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Product Talk: Stuffed Tur-Duc-Hen Roll


Tur-Duc-Hen RollIt’s a turkey.

It’s a duck.

It’s a chicken.

Plus, there’s sausage!

It’s Big Easy Food’s Stuffed Tur-Duc-Hen Roll, available in the frozen foods section of your local Brookshire’s.

It’s the best of all worlds, really.

Before, you had to special order this holiday favorite and likely pay a pretty penny at some out-of-the-way food mart. Now, though, you can celebrate the holidays in style while pleasing everyone at your dinner table.

The Tur-Duc-Hen Roll is pre-seasoned turkey breast wrapped around layers of duck breast meat and chicken thigh meat with creole pork sausage in the middle.

You can cook this frozen or thawed, and you can bake it or grill it.

At about four pounds, it’s perfect for a smaller gathering or intimate dinner party.

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Dine In: Slow Cooker Bacon Cheese Quiche


Slow Cooker Bacon Cheese QuicheI decided a few years ago that I wasn’t going to cook the day after Thanksgiving.

I mean, I spend all that time Thanksgiving Day slaving in the kitchen, and the meal takes longer to clean up than it does to be devoured.

Don’t get me wrong; I love Thanksgiving. I love cooking. I love being with family and friends, and I’m so thankful for everything I have. However, I’m still tired from the effort.

I’m not one of those people who shops the day after Thanksgiving. In fact, I always have to work that day, so it’s either eat leftovers Friday night or prepare something fun for a Friday night, post-feast bliss.

This slow cooker quiche is the perfect solution for dinner after a long day of shopping or working. It’s also good reheated (briefly) for breakfast on Saturday morning.

Slow Cooker Bacon Cheese Quiche

Ingredients:
Tbs butter
10 eggs
1 cup heavy cream
8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 Tbs hot sauce
10 pieces bacon
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup onions, chopped

Directions:
Grease the slow cooker with the butter. Turn the slow cooker on low setting, and leave the remaining butter in the bottom. It will melt while you are preparing the other ingredients.

Cook the bacon.

Cut the stems off of the spinach, and tear the spinach into about 1/2-inch pieces.

Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Whisk in the cream, cheese, pepper, hot sauce, spinach and onions.

Pour the mixture into the slow cooker.

Tear the bacon into approximately 1/2-inch pieces and top the mixture with bacon.

Cover and cook on low setting for 4 to 5 hours, or on high setting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. The quiche is ready to eat when it is firm to the touch.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 543, Calories from Fat: 399, Fat: 44 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (21 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 385 mg, Sodium: 1239 mg, Potassium: 423 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 31 g.

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Mi Blog Hispano: Nuestra Piel en Invierno


Mujer con la mascarillaCada estación del año tiene su encanto y el invierno no es la excepción. El clima frio de esta temporada siempre nos hace tomar unas medidas diferentes en nuestra rutina ya que afecta algunas cosas en nuestra salud y apariencia.

Es bueno saber que las bajas temperaturas del invierno pueden actuar como un tónico en nuestra piel, reduciendo las obstrucciones y afinando nuestros poros, también el frio reduce la aparición del acné porque disminuye y previene la secreción de la grasa en nuestra piel.

El clima frio favorece la circulación, ayudando a bajar la inflación o hinchazón de los ojos y la cara. Estas bajas temperaturas mejoran y rejuvenecen la tez, desacelerando el proceso del envejecimiento, ya que el frio ayuda a mantener la piel firme y la hace lucir radiante.

Por otro lado, cuando nos exponemos a fríos muy intensos y prolongados, al viento y la calefacción, esto también puede afectar la hidratación de la piel, por esto es necesario protegerla usando cremas y mascarillas hidratantes en el rostro y en el cuerpo entero, enfocando este cuidado en la cara, manos, labios, rodillas y codos. Recuerden que aunque los rayos solares no se vean ni se sientan con la misma intensidad que en el verano, de igual manera están allí y hay que protegerse la piel con cremas que contengan filtros solares.

Otro dato importante para la piel es lavarse y desmaquillarse bien, usando productos hidratantes, además evitar la exposición larga al calor y/o a los cambios bruscos de temperatura, como los causados por la calefacción o el agua de la ducha.El invierno es una temporada particularmente ruda con la piel y más con la piel de manos y cara, pues están constantemente expuestas al frío. Para que puedas lucir fabulosa a pesar del frío, te preparamos este listado de preparaciones caseras que te ayudarán a mantenerte hidratada y resistente sin quemar tu presupuesto en el proceso.

Para tener una piel suave y hermosaten presente que la manteca de cacao, el aceite de oliva y el aceite de almendra te ayudan a protegerte del frío. El aceite de almendra es súper económico y te sirve para el cabello, para los labios y para las manos. El aceite de oliva también es un buen recurso para humectar y la manteca de cacao, ayuda a mantener la piel en buen estado y protegida del frío.

Otra excelente mascarilla para combatir los efectos del frio de invierno en nuestro rostro, es una mezcla de avena, huevo batido y miel. Aplica y deja esta mezcla en el rostro durante 20 minutos. Tu piel estará preparada y lista para  resistir el invierno. Esta mascarilla funciona bien para todo tipo de piel.

Come naranja y cítricos con frecuencia. Por un lado debes de ingerirlos para que tu cuerpo los absorba y además puedes preparar una mascarilla con yogur, miel y naranja que te ayudará a mantener una piel hidratada y fresca.

Recuerda que no hay mascarilla, ni tratamiento, ni receta, ni secreto que te pueda ayudar a combatir el frío, si no estás bien hidratada por dentro. Debes consumir agua suficiente agua sin excederte. En invierno es básico que tomes dos litros de agua con temperatura natural para evitar las grietas en la piel y los labios. No te olvides tampoco de dormir lo suficiente ya que durante las horas de sueño es cuando más,  nuestras células se regeneran.



Family Matters: Thankful


FamilyI didn’t think this would be so difficult to write, but I think writing a blog about being thankful has given me pause to think about the myriad of blessings in my life this year.

First of all, I’m thankful for my health and for the medical community. I’ve suffered debilitating migraines, about once every 10 years, for the past four years. Recently, I think my doctor figured out the cause and has it under control. I haven’t had a migraine in six weeks (knocks on wood).

Secondly, I’m thankful for restored relationships. I had fallings-out with two people I love very much this year. It’s not like me to have a falling-out that goes unresolved, so the months it took to restore the faith, trust and love in those relationships felt like an eternity.

I’m thankful for our new dog. I knew that we’d know when the time was right to replace the pups we lost, and sure enough, we ended up with the best pet ever, the hound who loves eggplant.

I’m mostly thankful for my family and friends. Although my immediate family lives too far away to celebrate with today, I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that our connection is strong, and the ties that bind will remain unbroken. I’m thankful for my friends in the area who are like family and would do anything for me at any time. I’m thankful for my two boys, and words truly cannot express the depth of my love for them.

Finally, I’m thankful for my relationship with God: for with Him, all things are possible.

 

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Healthy Living: Greek Yogurt


Cream Cheese Marbled Chocolate BrowniesGreek yogurt is quite possibly the best thing to come out of the Mediterranean country since the Olympics.

OK, not really, but Greek yogurt definitely deserves a gold medal.

Greek yogurt is made from goat’s milk, which has been strained through a cloth, paper bag or other filter to remove the whey, resulting in a relatively thick texture while not altering the taste.

Greek yogurt has fewer carbohydrates, more protein and about equal the number of calories as regular yogurt. You can substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream, mayonnaise or even oil in a variety of dishes. One trick is to add 1/4 cup Greek yogurt to a boxed chocolate cake mix to make it taste more “homemade.”

Cream Cheese Marbled Chocolate Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 24

Ingredients:
2 oz fat-free cream cheese
1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
2 Tbs sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 stick butter, cut into pieces
4 (1 oz) squares unsweetened chocolate
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs

Directions:
In a small bowl, whisk together cream cheese and 1/4 cup yogurt until completely smooth. Add sugar and egg yolk; whisk and set aside.

Preheat oven to 325° F. Coat a 13 x 9 dish lightly with cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.

In a large heat-proof bowl, combine butter and chocolate. Set over saucepan of barely simmering water, and stir often until melted and combined. Remove from heat.

Whisk sugar into chocolate mixture, then whisk in 1/2 cup yogurt and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in flour mixture until well-blended. Scrape butter into prepared dish. Spoon dollops of cream cheese mixture on top, and swirl with spoon or spatula to create marbled effect. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in center come out with only a few crumbs. Set on wire rack to cool completely. Cut into squares.

Calories Per Serving: 184, Fat: 8 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 52 mg, Sodium: 49 mg, Carbohydrates: 27 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Original Greek Yogurt Where to Swap

1 cup sour cream 1 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • baked potato
  • tacos
  • dips
  • quick breads
    & cakes 

1 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup mayonnaise
+
2/3 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • dips
  • sauces
  • coleslaw 

1 cup butter 1/2 cup butter
+
1/4 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • mashed potatoes
  • cookies
  • cakes 

1 cup oil 1/3 cup oil
+
2/3 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • brownies
  • cookies
  • cakes
  • pancakes 

1 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup heavy cream
+
1/2 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • cream-based soups
  • soups
  • frosting 

1 cup milk or
half-and-half or
light cream
3/4 cup milk or half-and-half or light cream
+
1/4 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • mashed potatoes
  • cereal
  • doughs 

1 cup buttermilk 1/3 cup buttermilk
+
2/3 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • biscuits
  • bread
  • pancakes 

8 oz cream cheese  4 oz cream cheese
+
1/2 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • cheesecake
  • frosting
  • dips 

 

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Product Talk: Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast


Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust YeastIt says right on the package, “Fast and easy!”

Fast and easy was what I needed, especially when it came to throwing together dough for grilled pizzas on a recent Sunday afternoon when I had 30,000 other things to do, and I wasn’t feeling very motivated to do any of them.

After all, homemade pizza dough isn’t a “fast and easy” process.

You have to mix it, knead it, let it rest, let it rise, punch it down, let it rest again, let it rise another time, roll it out, bake it…you get the idea.

So, yes, I was a bit skeptical when I plucked the green envelope of Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast off the Brookshire’s shelf, near the rest of the yeasts on the baking aisle.

However, I was willing to try it.

I was so pleasantly surprised! The pizza yeast produced a dough that was quick to make, easy to work with and delicious when I cooked it. One envelope of yeast produced either one large thin-crust pizza or two smaller pizzas. I opted for two crusts since I planned to grill them for two people.

I made the dough in an electric mixer, turned it out onto my countertop, kneaded it a few times, rolled it out and voila! It was ready to bake.

For a grilled pizza crust, I baked the two crusts at the required temperature for about 8 minutes, then took them out and finished them on the grill. Baking them in the oven first allows them to be firm before trying to toss them on the grill. Trust me; it’s better all around that way.

The crust was thin, but chewy and crispy at the same time. It held up to heavy toppings like fresh tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella very well. I can’t wait to use the other two envelopes!

It really was “fast and easy.”

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DINE IN: Artichoke Bruschetta


ArtichokeWhile I think most people perceive that I have a non-stop social life and am often on the go, nothing could be further from the truth. While I love my friends and am involved in a lot of community efforts, deep down I’m a homebody at heart.

When you find me on a Friday night, I’d much rather be tucked into my couch with my boys or on the back porch with a friend than out at a restaurant or club.

I’m worn out by the end of the week!

However, cooking relaxes me, and while I sometimes don’t want to go all-out for a full meal, I do like to make something special to let Friday night feel luxurious.

My boys weren’t home one Friday night recently, so I decided to treat myself to something they are not a huge fan of: artichokes.

I love them.

Roasted, fresh or jarred, packed in water (or olive oil for a decadent treat), artichokes add great flavor and texture to a dish.

You can make this bruschetta with the artichoke mixture as a topping, or bake it separately and use it as a dip.

Artichoke Bruschetta
Serves 8

Ingredients:
2 (8 oz) pkg reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1 loaf French bread, cut into slices
1 cup mayonnaise with olive oil
1/4 cup light sour cream
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14 oz) can marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 Tbs parsley

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Place the bread on a foil-lined baking sheet, and brush or spray with olive oil.

Bake the bread for 8-10 minutes until crispy and golden; set aside.

In an electric mixer, mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, chopped artichokes, garlic salt, parsley and both types of parmesan cheese.

Scoop a generous amount of the spread onto each piece of bread, and sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella cheese.

Broil in the oven on the high heat setting for 5-7 minutes until cheese is bubbly and slightly browned on top. Watch closely to avoid burning.

This can also be made into a dip and baked at 350° F for 15-20 minutes until bubbly.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 674, Calories from Fat: 364, Fat: 40 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (20 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 104 mg, Sodium: 1758 mg, Potassium: 107 mg, Carbohydrates: 46 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 6 g, Protein: 35 g.

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Family Matters: Fingerprints of God


Three crossesI just got off the phone with Steven Curtis Chapman, the Christian singer/songwriter superstar, and I broke a huge professional rule: I cried.

I didn’t mean to.

It wasn’t some fangirl hysteria either.

I had an interview for an article I am writing about his Christmas holiday tour, and I was, of course, going to keep it strictly business. Professional, concise, pithy, witty, well-intentioned and informative. Everything a good interview should be.

However, toward the end of the 20-minute conversation, I let it get personal.

You see, in 1999, Steven Curtis Chapman released his album, “Speechless,” which includes a song that ended up getting me through a very dark period in my life.

In 2002, my older son was born, and in 2003, we strongly suspected he had autism. By the time he was officially diagnosed at age 2 1/2 in 2004, I was spiraling downward in a confluence of clinical postpartum depression following the birth of my second son in late 2003, and the stress and fear of the diagnosis.

At church one Sunday, the contemporary Christian praise and worship band played Chapman’s song, “Fingerprints of God,” and it struck a chord so deeply within me that it hasn’t stopped resonating yet.

I bought the CD but played that track over and over and over and over. When I converted to digital music, it was one of the first pieces I downloaded from iTunes.

When my son was old enough, I played it for him to explain the “masterpiece” that is his brain.

I simply wanted to thank Chapman for this bit of light among several dark years, but I couldn’t do it without sniffling a bit.

He was quiet.

Very quiet.

I knew I’d blown it.

Then, he said, simply and quietly, “Thank you for telling me that. That is why I do this.”

“Fingerprints of God”

I can see the tears filling your eyes
And I know where they’re coming from
They’re coming from a heart that’s broken in two
By what you don’t see
The person in the mirror
Doesn’t look like the magazine
Oh, but when I look at you, it’s clear to me that…

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it’s true
You’re a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you’re covered with the fingerprints of God

Never has there been and never again
Will there be another you
Fashioned by God’s hand
And perfectly planned
To be just who you are
And what He’s been creating
Since the first beat of your heart
Is a living, breathing, priceless work of art…

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it’s true
You’re a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you’re covered with the fingerprints of God

Just look at you
You’re a wonder in the making
Oh, and God’s not through, no
In fact, He’s just getting started and…

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it’s true
You’re a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you’re covered with the fingerprints of God

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Company News: Three Schools Win Big In Brookshire’s ExtraPoint Program


Brookshire’s ExtraPoint ProgramBrookshire’s 2014 ExtraPoint program has come to a close, and three local high schools were named grand-prize winners in the program’s text contest.

Parkers Chapel High School in El Dorado, Arkansas, took the top prize of $20,000 for receiving the most text entries per student enrolled. Cisco High School in Cisco, Texas, won second place and received $15,000, and Rising Star High School in Rising Star, Texas, came in third place, winning $10,000.

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. 27 – Nov. 11, customers could text the keyword once a day to “43101” to enter their school for a chance to win.

Through the ExtraPoint program, Brookshire’s donated more than $170,000 to 124 local high schools throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas at football games during the season.

 

 

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SHOP THE SALE: Hormel Spiral Sliced Ham


Sweet Wine and Mustard HamThe spiral-sliced ham has become synonymous with the holidays, whether it be the centerpiece of your Christmas or Easter table, or a delicious accompaniment to the Thanksgiving turkey.

The spiral-sliced ham came into being three generations ago by the mind of Harry J. Hoenselaar, founder of the Honey Baked Ham Co.

When the patent expired on the cut of meat in 1981, other forward-thinking companies, like Hormel, got in on the spiral-sliced sensation.

This year, you can have a spiral-sliced ham on your table along with the turkey. Spiral-slicing allows the meat to be coated with a sweet and savory sauce, so each bite is rich and flavorful. Because Hormel hams are precooked, this recipe won’t take up a lot of real estate in your oven this holiday season.

Hormel Spiral Sliced Hams are on sale this week at Brookshire’s. You have time to get one for all upcoming holidays!

Sweet Wine and Mustard Ham

Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
1 (750 ml) bottle sweet white wine, divided
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbs thyme leaves
2 tsp crushed red pepper
3/4 cup whole-grain mustard
1 (16 lb) Hormel Spiral Sliced Ham

Directions:
In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions; cook 5 minutes or until softened.

Add 1 cup wine, honey, thyme and crushed red pepper. Simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until reduced by half. Remove from heat. Stir in mustard. Divide mixture in half.

Heat ham according to package directions. Use remaining wine instead of water in pan. Baste ham with one half of mustard mixture and wine from pan during cooking.

Serve ham with remaining mustard mixture.

Serves 12

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 1031, Calories from Fat: 486, Fat: 54 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (24 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 366 mg, Sodium: 5930 mg, Potassium: 20 mg, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Sugar: 13 g, Protein: 114 g.

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