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Dine-In: Easy goulash


Goulash is a comfort food for me. Growing up with a mother from the Old Country – Germany – my family ate it a lot in the winter, because it reminded her of home. It’s warm, hearty and makes the house smell wonderful as it slowly cooks.

In this country, goulash has become kind of a catch-all term for a lot of dishes, usually involving beef, some sort of tomato or stew base, and usually noodles. But real European goulash is just a rich, thick beef soup with lots of paprika. It can be served over noodles, but it doesn’t have to be.

Goulash apparently originated in Hungary, but variations are found all over Europe. This version is based on the German-ized dish I ate as a child, but because it’s made in a slow cooker, it’s a good weeknight supper. Turn it on before you leave for work, and you’ll return to a home that smells fragrant and warm – and a dinner that will be ready with just a few minutes of final cooking.

Slow-cooker Goulash
Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup yellow onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2  tsp pepper
1 cup water
2 Tbs tomato paste
2 Tbs sweet paprika
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sour cream
Cooked egg noodles

Directions:
Place beef in pot cover with water and bring to boil. Drain, rinse and place in slow cooker. Add onion, garlic. and season with salt and pepper.

Whisk together 1/2 cup of water, tomato paste, and paprika; pour over beef mixture. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours.

Combine flour, remaining water, and sour cream; stir into meat mixture. Cook, uncovered, on HIGH for 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Serve with egg noodles.

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Family Matters: Giving up the pacifier


When your baby was little, a pacifier may have been his or her – or your– best friend.

But if your baby is approaching a year and still using a binky, you may feel it’s time to take it away. And even if you don’t care, you may be feeling outside pressure, from well-meaning family or friends.

For some babies, that’s easier said than done. That’s because the pacifier is often one of the earliest and best ways a baby learns to soothe himself. To a young child, it often represents familiarity and security and helps them calm down and even fall asleep. No wonder some don’t want to give it up without a fuss!

If your baby still has a binky habit, however, there’s some good news.

  1. Most give it up on their own – when they’re good and ready. For most  toddlers, it will happen naturally between the age of one and two years – even if you don’t do a thing.
  2. There’s no rush to eliminate it by age 1, no matter what the neighbor or your mother-in-law says.  In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry doesn’t think you really need to worry about it until about age three. If your child is still relying on one after that, however, you should step in to help eliminate the habit. Otherwise, your child may develop teeth, gum, and bite problems.
  3. Relying on a pacifier is no worse than sucking a thumb – and it might be better. For one thing, it’s often easier to get a child to give up a pacifier than to quit sucking his thumb, which, after all, is always right there.
  4. If you’ve decided the time has come to banish the binky, many choose to go the cold-turkey method. Depending on your child’s age and personality, you may choose to make a big deal of it, explaining that they are now a big boy or girl and don’t need a paci anymore. You might even make a celebration of it, gathering up all the binkies in the house and making a show of tossing them away. For other toddlers, a less-direct approach might work better: During naptime, hide all the pacifiers, and then play dumb when your child asks for one. Either way, experts say, most children will be upset for only a day or two before moving on.
  5. For other toddlers, a weaning approach works best. First, limit pacifier use to your home; then to just naptime and bedtime; and finally just bedtime. After a few weeks, the habit will be less ingrained, and your child will probably quit on his or her own.
  6. Don’t stress!  Your baby won’t go off to college – or, most likely, even preschool – still using a pacifier. If your family is going through some other stress, like a move, a family illness or a job loss, postpone the pacifier problem a few weeks until the other situation is under control.
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Shop the Sale: Honeycrisp apples


It’s officially fall, and that means apple season. Fresh, crunchy, juicy apples from this fall’s crop are starting to arrive in our stores daily – including one of my favorites, the Honeycrisp.

The Honeycrisp is a newer variety, developed about 20 years ago by University of Minnesota researchers. They’ve only been widely available for a few years, and have started to become as popular as other newer, well-liked varieties including Gala, Fuji and Pink Lady.

If you haven’t tried a Honeycrisp yet, here’s your chance: these gorgeous apples are on sale this week at Brookshire’s.

Once you try one, I’m pretty sure you ‘ll like it. Honeycrisp apples are aptly named. They are almost as sweet as honey, with  just enough of a tart edge to keep them from being too sugary or bland. Their texture is crisp and crunchy, yet juicy and smooth, so they’re not too hard, dry or grainy.

And unlike many other apples, which are good for either eating fresh or cooking, but not both, Honeycrisp apples are great either way. They’re simply delicious tucked into a lunchbox or sliced for an after-school snack, but they’re just as good cooked up into apple sauce, cobbler, or pie. (Not a big baker yourself? Try our bakery’s Brookshire’s Best Honeycrisp Apple Pie, with real, juicy Honeycrisp apples baked up in a buttery, flaky crust.)

Like most apples, Honeycrisp will stay fresh and crisp for a relatively long time, as long as you store them in a cool, dark place. So you can enjoy the taste of fall for a long time to come.

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German Chocolate Pie


German Chocolate Pie
Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus refrigeration
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients:

Crust:
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

Filling:
1 cup marshmallows
3/4 cup Full Circle Fat Free Milk
1/4 tsp Food Club Salt
4 oz German chocolate baking squares
1 tsp Food Club Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Food Club Fat Free Whipped Topping

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Press coconut into 9-inch pie pan; bake 8 to 10 minutes.

In a double broiler, over medium-low heat, add marshmallows, milk, salt and chocolate; stir until chocolate and marshmallows are melted. Remove chocolate from heat and stir in vanilla. Once chocolate is cool fold in whipped topping. Pour mixture into pie crust and refrigerate for 1 hour. Top pie with whipped topping and chocolate curls.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 153, Fat: 8 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 2 mg, Sodium: 110 mg, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 2 g

© 2011, 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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German Cabbage


German Cabbage
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves:8

Ingredients:
2 Tbs Food Club Canola Oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 lbs red cabbage, roughly chopped
1/2 cup Food Club White Vinegar
1/4 cup Food Club Light Brown Sugar
4 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled

Directions:
In a skillet, over medium heat, add oil and garlic; cook garlic for a few seconds. Add cabbage and cook for about 5 minutes, or until wilted. Increase heat to high and add vinegar and brown sugar; mix until cabbage is evenly coated. Continue to cook until liquid begins to reduce. Remove from heat and add cooked bacon.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 92, Fat: 4 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 83 mg, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 3 g

© 2011, 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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Apple Butter


Apple Butter
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Serves: 22

Ingredients:
4 lbs Honeycrisp apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup Food Club Light Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Food Club Salt
1/4 tsp Food Club Ground Cloves
1/4 tsp Food Club Ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Food Club Ground Allspice
2 Tbs Food Club Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker; cook 6 to 8 hours on low. Store leftover apple butter in jars in refrigerator.

*For a quick apple butter, bake in the oven, at 300° F, for 3 hours.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 56, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 29 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 0 g

© 2011, 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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Healthy Living: Get your flu shot!


Have you had your flu shot yet this fall? You can now get your annual flu shot at most Brookshire’s pharmacies in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas – and for just $20!

The 2011 flu shot protects against the three strains of influenza determined to be the biggest risk this season by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu shot because flu viruses are constantly changing and a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time.

In Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, BGC pharmacists can give flu shots to children ages seven and up without a prescription. Customers should check with their pharmacy regarding the shot for children under seven (with a prescription).

Customers can check with their Brookshire pharmacy to schedule the shot. There is a brief questionnaire to complete, and payment by cash or Medicare Part B is accepted. Customers must bring their Medicare card to the pharmacy before receiving the flu shot.

Though age restrictions apply in certain areas, the CDC recommends everyone six months and older get the vaccine.

Additionally, the CDC advises certain high-risk groups (seniors, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, and healthcare workers) to receive the shot each flu season.

It takes about two weeks after the shot for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu virus infection.

In addition to the $20 flu shots, our pharmacists will also be offering pneumonia shots for $65 at the majority of our pharmacy locations.  Please check your local store for details.

For your convenience, we are also offering you an opportunity to give the gift of health to your employees, family, and friends.  Stop by the pharmacy to pick up a form and a $20 gift card and give it to someone you care about.

Let us help you beat flu season!

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Product talk: Whole wheat pasta


Whole-wheat pasta is an easy, delicious way to add more fiber and nutrients to your family’s diet.

Yes, I said delicious. While early versions of whole-wheat pasta were often heavy, gummy and, frankly, didn’t even taste like pasta, that is no longer the case.

Over the last several years, pastamakers have really improved the process of making whole-wheat varieties – keeping the great nutritional value while creating whole-grain pasta that is much more delicate in texture and neutral in flavor. If you haven’t tried a whole-wheat pasta lately, you may be surprised at the taste. Sometimes it can even be hard to tell the difference from regular, refined-wheat versions.

Whole-wheat pasta is just what it sounds like. It is made from flour that uses the whole grain of the wheat. (Regular white pasta is made from refined wheat flour, which has been stripped of the bran and germ, which contain most of the fiber and nutrients.) Some whole-wheat pastas use a combination of refined and whole-wheat flours.

Because it contains the whole grain, it’s a healthier choice. Whole-wheat pasta usually has at least two times as much fiber as regular pasta, as much as six grams per serving compared to just two for regular pasta. It also usually contains more protein, and more vitamins and minerals.

The result is usually a pasta that tastes a little nutty and earthy, and that is a little firmer when you bite into it. Because it’s a little heavier, whole-wheat pasta seems to go best with hearty, robust sauces like a meaty Bolognese or a rich Alfredo or carbonara. It can also stand up to strong cheeses, like gorgonzola or aged parmesan or romano.

This four cheese sauce is one I plan to try soon. With whole-wheat noodles, of course.

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Dine-In: Easy Cannoli


These cannoli make a wonderful dessert after an Italian meal.

They are a traditional dessert throughout Italy, especially in Sicily, where they are made of little fried tubes of pastry dough and stuffed with a sweet ricotta cheese filling. But delicious as they are, cannoli can be labor-intensive.

So, here, we use a shortcut by substituting ice cream cones for the pastry shell, and lighten them up a little bit by using low-fat cheese.

Buon appetito! 

Easy Cannoli
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients:
1 (5 oz) pkg sugar ice cream cones
4 oz semisweet chocolate, melted
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
1 (15 oz) carton Food Club Low Fat Ricotta Cheese, drained
1/4 cup Food Club Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Food Club Vanilla Extract
12 maraschino cherries

Directions:
Dip the rim of the cones into melted chocolate. Roll rim into chopped pistachios and place on parchment paper to dry.

In a medium bowl combine ricotta cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla; beat well.

Place ricotta cheese mixture into a zip-top bag. Squeeze mixture into cones. Garnish with cherries.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 172, Fat: 7 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 12 mg, Sodium: 143 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 6 g

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Family Matters: Pet Loss


You can never imagine the pain that accompanies a loss of a pet until it happens to you.

Our pets are loyal companions who quickly turn into best friends. Many of us have bought clothes to keep our pet warm, made a special cupcake for their birthday, and even taken them on our family vacation. Why would we not grieve when we experience the loss of this treasured family member?

To an outsider looking in it may seem silly, but these feelings are normal. Talk to someone you’re comfortable with, like a family member or friend. Don’t bottle up your feelings, but express them. Like any other loss you may feel guilt, denial, anger and depression.

If you have children, pay special attention to their feelings, so they can understand and accept the loss, too. For many children, the loss of a pet may be the first experience they have ever had with serious illness and death.

Most grief experts suggest that you don’t try to “hide” the pet’s death from children but treat it honestly and openly. If you use vague terms or make up a false story about the animal’s disappearance, you will only create more stress, anxiety and sadness in the child.

Use simple, direct, but compassionate language that is appropriate to your child’s age and understanding. For instance, children under 5 do not understand that death is permanent, so you may need to explain simply that the animal can no longer move and will not wake up again.

No matter the age of your child, give them time to get over the loss. Let them talk about their pet, share stories together, and explain that it’s normal to miss them for a long time.

Finally, it’s important to pay extra attention to any other pets in your household, too. Your other pets will notice the loss of their companion and will grieve just like you. Losing a pet can be hard on your whole family. Just remember these feelings are normal and you need to express them.

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