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Product Talk: John Soules Foods® Southern Style Chicken


John Soules Foods® Southern Style ChickenI heard a rumor that sounded too good to be true. I heard there was a frozen chicken product at Brookshire’s that tasted a lot like a place where we eat a lot and that’s closed on Sundays. I didn’t believe it.

One Sunday morning, my son wanted chicken and waffles for breakfast. I didn’t really feel like frying chicken, so I added “Southern Style Chicken” to my grocery list.

Found with the frozen foods, John Soules Foods® Southern Style Chicken comes in nuggets or strips. We were making chicken and waffles, so I opted for the strips.

We heated them in the oven, per the directions on the bag. When they came out, I asked my boys, who are connoisseurs of the other establishment, to taste them before we paired them with waffles and syrup. They agreed that they taste a lot like their favorite fast-food restaurant.

Lightly breaded, these strips and nuggets are 100-percent white meat chicken and so delicious. What we didn’t use for the chicken and waffles, we baked later in the week and used for chicken salads atop crispy greens tossed with fresh tomatoes, avocados and bits of crispy bacon.

We’ve also tried the nuggets dipped in barbecue or honey mustard sauce. They make great after-school snacks or lunches on the weekends.

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Wine Club: Crawfish and Wine Pairings


Crawfish and Wine PairingsSpringtime and crawfish are practically synonymous in the South, and hosting a crawfish boil is a great time to get together with family and friends.

When you have a pot full of Cajun “lobster” (which you can preorder from the seafood counter of your local Brookshire’s during peak season), you also need something delicious to pair with it.

Eating spicy crawfish is a great opportunity to sip a refreshing and bright wine. You’re probably enjoying time outside, so pair crawfish with a wine that can be enjoyed in warm weather.

You might consider a Riesling. These white wines have a sweet, often fruity note, but enough acidity to stand up to the spiciness of crawfish. A semi-dry Riesling won’t overpower the delicate crawfish with sweetness or be too sweet to sip throughout your meal.

An Albarino, with lots of peach, grapefruit and fruity flavors, is a good choice for crawfish. The fruity notes play up the delicate seafood, while the bold acids stand up to the spiciness of the seasonings. The smooth finish helps against the heat.

An Italian Prosecco or Lambrusco could also pair well with your crawfish boil and be an effervescent finish to the fun, al fresco meal.

While whites tend to work best with seafood, “light” reds like Beaujolais will also work well with crawfish. Chill slightly before serving and enjoy!

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Family Matters: Baby Survival Must-Haves


Baby Survival Must-HavesWellements™ has the baby remedies you need for the first year and beyond. You can feel good about using them, too!

At Wellements™, the employees are also parents, so they understand that making choices about what you give your little one is a big deal! That is why they put love, countless hours and research into every product. They have created safe, high-quality products that are consistent with the company’s belief that ingredients do matter.

All of the Wellements™ products are:

  • Certified-Organic
  • Preservative-Free
  • Made in glass packaging: No harmful plastics!

Organic Gripe Water: When the crying and fussing just won’t stop!
Wellements™ Organic Gripe Water is an herbal supplement that safely and effectively helps ease occasional stomach discomfort and gas often associated with colic, fussiness and hiccups.*

Baby Tooth Oil: Teething turned happy!
Wellements™ Organic Baby Tooth Oil has a touch of sweetness to help make teething a happier time. The benzocaine-free, belladonna-free and alcohol-free formula is specifically designed to be gentle on baby’s gums.

Baby Move for Constipation: Help your little one move things along!
Wellements™ Organic Baby Move relieves occasional constipation and promotes regular bowel movements.* Designed without the use of harsh laxatives, this organic prune and prebiotic formula is safe and gentle for infants and toddlers starting at 6 months of age.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and they are the own opinions of the Wellements™ company. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.



Shop the Sale: Crawfish Etouffee


Crawfish EtouffeeCrawfish Etouffee

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time:  45 min
Serves: 4

Enjoy the tantalizing flavor of The South in your own kitchen with a Mardi Gras favorite! Our Crawfish Etouffee recipe keeps things simple so you can spend more time celebrating and less time cooking. Grab your ingredients today including on-sale Bell Peppers, get cooking, and Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Ingredients:
2 Tbs unsalted butter
2 Tbs all purpose flour
1 cup yellow onions, finely diced
1/2 cup celery, finely diced
1/2 cup green bell peppers, finely diced
1/4 cup green onions, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Tbs dry sherry
1 1/2 cups seafood stock, chicken stock or water
1 lb crawfish tails
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 Tbs fresh parsley leaves, chopped (plus more for garnish)
Long-grain white rice, cooked

Directions:
In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add flour. Cook to make a light roux, stirring often. Add onions, celery, bell peppers, green onions, garlic, bay leaves, salt and cayenne. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are soft (about 10 to 15 minutes).
Add sherry; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add stock and crawfish tails; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add lemon juice. Stir in parsley; remove from heat. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve over rice, garnished with additional parsley.

Nutritional Information Calories: 182, Fat: 6 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 105 mg, Sodium: 660 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 19 g.

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Chef Tips

It All Starts With the Roux
The secret behind many of your favorite Cajun and Creole dishes is starting with a good roux. While not a difficult process, making roux does require patience and attention to detail because it’s easy to mess it up. Start out heating your butter or oil in a heavy skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add flour gradually, sprinkling evenly into the pan. Reduce heat and cook, stirring continuously until the roux has darkened. Depending on the recipe, this can be anywhere from the color of a penny to milk chocolate. The main thing is to keep the heat low and don’t stop stirring – if you don’t consistently stir the roux, the flour will burn. Note: if you find black flecks in your roux, it’s ruined and you’ll have to start over.

Mardi Gras Themed Meals
With so many traditional dishes to choose from, it’s easy to go overboard with meals and party planning during Mardi Gras. For a well-rounded menu go for Shrimp Dip, Po Boy Sliders and Crab Cakes for appetizers followed by Etouffee, Jambalaya or Gumbo, and finish with New Orleans Bread Pudding and King Cake for dessert. Or you can toss the menu out the window and simply throw down a home style Crawfish Boil.



Product Talk: Simply Done™ Disinfecting Wipes


Simply Done Disinfecting WipesI have a canister in my desk at work. I have a canister in my car. I have several stashed around the house (one in each bathroom, one in the kitchen).

Simply Done™ Disinfecting Wipes are simply necessary this time of year.

I especially love them at the office, when people sometimes walk in wiping their noses or coughing and then sit at my desk. After they leave, you’d better believe I’m going to whip out a wipe and disinfect the door knob, my desk and anything else they might have touched. I don’t need germs on my desk, thank you very much.

Simply Done™ Disinfecting Wipes, in lemon or fresh scents, kill the flu virus and 99.9 percent of bacteria in 15 seconds. They are bleach-free and come in a portable canister, so they’re easily stashed wherever it is that you need them most.

Find them on the cleaning aisle at Brookshire’s.

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Product Talk: Valentine’s Day at Brookshire’s


Valentine's Day at Brookshire'sThat’s right, ladies and gentlemen. You have two days left to be at the top of your Valentine’s Day game, but that won’t be a problem with the wide variety of gifts you can buy at Brookshire’s that say “I love you” perfectly.

You can start in the floral department. Traditionally, red roses signify Valentine’s Day, but what about pink, white, lavender, coral or another flower instead? Maybe she likes brightly colored assorted blooms, or she’s the type who would love it if you gave her a plant for her desk or house because your feelings for her will last longer than cut flowers. Brookshire’s has stems, arrangements, plants and vases to go with them, just in time for Valentine’s Day. There are fun balloons and cards, too.

Next, you might want to visit the bakery, where you can pick up a sweet treat like a cupcake to deliver to your loved one at work or a decadent dessert for your romantic meal. (I like to surprise my kids with cupcakes when they wake up on Valentine’s Day morning; sorry, teachers!)

Speaking of romantic meals, Brookshire’s makes it easy to put together something that will wow your love. Grab a copy of our Celebrate Cooking magazine in the store today for ideas, or put together a cheese board with assorted cheeses from the deli with sliced meats, olives and a loaf of freshly baked bread to start.

Then, our butchers can cut a perfect filet, pick out a lobster tail, or prepare a beef loin roast for you. Perhaps a shrimp scampi with some of the artisanal dried pastas would be a good choice, too.

A bottle of wine is never a bad choice for a thoughtful gift or as the perfect accompaniment to your romantic meal. Does your loved one prefer beer? An assortment of all their favorites is easy to put together with a make-your-own six-pack at Brookshire’s.

Don’t forget the candy! Pick up an assortment of any kind you can imagine.

Brookshire’s also has all of the cards and wrappings to make sure that your loved one feels special on Valentine’s Day.

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Shop the Sale: Mustard-Glazed Pork Chops


Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 2

Pork chops are a simple, tasty option for healthy weeknight meals for two or as part of a big weekend cookout. The secret to the juiciest, flavorful chops is taking the time to marinate them. Our mustard glaze is an easy recipe that packs a huge flavor punch, making for delicious eating with minimal effort. Pro tip: they’re perfect served with Creamed Brussels Sprouts. And with Assorted Pork Chops on sale, there’s even more reason to give it a try this week – or weekend!

Ingredients
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 thick-cut pork chops

Instruction
Whisk the first 9 ingredients together in bowl. Place pork chops in a storage bag; add glaze. Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before cooking. When ready to cook, remove chops from storage bag. Place glaze in bowl. Grill for 20 minutes or cook over medium-high heat in cast-iron skillet for 8 minutes per side (or until cooked through). Spoon glaze over pork while cooking. For best results, frequently baste chops with glaze while cooking.

Per Serving:
Calories: 537, Fat: 31 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 98 mg, Sodium: 1964 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 29 g.

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Chef Tips

The Benefits of Marinade
If you have a great cut of meat, some basic seasonings and a perfected grilling technique, that’s generally all you need for a terrific cook out. But, if you’re looking to expand the flavor profile of your next barbeque or you’re not exactly a grill master yet, marinating is your secret weapon for fabulous eating. Marinades add flavor and juiciness to any grill meat, and you can keep it simple or get as creative as you like. Easy options include store-bought Italian Dressing or Balsamic Vinaigrettes, or you can try recipes and experiment with your own concoctions. Generally all you need is an oil, an acid (fruit juice, vinegar, beer or white wine) and some herbs and spice, although you can also play around with condiments like soy sauce, honey, mustard and BBQ sauce.

Dinner for Two
Most recipes you find are for four or more, which is fine in most cases because it’s easy enough to halve the recipe or make too much and save the remainder for leftovers. But sometimes, you just want a recipe made for two. If you’re looking for some dinner for two inspiration check out eatingwell.com, bbcgoodfood.com and of course brookshires.com.



Product Talk: Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil


Brookshire's Pure Olive OilIf there is one thing in my kitchen that I never run out of, it’s Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil.

With its golden color, mild flavor and smooth finish, it’s perfect for grilling, sautéing, marinating and anything else I need when I’m cooking.

The main type of fat found in olive oil is monounsaturated fat. If you replace trans fats and saturated fats in your diet with more monounsaturated fats, you can see health benefits from that change.

A friend of mine made this cake over the holidays. I’ve never used olive oil in baking because olive oil does have a distinct flavor, but in this recipe, that’s exactly what you’re looking to get. It was delicious!

Lemon-Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz) box Brookshire’s Yellow Cake Mix
large eggs, per cake mix package directions
Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil, per cake mix package directions
2 Tbs lemon zest
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup raspberries

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325° F. Spray a 9-inch cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with a circle of parchment paper.

Mix cake batter per package instructions, substituting Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil for the called-for vegetable oil or butter. Stir in lemon zest.

Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake until cake is lightly golden and springs back to the touch, about 40 minutes. (A cake tester inserted into the center should come out clean.)

Let cool completely in pan for about 20 minutes. Invert cake onto a stand or plate; remove parchment.

Stir together lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar to make a glaze. Pour glaze over center of cake. Spread to the edges so some drips down the sides. Arrange raspberries in center of cake; serve.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 386, Fat: 16 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 42 mg, Sodium: 366 mg, Carbohydrates: 59 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 4 g.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Saltine Crackers


Brookshire's Saltine CrackersWe’ve been eating a lot of soups, stews and chilies in our house this winter, so I’ve been buying a lot of crackers to go alongside our favor cold-weather comfort meals.

Brookshire’s Saltine Crackers are light and crispy. They have the perfect amount of salty goodness to accompany your favorite soup or stew, as well as a satisfying crunch that is perfect while you sip soup. You can also use them to make a great snack.

With the Big Game coming up, these Firecracker Crackers would make a great appetizer, snack or side dish for your family and friends.

Firecracker Crackers

Ingredients:
1 cup canola oil
1 (1 oz) pkg dry ranch dressing mix
2 Tbs crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 lb Brookshire’s Saltine Crackers (4 sleeves)

Directions:
In a small bowl, mix canola oil, ranch dressing mix, red pepper flakes and garlic powder. Whisk well to combine.

Line crackers end to end in an airtight container. (Using a large, plastic, zip-top bag also works; just take care not to crush the crackers when you mix them.) Stir oil mixture well to make sure all the seasonings are incorporated; drizzle over crackers.

Close the lid to the container (or seal the bag), and flip gently every 5 minutes for 20 minutes in order to get all of the crackers coated with the oil mixture. Store in an airtight container or zip-top bag.

Chef’s Tip: You can adjust the amount of crushed red pepper, depending on how spicy you’d like your Firecracker Crackers to turn out.

Serves 12

Per Serving:
Calories: 326, Fat: 23 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 419 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Sugar: 0 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 4 g.

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Family Matters: Fleas in the Winter


sad looking dogBecause we live in the South, our temperatures don’t usually get below 30 degrees very often, which means fleas and ticks can breed all winter long.

That, in turn, means we have to protect our pets all winter long!

Fleas and ticks can carry heartworms, which are fatal for your four-legged friend. You also don’t want an infestation of fleas in your house or one of the other diseases spread to humans by a tick bite.

Winter is the best time to treat your house and your yard and to keep treating your pet for fleas and ticks.

For your pet, use a topical flea and tick-prevention ointment, usually applied behind the neck, or an oral supplement prescribed by their vet. Both of these are usually administered monthly and are good for 30 days.

For your yard, while fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are less active, use a chemical spray (available at any home improvement store) that you attach to the end of your hose. These pesticides should last 3-6 months and are safe for your pet and your children. (Let dry before letting your pet or your child back outside).

If you have a flea infestation inside your home, call a professional exterminator who can treat the house for you to eradicate the pests and prevent future infestations. Make sure you’re also treating your pets as well.



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