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Picnic Packing Power

Pack the potato salad and the Frisbees. Fire up  the grill and get ready for the best picnic season ever.

Now that the weather is great, give into the urge to dine alfresco with the family at a neighborhood park or lake. There’s no better way to bring the family together than great food and outdoor fun.

Theme It!
Whether it’s an impromptu romantic afternoon, or a full-fledged family outing, packing items according to a theme is a great way to inspire memories and keep the menu simple. Music and games are great additions to keep everyone busy and entertained.

To Pack Or Not To Pack
A little planning goes a long way to ensure everyone has fun—including the organizer. Start with a checklist and bring only the essentials.  Pack plenty of serving spoons and items to help you clean up after your adventure is over. And don’t forget your camera to capture all the fun.

On The Menu
Picnics are a snap to pull together when you choose ready-to-serve items like Red Diamond Lemonade, Sunnybrook Farms Fruit and Vegetable Trays, Red Diamond Tea and fresh-made brownie trays. Cold foods should be kept under 40˚ F, so always pack items like Food Club Sour Cream and Yogurt deeper into the cooler and cover with ice to maintain a proper safety temperature. A trick to keeping beverages cooler longer is to chill them in the refrigerator before packing them into the cooler. Keep foods from getting soggy by packing ice in large zip-close bags to keep everything fresh and delicious. If possible, don’t put your cooler in the trunk—the heat will reduce its cooling ability during transport.

Good Clean Fun
Pack hand sanitizer and plenty of paper towels to keep hands and surfaces clean. Make sure any frozen meats, poultry and seafood are thawed in the refrigerator before packing into the cooler, and keep them in separate containers to avoid cross-contamination. A food thermometer is a great item to have to ensure foods are cooked to proper temperature.

Follow these simple tips, and you’ll be on your way to picnic packed with fun and great memories.

Bug Spray
Trash Bags Or Plastic Grocery Bags
Blankets And/Or Pillows
Plasticware, Plates, Cups, Napkins
Food Thermometer
Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer

Try these easy-to-carry items in your picnic!

1. Red Diamond Lemonade
2. Food Club Sour Cream
3. Sunnybrook Farms Fruit Tray
4. Fudge Brownie Tray
5. Food Club Ice
6. Food Club Yogurt
7. Red Diamond Tea
8. Sunnybrook Farms Vegetable Tray

Stick Vase

30 inches of 1/4″ to 3/8″ ribbon of choice
36 – 40 1/4″ thick sticks about 2 1/2″ to 3″ long
Small (4 oz) pimento jar (lid removed)
Small rubber band

Place rubber band around pimento jar. Tuck sticks under rubber band around jar as close as possible until jar is surrounded.  Wrap ribbon around jar to cover rubber band, and tie into a decorative bow.

Shop the Sale: Pick-up a little something for your Mother

Mother’s Day is coming up! Do you need something to top off your mother’s gift; maybe chocolate or flowers? Brookshire’s is the place to get that little something to show your mother how much you appreciate her.

Brookshire’s has beautiful hydrangeas, fresh tulips, spring mums and rose bouquets. If your mother has a sweet tooth, you can pick up some Russell Stover Candy, Pangburn’s Millionaires, Whitman’s Sampler, or Lindt Linder Truffles. This is a time to really show your mother how much you appreciate all the hard work that she has done for you.

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Healthy Living: Fruit Spread

Fruit spreads are good to top on your favorite meat or vegetable. Do your vegetables taste bland?  You can microwave your favorite fruit spread, whether it is strawberry, raspberry or apricot, and mix it into your vegetable mixture. You can do the same thing with your favorite meat. Most fruit spreads are gluten-free but it is always safe to check the label for sneaky ingredients.

Product Talk: Applesauce

Have you talked to your babies’ doctor about introducing solid foods? Applesauce is a great first food for your baby to try.

You can try to make it yourself with the recipe below or you can buy natural applesauce at the store.If you decide to get it from the store, read the label to make sure that it only contains apples. 


Blueberry Apple Sauce

1 apple
1/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup blueberries
1 tsp cinnamon (if infant is ready for it)

Wash apple, core it, peel it, and cut into small cubes. In a pot, place apples, oatmeal and water. After the apple is tender place in food processor with blueberries. If your infant is ready for cinnamon, you can add that too. Process the apple mixture until smooth. Make sure that you allow applesauce to cool before serving it to your infant.

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Dining-in: Spinach Stuffed Chicken

My roommates and I loved to experiment with cooking in college. One of my roommates came up with this stuffed chicken and we cooked it all the time. On Friday night after a busy week at school, we always enjoyed just going to the grocery store to get our entire ingredients, cook dinner together and watch a movie.

Cooking with friends always brings bonding and good memories together.  You know you will come up with good recipes when you and a few friends put your heads together to make dinner.

Spinach Stuffed Chicken

4 boneless, skinless, chicken breast
1/2 cup 2% mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1 Tbs pesto sauce
1 Tbs Italian seasoning

Take chicken and slice in crossways. In a medium bowl, combine cheese, spinach, sour cream, pesto and Italian seasoning. Mix well and then place in slice of chicken. In skillet, add chicken over medium-high heat and cook for 12 minutes. Remove chicken from heat.  Serve

Nutritional Information:
Calories per Serving: 372, Fat: 12g (Saturated Fat 4g), Cholesterol: 159mg, Sodium: 254mg, Carbohydrates: 4g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 58g.

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

Company Loses Chairman Emeritus

Bruce Glenn Brookshire, chairman emeritus, died Friday, April 16, 2010.

Affectionately known as the “Prune Peddler,” Brookshire was born Dec. 3, 1928, to the late W.T. and Louise Brookshire, the founders of today’s Brookshire Grocery Co.

1n 1950 Brookshire interrupted his education at the University of Texas in Austin to come home to Tyler to work alongside his father in the grocery business. There were 10 stores when he joined the family business. 

After his father’s death, Brookshire became the company’s Chairman of the Board. During his 30 years as Chairman, Brookshire’s vision and leadership saw the company grow to more than 150 stores in three states, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. 

Brookshire’s magnetic personality and infectious smile were well known to all employees, whom he referred to as “partners.” His slogans are well-known throughout the company and include, “We have a SMILE in store for you”, “Pay obsessive attention to each customer”, and “We don’t sell just food, we sell warm, friendly, courteous customer service.” 

Brookshire was an avid outdoorsman and also contributed to many charitable efforts. He received the Boy Scouts of America, East Texas Area Council’s first Distinguished Citizen Award in 1992. He was also honored by the United Way, the East Texas Peace Officers Association, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, and many others.

Brookshire is survived by his wife, Carrie, son Tim and his wife, Michelle, son Britt and his wife, Sunni, and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler on April 20, 2010.

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Family Matters: Diapers

Diapers have been around for centuries but disposable diapers have only been around for a few decades. Now there are a variety of disposable diapers, ones for babies on the go, overnight diapers, natural diapers, diapers for premature babies, and they even have a diaper that has a place for the umbilical cord.

I bet the ladies of the 1950’s would have enjoyed having these diapers back then. Diapers are constantly improving.  They are getting more absorbent and thinner.

Brookshire’s 22nd Benefit Golf Tournament

TYLER, TEXAS – The 22nd annual Brookshire’s Benefit Golf Tournament netted $300,000 for children’s charities on Monday, April 26, 2010, with simultaneous tournaments held at Cascades, Hollytree Eagle’s Bluff, and Garden Valley golf clubs.

The event is one of the largest golf tournaments in east Texas with nearly 500 golfers representing more than 150 of BGC’s suppliers from across the U.S.

Since its inception the tournament has raised $2.5 million for children’s charities and programs such as Children’s Miracle Network, Children’s Advocacy Centers, CASA, Boys and Girls Clubs and numerous others.

The tournament check presentation was made by Brookshire’s President and CEO Rick Rayford to representatives of local children’s charities at a vendor dinner following the tournament.

“We greatly appreciate all the companies and individuals who participate in this fun event,” Rayford said. “Funds raised go to help children in east Texas and other areas where we operate Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores. We are fortunate to be able to continue this great tradition of supporting children’s nonprofits and programs in our communities.”

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Uno, Dos, Tres Leches Cake!

Tres Leches Cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus standing time

Serves 12

1 (32 oz) Tasty Bakery Vanilla Créme Cake
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup evaporated milk or heavy cream
1 cup nondairy topping or whipped cream
1 (6 oz) jar caramel ice cream topping

Split the cake into two round layers.

Combine the three milks and drizzle slowly over the cut sides of the cake. Allow to stand 10 minutes to let milk soak in. Drizzle more milk on and let it stand again. Use all of the milk. Spoon the whipped topping on top of the bottom layer and spread evenly across. Top with the other cake layer. Drizzle with caramel topping and cut into slices.

Nutritional Information: 
Calories Per Serving: 186, Fat: 10 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 39 mg, Sodium: 173 mg, Carbohydrates: 36 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 3 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. All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

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