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Product Talk: Cape Cod Potato Chips


Cod Potato ChipsCape Cod Potato Chips have a simple slogan, “Home of Ridiculously Good Chips.”

I decided to put that slogan to the test when I saw them on the shelf at Brookshire’s, specifically the Sweet and Spicy Jalapeño flavor.

These kettle-cooked chips lived up to their big branding!

Crunchy, crispy and light tasting, these chips were definitely delicious.

Cape Cod chips are made from hand-selected potatoes, cooked in small batches in a kettle in canola oil and lightly salted.

Added flavors include the jalapeño one, Sea Salt & Vinegar, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, Sweet Mesquite Barbeque, and Aged White Cheddar & Sour Cream.

They also offer a line of reduced-fat chips and a new line of waffle-cut chips.

Every once in a while, they’ll introduce a limited edition flavor, currently Sweet Red Chili and Chipotle Barbeque.

If you love the chips, you’ll also love the popcorn and Dipping Shells, designed to stand up to some serious scooping.

Found on the aisle with other chips or featured on end caps, these potato chips offer a distinct flavor and a huge crunch!

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Dine In: Cilantro-Lime Rice


Cilantro-Lime RiceMy parents were in town for Christmas, and we had a blast celebrating together on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The day after Christmas, the six of us (my parents, me, my boys and my boyfriend) went and tried one of those escape rooms. You know, where you have to work as a team to figure out clues, open locks to get more clues and eventually escape the last lock on the door. It was so much fun! It was so DIFFICULT! The room we tried was the most difficult level. It was pitch black in the room with only glow-in-the-dark features which served the dual purpose of being clues and our only light source, save for a small flashlight. We had the benefit of knowing each other well and how the other people in the group worked together, but I can’t imagine trying this with a group of strangers. Ultimately, we did not succeed in getting out of the room in the time allotted, but I want to go back and try a different room soon.

After the adventure, we went out to eat. We grabbed Mexican food because my parents, being from Virginia, don’t have access to Tex-Mex on every corner.

The waitress suggested cilantro-lime rice to complement my dish instead of the usual Mexican rice. I don’t usually eat all the rice at a Mexican restaurant. I can take it or leave it, but I ate every morsel of the cilantro-lime dish. It was delicious enough to try to recreate it at home!

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Ingredients:
2 cups water
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 Tbs butter
salt, to taste
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 Tbs lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 tsp lime zest

Directions:
Bring water to a boil. Add the rice and butter, and then add salt to taste. Bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until cooked through and liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. When rice is cooked, stir in cilantro, lime juice and lime zest. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 195, Calories from Fat: 29, Fat: 3 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 8 mg, Sodium: 27 mg, Potassium: 66 mg, Carbohydrates: 37 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Family Matters: The Weather Outside Is Frightful!


Oh, The Weather Outside Is Frightful!Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but it’s your job to keep your pup delightful!

Dogs might have a shaggy winter coat (some breeds, at least), but this doesn’t mean they’re fine outside in cold weather. If you’re cold, so is your pooch.

If you can, let your pet stay inside during cold times. Make sure their bed or crate is away from a drafty area. If they must stay outside during the day, an insulated doghouse filled with clean, dry hay will help them find refuge from the cold. It’s even better if it has a door to block the wind.

If you’re at risk of frostbite, so is your pup! Don’t allow them to be exposed to extremely cold temperatures for long periods of time. If you do go for a romp through the snow, knock snow and ice off their feet as soon as you come back inside. The pads of their feet are very sensitive to extreme temperatures. Make sure you dry off their coat, especially any hair that hangs down close to the ground.

Another good reason to wipe your pet thoroughly after they come inside is that some chemicals used for snow removal can be toxic to your dog. Salt and other deicers can irritate their feet and skin, and they should be wiped off immediately.

‘Tis the season for antifreeze, but make sure it stays in your car. Your pup might like to lick it because it has a sweet taste, but it can be fatal to pets, causing kidney failure.

Another cold weather car hazard is its warm engine. Pets might seek shelter in the mechanical areas of a recently-driven car. Honk your horn before driving off to startle any sleeping pet out of the car engine.

Finally, in the cold months, check to make sure your dog’s water bowl isn’t frozen over, and you may have to adjust their food intake to help them regulate their body heat. Ask your veterinarian about appropriate amounts of food and how to adjust it.



Family Matters: Small Pet Balanced Diet


Small Pet Balanced DietOnce upon a time, I got a hamster for my birthday, and it pretty much lived on my shoulder. It went where I went, played where I played and wanted to eat what I ate.

That’s not always a good thing for your small pet.

A balanced diet is important for your wee furry friend whether it’s a hamster, guinea pig or rabbit. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a great addition to our Thomas Moore Feed products. Be sure to check with your veterinarian about what fruits and vegetables are best for each kind of animal and what kind of people treats are pet-appropriate.

Brookshire’s Thomas Moore Feed Small Pet Feeds are all made of Timothy hay-based formulas. Timothy hay is important for good digestive health for your small pet. Our hamster and gerbil feed is a seed-based blend that will provide the right amount of proteins and carbohydrates for growth, energy and warmth, while our guinea pig and rabbit blends are pellet-based to ensure a balanced diet for those kinds of small pets. You should always provide Timothy hay for your guinea pig and rabbit to help with their digestive and dental health.

Make sure you are providing your small pet with enough fresh water and fresh Thomas Moore Feed products!



Family Matters: Keep Your Feathered Friend Healthy


Keep Your Feathered Friend HealthyHumans aren’t the only ones watching their diets in this new year! We should be watching the diets of our feathered friends as well.

Wild birds can forage for a variety of seeds and plant parts, but our caged birds sing for the scrumptious morsels we feed them. It’s our job to meet their nutritional needs to keep them happy and healthy.

Seeds are a wonderful food for your exotic bird. Your exotics have refined tastes and need a varied menu to keep them interested in eating properly. Seed mixes add diversity to their diet if you offer canary grass seed, millet, safflower and more.

Further diversify their offerings with fruits, vegetables and pellets. Vegetables like radishes, carrots, turnips, cooked sweet potatoes, kale and green beans should make up about 30 percent of your bird’s diet, while sweeter fruits like apples, berries, kiwi and mango should account for about 15 percent of their diet.

Make sure you’re keeping your bird healthy with Thomas Moore Feeds Exotic Bird Seeds, a great source of omega-3 fatty acids for bird’s well-being!



Family Matters: Make Winter Purr-fect


Make Winter Purr-fectMake sure your cat has a purr-fect winter by keeping him warm, well-nourished and, of course, well-loved.

Keeping kitty warm starts from within, with more calories, that is. Your feline friend might need extra food to keep him well-insulated this winter, so leave out a little extra if he’s meowing more or indicating he’s still hungry. Now, if he starts out extra fluffy, he might not need the extra nutrients, so consult your veterinarian if you think your kitty is hungry.

You might also check with your veterinarian if you want to supplement your cat’s diet with extra vitamin E and B complex, which some studies show will help your cat be more resistant to the cold. Don’t just give them vitamins, however, because most of their nutritional needs are met with a high-quality food, and too much can cause some medical problems and a chemical imbalance.

Speaking of high-quality food, good nutrition promotes a thick, glossy coat, which can help keep your cat warm! Be sure to still groom him properly though. Excess hair can lead to problems with their digestive system. In addition, matted hair doesn’t keep your cat as warm as nature intended.

Inside your house, make sure the area where your cat sleeps is warm and draft-free. Keep his bed away from heat sources such as the fireplace or space heaters.

Also, when you start your car in the morning, honk the horn first. Cats are notorious for seeking shelter in warm vehicle engines.



Mi Blog Hispano: Nuevos Propósitos para el Año Nuevo


Nuevos Propósitos para el Año NuevoYa termina el año y empieza uno nuevo. Esto quiere decir que es tiempo ya de hacer nuestras listas de nuevos propósitos para el 2016. Algunos de mis propósitos son viajar más, perder unas libritas más, comer más saludable, leer más, cocinar más en casa, y pasar más tiempo con mi familia. El año pasado hice mi lista y logre varias de mis metas, y en este nuevo año hare el intento de cumplir la mayoría de mis metas otra vez.

¿Y usted? ¿Ya hizo su lista de nuevos propósitos para el Año Nuevo? Si no la ha hecho, tómese un tiempo para hacerla. Aquí les comparto unas cosas para ayudarles a que logren sus metas y propósitos.

  1. Escriba sus propósitos. No solo lo piense, tiene que escribir sus propósitos en papel.
  2. Sea realístico. Sus propósitos deben de ser algo que usted sabe que son obtenibles.
  3. Sea responsable. Recuerde que estas son metas que usted se ha propuesto, y tenemos que hacer un esfuerzo en cumplirlas.
  4. Medite en su lista muy frecuentemente. Ponga su lista donde la vea todos los días.
  5. Hable de sus nuevos propósitos con sus amigos. A veces, el expresar lo que vamos hacer, nos hace realmente hacerlo.
  6. Recuerde porque esta meta es importante para usted, ¡y ánimo!
  7. ¡Siga intentando hasta que logre su meta!

Recuerde que nunca es tarde para lograr sus metas. Queriendo hacerlo, se puede. Empiece un nuevo pasatiempo, lea un libro, dibuje, aprenda a tocar un instrumento, propóngase a visitar a esas personas o seres queridos que no ha visto en mucho tiempo, acérquese más a Dios, organícese mas, en fin, hay una infinidad de cosas que puede proponerse hacer.

Les deseo que disfruten este año entrante, 2016, a lo máximo. ¡Feliz año nuevo!



Shop the Sale: Smoked Pork Roast


Smoked Pork RoastAs I’ve mentioned recently, Paul’s shiny red smoker has come to live on my back porch. He brought it over on Thanksgiving, and I’m hesitant to return it. He says it can stay, since we mostly cook at my house, and I’m probably going to hold him to that.

There is seriously nothing better than the smell of meat slow-cooking all day on the smoker. Why don’t they make a cologne and bottle that scent? Until then, I’ll just make Paul stand downwind of the smoker when we’re cooking!

Pork roast is definitely one of my favorite things to smoke, and it stands up so well to slow-cooking. Now, you might want to brine a boneless roast before you smoke it to keep it moist. This step probably isn’t so critical with a pork shoulder or something fattier, but I’d definitely take the extra time to do it with a boneless roast. Plus, it imparts some good flavor. You can get creative with the brine, too. Instead of apple juice, you can use plain water, beer or orange juice. Stick to something with a bit of acid in it, in my opinion. You can also add in whatever spices you want, as long as you keep the salt (that’s what makes the brine a brine).

Enjoy this recipe while boneless pork roast is on sale at Brookshire’s this week.

Smoked Pork Roast

Ingredients:
7 lb boneless pork roast

BRINE:
2 quarts apple juice
1/3 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp thyme
5 whole cloves
1 tsp black pepper

RUB:
4 Tbs Worcestershire powder
1 Tbs salt
1 Tbs pepper
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 Tbs brown sugar

Directions:
Combine brine ingredients in a large roasting pan on the stove. Bring to a boil. Cool and submerge roast in brine. Refrigerate overnight.

Remove roast from brine. Rinse and pat very dry.

Combine rub ingredients in a small bowl. Rub over pork roast, pressing into meat for more flavor.

Prepare smoker to 200° F to 225° F. Add wood chip flavoring. Smoke for about 8 hours or until internal temperature of pork roast reaches 150° F. Remove from heat. Let rest until pork reaches 155° F.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 577, Calories from Fat: 127, Fat: 14 g, Trans Fat: 4 g, (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 290 mg, Sodium: 1100 mg, Potassium: 1696 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 104 g.

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Healthy Living: Cranberry Cleanse


Cranberry CleanseDid you overindulge during the holidays on fatty foods and festive drinks? It might be time to help your liver cleanse itself of some of the toxins you might be putting into it!

Your liver, the largest organ in your body, performs over 400 functions per day, including storing vitamins, iron, glucose and fats so your body can use them later, and metabolizing food into nutrients that benefit your body. The liver also eliminates toxins, medications and harmful substances from your bloodstream.

When the liver gets “clogged,” so to speak, it functions less efficiently.

Cranberry juice can help rid your liver of the build-up of toxins. As always, consult with your doctor if you want to try a cranberry cleanse.

A cranberry cleanse can help by protecting  the liver from chemical toxins, stimulating bile production and supplying  the liver with the nutrients it needs, such as antioxidants for detoxification. This works because cranberry juice (the unsweetened, organic variety, not the “cocktail” popular in many stores) is rich in vitamin C, which thins and decongests bile, allowing your liver to metabolize fats more efficiently. Vitamin C also helps produce glutathione, the antioxidant needed during both stages of its detoxification process. Glutathione is an effective chelating agent, which means it binds to toxic drugs and metals to make it easier for your liver and body to remove them. Finally, vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it helps to protect the liver from free radicals that damage cells and tissues.

The cleanse is pretty simple, really. Combine one cup of purified water with a half cup of pure, organic cranberry juice (unsweetened). Add one tablespoon of organic, pure apple cider vinegar and the juice from one lemon. Drink on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. Some prefer drinking it over ice. I just chug it.

I noticed a difference in a week, feeling more energetic and lively! I hope it helps you, too.

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Product Talk: Stanley’s Barbecue Sauces


Stanley’s Barbecue SaucesA few weeks before Christmas, I was putting together a gift for an out-of-town co-worker. I decided on a gift basket full of products exclusive to Tyler, Texas.

I wrapped a Tyler candle (in “Tyler” scent), Nellie’s Scottish Shortbread, Texas Moon Gourmet Toffee, Tricky Dix Mojo rub and then ran to Brookshire’s for some Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue sauces.

Stanley’s, their website will tell you, is the oldest operating mom and pop barbecue joint in Tyler. What it cannot possibly convey, however, is the smell of smoked meats that permeates the entire area when you arrive. You can literally follow your nose to Stanley’s, which occupies an awkward wedge of space in the curve of a major thoroughfare in the medical district in Tyler. When I first moved to Tyler seven years ago, Stanley’s opened at lunchtime and served until the meat ran out, which some days was pretty darn quickly. Now, they’re open regular hours (including breakfast!) and have expanded their teeny eat-in space to accommodate more diners with a patio and frequent live music.

Their barbecue is nothing less than amazing, and some of their dishes (the Mother Clucker, the Brother In Law) have reputations that precede them far and wide.

The Clucker sauce is a white, vinegar-based sauce perfect for poultry. The BBQ sauce is good slathered on just about anything.

If you can’t make it to Stanley’s in Tyler, at least you can make it at home with small-batch sauces from Brookshire’s.

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