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Truck Drivers Join Million-Mile Club

Two Brookshire’s truck drivers from the company’s Tyler Distribution Center recently completed one million miles driven without a preventable accident.

David Slayter, a 24-year employee, hit the mark on Oct. 6 at mile-marker 196 near New Boston, Texas, while Steve Tucker, a 13-year employee, reached the milestone on Oct. 15 at mile-marker 614 near Marshall, Texas. They are BGC’s eleventh and twelfth million-mile drivers, respectively.

The company celebrated with a hamburger lunch for the drivers, who will receive a customized ring as a memento of the occasion.

“We cannot overemphasize what this accomplishment means for a truck driver,” said Scott Reily, vice president-logistics for BGC. “We are fortunate to have a group of drivers who have achieved this, but it is very special for each individual who crosses that millionth mile. It also shows that our entire logistics team is supporting drivers behind the scenes, helping ensure we operate safely and efficiently.”

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Forney’s Looking Good!

Since March, BGC has been renovating and expanding the Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy located at 427 Pinson Road in Forney, Texas, and on October 28 the company will officially begin the grand reopening of the 36,200-square-foot store.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on the 28th will celebrate results of work that has given the store an additional 2,200 square feet of space, a new facade of brick, stone and stucco that also provides for additional natural lighting, polished concrete flooring, new interior paint and décor, a multitude of new cases, shelves and coolers, and an upgraded pharmacy drive-through.

During the grand reopening the store will sponsor a $3,000 giveaway with 30 lucky Thank You Card customers randomly selected to win a $100 gift card. Special events planned include a Halloween costume contest for children on October 28 and a Ritz NASCAR display on October 31, among others.

The store will carry more than 1,200 specialty and natural/organic items and will feature new service meat and seafood departments, as well as expanded bakery, produce, deli and floral departments. Other features will include two self-checkout lanes, 16 specialty sections, a new seating area and two movie rental machines. The store will be more energy efficient with automated electronic refrigeration and lighting control systems. 

The store will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

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Retail Leader Accepts New Role

David Pike, formerly store director at Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy in Rockwall, Texas, has been named store director at the newly remodeled and expanded store in Forney, Texas.

Pike joined the company in 1995 as a courtesy clerk in Chandler, Texas. Pike went on to serve as grocery manager and then assistant store manager, working at stores in Van, Tyler and Athens, all in Texas.

In 2007 he was promoted to store director in Rockwall.

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Product Talk: Disposable Diapers

So how do you go about choosing the best disposable diapers for your baby? There are several things to keep in mind: 

  • Fit: check the leg gathers and elasticity. Nobody wants a leaking diaper, but also, nobody wants one that pinches or irritates.
  • Dryness: varies by brand.
  • Fastening tabs: tape or Velcro should be easy to use, and re-sealable.
  • Boy vs Girl: some diapers have specially designed diapers for each gender. The absorbent padding is strategically placed.
  • Size: diapers come in several sizes, and packages come in sizes, too.
  • Cost: this can vary greatly!
  • Color and design: not necessary, but often preferred

A disposable diaper has a soft, cloth-like, waterproof outside. Inside there is a moisture-wicking layer, and an absorbent gel inner core.

That gel inner core can sometimes cause problems. If babies don’t feel wet, they don’t fuss. Sitting too long in a wet diaper can cause diaper rashes. Sometimes a less-absorbent diaper is better!

How many diapers do you use each day? Generally speaking, newborns go through 10 to 12; infants use 8 to 10 a day; toddlers use 6 to 8 and potty-learning children can still use 4 to 6 diapers every day. That’s a lot of diaper changing! No wonder disposables are so popular; the convenience alone is significant!

At Brookshire’s our store brand diapers, TopCare, are guaranteed. You’ll get your money back if you’re not pleased with their performance!

Dine In: Cilantro-Lime Chicken

You know a recipe is special if there’s a hyphen in the title, or if the title is long with lots of descriptive words. This recipe is really amazing, quick and easy, but oh so impressive. And there’s a hyphen in the title, so there’s proof positive that it’s special. But if you’d like a longer, more-descriptive name, how about Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Spicy Asian Seasonings? Now it sounds even fancier!

This dish is special enough to serve for company, but it’s easy enough to fix on a busy Friday evening. If you have a bag of stir fry veggies in the freezer, feel free to throw them in, too, and you can call it Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Spicy Asian Seasoning and Oriental Vegetable Blend. Now THAT’S special!

Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 10 minutes

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 small onions
1 large lime
2 Tbs canola oil
1 or 2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced
1 small piece fresh ginger (1 inch long), peeled and thinly sliced*
2 Tbs fresh chopped cilantro
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
Hot cooked rice or warm tortillas (optional)

*Note on ginger? Never used it fresh? It’s in the produce section and looks like a tree root. Get the very smallest piece you can find, since this recipe only needs a 1-inch piece. You’ll be shocked at how cheap this ingredient is when you buy such a small portion—I’m talking like 25 cents!

Cut each chicken breast half into 8 pieces. Cut each onion into 8 wedges.

Remove 3 strips of peel from the lime, with a vegetable peeler. Cut the lime peel into fine shreds and set aside. Juice the lime and measure 2 Tbs lime juice. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet or wok, and add the oil.  Cook the ginger briefly, until fragrant. Remove the ginger pieces and discard. In the same pan, cook the chicken breast chunks and onion wedges until nearly done. Add the jalapeno peppers, cilantro, soy sauce and sugar. Stir and cook until chicken is no longer pink.

Serve over hot rice or with warmed tortillas.

What’d I tell ya? Easy and delicious! And fancy too!

Family Matters: Juice, Juice, Juice!

How much juice should you give to your baby, and when? Mothers and pediatricians have debated this for ages. Interestingly, opinion is shifting on the matter. While fruit juice is extremely healthy, it’s also extremely sweet, so should actually be given in moderation. After all, it takes a good 10 oranges to make a cup of orange juice. That’s a lot of oranges to be consuming—and a lot of calories!

Pediatricians generally agree that before age 6 months, babies should only receive breast milk or formula, because those are complete foods. (source: American Academy of Pediatrics) After 6 months, if your baby is drinking from a cup, you can introduce some juice into his or her diet. Don’t give juice in a bottle and never put your baby to bed with a bottle of juice. The natural sugars can lead to cavities. Four to six ounces a day is plenty. An option to juice is mashed or pureed whole fruits and vegetables.

As your baby gets older, his or her needs will change. Fruit juice is sweet and many toddlers will overindulge if given the chance. Don’t give your toddler a sippy cup full of juice, or a juice box, to walk around with all day. The prolonged exposure to natural sugars can cause dental problems. Use juice, instead, as a treat or a snack.

When it comes to beverages, babies and toddlers do just fine when introduced to water as the drink of choice. And as always, discuss food concerns with your family doctor or pediatrician.

Shop the Sale: Split Fillets and Tenderloins

Have you ever heard that you pay for convenience? Well, it’s true—and it makes sense. The more processed a food is, the more it costs. And the same happens with chicken breasts. Boneless, skinless breast halves are so convenient and easy to use—but they also cost more than breasts with the bone still in. 

So that’s what makes this week’s advertised sale of Boneless skinless breast fillets and breast tenderloins such a great deal. Where normally these command a premium price, this week you can score a great deal! Stock up and save—fill your freezer with these super-convenient chicken cuts—and you’ll be able to coast through the coming weeks with plenty of chicken to feed your family. 

What do you do with this cut of meat? It’s probably the easiest way to fix chicken that isn’t already re-cooked. They come in a resealable freezer bag, so the day of your meal, pull out as many pieces as you’ll need for any given recipe. Thaw in the fridge or microwave (never on the countertop), and you’re ready to go. Add a dash of salt and pepper, or maybe barbecue sauce or stir-fry sauce, toss in a skillet and you’ll be eating dinner before you know it!

Healthy Living: Tutti Fruitti for Diabetics

Is fruit good for you? Of course it is! It’s full of antioxidants and nutrition—and great taste! When you’re diabetic, though, you have to remember that fruit contains natural sugar—and the carbohydrates need to be balanced in your diet.

Different fruits have differing amounts of carbohydrates, though, and that can help you as you plan your menu for the day. Look below for some comparisons.

Medium apple: 110 calories, 30 grams carbohydrates

Medium banana: 105 calories, 27 g carbs

Pear: 96 calories, 26 g carbs

Watermelon wedge: 86 calories, 22 g carbs

Medium orange: 86 calories, 22 g carbs

1 cup seedless grapes: 62 calories, 16 g carbs

1 cup cantaloupe cubes: 54 calories, 13 g carbs

1 Circular slice pineapple: 42 calories, 11 g carbs

1 cup whole strawberries: 46 calories, 11 g carbs

Healthy Living: Eye Care

Sight is something that people often overlook, but your eyes are very important! Below are some tips to help keep your eyesight healthy & strong.

  • Overexposure to the sun can accelerate cataract development. Protect your eyesight by wearing sunglasses as much as possible.
  • Be aware that medications (both over-the-counter and prescription) can affect your eyesight.
  • Always let your doctor know what you are taking to avoid potentially harmful combinations.
  • Visit you optometrist every 3-5 years.
  • People with pronounced eye problems should visit more frequently.

Dry Eyes

  • Dry eyes occur when you body fails to product enough tears
  • Causes are: aging, air quality, medicines, and computer use
  • Treatment is artificial tears

Allergy Eyes

  • Caused by aero allergens (pollen; etc…)
  • Symptoms include:  red, itchy, or watery eyes
  • Treated by allergy eye drops that contain antihistamines and decongestants

Irritated Eyes

  • Caused by irritants (chlorine, ammonia; etc.) or foreign bodies (dust, eyelashes; etc.)
  • Treated with sterile eyewash


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Product Talk: It’s Bacon!!

Actually, it’s not. It’s not really bacon, but if you’re trying to watch your diet, it’s the next best thing. Bacon Salt, from J&D’s, is a seasoned salt that tastes deliciously bacon-y. It comes in several varieties (regular, hickory and peppered) and a sprinkle on top of a ground turkey burger will make you think you’re having a double-bacon burger deluxe.

The only caution to advise is that it IS salt, so it IS high in sodium. Other than that, it’s fat-free, cholesterol-free and zero calories. Now THAT’s what bacony goodness is all about!

You’ll find J&D’s Bacon Salt in the spices and seasonings section of Brookshire’s.

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