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Product Talk: Wedding Cakes


Wedding CakeSeptember is the biggest month in the South for weddings, and several of my friends have recently become engaged.

Sarah’s fiance, a widower with four children, proposed by giving her a huge picture frame. In the frame was a picture of him and his children holding up a sign that said, “Will you marry us?” She cried. I cried when she told me about it; it was beautiful and perfect for their new family.

That was back in April, and Sarah has been planning a small, September wedding ever since. It has a country chic theme, and she’s decorating with lanterns, burlap, white cotton lace, wildflowers and fairy lights. What she couldn’t figure out, though, was what kind of a cake she wanted to go with her fairly casual theme.

So, she sat down with a cake specialist in Brookshire’s bakery. I was so excited she was able to order her cake from our local bakery. The cake designer was so nice! She sat with Sarah for over an hour looking at pictures Sarah had brought from magazines and showing her examples of cakes she’d made previously. Most importantly, Sarah got to sample the different flavors of cakes and fillings. They decided on a two-tier, round pound cake with raspberry filling in one layer and lemon chiffon in the other. It will have an ivory buttercream frosting, and they chose some wildflowers from the Brookshire’s floral department to put on top. Simple. Easy. Perfect.



Dine In: Stuffed Italian Bread


Friday night we’re going to the drive-in movies. Do you remember drive-ins? I do, from my childhood, and we’re lucky enough to have one not far from where I live now.

When I was little, my parents would load up the harvest gold Dodge Hornet with blankets, bags full of buttered popcorn and pillows, and we would head out to the local theater, where, so they tell me, I’d fall asleep before the previews even ended.

Some things never change. Movies at night still have the tendency to put me to sleep. That’s why I love the drive-in. Because it’s REALLY loud and I can move around if I need to. But, like my parents, I pack the car full of blankets, camping chairs and pillows in case one of us needs to catch a few zzzz’s.

I usually pack dinner as well. In the past I’ve made sub sandwiches or picked up some take-out pizza on the way. But this was an absolute hit last time I tried it. Just take it out of the oven and leave it wrapped in the foil, wrap the whole thing in a (clean!) hand towel to help keep it warm and bring it with you. Delicious, fun, finger-food!

Stuffed Italian Bread

Ingredients:
1 stick butter, melted
1/8 cup olive oil
3 tsp minced onion
2-3 cloves garlic, grated
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
3 tsp chopped parsley
1 Italian loaf, about 12 inches long
12 oz grated cheese, mix of white cheddar and Monterey Jack

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350º F.
Mix the melted butter, olive oil, onion, garlic, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds and parsley in a bowl.
Cut the bread into cubes with X slices without cutting all the way through the bottom crust.
Pour the butter-garlic mixture carefully into those X cracks and over the top of the bread using a small spoon. Fill those delicious cracks with the grated cheese.
Wrap the entire loaf with foil, sealing the sides properly and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and unwrap. Bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and gooey.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information:Calories Per Serving: 638, Calories from Fat: 529, Fat: 60 g, Cholesterol: 150mg, Sodium: 780mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 1 g, Protein: 23 g

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Family Matters: Pumpkin Butterscotch Fudge Bars


Fall has always been my favorite time of year. It has nothing to do with the fact that I was born in October. (No, really, it doesn’t, I promise) And fall is rapidly becoming my boys’ favorite time of year, too.

First of all, there’s the weather. When it got chilly last weekend, the first thing my older son asked for when he woke up was hot cocoa. Who doesn’t love a steaming mug of chocolaty goodness on a crisp fall morning?  With the cooler weather comes camping, one of our favorite family activities. There is nothing better than spending the day hiking, crunching along in the colorful leaves, then cooking over an open flame, making melty, delicious s ‘mores and going to sleep under the stars – after the ghost stories, of course.

Fall is also soccer season. My younger son plays and is pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. Saturdays at the soccer field, cheering him on, are a fun way to spend a family day too.

Fall means corn mazes, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and hayrides. Last weekend we visited four haunted houses at a local amusement park and crept through them, alternately laughing hysterically and clutching each other in anticipation of what was going to pop out from behind the next corner. We go to a nearby corn maze every year, too, and luckily for me my boys have a better sense of direction than I do, because they can sniff our way out much more quickly than I can. We pick up our pumpkins at the same place, searching the extensive field for just the right gourd to take home for our jack o’ lantern.

Fall also means baking. Lots of baking. Pumpkin bread, cinnamon rolls, spice loaf, peanut butter cookies and these pumpkin butterscotch fudge bars that combine all the delicious flavors of my favorite season.

Pumpkin Butterscotch Fudge Bars
Makes 4 dozen

Recipe Courtesy of Quaker Oats  

COOKIE BASE:
Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour 
1 cup Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked) 
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup flaked coconut 
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
1/2 tsp baking soda 
12 Tbs (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted 

FUDGE: 
2 Tbs stick butter or margarine 
2/3 cup evaporated milk 
3/4 cup granulated sugar 
1/2 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin
1-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
1/4 tsp salt 
2 cups (4 oz.) miniature marshmallows 
1-2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.) butterscotch chips 
3/4 cup chopped walnuts, divided 
1 tsp vanilla   

Directions:
Heat oven to 350°F. Line 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with foil. 

For cookie base, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, nuts, coconut, pumpkin pie spice and baking soda in medium bowl; mix well. Stir in butter; mix well. Press into jelly-roll pan.

Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.  

For fudge, combine butter, evaporated milk, sugar, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and salt in medium, heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, over medium heat. Boil, stirring constantly, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in marshmallows, chips, 1/2 cup nuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted. Pour over cookie base; sprinkle with remaining nuts. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars.

Nutritional Information (per bar):Calories 128;  Calories from Fat 56; Total Fat 6 g; Cholesterol 9 mg; Sodium 84 mg; Total Carbohydrates 17 g; Dietary Fiber 1 g; Sugars 12 g; Protein 2 g

 



Shop the Sale: Ciabatta at home


Ciabatta artisan bread is a traditional Italian sandwich bread that has become popular the last few years in the United States.  

Ciabatta has a thin crust with a light, airy, moist interior. It’s frequently used for panini sandwiches, the classic Italian pressed sandwich, and it’s also a perfect bread to pair with hearty soups and pastas.  It’s also delicious just served warm, with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping; you may have enjoyed it this way at an Italian restaurant.

Often, however, you have to enjoy this bread in a restaurant or at a specialty bakery. It’s hard to make, even for experienced home bakers.

But now you can enjoy fresh, traditional ciabatta bread at home – even if you are not a master baker. Our Full Circle Ciabatta bread and rolls are ready for you to take home and bake in 10 minutes or less for home-baked goodness.

And this week, it’s on sale at Brookshire’s, along with several other favorites from our Full Circle line, so there’s no reason not to enjoy some fresh-baked bread.

Like all our Full Circle breads, our Ciabatta is all-natural with no trans fats. You can bake your ciabatta bread the day you bring it home, or freeze it for later use.

Several other Full Circle breads are also offered at special prices this week, including French baguettes, country white, and honey whole grain. So you can feel like a professional baker, right in your own kitchen.



Shop the sale: Bake-at-home breads


Warm, fresh-from-the-oven bread is a sure way to turn an everyday meal into something special.

But who has time to bake their own bread, especially on a weeknight and with the holiday season right around the corner?

Our Tasty Bakery tear & share breads – on sale starting today – are the easy answer.  These breads are as good as you’d get in an upscale bakery or a specialty restaurant, but they’re designed for you to finish off in just minutes in your own oven.

Available in cheese and garlic & herb varieties, our tear & share breads come in their own disposable, bakeable tray, so you don’t even have a baking dish to wash. Just remove the wrapper and pop them in a hot oven for 8-10 minutes; then serve in a bread basket and let guests simply pull apart their portion at the table. They’re perfect alongside pasta, meat, fish or chicken.

You can also try our Tasty Bakery flat breads, available in garlic and herb, sweet tomato and cheese, and basil pesto. These are sold fully baked, but they’re best reheated for 8-10 minutes in a hot oven. Serve with soup or salad, make them into an Italian Panini with salami, ham and cheese, or even use them as personal pizza crusts. (The sweet tomato and cheese is especially good as a pizza.)

All these breads are all-natural, vegetarian-friendly, and contain no trans-fat. Just like you’d bake them yourself – if you only had a few extra hours in your day.



Product Talk: Baked Goodies for Special Diets


The problem with many bakery products produced for those on special diets – whether sugar-free or gluten-free – is that it’s often all too easy to taste what’s missing. The sugar, for one. Or the wheat flour that gives cakes and muffins their moist, delicate texture.

That’s why I’m so proud of the Tasty Bakery line of specialty loaf cakes, muffins and cakes that we introduced recently. Having tried them all, I can say these are so good, you’d be happy eating them even if you don’t have dietary concerns.

But for the growing number of people who have food sensitivities, allergies, or a need to cut down on their sugar intake, these goodies are an especially great find.

Take the no-sugar-added cookies, cakes and muffins. Fruit nectar, not artificial sweeteners, creates the sweet taste of goodies like blueberry muffins, apple loaf cake and oatmeal raisin cookie. Fruit nectar doesn’t deliver the “aftertaste” or off-taste you may have experienced eating some other no-sugar-added goods. And they are still lower in fat, calories and carbs than traditional recipes.

The sugar-free baked goods, like the loaf cake, are sweetened with lacticol, an ingredient made from milk sugar lactose. Lactitol does not raise blood glucose or insulin levels, so it’s considered a good sweetening alternative for diabetics. In addition, you may find lactitol easier to digest than other sugar-free sweeteners, which in some people cause stomach discomfort.

And the gluten-free items – like chocolate chip cookies, wild blueberry muffins and peanut butter cookies – are made without wheat or other gluten-containing ingredients, like malt flavoring or modified food starch with a wheat source. They are baked in a dedicated facility, so there’s no contamination by these allergens. However, again, if you didn’t know they didn’t contain wheat, you might not guess.

The Tasty Bakery line is also certified kosher. The last piece of good news? They come packaged in cute little gift boxes that make them a great take-along hostess gift or party offering. Or, of course, just a little present to yourself and your family.



Shop the Sale: Betty Crocker Cake Mix


In your family you probably have preferences on different food products. In my family the great debate is Betty Crocker versus Duncan Hines. If I need a quick cake I always rely on Betty Crocker, but my grandmother on the other hand will only use Duncan Hines. If there is any cake made from a mix you better believe there are a few jokes and discussions on the cake. 

Having a few cake mixes in your pantry is not a bad idea. How many times have you been winding down for bed and realize you need to take a cake to work in the morning? In these situations you need a cake and you need it fast!

No need to run to the store or stay up late, just grab a cake mix out of your pantry. Betty Crocker Cake Mixes are on sale at Brookshire’s this week! Pick up a box or two because you never know when you may need one!



Shop the Sale: Blueberries


Blueberries are delicious in pies, tarts, smoothies and even by themselves. Adding blueberries to muffins and cakes can boost the nutrition of your meal!

Blueberries are a good source of fiber and are high in vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. They have an excellent NuVal score of 100, which you can not beat! Pick up some blueberries on sale at Brookshire’s! Need recipe ideas?

Pick up a June issue of Celebrate Cooking, which features blueberries!



Product Talk: Applesauce


Today is National Applesauce Cake Day! Any cake can become an applesauce cake by simply replacing the oil in a cake with applesauce. This simple substitution will lower the amount of fat in your cake resulting in a lower calorie slice of cake.  

When picking an applesauce to replace your oil, pick an unsweetened applesauce. Full Circle Natural Organic No Sugar Added Applesauce that has a NuVal score of 21 and Mott’s Natural No Sugar Added Applesauce that has a NuVal score of 26 are two good examples of applesauce to use in your favorite cake recipe. 

Applesauce Coffee Cake

Serves:12

Prep Time: 30 minutes        Cook Time: 35 minutes 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Food Club All Purpose Flour

1/4 cup Food Club Light Brown Sugar

2 tsp Food Club Ground Cinnamon

2 Tbs butter, softened

1 cup Food Club Chopped Walnuts

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp Food Club Salt

1/4 tsp Food Club Ground Nutmeg

1 cup Full Circle Natural Organic Applesauce

3/4 cup Food Club Sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup Full Circle Fat Free Milk 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup flour, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons butter; mix until mixture is crumbly. Set aside for topping. 

In a medium bowl combine walnuts, 1 1/4 cup flour, baking powder, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg. 

In a large bowl mix together 1/4 cup applesauce, sugar and an egg; mix until fluffy. Slowly add dry mixture alternating with milk. Stir in 3/4 cup applesauce. Spread batter over baking pan and sprinkle cinnamon topping over cake. Bake cake for 35 minute or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. 

Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 219, Fat: 9 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 21 mg, Sodium: 123 mg, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 5 g. 

© 2011, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician. 



Shop the Sale: Buy One Get One For A Penny Sale!


It’s time to make your pennies count with our Buy One Get One For A Penny Sale! Take advantage of this sale with Buy One Get One For A Penny products such as: Boneless Pork Chops, Bagged Russet Potatoes, Grape Tomatoes, Doritos, Cheez-It Snack Crackers, Lean Cuisine Entrees, Mrs. Baird’s Bread and Scott Tissue. So start counting your pennies and save!



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