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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!



Dine-In: Avocado Salad


Avocados are on a great sale this week at Brookshire’s, but you can only eat so much guacamole, right? What else do you do with avocados?

My absolute favorite dish is an avocado salad. Add a bit of cheese and it’s a vegetarian main course, or serve it along with whatever else you’re whipping up this weekend.

But wow, there’s something special about an avocado, isn’t there?? Creamy and rich, yet full of heart-healthy monosaturated fats—you just can’t lose!  

Avocado Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
2 Tbs lime juice
2 Tbs Food Club honey
3 Tbs Food Club olive oil
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and chunked
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
1 pint (16 oz.) cherry tomatoes, leave whole 

Directions:

Place cilantro, lime juice and honey in a blender. Take off blender top and while mixing, pour in olive oil from top to create a smooth dressing. Set aside. 

Combine the avocados, onion and tomato in a bowl. Gently stir in the dressing. Serve on individual plates, a platter or even mounded in the original avocado shell. Garnish with additional cilantro, if desired.

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Together, We Donated over $100,000 to Haiti Relief Efforts


How amazing are our dedicated partners and customers who heeded the call to help those in need in Haiti! Brookshire Grocery Company stores company-wide have collected nearly $100,000 in donations for the American Red Cross’ Haitian earthquake relief effort.

In addition to the donations received in our stores, BGC matched the first $10,000 that was donated. And on top of that, Western Union matched our company’s donation; raising an additional $20,000!

While not surprised by the generosity from so many, our company is so very grateful and humbled that our customers and partners stepped up to the plate to become a part of a major step toward economic recovery for Haiti.

To quote my grandfather, Bruce G. Brookshire, “We may sell groceries, but people are our business.” Thank you!

 



Family Matters: Try a Tomato!


Kids are just like the rest of us: they learn best in a hands-on atmosphere. So when you’re trying to instill a love of vegetables with your children, maybe the hands-on method will help! 

Next time you’re at the store, pick up a variety of tiny tomatoes. Let your kids help pick them out, or just bring home a good selection. Grape and pear tomatoes (shaped just like they sound) are tiny bite-sized bursts of flavor. Cherry tomatoes are just a bit larger, but still small. From there, plum (or Roma) tomatoes are a big larger and egg-shaped. Slicing tomatoes are the full-sized ones. 

So what do you do when you get all these tomatoes home? First, everyone washes their hands. Then help your kids identify the different types of  tomoatoes. Pear, grape and cherry tomatoes should be easy! Talk about the thin skin that is fragile yet strong enough to hold all the juice and seeds inside.

Then get a knife—plastic or metal, depending on your child’s abilities—and cut one in half from top to bottom. Notice the pretty patterns. Cut another in half from side to side. Wow, there’s a difference, isn’t there? Slice up several more tomatoes, put them in a bowl and sample them. Save the rest for a salad tonight. And you know what? There’s a good chance your children will actually eat some!



Shop the Sale: Ground Chuck


There are some sales that you really look forward to, because you know you can stock up, save some serious money and not be at a loss for what to do with the product. This is one of those sales: ground chuck. 

Ground chuck, as we’ve discussed before, is the perfect type of beef for burgers. It has just enough fat to retain the juiciness, but not so much fat that your burgers cook away into little nuggets. The fat-to-meat ratio means that you get more meat for your dollar, too. 

But besides burgers, ground chuck is great for tacos, for soups, for spaghetti and lasagna and a dozen other casseroles. I like to buy it in larger lots and take it home for dividing. Some of it will be browned and packaged in 1-pound freezer containers. Some of it will be put in 1-pound packs as uncooked meat. Then I have plenty of options, all waiting in the deep freeze. It makes you feel safe and secure on a cold winter’s day, that’s for sure!



Romantic Breakfast


Start Valentine’s Day off right with a romantic breakfast!

 

Frozen foods make it easy to  serve up breakfast sausages and turnovers… and surprise your loved one by tinting the frosting pink for a romantic touch!

 



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