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Product Talk: Goldenbrook Farms Greek Frozen Yogurt


Goldenbrook Farms Greek Frozen YogurtI made a mistake recently, but it was one of those things Chef Emeril Lagasse calls a “happy mistake.”

In a rush on the way to a potluck, I ran into Brookshire’s for a carton of ice cream to go on top of the blackberry cobbler I was serving. In my haste, I grabbed the wrong carton.

When I got to the host’s home and was serving my dessert, I pulled the carton from her freezer to discover it was not vanilla bean ice cream as I thought, but Goldenbrook Farms Honey Vanilla Greek Frozen Yogurt instead.

“It’ll do,” I thought to myself.

What an understatement! The tart but rich, sweet flavor of the honey vanilla frozen yogurt complemented the blackberries perfectly. As the melting frozen yogurt flowed into the blackberry syrup, it was a marriage made in heaven.

I’ve since gone back to Brookshire’s, paying attention this time, to see what other flavors of the frozen Greek yogurt were in stock. They also have Black Cherry Chocolate and Blueberry. My goal this summer is to try all of them.



Dine In: Hushpuppies


HushpuppiesMy boyfriend unearthed a treasure the other day while rummaging around in his kitchen. He found the staple of every Southern kitchen: a deep fryer.

I was inordinately excited.

I’d never deep-fried anything in my life.

I know it’s not the healthiest way to eat, but it was one of those things I’d always wanted to try and had never gotten the chance.

As luck would have it, we were planning on smoking some ribs, chicken and brisket on his new smoker that weekend, and it seemed that something fried would go perfectly with slow-cooked, smoked meats.

We decided on hushpuppies (because there’s really no other way to make a hushpuppy other than deep-frying it) and because we both LOVE them and RARELY eat them.

I found a Paula Deen recipe (if you’re going to deep-fry something, you might as well do it the Paula way). Hers called for onions, but I omitted those and added a few extra spices to the batter. I can’t tell you the level of satisfaction I derived from dropping those nuggets into the bubbling oil and letting them cook to a golden perfection.

I also read that you can swap out the buttermilk for beer, but I’ll try that next time!

It’s not something you want to do every day or every week for obvious health reasons, but they sure were a delicious special treat for a Friday night!

Hushpuppies
Makes 18

Ingredients:
6 cups peanut oil
1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions:
Using a deep fryer or deep pot, preheat oil for frying to 350° F.

Using a mixing bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, cayenne, garlic and salt. In a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk and egg. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients, and mix until blended. Drop the batter, 1 teaspoon at a time, into the oil. Dip the spoon in a glass of water after each hushpuppy is dropped in the oil. Fry until golden-brown, turning the hushpuppies during the cooking process.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 191, Calories from Fat: 117, Fat: 13 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 10 mg, Sodium: 378 mg, Potassium: 29 mg, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 2 g

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Family Matters: Life is good…


Life is goodIs life good? This can be answered many ways by different people. It depends on how you are looking at life in general. Did you wake up this morning? If yes, then I would say “life is good.” Do you have a roof over your head and a safe place to rest? If yes, I would say “life is good.” Do you get three meals a day? If so, “life is good.

We need to take a step back and look at the things in our life that are truly good and stop focusing on the ones that may not be exactly what we think they should be. Everyone has visions of how they want to live and things they want to accomplish, but the truth of the matter is that most of the time, our dreams fall short, or so we feel. It is things we take for granted (everyday things) that we often overlook. If you concentrate on the good in your life, things you should be thankful for, you often find that the other things seem to disappear or don’t matter as much anymore.

I have a sign next to my computer that states “Life is good at the beach,” and anyone that knows me can tell you this is so true for me. Though I only get to the Texas coast every few years, the beach is my place to relax, leave all my worries behind, take in the ocean, gather seashells and admire the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Normally, you sleep late on vacation, but I am up every morning by six o’clock to walk the beach and pick up shells: true serenity that restores my soul. I think God made the beach just for me!

Life is good, so good, and once we realize it, we will all be happier. Find something each day that you can say “Thank you, Lord, for blessing me,” and you will begin to see life differently. “May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand in your shoes”…translation: may you find serenity in your daily life and know that life truly is good. Give thanks daily for the abundant life you live, trials and tribulation…they define you!

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Shop the Sale: Smothered Pork Chops


Smothered Pork ChopsMy younger son, Luke, had a really early soccer game last weekend, so we decided that we’d go out to eat breakfast after the game instead of trying to scrape something together in the wee (still dark!) hours of Saturday morning.

After the game (they tied: 2-2), we went to a popular local eatery known for their hearty breakfasts.

I ordered country potatoes with scrambled eggs. Luke ordered pigs in a blanket, my sweetie ordered all kinds of breakfast meats and potatoes, and Curt ordered smothered pork chops.

Pork chops? For breakfast?

“I ordered off the dinner menu, Mom,” Curt explained. “I just felt like something different.”

Hey, whatever works. If you can have breakfast for dinner (which we do, frequently), I guess he can have dinner for breakfast, too.

His pork chops looked amazing.

I think they were something like the recipe below. It would be a great time to try to duplicate the recipe, as pork chops are on sale this week at Brookshire’s.

Smothered Pork Chops

Ingredients:
4 thick-cut pork chops
3 Tbs butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup milk
1 cup mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 Tbs oregano
1 Tbs thyme
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F.In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine butter, garlic, mushrooms, salt, pepper, oregano and thyme.

Once butter has melted, add your pork chops and seer on each side for 1 to 2 minutes until golden-brown.Once both sides of the pork chops are golden-brown, place in oven and bake for 35 minutes, or until centers are no longer pink. (Time may need to be adjusted depending on the thickness of your pork chops.)

Remove skillet from oven and remove your pork chops;  set them aside to rest.Whisk flour and milk into your pan with the remaining liquids after removing the pork chops. Whisk until all lumps are removed. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.Serve over the top of pork chops.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 384, Calories from Fat: 262, Fat: 29 g (13 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 93 mg, Sodium: 127 mg, Potassium: 392 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 20 g

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Healthy Living: Celiac Disease


Celiac DiseaseGoing “gluten-free” is a trend or a health choice for some, but for others, it’s a critical way of life.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically-predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two-and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. For these people, eating a slice of bread or a bowl of pasta is no joke. When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. It’s beyond indigestion or stomach cramps; it’s dangerous to a person with the disease.

Luckily, there are so many great gluten-free options and products in the grocery store today that offer delicious alternatives to wheat, rye and barley choices for people who eat gluten-free.

Look for the products among the shelves stocked at Brookshire’s and in the special section on the baking aisle. Major corporations have started labeling their products as well, to make them easy to identify.

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Product Talk: Quaker Instant Grits


Quaker Instant GritsI’m enjoying a new phase in life, one where I don’t have to eat breakfast in my car during an hour-long commute.

However, that doesn’t mean I don’t want a quick, easy breakfast. Mornings still involve wrangling two boys into school clothes, making sure they’re brushed, washed and fed, packing their lunches and backpacks, and getting out the door in time for morning tutorials and study halls.

Now, I love grits. They’ve been a recently-acquired taste within the past few years or so. I love making them homemade on the weekends for breakfast with a dash of hot sauce and black pepper, or with shrimp and tomatoes for dinner.

I recently saw individual serving sizes of instant Quaker grits at Brookshire’s, and I decided to try them. You can either add boiling water to the handy (ie, no dishes required) to-go container, or add water and microwave. I prefer the first method.

They are so delicious that you’d never be able to tell they are “instant,” but instant, they are. I can have breakfast ready in two minutes. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Dine In: Parmesan Potato Pancake


Parmesan Potato PancakeLast Friday night, we were in the mood to be creative.

Don’t you love that feeling after a fulfilling work week when you’re riding the tidal wave of energy and positivity, and the one thing you want to do when you get home is cook something delicious with your sweetie? I surely do.

We decided to roast a chicken and toss a salad. I had potatoes in the pantry, and we knew we wanted to use them. However, we didn’t want to just roast or mash them. Roast chicken always reminds me of a French country bistro or a Parisian café, which immediately brought to mind a potato pancake. One of the best meals I had in France was a roast chicken with a potato galette on a Sunday afternoon in the north of France. A galette isn’t quite the same as a potato pancake, but when I was looking for recipes for a potato cake of any sort, I came across the potato pancake recipe, which called for freshly grated parmesan cheese. I was sold.

This one takes some patience. Your pan can’t be too hot, but it can’t be too cool either. The potatoes will become mushy if it’s too cool. The best part is flipping the pancake. I was nervous the first time and took forever to flip the pancake onto a plate, then slide it back into the pan. I got the hang of it. Attack it. Don’t think, just flip. That would be my advice. The original recipe didn’t call for adding more oil to the pan before adding the pancake back in, but I found you get a more golden crust if you add about 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and let it heat up before you slide the pancake back into your nonstick skillet.

It was a delicious French country dinner.

Parmesan Potato Pancake

Ingredients:
3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
1 cup parmesan, grated
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

Directions:
Warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large (12-inch diameter) nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic; cook until tender and fragrant, about 2 more minutes. Season the onion mixture with salt and pepper. Transfer the onion mixture to a large bowl and set aside. Reserve the pan.

Meanwhile, grate the potatoes in a food processor using the grating attachment blade. Use a kitchen towel to help squeeze out the water from the grated potatoes. Add the potatoes to the bowl with the onion mixture. Add the parmesan and the basil. Stir to combine; season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

Warm the remaining olive oil over high heat in the same pan that was used to cook the onions. When the pan is hot but not smoking, add the potato mixture. Use a spatula to press the mixture down into the pan firmly and evenly. Turn the heat down to medium, and cook the potato mixture until the bottom is golden-brown and the pancake can move in the pan, about 12 to 15 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium-low if the pancake is browning too fast in places. Place a large plate on top of the pancake and flip the pancake out of the pan. Turn the heat on the pan back up to high. Add one tablespoon olive oil. When the pan is hot, slide the pancake back into the pan. Cook until the bottom is golden and the pancake is cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Slide the pancake onto a serving platter, slice and serve.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 460, Calories from Fat: 207, Fat: 23 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 41 mg, Sodium: 1133 mg, Potassium: 1021 mg, Carbohydrates: 46 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 24 g

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Family Matters: Wacky Days of April


Wacky Days of AprilIt’s no joke! April showers not only bring in the rain, but they also bring in some pretty weird, wild and wacky holidays! April 1 gets the ball rolling with April Fools’ Day. This sets the agenda for a whole month full of fun, bizarre days to celebrate. Don’t worry about coming in late in the game of April’s wacky days; there is a day for just about everyone and everything!

April Fools’ Day 1
Whole-Grain Sampling Day 1
Peanut Butter & Jelly Day 2
Love Your Produce Manager Day 2
Chocolate Mousse Day 3
Cordon Bleu Day 4
Deep-Dish Pizza Day 5
Hostess Twinkie Day 6
Caramel Popcorn Day 6
National Beer Day 7
World Health Day 7
Pet Day 11
Cheese Fondue Day 11
Licorice Day 12
Peach Cobbler Day 13
Pecan Day 14
Eggs Benedict Day 16
Cheeseball Day 17
Garlic Day 19
Chocolate-Covered Cashew Day 21
Earth Day 22
Jelly Bean Day 22
Cherry Cheesecake Day 23
Picnic Day 23
Pig in a Blanket Day 24
Zucchini Bread Day 25
Pretzel Day 26
Babe Ruth Day 27
Prime Rib Day 27
Blueberry Pie Day 28
Shrimp Scampi Day 29
Oatmeal Cookie Day 30
Raisin Day 30

There are plenty of fun days here to get you and your kiddos in the kitchen cooking up a great time! So, no matter which days you choose to celebrate, you can be sure it will put a smile on the faces of those you love.

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Company News: Delhi Brookshire’s celebrates grand reopening


Delhi Brookshire’s celebrates grand reopeningDELHI, Louisiana, April 15, 2015 – A ribbon-cutting ceremony today officially marked the grand reopening of the remodeled Brookshire’s Food Store in Delhi, located at 802 Broadway. Mayor Jesse Washington served as emcee for the ceremony, where Brookshire Grocery Co. President and CEO Rick Rayford addressed the crowd. Store Director Bill McKinney also presented charitable donations to Delhi High School, Delhi Charter School and the Delhi Volunteer Fire Department.

A refreshed storefront and new interior signage, paint, décor and lighting give the renovated supermarket a modern appearance. In addition, many departments throughout the store were updated to allow for an expanded assortment of product offerings. In the bakery, customers can purchase freshly baked goods, including bolillo rolls, and they can watch as bakers work on custom creations at the new cake decorating station. In the deli, expanded varieties of specialty cheeses are available, along with sliced-to-order deli meats. The market department offers fresh meat cut daily, with special cuts available upon request. A wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies are prominently displayed in the updated produce department, and the beer, wine and spirits section was expanded.

Other updates include new check stands and shopping carts, new restrooms, a new customer service center and refinished refrigerated display cases throughout the store.

All Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores feature the NuVal nutritional scoring system. With NuVal, thousands of items throughout the store are scored on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher an item’s NuVal score, the better the nutrition. Customers can use this at-a-glance program to easily determine the overall nutritional value of products and make informed decisions.

“For more than 20 years, Brookshire’s has been a proud partner of the Delhi community,” Rayford said. “Our investment in updating this facility will allow us to better serve our customers, and we hope to continue providing the residents here a great food and shopping experience for many years to come.”

The grand opening festivities will continue throughout the following weeks with special promotions and product sampling events. For a limited time, customers can double their discount and earn 10 percent off their total grocery purchase when they redeem 500 yourpoints (see store for exclusions). In addition, on May 2 from 10am to 4pm, customers will have the opportunity to win prizes, sample products and receive other giveaways as a part of the Brookshire’s Brand store event. More special offers will be featured in-store, in the weekly grocery ads and via email.

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Shop the Sale: Chili-Lime Pork Loin


Chili-Lime Pork LoinPrices on meat seem to be rising as quickly as the thermostat, but a whole pork loin is always a good value, especially when it’s on sale at Brookshire’s.

I can’t tell you how many meals I can get out of a whole pork loin.

Well, yes I can. I slice it for the main meal. I dice it for leftover tacos, and I serve it a third time in sandwiches. Not bad, right?

This chili-lime flavor goes a long way with pork and is extremely versatile. Oh, scrambles. I forgot to mention this. Chili-lime pork with eggs and jalapeños. Yummy.

Chili-Lime Pork Loin

Ingredients:
2 lb pork loin
1 Tbs chili powder
1 medium lime
4 Tbs vegetable oil
1/2 Tbs garlic, minced
1 Tbs soy sauce

Directions:
In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil with the soy sauce, chili powder, lime juice and garlic. To get the most juice out of your lime, microwave it for about 20 seconds before cutting it open.

Place the pork loin in a large zip-top bag and pour in the marinade. Make sure the loin is completely coated and then refrigerate for 1 hour or more.

When ready to cook, take the pork loin out of the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Heat a large skillet with the remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. When the skillet is very hot and the oil looks wavy on the surface, add the pork loin (do not discard the marinade). Sear both sides of the pork loin until brown and crispy (about 3 to 5 minutes per side).

After searing both sides of the pork loin, place it on a baking sheet or roasting pan. Baste the loin with the remaining marinade and place it in the oven. Roast for approximately 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160° F. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 273, Calories from Fat: 164, Fat: 18 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 73 mg, Sodium: 154 mg, Potassium: 410 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Protein: 25 g

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