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Dine In: Blueberry-Watermelon Feta Salad


Blueberry-Watermelon Feta SaladAll of the local farmers markets are starting to open. I love walking through the fresh produce, fragrant flowers, and tantalizing sights and smells.

It’s pretty much like walking through the produce department at Brookshire’s all year long.

This vibrant summer salad bursts with unexpected flavors that dance on your tongue. Make it right before serving though, as this tends to get soupy or mushy if it sits too long.

Blueberry-Watermelon Feta Salad

Ingredients:
2 oz olive oil
1 oz balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
8 cups watermelon, diced
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 cup mint leaves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:
Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and red onion in a large glass (or other nonreactive) bowl. Add watermelon, blueberries, mint and feta. Toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 303, Fat: 18 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 17 mg, Sodium: 507 mg, Carbohydrates: 35 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 27 g, Protein: 5 g.

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Family Matters: National Pet Month – Small Animal


National Pet Month - Small Animal

May is National Pet Month and a great reason to celebrate all the people out there who take care of small pets like hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits.

The goal of National Pet Month is to promote the benefits of owning a small pet, support the adoption of small pets, raise awareness of the benefits of owning a small pet for both owners and furry friends, increase awareness of services available from professionals who work with pets, and draw attention to the valuable contribution of working companion animals to society.

So, let’s talk about owning a small animal.

The first benefit is space! You don’t have to have a lot of it, or a yard, or an outdoor space to keep a small pet happy and healthy! They don’t tend to break furniture, chew up your shoes or need to go on walks.

Small pets tend to be fairly clean and keep themselves clean with little effort on your part. They don’t eat a lot and don’t tend to be very expensive, either for initial cost or upkeep. Small animals are also independent, and they’re a great choice if you want the companionship of a pet without having to keep one constantly entertained.



Family Matters: National Pet Month – Dog


National Pet Month - Dog

May is National Pet Month and a great reason to celebrate man’s best friend.

The goal of National Pet Month is to promote the benefits of owning a dog, support the adoption of dogs, raise awareness of the benefits of owning a dog for both owners and furry friends, increase awareness of services available from professionals who work with pets, and draw attention to the valuable contribution of working companion animals to society.

There is a reason dogs are called “man’s best friend.”

If you get a dog, the chances are that the dog is going to love you for life. Dogs are loyal, committed, protective, territorial and playful. They can have a variety of talents and skills. Some dogs will hunt with you. Others are great for herding. Some varieties are great for farms, and others are perfect for your lap.

Dogs, like humans, come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. It shouldn’t be hard to find one that suits you and your lifestyle. Dogs are great with families and with children. They can help protect your house. They will ride in the car with you. They love to be petted, walked and played with.

My dog, Astro, is a 100-lb lap dog. He thinks he’s a lap dog, anyway. He is thrilled when I walk through the door at night. He stands beside me if the doorbell rings. He alerts me any time someone walks into the front yard. He cleans up any food that I drop on the floor. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it. He brings so much joy to every day. I can’t imagine not having him around.



Family Matters: National Pet Month – Cat


National Pet Month - Cat

May is National Pet Month and a great reason to celebrate all the people out there whose furry friends are of the feline variety.

The goal of National Pet Month is to promote the benefits of owning a cat, support the adoption of cats, raise awareness of the benefits of owning a cat for both owners and furry friends, increase awareness of services available from professionals who work with pets, and draw attention to the valuable contribution of working companion animals to society.

I ended up owning a cat by accident. My neighbor in an apartment building had a litter of kittens, and it’s a proven fact that you can’t hold a kitten and then walk away without it. Pretty much everything I’d thought about having a cat proved to be untrue. My cat was very loving and very social. She wanted to be held and petted, and she didn’t mind being picked up. She loved water. She would sit on the edge of the bathtub and draw her tail back and forth through the bath water as I bathed. She was very vocal and would greet me when I walked through the door with a series of small meows.

Cats are great pets because they are pretty independent. You don’t have to take them on walks, and they don’t necessarily need to go outside. They are loving and can be good companions. Cats tend to have longer lifespans, don’t need a lot of space, and can groom themselves.



Family Matters: National Pet Month – Bird


National Pet Month - Bird

May is National Pet Month and a great reason to celebrate all the bird owners out there!

The goal of National Pet Month is to promote the benefits of owning a bird, support bird adoption, raise awareness of the benefits of bird ownership for both owners and feathered friends, increase awareness of services available from professionals who work with pets, and draw attention to the valuable contribution of working companion animals to society.

Let’s talk about the benefits of owning a bird. I do not have one myself, so I texted a friend who has a parakeet named Nellie, asking her what benefits she gets from being a bird mom.

“I have constant company, and I really believe Nellie talks to me and carries on conversations,” she wrote back. “Nellie is highly intelligent and communicates effectively without ever saying a word.”

Another benefit of owning a bird is that they have a long lifespan and can be a constant companion over many years.

Birds also encourage humans to be more social, as many of the talking varieties will actually converse with you in a give-and-take exchange.

Having a bird lowers your stress levels as you play with and talk to your pet. It also keeps your mind sharp as you train and work with your pet.



Shop the Sale: Berry Smoothie


Prep Time: 15 mins
Serves: 4

Your favorite time of year is finally here! Strawberries are in season and we have the best selection – and prices – with strawberries on sale all this week at Brookshire’s. Sweeten up your mornings with our Berry Smoothie or enjoy it anytime as a sweet treat that won’t ruin swimsuit season. Check out the full recipe below plus some savory strawberry recipe ideas in our Chef Tips section.

Ingredients
1 medium ripe banana (about 4 oz), peeled and cut crosswise into 8 pieces
8 oz strawberries, stemmed and cleaned
8 oz blueberries
1/2 cup whole or skim milk
1/2 cup apple juice
1 pinch table salt
1 to 2 Tbs granulated sugar, divided
2 to 3 tsp lemon juice, divided
3 ice cubes (about 1 1/2 oz)
Garnish to your liking with an abundance of fresh fruits, nuts, oats, etc.

Instructions
Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange banana and berries in single layer on baking sheet. Freeze fruit until very cold but not frozen, about 10 minutes. In blender, puree cold fruit, milk, juice, salt, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and ice until uniformly smooth, about 10 to 15 seconds. Taste for sugar and lemon. If desired, add more sugar or lemon, and blend until combined, about 2 more seconds. Serve immediately, garnished as desired.

Calories Per Serving: 125, Fat: 2 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 162 mg, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 2 g.

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Chef Tips

Berry Tasty Dishes
Strawberries aren’t just for desserts or eating straight from the carton. Although we highly recommend both methods, there are many savory options for this juicy berry as well. Some of our favorites are Turkey Fajitas with Strawberry-Jalapeno Salsa, Chipotle-Strawberry Glazed Pork Chops and Spicy Strawberry Gazpacho. For simpler meal ideas it’s hard to go past a Strawberry & Feta Spinach Salad (add chicken for lean protein) or you can go gourmet with your next grilled ham and cheese by choosing a buttery cheese like Havarti and topping with Strawberry Red Wine Jam. Even pizza or flatbreads pair well, with options like Strawberry, Basil & Balsamic Pizza and focaccia topped with berries, bacon, avocado and goat cheese.

How Sweet It Is
Not that you need any reason other than the sweet taste to eat strawberries, they’re also packed with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. Finally, a treat that’s actually good for you! Get the most out of your strawberries by choosing berries that are firm, plump and a deep red color. Strawberries do not ripen further once picked, so it’s best to pick those that are fully ripened. If they’re dull or have yellow patches, they’re not ripe.



Healthy Living: Magnesium


MagnesiumOne of the few supplements I take each day is magnesium.

When I was filtering out my supplement needs, magnesium emerged as one of the few individual minerals that I needed to make sure I was taking enough of.

Magnesium can help hypertension and cardiovascular disease. It can also help correct kidney and liver damage. It can rectify peroxynitrite damage that can evolve into migraines, glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease. It can help with restless leg syndrome, PMS, insomnia, osteoporosis and fungal infections. It can contribute to an improvement in muscle weakness, cramps and impotence. Check with your physician to find out if you are magnesium-deficient and what kind of magnesium to take as a supplement.



Product Talk: Sunday Brunch


Sunday Brunch Dog FoodIt’s National Pet Month, and there’s no better time to celebrate your playful pup than with a wonderful meal you can get for him right off the shelf at Brookshire’s.

Sunday Brunch canned dog food is prepared with savory lamb, rich rice, hearty potatoes and fresh apples. Your pup will enjoy the feeling of Sunday brunch with the family, and it’s full of whole-grains, potatoes, proteins and apples.

Sunday Brunch is made with omega-3 and 6 fatty acids for a healthy skin and coat for your pup. Cans are good for two meals, mixed with dry food, for a succulent feast for your four-legged furry friend.

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Dine In: Grilled Dijon Onion Rings


Grilled Dijon Onion RingsDuring this time of year and if it’s Friday night, you’re going to find me on the back porch, likely with a fire going in the chiminea and something on the grill.

My favorite thing about the grill, aside from the scent and sizzle, is the variety of options you can cook outside. Not only do we grill our protein for almost every meal but most of our side dishes as well.

So far this year, I’ve grilled zucchini, baby portobello mushrooms, asparagus, squash, eggplant, green beans and onions.

These Grilled Dijon Onion Rings are amazing with steak. Grilling them gives the onions a smoky sweetness that is a wonderful complement to a rich steak.

Grilled Dijon Onion Rings

Ingredients:
3 Tbs Dijon mustard
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp lemon rind, cut into 1-inch julienned strips
2 sweet onions (such as Noonday), cut into 1/4-inch slices

Directions:
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Whisk Dijon mustard, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, thyme and lemon rind in a small bowl until well-combined.

Brush one side of the onion slices with some of the mustard mixture. Place the onion slices mustard-side down in a grill pan/basket/griddle.

Grill for about 5 minutes on the first side, while you baste the other side with the remaining mustard mixture. Turn once, and grill for another 5 minutes. Remove from the grill, and serve immediately.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 48, Fat: 2 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 136 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 1 g.

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Family Matters: Handprint Gifts


Handprint GiftsMother’s Day and Father’s Day are rapidly approaching, and (to me) there’s no better gift than something that your little one has had their hand in. Literally.

Handprint gifts are the best. I can look back from years ago and see the sweet preciousness in their tiny handprints.

One year, my younger son made me a clay flower pot with his handprint as the green base and stems of a plant with his multicolored fingerprints as the flowers. It’s in my kitchen, holding pens and pencils.

Another year, we made footprints in a concrete paver for the back garden. Their sweet little feet are forever immortalized in concrete with the date and their names stamped into the stone. It’s my favorite thing in the backyard.

I have a bookmark with my oldest son’s handprint cut out of craft foam, mounted to green pipe cleaners to look like a flower. It has his name and the date on the back, lest I forget which small, sweet hand it belongs to.

I have handprint clay molds and handprint Christmas ball ornaments.

The possibilities for these special gifts are endless (there are so many ideas online that I can’t even name them all). I promise that any gift this unique will be treasured forever, and you won’t even feel bad about wiping their chocolate pudding handprints off the living room wall.



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