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Dine In: Bring the All-Night Diner Home!


What is there about an all-night diner that is so exciting? IHOP, Denny’s or the neighborhood greasy spoon: it’s magical to eat scrambled eggs any time of the day or night. 

You can bring the all-night-diner feel home, and save a big chunk of change while you’re at it! Breakfast for Dinner is an all-American favorite and our sales this week will help you make it all happen. Right on the front page: Food Club eggs. You can’t beat the price! And right beside is Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls. All you need to do is cook up some bacon and pour the orange juice!

Super-Easy, Elegant Omelet
Serves 2
Prep time: 10 minutes

4 eggs
2 Tbs milk or water
½ cup shredded cheese
Salt and pepper to taste 

With a fork, lightly scramble the eggs with the milk. Pour mixture into a piping hot, nonstick pan. Immediately reduce the heat to medium. As the mixture starts to firm around the edges, gently swirl the pan to allow more egg to reach the surface, lifting up the edges to let egg run into the pan. When nearly firm, sprinkle the cheese over the surface. Using a spatula, fold the omelet in half. Continue cooking a minute longer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Slide onto a plate and cut in half.

Note: use your favorite additional cooked ingredients to customize your omelet.

Nutritional Information:
Calories Per Serving: 248,   Fat: 14 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 403 mg, Sodium: 304 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 18 g.

© 2009, 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: Take ‘Em Along!


Do you dread taking your kids along to the grocery store? I have to admit, it’s always easier when I’m alone, and I definitely stick to my list better when there’s nobody else along to sneak forbidden foods into the buggy. But what about when there’s no choice and the kid(s) will be joining you? Don’t groan; you CAN make this work!

And of course, the key element is to plan ahead. Sometime, totally unrelated to the shopping trip, gather a few tools that will make grocery trips more do-able. Depending on the age of your children, maybe you can make up a bingo card of items to spot in the store; maybe you can have your child match up coupons with products; younger children can help make veggie choices—like broccoli over carrots, or red grapes instead of green. Kids are great at matching colors—even the youngest child can help you look for the reddest bell pepper, or the largest beet.

Does your child pester for treats and candy? How about making a coupon, one per child; once they find what they want, they redeem their coupon to you, and that’s it. Whenever they see a great potential snack item, you can ask your children if they feel this is the best choice for their coupon….often they’ll reconsider!

In short, the success of your shopping trip will depend on a positive attitude all around, as brief a trip as possible, and if you know of any trouble areas (the candy aisle, perhaps?), discuss them before you ever enter the store.

Grocery shopping with kids is a great educational opportunity. You can learn about fractions, budgets, prioritizing, nutrition and making change. It really is worth it!



Family Matters: My Baby Spits Up!


Almost every baby spits up from time to time. It usually happens because a baby’s digestive system is still developing. The muscle that keeps foods in the stomach may not  close tightly when babies are young. As a result, it’s easy for a baby’s most recent meal to splash back up, so be prepared to do a few extra loads of laundry for a few months!

Usually spit up is nothing to worry about. Talk with your doctor, and if your baby is gaining the proper amount of weight and is thriving, you can be confident that he’s getting enough to eat. Another strong sign that your baby is well fed is having six to 10 wet diapers a day. To reduce spitting up, try feeding your baby only when she shows signs of hunger, keep him in a semi-upright position during feeding, and burp him regularly throughout the meal.

Sometimes, however, lots of spitting up is a sign of a serious condition, so it’s important to discuss this with your doctor. If a baby is not gaining weight, is crying excessively, is choking or seems to be in a lot of pain, he may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which your doctor can diagnose. Fortunately, most children outgrow spitting up by the time they’re a year old.



Shop the Sale: Boneless Rump Roast


It’s that time of year. It’s stew weather, soup weather and roast weather. As soon as it gets just a little chilly, all those hearty meals sound really, really good. How about a super-easy way to give your family the memories you had as a kid—or the memories you wish you’d had? Check out this week’s Brookshire’s circular (online or in print). Right on the front page, you’ll find the perfect cool-weather dinner idea.

Pot roast. It’s a dinnertime staple from back in the days when everybody’s mom had lots of time to cook. You can still do a pot roast, you know. If you have 10 minutes in the morning (or even the night before) you can get it ready to put in the slow cooker. If you have a block of time on a weekend afternoon, you can throw it in the oven and have it ready for supper. Either way, this dish is about as easy as it gets.

Back in the 1960s, housewives discovered that Lipton’s Onion Soup mix made a fantastic base for cooking roasts. And you know what? It still works in 2009. It’s this simple: Place the roast in a baking pan (or slow cooker). Surround with roast-friendly vegetables, such as chunks of carrots, potatoes, celery, sweet potato and onion. Sprinkle one envelope of onion soup over everything and then pour 2 cups of water over top. Cover and cook. For a slow cooker, that would be all day; in the oven, it would be 1.5 to 2 hours at 350°F.

If you’d rather not have the sodium that comes in dry soup mix, you can substitute beef broth.

The meat is fall-apart tender, the cooking juices make the most divine gravy (thickened or not) and the veggies create a picture of Americana that has been all but forgotten. Leftovers (if you have any) make great sandwiches and freeze well.



Healthy Living: A Gluten-Free Lifestyle & Bread… Sigh.


When you start eating a gluten-free diet, once you learn the basics, it’s really not that difficult. Most of your favorite foods will have a suitable alternative. But the one food that is really hard to prepare gluten free is…..bread. And that makes sense! If the main ingredient of bread (wheat flour) is something you can’t have, it’s going to be hard to duplicate it!

Oh, you’ll find gluten-free bread, all right, but many of the choices are pretty sad. One of the key concepts is to warm up your GF bread. Store-bought, gluten-free bread often tastes terrible at room temperature. Keep the bread frozen, and then toast it or microwave it a slice at a time, as needed.

There are recipes to re-create bread in a gluten-free format. There are also mixes. Many of these methods require a lot of exotic ingredients and long procedures. It’s worth it, though, just to sink your teeth into a chewy slice of bread once again!

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Healthy Living: Swine Flu & Diabetics


The H1N1 virus, commonly called swine flu, is spreading. Here’s the good news: Being diabetic does not put you at greater risk for catching the flu. And here’s the bad news: if you do catch the flu, as a diabetic, you’re more likely to face complications.

Since having diabetes puts you in a high-risk group, you should try to get the flu shot—both the standard flu shot and the one for H1N1, when available. If the worst happens and you do come down with the flu, be sure to let your health care providers and family know. They’ll want to monitor you for dangerous developments.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), it’s important for diabetics to keep their insulin going. Continue taking your medications, even if you can’t eat. Merely having the flu will raise your blood glucose levels, and irregular eating can make that even worse. Monitor your blood glucose levels more than you usually would, and if your numbers start to change, notify your doctor right away.

For most people, getting the flu means a week of uncomfortable misery. Diabetic patients face greater risks and complications—so it’s not something to take lightly. Work hard to prevent it, and if you do get the flu, contact your doctor.

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Product Talk: Pacifiers


Back when you and I were babies, there wasn’t much variety when it came to pacifiers. Nowadays, though, there’s just about any option you want to consider: orthodontically shaped ones that help tooth and jaw development, flavored ones that please the palate, color-coordinated passies that match outfits (don’t forget the matching pacifier clip!), and even models that automatically close when dropped (to control germs).

With all those choices, what’s a parent to do? Despite the many options in pacifiers in 2009, it still all comes down to one main factor: what does your baby like? Each baby has individual preferences and if they spit out the pacifier, it isn’t going to do much good, now, is it? Finding the perfect passie is going to take some trial and effort, and once you find it, take a tip from an experienced mom: buy lots of them! The last thing you need is to have a fussy baby and no pacifier in sight.

Did you know that pacifiers actually come in sizes? There’s one size for newborns, another for ages 6 to 18 months and one for babies older than 18 months. When selecting a pacifier, think of your baby’s safety, also. The best models are one piece, with the nipple and base firmly attached. If you get a pacifier with several parts, it could come apart and pose a choking hazard.

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Party List and Tips


Suggested Serving Quantities

Most of our entertainment trays provide estimates as to how many people they will serve.

However, taking your guests’ appetites into consideration, this guide will help you calculate how much food to serve: 

 

Per Person:

Appetizers 4 to 5 per hour
Fruit and vegetables 1/2 to 2/3 cup
Meat, poultry and fish 4 to 8 ounces
Side dishes 1/2 cup per dish
Sauces, dips and dressings 2 to 3 tablespoons


Brookshire’s Party Shopping Check List

__ Plastic utensils

__ Paper/plastic plates and glasses

__ Paper napkins, disposable tablecloths

__ Paper towels

__ Disposable baking and roasting pans

__ Nuts, chips, pretzels, dips

__ Candy, mints

__ Cookies, cakes, pies

__ Deli items: cheese, meat

__ Bakery items: breads, rolls, muffins, decorated cakes, specialty items

__ Service meats: special order meat, seafood or other entrees

__ Floral items: arrangements, corsages, bouquets, centerpieces

__ Beverages: soda, coffee, tea, bottled water, mixers, beer, wine

__ Candles, matches

A Few More Things to Remember

  • If you provide background music, be sure it’s soft and inviting.
  • A manageable sit-down dinner party size is 6 to 12 guests. Consider how many can sit at your table without bumping elbows.
  • To remove red wine stains, blot up as much as possible with an absorbent cloth. Saturate the stain with club soda or plain water. Later, apply a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Let dry, then vacuum.
  • Do your shopping three to four days in advance, except for vegetables, fresh fish and flowers.
  • If you’re having a buffet-style gathering, be sure to have plenty of coasters, napkins and paper towels available. People will need to put down their glasses, and may even spill a few!
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Setting the Scene


Most gatherings are informal, and place settings reflect a more casual attitude. Try your best not to crowd table settings, because that’s when spills and accidents happen. And keep floral arrangements low, so that conversation isn’t blocked. Some other guidelines include:

Allow two feet from the center of one dinner plate to the center of the next plate. If a buffet service means there are no plates on the table, a napkin can be put in the center of each setting. View a simple napkin fold.

  • Silver goes in “outside in” order. Guest reach for first-used tools on the outside edge of place setting and work their way inside the arrangement. The salad fork goes to the left of the dinner fork, or example.
  • Put two knives to the plate’s right. The outside knife is used first.
  • Soup spoons, if needed, are set on the table to the right of the knives.
  • Only provide butter knives if you’re putting out butter or bread plates in the 11:00 position.
  • Salad plate goes on top of the dinner plate, in the center of each setting.
  • Desert spoon and fork are laid on the table at dinner plate’s top.
  • Put the water glass at 2:00 position to dinner plate and any wine glasses to its right. The outside glass will be your champagne flute if champagne is served.

 

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