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Dine-In: Homemade pimento cheese

It always strikes me as a little funny when the rest of the world discovers food that those of us in the South have been eating all along.

Like pimento cheese.

Growing up in Texas, my grandma, like many others, made it for all occasions. In the South, it’s hard to find a church supper, a family potluck or a tearoom menu where it’s NOT among the offerings. But recently, pimento cheese has made it to the big time. It was listed as one of the trendy foods of 2011 by Bon Appetit magazine. And it’s been showing up on restaurant menus, even those not in the South, often dressed up with new ingredients like chipotles or feta cheese.

Me, I’m a traditionalist. I like the classic version we make in many of our in-store delis. And I like this basic recipe, because it’s simple, fresh, and reminds me of the kind my grandma made.

Pimento Cheese Spread

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1 cup shredded Mozzarella
1/2 to 3/4 cup good-quality mayonnaise (I prefer Hellman’s or Duke’s brands)
1/2 teaspoon  garlic powder
1 teaspoon sugar
4-ounce jar diced pimentos, drained

Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

Note: All ingredients can be adjusted to taste, add more or less mayo to adjust creaminess and or spreadability.

Variation: Hot Pimento Cheese Spread. Add two or three pickled jalapenos, finely minced, for a spicy kick.

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Family Matters: A more natural dog food

The biggest trend in pet food the past couple of years has been the rise of natural, healthier foods _more meat that pets need, fewer fillers and artificial ingredients that they don’t.  But until recently, many of these ultra-premium pet foods came from newer, smaller, sometimes untested companies, and were often hard to find in your favorite stores.

That’s why we are happy to announce we’re now carrying a new, natural pet food, from a company you probably already know and trust: Purina.

The longtime pet food leader has just introduced Purina One Beyond, a high-quality dry kibble that has no fillers and no artificial preservatives.

The first ingredient? Real meat. (That means no meat byproducts.) Each recipe also includes vitamins, minerals, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables, like spinach, carrots and apples, to provide all-natural nutrients to keep your pet their healthiest.

There are two adult dog flavors, one with chicken and whole oatmeal, and the other with lamb and whole barley. Purina One Beyond also offers two recipes for adult cats: salmon and whole brown rice, and chicken and whole oatmeal.

Beyond the emphasis on good nutrition, Purina is committed to sustainability with this new product. The manufacturing facilities are committed to responsible processes; the Denver facility, for instance, uses some solar power. The pet food comes in packages made from 92 percent renewable materials, printed entirely with vegetable-based soy inks, which are also more renewable than other inks.

The brand has also made a commitment to help homeless or abandoned pets. Last year, the Purina ONE brand donated more than a million pounds of food to U.S. animal shelters.

Purina One Beyond is a natural extension of the Purina One line, which includes more than a dozen canned foods, dry formulas and treats for dogs, and several other dry food recipes for cats. Look in the pet-food aisle of your neighborhood store to  see which one might best suit the four-legged members of your family.

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Shop the Sale: Back to School specials

Back to School specialsSummer seems to slip by faster every year. I don’t know about you, but it feels like we were just attending graduation and field day, and now the calendar says it’s almost time for school to start again.

If you’re like me, and you’re shocked to see the start of a new school year staring you in the face,  I have good news: We’ve got your back, with all kinds of Back to School items on sale starting today at your neighborhood Brookshire’s.

Stock up for lunches: Scrambling to put together lunches every morning? Not if you plan ahead and stock up on grab-and-go items that kids love. On sale this week are lots of lunchbox staples, including Food Club individual-size applesauce, Oscar Mayer Lunchables, Bumblebee tuna, KoolAid Bursts, Jell-o pudding snacks, Nabisco snack packs, and Kraft string cheese.

School supplies:  You can never have too many spiral notebooks, so we’ve got them for a real steal. While you’re in the school aisle, check out our great prices on other classroom essentials like pens, pencils, crayons, and glue.

One-stop shop:  To make it easier on you, many of our stores have brought in lots of other school must-haves at special prices, including lunchboxes and backpacks. That way, you can get your back-to-school shopping done in one fell swoop _ and get back to enjoying what’s left of your summer.

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Peaches and Cream Tart

Peaches and Cream Tart
Prep Time: 25 minutes, plus chilling
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 8


1 1/4 cups Food Club All-Purpose Flour
1 Tbs Food Club Light Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Food Club Salt
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup cold water

2 oz Food Club Fat Free Cream Cheese
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp Food Club Vanilla Extract
2 Tbs Food Club Honey
1 to 2 peaches, sliced
1/4 tsp Food Club Ground Cinnamon

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut butter into flour mixture. Slowly add water while stirring with a fork. Roll dough into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill dough for 1 hour.

In a medium bowl whisk cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth. Add yogurt, vanilla and honey; blend well.

Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll chilled dough out into a circle and place on baking sheet. Spread cream mixture over center of the dough about 2 inches away from the edge. Place sliced peaches on cream mixture. Fold sides on dough over to make a crust. Sprinkle cinnamon over tart. Bake tart 35 to 40 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 229, Fat: 14 g (9 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 39 mg, Sodium: 180 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3g

Shrimp with Rosemary Skewers

Grilling Goodness!

Shrimp with Rosemary Skewers

6 (6-8 inch) Rosemary sprigs
12 Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined (keep tails on)
2 teaspoon Olive Oil
3/4 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
3/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder with Parsley

Remove rosemary leave to within 2 inches of the tip.  Soak sprigs in water for 4 hours.  Remove sprigs from water.   Skewer 2 shrimp per sprig.  Brush each side of shrimp with oil and sprinkle with Seasoned Salt and Garlic Powder with Parsley.  Grill over medium-high heat, until shrimp turn opaquie and pink about 2 to 4 minutes.  Turn once during grill time.

Recommended wine pairing:  Chardonnay, Moscato or Sweet Red

Healthy Living: You’re Your Kids Biggest Influence

In our celebrity-obsessed culture, you may feel like pop stars and major-league athletes have the biggest influence on your children.

But don’t discount your importance in your child’s life. Even if your child dreams of being the next Beyonce, Josh Hamilton or Hope Solo, who do most children cite as their biggest role model and inspiration? Their parents!

This is obvious with small kids, who like to be just like mommy and daddy, and love to play house and help with the dishes and household chores. But it’s also true with teens and tweens. Parents can have a huge influence on  how their child thinks and behaves, so it’s important to always be thinking of how to set a good example.

And that’s especially true at the dinner table. Ever hear “you are what you eat”? For children, it’s also, “you are what your parents eat.” Here are ways to help your children develop healthier habits.

  •  Fill your plate up with vegetables and fruit, and encourage your child to try the same nutritious foods.
  •  Reward your children periodically with going out to eat at their favorite restaurant, but try to eat most meals at your dinner table.
  •  When at the dinner table turn off your TV and your phone. Enjoy each other’s company.
  •  Prepare a dessert that features fruit; limit ice cream, cake or cookies to occasional treats only.
  •  Try new foods as a family such a spaghetti squash. Examine the food before and after you cook it, and  talk about the new experience.
  •  Have dinners with themes, such as a dinner where all the food is round or a night in Italy with all Italian foods.

Don’t forget you are your children’s biggest role model, so set a good example of healthy eating.


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Product Talk: Gluten-free Rice Krispies

The simple Rice Krispie Treat is one of the joys of childhood, not to mention one of the staples of the elementary school bake sale. But for some kids, and adults, the traditional confection is off-limits. That’s because the traditional Rice Krispies formulation contains gluten, making the cereal a no-go for people who have celiac disease or certain food allergies or sensitivities.

The new Gluten-Free Rice Krispies cereal changes that.  Like many foods, the gluten in original Rice Krispies is kind of hidden. Regular rice also does not contain gluten in and of itself. But the original formulation of the cereal contains malt flavoring, which does.

This new version is made with brown rice instead of white. But more importantly, it does not contain that malt flavoring.

The gluten-free version also contains slightly less sugar than the original, less than one gram per one-cup serving. But otherwise, they look and taste very similar to the classic version.

And, yes, most importantly – they produce that trademark Snap! Crackle! Pop! as soon as you pour on the milk.

You can substitute this gluten-free cereal in your favorite recipes. This fun-to-make (and gluten-free) treat is a good change of pace from regular Rice Krispie treats. Check the label on the caramels you choose to make sure they are gluten free. Kraft is one variety that is gluten free.


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Family Matters: Back to School Nutrition

Walking into a new classroom with new faces can be scary! The easiest way to make a new friend is to just smile. A beautiful smile results from having adequate amounts of calcium, fluoride and vitamin C. Calcium and fluoride help our pearly whites have the strength to bite into a juicy apple. Vitamin C aids in keeping our gums looking healthy. Dairy is a great source of calcium, so fat free milk, low fat yogurt and 2% cheese are good additions to our lunch menu.

Reading, writing and arithmetic all require good vision. Vitamin A is the vitamin of choice when it comes to vision. Red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are a good source of vitamin A. To see different colors you must eat different colors!

New friends can also bring along new germs. Vitamin C and zinc are heroes in the immune system. Oranges, lemons and limes are full of vitamin C, along with cantaloupes, broccoli and strawberries. We can add zinc to our diet through meat, seafood and whole grains.

Make this a great school year by picking nutritious foods!

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Shop the sale: Sweet Olathe corn

Maybe you think of Colorado as ski country. But this time of year, I think of it as sweet corn country. That’s because some of the best sweet corn you can buy is Olathe Sweet corn, grown just north of the San Juan Mountains in western Colorado.

On sale this week in our produce departments, Olathe sweet corn really is special. The tender kernels have an intense corn flavor and just the right amount of sweetness. And it also comes into peak season at a great time – from now through about Labor Day, just when other prime sweet-corn crops are starting to taper off.

That’s because of where it’s grown. Most years, the Colorado corn fields that produce Olathe corn receive ideal growing conditions. The ears thrive because they get plenty of water (some of it from pure melted snow), lots of bright sunshine, and moderate temperatures, into the low 90s during the day but dipping into the 60s at night.

Growers also treat this corn with kid gloves. Olathe corn is usually hand-picked, then rushed to a cooling plant right where the ears are cooled with ice so that cobs reach a temperature of 38 degrees. This keeps the sugar content high and the taste super-fresh. From there, it’s loaded directly onto trucks bound for markets. Corn is often on the road just two hours after being plucked from the field.

Olathe corn should be selected, stored and cooked just like any other fresh sweet corn. If you’re selecting husk-on corn, choose those with bright green, moist husks and dark, moist silks. Refrigerate the corn immediately after purchase to maintain sweetness, and don’t shuck it until right before cooking.

For best flavor, Olathe producers recommend you eat this corn within three days of purchase. I suspect once you try it, that won’t be a problem at your house.

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Light & Refreshing

Chicken and fruit salad with orange vinaigrette!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Serves: 4

2 Tbs flour
1 3/4 tsp Lawry’s® 25% Less Sodium Seasoned Salt, divided
3/4 tsp Lawry’s® Seasoned Pepper, divided
4 small boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves
6 Tbs canola oil, divided
1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbs white wine vinegar
8 cups salad greens
1 (8.25 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup blueberries

Mix flour, 1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt and 1/2 tsp seasoned pepper in shallow dish. Coat chicken evenly in flour mixture. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Mix remaining 4 tablespoons oil, orange juice, vinegar and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each seasoned salt and seasoned pepper in small bowl until well blended. Toss salad greens and fruit in large bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss to coat well. Top with chicken. Serve immediately.

Recipe provided by McCormick®

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