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Product Talk: Noonday Onions


Summer is (practically) here and so are Noonday onions.

Noonday onions were made famous over 40 years ago for their sweet flavor and crisp texture. Noonday, Texas exports them, and Brookshire’s stocks them all over the South for people to enjoy these onions full of deliciousness.

Noonday sweet onions are a yellow onion that’s harvested all summer long and honored at a festival each May. The city of Noonday is located a few miles south of Tyler, home to the headquarters of Brookshire’s. To qualify as a Noonday onion, these sweet treats must be grown within a 10-mile radius of Noonday.

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Dine In: Father’s Day Steak Rub


Basic Steak RubWhat better way to honor Dad with a special meal that will celebrate his day AND be the gift that keeps on giving?

Making a steak rub with all of his favorite flavors allows you to make a delicious steak for dinner and give him a present that will remind him of the great meal you made him for many meals to come.

You can mix and match spices depending on what flavors your father enjoys. Seal the spice mixture in a Mason jar, and make a cute label to go on top or on the outside. Dad will love it.

Basic Steak Rub

Ingredients:
3/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup ground coffee
1/4 cup paprika
1/4 cup ground cumin
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together, and stir well to combine. Store in an airtight container.
When ready to use, bring steak to room temperature, and rub generously over meat.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 81, Fat: 3 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 708 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 6 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Family Matters: Keep Your Small Pet Cool


Keep Your Small Pet CoolSmall pets, especially those in cages or glass tanks, need special care in the summertime when the weather heats up.

First of all, move their habitat out of direct sunlight. Most small pets aren’t big fans of bright lights anyway.

Secondly, if their habitat has a cover, make sure it’s well-ventilated and air circulates well through their living space. You might want to add a small fan nearby to help circulate air (just don’t point it directly at your pet) to help keep them cool.

Provide plenty of fresh water for drinking and play, if appropriate for your pet. Make sure the water is clean and doesn’t attract insects.

If your small pet has an outside habitat, you might want to consider an inside space on the hottest days.



Family Matters: Grilling Out with Your Dog


Grilling Out with Your DogWhenever we cook out, my dog sits faithfully right next to the grill, waiting, hoping and praying for us to drop something, preferably a ribeye.

Sadly for him, it has yet to happen.

That’s also a good thing, as cooking out around your pup can mean some hidden dangers for him.

Make sure your grill is sturdy. You don’t want your dog to be able to knock it over and get burned, start a fire or injure someone else. If he’s prone to jumping up on things or putting his paws up on countertops or tabletops, make sure the grill is in a protected area where he can’t access it at all.

Keep charcoal, matches and lighter fluid away from your dog. Any of these can be fatal if ingested.

Don’t let him eat the scraps, especially if you’re serving something with bones. Most people food that has bones isn’t good for dogs. The bones are too soft, and they can splinter and fragment in a dog’s jaws too easily.

During a cookout, don’t leave alcohol unattended around your dog.

Make sure citronella candles and sprays aren’t in your pups reach, either.



Family Matters: Traveling with Your Cat


Traveling with Your CatSummer is here, and it’s time for a vacation road trip!

Cats are pretty portable, so you might want to take your feline friend on vacation with you. Before you do, have your cat checked out by your vet to make sure he’s healthy enough to travel. Have him weighed, and get your vet’s recommendation on what to do if he gets carsick. Many recommend human Dramamine®, and knowing his weight will also tell you the correct dose to give him.

Make sure he’s wearing tags with updated contact information. Better yet, get him a microchip as well, in the horrible event he gets lost during the trip.

If your cat isn’t accustomed to riding in the car, take him on short jaunts to prepare him for the longer journey. If he’s not accustomed to being in a crate or carrier, practice keeping him in one of those as well. Put familiar toys or blankets in the carrier to help him feel comfortable.

Bring a leash and teach your cat how to use it for pit stops. You might want to pack a portable litter box for bathroom breaks if he’s not accustomed to using the potty outside.

Of course, bring food and water with you, and never leave your cat alone in the hot car.



Family Matters: Keep Your Bird Cool in Summer


Keep Your Bird Cool in SummerTemperatures are heating up, and it’s time to pay closer attention to keeping your bird cool in the summer heat.

Birds don’t have sweat glands like humans do, and they don’t regulate their body temperatures the same way we do. Unlike mammals, a bird’s body temperature runs a little higher on average.

To cool down, birds will pant rapidly, breathing through their mouths. They will also vibrate their throats. They also lose water through evaporation on their feet and skin surface.

During the summertime, it’s important to keep your bird out of direct sunlight during the hottest times of the day. Keep his cage in a place that provides light but also provides shade and adequate ventilation. This might mean providing a fan nearby to keep air circulating, extra water in his cage or water bottle, or shading nearby windows during peak hours.

Misters and birdbaths are also options, and they provide a playful option for your bird to stay cool.

Birds don’t need as much fuel during summer months, so don’t be surprised if your bird doesn’t eat as much.



Shop the Sale: Eggs-In-a-Hole Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Eggs-In-a-Hole Bacon Grilled Cheese SandwichPrep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 2

While this might not be our healthiest grilled sandwich ever, it may just be one of our tastiest. With thick cut bacon, eggs and cheese on fresh sourdough bread, it really doesn’t get better than this for a decadent breakfast or brunch. And with our Buy One Get One For A Penny deal on Hormel Black Label Bacon, there’s never been a better time to break out the skillet.

Ingredients
4 slices thick-cut bacon
2-inch cookie cutter
4 (3/4-inch thick) slices sourdough or country-style bread
4 large eggs
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 Tbs unsalted butter, divided
4 slices cheddar cheese
Hot sauce

Instructions
Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until browned and crisp, turning halfway through cooking time. Use cookie cutter to punch out circle in center of each bread slice. Transfer bacon to cutting board; cut in half crosswise. Carefully, pour half of bacon drippings into small bowl. Place 2 bread slices in skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until bottom sides are golden-brown, about 3 minutes.

Crack 1 egg into each hole in bread (some of the white may pool on top of bread). Cover and let cook for about 4 minutes. Season eggs with salt and pepper; cook until underside is set. Add 1 tablespoon butter to skillet; swirl skillet to distribute butter around bread. Carefully, flip bread again. Top 1 slice with half of cheese. Remove pan from heat; let sit for about 1 minute to soften cheese. Top with half of bacon and some hot sauce. Close up sandwich, and transfer to a plate. Repeat process with remaining bacon drippings, bread, eggs, butter, bacon, cheese and hot sauce to make another sandwich.

Calories Per Serving: 786, Fat: 51 g (26 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 487 mg, Sodium: 1617 mg, Carbohydrates: 38 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 43 g.

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Chef Tips

A Little Bacon History
You’ll be “bringing home the bacon” – literally – this week with Buy One Get One For A Penny deal on Hormel Black Label Bacon, but did you know that the original term had nothing to do with making money? There is some debate over whether it started in England during the 1500’s with the sport of catching a greased pig at county fairs where the winner took the pig home, or if it indeed had already been around for hundreds of years. While the greased pig contest story seems plausible, the older story is the more interesting. Dating back to the 1100’s in Essex, England, a church awarded a side of bacon to any man who could honestly state that he had not argued with his wife for a year – and one day – thereby “bringing home the bacon”. Wherever it stems from, we’re just happy to bring it home to our modern refrigerators.



Healthy Living: Spiralized Zucchini with Lemon Zest


Spiralized Zucchini with Lemon Zest I broke down last week and bought a kitchen gadget.

Usually, I’m of the firm belief that all you need is a sharp chef’s knife and some high-quality pots and pans. I’m sticking to that.

However, I bought a gadget last week that’s super fun, and I’ve used it probably 17 times since purchasing. I bought one of those slicers that turns vegetables into thin, spiral slices. It’s wonderful.

I’ve done zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, carrots and sweet potatoes. I’m sure you can do anything that you can press through the barrel of the slicer, but that’s what I’ve done so far. I’ve gone so far as to swap out zucchini for pasta noodles and served them under marinara sauce. They didn’t fool my kids for a second, but I was happy with them.

This has become my favorite side dish lately. It’s super quick and super healthy.

Spiralized Zucchini with Lemon Zest

Ingredients:
1 large zucchini
zest from 1 lemon
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Spiralize zucchini. Toss with lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place zucchini in pan. Sauté quickly until tender but still firm in the middle (about 3 minutes). Serve immediately.

Serves 2 (as a side dish)

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 35, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 489 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 2 g.

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Product Talk: Johnsonville Brats


Johnsonville BratsAfter I graduated from college, I lived in Germany for 3 1/2 years, on the adventure of a lifetime.
During those years, I lived, worked and played in that amazing country and assimilated myself into the country and culture as much as I possibly could.

While German food hadn’t been a cuisine that I’d been exposed to prior to my sojourn in Europe, I quickly came to love the hearty, homestyle fare of my host country.
In Germany, you can find an imbiss with bratwurst just as frequently as you can find a fast-food restaurant in the United States.

An imbiss was usually a stand-alone, very small restaurant, a little more than a stand, with a walk-up window that served four or five items, almost always bratwurst mit brochen (bratwurst sausage with a hard, crusty roll), usually pommes frites (french fries) with mayonnaise and generally some derivation of the sausage, like in a curry sausage. The imbiss served the ultimate street food in Germany.

I’d grab a bratwurst and walk along the marketplace while I was doing my daily grocery shopping.
I missed the imbiss and the bratwurst when I moved home to the United States. There’s nothing like an imbiss, but luckily Johnsonville makes a bratwurst just like I had in Germany.

They’re made with pure pork and are begging to be slapped on a grill. They are full of a rich, meaty flavor and come out tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, especially when you grill them. They also pick up a smoky flavor from your grill.

They’re perfect for a summer picnic, party or tailgate.

With all the varieties of Johnsonville brats, you’re sure to find one everyone in the whole family will love.

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Family Matters: Traveling With Your Baby


Traveling With Your BabyIt’s summer time! Your baby is ready to travel, but are you ready to travel with baby?

This is a tough age to travel with your little one because they’re a little more mobile and don’t sleep quite as much, but with a little prior planning, summer travel is easily doable.

Try to plan trips during baby’s regular nap times. Does baby take a long afternoon nap? Try to book your flight or plan your drive during that time. Or, fly or drive in the evening, if necessary.

Keep baby on schedule, if possible. This will make everyone’s vacation more enjoyable. If the schedule gets disrupted, get back on track as quickly as possible.

Travel with baby’s regular blankets and a few comfort items, so he’ll feel more at home sleeping in a strange place.

It’s great if you have your own car seat with you, and that will help baby feel right at home, too.

Travel with plenty of snacks, toys, formula, water, juice (depending on baby’s age) and books. If you are flying, make sure baby has a pacifier or is sucking during landings and take-offs, as the change in air pressure can be uncomfortable on their ears. Sucking can help alleviate that pressure.



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