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Dine-In: Coconut Cake


Make this delicious coconut cake with your kids for Easter! 

Coconut Easter Cake
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 16

Ingredients:

Cake:
2 cups Food Club Sugar
1 cup Food Club Butter
4 eggs
1 Tbs vanilla extract
3 cups Food Club All-Purpose Flour
1 Tbs Food Club Baking Powder
1 cup Full Circle Fat Free Milk
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut

Frosting:
6 large egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup Food Club Sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
Pastel sprinkles, for garnish

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray two 8-inch round pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Slowly stir in flour and baking powder. Add milk and coconut; mix until well distributed. Pour batter into baking pan and cook for 35 to 37 minutes or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool.

In a double broiler over medium-high heat, add egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks are formed. Add sugar and vanilla extract to egg whites and whisk until stiff peaks are formed. Spread frosting over cooled cake. Press coconut into cake and sprinkle pastel sprinkles on top of cake.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 408, Fat: 17 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 77 mg, Sodium: 128 mg, Carbohydrates: 59 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 6  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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Family Matters: Milk Jug Planter


Earth Day is April 22nd this year and you can celebrate by making a planter from reusable material like an old milk jug. Save your milk cartons, cut the tops off and wash them out. Collect old newspapers and magazines from around the house. Let your children cut out pictures in newspapers or magazines to decorate their milk jug planters.

Help them glue their pictures onto the jugs. Set aside the planters for a few hours so the glue can dry. Poke a few holes into the bottom of the planter and fill with potting soil. Help your children plant seeds or flowers and watch them grow throughout the spring!



Shop the Sale: Easter Dinner


Are you looking to prepare the perfect Easter dinner this year? Look no further. We have the recipes and ingredients you need to impress your guests. On sale this week for Easter, Hormel Spiral Sliced Ham Half, or you may choose to get the grill going with Split Chicken Breast or Boneless Rib Eye Steaks.

Complete your table with a Single Layer Coconut Cake from our Bakery or try our new Brookshire’s Best Honeycrisp Apple Pie. Your guest will never know this pie is not homemade! For recipes and menu ideas pick up our April Celebrate Cooking magazine or you can find it online.

We hope you have a wonderful Easter dinner!



Easter Craft ideas


Celebrate earth day and the holiday with fun, renewable and non-toxic, Easter craft ideas!

Paper Mache glue
Total Time: 15 min
Prep Time: 15 min

Ingredients:
1cup Food Club All-Purpose Flour
1 cup of water

Directions:
Mix togethe 1 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of water. Stir it thoroughly with a fork or whisk, add the rest of the water until the mixture is the consistency of glue, a bit  runny and not thick like paste. Add more water or flour as necessary. Mix well to remove any lumps.

If you’re concerned about mold, add 2 tablespoons of salt to inhibit mold growth, and if the smell of this mixture bothers you add a pinch of cinnamon to sweeten the aroma.

You should be able to store this glue for a few days in a covered bowl or jar in the refrigerator.

old fashioned milk paint
Total Time: 1 day
Prep Time: 15 min

Ingredients:
1 quart Food Club Lowfat Milk
1 lemon, juiced

Directions:
Squeeze the juice of a lemon into 1 quart of low-fat milk in a large bowl. Leave it overnight at room temperature to induce curdling.

Pour the mixture through cheesecloth to separate the solid curds from the liquid whey. Color the mixture with acrylic paints, food coloring or natural dyes. Add your color a little at a time, and stir constantly until you achieve the desired hue.

Adding salt to the mixture will help to inhibit mold growth.

No matter how you color it, milk paint will spoil quickly, so it should be used as soon as possible. Refrigerating it between uses can extend its usefulness for up to 2 days. It smells sour when you’re applying it, but that will disappear once the paint dries.

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In Season


Grilled Asparagus
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus marinating
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 lb asparagus, trimmed
2 Tbs Food Club Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lemon, juiced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Directions:
Place trimmed asparagus in a large zip-top bag. In a small bowl combine olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour oil mixture over asparagus and marinate as grill is warming up. Place asparagus on grill for 5 minutes; rolling after a minute. Remove asparagus from grill and serve immediately.

Or…

Place asparagus in a microwave safe dish. In a small bowl combine olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour oil mixture over asparagus. Microwave asparagus for 3 minutes or until tender.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 88, Fat: 7 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 584 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 3 g

Asparagus Roll-ups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients:
1/2 sheet puff pastry|
6 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into 2-inch long slices
18 asparagus spears, trimmed
6 slices turkey bacon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll puff pastry out and cut into 1-inch strips. Wrap puff pastry around cheese and 3 asparagus spears. Wrap turkey bacon around center of puff pastry. Place roll-ups on baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving:  294, Fat: 14 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 25 mg, Sodium: 343 mg, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 13 g



Spinach & Tomato Omelet


Spinach & Tomato Omelet
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 Tbs butter
8 pieces sun-dried tomato, packed in oil; drained and minced*
2 green onions, trimmed and sliced
2 cups baby spinach, washed and chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
6 eggs
1/2 cup crumbled goat, blue or cheddar cheese
*1 cup chopped, seeded tomato can be substituted for sundried

Directions:
Heat the butter in a large nonstick, ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Cook the sun-dried tomatoes and green onions about 2 minutes. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted and the water it gives off evaporates, about 4 minutes.

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with salt and pepper, to taste.

Pour the eggs in the skillet, over the tomato and onion; let the pan sit a few seconds until the eggs start to set around the edges. Using a plastic spatula push a piece of the set edge gently toward the center. Tilt the pan and let some of the unset egg from the top fill the little gap you just made. Keep going around the edge of the pan like this, until there is no more unset egg on top.

Scatter the cheese over the top of the omelet. Put the skillet under the broiler and cook just until the top of the omelet is set and puffed, about 2 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 225, Fat: 12 g (8 g Saturated Fat) Cholesterol: 165 mg, Sodium: 188 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 16 g

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician. All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.



Healthy Living: Which Cereal to Choose?


Cereals have the largest range of NuVal scores in the store. The scores can range from as low as 2, all the way up to a perfect 100. The scores of cereals are mainly influenced by three nutrients sodium, sugar and fiber. Sugar and sodium will lower the score, whereas fiber will increase the score.

Hodgson Mill Unprocessed Wheat Bran has a score you can’t bet, 100! Both Food Club Bite Size Shredded Wheat and Food Club Essential Choice Puffed Wheat have a high score of a 91. Pick up one of these Food Club cereals for an inexpensive, nutritious and delicious breakfast.



Dine-In: Smoked Macaroni and Cheese


This macaroni and cheese is delicious, even if you can’t smoke the cheese!

Smoked Macaroni and Cheese
Prep Time: 3 hours  Cook Time:  25 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients:
1 lb cheddar cheese
1/2 lb mozzarella cheese
2 anaheim peppers
apple wood chips, soaked
aluminum pan
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup Food Club All-Purpose Flour
3 cups Full Circle Fat Free Milk
1 lb elbow macaroni, cooked
1/2 tsp Food Club Salt
1/2 tsp Food Club Ground Black Pepper

Directions:
Sit cheese out for 1 hour to harden.

Put 7 charcoals to one side of the grill with an aluminum foil wall. Add wood chips when coals turn white. Place cheese in aluminum pan and place in indirect heat. Smoke cheese and peppers for 1 1/2 hours. Add wood chips if needed. Do not allow the temperature of the grill to go above 90° F.

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium saucepan melt butter and add flour; stirring constantly. Slowly add milk and whisk until thickened.

In a large bowl add noodles, milk mixture, cheese, salt and pepper; mix well. Slice peppers and add to noodles. Pour noodles into casserole dishes and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 366, Fat: 18 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 47 mg, Sodium: 424 mg, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 19 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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Family Matters: Plant the Seed


Springtime is here!  I am sure you have heard the saying “plant the seed and watch it grow”.  I believe this pertains to two things – first, the examples we set for our children daily in the way we live our lives in speech and actions and secondly, taking a small seed, planting it in dirt and watching it grow into something that nourishes others.  These two basically work together and both benefit our children (and family) in a positive manner.

Have your kids save seeds out of items you purchase in the produce department like squash, bell pepper, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc., lay them out to dry on a paper towel and then find some time to work together to plant the seeds.  If you don’t have a little extra room in the yard or flower bed, just take a Food Club Gallon Milk jug, cut the top ¼ part off, poke a few small holes in the bottom (for water to drain), fill with potting soil and you have a homemade planter.

By taking time to plant a few “seeds” for food you are also planting “seeds” in your child by showing them the importance of family togetherness.  When the seeds break ground and start to grow your child will see the miraculous results…what a life changing experience that they are sure to share with others.  How excited they will be when they pick their first squash from the stem and sit down at a meal to enjoy as a family.

A little dirt and a few minutes of your time…“plant the seed” and watch your child grow and flourish as an individual and your family as a whole.  Make time to “plant the seeds”, then sit back and be amazed as the blessings grow in more ways than one.  Give thanks daily for the time you share with your family!

 



Strawberry Frosting


Strawberry Frosting
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients:
1 (6 oz) Food Club Light Strawberry Yogurt
2 cups Food Club Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Food Club Vanilla Extract

Directions:
In a large bowl whisk together, with an electric mixer, yogurt and powdered sugar. Stir in vanilla extract. Spread frosting over Tasty Bakery Pound Cake. Top cake with diced strawberries.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 85, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 7 mg, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 0 g

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