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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries


Nothing says romance like chocolate dipped strawberries! Melt your favorite brand of chocolate, or use dipping bark (found on the baking goods aisle).

Melt in the microwave 30 seconds at a time, until softened. Dip washed and dried berries, let excess drip off, and place on waxed paper to dry.

If you want to add sprinkles, do it quickly before the chocolate sets; otherwise, you can drizzle with white chocolate once the first layer is firm. Practice a little and you’ll soon be making professional-quality dipped strawberries—at a fraction of the price!

 

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Shop the Sale: Oreos


Oreos are on sale!! Need we say more?! If you can resist scarfing down the entire bag, put half a bag in a zipper-top plastic bag and crush them with a skillet. Then use some of that as a crumb crust. Add in a thick layer of the ready-to-use cheesecake filling you can get in the dairy case and top with more cookie crumbles.

What an awesome Valentine’s Day cake to make! And you can say in all honesty, “I made it myself.”

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Lunch for two


 

Serve takeout at home for a special lunch for two.

 

Wanchai Ferry entrees are fast, easy and tasty—leaving more time to focus on spending time together this Valentine’s Day!

 

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Healthy Living: Readers Share Their Favorites


One of our loyal shoppers and readers, Heather, shared some of her favorite gluten-free choices at Brookshire’s. She says she often finds people who are new to gluten-free eating are stumped on what to buy… and it’s comforting to know that there are mainstream  choices out there. 

Heather’s favorites include:

Chex mix cereals specially marked as gfree (My favorite is honey nut.)

Pamela’s pancake mix (These may need to be special-ordered. They make great pancakes & muffins.)

Van’s frozen waffles (These may need to be special-ordered. They come in buttermilk, apple cinnamon & blueberry.)

Frozen fruit/veggies (I use about a cup of frozen strawberries and Simply orange juice to make a smoothie in the morning.)

Fresh fruits & veggies

Pre-packaged salads (I like the organic prewashed salads available in tubs. Grab a handful, throw in some cheese, and bring your favorite gfree dressing to work for a quick lunch.)

OreIda frozen potatoes: zesty fries & shredded hash browns (I haven’t read all of the ingredients for their other products, but Ore Ida uses cornstarch instead of flour in these.)

LaChoy Soy Sauce & Teriyaki Sauce

Rice

Kraft Cheese

Mission Corn Tortillas (Fry them with a little butter & lime juice – the only way they taste good. They make great tacos & enchiladas when fried like that. My husband and in-laws actually prefer the corn ones over flour now!)

Plain meats (frozen or fresh: chicken, fish, beef, turkey, pork – not processed.)

Dairy products: cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream; ice cream (I like Goldenbrook ice cream and sherbet the best – no cookie versions, though!)

Frito Lay chips (Frito Lay provides lists of products for specific allergies on their website!)

Corn chips (Frito Lay, blue corn, sweet potato; other natural versions)

Salsa

Applesauce

Dried Fruit (Pick up some nuts & candy to make your own bags of trail mix.)

 

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Product Talk: Tomatoes


If you’re trying to get your kids to love vegetables, tomatoes are a great place to start. Nothing is more fun than tiny grape, pear and cherry tomatoes! Dip or skewer on toothpicks and watch them smile! Then you can talk about heirloom tomatoes—how these seeds are from old fashioned tomatoes that grow in crazy sizes, colors and shapes—but have wonderful flavors. Hold a taste testing party and see if you can tell the differences in the varieties!



Dine-In: Avocado Salad


Avocados are on a great sale this week at Brookshire’s, but you can only eat so much guacamole, right? What else do you do with avocados?

My absolute favorite dish is an avocado salad. Add a bit of cheese and it’s a vegetarian main course, or serve it along with whatever else you’re whipping up this weekend.

But wow, there’s something special about an avocado, isn’t there?? Creamy and rich, yet full of heart-healthy monosaturated fats—you just can’t lose!  

Avocado Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
2 Tbs lime juice
2 Tbs Food Club honey
3 Tbs Food Club olive oil
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and chunked
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
1 pint (16 oz.) cherry tomatoes, leave whole 

Directions:

Place cilantro, lime juice and honey in a blender. Take off blender top and while mixing, pour in olive oil from top to create a smooth dressing. Set aside. 

Combine the avocados, onion and tomato in a bowl. Gently stir in the dressing. Serve on individual plates, a platter or even mounded in the original avocado shell. Garnish with additional cilantro, if desired.

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Family Matters: Try a Tomato!


Kids are just like the rest of us: they learn best in a hands-on atmosphere. So when you’re trying to instill a love of vegetables with your children, maybe the hands-on method will help! 

Next time you’re at the store, pick up a variety of tiny tomatoes. Let your kids help pick them out, or just bring home a good selection. Grape and pear tomatoes (shaped just like they sound) are tiny bite-sized bursts of flavor. Cherry tomatoes are just a bit larger, but still small. From there, plum (or Roma) tomatoes are a big larger and egg-shaped. Slicing tomatoes are the full-sized ones. 

So what do you do when you get all these tomatoes home? First, everyone washes their hands. Then help your kids identify the different types of  tomoatoes. Pear, grape and cherry tomatoes should be easy! Talk about the thin skin that is fragile yet strong enough to hold all the juice and seeds inside.

Then get a knife—plastic or metal, depending on your child’s abilities—and cut one in half from top to bottom. Notice the pretty patterns. Cut another in half from side to side. Wow, there’s a difference, isn’t there? Slice up several more tomatoes, put them in a bowl and sample them. Save the rest for a salad tonight. And you know what? There’s a good chance your children will actually eat some!



Shop the Sale: Ground Chuck


There are some sales that you really look forward to, because you know you can stock up, save some serious money and not be at a loss for what to do with the product. This is one of those sales: ground chuck. 

Ground chuck, as we’ve discussed before, is the perfect type of beef for burgers. It has just enough fat to retain the juiciness, but not so much fat that your burgers cook away into little nuggets. The fat-to-meat ratio means that you get more meat for your dollar, too. 

But besides burgers, ground chuck is great for tacos, for soups, for spaghetti and lasagna and a dozen other casseroles. I like to buy it in larger lots and take it home for dividing. Some of it will be browned and packaged in 1-pound freezer containers. Some of it will be put in 1-pound packs as uncooked meat. Then I have plenty of options, all waiting in the deep freeze. It makes you feel safe and secure on a cold winter’s day, that’s for sure!



Romantic Breakfast


Start Valentine’s Day off right with a romantic breakfast!

 

Frozen foods make it easy to  serve up breakfast sausages and turnovers… and surprise your loved one by tinting the frosting pink for a romantic touch!

 

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Valentine fun for everyone


 

When you’re a family, it’s important to celebrate the things that matter—even if that means skipping the romantic restaurant dinner and instead fixing Valentine pizzas at home.

 

Let the kids serve you! They can prepare this pizza easily, by using English muffins, your favorite sauce and cheese…and topping it with hearts cut from pepperoni slices.

 

Just fold each slice in half and cut with scissors—just like you used to do when making paper hearts!

 

When the kids are in charge of pampering Mom and Dad for their romantic dinner, you can sit back and enjoy the 5-star service at the best place in town!

 



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