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Dine-In: Snowman Macaroni and Cheese

Snowman Macaroni and Cheese

Serves: 10

Prep Time: 30 minutes      

Cook Time: 20 minutes 




1 lb elbow macaroni

1 Tbs butter

2 Tbs Food Club All-Purpose Flour

1-1/2 cup Full-Circle 2% Milk

1 cup shredded Monterery Jack cheese

1 cup shredded 2% mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

5 cherry tomato, halved

1 baby carrot 


Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large pot, bring lightly salted water to a boil and add noodles. Cook noodles for 9 minute; drain. Set aside. 

Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat and add flour; stir constantly. Slowly add milk and whisk until thickened. 

In a large bowl, add drained noodles, milk sauce, 1/2 cup Monterery Jack 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese; mix well. Pour noodles into round casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of noodles. Place casserole dish in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. 

Once macaroni and cheese is cooled, place 2 cherry tomato halved onto macaroni and cheese as eyes. Then place the remaining cherry tomato halves as the smile. Use the baby carrot as a nose. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 293, Fat: 9 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 25 mg, Sodium: 249 mg, Carbohydrates: 38 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 14 g. 

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician. 

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Family Matters: Cat litter

We all know that cats are picky animals and if the litter box is not perfect they do not want to use it.

Here are some tips for keeping your litter box the way your cat wants it. 

Cats prefer litter that they used when they were kittens. If you’re happy and your cat is happy do not change litters.

Cats are picky about the smell and feel of the litter, so if they are not using their box try a different kind of litter.

When filling and maintaining the litter box, make sure that the litter is 2 inches deep.

Do not keep the litter box in a busy and loud location, cats like privacy too!  

(Source: ASPCA)


Shop the Sale: Favorite Holiday Pie

“What’s your favorite holiday pie?” We asked that question to our partners and friends on Facebook and sure enough, everyone had a passionate opinion. In third place, we had a tie between Buttermilk and Chocolate pie. Pecan pie took second place by the margin of a half slice, and for the top spot, the hands down winner was the classic, always delicious Pumpkin pie. 

Since Pecan pie came in a close second, we thought we would give you a deal on pecans this week at Brookshire’s! Ellis Pecans – bits, halves or pieces, 6 oz bag – $3.49. 


So no matter which pie you choose to bake, we’re sure there is someone in your family that will say it’s their favorite!


Sugar and Spice

Sweets to Entice! 

Zucchini Bread
Christmas Gingersnaps
Snicker-doodle Holiday Drink
Cinnamon-pecan Popcorn 

What better gift to give than the aroma of fresh-baked Zucchini Bread—especially when packaged in such cute containers? 

And at your holiday party, your guests will have more than sugar plums dancing in their heads after enjoying delicious Ginger Snap Cookies, Sweet and Spicy Popcorn and our warmed, chill-chasing snicker-doodle holiday drink. 

Zucchini Bread  

Prep Time: 30 minutes           
Cook Time: 35 minutes

Serves: 24 

3 cups flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder 
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini (about 1-2 zucchini)
1 apple, grated
1 cup chopped pecans
3 eggs
1 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
3 (10.5 or 11 oz) metal coffee cans (remove label and  cut away lip inside the can if present) 

Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, grated zucchini, grated apple and chopped pecans. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, canola oil, sugars and vanilla. Pour into flour mixture. Butter and flour each can, to prevent the bread from sticking to the can; make sure crevices are covered. Divide batter into cans and place in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cans to cool for 20 minutes before
removing bread and slicing.  

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 243, Fat: 13 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 23 mg, Sodium: 159 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g 

Christmas Gingersnaps  

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 12 

3/4 cup canola oil
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup light molasses
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Tubinado sugar, to garnish 

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, molasses, vanilla and egg. In a medium bowl, combine flour, spices, baking soda and salt. Slowly pour flour mixture into molasses mixture; mix well. Sprinkle Turbinado sugar on top of cookies. Place cookies on pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 269, Fat: 14 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg, Sodium: 319 mg, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g  

Snicker-doodle Holiday Drink 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 

1/4 cup Turbinado sugar
3 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 oz Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz cinnamon liqueur
2 oz Smirnoff Vanilla Twist Vodka 

In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Place the rim of 4 glasses into the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Fill a cocktail shaker with some ice and the remaining ingredients and shake. Pour cocktail into the 4 glasses. 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 181, Fat: 8 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 51 mg,  Sodium: 17 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 6 g 

Cinnamon-pecan Popcorn 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6 

1 bag Food Club Natural Light Popcorn
2 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 Tbs sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup pecans, toasted
1/2 cup caramel bits
1 1/2 Tbs water 

In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. In a microwavable bowl, combine caramel bits and water; microwave, stir and repeat until melted. Pour caramel over popcorn; mix well. 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 103, Fat: 6 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 15 mg, Sodium: 42 mg, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 1 g 

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician. 

Candy Cane Cheesecake

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes

Serves 12 

1 1/2 cups crushed chocolate graham crackers
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup + 2 Tbs Food Club Sugar, divided 


3 (8 oz) pkgs Food Club Fat-free Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup whipping cream
3 Tbs all-purpose flour
1 Tbs vanilla
3 eggs 

1/3 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peppermint, crushed 

Pre-heat oven to 325° F. In a medium bowl, combine crushed graham cracker, butter and 2 tablespoons sugar. Spray a 9-inch spring form pan with cooking spray. Press crumb mixture into pan and bake for 14 minutes. In a large bowl, with electric mixer cream the cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar. Add eggs one at a time and then vanilla, Greek yogurt and 1 cup whipping cream; mix well. Pour into cooled crust and bake 50 to 55 minutes. 

In a sauce pan over medium heat, bring 1/3 cup whipping cream to a boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate stirring constantly. Pour ganache over cheesecake and smooth over with a spatula. Sprinkle crushed peppermint on top of ganache. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight before removing from pan. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 471, Fat: 34 g (21 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 137 mg, Sodium: 264 mg, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 10 g 

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.

Healthy Living: Proper Temperature for Your Refrigerator

To maintain a healthy lifestyle you have to not only eat healthy and engage in physical activity but you also have to practice proper food safety. The first place to start with food safety is to look at where you store your perishable foods. Your refrigerator should maintain a temperature between 34-40°F to prevent the growth of bacteria. If you are not sure if your refrigerator is maintaining a proper temperature buy a thermometer to stick in your refrigerator and check it often to see if it is maintaining a temperature between  34-40°F. Also, think about where different types of foods are stored in your refrigerator and where the warmest spot of your refrigerator is.  The storage area in your door is the warmest spot in your refrigerator. You should not store your eggs and fresh meat in the door; with the opening and shutting of the door those foods are exposed to frequent changes in temperature.  

Dine-In: Turkey

After Thanksgiving, cooking is the last thing on your mind. Here is a simple recipe that will help you get rid of your leftover turkey. 

Turkey Tortellini

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes       Cook Time: 30 minutes 


1 Tbs Food Club Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 tsp ground oregano

1/4 tsp dried basil leaves, chopped

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 (20 oz) refrigerated tortellini

1 lb turkey, shredded, cooked

8 cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese 


In a skillet, add olive oil and sauté chopped onion, garlic, and chopped bell pepper. Once vegetables are tender, reduce heat and add oregano, basil, and red wine vinegar. In a pot, add water and bring a boil. Add tortellini to boiling water; cook until you can slice it with a fork. In a large bowl, combine vegetables, tortellini, shredded turkey, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 495, Fat: 15 g 6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 98 mg, Sodium: 598 mg, Carbohydrates: 50 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 40 g. 

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician. 

Family Matters: Hope’s Traditional Sugar Cookies

Tis the season for the holiday traditions to began. I love this time of the year – digging out all the ornaments that my kids have made over the years, baking my husband’s favorite pecan pie, going to the mall on Christmas Eve for pictures with Santa and decorating sugar cookies with my kids. Carrying out family traditions and creating new traditions for my family brings me so much joy. 

My oldest holiday traditions began around the age of 10 when I started doing the baking for my mom. To this day, if I do not bring the decorated sugar cookies to the family gatherings, everyone gets really upset with me! For a while, even turkey shaped sugar cookies made an appearance on Thanksgiving! Happily, I have now passed this tradition down to my nine-year-old daughter! 

Hope’s Traditional Sugar Cookies 


1 cup Crisco

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

2 Tbs milk

3 cups flour


Cookies: Add Crisco, sugar, eggs, vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat with a mixer until creamy. Stir in baking powder then gradually add flour and stir until blended together. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least up to three hours. 

Lightly sprinkle an inverted cookie sheet and rolling pin with flour. Roll dough out onto an inverted cookie sheet. Press cookie cutter into dough and remove excess dough around cutter. Work excess cookie dough back into a ball and repeat process. Bake cookies for 8 minutes (they should not turn brown). 

Icing: you can make your own Royal icing or use Betty Crocker Cookie Icing in a pouch. 

What ever your tradition is during the Christmas season, remember that time spent with family is by far the best tradition of all. Share Meals. Share Life. 

Sweet and Salty – Delicious and Savory

For the best of both worlds, satisfy your taste for the sweet and salty with four delicious and savory treats.  

Our chewy Tuxedo Pretzels and moist Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies pair well with crunchy Graham Cracker Bark, while everyone will be sure to delight in an indulgent, melt-in-your-mouth Almond Truffle. 


Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies  

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 12 

1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
12 Hershey Kisses 

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Cream together butter, sugar and egg yolk. Add vanilla, flour and salt; mix well. Roll dough into balls. Roll balls into egg whites and then into walnuts. Place balls onto cookie sheet. Press finger into middle of each ball and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Immediately after getting cookies out of the oven place one Hershey Kiss into center of the cookie. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories Per Serving: 309, Fat: 21 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 73 mg, Sodium: 174 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 5 g 

Graham Cracker Bark 

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 16 

1/2 box graham crackers
1/3 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits 

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 10×15 baking dish with parchment paper. Place graham crackers on top of parchment paper. 

In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in sugar; bring to a boil. Stir occasionally until candy thermometer reaches 310° F. Pour sugar mixture over graham crackers and then chocolate chips. Place baking sheet in oven and cook for 5 minutes. With a fork swirl chocolate on bark. Add chopped pecans and toffee bits to bark. Place bark in refrigerator for 2 hours and then break apart.       

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 281, Fat: 18 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg,  Sodium: 130 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 2 g 

Tuxedo Pretzels 

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 12 

 oz white chocolate
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate
1 (10 oz) bag twisted pretzels 

In a microwave safe bowl, add white chocolate and microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave in intervals of 15 seconds until melted; stir after every microwave. Repeat with semi-sweet chocolate. Dip half a pretzel in the white chocolate and place on wax paper to harden. Once white chocolate is hard, dip the other half in semi-sweet chocolate and place back on wax paper to harden. 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 138, Fat: 4 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 1 mg,  Sodium: 325 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g 

Almond Truffles 

Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus chill time
Serves: 12 

1/2 cup Food Club Heavy Cream
2 Tbs butter
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup chopped almonds 

In a saucepan, bring heavy cream and butter to a boil. In a metal bowl, combine chocolate chips and hot cream. Once chocolate is melted add almond extract. Place chocolate in refrigerator and chill for 2 hours. Roll chocolate into balls and place back the freezer for 6 hours or over night. Roll balls into chopped almonds. 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 171, Fat: 12 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 32 mg, Sodium: 32 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g

Shop the Sale: Real Big Deal

The “Real Big Deal” on the front page of this week’s Brookshire’s circular offers 4 free items simply by purchasing a Hormel Snack Party Tray.  I’ve become accustomed to looking forward to the “Real Big Deal” when it is advertised every other week.  I like the excitement of receiving my weekly ad and discovering what I can take home for free.  

This week the 4 free items include a package of Hillshire Farm Little Smokies, a can of party peanuts, a bag of Chex Mix and a package of chip dip.  These are all items I can use at a holiday party.  And the offer is so easy – they’re free simply by purchasing a Hormel Snack Party Tray.  Finding bargains like this “Real Big Deal” at Brookshire’s really helps out my food budget when it comes to party planning this holiday season. 

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