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Pistachio Lace Cookies


In November, the Tyler Morning Telegraph held their first annual Holiday Cookie Contest. Hundreds of entries flooded in featuring old family favorites and quick and easy cookies from local East Texas bakers.

Each of the top three winners received a Brookshire’s gift card with the winning recipe featured in Tyler Morning Telegraph and CBS 19’s Local Flavor cooking segment with Bryan Houston.

The grand prize winner, Elaine McGowan of Bullard, TX, discovered the winning recipe years ago and has continued to make it for friends and family. She received rave reviews last year when she brought them to a cookie exchange and decided to enter these delicious, delicate cookies in the Holiday Cookie Contest. They are perfect by themselves, with gelato or crumbled over your favorite Goldenbrook Farms Ice Cream. One bite and you will be addicted.

Pistachio Lace Cookies
Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients:
10 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbs light corn syrup
2/3 cup coarsely chopped pistachios
1/2 cup bread flour

Directions:
In a bowl, beat together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth and fluffy. Mix in corn syrup, then add nuts and flour; mix to combine. Wrap dough in a sheet of plastic wrap, forming it into a log 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Freeze until firm, 30 minutes. Heat oven to 350° F and line baking sheets with parchment. Unwrap log and cut into quarter-inch thick slices. Place rounds about 3 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake until golden and lacy, 9 to 10 minutes. Slide cookies, still on parchment paper, onto countertop to cool. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in airtight container up to a week.

This recipe also makes a wonderful delicate garnish with Goldenbrook Farms Ice Cream. Just top onto your favorite flavor and serve!



Mexican Roast


Mexican Roast
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Makes 12 servings

Ingredients:
1 pkg McCormick Bag ‘N Season Pot Roast
3 lbs boneless chuck roast, trimmed
2 tsp ground cumin
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (15 oz) can Food Club Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 (11 oz) can Food Club Whole Kernel Corn with Peppers
1 (15 oz) can Food Club Crushed Tomatoes
2 medium jalapeño peppers, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup chopped onion

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Poke small holes into bag. In a small bowl, combine seasonings and minced garlic; pour over roast. Place roast into bag. Add remaining ingredients to bag and close bag. Cook roast for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool roast before slicing. Serve over hot rice.

Allow 8 inches for bag to expand while cooking. Cooking bag should not touch oven walls or racks.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 409, Fat: 21 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 84 mg, Sodium: 307 mg, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 31 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.



Shop the Sale: Welch’s Grape Juice


Celebrate American Heart Month with a $1 OFF any two Welch’s 64 oz 100% Juices or Juice Blends.

See our February issue of Celebrate Cooking Magazine for this money saving coupon.

See the Celebrate Cooking Magazine link below:

http://brookshires.mywebgrocer.com/CircularMain.aspx



Healthy Living: Don’t get discouraged!


By now, I’m sure those of you who made your ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ are either really regretting the decision, or struggling with the routine, or have given up already.  While I know there are a handful of people that feel great and are sticking with their goals, this is for those of you who may be feeling like you set your sites a bit too high.

Consider this; animals, in the cool of winter, tend to pack on more weight to help keep them fueled and warm through the winter.  The hibernating bear is probably the best example of this that pops into everyone’s mind.  I only make that point to make this one; a friend of mine (who is a body builder) and I were talking healthy living and he made a point about ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ and the time of year.

“Most people are spinning their wheels,” he stated.  “Your body, like a bears, naturally stores weight this time of year.   As weather warms up, your body changes modes.”

While this makes absolute common sense, it is a fact that you wouldn’t even consider unless someone actually mentioned it to you.  If you are exercising and not seeing results; even with a good balanced diet and exercise; don’t be so quick to get discouraged.  A good exercise routine with at least 30 minutes of Cardio a day might not be yielding the results you want based on your bodies’ attempt to continue to store fat. Try increasing you Cardio workouts and really focus on your diet!  Fruits, veggies, and lean proteins!  The summer sun is fast approaching and if you want to look your best; stay strong with your resolutions and try to improve your workout every time you are in the gym.  Walk a little further, jog a little longer, lift a little more!  

Competing with yourself is an excellent way to gauge your own improvement and help keep yourself motivated.

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Product Talk: Strawberries


Growing up I absolutely loved to dip my strawberries in whipped cream, but my new favorite way to eat strawberries is to dip them in dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has antioxidants, so eating a little chocolate in moderation is actually beneficial to your health. Strawberries are a good source of folate, potassium, fiber, vitamin C, and manganese.

Here is a recipe that includes vitamin C rich strawberries, dark chocolate with antioxidants, and chopped pecans with unsaturated fats to make for your valentine.

Chocolate-Pecan Covered Strawberries
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 10

Ingredients:
1 lb. strawberries
6 oz. dark chocolate
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions:
Wash and dry strawberries. Add chocolate to a microwavable bowl. Microwave chocolate for 30 seconds and stir; repeat in intervals of 15 seconds until chocolate is melted. Stir vanilla into chocolate.  Dip strawberries into chocolate and then chopped pecans; place strawberries on wax paper to harden.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 125, Fat: 7 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 14 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 2 g

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© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.



Dining-In: Night in Paris!


Planning your Valentine’s Day dinner can be stressful with trying to get reservations at your favorite restaurant. Since Valentine’s Day is on a Monday this year, you are probably planning your romantic dinner this weekend, like everyone else. Instead of stressing over reservations, make your date a dinner at home. What is a better theme for your Valentine’s Day Dinner than a “Night in Paris”? Paris is a beautiful and romantic city of love; therefore it makes the perfect theme for your romantic dinner. Have a night in Paris with your valentine this Valentine’s Days by using the Night in Paris recipes in the February issue of Celebrate Cooking. Pick up a Celebrate Cooking magazine at your local Brookshire’s store or view it on-line!

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Family Matters: Walking Your Dog in the Snow


I have really never paid attention to articles about pets and the snow; because I always think the weather will never get that bad here and my dogs are so small they mostly stay indoors. A last week when it snowed, I went walking with a friend that brought his dog. I am the type of person that when it snows I want to be outdoors, so I enjoy going walking in the snow. After walking in the snow with a dog, I wondered if there were any precautions you need to take with dogs and the snow. As humans, we put boots, jacket, scarves, and mittens on to go on adventures in the snow, so do dogs need something to protect them from the snow.  If you’re the type of person who loves to walk in the snow and you take your dog, check your dog’s fur when you’re finished with your walk. Ice can get stuck in your dog’s fur and around their feet. Pay close attention to your dog’s feet because if ice accumulated around their paws not only is it uncomfortable but it can also cause frostbite. When walking in your neighborhood or on a trail do not let your dog run around freely. The snow can mask any familiar smells to help lead your dog back to you. We all know that snow transforms the outdoors into a winter wonderland and sometimes to an unrecognizable place. If you let your dog run free they may not be able to recognize familiar places to return back home. Snow is an enjoyable treat from time to time; get out there and enjoy it!



Love It, Love It Not, Love It!


You’ve heard it before—dairy does a body good! At Brookshire’s, we know how essential dairy is when it comes to your family’s health, and we’ve got the award-winning milk and ice cream to prove it!

Pick up a carton of cold, refreshing Food Club Milk or scrumptious Goldenbrook Farms Ice Cream today and give your body our very best!

Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 18 – 20 minutes
Serves: 8

Ingredients:
3/4 cup slivered almonds, blanched
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
3 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup Goldenbrook Farms Light Vanilla Ice Cream

Directions:
In a food processor, process almonds until fine. Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder to almonds and process until well combined. In a glass bowl, add egg whites and whisk with an electric mixer until foamy and bubbles begin to form. Slowly add sugar to egg whites and whisk until stiff peaks are formed. Fold-in vanilla extract and almond mixture. Fold 35 – 40 times or until well combined. Spoon macaroons batter into circles onto parchment paper and allow to set for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 300° F. Place parchment paper with macaroons on a baking sheet and bake for 18 – 20 minutes. Allow macaroons to cool and allow ice cream to soften. Spread ice cream over bottom of a macaroon and top with another macaroon. Freeze ice cream sandwich until ready to serve.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 202, Fat: 5 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 34 mg, Carbohydrates: 36 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 4 g

Creamy AlfredoSsauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 Tbs all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Food Club Butter
1 cup Food Club Fat-Free Milk
1/4 cup Food Club Heavy Cream
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Food Club 2% Mozzarella Cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

Directions:
In a saucepan, make a roux with flour and butter. Add milk and heavy cream. Bring sauce to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in cheese and garlic. Cook until cheese is melted. Season sauce with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 234, Fat: 19 g (12 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 57 mg, Sodium: 341 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 9 g

Homemade Hot Chocolate
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
3 cups Food Club Chocolate Milk
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
In a saucepan over low-medium heat, add milk and chocolate; stir until melted. Add vanilla. Pour hot chocolate into 4 mugs. To make a marshmallow heart, take a small heart cookie cutter and cut a heart out of a jumbo marshmallow.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 234, Fat: 11 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 26 mg, Sodium: 124 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 7 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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For the love of chocolate


If you love chocolate, you’ve probably already discovered that it goes well with just about anything: Coffee. Red wine. Milk. Even – yes, seriously – beer.

But, just like fine wines deserve the perfect main course; great chocolates should be served with a beverage that complements their unique flavor and texture.

Celebrate National Chocolate Month – and Valentine’s Day – with some of these classic, and not-so-classic, pairings.

Events will be held at all stores sharing our love for chocolate. So don’t miss demonstrations on preparing chocolate, samples, special deals and more in the month of February at your local Brookshire’s.

Molten chocolate cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 8

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
8 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425° F. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave butter and chocolate for 30 seconds; repeat in intervals of 15 seconds until chocolate is melted. Add sugar, eggs, egg yolks and flour; mix well. Chop shredded coconut and add to chocolate batter. Spray 4 ramekins with cooking spray and pour batter into each ramekin. Place ramekins onto baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 16 minutes or until sides are firm but middle is still gooey. Allow cakes to cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of cakes and flip over onto plate.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving (half of cake): 385, Fat: 23 g (15 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 136 mg, Sodium: 122 mg, Carbohydrates: 40 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 5 g

View this recipe to print or add items to My Shopping List.

Chocolate-Pecan Covered Strawberries
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 10

Ingredients:
1 lb strawberries
6 oz dark chocolate
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions:
Wash and dry strawberries. In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate and microwave for 30 seconds and stir; repeat in intervals of 15 seconds until chocolate is melted. Stir vanilla extract into chocolate. Dip strawberries into chocolate and then chopped pecans; place on wax paper to harden.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 125, Fat: 7 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 14 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 2 g

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Cookie Crumble Balls
Prep Time: 2 hours
Serves: 24

Ingredients:
1 (12 oz) pkg Food Club Cookies or cookies from Brookshire’s Bakery
3/4 cup frosting (Cream Cheese, Chocolate or Butter Cream)
12 oz chocolate (white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate or dark chocolate)
optional toppings: sprinkles, chopped nuts or mini chocolate chips

Directions:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Break cookies in half and place in a food processor; process until coarse cookie crumbles. Add frosting into food processor; process until cookies are well combined. Roll cookies crumbles into balls and place on parchment paper and refrigerate for 1 hour. Chop chocolate and place in a microwave safe bowl, microwave chocolate for 30 seconds and stir; repeat in 15 second intervals, stirring in between. Once chocolate is melted, place a toothpick or skewer into cookie ball. Dip cookie ball into chocolate, shake off excess chocolate, dip in topping and place onto parchment paper. Refrigerate cookie crumble balls for 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 238, Fat: 12 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 17 mg, Sodium: 118 mg, Carbohydrates: 31 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 3 g

View this recipe to print or add items to My Shopping List.

© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.

Bittersweet, Dark and Premium Chocolates: The fastest-growing category of chocolate. Darker varieties owe their new popularity partly to their perceived health benefits and partly to the explosion of “gourmet” and  European-style chocolates on the market. A premium dark chocolate may be as much as 80 percent chocolate liquor or cacao, giving it a super-intense, full-bodied taste. Bittersweet chocolate is often used in baking, but many of the newer gourmet darks are meant to be nibbled as a stand-alone treat.

Serve it with: A full-bodied red wine, such as a Zinfandel or a Cabernet Sauvignon, or a dessert wine like a sherry or a tawny port.

Milk Chocolate : The first chocolate most of us know and love, milk chocolate gets its smooth, mild sweetness from added milk fat. It has less cocoa liquor than darker chocolates, so the chocolate flavor is less intense. Because of their high fat content, milk chocolates scorch easily and aren’t usually a good choice for baking.

Serve it with: Espresso or French-roast coffee. The creamy sweetness of milk chocolate contrasts perfectly with the rich, dark, almost bitter notes of a well-brewed coffee.

Semisweet Chocolate :  Think of a chocolate chip cookie – the chips in the classic childhood favorite are almost always semi-sweet. Semi-sweet is sweeter and lighter than bittersweet (baking) chocolate or the newer gourmet dark varieties, but not as milky or sweet as milk chocolate. Chocolate-dipped pretzels make a perfect accompaniment.

Serve it with: Beer – especially raspberry ale or other fruit lambic; a stout or porter with chocolate undertones; or a brown ale with a nutty flavor.

White Chocolate : Not really a chocolate at all, white chocolate is a combination of sugar, cocoa butter and milk, but none of the cocoa paste, liquor, or powder that gives chocolate its dark color and characteristic flavor. Good-quality white chocolate is rich, sweet, almost nutty, and so creamy it melts in your mouth.

Serve it with: A light sparkling wine or demi-sec Champagne. Also good:
a café latte or cappuccino.



Shop The Sale: Time For Valentine’s Day


Need a Valentine’s gift for your sweetheart? Well Brookshire’s is the place to shop for flowers for your sweetheart’s desk or a sweet treat for your sweetheart’s sweet tooth. If your sweetheart loves roses, you have quite a variety at Brookshire’s. Brookshire’s has a dozen long steam roses, a dozen roses in a bouquet, and a single rose bud in a vase on sale. Pick up a large floppy animal, a plush frog, or a sweetheart pillow to add a special touch to your Valentine’s gift. Everyone loves to receive a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day. Brookshire’s has a variety of different sweet treats on sale such as iced cupcakes, Lofthouse Cookies, chocolate dipped strawberries, and a variety of candies. You can even surprise your valentine with a personal Valentine’s cake for just the two of you!

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