The Oklahoma City Thunder and Braum’s: One Sweet Playoff Partnership

Oklahoma City Thunder shirts by Braum's

Photo provided by the Oklahoma City Thunder

To say that the Oklahoma City Thunder and their fans are excited heading into game five against the Spurs in the second round of playoffs, well, that would be an understatement.

More than 18,000 fans packed Chesapeake Energy Arena to cheer on the Thunder last Sunday night, when the team evened the series against the San Antonio in game four, defeating the Spurs 111-97. To top it off, nearly all of those fans were wearing shirts sponsored by Braum’s.

Braum’s is a regular season sponsor, so when the Thunder makes it to the playoffs, they love to show their support.

“Sponsoring playoff shirts allows us to engage with the Thunder fans and our local community,” said Amanda Beuchaw, public relations director for Braum’s.

Braum’s has sponsored playoff shirts for three seasons and towels for one season. The Thunder staff creates the unique shirt designs, often with a memorable slogan. In 2014, the Braum’s shirt said “We are Oklahoma.”

“Since coming to OKC in 2008, the Thunder organization has really been a vital part of the community,” Beuchaw said. “They have helped bring Oklahomans together more than ever before, which in essence can be summed up as ‘We are Oklahoma.’ Braum’s is proud to call this great state our home and be a part of the Thunder family.”

How to Host a Thunder Playoff Party

You’ve cheered all season long, sporting your lightning bolts and orange and blue – and here it is: the playoffs. We’ve made it to Game 5 of the second round and we’re leading the series 3-1! With all the excitement and momentum heading into game 5, the last thing you want to do is fret about is what you’re going to serve to your friends for the game!  Well, don’t worry – we’ve compiled some of our favorite recipes and ideas for throwing the perfect Thunder playoff party.

Ice Cream Bar

The Flavors

Of course, we’re inclined to believe that no party is complete without a few scoops of your favorite flavor. But for a Thunder-themed party, keep it festive by serving our classic Orange Sherbet and our No. 1 best-selling flavor: Birthday Cake. Of course – since it’s playoff season for the OKC Thunder – our Oklahoma stores have temporarily renamed Birthday Cake to “Thunder Dip”. If you don’t like these flavors paired together, serve them separately and let your guests make their own creations.

Braum's birthday cake icecream Braum's orange sherbet

The Toppings

No ice cream bar is complete without a host of toppings. Create two separate lines, one with fruity, fresh toppings for the Orange Sherbet and one with the classic ice cream bar toppings for the Birthday Cake flavor.

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Game-Time Snacks

When hosting a playoffs party, finger-food is the name of the game. Provide guests with snacks that are quick and easy to pile on a plate during commercial breaks. A few staples include fresh fruit and veggies trays, chips, nuts, pigs in a blanket, pizza bites, and dips. Below are three of our favorite recipes, but if you’re looking for more, we have recipes for our favorite drinks, desserts, and snacks here.

Sausage (Basket) Balls with Dates and Nuts

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage
  • 2 cups biscuit mix
  • 8 oz. Braum’s Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • 8 oz. pitted dates, chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Shape into 1½ inch balls.
  3. Place on lightly greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until browned.

Cowboy (Kings of the Court) Caviar

Ingredients

  • 2 cans black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1 can hominy, drained
  • 8 oz. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 6-8 jalapeno slices, seeded and chopped
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • 8 oz. Italian salad dressing

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate several hours (best if overnight).
  2. Drain before serving and serve with tortilla chips.

Hot Wing (Slam Dunk) Dip

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Braum’s Cream Cheese, softened
  • 12 oz. Frank’s Red Hot Sauce*
  • 20 oz. canned chicken, drained
  • 16 oz. ranch dressing

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  2. Pour into 9×13 inch pan and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  3. Serve with potato, corn, or tortilla chips.
Note

*Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is a registered trademark of Reckitt Benckiser, Inc.

The guests are arriving and the food is ready to go; now all you need to do is sport  your favorite player’s jersey and turn on the game! Drop by your local Fresh Market today for the ingredients you need to throw the perfect playoff party.

Braum’s Opens 6th Springfield, MO Store

 

Springfield, MO – The city of Springfield is getting a whole lot sweeter! Braum’s opened its 6th location in the city on Tuesday, May 3rd. The new store is at 3020 E. Sunshine. This is Braum’s 280th store in a five-state area.

The new building is almost 5,000 square feet of space with double-drive through windows and a dining room that can seat about 75 guests. This location is one of Braum’s more modern designs.
“There is a lot of anticipation for the doors to open at this store,” said Drew Braum, President and CEO of the company. “We hope that opening a 6th store in this area helps give everyone access to a local Braum’s so that they can enjoy everything our stores have to offer,” Braum said.
Braum’s features an old-fashioned ice cream fountain along with a grill area for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This new store also has a large Fresh Market area with more than 100 fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and fresh-from-the-farm dairy products.
About Braum’s
Bill and Mary Braum opened their first Braum’s store in 1968. The company is still family owned and operated. Braum’s has stores in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas with 14 stores in Missouri.

National Grilled Cheese Day

Close-up of toasted cheese sandwich

Are you a fan of all things cheesy and gooey? We are, too. April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day, and we’ll be celebrating with our favorite variations of the classic grilled cheese sandwich. We visited our local Braum’s Fresh Market and scouted out the best ingredients to make our favorite recipes. If you’re interested in a one-stop shopping experience to help you celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day, Braum’s Fresh Market has you covered.

The Basics

Bread

The beautiful thing about grilled cheese sandwiches is that you can use your favorite type of bread. Love whole-grain? Grab a couple slices. A big fan of garlic bread? Mamma mia, how delicious! Our personal favorite for a classic sandwich is the Braum’s Buttermilk Bread, which is strong enough to handle any toppings you layer on, and toasts nicely in a skillet.

Butter

If you saw our “10 Things You Can’t Make Without Butter” post, you’ll know that we’re big fans of a fresh pat of butter. For a classic grilled cheese sandwich, using butter on your bread is the key to a crispy but not burnt crust. Before assembling your sandwich, coat the outside edges (that will touch the pan) of your bread with butter.

Cheese  

The magic of a grilled cheese sandwich happens here, of course. From your everyday cheddar to the specialty smoked Gouda, have fun with your sandwich and explore new options. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite recipes using different cheese variations, below.

Assembling your sandwich:

No matter what you put inside your sandwich, follow these basic directions for a yummy meal.

  1. Preheat a medium-sized skillet to medium heat.
  2. Place sandwich butter-side down on the pan, top with fillings and cover with remaining slice of bread.
  3. Grill until lightly browned and flip over.
  4. Cover pan with lid until cheese is melted, being careful not to burn the bread.

Bacon & Avocado Grilled Cheese

  1. Cook bacon thoroughly and pat off grease with a paper towel.
  2. Slice avocado thinly.
  3. On bread, layer sharp cheddar cheese, avocado, bacon, and top with another layer of cheese.
  4. Cook as usual.

Southwest Grilled Cheese

  1. Prepare sandwich bread as usual and place, open-faced, into your pan.
  2. Layer with Monterrey Cheddar cheese, salsa, black beans, corn, and another slice of cheese.
  3. Cook as usual.

Mediterranean Grilled Cheese

  1. Prepare sandwich bread as usual and place, open-faced, into your pan.
  2. Layer with feta cheese, fresh basil leaves, black olives, and tomato slices. Optional: include fresh spinach, red onion, and/or fresh garlic.
  3. Top with more cheese and remaining piece of bread.
  4. Cook as usual.

Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

  1. Prepare sandwich bread as usual and place, open-faced, into your pan.
  2. Layer mozzarella cheese, pineapple slice, and Canadian bacon on top of bread. Cover with remaining piece of bread.
  3. Cook as usual.

If you’re feeling hungry, stop by your nearby Fresh Market for all the supplies you need to create your own version of a classic grilled cheese sandwich. And let us know: what is your favorite grilled cheese recipe?

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The California Burger is Back for Good!

California Burger angleGuac & Whoa!  The California Burger is back, but this time indefinitely!  A delicious third pound of 100% pure beef topped with a generous dollop of tangy Guacamole.  Add a slice of of real American Cheese and fresh, sliced tomatoes.  Serve it on a fresh bun baked in Braum’s own bakery and you’ve got Braum’s California Burger!

Braum’s “4 Cheese Burger” Added to the Menu!

4 Cheese BurgerBraum’s “4 Cheese Burger” is now a permanent menu item! Smooth American, spicy Pepperjack, mellow Provolone, and a generous sprinkling of Parmesan layered over a full third pound of 100% pure beef on a bun baked fresh in Braum’s own bakery.  Stop by your neighborhood Braum’s,  smile and say “cheese”!

Braum’s Employees Hit Tuition Jackpot

They may not have won the Powerball Jackpot, but the New Year is off to a great start for three Braum’s employees! And, it’s all thanks to a partnership between Braum’s and Dr Pepper.

Braum’s is proud to congratulate Yong Soon Saw of Norman, OK, Michelle Casso of Canyon, TX and Torri Rillema of Oklahoma City, OK for winning a $1,000 employee tuition award. Braum’s hosted a text to win contest in conjunction with Dr Pepper to award three $1,000 employee tuition prizes. The contest took place from October 1st to November 30th, 2015.

Braum’s Manager Misty Dunbar, District Manager Brian Ross and Regional Area Manager Luis Galvez presented employee Yong Soon Saw with a $1,000 check earlier this month at the Braum’s off of Robinson and Porter in Norman. The prize can be used to go towards the cost of Saw’s tuition and other educational expenses at The University of Oklahoma.

Braum’s Manager Misty Dunbar, District Manager Brian Ross and Regional Area Manager Luis Galvez presented employee Yong Soon Saw with a $1,000 check earlier this month at the Braum’s off of Robinson and Porter in Norman. The prize can be used to go towards the cost of Saw’s tuition and other educational expenses at The University of Oklahoma.

“I am so thankful that I was able to win this tuition award,” said Saw, who transferred from Malaysia to attend school at The University of Oklahoma in Norman. “I am working really hard to cover all my living expenses so that my family does not have to send money to me while I am here attending school. The monetary exchange rate between here and Malaysia is extremely high, which is why I am so happy that this award will help cut down on the cost of school.”

Saw attended college in Malaysia for two years before transferring to Oklahoma to study finance. He works at the Braum’s off of Robinson and Porter in Norman to cover his cost of living, but during the year and a half that he has been there it has become more like his home away from home.

“Saw is one of my best workers,” said Braum’s Manager Misty Dunbar. “He is always a joy to be around and his work ethic just can’t be beat!”

Hard work and dedication were a common theme among all the Braum’s employee winners, including Casso.

Braum’s Management Team Members, Carl Faddis and Travis Soper, presented employee Michelle Casso with a $1,000 check just two days before Christmas. The prize can be used to go towards the cost of her tuition and other educational expenses at West Texas A&M University. Her brother, Dan Casso, along her mother and father, Becky and Carlos Casso, were there to watch as she accepted her prize.

Braum’s Management Team Members, Carl Faddis and Travis Soper, presented employee Michelle Casso with a $1,000 check just two days before Christmas. The prize can be used to go towards the cost of her tuition and other educational expenses at West Texas A&M University. Her brother, Dan Casso, along her mother and father, Becky and Carlos Casso, were there to watch as she accepted her prize.

“Thank you Braum’s and Dr Pepper for this wonderful opportunity to help further my education,” said Casso.I am surrounded by inspiring people; from my professors, to my family, to my coworkers, and to my friends. They’re all hard working people who produce quality work and care about bettering not only themselves, but also bettering the community.”

Casso is currently a junior at West Texas A&M University and is studying music education. She has been with Braum’s for four years.

The third winner was Torri Rillema. She has also been with the company for four years and said that the award came at the perfect time.

“Between the generous help from my family and this award, I will be able to get this semester paid for and remain debt free,” she said. “All of my hard work these last four years, at work and school, is definitely starting to pay off!”

Rillema is currently a senior at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma studying Elementary Education.

This is the third year that Braum’s and Dr Pepper have been working together to award tuition prizes and it just continues to evolve.

Braum’s Manager Kris Seek presented employee Torri Rillema with a $1,000 check earlier this month. The prize can be used to go towards the cost of her tuition and other educational expenses at The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Braum’s Manager Kris Seek presented employee Torri Rillema with a $1,000 check earlier this month. The prize can be used to go towards the cost of her tuition and other educational expenses at The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

“We love being able to provide a contest that can help our employees with their higher education costs, and in turn, help fulfill their dreams,” said Drew Braum, President and CEO. “These three are extremely hard workers and great assets to the company. We wish them the best of luck in all their endeavors.”

The Dr Pepper tuition award can be used to cover college or post-secondary vocational institutional tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment, related educational expenses or on-campus room and board. The tuition award can also be used to pay off student loans for eligible costs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 things you can’t make without butter

popovers in a popover tinIf you’ve been to our farm, you know that we’re not just an ice cream maker. We’re a real working dairy, and while we make some of the best ice cream and milk in the world, we don’t spend as much of our time talking about the other outstanding dairy products we make. Now is a great time to celebrate  dairy’s savory star – butter.

Here are 10 things you can’t make – and enjoy – without butter. Continue reading

Amarillo, TX – I-40’s last call for ice cream

four Cadillacs at Cadillac Ranch, in Amarillo Texas

On the western edge of the Braum’s landscape sits Amarillo, Texas, home to five Braum’s stores. The largest city in the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo was originally called Oneida when it was founded in the late 1880s. The town grew to prominence as a hub of the cattle trade, and remains a stronghold of the meatpacking industry.

As a stop on Interstate 40, Amarillo offers residents and guests alike plenty of entertainment, whether you’re moving into the area or just making a pit stop on a cross-country trek. Continue reading

Origins of Eggnog

eggnog in a bowl and punch cups with candle on red table cloth

If pumpkin spice indicates the beginning of fall, eggnog ushers in the start of the Christmas season. Recipes for the eggy, custardy drink abound, and it can be found as a component of hundreds more. Eggnog waffles, eggnog lattes, eggnog ice cream – it’s almost impossible to celebrate the holidays without eggnog in some form.

Like so many long-standing favorites, it’s not clear where eggnog came from, why it’s called eggnog, or even what ingredients were in the first recipes. Continue reading

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