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Product Talk: Grits


Grits are one of those foods that either you love or hate. If you’re in the hate group, maybe your problem is in how you fix them!

We’ve got a recipe for a grits casserole that will convince all but the hard-core haters to give grits another try. And if it helps you, call your grits polenta. That’s the Italian word for the same food: cooked cornmeal. 

 

Cheesy Grits

Serves 10

Prep time: 10 minutes plus chilling; Cook time: 1 hour total

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked grits

4 cups (1 quart) milk

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1/2 tsp salt

1/2   tsp pepper

1/3 cup melted butter

1 3/4 cups grated Gruyere cheese

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Grease a 13 x 9 baking dish and set aside.
Cook grits according to package directions, using milk and ½ cup butter. Season with salt and pepper. Beat the grits at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy, about 5 minutes. Pour into the baking dish. Refrigerate until set.

Preheat oven to 400 DEGREES.

Cut the grits into 2-inch squares. Place the squares in the baking dish, overlapping slightly. Pour the melted butter over top and sprinkle with both cheeses. Bake 30 to 35 minutes.

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Dine-In: Mini Cheddar Burgers


Sliders—mini burgers—are all the rage at restaurants right now. They’re amazingly simple to make, and if you promise not to tell, I’ll show you the secret to awesomely special burgers: it’s the bun. Sure, you can use a dinner roll for a basic slider bun, but why not try something a bit more exciting? Toast some Italian bread baguette slices,  slice open some pita bread, try some of that mini party rye bread….toast it, grill it, top it with a mayo-spice blend….all of a sudden, people will be talking about YOUR sliders! 

Mini Cheddar Burgers

Prep time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 11 minutes

Serves 8

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef or ground turkey

1/4 cup bread crumbs

3 Tbs water

8 small slices cheddar cheese

16 slices of small bread or 8 dinner rolls

Olives, pickles and cherry tomatoes for garnish

Ketchup and mustard for toppings

Directions

Combine the beef, bread crumbs and water gently. Shape into 8 burgers, about 3/4 inches thick.

Grill outside or broil in the oven, about 5 minutes per side. Top with cheese slices and allow to melt. Assemble patties on bread pieces and garnish with olives, pickles and tomatoes skewered with toothpicks. Serve with ketchup and mustard. 

Nutritional Information: 376 Calories, 16 g Fat, 8 g Sat Fat, 76 Cholest., 732 Sodium, 28 Carbs, 2 Fiber, 27 Protein

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Family Matters: Touch


Kids gain so much when they’re able to touch things. So when they help prepare a meal, they feel a connection with the food—and are more likely to eat some of it!



Family Matters: How Do I Take Care of a Stray Cat?


If you find a stray cat hanging around your house, what should you do? First off, make sure the kitty is a stray. Some cats just like to wander and they have a permanent home somewhere else in your neighborhood. Give the cat a chance to go home.

If you determine that this cat has adopted your family, then you need to do some serious thinking about the responsibility. Just feeding it every once in a while isn’t doing the cat a favor, because you’ll create a dependency on your food that won’t be consistently met. If you feed a cat, you need to be prepared to do this permanently.

If this isn’t something you’re prepared to do, then you really shouldn’t start feeding the kitty. If no food is forthcoming, he’ll probably move along to a more receptive household. If you do end up feeding the cat, use good-quality dry food and provide fresh water as well.



Chocolate Dipped Strawberries


Nothing says romance like chocolate dipped strawberries! Melt your favorite brand of chocolate, or use dipping bark (found on the baking goods aisle).

Melt in the microwave 30 seconds at a time, until softened. Dip washed and dried berries, let excess drip off, and place on waxed paper to dry.

If you want to add sprinkles, do it quickly before the chocolate sets; otherwise, you can drizzle with white chocolate once the first layer is firm. Practice a little and you’ll soon be making professional-quality dipped strawberries—at a fraction of the price!

 



Shop the Sale: Oreos


Oreos are on sale!! Need we say more?! If you can resist scarfing down the entire bag, put half a bag in a zipper-top plastic bag and crush them with a skillet. Then use some of that as a crumb crust. Add in a thick layer of the ready-to-use cheesecake filling you can get in the dairy case and top with more cookie crumbles.

What an awesome Valentine’s Day cake to make! And you can say in all honesty, “I made it myself.”

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Lunch for two


 

Serve takeout at home for a special lunch for two.

 

Wanchai Ferry entrees are fast, easy and tasty—leaving more time to focus on spending time together this Valentine’s Day!

 



Healthy Living: Readers Share Their Favorites


One of our loyal shoppers and readers, Heather, shared some of her favorite gluten-free choices at Brookshire’s. She says she often finds people who are new to gluten-free eating are stumped on what to buy… and it’s comforting to know that there are mainstream  choices out there. 

Heather’s favorites include:

Chex mix cereals specially marked as gfree (My favorite is honey nut.)

Pamela’s pancake mix (These may need to be special-ordered. They make great pancakes & muffins.)

Van’s frozen waffles (These may need to be special-ordered. They come in buttermilk, apple cinnamon & blueberry.)

Frozen fruit/veggies (I use about a cup of frozen strawberries and Simply orange juice to make a smoothie in the morning.)

Fresh fruits & veggies

Pre-packaged salads (I like the organic prewashed salads available in tubs. Grab a handful, throw in some cheese, and bring your favorite gfree dressing to work for a quick lunch.)

OreIda frozen potatoes: zesty fries & shredded hash browns (I haven’t read all of the ingredients for their other products, but Ore Ida uses cornstarch instead of flour in these.)

LaChoy Soy Sauce & Teriyaki Sauce

Rice

Kraft Cheese

Mission Corn Tortillas (Fry them with a little butter & lime juice – the only way they taste good. They make great tacos & enchiladas when fried like that. My husband and in-laws actually prefer the corn ones over flour now!)

Plain meats (frozen or fresh: chicken, fish, beef, turkey, pork – not processed.)

Dairy products: cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream; ice cream (I like Goldenbrook ice cream and sherbet the best – no cookie versions, though!)

Frito Lay chips (Frito Lay provides lists of products for specific allergies on their website!)

Corn chips (Frito Lay, blue corn, sweet potato; other natural versions)

Salsa

Applesauce

Dried Fruit (Pick up some nuts & candy to make your own bags of trail mix.)

 



Product Talk: Tomatoes


If you’re trying to get your kids to love vegetables, tomatoes are a great place to start. Nothing is more fun than tiny grape, pear and cherry tomatoes! Dip or skewer on toothpicks and watch them smile! Then you can talk about heirloom tomatoes—how these seeds are from old fashioned tomatoes that grow in crazy sizes, colors and shapes—but have wonderful flavors. Hold a taste testing party and see if you can tell the differences in the varieties!



Just What Do Women Really Want?


Flowers, cards, sugar and spice….do women want all that is nice? We aren’t sure, but we are so there to try and find out. At Harvey Convention Center that is, next Tuesday, the 9th, for the “what women want…..The Real Women’s Expo.” Brookshire’s is excited to be a major sponsor of this event!

Ladies, look no further, this Expo is sure to be an experience for all women! From gourmet chocolates + jewels to tasty foods + sips. There will be plenty of shopping, browsing and interacting with the experts. Brookshire’s chefs will even be on the scene cooking up some yummy treats and our very own Nutrition Specialist Maggie Griffin will be hosting seminars throughout the day. Take advantage of Asking Maggie about some of her topics “Women Want Simplified Meals”, “Women Want Stress Relief at the Grocery Store”, and “Women Want To Eat Healthier—Without a Lot of Fuss”.

For more info, and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.therealwomensexpo.com

For everything a woman could want, it seems “what women want…..The Real Women’s Expo” is the right place to be next Tuesday.

We hope to see you there!



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