Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinade

Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinade

Ingredients: 

  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions: 

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth.
  2. For marinade, place 4 chicken breasts in baking dish. Pour contents of blender over chicken and cover. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour before grilling. 

*Recipe adapted from Smart Chicken

The Blend

Amy

I love summers up here in the Midwest because of the weather and of course the food! Today we are featuring a couple recipes for The Blend, which is perfect timing for grilling over the 4th of July!

What is The Blend you ask!? Well, it’s a blend of ground meat (or poultry) + mushrooms! Yes, mushrooms! It’s such a great way to sneak in some great nutrition without sacrificing great flavor. I look forward to grilling up some good ol’ burgers using The Blend all summer long! 

You can’t go wrong with the Classic California Burger, but I’d love it if you tried out the Fiesta Burger, too! You won’t be disappointed! This is a perfect fit for upcoming meals with family and friends over the 4th of July. 

Try The Blend in other recipes as well including meatballs, lasagna, tacos, spaghetti, and so many more! Let us know how you like it! Check out the video above for tips and tricks for making a delicious (as well as nutritious!) Blend!

Happy Blending! 
Amy, RD, LD
A proud #blenditarian

4th Of July

It’s so close to the 4th of July and I am so excited! This has got to be my most favorite holiday! I love having my family and friends get together at the lake to play games, go boating, swimming and enjoying all day in the hot sun!! The best part is at the end of the night getting on the pontoon and heading down to the bay for a show of the most beautiful fireworks under the stars. You couldn’t ask for a better summer. This year I am way ahead of the game and have my menu planned for the 4th of July and I just have to share it with you.

This year I want to make it easy for me since I am the head cook at our event! It’s going to be Four Brothers Burgers all the way. They have so many flavors including Bacon and Cheddar Burger, Bleu Cheese Burger, Buffalo Bleu, Mushroom and Swiss and Hot Pepper Burgers and they are all so yummy. Just pick up your favorite flavor at anyone of our Meat Departments.

Every good get together, especially if it’s a hot day, needs some refreshing fruit. This recipe is easy to prep ahead of time if needed! 

Mixed Berry Salad

 

While the burgers are on the grill and the salad is in the fridge, there’s no better way to relax and enjoy the sunshine than with a nice tropical drink. Here’s a new favorite of mine! It’s called Island Living, and trust me, once you have a taste of this, you’ll feel like you’re on an island! 

Island Living

Now you can’t forget dessert on the 4th of the July and I love to serve something that ties in with the holiday. We have a new Cream Cake flavor that has just arrived in our Bakery Departments and it’s so decedent and scrumptious you just have to check it out. It will be perfect for your holiday table. It has beautiful fresh blueberries sprinkled all over the top and drizzled with icing. On the inside it has those large tart cranberries that put this dessert over the top. 

This is a fun celebration and it’s time to enjoy these summer months so make sure you are serving something easy so you can have fun in the sun! Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!!!

Jayne,
Coborn’s, Inc. Merchandising Specialist Team Manager – Bakery & Deli

The Blend Classic California Burger

The Blend Classic California Burger

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of lean ground beef 93/7
  • 8 oz of mushrooms (white button and/or crimini mushrooms)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp worchestire sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Sliced cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Onion slices
  • mayo
  • Whole wheat buns

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly wash the mushrooms. Pat dry and place in a food processor. Plus slowly to make the mushrooms similar in texture to cooked ground beef.
  2. In a medium skillet, sauté onion with 1 Tbsp. of oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside to let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the lean ground beef and cooled mushrooms. Add in paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, as well as a dash salt & pepper.
  4. Once well blended, divide the mixture into 4 patties.
  5. Grill until the center has reached proper internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Just before removing from the grill, add on cheese and let melt.
  6. Place each patty onto a whole wheat bun and add on the toppings: mayo, lettuce, tomato, onions and avocado.
http://celebratemore.com/home/the-blend-classic-california-burger/

The Blend Fiesta Burger

The Blend Fiesta Burger

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of lean ground beef 93/7
  • 8 oz of mushrooms (white button and/or crimini mushrooms)
  • ½ of Mrs. Dash Taco seasoning packet
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Sliced cheese
  • Corn and black bean salsa
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Onion slices
  • Whole wheat buns

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly wash the mushrooms. Pat dry and place in a food processor. Plus slowly to make the mushrooms similar in texture to cooked ground beef.
  2. In a medium skillet, sauté onion with 1 Tbsp. of oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside to let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the lean ground beef and cooled mushrooms. Add in the taco seasoning and blend together well.
  4. Once well blended, divide the mixture into 4 patties.
  5. Grill until the center has reached proper internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Just before removing from the grill, add on cheese and let melt.
  6. Place each patty onto a whole wheat bun and add on the toppings! Start with salsa, lettuce, tomato, onions and avocado.
http://celebratemore.com/home/the-blend-fiesta-burger/

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple 

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Pineapple, cored and sliced into rings
  • Honey

Directions: 

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Slice pineapple into 8 rings. Place rings onto the grill grates and grill until slightly charred on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  3. Drizzle with a tablespoon of honey and serve immediately. 

Find full version of this recipe plus awesome beer pairings at Pints & Plates! 

A Time to Celebrate


Kevin C.Set the date on your Calendar August 16th 2017, World Bratwurst Day!!!  This little celebrated day should be a bigger event than what is currently is. These small but hearty sausages are a staple in many homes throughout the world. This day should be a time to get together and honor this small but delicious treat. Continue reading

Blueberry Maple Burgers

Blueberry Maple Burgers

Ingredients

    Burger
  • 1 Lb. 93% Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1/4 Cup Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1/8 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Pinch Pepper, to taste
    Adobo Sauce
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Adobo Sauce From Chipotle Peppers

Instructions

  1. Mix Burger ingredients together and make into 4 patties.
  2. Grill burgers 3-4 minutes on each side, until they reach internal temperature of 160ºF.
  3. While burgers are grilling, mix sauce ingredients together and spread on top half of burger bun.
  4. Add cooked burgers to buns and enjoy!

Notes

Try adding slices of Brie cheese to add even more flavor and serve on 100% Whole Grain sandwich thins as a lighter and more nutritious option!

http://celebratemore.com/home/blueberry-maple-burgers/

Sweet Summertime

Jayne

Happy June everybody!!

Next week is July 4th and it is my very favorite holiday.  I love the weather and all the fun that comes along with this time of year.  Getting together with family and friends is got to be the best. I was in California a few weeks ago, and I discovered a new recipe that I promised myself I would do when I got back home because I just loved it. It was so good that I had to have seconds.

Before we get to the that though, I want to start with a Tri-tip Roast. This cut of meat is just scrumptious and so easy to prepare. The Tri-tip roast is a cut of beef from the bottom sirloin and when grilled to perfection in my opinion is better than a ribeye. It is so tender and flavorful and it will soon become one of your favorites. It is extremely popular out on the West Coast and has finally made its way here to the Midwest. Here is how easy it is to do.

I seasoned the roast with Four Brothers Prime Rib Seasoning. I use this seasoning for everything. I preheated the grill to 500-550 degrees because I wanted a very hot grill and then placed the roast on it. I seared the roast on each side by heating for 3 minutes and then turning it over for another 3 minutes. By searing your meat, it holds all the flavor in.  Then I turned down the grill and made sure the roast was on indirect heat. I slowly cooked it to 140 degrees for Medium Rare. I took it off the grill and covered it loosely with aluminum foil for about 10 minutes so that the juices soaked back into the meat to give it that wonderful flavor.

While the roast was cooking, I decided to have a cocktail to enjoy and found a recipe at a local restaurant that was so good I knew I needed to have this along with my meal. It’s called Lynchburg Lemonade and it’s sure to be a summertime favorite! 

Ok, back to when I was in California! This is what I’ve been waiting to share with you! I got the opportunity to try Mexican Street Corn and I have never been so excited about corn on the cob! I have always loved corn-on-the-cob but this took it to a whole new level. If you love corn you will love this experience. This recipe is unbelievable and I couldn’t stop eating it. You’ll be making this all summer long too! 

I think I just planned my July 4th meal and in fact I know I did! Enjoy the holiday with family and friends along with all the great foods of Summer. I wish you all a very happy 4th of July!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Merchandising Specialist Team Manager – Bakery & Deli

Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn

Ingredients

  • Corn on the Cob, husked
  • Wooden Skewers, soaked in water
  • Mayonnaise
  • Shredded Cotija (Mexican Cheese)
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh Lime Juice

Instructions

  1. Boil corn on the cob for 5 minutes.
  2. Stick corn onto wooden skewers and place on preheated grill, rotating till cooked to desired doneness.
  3. Brush corn with mayonnaise, then roll in shredded Cotija.
  4. Sprinkle with Cayenne Pepper, followed by fresh cilantro.
  5. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the top just before eating.
http://celebratemore.com/home/mexican-street-corn/

Grilled Food and Wine Pairing

Beneath the Cork with Mike H. Assistant Liquor

Mike

Pairing wine with food should be a fun endeavor especially when it comes to summer grilling. Balancing flavors is a good starting place where you don’t want one element to overpower another like a Cabernet might do to shrimp skewers or steak might do to Pinot Grigio. Texture can be important too and is demonstrated well by a wine with tannins cutting through a fattier piece of meat. As I once heard, another way to think of pairing food & wine is to treat wine like another condiment. Try to create a similar effect to squeezed lemon on seafood or pesto on a steak or salad. Finally if all else fails pick a sparkling wine like Prosecco to pair with grilled food as those bubbles can pair with nearly anything. With all that said, here are some old & new favorites I will be enjoying this summer… Continue reading

The Difference Between Grilling and BBQ

Kevin C.Grilling and Barbecue are sometimes thought of the same cooking method by most. Unless you are a pro on the patio or in the backyard, you may not know the difference. Have no worries, I am here to help a little with that and assist you with choosing the right meat for the right application. Continue reading

Add Color and Nutrition to Your Grill


Eat Healthy, Shop Smart with Ashley. www.cobornsblog.com

Ashley

Hey all- in my world- its grilling season already! We have had a few nice days and you can bet my grill was out cooking away! There is nothing more appetizing than the smell of freshly grilled food! Continue reading