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Product Talk: Hatch Green Chiles


If you’ve been to your local Brookshire’s lately, you’ve probably seen and smelled something amazing, especially if you’ve wandered in through the entrance closest to the produce department.

Have you noticed the big, black-iron barrel, turning, spitting and sending forth fragrant aromas of a roasted vegetable?

If so, you’ve noticed our stores roasting Hatch green chiles.

Hatch green chile season runs through the end of the month, and we’ve taken advantage of these fiery hot peppers from New Mexico in all kinds of ways in our store.

From freshly roasting them for our customers right in the store to selling them fresh from the vine, this spicy product of the Hatch Valley is known for its heat but also its subtly sweet, smoky, crisp flavor.

Hatch chiles are most commonly roasted, either in a cylindrical barrel or over an open flame. Their skin blisters, making them easier to peel. Then, you’re left with a smoky, flavorful, hot pepper to use in a variety of ways.

I love using them for a fresh, bright, spicy salsa. Use this salsa as a dip for chips, as a topping for enchiladas, as a taco sauce, or in a soup or stew. You can even mix it in with queso or sour cream for another kind of chip dip.

Hatch Green Chile Salsa

Ingredients:
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 white onion, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro
1 jalapeño
4 to 5 tomatillos, peeled
juice of 1 lime
3 fresh Hatch chiles
1 Tbs cumin
2 Tbs white vinegar
pinch of salt
ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450° F. Spread jalapeño, tomatillos and Hatch chiles on a baking sheet. Roast, turning a time or two, until skins blister and char. Remove from oven. Place in a brown paper bag; seal and let cool.

Remove seeds from all peppers. Roughly chop onions, pepper and tomatillos. Add all ingredients to a food processor; pulse until a salsa consistency. Refrigerate to let flavors blend.

Makes 2 cups

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 82, Fat: 2 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 72 mg, Carbohydrates: 16 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 3 g; Protein: 3 g.

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Chef Tip:

You can always buy your Hatch chiles pre-roasted fresh from our store. If you don’t want to roast them in the oven, you can roast them over a gas flame on your stovetop or grill as well. Simply set the flame to high, hold your chile in a set of long grilling tongs, and rotate over the flame until your pepper achieves desired char. When the skin bubbles, place in a brown paper bag. Let cool, and then peel. You might want to consider wear food-handling gloves to peel and seed your peppers; they’re pretty hot!



Family Matters: Snacks


Toddlers LOVE snacks.

In fact, snacks are pretty much their love language.

While you don’t want your child to snack all day and not eat his meals, it’s perfectly fine for him to enjoy some healthy, targeted snacks to help him get through the day.

Brookshire’s is full of great snacks for your toddler to enjoy that will nourish their body and mind.

Some snack ideas your toddler might enjoy include:

  • Whole-grain cereal or oatmeal with milk
  • “Stir-fry:” Bite-sized pieces of leftover cooked beef or chicken and cooked vegetables
  • Milk or yogurt-based fruit smoothies
  • Yogurt with pieces of fresh fruit
  • Applesauce with whole-grain crackers or graham crackers
  • Rice pudding made with milk
  • Dessert tofu with fresh fruit
  • Small cubes of cheese with whole-grain crackers
  • A small whole-grain muffin with fresh fruit and grated cheese or a natural nut butter
  • Whole-grain crackers, toast or rice cakes thinly spread with a nut/seed butter or mashed avocado
  • Milk or yogurt popsicles blended with fruit
  • Banana bread thinly spread with nut or seed butter
  • Whole-grain pita bread triangles and bean dip
  • Mini cheese quesadilla
  • Parfait layered with yogurt and fresh fruit
  • Cottage cheese
  • String cheese

Whole-grain waffle wedges with nut butter



Family Matters: Finger Foods


When your little one is about 9 months old, he’s about ready for finger foods.

Before you start your baby on finger foods, make sure he is working on fine motor skills already, can get objects successfully from his tray to his mouth, and can chew or gum food well enough to handle bigger textures.

Be sure to introduce new finger foods one at a time, to be able to determine if your baby is allergic. If he has an unusual reaction to a food, discontinue it immediately and consult your physician.

Some good first finger foods include small pieces of lightly toasted bagel, chunks of ripe banana, well-cooked and cooled spiral pasta, teething crackers, low-sugar O-shaped cereal, eggs (scrambled or hard boiled are great to pick up), very small pieces of softly cooked (poached) chicken, boneless fish, tofu or beans with soft skins (such as pinto, black or Great Northern). Other soft fruits such as peaches without their skin and medium-soft cheeses, such as Monterey Jack, are also good.



Family Matters: Tippy Toes Babysoft Diapers


When I was about to have a baby, I was so overwhelmed with everything I needed to get.

I’d walk into the store and want to walk right back out again. It was so mind-boggling.

The one thing I knew I needed, though, was diapers.

Every baby needs those!

Luckily, Brookshire’s makes it easy to feel confident about diapering your baby’s bum with a high-quality, super-soft diaper that has superior leak protection that is gentle on your baby’s skin.

Available in sizes 1-6, Babysoft Diapers by Tippy Toes offer comfort and protection with an extra soft touch. As an added bonus, they come in packages of 112 because I quickly learned how fast you’ll go through diapers, especially in those little sizes.



Family Matters: Treasure Hunt


We’re about to go on vacation, and every year, we go to the beach with my entire family.

The highlight of the trip, for the kids, is the night the “Pirates” come and visit.

The Pirates leave a clue somewhere in the beach house that one of the kids will find the next morning. The clue leads to another clue, which leads to another clue, which leads to another (you get the idea), which ultimately leads to digging for buried treasure on the beach.

You might not have a beach nearby, but you can still put together an awesome treasure hunt with a few simple supplies from Brookshire’s.

Start in the school supply aisle. Pick up a package of white paper (it could be notebook paper, copy paper or construction paper). Any white paper will work. Grab a felt marker or two as well. Then, head over to the aisle with the teas and coffee, and pick up a box of black tea. It doesn’t matter which variety. Then, stop over to the housewares and get a roll of twine.

When you get home, brew a cup of really strong black tea using four or five tea bags. After the tea cools, pour it into a baking sheet with a narrow lip. Dip several sheets of the white paper into the tea solution to make the paper look aged. Remove quickly and lay flat on top of newspapers or a dry towel to let dry. Dry the paper completely. You can burn or tear the edges of the paper slightly to make it look aged or rugged if you wish.

Write clues on the paper with the felt markers. Roll the clues (number them faintly in pencil on the outside so only you can see it to keep them organized), and bind them lightly with some twine (you can also dip the twine in the tea to age it as well). The clues can be something like, “Count off twelve paces north, then turn to the right and dig under the weeping willow.”

Now, you need something for the treasure! What do your kids love? You can find all kinds of treasures at Brookshire’s! Whether it’s gift cards to their favorite restaurant, movie theater, clothing store or phone app; a favorite magazine; hair care product; makeup brand or maybe a favorite snack, you can find it at Brookshire’s. (I wouldn’t hide or bury a YUMS cupcake though.) Get some fun gift wrap for the “treasure” and hide the bounty in a clever spot with clues leading your kids to it.

The treasure hunt will be a fun thing for you and your kids to experience!



Product Talk: Broccoli with Lime Dressing Shortcuts


It’s Monday night, and you’re flying into Brookshire’s on a wing and a prayer after a long day at work, just needing a few more things to make a complete and healthy meal for dinner that evening.

You dart in the side entrance by the produce and meat counter. Perfect. In two quick stops, you can have a quick and healthy meal on the table in minutes.

First, grab a plank of salmon that you can bake with a few herbs and olive oil.

Then, head over to produce to pick up some Shortcuts, Brookshire’s freshly prepared fruits and vegetables that take all the guesswork and prep work out of your meal prep, saving you time and money.

A delicious side dish to your salmon (or steak, or chicken breast, or pork loin) would be Broccoli with Lime Dressing, and you’ll need to grab just a few more items to round out your meal. Shortcuts Broccoli Crowns and Shortcuts Minced Red Onions make it simple, as Brookshire’s has done all the work for you. I don’t know about you, but that goes a long way on a Monday night. In just a few minutes at home, you’ll have this simple and delicious side dish ready to go, and that feels good for our families and our wallets.

Broccoli with Lime Dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs Shortcuts Broccoli Crowns
1 tsp lime zest, grated
1 tsp lime juice from 1 large lime
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp table salt
3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup Shortcuts Minced Red Onions

Directions:
Steam or boil broccoli until just tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Whisk lime zest, lime juice, cumin and salt in a small bowl. Whisk in oil until smooth; stir in onions.
Gently toss steamed broccoli with dressing. Adjust seasoning; serve hot or at room temperature.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 157, Fat: 11 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 344 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 5 g.

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Family Matters: Kids and Books


Yesterday, we cleaned out a spare room in our house, as it was way overdue for a thorough cleaning.

We had a wonderful trip down memory lane as we did so, boxing up what turned out to be hundreds of books from my boys’ childhoods.

My sons are 13 and 15 now, and we still had bookshelves full of toddler, preschool and elementary school readers that they loved. We had fun talking about the countless hours we’d spend flipping through picture books, reading chapter books, sounding out words as they learned to read, and talking about the imaginary endings they’d make up for some of their favorite stories.

Books were such a big part of their childhood, and it was a little sad to pack so many away. Both boys still read, although mostly for school these days. I have high hopes that all the hours spent with a book in the early days will circle back around, and they’ll read for pleasure when they have more free time.

We sorted the books into piles. Each son got a pile of books that were given to them with special messages written inside from grandparents, aunts and uncles. Then, childhood favorites were added to those piles. “Frog and Toad” for one son, all the hardback Dr. Seuss classics for the other. We boxed those up and put their names on them.

We also made another pile of childhood classics from our shelves, some of which were mine as a child, that we’d keep at my house, and maybe their children can enjoy someday when they come to visit. We boxed those up and labeled them as books to save.

After that, we still had almost 200 books left. We boxed those up, and I made a post on social media about “books free to a good home.” The first respondent claimed them and picked them up two hours later. Those books are now at home with two more little boys on their shelves and hopefully will provide hours and hours of enjoyment, just as they did for mine.

There’s nothing better than a good book for imagination and relaxation. Maybe visit the local library, little library, second-hand bookstore or a yard sale soon to see what treasures you can find.



Family Matters: Foraging Treats for Pet Rodents


While searching for treats for small pets, I came across an absolutely ingenious idea that is not only a food reward for your small rodent (rat, mouse, guinea pig) but also a great foraging activity as well.

Start with a bell pepper. Cut a small hole in the side, leaving the top intact. Remove seeds and pith through the hole. Stuff the bell pepper with a few baby carrots, some 2-inch sections of celery, some sugar snap peas and chunks of the removed piece of bell pepper. Hang the stuffed pepper from a string in your rodent’s habitat, and let him forage in it to get his treats. Remove when vegetables begin to get limp, before they spoil.

 

TIP: Only offer this treat on an occasional basis, as too many fruits and vegetables can cause intestinal distress in rodents.



Family Matters: Pet Bird Treats


Help keep your pet bird cool this summer, even if he is an indoor pet, with some frozen treats that will keep him chilled and help his foraging skills.

Simply freeze some chunks of berry, banana and apple in an ice cube tray. Add in some birdseed if you wish. Let harden, and then give your bird a cube when he needs some good, cool fun.

He’ll enjoy pecking out the parts he likes, and he’ll stay cool doing it.

You can even freeze one of his favorite small toys inside an ice block, and let him chip it out with his beak.

TIP: Peel a banana, and freeze the fruit itself for another way to let your bird enjoy a cold, tasty treat.



Family Matters: Frozen Chicken and Apple Dog Treats


It’s so hot outside, and I can’t even imagine what it feels like to have a layer of thick fur on when you spend a couple hours a day outside.

My pup has plenty of shade and water when he has to be outside during the day, but it’s also great to be able to make him some cold, tasty treats to enjoy to help him beat the heat.

This super-simple recipe is nice for him to enjoy when he is outside in the hot, summer sun.

Frozen Chicken and Apple Dog Treats

Ingredients:
2 cups chicken stock (prepared without onion)
1 apple, thinly sliced

Directions:
Place multiple apple slices in the compartments of an ice cube tray. Pour chicken stock on top of apple slices. Freeze until solid. Serve to your pet one at a time when he’s outside to help cool him off.

TIP: Substitute fresh green beans or shredded carrots for the apples or coconut water for the chicken stock.



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