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The Perfect Pear


Color does not necessarily indicate ripeness. Instead, check the “neck” of the pear, near the stem; if it gives way slightly as you push it gently, the pear is ripe and juicy.

Store unripened pears at room temperature, but place ripe pears in the refrigerator. Cool temperatures will slow ripening and extend the fruit’s shelf life another 3 to 5 days.  

Cranberry Pear Salad
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 pear, quartered, cored and finely sliced
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded, halved and thinly sliced
1/4 cup red onion, julienned
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 head romaine lettuce, cut into 1/2 pieces (about 3 cups)
1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup pistachios
3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbs red wine vinegar
2 Tbs orange juice
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine pear, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and cranberries; toss and let stand at room temperature to blend flavors, 5 minutes. Add romaine, blue cheese and pistachios; toss to combine. In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar and orange juice; pour over salad mixture. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 348, Fat: 26 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 21 mg, Sodium: 447 mg, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 11 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.

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Shop the Sale: Chex Cereal


Chestnuts roasting on an open fire sure sound nice, but who has time for that? Sometimes it’s nice to spend less time in the kitchen so you can enjoy the party. Chex Cereal has always been one of my favorite go-to recipes. You can add just about anything to Chex Cereal and you are ready to go!

After the party, the leftovers make for a nice surprise in the kids’ lunchboxes. Pick up the November issue of Celebrate Cooking Magazine for a free offer from General Mills. Enjoy FREE Chex Cereal (Selected Varieties 12.8 oz To 14.25 oz Box) when you buy TWO General Mills Chex Cereal (Selected Varieties 12.8 oz TO 14.25 oz Box).

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Healthy Living: Eating Your Vegetables


We all know that eating fruits and vegetables will lead to a healthy lifestyle. If someone asked you, “Do you eat your recommended amount of fruits and vegetables?” You would probably say, “Well of course I eat my fruits and vegetables…well at least all my fruit.” Fruits are easy to eat because they are sweet and that is what we like as humans, sweet foods, but vegetables on the other hand can be harder to eat. 

When picking a vegetable, pick one that is easy to prepare. For example, baby carrots and celery can be eaten as a snack but if you have to do a lot of work to a vegetable, chances are you end up not eating it. Just remember, keep it simple. 

When coming home from the grocery store, do not hide your vegetables in drawers put them at eye level. If you want to keep your vegetables fresh, you can place them in a glass jar; that way you will be able to see them.  



Product Talk: Brookshire’s Best Honey Crisp Apple Pie!


We are very excited about the launch of our new Brookshire’s Best Honey Crisp Apple Pie!  This is a brand new pie for us this year and is ever so good!  The Honey Crisp apple harkens from an apple breeding program at the University of Minnesota according to the web site: www.honeycrisp.org.  The site notes that the “Honeycrisp was produced from a 1960 cross of Macoun and Honeygold,” which resulted in a “hardy cultivar with high fruit quality.”  This particular apple has a limited harvest season, which runs from about mid-September to mid-October in the “east central Minnesota area.”  What make these apples so enjoyable are their basic tenants, that being exceptionally crisp and juicy.

For the holiday season, we will be offering this newly developed pie just in time for Thanksgiving.  It has a high percent of apples and just a little bit of slurry that combines for an absolutely sensational pie.  Please let us know what you think of our ‘best’ pie at askbrooke@brookshires.com.

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Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole


Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Directions:
Heat the oven to 325° F. Butter a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Place 6 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered in a 3-quart saucepan; cover with cold water. Add 1 TBS of Salt.  Bring to a boil.

Cover, reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain the potatoes. Put pan back on burner for 1 minute, shaking the pan until potatoes are dry. Mash the potatoes with potato masher or mixer.

Add the 1/4 cup melted butter, 1 cup Daisy brand sour cream, 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, 2 Tbs fresh chopped chives and 1/2 TSP salt. Mash or stir until mixed well.

Spoon the mixture into a casserole dish. Bake the potatoes for 20 to 25 minutes or until hot. Remove from oven and Sprinkle 1/2 Cup French fried onions and 2 TBS bacon pieces on top.

Return the dish to the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

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Dine-In: Asparagus and Fettuccine


Asparagus and Fettuccine
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 8

Ingredients:
1 (16 oz) pkg Food Club fettuccine noodles
2 Tbs Food Club olive oil
4 chicken breast, boneless, skinless, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese
1 (12 oz) bag Food Club Steamn’ Easy Asparagus spears

Directions:
In a pot of boiling water, add fettuccine; cook until al dente. Microwave asparagus according to package instructions. In a skillet, add olive oil and sliced chicken; cook until chicken is no longer pink. Add garlic and tomatoes to skillet. Place noodles on each plate and top with chicken, tomatoes, asparagus, and parmesan cheese.

Nutritional Information:Calories per Serving: 375, Fat: 10 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 120 mg, Sodium: 176 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 37 g



Shop the Sale: New York Strip Steak


New York Strip Steak is featured on the front page of Brookshire’s ad this week.  I’ve already suggested to Karen that she pick up a couple of extra packages from the meat department when she goes shopping tomorrow.

This particular cut of meat is great for grilling, pan frying and broiling.  Karen is always eager to let me do the outdoor grilling, and so far I’ve never ruined a piece of strip steak from Brookshire’s. Strip steak seems to come off my grill flavorful and perfectly tender every time.



Healthy Living: Coffee


Some things may come as a surprise to you when it comes to a product with gluten. Instant coffee can actually contain gluten. So if you are a coffee lover, stick to brewing the coffee yourself.

 

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Healthy Living: Breakfast Cereal


Breakfast is a very important meal by getting you started in the morning. There are many options of breakfast you can choose from; like eggs, turkey bacon, cereal, oatmeal or some fruit. 

When looking for a cereal you normally are concerned about the sugar and fiber content but you should also be concerned about sodium. Cereals that you think are healthy can actually be high in sodium. Using the NuVal scoring system will help you weed out the want-to-be nutritious cereals. The NuVal score for cold cereal ranges from 2-100; you can see that you can get a variety of scores in that category. The average score of cold cereal is 27. 



Product Talk: Pomegranates


In the last few years, pomegranates have become increasingly popular with all the new information about their health benefits. One of the most talked about health benefit of pomegranates is their high content of antioxidants.  Pomegranates are good source of fiber and folate and are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. The NuVal score of a pomegranate is a 91.

If you have never eaten a pomegranate before, they may look kind of scary when you first open them. Place the pomegranate in a bowl of water and remove the arils (pomegranate’s seeds) from the flesh of the pomegranate. Then place the arils in a bowl and enjoy! Be careful when eating the seeds because they can stain your clothing. Pomegranates are delicious to eat raw or add them to a salad.



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