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Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps

Since the first of the year the hubs and I have been trying really hard to eat a little better….where better mostly refers to a lot less sugar and processed foods and a lot more vegetables and lean proteins. By and large this has been working really well for us and even if the scale doesn’t always reflect it we sure feel better.

Now, admittedly, cooking under increased restrictions is always a bit of a challenge, but I’ve found by and large it’s a good one and we’ve found some lovely recipes. Today’s recipe is for a greek meatball lettuce wrap. The meatball is made from ground turkey and onions mixed with greek seasonings all wrapped up in lettuce with baby tomatoes and tzatziki sauce which is a greek sauce based on garlic, cucumbers and greek yogurt. This sauce is used on all kinds of foods such as falafel, gyros, kabobs and other fun treats, so totally worth knowing how to do. Ultra Gel is important in each of these recipes. In the Greek Meatballs the Ultra Gel holds everything together, making for a meatball which is moist and doesn’t fall to pieces. In the case of the sauce the cucumber can weep a lot of moisture into the sauce and make it watery. The Ultra Gel helps here by providing a stabilizing force. All in all it’s awesome. And just to keep you coming back you get the recipe for homemade Tzatziki sauce tomorrow! Hah. I know…I’m mean.

We totally could have frozen these greek meatballs, but between the husband and I we ate the entire batch of about 20 in three days. :)

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Greek Meatball Lettuce Wraps

1 pound ground turkey (or a combination of ground beef and ground turkey is good too)

1/2 onion, finely chopped

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp oregano

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp lemon peel (opt)

3 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

Combine all ingredients until mixed well. Scoop into 1 Tablespoon sized meatballs and place on a cookie sheet which has been lined with aluminum foil and a metal cooling rack. Cook meatballs at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.  Serve in lettuce wraps with Tzatziki sauce (purchased or homemade) and chopped tomatoes.

Frosted Soft Ginger Cookies

We’ve made a couple of versions of ginger cookies in this space before. It should surprise no one that I love a good ginger cookie. I love the spice and the burn and the…yum. However, I’ve never really found a ginger cookie that I liked with an icing. Until now.

These cookies are based on a Swedish Ginger Cookie and they are a delightful spiced cookie with a nice chew and are awesome with a dab of cream cheese icing. Perfect for Christmas!

If you make them in small sizes they’re also great sandwich cookies. I’m fairly certain they could hold up to a drizzle of dark chocolate as well, but I’ll stick with my cream cheese icing for now!

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Frosted Soft Ginger Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 Tablespoon Ultra Gel

1 Tablespoon water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup molasses

3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Combine butter and sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat smooth. Add Ultra Gel, water, vanilla and molasses and beat well. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and beat until just mixed.

Portion dough with a spoon or disher and bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. If your oven bakes at all unevenly, rotate baking tray half way through the cooking time. Let the cookies cool for 2-3 minutes then move to a cooling rack to cool fully.

Ice with cream cheese frosting and devour.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons Ultra Gel

1 pound powdered sugar

1-2 Tablespoons milk – as needed

In a stand mixer (or with an electric mixer) combine all ingredients except for the milk. Add milk and/or additional powdered sugar as needed to reach a spreadable consistency. Store any leftover icing in the fridge.

Adding Ultra Gel to Cookie Dough

For many people Christmas is the time when cookies take over. There are cookie exchanges and count downs and family favorites shared with the ones we love. These days I never make a cookie without adding Ultra Gel. I’ve talked about the reasons for this before, but to review:

1: Adding Ultra Gel holds moisture in the baked cookies so they will last longer. This is very important with cookies which are being shipped, or made ahead of time for Christmas parties.

2: Adding Ultra Gel allows you to freeze baked cookies and have them thaw beautifully with a nice chew and good moisture.

3: Adding Ultra Gel allows you to freeze cookie dough to give as gifts or to have on hand for quick baking.

4: In some recipe Ultra Gel can fully replace the egg to help with allergies or other concerns, while keeping the dough balanced and tender.

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So there are all the reasons for using Ultra Gel in your cookies, or at least some of them. However, the bigger question is often how to figure out how MUCH Ultra Gel to add. It is true that too much Ultra Gel can actually steal moisture in a very dry cookie (such as lace cookies or shortbread), but a little practice and you’ll know exactly how much for each recipe. My general rule of thumb is that I add one Tablespoon of Ultra Gel and 1 teaspoon of additional water for each egg in the recipe. If the recipe has pumpkin, applesauce or other very wet ingredients in it then I do not add the additional water. If the recipe is a dry cookie like a shortbread then I add 2 teaspoons of water per Tablespoon of Ultra Gel. This isn’t a perfect measure for every recipe out there, I’m sure, but gives you a good place to start!

Now, I have cookie to make. Who’s with me?

 

Cornaby’s Newsletter – November 2015

Hot Off the Vine – Cornaby’s™ September Newsletter!

Life on the Farm

Fall and winter are an interesting time of year on the farm. After the whirlwind that is harvest you might think things slow down, but we move right into getting the fields ready for a long winter nap. We’re praying for a snowy season and a good chance to let the raspberries rest. Then we celebrate the holidays, and by the New Year we’re already working on next year.

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Happy Holidays from Cornaby’s™!

Here at Cornaby’s™ we love the holiday season. From the decked halls to the laden tables we are grateful for the many blessings in our lives and even more so for the many people, family, friends and customers. We hope you’ll make Cornaby’s™ a part of your holiday traditions and to make it even easier we are giving all our newsletter subscribers 5% off any order from November 11th through January 1st! Just use the coupon code Mistletoe when you order!

Where world is Cornaby’s™?

Dicken’s Christmas Festival From December 2-5 come and find us at the Dicken’s Christmas Festival in Saint George, Utah! The festival takes place at the Dixie Convention Center and features a Victorian London brought to life. We’ll have special holiday gift packs, cinnaberry spice jams and rich fruit syrups!

Winter Fancy Food Show From January 17-19 see us at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, California! We love the Fancy Food Show and the opportunity to get out there and see what’s hot while introducing our products to the nation!

We continue to work with great new companies including Christensen’s Department Stores who will be features our jams, syrups and sauces in their new stores! And we’ve added many schools to our smoothie program. We love being able to be part of providing nutritious breakfast options to our kids!

Product Tip: Cornaby’s™ Spicy Sauces

With many a gathering coming up in the next six weeks Cornaby’s™ Spicy Sauces are great to keep on hand. They serve as a great glaze on meats such as chicken, turkey and ham, and can be easily poured over cream cheese for an easy appetizer. Check out the Cornaby’s™ blog or homepage for more recipe ideas, tips and tricks!

Employee Spotlight!

Here at Cornaby’s™ we have an awesome group of employees that have done so much toward the success of the company and the love of great products. So we’re turning the Spotlight on our VP of Sales, Wendell Lawton!

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Name: Wendell Lawton

Position at Cornaby’s™:VP of Sales

How long with Cornaby’s™:1 year

Favorite Cornaby’s™ Product:Raspberry Spreadable Fruit and Jam in a Jiffy

Hobbies when not eating Raspberries:FISHING, camping, hiking, playing saxophone in jazz band

Background and Experience: Foodservice and retail food sales, food broker, manufacturer’s rep, national account exec, district manager and Western regional manager.

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A Tasty Blast from the Past

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Pumpkin Cake!

Yield: 12 servings

Crust:

1 white or yellow cake mix (reserve 1 cup)

1 egg

1 Tablespoon Ultra Gel

¼ cup milk

½ cup melted butter

Filling:

1 (29 oz) can 100% pure pumpkin

¾ cups sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 large eggs, slightly beaten

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk

Topping:

1 cup reserved cake mix

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

¼ cup softened butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the crust ingredients and press mixture on the bottom of a 9×13 inch cake pan.

Combine pumpkin, sugar, salt and spices in large bowl. Mix with electric mixer on low speed until combined. Add eggs and mix on low speed for an additional 1 minute. Gradually mix in Ultra Gel and evaporated milk. Pour pumpkin mixture over unbaked crust.

Combine dry ingredients for topping mixture together in small bowl. Add butter and mix together until crumbly. Sprinkle topping over pumpkin mixture.

Bake for 1 hour until the pumpkin cake tests done in the center. Allow to cool and serve with sweetened whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers.

Ultra Gel Whipping Cream

1 pint whipping cream

2 teaspoons Ultra Gel

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup powdered sugar (to taste)

Whip cream until frothy. Add other ingredients and whip until thick. Serve. Store remainder of whipped cream in refrigerator for upto 5 days.

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Thick Gel

Today (May 15th) is National Chocolate Chip Day. This whole food holiday thing always amuses me, but the very most when the food in question is something I really love, and chocolate chips are something I really love.

So in pondering a recipe to share for such a wonderful food holiday I went back to the classic chocolate chip cookie. What I want in a chocolate chip cookie is a delicate balance of a crisp edge that gives with a satisfying chew and a soft chocolatey center. Then, just to make things hard, I want a cookie that I can keep over night or freeze while maintaining the same qualities because as much as I love my chocolate chip cookies I know better than to eat the whole batch at once. With all of this in mind I went to work with a few adjustments to the recipe, again. Often I put Ultra Gel in my cookies and I do love what it does, but this time I worked with Thick Gel. I get the cookie I want and a cookie that will keep, all good things in my book. And I’m never unhappy to find another recipe to use Thick Gel in. :)

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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Thick Gel

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons Thick Gel

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

3/4 cup sugar

2/3 cup unsalted butter, soft

1 large egg + 1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla

1 bag chocolate chips (I prefer semi-sweet, but if milk chocolate is your thing I’m not judging)

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, Thick Gel and salt and set aside. Cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Seriously, give it 3-4 minutes, even as many as 10, light and fluffy! Add egg, additional yolk and vanilla and mix well. Add dry ingredients in three batches, mixing to combine. Fold in chocolate chips. Now the hard part: put the whole thing into the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Some folks will say as long as overnight. I personally don’t like that and find the resulting dough to be very stiff to work with without getting much benefit from that much chilling. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. I like these cookies big so I use a two ounce disher and can put about 8 per batch. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes until just barely golden brown around the edges. Allow to cool on the pan for 2 minutes and then remove to cooling racks. Serve warm, or cold, or freeze any option is a good one!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Many years ago when I was in college at BYU my mother also worked on campus (we even took some classes together which is more fun than one might think). At least once a week we’d get big old muffins from the bookstore and eat at her office or on the go between classes. There was a decadent chocolate thing that we loved, but a close second place were the banana chocolate chip muffins topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting. The only problem with these muffins…well there were two… The were so big that eating a whole one could put a serious hurt on your caloric intake for the day and they dried out way too fast. These were an eat now or forever hold your piece kind of treat, and often I wanted to take half home and freeze it for tomorrow, but that just never worked.

These Banana Chocolate Chip muffins I’m sharing remind me of those muffins I got in school and the afternoons in Mom’s office. However, these are made with Ultra Gel and butter milk and so we’re able to back the calories down significantly, without giving up an ounce of flavor or moisture. They freeze great and you can choose to bake them from mini muffin size all the way up to a bread pan (just adjust your time to appropriate doneness), which is pretty darn cool.

So for Mother’s Day here is my mom’s Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. (The recipe can also be found in the Ultra Gel Answer Book). Love you, Mom!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

1/2 cup shortening

2/3 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

3 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

2 cups flour

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 1/4 cup mashed overripe bananas

2/3 cup buttermilk

1 cup chocolate chips or mini chips

Beat shortening and sugar together for 3 minutes. Add eggs, vanilla and Ultra Gel and whip until light and fluffy. Add bananas and buttermilk. Stir in dry ingredients until just blended. Like all quick breads these muffins will peak if over beaten, so mix just until the flour is incorporated. A few lumps won’t hurt anything. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill greased and floured (or lined) muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake for 20-30 minutes until tests done. Let cool for 5 minutes then remove from pans. Cool complete. Eat immediate, or freeze. Particularly good with cream cheese frosting!

Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownies

A few nights ago Bunneh and I were catching up on some of our DVRed shows and just enjoying the evening. At a certain point I found myself wandering around the kitchen because I wanted… Something. Something really amazing, something I could make in a hurry. I mentioned this to Bunneh and he said, “So you want brownies too?”

And truthfully, yeah, I did. But I didn’t want just any brownie. I wanted homemade, from scratch, amazing brownie goodness that I could be eating within a half hour. When I have these kinds of cravings the place to go is the family cookbook. Yeah, the internet is all fine and dandy and everyone on Pinterest will tell you they have the best recipe for this or that, but the family cookbooks are always my go to source for culinary goodness. I am rarely disappointed, and this time was no exception. I found a fudgey chocolate chunk brownie recipe from my cousin and it was just the thing to sooth my craving. With a little bit of Ultra Gel to hold the moisture in we’ve been munching on the goodies for nearly four days, and that’s pretty good for a 9×9 inch pan and just the two of us. :)

Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Fudgey Chocolate Chunk Brownies from Shaina Cornaby Sorensen

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons milk

1 Tablespoon Ultra Gel

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9×9 inch baking pan by greasing or lining with parchment and then greasing. Set aside.

Beat together butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time mixing between additions. Add milk and mix through. In a separate bowl stir together Ultra Gel, flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients gradually to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chunks.

Pour batter into prepared pan (it’s a thick batter) and bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Serve warm with ice cream! Or cool and eat by the block!