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Dine In: Parmesan Potato Pancake


Parmesan Potato PancakeLast Friday night, we were in the mood to be creative.

Don’t you love that feeling after a fulfilling work week when you’re riding the tidal wave of energy and positivity, and the one thing you want to do when you get home is cook something delicious with your sweetie? I surely do.

We decided to roast a chicken and toss a salad. I had potatoes in the pantry, and we knew we wanted to use them. However, we didn’t want to just roast or mash them. Roast chicken always reminds me of a French country bistro or a Parisian café, which immediately brought to mind a potato pancake. One of the best meals I had in France was a roast chicken with a potato galette on a Sunday afternoon in the north of France. A galette isn’t quite the same as a potato pancake, but when I was looking for recipes for a potato cake of any sort, I came across the potato pancake recipe, which called for freshly grated parmesan cheese. I was sold.

This one takes some patience. Your pan can’t be too hot, but it can’t be too cool either. The potatoes will become mushy if it’s too cool. The best part is flipping the pancake. I was nervous the first time and took forever to flip the pancake onto a plate, then slide it back into the pan. I got the hang of it. Attack it. Don’t think, just flip. That would be my advice. The original recipe didn’t call for adding more oil to the pan before adding the pancake back in, but I found you get a more golden crust if you add about 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and let it heat up before you slide the pancake back into your nonstick skillet.

It was a delicious French country dinner.

Parmesan Potato Pancake

Ingredients:
3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
1 cup parmesan, grated
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

Directions:
Warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large (12-inch diameter) nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic; cook until tender and fragrant, about 2 more minutes. Season the onion mixture with salt and pepper. Transfer the onion mixture to a large bowl and set aside. Reserve the pan.

Meanwhile, grate the potatoes in a food processor using the grating attachment blade. Use a kitchen towel to help squeeze out the water from the grated potatoes. Add the potatoes to the bowl with the onion mixture. Add the parmesan and the basil. Stir to combine; season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

Warm the remaining olive oil over high heat in the same pan that was used to cook the onions. When the pan is hot but not smoking, add the potato mixture. Use a spatula to press the mixture down into the pan firmly and evenly. Turn the heat down to medium, and cook the potato mixture until the bottom is golden-brown and the pancake can move in the pan, about 12 to 15 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium-low if the pancake is browning too fast in places. Place a large plate on top of the pancake and flip the pancake out of the pan. Turn the heat on the pan back up to high. Add one tablespoon olive oil. When the pan is hot, slide the pancake back into the pan. Cook until the bottom is golden and the pancake is cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Slide the pancake onto a serving platter, slice and serve.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 460, Calories from Fat: 207, Fat: 23 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 41 mg, Sodium: 1133 mg, Potassium: 1021 mg, Carbohydrates: 46 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 24 g

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Family Matters: Wacky Days of April


Wacky Days of AprilIt’s no joke! April showers not only bring in the rain, but they also bring in some pretty weird, wild and wacky holidays! April 1 gets the ball rolling with April Fools’ Day. This sets the agenda for a whole month full of fun, bizarre days to celebrate. Don’t worry about coming in late in the game of April’s wacky days; there is a day for just about everyone and everything!

April Fools’ Day 1
Whole-Grain Sampling Day 1
Peanut Butter & Jelly Day 2
Love Your Produce Manager Day 2
Chocolate Mousse Day 3
Cordon Bleu Day 4
Deep-Dish Pizza Day 5
Hostess Twinkie Day 6
Caramel Popcorn Day 6
National Beer Day 7
World Health Day 7
Pet Day 11
Cheese Fondue Day 11
Licorice Day 12
Peach Cobbler Day 13
Pecan Day 14
Eggs Benedict Day 16
Cheeseball Day 17
Garlic Day 19
Chocolate-Covered Cashew Day 21
Earth Day 22
Jelly Bean Day 22
Cherry Cheesecake Day 23
Picnic Day 23
Pig in a Blanket Day 24
Zucchini Bread Day 25
Pretzel Day 26
Babe Ruth Day 27
Prime Rib Day 27
Blueberry Pie Day 28
Shrimp Scampi Day 29
Oatmeal Cookie Day 30
Raisin Day 30

There are plenty of fun days here to get you and your kiddos in the kitchen cooking up a great time! So, no matter which days you choose to celebrate, you can be sure it will put a smile on the faces of those you love.

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Shop the Sale: Chili-Lime Pork Loin


Chili-Lime Pork LoinPrices on meat seem to be rising as quickly as the thermostat, but a whole pork loin is always a good value, especially when it’s on sale at Brookshire’s.

I can’t tell you how many meals I can get out of a whole pork loin.

Well, yes I can. I slice it for the main meal. I dice it for leftover tacos, and I serve it a third time in sandwiches. Not bad, right?

This chili-lime flavor goes a long way with pork and is extremely versatile. Oh, scrambles. I forgot to mention this. Chili-lime pork with eggs and jalapeños. Yummy.

Chili-Lime Pork Loin

Ingredients:
2 lb pork loin
1 Tbs chili powder
1 medium lime
4 Tbs vegetable oil
1/2 Tbs garlic, minced
1 Tbs soy sauce

Directions:
In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil with the soy sauce, chili powder, lime juice and garlic. To get the most juice out of your lime, microwave it for about 20 seconds before cutting it open.

Place the pork loin in a large zip-top bag and pour in the marinade. Make sure the loin is completely coated and then refrigerate for 1 hour or more.

When ready to cook, take the pork loin out of the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Heat a large skillet with the remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. When the skillet is very hot and the oil looks wavy on the surface, add the pork loin (do not discard the marinade). Sear both sides of the pork loin until brown and crispy (about 3 to 5 minutes per side).

After searing both sides of the pork loin, place it on a baking sheet or roasting pan. Baste the loin with the remaining marinade and place it in the oven. Roast for approximately 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160° F. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 273, Calories from Fat: 164, Fat: 18 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 73 mg, Sodium: 154 mg, Potassium: 410 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Protein: 25 g

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Mi Blog Hispano: Depresión Enemigo Silencioso


Depresión Enemigo SilenciosoEstos últimos tiempos mucha gente está hablando del tema de la depresión, debido a que personajes famosos han confesado padecerla o haberla padecido en algún momento de su vida y también porque esta ha sido causante de que algunos hayan decidido quitarse la vida, como por ejemplo Robin Williams. La Depresión,  es un enemigo silencioso que  a veces ataca a la vida de las personas sin que estos se den cuenta, muchas veces pensamos que porque una persona aparentemente se mira alegre y contenta esta no la puede  padecer y resulta que usualmente estos síntomas no se demuestran a los demás.

La depresión es un trastorno del estado de ánimo, que se manifiesta de forma psicológica mostrando síntomas de tristeza, decaimiento, desinterés o disminución de la autoestima.  También se presenta de forma biológica, presentando pérdida del apetito, alteraciones del sueño, ansiedad, etc. A veces estos síntomas se producen por causas que son razonables como la pérdida de un ser querido, o una crisis personal, pero si estos síntomas se prolongan más de seis meses las consecuencias de esto es que pueden provocar una depresión mayor.

Es importante que también sepamos que hay depresiones que son causadas por desbalances hormonales, alteraciones endocrinas o por ingerir ciertos medicamentos cuyos efectos secundarios son la depresión. Debemos estar atentos y cuando se presenten estos síntomas, buscar ayuda inmediatamente para obtener soluciones y no permitir que la depresión se desarrolle ya que esto puede desencadenar pensamientos de muerte o suicidio, ataques de pánico y ansiedad.

La depresión afecta tanto a hombres como a las mujeres, pero usualmente las mujeres tienen más probabilidades que se les diagnostique que a los hombres. Te recomiendo que si sospechas que tienes varios de estos síntomas busques ayuda al igual que si observas a alguien de tu entorno actuando de esta forma. Muchas veces solo basta con hacer ejercicios, hablar con alguien  y cambiar la rutina, pero en otras situaciones es vital buscar ayuda con un especialista, ya que a veces es necesaria la medicación para su cura.



Healthy Living: Drink, Doggy, Drink!


Drink, Doggy, Drink!Summertime can be a prime time for dehydration in your outdoor pets.

You can tell when your pet is dehydrated if they become listless with a dry mouth or nose, sunken eyes and loss of appetite.

Don’t let your pets run out of steam this summer. Keep a water bowl filled at all times and keep it in the shade, if possible. Choose a plastic bowl, rather than a metal one, as it will keep the water cooler. Some pets love it when you fill their bowls with ice water because they like to chew on the ice as well.

Here are some other tips to keep your dog hydrated in the summertime:

  • Provide clean water at all times, and change it frequently to ensure freshness. Also, don’t forget to wash your pet’s water bowl every day to prevent bacteria from growing.
  • Monitor your dog’s water intake. Generally, a dog needs at least one ounce of water for each pound of body weight per day. If your dog is not drinking an adequate amount of water, seek veterinary advice. Monitoring water intake is especially important if he’s recovering from diarrhea, vomiting or other illnesses.
  • Purchase a water bowl with a weighted bottom to prevent your dog from knocking it over.
  • Bring extra water when you’re traveling or exercising with your dog.
  • If you notice your pet is drinking less than usual, check his mouth for sores or other foreign objects, such as burrs or sticks.
  • Avoid chaining a dog outside since he may get tangled up, preventing him from accessing his water bowl.
  • Keep your toilet lid closed to interrupt your dog’s efforts to turn the bowl, which can be a source of bacteria, into a water fountain.


Product Talk: Smithfield Country Ham Center Slices


Smithfield Country Ham Center SlicesI had no idea what this product was when my boyfriend brought it to my house not too long ago.

However, it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s slivers of ham cut from the center and end of a larger roast.

These would be perfect to pan-fry for breakfast along with eggs and biscuits, or slice and wrap around asparagus spears and grill. They’d also be good in biscuits or in a hearty sandwich.

We did something a little different with it. Paul cleaned and snapped about a pound of fresh green beans. He sprayed a piece of heavy-duty foil with nonstick cooking spray and put the beans on top. He then sliced a piece of the ham into chunks and mixed that into the beans with a little black pepper, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and a few tablespoons of water. He closed the foil, making a tight packet, and he grilled it on high heat for several minutes until the beans were steamed, tender and perfectly flavored with the ham.

Delicious!



Dine In: Pesto Grilled Shrimp Kebabs


Pesto Grilled Shrimp KebabsPollen be darned!

Nothing is going to keep me from enjoying my patio this spring. Nothing relaxes me more than coming home on a Friday night and sitting outside with the birds singing, the sun setting and a great meal being prepped on the grill.

Shrimp are so fast and easy. This dish comes together quickly, right in the comfort of your own home with no long waits in the restaurant lobby and no being jostled by tweens taking selfies so they can post to Instagram.

When you make this, grill some lemon halves, then squeeze the smoky sweet juice over your shrimp, too. Serve with a crisp salad and a cold glass of sauvignon blanc.

Grilled Pesto Shrimp Kebabs

Ingredients:
1/2 cup basil, packed
1 small clove garlic
1 Tbs pine nuts, toasted
2 Tbs parmesan cheese, grated
2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions:
Pulse the basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Marinate the shrimp in the pesto for at least 20 minutes (up to overnight) in the refrigerator.

Skewer the shrimp and grill over medium-high heat until cooked, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 184, Fat: 11 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 147 mg, Sodium: 755 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 18 g



Family Matters: Wild Birds


Wild BirdsOne of my favorite things, every spring, is to watch the birds come back to my yard.

Their migration always starts with the cardinals. I have two pairs who live in my big oak tree. Then, there are the robins, always the “first sign of spring,” but mine like living in Texas, I think, as I see them most of the year. The doves and the sparrows are next, then the mockingbirds (which drive my dog crazy), the finches and the hummingbirds.

Thomas Moore’s Texas Wild Bird Seed makes it easy to keep my feathered friends happy and well-fed.

The bird seed attracts cardinals, chickadees, blue jays and finches, adding color and variety to your backyard flock.

The seeds themselves come in many varieties, including black oil sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, shell-free no-mess mix and a songbird mix. (I’m trying that one next!)

It’s easy to feed the birds. Thomas Moore recommends replacing seeds every one to two days, emptying old seeds before replenishing the feeders. During slower seasons, don’t fill the feeder as often to prevent waste. Available at Brookshire’s, the wild bird seeds are a great way to attract birds to your backyard, and it might be the start of a new hobby for you and your family as you watch them!



Company News: FRESH 15 Corporate Challenge winners announced


FRESH 15 Corporate Challenge winnersTYLER, Texas, April 8, 2015 – Organizers of the 2015 FRESH 15 road race, which raised more than $100,000 for charity, today announced the three winners of the FRESH 15 Corporate Challenge.

Hutto Orthodontics took first place with 80 employee-participants. They received $300, which they donated to the dental program at Bethesda Health Clinic in Tyler. Tyler Independent School District came in second, with 75 participants, and designated its $200 donation to the Tyler ISD Foundation. In third place, with 59 participants, the Centene Corporation selected the Susan G. Komen Foundation to receive its $100 prize. Each company also received a team trophy to commemorate their accomplishment.

Through the FRESH 15 Corporate Challenge, local companies and organizations were challenged to encourage wellness, teamwork and philanthropy among their employees by assembling the most participants for the 15k and 5k races. Many companies sponsored a portion or all of the race entry fees for their employees.

The second annual FRESH 15 was hosted March 7 at FRESH by Brookshire’s in Tyler and featured 15k, 5k and kids’ 1k races. All proceeds from the event were donated to Tyler-based Bethesda Health Clinic and FitSTEPS for Life, along with two national charities: The SEAL Legacy Foundation and Team Red, White and Blue.

For more information, visit FRESH15k.

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Shop the Sale: Lasagna Pasta


Lasagna PastaI have not made Italian food in a long time, at least not the variety with pastas and sauces. That’s a very different thing than the lighter fare that comes from the Mediterranean side of the country. That’s one of the things that makes Italy so entrancing: every region has a very distinct culinary style. The layered pastas tend to come more from the southern portion of the country.

While this isn’t a true lasagna, it definitely reminds you of a lasagna when you eat it. A few websites I cross-referenced claim this is a recipe from a weight-loss program, but I couldn’t confirm that.

Either way, you get the taste of lasagna without all the calories. In addition, you get a great deal because ground chuck is on sale this week at Brookshire’s.

Lasagna Pasta

Ingredients:
1 lb bowtie pasta, uncooked
1 Tbs olive oil
1 lb ground chuck
1 jar spaghetti sauce (or 3 cups homemade sauce)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 (heaping) tsp Italian seasoning
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
1 cup sour cream

Directions:
Boil pasta in large pot of salted water until al dente; drain. In large skillet, brown and crumble ground chuck until fully cooked; drain fat and return to pan. Pour cooked pasta on top of meat, then drizzle olive oil on top. Pour jar of sauce, salt, garlic powder and Italian seasonings on top of pasta. Stir pasta. Add cheese and sour cream. Stir over low heat until cheese is melted and all ingredients are combined. Taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve with parmesan or additional mozzarella, if desired.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 472, Calories from Fat: 162, Fat: 18 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 42 mg, Sodium: 679 mg, Potassium: 128 mg, Carbohydrates: 59 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 20 g

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