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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Valentine’s Day Gifts


Brookshire’s Valentine’s Day GiftsYou’re working steadily along today, maybe cruising the Internet for some dinner ideas and suddenly, you realize that TOMORROW IS VALENTINE’S DAY.

No! It can’t be!

You didn’t make dinner reservations! There’s no bubbly chilling in the refrigerator! It’s too late to order flowers without spending an arm, a leg, a kidney and your first born.

Never fear: Brookshire’s is here.

We have all of your Valentine’s Day needs without having to break a sweat – or the bank.

Brookshire’s stores everywhere are equipped to handle your last-minute Valentine’s Day needs. Stop in for a bouquet of fresh, vibrant flowers or a long-lasting live plant wrapped with a beautiful bow. Select a card to go with it from our array of sweet sentiments. Already have a gift? We have wrapping paper or gift bags and ribbon to shower your sweetie with surprises.

Does the one you love have a sweet tooth? Choose from an assortment of chocolates or one of our delicious Yums cupcakes to finish out a meal or to make a sweet statement during the day.

Speaking of meals, everything you need to wine and dine your valentine is found at Brookshire’s. You can grill a heart-red ribeye, serve up some succulent shrimp Alfredo, steam a lobster tail or twirl some spaghetti for a romantic Valentine’s Day meal. Don’t forget the wine or champagne. Our sommelier can help you pick out the perfect varietal to complement your meal.

Give them something to hold on to this holiday with a huggable plush toy. Kids (and adults) will adore our soft and squeezable toys. Impress your sweetie with a bouquet of balloons, and nothing will be able to pop their good spirits.

Bake something sweet to show your love how much you care for them. We have all of the ingredients for cookies, cupcakes, cakes, pies and anything else you can imagine.

You can get creative, too. Is the way to your sweetheart’s heart through coffee? Put together an assortment of Brookshire’s roasts for them to enjoy. It’s guaranteed that they’ll think of you each morning as they fill their cup.

Got a house full of teenagers? How about a gift bag of their favorite snacks, an interesting magazine and some iTunes gift cards for the win? You could also pamper them with some health and beauty products like luxury hair care products, a scented candle or some luxe lotions.

The possibilities are endless, and you can find it all at Brookshire’s.

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Dine In: Red Velvet Lasagna


Red Velvet LasagnaValentine’s Day is Tuesday, and instead of fighting crowds at a restaurant, you might decide to dine in with the people you love.

We usually start out the day with cinnamon rolls molded slightly to be in the shape of hearts. I used to cut my boys’ sandwiches into a heart shape with a cookie cutter until I was informed that high school kids don’t eat sandwiches in the shape of anything except square. We usually get heart-shaped pizza for dinner.

This year, I’m going to make Red Velvet Lasagna for dessert. Clearly, it’s not a savory lasagna but a rich, decadent treat that you can probably only expend calories on once per year. Really, there’s no better way to show someone you love them than with a delicious dessert!

Red Velvet Lasagna

Ingredients:
CRUST:
1 pkg Oreo cookies
2 Tbs butter, melted

BOTTOM LAYER:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
8 oz whipped topping
1 tsp lemon juice

MIDDLE LAYER:
1 (5.9 oz) pkg instant chocolate pudding mix
3 cups cold milk
4 oz cream cheese, softened
red food coloring

TOP LAYER:
8 oz whipped topping
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Pulse together Oreos and melted butter in a food processor until it forms fine crumbs.

Press the mixture into the bottom of the baking dish to form a flat crust.

Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until slightly toasted. Cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, whipped topping and lemon juice.

In another bowl, mix the pudding mix and milk according to package directions. Beat until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add in cream cheese and as much food coloring as needed to achieve desired shade. Mix until well-combined.

Pour the cream cheese layer onto the crust; smooth out cream cheese.

Top with the red velvet pudding layer, and smooth that over the cream cheese layer.

Top with the remaining whipped topping, and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Add red sprinkles or hearts, if desired. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Serves 12

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 740, Calories from Fat: 344, Fat: 38 g (19 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 73 mg, Sodium: 487 mg, Carbohydrates: 93 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 57 g, Protein: 10 g.

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Family Matters: Do’s and Don’ts of Feeding Your Small Animal


Do’s and Don’ts of Feeding Your Small AnimalYour small pet needs some power-packed nutrition for all its energy needs.

Specifics will vary with your small pet, but follow these guidelines to provide the safest, healthiest food for your small animal.

Do give your small pet hay. Hay should comprise approximately 75 percent of the diet for guinea pigs, chinchillas and rabbits because its fiber helps them maintain a healthy weight. It is also good for their teeth.

Serve them a salad! Kale, collards, mustard greens, dandelion, escarole, broccoli, zucchini, squash or carrots make a great meal for your small pets. If they haven’t finished their serving in a few hours, remove the extra from their cage.

Nutritional pellets that you can buy at a pet store or from your vet are good choices as well; serve in moderation.

DO NOT feed your small animal any kind of chocolate, alcohol, caffeine or anything spicy. Do not give them meats, cheeses or dairy. Keep them away from any houseplants or any other indoor foliage they could chew on.



Family Matters: Earning Cat’s Trust


Earning Cat’s TrustMy boyfriend, Paul, is the pet whisperer. My dog, Astro, loves him more than me.

Paul has also recently acquired a pet cat at his house, not really on purpose. She was a stray that had a litter of kittens under his storage shed. She’d hiss at him if he came near or run away if her kittens were safe.

Little by little though, he’s won her over.

Now, she jumps into his lap for some daily love and lets him hold her and pet her.

Cats don’t always trust easily, especially if they’re wild cats. It takes time and patience. Paul started out just by sitting on the back porch and letting her get accustomed to him being there.

He spoke to her softly and stayed pretty still while she got used to him.

Gradually, she’d come out of hiding if he was there and sit across the yard.

Little by little, she’d come closer if he was outside (it helped that he started feeding her). Then, she let him pet her gently while she stood on the ground.

Eventually, she let him hold her.

Now, she loves to be held and gets comfortable on his lap out in the afternoon sun every day.

Give it time with your pet cat. Even domesticated kitties take some time to become your lifelong friend.



Family Matters: Do’s and Don’ts of Feeding Your Exotic Bird


Do’s and Don’ts of Feeding Your Exotic BirdFor humans, a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables is a good thing. For your pet bird, some of those things that are healthy for humans are toxic for birds.

DO NOT FEED YOUR BIRD:
Avocados, for one. Do not give your bird avocado in any form. There is an enzyme in the pit that can leach into the fruit and be perfectly fine for humans but toxic for birds.

Do not give your bird onions; there’s too much sulfur in them for a bird to digest.

Avoid garlic; it has similar chemical compounds to onions.

Do not feed your bird tomatoes; they are too acidic.

Also, avoid mushrooms; they are a fungus that birds cannot digest well.

Finally, stay away from celery, specifically, the strings. Birds (except parrots) cannot chew the stringy fibers well.

Citrus fruits. Again, too acidic.

(Also, it should go without saying, but no chocolate, alcohol or caffeine either.)

There are still plenty of healthy foods you can give your bird.

DO GIVE YOUR BIRD:
Apples, grapes and bananas. These are easy to chew and digest, and they supply lots of vitamins for your bird. Cut into a small dice before giving to your bird.

You can also give corn, broccoli, carrots, yams and peas. Your bird will enjoy the different flavors, colors and textures.

When in doubt, ask your vet!



Family Matters: Crafts with Your Pup


Crafts with Your PupIt’s no secret that our pet pups have our hearts.

This is especially true in the case of my dog, Astro, and my boyfriend, Paul. Astro loves Paul like nothing I’ve ever seen. Sure, Astro LIKES me, but he LOVES Paul. Every evening, when Paul pulls into the driveway, Astro hurtles off his chair and runs to the back door, so he’s the first one to greet Paul when he walks through the door.

After we finish eating dinner, Astro is waiting to take his place next to Paul on the couch. He lays his head on Paul’s lap and stakes his territory with a (large) paw across his legs.

Astro talks to Paul, making sounds in a language clearly only the two of them understand.

So, this Valentine’s Day, Astro is making a little present for his favorite person: Paul.

We’re going to dip his paw in acrylic paint and stamp paw prints on a canvas for Paul. All you need is a fresh white canvas and some non-toxic acrylic paint in a color of your choice. Get your dog comfortable and relaxed. Spread newspapers on the floor and place the canvas on top. Squirt paint onto a paper plate or bowl. Have your dog lay or sit next to the canvas. Dip his paw into the paint and press onto the canvas. Repeat until you have a pattern you like. You can do the same with poster board and place it in a frame.



Mi Blog Hispano: Quequitos Bundt de Terciopelo Rojo


Quequitos Bundt de Terciopelo RojoYa se acerca el Día del Amor y la Amistad, o quizás usted le llame por otro nombre. Lo he escuchado ser llamado de varias maneras como el Día de San Valentín, el Día del Cupido, y el Día de los Enamorados. En fin, todos se refieren al 14 de febrero, esa fecha especial en la cual tenemos que consentir a nuestros seres queridos. Me gusta este tiempo porque me encanta entrar a las tiendas o restaurantes y ver corazones y ositos de peluche por doquier, y también me encanta ver cómo la gente anda buscando maneras diferentes de decir “te amo” con gestos de amabilidad, cariño, y amor. ¿Usted, cómo consentirá a esa persona especial este año? ¿Sera con chocolates, flores frescas, una salida al cine, o una comida deliciosa hecha en casa?

Este año mi esposo y yo pasaremos tiempo cocinando una buena cena en casa. Me encanta este tiempo juntos porque conectamos de una manera diferente, haciendo algo que a los dos nos gusta y conociendo nuestros gustos sobre la cocina. Además, ¿para que salir a comer? Usualmente los restaurantes están llenos de gente porque todos quieren salir este día. El año pasado esperamos muchísimo tiempo para que nos sentaran en nuestra mesa. Mejor quedémonos en casa. Simplemente vaya a comprar los ingredientes necesarios para una rica cena antes del 14, y aproveche el día en total junto a su ser querido.

Ahora los dejo con esta recetita de un delicioso postre de quequitos bundt de terciopelo rojo (¡mmm que rico suena el nombre!) para que disfruten juntos. Por si no conocen los pasteles bundt, son los que hornean en moldes denominados bundt y tienen la forma de corona. ¡A parte de encantadores, son deliciosos! La diferencia entre los pasteles bundt y los quequitos bundt es el tamaño. Obvio que quequitos son más pequeños.

¡Que disfruten!

Quequitos Bundt de Terciopelo Rojo
Sirve: 9 / Prep: 30 min / Cocción: 20 min

Ingredientes:
PARA EL PASTEL
1 1/4 aceite canola
1 taza de leche de Brookshire’s “buttermilk”
2 huevos de Brookshire’s
2 cucharadas de colorante rojo
1 cucharadita de vinagre blanco
1 cucharadita de extracto de vainilla
2 1/2 tazas de harina
1 3/4 tazas de azúcar
1 cucharadita de carbonato de sodio
3/4 cucharaditas de sal
1 cucharada de polvo de chocolate o cocoa sin azúcar

PARA EL GLASEADO
2 oz de queso crema Brookshire’s
1 1/4 tazas de azúcar pastelero o impalpable
1/2 cucharadita de extracto de vainilla
1 cucharada de leche

Prenda el horno a 350° F. Rocié harina y aceite antiadherente de spray al molde de bundt para quequitos; póngalo a un lado.

En el plato hondo del mezclador eléctrico, batir juntos el aceite, leche buttermilk, huevos, colorante rojo, vinagre, y vainilla.

En un plato hondo separado, mezcle juntos la harina, azúcar, carbonato, sal y polvo de cocoa. Agregue estos ingredientes secos al mezclador en cuatro porciones para que la masa este suave. Llene cada mini cavidad con 3/4 de masa del pastel.

Métalo al horno por 18 a 20 minutos. Sáquelo del horno, y póngalo a un lado para que se enfrié completamente antes de glasearlo.

Combine todos los ingredientes del glaseado en un plato hondo, y mezcle hasta que este suave. Agregue el glaseo sobre los quequitos.



Shop the Sale: Mardi Gras Shrimp and Grits


Mardi Gras Shrimp and GritsMardi Gras is right around the corner, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a meal that lets the good times roll. I love this time of year because not only is it festive, but seafood is back in season, too.

This dish reminds me of spending a few years living in New Orleans as a child. I remember going to the family-friendly Mardi Gras parades with my parents, brothers and sisters. My dad built a “viewing tower” for us, which was essentially a wooden bench screwed into the top of a wooden step ladder. I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how they thought that was safe, but at least we were contained and not being trampled by crowds. We’d wave our arms in the air and scream, “Throw me something, mister,” and we’d be pelted with colorful beads, gold coins, plastic trinkets, logo cups and whatever other treasures the crewes were throwing.

I remember it being an exciting, loud time! Now, I just prefer the food to the crowds and chaos.

Mardi Gras Shrimp and Grits

Ingredients:
SHRIMP:
1 lb 26/30 Gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup red bell pepper
1/4 cup yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup purple onion
1 Tbs lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, to taste
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
2 Tbs butter
1 Tbs flour

GRITS:
2 cups water
1/2 cup instant grits
1 Tbs butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Directions:
Bring water for grits to a boil over medium-high heat. Add salt, pepper and butter. Stir instant grits. Reduce heat to low, stirring and cooking until most of the liquid is absorbed and it’s your preferred consistency. Stir in cheese; set grits aside.

In a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, warm butter until melted. Add the flour; whisk until a roux has formed. Add peppers and onions; cook for about 5 minutes. Add the cream, and stir until the mixture is blended and creamy. Add the milk and then the lemon juice; whisk to combine well.

Add shrimp, garlic and Tony Chachere’s. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes until shrimp is pink and tender. Serve over grits, adding more cheese if necessary.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 373, Calories from Fat: 166, Fat: 19 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 287 mg, Sodium: 1131 mg, Carbohydrates: 20 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 6 g, Protein: 32 g.

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Healthy Living: One-Pan Roasted Sausage and Vegetables


One-Pan Roasted Sausage and VegetablesI was telling my best friend recently that I prefer vegetables to most fruits, and she thought I was crazy.

That’s fine; I’ll take a little crazy.

It’s true, though. I do prefer vegetables to fruits (although I definitely eat fruit, too), and I love roasting veggies for an easy, one-pan, healthy meal.

You can add almost any kind of vegetables to this dish. I often use Brussels sprouts instead of peppers or throw in some cauliflower as well. Make sure to dice the sweet potatoes in small pieces, so they cook as quickly as the rest of the veggies. You could also steam them for a few minutes before you add them to the roasting pan. You could also toss in a few pieces of diced apple for some sweetness.

Chicken sausage doesn’t have much fat, so you do need the olive oil. Although, I don’t usually use all of the six tablespoons.

I love making this one night for dinner then enjoying the leftovers the next day for lunch.

One-Pan Roasted Sausage and Vegetables

Ingredients:
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
3/4 lb fresh green beans
1 large head broccoli, chopped
2 large green bell peppers, chopped
9 oz chicken sausage links
6 Tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 Tbs dried oregano
1 Tbs dried parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (if using foil, spray with nonstick cooking spray).

Chop all veggies, and add to a large bowl. Slice sausage into bite-sized pieces; add to bowl. Add in spices, and drizzle in olive oil. Toss to coat.

Spread mixture on prepared baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes, and then stir before roasting for 15 more minutes.

Serves 2

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 686, Calories from Fat: 411, Fat: 46 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 15 mg, Sodium: 453 mg, Carbohydrates: 67 g, Fiber: 17 g, Sugar: 8 g, Protein: 12 g.

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Product Talk: Bakery Italian Bread


Bakery Italian BreadNothing smells more heavenly than walking through the bakery in your local Brookshire’s store.

I was drawn to the bakery the other day like I was being pulled in by a tractor beam, lured by the scent of the fresh bread. I happened to walk by just as they were taking a tray of Italian bread out of the oven.

“Can I have one of those?” I asked, pointing to the fresh, hot loaves.

The helpful associate bagged one up for me. I took it home, resisting the urge to slather butter on the still-warm loaf and eat it myself before dinner.

Instead, I made garlic bread for the family, but I’m thinking I might have to go back to Brookshire’s tomorrow and get another loaf for myself.

In addition to the Italian bread, which is my favorite, they have French bread, artisan bread, rolls, homemade tortillas and any kind of baked treat your heart desires. Visit the Brookshire’s bakery today!

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