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Dine In: Baked Jalapeño Chicken Sliders


Baked Jalapeño Chicken SlidersLast year, some girlfriends and I got together on a Friday night in mid-November before the chaos of the holidays really kicked into high gear, and had a wonderful evening of food, fellowship and creating fun Christmas presents for teachers and co-workers. We each brought a dish and sampled each other’s favorites, while helping each other “mass-produce” the cutest Christmas gifts! One friend set up a coffee and hot chocolate bar, so the evening ended around the fireplace with a peppermint mocha espresso for me and whatever else my friends could dream up.

The gifts were easy and adorable. We bought tubes of Brookshire’s Sugar Cookie Dough. Super simple. We purchased metal cookie cutters in bulk, as well as clear glass ball Christmas ornaments. We carefully removed the “hangers” from the ornaments, and filled the glass bulbs with different kinds of cookie sprinkles and jimmies in holiday colors. Red sugar, green sugar, silver jimmies, multi-colored holiday jimmies and anything else festive we found. Then, we packaged several Christmas ornaments in assorted varieties with some sugar cookie dough and a cookie cutter! Voila, instant gift! (You might want to keep the dough refrigerated up until the time you give the gift, however.)
The food was fabulous as well. I made these super-easy sliders that were a huge hit.

Baked Jalapeño Chicken Sliders

Ingredients:
12 King’s Hawaiian rolls
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
5 strips bacon, cooked until crisp and diced
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 large jalapeño, seeded and diced
1 1/2 Tbs butter, melted
1/2 tsp garlic salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400° F.

Remove rolls from the foil tray, being careful not to separate rolls. Using a serrated knife, slice through the rolls horizontally, so they each have a top and a bottom. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, and place the bottom layer of rolls into the dish.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and half the Monterey Jack cheese. Add in the crispy bacon, chicken and jalapeño. Mix well.

Spread the chicken mixture over the bottom layer of the rolls. Sprinkle the top of filling with the remaining cup of cheese. Addtop layer of rolls.

Mix the melted butter with garlic salt. Brush over rolls. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are golden-brown. Serve warm.

Serves 12

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 247, Calories from Fat: 178, Fat: 20 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 71 mg, Sodium: 477 mg, Potassium: 139 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 15 g.

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Family Matters: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice


Pumpkin Ice Cream PieIt’s officially pumpkin spice season, and pumpkins are popping up everywhere on our shelves at Brookshire’s. There are so many ways to get your pumpkin fix. From pumpkin cream cakes and pumpkin pie to pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin craft beers, there are so many ways to enjoy the wonderful flavor of pumpkin this fall season.

What could be better than two of my favorite desserts in one: pumpkin pie and ice cream, oh my! This recipe for pumpkin ice cream pie is the perfect dessert for your holiday gatherings or just to keep for you to enjoy!

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie
Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus chilling
Freeze Time: 4 hours
Serves: 10

Ingredients:
CRUST:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted

ICE CREAM:
1 cup sugar
5 egg yolks
3 tsp vanilla extract, divided
2 cups Brookshire’s Whole Milk
4 whole cloves
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
hot fudge, for garnish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup melted butter in a bowl; stir until evenly combined. Press into bottom and sides of 9-inch, deep-dish pie plate. Bake for 10 minutes or until crust is lightly browned at the edges. Let cool completely.

Whisk together 1 cup sugar, egg yolks and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in 4-quart saucepan. Stir in milk, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg; whisk until smooth. Place over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until thickened and mixture coats the back of the spoon. Pour through a fine strainer into a bowl. Stir in cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and pumpkin puree. Let cool, and then refrigerate until chilled. Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Transfer ice cream to pie crust, smoothing top with a rubber spatula. Freeze for 4 hours or until set. Garnish with hot fudge sauce.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 377, Fat: 18 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 147 mg, Sodium: 245 mg, Carbohydrates: 51 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 5 g.

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Shop the Sale: Turkey in a Paper Sack


Turkey in a Paper SackThis will be our second Thanksgiving together, and this year, Paul is cooking the turkey his way. I mean, mine was good and all that, but Paul never steers me wrong, especially when it comes to cooking meat.

Late celebrity chef David Wade from Dallas was not only a great chef, but he was a personal friend of Paul’s, so Paul makes his Thanksgiving turkey the way David Wade prepared his: in a brown paper grocery bag.

What?

Yep, a brown Brookshire’s bag works just fine.

Is it okay if it has ink on it? Yep, that’s perfectly fine, too.

What you must NOT do is deviate from this recipe. The turkey has to be 12 pounds or larger, or it won’t cook right. Don’t use more than a cup of peanut oil, or you’ll have a fire on your hands. It must be peanut oil, which has a high heating point. Other than that, it’s a simple and delicious recipe, and I look forward to not basting the bird or wrangling with the hot oven.

Buckley Farms turkeys are on sale now, so grab one (or two), ask for paper bags at the checkout and enjoy a fuss-free Thanksgiving.

Turkey in a Paper Sack

Ingredients:
1 (12 lb) Buckley Farms turkey, room temperature
3 Tbs paprika
1 cup peanut oil (no substitutions)
2 Tbs salt
2 tsp pepper
2 Tbs Worcestershire powder
1 heavy, brown paper Brookshire’s grocery bag

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325° F.

Inspect brown paper bag thoroughly for any holes. Bag cannot have any holes or tears.

Wash turkey and pat dry with paper towels.

Mix paprika, salt, pepper and Worcestershire powder together in a small bowl.

Rub turkey with about 1/2 cup of peanut oil, inside and out. Then, massage seasonings into bird. Pour remaining oil into the brown paper bag, completely coating the surface. Place turkey inside the bag, breast-side up, and place the bag into a large roasting pan.

Seal the end of the bag tightly using twine. Make sure the top of the bag does NOT touch the top or sides of the oven.

Bake 10 minutes per pound without opening the bag.

When time is up, remove from the oven. Carefully slit the top of the bag, allowing steam to escape. Allow to vent, and then remove the bag.

Serves 12

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 937, Calories from Fat: 368, Fat: 41 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 343 mg, Sodium: 1488 mg, Potassium: 1397 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 133 g.

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Company News: Ashdown High School wins $10k through Brookshire’s ExtraPoint program


Ashdown, Ark., Nov. 17, 2015 – Brookshire’s 2015 ExtraPoint program has come to a close, and Ashdown High School has won $10,000 after being named one of three grand-prize winners in the program’s text contest.

This year, schools and stores were separated into three divisions—Red, White and Blue—to ensure schools have better odds of winning by only competing with those similar in size. At the end of the program, the school that received the most text entries in each division wins a $10,000 grand prize. There is also a $5,000 runner-up prize for each division.

In addition to receiving a $1,000 donation at a home football game, each participating school was designated a specific keyword, which was advertised on signage in Brookshire’s stores and on the sidelines at football games. From Aug. 26-Oct. 27, customers could text the keyword once a day to “43101” to enter their school for a chance to win. Ashdown had more than 13,000 entries during the contest.

Through the ExtraPoint program, Brookshire’s donated more than $160,000 to 119 local high schools throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas at football games throughout the season.

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Company News: Springtown High School wins $10k through Brookshire’s ExtraPoint program


Springtown, Texas, Nov. 17, 2015 – Brookshire’s 2015 ExtraPoint program has come to a close, and Springtown High School has won $10,000 after being named one of three grand-prize winners in the program’s text contest.

This year, schools and stores were separated into three divisions—Red, White and Blue—to ensure schools have better odds of winning by only competing with those similar in size. At the end of the program, the school that received the most text entries in each division wins a $10,000 grand prize. There is also a $5,000 runner-up prize for each division.

In addition to receiving a $1,000 donation at a home football game, each participating school was designated a specific keyword, which was advertised on signage in Brookshire’s stores and on the sidelines at football games. From Aug. 26-Oct. 27, customers could text the keyword once a day to “43101” to enter their school for a chance to win. Springtown had more than 18,000 entries during the contest.

Through the ExtraPoint program, Brookshire’s donated more than $160,000 to 119 local high schools throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas at football games throughout the season.

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Company News: Cisco High School wins $10k through Brookshire’s ExtraPoint program


CISCO, Texas, Nov. 17, 2015 – Brookshire’s 2015 ExtraPoint program has come to a close, and Cisco High School has won $10,000 after being named one of three grand-prize winners in the program’s text contest.

This year, schools and stores were separated into three divisions—Red, White and Blue—to ensure schools have better odds of winning by only competing with those similar in size. At the end of the program, the school that received the most text entries in each division wins a $10,000 grand prize. There is also a $5,000 runner-up prize for each division.

In addition to receiving a $1,000 donation at a home football game, each participating school was designated a specific keyword, which was advertised on signage in Brookshire’s stores and on the sidelines at football games. From Aug. 26-Oct. 27, customers could text the keyword once a day to “43101” to enter their school for a chance to win. Cisco had more than 23,000 entries during the contest.

Through the ExtraPoint program, Brookshire’s donated more than $160,000 to 119 local high schools throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas at football games throughout the season.

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Company News: Winnsboro High School wins $5k through Brookshire’s ExtraPoint program


Winnsboro, Texas, Nov. 17, 2015 – Brookshire’s 2015 ExtraPoint program has come to a close, and Winnsboro High School has won $5,000 after being named one of three runner-ups in the program’s text contest.

This year, schools and stores were separated into three divisions—Red, White and Blue—to ensure schools have better odds of winning by only competing with those similar in size. At the end of the program, the school that received the most text entries in each division wins a $10,000 grand prize. There is also a $5,000 runner-up prize for each division.

In addition to receiving a $1,000 donation at a home football game, each participating school was designated a specific keyword, which was advertised on signage in Brookshire’s stores and on the sidelines at football games. From Aug. 26-Oct. 27, customers could text the keyword once a day to “43101” to enter their school for a chance to win. Winnsboro had more than 15,000 entries during the contest.

Through the ExtraPoint program, Brookshire’s donated more than $160,000 to 119 local high schools throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas at football games throughout the season.

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Company News: Denton High School wins $5k through Brookshire’s ExtraPoint program


Denton, Texas, Nov. 17, 2015 – Brookshire’s 2015 ExtraPoint program has come to a close, and Denton High School has won $5,000 after being named one of three runner-ups in the program’s text contest.

This year, schools and stores were separated into three divisions—Red, White and Blue—to ensure schools have better odds of winning by only competing with those similar in size. At the end of the program, the school that received the most text entries in each division wins a $10,000 grand prize. There is also a $5,000 runner-up prize for each division.

In addition to receiving a $1,000 donation at a home football game, each participating school was designated a specific keyword, which was advertised on signage in Brookshire’s stores and on the sidelines at football games. From Aug. 26-Oct. 27, customers could text the keyword once a day to “43101” to enter their school for a chance to win. Denton had more than 12,000 entries during the contest.

Through the ExtraPoint program, Brookshire’s donated more than $160,000 to 119 local high schools throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas at football games throughout the season.

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Company News: Parkers Chapel High School wins $5k through Brookshire’s ExtraPoint program


El Dorado, Ark., Nov. 17, 2015 – Brookshire’s 2015 ExtraPoint program has come to a close, and Parkers Chapel High School has won $5,000 after being named one of three runner-ups in the program’s text contest.

This year, schools and stores were separated into three divisions—Red, White and Blue—to ensure schools have better odds of winning by only competing with those similar in size. At the end of the program, the school that received the most text entries in each division wins a $10,000 grand prize. There is also a $5,000 runner-up prize for each division.

In addition to receiving a $1,000 donation at a home football game, each participating school was designated a specific keyword, which was advertised on signage in Brookshire’s stores and on the sidelines at football games. From Aug. 26-Oct. 27, customers could text the keyword once a day to “43101” to enter their school for a chance to win. Parkers Chapel had more than 12,000 entries during the contest.

Through the ExtraPoint program, Brookshire’s donated more than $160,000 to 119 local high schools throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas at football games throughout the season.

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Healthy Living: Fall Into Healthier Living


Fall Into Healthier LivingIt’s dark, really dark. In the late afternoon, it’s dark and it’s dark later into the morning, too. That makes me want to plop on the couch and eat all the bite-sized Heath bars left over from Halloween.

But that’s not very healthy, is it?

There are simple ways to stay healthy this time of year without a lot of effort.

First of all: drink. Water, that is. Sipping water all day keeps your metabolism activated and keeps all your organs (including your brain!) functioning at maximum capacity.

Schedule your workouts. Literally put them on your calendar like you would a conference call with the CEO. Scheduling them makes you more likely to keep them and ensures that you don’t run out of time at the end of the day.

Work out at home. You don’t have to go to a gym or walk dark streets to get a workout. Do body-weight resistance exercises in the comfort of your own living room, wearing whatever is comfortable.

Get a good night’s sleep. Remove all electronics from your bedroom (well, except maybe if you’re like me and the phone serves as your alarm clock). Studies have shown time and time again that too much engagement with electronics before bed inhibits sleep. Grab a book instead, one with pages.

Pack your snacks for the next day the night before. If you have planned snack times and healthy snacks readily available, you’re less likely to hit the vending machine or the drive-thru.

The same goes for meals. Planning them out in advance helps you with portion control and helps you take charge of what you eat!

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