big Game Party and just have to bring an appetizer to share. No matter what your plans are I have some simple ideas to share with you that are sure to make game day even more enjoyable!  Continue reading

No-Bake Strawberry Blueberry Trifle

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No-Bake Strawberry Blueberry Trifle
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 17 Oz. Angel Food Cake, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 Lb. Fresh Strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 Lb. Fresh Blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 2 T. Sugar
  • 2 T. Lemon Juice
  • 2- 8 oz. Cream Cheese,
  • pkgs. Softened
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a measuring cup, combine water, 2 T. sugar and lemon juice and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Beat together cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar on medium speed until creamy and smooth.
  4. With mixer on, pour in heavy cream, then turn mixer to medium/high and continue beating until consistency of whipped cream.
  5. Add vanilla and beat until incorporated.
  6. Place 1/3 of angel food cake into the bottom of a trifle dish and brush with 1/3 of lemon syrup.
  7. Add 1/3 of cream and loosely spread it over cake pieces.
  8. Add 1/2 of the strawberries.
  9. Repeat with remaining ingredients (adding 1/2 of the blueberries for the second fruit layer).
  10. Frost the top with last 1/3 of cream and decorate with remaining fruit.