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Product Talk: Green Onions


Green OnionsRaw onions were not my jam.

However, there have been certain events recently that have changed my mind.

I’ve been buying green onions because Paul loves them. Me? Not so much.

Until I got a wild hair and sprinkled them on my baked potato one night.

What had I been missing all my life?

Green onions are long and stalky. You can use the green parts and the white parts. Heck, you can eat them all the way down to the roots if you wish. Green onions are more mild than larger bulb onions. Available year-round, green onions should be chosen for their bright green, firm stalks and fresh scent.

Store them upright in the refrigerator and use them within several days.

I’ve been using them on baked potatoes, in salads, in soups, in my deviled eggs for Easter, in the brine for my Easter ham, sprinkled on tacos and even on my bagel thins on top of a schmear of whipped cream cheese.

The really cool thing about green onions is also a really cool activity to do with your kids. After you’ve chopped off the green parts of the onion, place the white bulbous base, with root pieces still attached, in a glass of shallow water and put it on a windowsill. The green parts will start to rapidly return, and you can get another use or two of the onions without losing flavor. Plus, it’s just fun to watch.



Company News: Brookshire Grocery Company releases statement concerning cage-free eggs


TYLER, Texas, Apr. 11, 2016 – Brookshire Grocery Company is committed to and strives to meet the needs of its customers. In response to an increasing number of customers requesting cage-free eggs, BGC formally announces its intention to transition to a 100 percent cage-free egg supply chain by 2025. The company will work with current suppliers during this transition in a way that ensures eggs are safely produced and affordably priced for all of its customers.

Brookshire Grocery Company was established in 1928 and now operates three brands—Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, and FRESH by Brookshire’s. All of the 152 stores within these brands partner closely with their local communities and are committed to providing the highest quality products at the best possible value.

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Dine In: S’mores Cheesecake


S’mores CheesecakeLast weekend, under the shade of the elm tree in my backyard, we enjoyed a long-awaited crawfish boil with warm spring sunshine beaming down on us and cool spring breezes blowing.

I say “long-awaited” because it’s been in the works for over a year.

We tried to make it happen during last crawfish season, but schedules never meshed, calendars never coordinated and the crawfish boil never happened.

My friend, Leslie, and I said we were not going to let another crawfish season go by without celebrating.

Celebrate, we did. Ran into a few kinks with the propane heat source, but a little ingenuity goes a long way when you’re hungry and there are 30 pounds of crawfish ready to be eaten.

Speaking of hungry, Leslie baked and brought a S’mores Cheesecake, which didn’t make it until dessert. In fact, we all had our dessert BEFORE dinner, and it was so delicious that I can’t stop thinking about it.

Leslie and I love all things s’mores, so this dessert definitely needed to be what was happening at our crawfish boil.

The cheesecake part was creamy, but not too dense. Even though the flavor was rich, you could definitely manage a second piece (after dinner, this time).

S’mores Cheesecake

Ingredients:
Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 Tbs butter, melted
3/4 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
1 cup marshmallows

Cheesecake:
4 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
2 Tbs cornstarch
2 tsp vanilla extract

Topping:
10 oz hot fudge topping, warmed
2 cups marshmallows

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325° F.

Grease a 9-inch springform pan with Crisco, butter or vegetable oil (use something other than nonstick cooking spray). Place the springform pan inside a larger roasting pan with deep edges, like a 9 x 13 baking pan.

Mix the graham cracker crumbs with melted butter, vanilla and brown sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until well-combined and forms small pea-sized “pebbles.”

Press the mixture into the bottom of the springform pan, including about 1 inch up the sides of the pan.

Sprinkle mini chocolate chips and marshmallows over the bottom of the crust.

Using an electric mixture, beat cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the cornstarch and sugar; mix until well-combined. Add the eggs and beat until thoroughly incorporated. Then, beat in the sour cream, vanilla and heavy cream.

Mix well.

Pour the cheesecake batter over the top of the chocolate and marshmallows; tap the sides of the springform pan gently until evenly spread. Pour water into the roasting pan until it reaches about half the depth of the springform pan. (If you’re worried about water compromising the springform pan, wrap the bottom with aluminum foil before adding the water to the roasting pan.)

Bake for 90 minutes. Do not open the oven door during the baking process.

Turn off the oven and crack oven door. Let cheesecake rest for 10 minutes in the oven before removing it.

Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes; carefully remove the outer portion of the springform pan.

Chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Preheat broiler to high heat.

Spread warm hot fudge over the top of the chilled cheesecake, and spread the marshmallows across the top.

Place cheesecake under the broiler for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove immediately when the marshmallows are golden.

Cool cheesecake completely; cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Serves 12

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 720, Calories from Fat: 346, Fat: 38 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (23 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 138 mg, Sodium: 394 mg, Potassium: 186 mg, Carbohydrates: 86.6 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 56 g, Protein: 9 g.

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Family Matters: The More Movement, The Merrier


The More Movement, The MerrierYour small pet, like a hamster or guinea pig, spends most of his day in a cage, so he needs a good outlet for exercise.

You can purchase a tunnel system for many small pets, which extends the area in their cage and gives them a great opportunity to climb and run. If your cage doesn’t accommodate this type of exercise run, build one within safe confines where your pet can’t get loose, and let him work his way through it.

You might have to start by hiding a small treat in the tubing to help motivate your pet to move through the course.

A wheel is also a great form of exercise. Hamsters, gerbils and mice especially love to run on a wheel mounted in their cage.

Create an enclosure (outside of the cage and in a much larger space) where your pet can roam free. They will like the feeling of vast freedom that they will experience.

Small balls are wonderful playthings, as your pet will chase them.

Finally, invest in a collar and leash for your small pet. You can walk them, too.



Family Matters: Keeping Your Feathered Friend Active


Keeping Your Feathered Friend ActiveEvery once in a while, you have to let a caged bird sing or, in this case, exercise.

You’d feel all penned up in a cage, wouldn’t you? While it’s not exactly the same for your pet bird, you do need to make sure it gets enough exercise to keep him healthy and happy.

One thing you can do is put a ladder in his bird cage so that he can climb up and down it at his pleasure. When he sees the ladder, he will be compelled to climb it to the top.

Purchase foraging toys from your local pet shop. These toys allow you to hide food or millet treats inside so your pet has to work for them.

Let him fly, literally. Provide a safe, enclosed space, and let him flap his wings. If your bird’s wings are clipped, take him out of his cage and put him on a perch to let him flap around.

Hang a small bell in your bird’s cage; he will reach for it and ring it.

Offer your bird things to tear up, like newspaper or eucalyptus branches. He’ll get a good workout shredding.

Finally, place your bird on the floor at one end of a hallway (with doors to the hallway closed). Go to the other end; call him and let him hop to you.



Family Matters: Caring for Your Kitten


Caring for Your KittenYou just brought your new bundle of fuzzy joy home. Now, what do you do?

Most kittens are ready to be weaned and rehomed at 8 weeks, so you’ll have a little ball of love on your hands.

First things first: take your new kitten to a veterinarian for a complete checkup and shots. You want to start his life with you in a healthy way.

As for food, offer your kitten a brand of food specially formulated for a younger cat. Either wet or dry food is okay. Just make sure it’s chock full of the nutrients kittens need to grow big and strong. Kitten meals should be about 30 percent high-quality protein.

Teach them good bathroom habits immediately. Most cats love to stay clean and don’t need much litter box training. Introduce them to the litter box in the space where it will remain permanently. Let the cat scratch around inside. Bring her back to the box frequently the first several days or until she has it down pat.

Pet your cat frequently to help it socialize. If it tolerates being held, snuggle with it and let it fall asleep on your lap or chest.

Provide your cat with toys like small balls, squeaky toys and things that move. You might need to provide it with a scratching post to protect your furniture as your kitten’s claws grow.



Family Matters: Exercise is Fun with Your Dog


Exercise is Fun with Your DogWhen I mentioned that I was writing a blog on doggie exercise, my boyfriend immediately offered that some people dance with their dogs.

Um, okay

I can just picture him twirling Astro, my 95-pound mutt, around the dance floor. Maybe they could get matching tuxes or something.

He wasn’t kidding.

Sure enough, get your dog to exercise by having him move and groove around the room with you.

Start by clearing furniture to give you both a large enough space to dance. Turn on some tunes and encourage him to weave through your legs, turn circles, leap into the air, spin around and back up to you.

Keep some low-fat treats in your pocket to reward him for participating.

Did you know doggies do yoga, too? Where do you think “downward dog” came from? Astro has downward dog mastered. Partner yoga moves can help your dog relax and relieve stress. Look for YouTube videos guiding you through the moves with your pup.

Play! Of course, this is great exercise. Throw your dog a Frisbee or a ball, and let him catch it or fetch and retrieve.

You can always take him on a brisk walk as well.



Shop the Sale: Greek Grilled Pork Chops


Greek Grilled Pork Chops

When I first moved out of the house, one of my mom’s friends gave me a cast iron skillet.

Not only did this cooking vessel weigh enough to take up most of my allotted baggage weight with the moving company, but it came with strict instructions: DO NOT WASH THIS WITH SOAP EVER.

That seemed like one too many rule to me, plus not using soap was just plain gross.

Or so I thought.

My cast iron skillet sat, untouched and unseasoned (yet unwashed with soap) in my cabinet for years, until I had occasion to make a recipe that specifically called for a cast iron skillet. I called my mom.

“What am I supposed to do with this again?” I asked.

She guided me through rubbing it down with vegetable oil and placing it in a hot oven for a few hours, taking it out, letting it cool, rubbing it down with more oil, then using it.

I did all that.

I made something in it. I can’t remember now, but when I finished, there were bits stuck to the bottom of the gleaming cast iron.

I was going to have to use soap, or so I thought until I ran it under hot water and everything washed off easily, no soap required.

From then on, it was true love.

A co-worker is about to get married and, while I don’t know her that well, we threw a shower in her honor a few weeks ago. I decided to get her one of the things that I love most in my kitchen: a cast iron skillet.

Her eyes bulged when she took the bag.

“What do I do with this?” she wanted to know.

So I told her.

Never, EVER wash it with soap.

You can make these Greek-inspired pork chops in your cast iron skillet as well.

This week, boneless pork chops are on sale at Brookshire’s, your grocery oasis right near home, no road trip required and, let me tell you, the prices are great.

Greek Grilled Pork Chops

Ingredients:
4 boneless pork chops, about 1 1/2 lbs

Marinade:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp dried Greek oregano
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp black pepper

Directions:
Whisk together marinade ingredients: olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, Greek oregano, garlic and black pepper. Pour into a zipper-lock plastic bag; place pork chops inside. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight or at least 4 hours, turning a few times.

When ready to cook, let pork chops come to room temperature in marinade. Preheat the grill pan to medium-high heat. Slap the pork chops onto the grill pan, and let them cook about 3 minutes. Then, rotate 45 degrees to get lovely cross-hatched grill marks. Cook an additional 3 minutes on the first side; flip and cook an additional 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked through.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 361, Calories from Fat: 169, Fat: 19 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 124 mg, Sodium: 101 mg, Potassium: 763 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 45 g.

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Healthy Living: Drink More Water


Drink More WaterYou drank enough water today.

April Fools!

The fact of the matter is that most Americans do not drink enough water.

Doctors’ guidelines tell us that we should drink half our body weight in ounces daily.

So, if you weigh 100 pounds, you should drink 50 ounces of water daily.

Staying hydrated helps your organs function at their optimal level. It helps cleanse waste from your body. It helps your skin stay clear and your brain stay alert. Being well-hydrated can help you sleep well and perform at your best.

I always thought it was such a pain to have to stop and use the restroom during the day. Then, I realized that your body adjusts to being well-hydrated, and it’s not so much of an issue once that happens.

I don’t love water; I have to admit that. However, I do love adding lemon and especially limes (or cucumbers, blueberries or strawberries) to my water. The light, fresh taste makes the water easier for me to drink and adds some nutrients as well.

There are sugar-free flavoring packets to add to water as well; just don’t add caffeine, which can dehydrate you.

Drinking water also helps you feel full sooner so that you’ll eat less.

There is no downside to drinking enough water. It’s becoming especially critical as the days heat up and you lose more fluids from sweat and activity.



Product Talk: Sirloin Strip Steaks


Sirloin Strip SteaksYesterday afternoon, we went to Brookshire’s to pick out something for dinner.

We didn’t have anything particular in mind (except that I wanted mashed potatoes as a side dish), but we tend to lean toward red meat. Specifically, we tend to be ribeye folks.

Yesterday, salivating over the meat case in Brookshire’s, we saw some lovely sirloin strips.

A sirloin strip, also called the Kansas City Strip steak, is a cut of steak from the short loin around the back midsection of the cow. This particular muscle does little work, producing a tender cut of meat, although not quite as tender as a ribeye or tenderloin.

As far as fat content goes, it’s somewhere in between the aforementioned two cuts.

There is no bone in this cut of steak, just some slight marbling and enough fat to add flavor to the meat. As always, you want to bring it to room temperature before grilling or cooking. Season with salt, pepper and, our favorite, David Wade’s Worcestershire Powder.

For a less expensive price, it was a delicious steak, juicy, tender and full of flavor.



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