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April Is Grilled Cheese Month

Grilled Cheese—It’s Not Just For Kids!

Kraft American Singles on white bread, grilled until toasty: it’s a childhood tradition.

But, are you ready for something a bit more adventurous and adult?

Try these combinations: 

• Pumpernickel bread, smoked Virginia ham slice, a dab of grainy brown mustard and gouda cheese

• Whole wheat bread, extra-sharp cheddar cheese and thinly sliced tomato

• English muffin, pepperoni slices and mozzarella cheese

• Rustic sourdough bread, thinly sliced onion and Swiss cheese

• Italian bread, shredded parmesan and Havarti cheese

Dine In: Bring the Restaurant to Your Home!

Cooking for someone you love is the ultimate gift. After all, nobody can duplicate it, and you created it with your own hands. As the weekend rolls around, how about  setting aside less than an hour to produce a gift of love from your kitchen? This chicken and white wine (the French call it coq au vin) is savory good, and surprisingly quick and easy! But that can be our little secret.
Use your favorite white wine. Suggestions include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.

Chicken with White Wine Sauce
Serves 4
Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: 30 minutes

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium shallot, chopped (or use 2 Tbs chopped onion)
1 Tsp dried basil, crushed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbs olive oil
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 small bone-in chicken breast halves

In a large skillet, cook the mushrooms, shallot, basil and garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 5 minutes—until the shallot is tender.
Stir in the broth, wine, salt and pepper. Arrange the chicken over top of everything. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink.
Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a platter and spoon the pan juices over the chicken.

Nutritional Information:
Calories per serving:  215. Fat: 6 g ( 1 gr. Saturated fat), Cholesterol: 82 mg, Sodium:  285 mg, Carbohydrates:  2 g, Fiber:  0 g, Protein:  34 g.

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Family Matters: A Wave Bottle!

Some days—often it’s a Saturday—you just need something different to do. That’s all there is to it—you’re bored.

Here’s a fun craft idea kids will enjoy and it’s easy to keep the supplies on hand so that you’ll be ready the next time boredom strikes your house!



Wave Bottle

Materials needed:
Cooking Oil
Blue Food Coloring (or any other color)
Empty bottle from soda (2 liter, 1 liter or 3 liter)
Super glue

Have your child fill a bottle halfway with cooking oil, and then add some water that has been dyed with food coloring (hint: use a funnel!) to fill it 3/4 of the way full. Replace the cap and glue it on with super glue.  As you place the bottle on its side, the waves will roll gently.

Kids will have so much fun watching the surf….and adults will find it strangely relaxing, too!

Shop the Sale: Strawberries

Does anything say SPRING more than a bowl full of fresh strawberries? When I see berries in the store—like they are at Brookshire’s this week—I know the beautiful days of spring are upon us—at least some of the time. So while the weather may be unreliable, at least you can count on some things—like strawberries!

Ever made macerated strawberries? Macerated is a fancy-schmancy food term that means you cut them up, and let them sit so they get really juicy. So…slice up berries, sprinkle with just a tablespoon of sugar or Splenda, and let them stand 20 minutes. They’re the perfect dessert, just the way they are!

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Product Talk: Bananas

Babies and bananas go together like…..Mom and apple pie. Many pediatricians recommend bananas as the ideal first food, because they’re naturally sweet, very low on the allergy-potential list, and they’re creamy and healthy—no fat, no cholesterol and lots of antioxidants.

Fixing bananas for your baby is easy, too. Take a very-ripe banana, and mash it with a fork. And that’s it! If you think it’s a bit thick, stir in a few drops of water or milk. Start with just a tiny serving—one teaspoon is plenty for the first time out—and take it from there. If you prefer a more shelf-stable and convenient serving method, you can also buy bananas in jars of baby food. Read labels to be sure you’re getting bananas and only bananas!

Start a lifelong love of healthy fresh food by putting bananas high on your list of baby-friendly foods.

Dine-In: Tuscan Chicken Breasts

Why eat out when you can fix something even more delicious at home?

This is a quick, easy and tasty recipe for chicken with the flavors of Europe!

Tuscan Chicken Breasts
Serves 4
Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 30 minutes


1 cup chopped onion*
1 cup each chopped yellow and red bell pepper*
1 Tbs olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
4 boneless skinless chicken breast fillets
1 (13 oz) can Italian diced tomatoes, drained
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Hot cooked pasta
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
*Save time and buy these pre-chopped veggies from the salad bar!

In a large skillet, sauté the onion and peppers in oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic and cook until veggies are done.

Flatten chicken to a ½-inch thickness. Place on top of the cooked vegetables. Add the canned tomatoes, broth, vinegar, salt, sugar and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes, until the chicken juices run clear.

Serve with sauce over the pasta and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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Family Matters: Breakfast Ideas

Health experts everywhere agree: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Parents may agree, too, but they’re faced with the challenge of actually getting their children to eat breakfast!

Some kids are groggy in the morning, and others are part of a routine so fast-paced that sitting down to a meal seems like a luxury.Here are a few suggestions for portable breakfasts that are easy to carry with you in the morning. And PS: 

Adults like these foods, too, so make plenty!  

  • Peanut butter on a whole-wheat English muffin, topped with sliced banana.
  • A snack bag filled with dried cereal, walnuts and dried cherries!
  • A hard-boiled egg, tangerine and a handful of whole-grain crackers.
  • A stick of skim mozzarella cheese, a chunk of whole-grain bread and some grapes.
  • A whole-wheat pita stuffed with cottage cheese and sliced peaches or blueberries.
  • A whole-grain waffle toasted and spread with peanut butter and apple sauce.
  • 2 pcs of whole grain bread spread with soft cheese and topped with strawberries.


Family Matters: Baby’s First Craft Project

Are you coming up on Baby’s First Mother’s Day? Here’s a fun project that babies of any age can participate in, and it makes a great gift for moms, grandmothers, aunts and cousins.

Make hand print butterflies by dipping your baby’s hands in paint! Place both color-dipped  hands near the top of the paper with thumbs about two inches apart. Then dip their hands in another color of paint and have their hands go in opposite direction (just below the other hands) with the thumbs about 2 inches apart again (sometimes it’s easier to rotate the paper instead of the baby’s hands!).

Let the hands dry and paint a body down the middle. Write “A Handful of Love” on the butterfly body and place a small photo of the child on it. Add pipe cleaners on the head for antennae.

Older children can make the same project with much less help from you!

Note: take lots of photos of this project. You’ll want to remember it!

Egg-ceptional eggs

You can buy all sorts of egg-decorating kits, but have you ever tried it on your own?

It’s not hard!

Keep your plans simple and don’t over-estimate your abilities at the fancy projects!

1. Prepare the eggs. Either hard boil them and dry fully, or blow the raw egg from the inside of the shell by piercing each end with a needle (beginners should stick with hard boiled eggs!).

2. Create the dye bath. Combine 1/2 – 1 Tbs of food coloring with 2 tsp vinegar in a cup that is deep enough for the eggs. Add water to about the half way point. Gently place the eggs into the cups. Try using a soup spoon to ease the eggs in. The longer they are left in the dye, the darker the color shade. Experiment with different combinations of colors. When you remove the egg from the dye, pat dry with a paper towel and place in a holder.

Easy techniques:
1. Crayons: Color on the Easter eggs before placing in the dye.

Simple dots, lines, shapes or swirls…the wax will resist the dye and your picture will show through.

2. Rubber Bands: Wrap rubber bands around hard cooked eggs, then place them in food-coloring dye. Remove eggs, pat dry with paper towel and remove rubber bands. The parts of the egg covered with rubber bands will not be colored. Once the rubber bands are removed, you can drop the egg into a different color dye.

Recipe courtesy of McCormick, Inc.

Shop the Sale: Pork Chops

Everyone loves pork chops and since they’re on sale at Brookshire’s, why not pick up a package?

If time is precious at your house, put pork chops in the crock pot with a can of condensed cream of mushroom (or chicken) soup and let ’em cook all day. You’ll have pork chops and gravy ready when you get home!

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