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Family Matters: Soothing Gas Pains


When my second son was born, he was a champion eater. He also had some award-winning gas pains. He’d draw his legs up toward his tummy and howl after a feeding. It was horrible. Babies get gassy when they swallow air, either when they are feeding, sucking on a pacifier or simply crying.

He ended up having to take a prescription gas-relieving medication, but there are so many things you can try (and we tried) to naturally help relieve gas in your infant.

First, keep their head higher than their body during feedings. That way, the milk sinks to the bottom, and air goes to the top without getting trapped. If you’re bottle-feeding, using a bottle with a collapsible liner allows air to be removed from the bottle as the baby feeds, so there’s not excess air trapped there as well. If bottle-feeding, using a low-flow nipple also helps with reducing air intake.

Burp your baby after feeding, or even during if you’re nursing and switching sides or if baby takes a natural break. Hold him on your shoulder and pat or rub firmly until he belches. If he doesn’t burp, wait a few minutes and try again.

You can help your baby work out gas by laying him on his back and pumping his legs in a bicycle motion. Hopefully this will help him pass gas. Rubbing his belly gently might help as well.

Sometimes a warm bath can also help relax them enough to pass gas.

If the problem is chronic, take a look at what formula you’re using or what you’re eating. You might need to eliminate foods from your diet if you’re nursing or change formulas if you’re bottle-feeding.

Finally, over-the-counter gas drops might provide some relief for your gassy baby! Check with your pediatrician.



Family Matters: First Foods


Around six months old, baby will start eating solid foods!

Some pediatricians recommend the transition around four months; pay attention to your baby. If he’s still vigorously thrusting a spoon out of his mouth at four months, try again at five or six. I think I tried at four months with my first child, which caused some digestive issues, so we tried again at six months with no problem. Jjust pay attention to your child’s needs! Baby should be able to hold his head erect and upper body stable before he starts solid foods.

Cereal is a good first food. I preferred single-grain oatmeal to rice (rice was constipating for both of my boys). I mixed it with breastmilk. You can use formula or water to get it to a consistency your baby can eat easily. Just a few spoonfuls should be enough to start.

When introducing solids, you only want to introduce a new food every three to four days. This way, you can make sure that if baby has a reaction, you know which food he is reacting to. After cereal, mashed avocado is a good one to try, or pureed sweet potato. Cooked and pureed carrots and other nutrient-rich veggies are good first foods. Then, move on to fruits, and cooked and pureed meats after that.

Don’t get discouraged if baby rejects a food once, twice or several times. This is normal! Keep trying. After you’re sure he is not allergic, mix it with something you know he likes to introduce it again.



Shop the Sale: Crawfish Dip


Crawfish DipPrep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time:  40 mins
Serves: 10

When you’re craving crawfish but there are still months to go until fresh crawfish season, don’t despair! We have Boudreaux Crawfish Tail Meat on sale now, so you can make all of your favorite crawfish dishes. One our favorites is Crawfish Dip. Add some creamy, spicy, crawfish goodness to your next get together with our fabulous Crawfish Dip recipe.

Ingredients
2 Tbs salted butter
1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
1 small yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, diced
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 lb frozen peeled crawfish tails, thawed per package directions
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbs creole mustard
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp hot sauce
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 French baguette, sliced and toasted (for serving)

Instructions
Melt butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add bell pepper, onion, celery, garlic, jalapeño, salt and black pepper. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Add paprika and cayenne; cook for 1 more minute. Decrease heat to low. Add crawfish, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and whipping cream.

Mix to combine. Stir in creole mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Cover and cook on medium-low heat until fully melted and combined, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to warm. Stir in lemon juice and parsley. Serve with toasted baguette slices.

Calories per Serving: 281, Fat: 21 g (13 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 144 mg, Sodium: 627 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 19 g.

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Chef Tips

Perfect the Dice
Yes, there is a right way to do it. Start by rinsing and removing any stems, and peeling vegetables if desired. When dealing with round vegetables, it’s a good idea to cut a thin slice from one side to create a flat surface, then using a sharp knife, cut the vegetable lengthwise into slices. Next, stack the slices and cut them lengthwise into strips, then line the sticks up and cut crosswise to produce neat little cubes. For small dice, aim for ¼ inch squares, ½ inch for medium and ¾ inch for large.

Crawfish Deliciousness
Looking for more crawfish recipes? With the risk of sounding like Bubba Gump rattling off shrimp recipes, here are some of our top picks: Crawfish Bisque, Crawfish Fettucine, Crawfish Stuffed Potatoes and Bell Pepper, Crawfish Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, Crawfish Gumbo, and last but not least, Crawfish Mac N Cheese.



Product Talk: Bolthouse Farms 1915™ Organic Juices


Bolthouse Farms 1915™ Organic JuicesHappy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s 2018 already.

I don’t know about you, but I want to start the new year off on the right foot for my health!

That’s where Bolthouse Farms 1915™ Organic Juices come in. Sold in individual bottles in the refrigerated section of the produce department of your local Brookshire’s, these delicious, organic juices have their roots on a carrot farm established in 1915. Made from non-GMO ingredients, 1915™ juices are cold-pressed to extract the best flavors from all of their natural ingredients.

Flavor combinations include Apple, Romaine, Cucumber, Spinach, Kale and Lemon; Strawberry, Blueberry, Coconut Water, Apple, Spinach and Blackberry; Beet, Carrot, Orange and Lemon; Coconut Water, Strawberry and Pear; Apple and Lemon; Coconut Water, Pineapple, Mango, Avocado and Lemon; Apple, Grapefruit, Peach and Raspberry; Orange, Carrot, Pineapple, Apple and Lime; Carrot, Apple and Lemon; and Pear, Coconut Water, Mango, Spinach, Banana and Lime.

There are also two varieties of smoothies, and they are all a great way for you to feel great about what you’re drinking in the new year.



Shop the Sale: Avocado, Strawberry & Mango Salad


Avocado, Strawberry & Mango Salad.Winter may be here, but you can still enjoy a taste of summer. Bring a fresh burst to your next brunch or party with this simple, refreshing fruit-based salad. It pairs well with poultry or red meat dishes, making it a versatile dish for any occasion – even an impromptu cook out. And with Large Hass Avocadoes on sale, you can make enough to feed even the hungriest crowds.

Ingredients
1 avocado, diced
1 cup strawberries, husked and diced
1 mango, peeled and diced
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
In medium bowl, combine avocado, strawberries, mango, cilantro and lime juice. Mix together gently. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve cold.

Calories per Serving: 167, Fat: 10 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 5 mg, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 2 g.

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Chef Tips

How to Pick the Best Avocadoes
Chances are you pick your avocadoes by squeezing them to check for ripeness. Guess what? So does everybody else, which means all of the near ripe avocadoes at the supermarket have been poked and prodded by countless shoppers before you. To avoid buying bruised avocadoes, the best thing to do is buy them green and allow them to ripen at home. It can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week, but it’s so worth it. Need it sooner? Store your avocado with ripe bananas. The ethylene released by the banana will speed up the ripening process.

Cilantro
A little cilantro goes a long way, so you’re often left with no plans for the rest of the bunch you bought at the store. Don’t let that cilantro go to waste! There are actually loads of ways to use cilantro in your everyday cooking. Of course it’s the perfect addition to most Mexican dishes, but it’s also great in stir fries, noodle dishes and curries, or chopped and added to salads and smoothies.



Shop the Sale: Roasted Butternut Squash & Cranberries


Roasted Butternut Squash & CranberriesPrep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins
Serves: 4

Nothing says wintertime better than crisp apples, cranberries and butternut squash, except perhaps for cinnamon and cloves. The good news is all of these and more can be found in our Roasted Butternut Squash & Cranberries recipe. Roasted to perfection with a sweet spiced glaze, your house will smell as delicious as this dish tastes. Be sure to grab some Honey Crisp Apples; they’re perfect for this recipe and on sale now.

Ingredients
1 lb butternut squash, peeled and large-diced
1 large apple, peeled, cored and cubed
8 oz fresh cranberries
1 Tbs olive oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well. Pour into 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Serve hot.

Calories per Serving: 198, Fat: 4 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 8 mg, Carbohydrates: 41 g, Fiber: 7 g, Protein: 1 g.

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Chef Tips

Pick a Vegetable, Any Vegetable
When it comes to roasting veggies, most people think of potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots – your typical root vegetables. While these old favorites are solid options, you have a whole crisper full of vegetables just waiting for the oven. Bell pepper, celery and zucchini all make fabulous roasting options. So does pretty much anything in the cruciferous family, so feel free to go crazy with cauliflower, broccoli or everyone’s favorite, Brussels sprouts. And don’t forget onion and garlic for big flavor.

Roasted To Perfection
Roasting is hands down the easiest way to make tasty vegetables that even fussy eaters will enjoy. There are just a few simple rules to roasting perfection:

  1. Coat the vegetables well with a tablespoon or two of good quality olive, vegetable or coconut oil.
  2. Toss lightly with some salt, pepper and any favorite herbs and spices.
  3. Give them room in the baking dish. A crowded pan will result in vegetables that are more steamed than scorched.
  4. Roast until you see some charring.


Product Talk: Gift Ideas from Brookshire’s


Gift Ideas from BrookshiresI just returned from a three-day work retreat and training, during which we have our annual holiday party and gift exchange. This year, I bought my gift for the exchange at Brookshire’s, and let me just tell you, it was among the most coveted packages in the white elephant swap.

You can’t go wrong with a high-quality bottle of wine, a wine opener and a stopper, packaged in a gorgeous bag and all available on one aisle at Brookshire’s. How easy is that?

Brookshire’s is a great place for your holiday gift-giving needs this month.

I’m often stopping there on Christmas Eve for fun stocking stuffers of small toys and candy.

It’s also the best place to pick up a gift card to one of your favorite stores or restaurants like JCPenney, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Chili’s. It’s also a wonderful way to gift someone with a Brookshire’s gift card, so they can pick up anything they need, from dog food to a Christmas turkey. Gift cards make wonderful stocking stuffers, as well as thoughtful gifts for teachers, co-workers, family and friends. In fact, I used to have an employer whose Christmas gift to the entire staff was Brookshire’s gift cards, and I looked forward to that treat every year.

The floral department also has a wonderful array of gift ideas, from festive poinsettias to fun, Christmas cactus to beautiful arrangements of cut flowers that would be stunning on a holiday table.

Need a hostess gift for a holiday party? May I suggest wine again (the wine bags are so beautiful), or perhaps a treat from the bakery she can enjoy during clean-up, or even a selection of hand creams (I love the rich, thick Burt’s Bees, especially after cleaning up after a party) from the personal care department.

Of course, Brookshire’s also has wrapping paper, gift bags, holiday cards and everything else you’ll need to make your gift, and their spirits, bright.

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Family Matters: Gifts of Time


Gifts of TimeIt’s the holidays again, and I broached the subject of Christmas gifts with my boys before Thanksgiving.

“What do you think you might like for Christmas this year?” I asked.

They both struggled for an answer.

At ages 15 (almost 16, it’s important to note) and 14 (and a half), there really aren’t many things they WANT.

They are the first to admit they’re pretty lucky guys.

They have the phones, the computers, the gaming consoles and most things kids want these days. They each have a bicycle they’ve put many miles on. They each have their own room, with their own stuff, in their own place.

They were kind of at a loss as to what to ask for.

However, one child loves roller coasters and theme parks, and it happens that a theme park within easy driving distance is getting a new roller coaster when they reopen in the spring. That child will be getting tickets to opening weekend (Shhhhh! If you see him before Christmas, don’t tell!).

The other child has poured his heart and soul into his theater class for the past three years, taking extra lessons at our local civic theater. That child is getting tickets to a premier show in a nearby big city this year.

This year, Christmas gifts are not a toy or an electronic. They’re an experience. Their tickets will come with an entire weekend away with the entire family to experience a city, it’s culture, it’s food, their favorite things and their family.

To me, and hopefully to them, that’s better than any video game you can buy.

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SHOP THE SALE: ROSEMARY-GARLIC CORNISH HENS


Rosemary-Garlic Cornish HensPrep Time: 40 mins
Cook Time: 1 hour
Serves: 4

Take your next dinner party up a notch with roasted Cornish Hen. Not only does Cornish Hen offer very tender meat, its small size makes it perfect for individual servings – and ideal for elegant holiday dinners. Serve with a medley of roasted root vegetables or rice dressing, followed by a traditional dessert like pudding or apple crumble. Tyson Premium Cornish Hens are on sale all this week, so treat your friends and family to a special meal!

Ingredients
4 Cornish game hens
3 Tbs olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper
1 lemon, quartered
4 sprigs fresh rosemary (plus more for garnish)
30 cloves garlic
1/3 cup white wine
1/3 cup chicken broth

Instructions
Preheat oven to 450° F. Rub hens with 1 tablespoon oil. Lightly season hens with salt and pepper. Place 1 lemon wedge and 1 sprig rosemary in cavity of each hen. Arrange in large, heavy roasting pan. Arrange garlic cloves around hens. Roast in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 375° F. In mixing bowl, whisk together wine, broth and remaining oil; pour over hens. Continue roasting for about 25 more minutes, or until hens are golden-brown and juices run clear. Baste with pan juices every 10 minutes.

Transfer hens to platter, pouring any juices into roasting pan. Tent hens with aluminum foil to keep warm. Transfer pan juices and garlic cloves to a medium saucepan. Boil until liquids reduce to a sauce consistency, about 6 minutes. Cut hens in half, lengthwise; arrange on plates. Spoon sauce and garlic around hens. Garnish with rosemary sprigs before serving.

Calories per Serving: 484, Fat: 34 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 169 mg, Sodium: 152 mg, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 31 g

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Chef Tips

What is a Cornish Hen?
As the name would suggest, the Cornish Hen is a chicken variety that originated in Cornwall, England. Most of the chickens sold as Cornish Hens in the grocery stores today, however, are actually a hybrid of Cornish and White Rock Chicken. Commercial Cornish Hens weigh under two pounds, and in another twist, can be male or female. They are only sold whole unlike other chickens such as the broiler-fryer, roaster or stewing chicken, as they are too small to be deboned.

Cornish Hen Taste & Nutrition
Here’s another surprise, they taste like chicken! The biggest difference between the Cornish Hen and its other chicken cousins, is tenderness. Being a much younger chicken, they are very tender and juicy, which along with their small size being suited to individual serving has made them a true delicacy. On the plus side for those watching their nutrition, these “spring chickens” contain less fat and slightly fewer calories than older chicken.



Product Talk: Brookshire’s Spices


Brookshire’s SpicesIf you could see my spice cabinet, you’d think I need an intervention.

Yes, I said spice CABINET, not just spice rack.

A million years ago when I first moved out on my own, someone gave me a counter-top spice rack. It was adorable. It spun. It held 12 jars.

Twelve.

I think I outgrew it the first time I went grocery shopping.

The newest additions to my spice cabinet are the Brookshire’s Get Spicy line.

These fun and funky flavor combinations will have you getting spicy in no time.

9-Oh!-3 (get it?? 903???) is an all-purpose spice with the East Texas flavors of peppers and three salts. I use it to rub on meat.

Cluck It Up is a chicken rub that’s also delicious on turkey and pork.

Jal-uva can be used in place of lemon pepper in your recipes. It’s amazing on chicken and pork, and it’s delicious on roasted potatoes.

Taco Y Mas is perfect for classic Tex-Mex dishes like enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, quesadillas and burritos.

Bayou B’s adds a little Louisiana flavor (we are only a stone’s throw away, after all) to your next meal.

Beef It Up is a hearty blend of spices for your next grilling or smoking adventure. I love this for all red-meat rubs!

Smoked Sausage with Black-Eyed Peas

Ingredients:
1 lb smoked sausage
1 cup yellow onion, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Bayou B’s Cajun Seasoning
4 cloves garlic
4 bay leaves
5 sprigs fresh thyme
3 tsp parsley, finely chopped
8 cups chicken stock
1 lb black-eyed peas
1 Tbs green onions, chopped

Directions:
In a large stockpot over medium heat, sauté sausage for 5 minutes or until it starts to render.

Stir in the onions, salt, Bayou B’s Cajun Seasoning, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and parsley. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the onions are wilted. Stir in the chicken stock and peas.

Bring the liquid to a boil, and immediately turn down to a simmer. Cook for 1 1/2 hours or until the peas are tender. Serve garnished with green onions.

Serves 4

CHEF’S TIP: Serve over steamed white rice or crumbled, homemade cornbread.

Per Serving:
Calories: 510, Fat: 35 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 95 mg, Sodium: 2700 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 3; Protein: 30 g.

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