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Pudding Parfaits

Parades, fireworks, and cookouts are an Independence Day staple! What are your plans this Fourth? Whether you are getting together with family or spending a quiet day at home, why not try your hand at this patriotic dessert to honor our dear country? I came across this recipe on the Easy Eats section of CobornsDelivers.com, and appreciate its simplicity. With fresh strawberries and blueberries, almonds, and a touch of mint, this light and refreshing treat is the perfect end to any meal. Can you think of an easier (or more tasty!) way to pay homage to the red, white, and blue?

Pudding Parfaits

SERVES: 4
PREP TIME: 15 Minutes
COOK TIME: No Cook Time

Ingredients
2 oz. Almonds, sliced
1 pkg. (3 oz.) Instant Vanilla Pudding
Milk to prepare pudding
1 cup Strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup Blueberries
Mint Leaves for garnish
Whipped Topping (optional)

Directions
1. Set oven to 350 degrees Fehrenheit. Arrange almonds in single layer on sheet pan and toast for 5-7 minutes or until almonds begin to brown.
While almonds are toasting, prepare pudding according to package directions. While pudding is setting, chop about a cup of strawberries.
2. Once pudding is set, fill glass with alternating layers of pudding and fruit. Top with toasted almonds and garnish with mint leaves, if desired.
Whipped topping can be added, as well, as an addition/variation to this Easy Meal Idea.

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Red, White & Blue Mold

Independence Day is right around the corner. For me, the holiday always means spending time with family and friends, barbecuing, and preparing for a nighttime firework spectacular! I never like to arrive to the annual cookout empty handed, so this year, I’m planning ahead and preparing a delicious and festive dessert for the celebration, with the help of CobornsDelivers.com of course! With my family, I am certain that this easy-to-make red, white, and blue mold will be a hit with adults and kids alike!

Red, White and Blue Mold

SERVES: 16
PREP TIME: 45 Minutes
COOK TIME: 4 Hours, 30 Minutes
Ingredients
2-3/4 cups boiling water, divided
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin
1 cup cold water 1-1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand Lemon Flavor Gelatin
1 pt. (2 cups) vanilla ice cream, softened
1-1/2 cups blueberries

Directions
1. STIR 1 cup of the boiling water into each of the red and blue gelatins in separate medium bowls at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir 1/2 cup of the cold water into each bowl.
2. PLACE bowl of red gelatin in larger bowl of ice and water. Stir about 8 minutes or until thickened. Stir in strawberries. Pour into 9×5-inch loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray. Refrigerate 7 minutes.
3. MEANWHILE, stir remaining 3/4 cup boiling water into lemon gelatin in medium bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in ice cream until melted and smooth. Spoon over red gelatin in pan. Refrigerate 7 minutes.
4. MEANWHILE, place bowl of blue gelatin in larger bowl of ice and water. Stir about 7 minutes or until thickened. Stir in blueberries. Spoon over lemon gelatin in pan.
5. REFRIGERATE 4 hours or overnight until firm. Unmold. Cut into 16 slices. Store leftover gelatin mold in refrigerator.

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My favorite part about summer is hosting family and friends at the many different gatherings the season brings.  From family reunions to Fourth of July, each weekend brings with it a new collection of people to enjoy, entertain and feed!  As a result, I have learned a few tricks to help ease the stress and relish my company more.

Stick to what you do best: If you have recipes you love to make, keep making them.  Many occasions you will host different people, so if your world famous ribs worked for your friends at the Fourth, then serve them again to your family on Labor Day.  Reducing the learning curve makes it so much easier to cherish your company, instead of spending all your time in the kitchen.  *Note: take a minute to write down your menus in an entertaining notebook so you can remember what worked and what didn’t.

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Coffee Almond Ice Cream Torte

Scoops of vanilla ice cream, doused generously with root beer—what’s better than a root beer float on a hot summer night?  Unless it’s a hot fudge brownie sundae.  Or perhaps a big slice of Oreo ice cream cake.  Or maybe a chocolate caramel malt.  In my opinion, ice cream is best appreciated for its smooth, scrumptious deliciousness when it’s topping off a hot summer day.  And with the upcoming month of July dubbed “National Ice Cream Month,” it’s a great time to serve up an ice cream treat at your next summer party.

  • Sundae bar: Buy a few flavors of ice cream and go nuts (pun intended) with the toppings.  Staples like hot fudge, caramel, strawberry sauce, and pecans are good basics.  From there you can add chopped up toffee candy, Oreos, or cookies; brownie chunks; whipped cream; berries—what doesn’t taste better when it’s sprinkled on ice cream?
  • Ice cream pies and cakes: There are lots of recipes out there for ice cream pies and cakes.  You might try the “Coffee Almond Ice Cream Torte” recipe from cobornsdelivers.com.  Other options include mocha, peppermint, or caramel ice cream cakes.
  • Celebration Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

    “Easy Eats” recipes: Check out “Celebration Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches” for a fun 4th of July dessert.  I also like “Chocolate Ice Cream Fondue.”  I mean, seriously—combining chocolate fondue and ice cream?  Yum. E.

  • Malts and Shakes: You can combine flavors, whether your taste buds would prefer hot fudge-caramel or a strawberry-blueberry mix.
  • Classics: You can opt for waffle, sugar, or traditional ice cream cones; ice cream sandwiches; “Skinny Cow” treats for those who may be calorie counting; or ice cream bars.

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, Coborns Delivers will be offering a variety of ice cream specials in July, so be sure to check back for deals on your favorite flavors!  Then choose which way you want to enjoy your favorite ice cream for your next party—and don’t forget to invite me!

Chocolate Ice Cream Fondue

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Have all those little jars of spices and herb gotten out of control? Are they scattered throughout multiple cabinets and drawers in your kitchen?  If so, grilling season is a great time to organize the cabinet and you can use those duplicate open jars to make great grilling blends.

  • Empty the entire spice cabinet, and then give it a good cleaning with warm soapy water.
  • Sort the jars by spices and herbs so you can easily see any duplicates.
  • Check for freshness. Are they:
  1. Bright in color
  2. Aromatic, take a pinch between your fingers and crush lightly the herbs should smell

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The glorious days of summer are here, with blue skies, sunshine, and puffy clouds.  When you’re spending the day outside, you want to have a wonderful day—which means you need to be prepared and ready to prevent problems such as sunburn and dehydration.

  • SPF: The last thing you want to deal with is a painful sunburn and its correlation to an increased chance of developing skin cancer.  No matter what your skin type or how cloudy the sky, you should wear sunscreen when you’re outdoors.  Look for a water resistant, broad spectrum SPF of at least 15 that filters out both UVA and UVB rays.  Make sure that you’re using an adequate amount on your skin—you should use a full ounce (the amount in a shot glass) to cover your body, and be sure to rub it in well.  You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside and reapply it every two hours—sooner if you’re swimming or sweating.   You may want to avoid being outside in the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are strongest.  It’s a good idea to wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes.  Remember that old sunscreen can lose its effectiveness.  Toss out any sunscreen that’s past its expiration date or is more than three years old.
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With Father’s Day fast approaching, what do you have in mind to dazzle him for his special day?  With these easy recipes, you can master the barbecue and wow him with your own grilling prowess.

For grilling, try beef or chicken kabobs marinated in Italian dressing, steaks on the grill with Lawry’s Steak & Chop 30-Minute Marinade or hamburgers with ranch dressing powder and with the shredded cheese mixed right in.

And to make things even easier, choose one of our Easy Eats recipes and order exactly what you need with a few clicks – and then have it delivered to your door!

Fiery Orange-Glazed Salmon

Fiery Orange-Glazed Salmon from CobornsDelivers Easy Eats page is tasty and easy, and can even be made in the oven if you aren’t up to the task of grilling yourself.  Serve with roasted peppers and onions, and a rice pilaf on the side.  Add a crisp white wine or a cold brew from our great selections and you’re sure to make Dad’s day.

For dessert, a simple pound cake toasted and served with berries and ice cream is a cool way to wind down an awesome day for the #1 Dad in your life.

Happy Father’s Day!

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