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Product Talk: Tear N’ Share breads

You might agree that there is nothing quite like fresh baked bread from your own oven – at home!  The difficult part is having the time to kneed, proof and bake bread – with ever demanding work and family schedules.  Good news – we’ve got a solution! 

We now carry two new breads, under our Tasty Bakery brand, that you take home and bake-off in your own oven!  We call them ‘Tear N’ Share’ breads.  Simply put, they come in a bakeable container that is placed in the oven for about ten minutes or so, and voila, you’ve got fresh baked bread.  Very cool (or actually hot!)

We have two varieties: Cheese Tear N’ Share, as well as Garlic Tear N’ Share. Regardless of which bread you choose, they are simply put – hard to stop eating (especially with a little bit of butter brushed on them as they come out of the oven!)

In addition, the line also includes several varieties of flat bread, which are par-baked and ready to enjoy.  Some of the new varieties of flat bread include: Basil Pesto, Cheese/Tomato, Garlic Herb, Tomato Asiago and even a pizza crust.  How much fun is that? 

You would probably agree that it’s a lot of fun to try different kinds of food!  We believe you will find this line both interesting and yes, fun.  Whether it’s ‘bake it at home’ or ‘building’ your own sandwich with the excellent meats and cheeses from our Deli, we believe that food can and should be entertaining and yes, nutritious at the same time.

Please let us know what you think of our new Tasty Bakery breads!

Shop the Sale: Full Circle Artisan Bread Split Top Rolls

Over the past few years my family’s menu for Christmas Day has changed into a new Christmas Tradition.  On Christmas Eve night, we have our more formal sit down dinner before going to the Christmas Eve service at church and then Christmas Day we have a very informal meal that is mostly made up of snack foods.

For lunch on Christmas Day, we have leftover turkey from the night before, cheese, and rolls to make sandwiches. Christmas Day can be a hectic time to try to plan a meal; sometimes just keeping it simple makes everyone a little happier.  Pick up some Full Circle Artisan Split Top Rolls for a stress free Christmas Day lunch! 

Product Talk: Ginger

One spice I have to have around Christmas is ginger. Many of my favorites treats around the Christmas season have ginger in them; gingersnaps, gingerbread cookies, and, my favorite, chai tea.

Ginger is known for its ability to lessen the severity of stomach aches and nausea. Ginger also has different health promoting properties.  

Here is a recipe using ginger in a holiday treat.  



Prep Time: 20 minutes       Cook Time: 10 minutes 


3/4 cup canola oil

1 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup light molasses

1 egg

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

Turbinado sugar, to garnish 


Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a cookie sheet with coking spray. In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, molasses, vanilla and eggs. In a medium bowl, combine flour, seasoning, baking soda, and salt. Slowly pour flour mixture into molasses mixture; mix well. Roll dough into ball and dip tops of cookies in turbinado sugar. Flatten cookies out on baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. 

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 269, Fat: 14 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg, Sodium: 319 mg, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g. 

Shop the Sale: Favorite Holiday Pie

“What’s your favorite holiday pie?” We asked that question to our partners and friends on Facebook and sure enough, everyone had a passionate opinion. In third place, we had a tie between Buttermilk and Chocolate pie. Pecan pie took second place by the margin of a half slice, and for the top spot, the hands down winner was the classic, always delicious Pumpkin pie. 

Since Pecan pie came in a close second, we thought we would give you a deal on pecans this week at Brookshire’s! Ellis Pecans – bits, halves or pieces, 6 oz bag – $3.49. 


So no matter which pie you choose to bake, we’re sure there is someone in your family that will say it’s their favorite!


Family Matters: Hope’s Traditional Sugar Cookies

Tis the season for the holiday traditions to began. I love this time of the year – digging out all the ornaments that my kids have made over the years, baking my husband’s favorite pecan pie, going to the mall on Christmas Eve for pictures with Santa and decorating sugar cookies with my kids. Carrying out family traditions and creating new traditions for my family brings me so much joy. 

My oldest holiday traditions began around the age of 10 when I started doing the baking for my mom. To this day, if I do not bring the decorated sugar cookies to the family gatherings, everyone gets really upset with me! For a while, even turkey shaped sugar cookies made an appearance on Thanksgiving! Happily, I have now passed this tradition down to my nine-year-old daughter! 

Hope’s Traditional Sugar Cookies 


1 cup Crisco

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

2 Tbs milk

3 cups flour


Cookies: Add Crisco, sugar, eggs, vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat with a mixer until creamy. Stir in baking powder then gradually add flour and stir until blended together. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least up to three hours. 

Lightly sprinkle an inverted cookie sheet and rolling pin with flour. Roll dough out onto an inverted cookie sheet. Press cookie cutter into dough and remove excess dough around cutter. Work excess cookie dough back into a ball and repeat process. Bake cookies for 8 minutes (they should not turn brown). 

Icing: you can make your own Royal icing or use Betty Crocker Cookie Icing in a pouch. 

What ever your tradition is during the Christmas season, remember that time spent with family is by far the best tradition of all. Share Meals. Share Life. 

Brookshire’s Best Honeycrisp Apple Pie

Just when you thought dessert couldn’t get any better, Brookshire’s Best brings you our exclusive, family recipe for Honeycrisp Apple Pie.  

Underneath a light, flakey crust, you’ll find juicy, sweet honeycrisp apples bursting with flavor. This winter, get cozy with warm, tender apples tucked under a buttery blanket of golden crust. We recommend enjoying a generous slice with a cup of Brookshire’s Best Winter Wonderland Coffee. The pleasant flavors of sweet vanilla and creamy marshmallow are guaranteed to deliver serious holiday cheer. Brookshire’s Best: It’s not just good, it’s Seriously Good.

Dine-In: Rosemary Crescent Rolls

Rosemary Crescent Rolls
Serves: 16 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes
1/2 Tbs olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1/2 Tbs rosemary
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 (8 oz) pkg Food Club fat-free cream cheese, softened
2 (8 oz) can refrigerate crescent rolls
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. In a skillet, sauté garlic cloves. Add rosemary and chopped tomatoes. In a medium bowl, combine tomato mixture with cream cheese; mix well. Roll crescent roll out a cutting board. Spread cream cheese mixture over crescent rolls and roll dough up. Place rolls in oven for 12 minutes or until golden. Let rolls cool before serving.
Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 103, Fat: 3 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 160 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g.
© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All die

Product Talk: Brookshire’s Best Honey Crisp Apple Pie!

We are very excited about the launch of our new Brookshire’s Best Honey Crisp Apple Pie!  This is a brand new pie for us this year and is ever so good!  The Honey Crisp apple harkens from an apple breeding program at the University of Minnesota according to the web site:  The site notes that the “Honeycrisp was produced from a 1960 cross of Macoun and Honeygold,” which resulted in a “hardy cultivar with high fruit quality.”  This particular apple has a limited harvest season, which runs from about mid-September to mid-October in the “east central Minnesota area.”  What make these apples so enjoyable are their basic tenants, that being exceptionally crisp and juicy. 

For the holiday season, we will be offering this newly developed pie just in time for Thanksgiving.  It has a high percent of apples and just a little bit of slurry that combines for an absolutely sensational pie.  Please let us know what you think of our ‘best’ pie at

Dine-In: Pumpkin Rice

Pumpkin Rice
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes       Cook Time:  30 minutes
2 cups water
1 (14 oz) can low-sodium chicken broth
1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups uncooked jasmine rice
1 cup dry white wine
1 tsp dried Rosemary
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
In medium sauce pan, add water and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Once broth begins to boil reduce heat and simmer. In a large skillet, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil; cook until onions are tender. Add uncooked rice and cook until rice is brown; stirring constantly. Add wine and rosemary to rice mixture; stirring constantly. Slowly pour in chicken broth; cook until liquid is absorbed. Add in pumpkin and Parmesan cheese; heat throughout. 
Nutritional Information:  Calories per Serving: 329, Fat: 5 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 7 mg, Sodium: 154 mg, Carbohydrates: 55 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 9 g. 
© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician

Product Talk: Rudi’s Gluten Free bread

Have you tried our new Gluten-Free breads?  We recently launched a new line of Rudi’s Gluten-Free breads in our bakeries, which we believe rival or surpass any others on the market!  You no doubt recognize the name – Rudi’s – from Organic fame.  They opted to get into the Gluten-Free business and from what we’ve seen in the market place, their Gluten- Free line is second to none! 

Speaking of Gluten-Free, we now offer a Gluten-Free Cheesecake in a single serve format.  It is found in our bakery freezer case and is made by the folks at Chuckanut Bay in Washington State. 

Since we’re talking about interesting offerings such as gluten-free, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the excellent Organic breads that we carry from Rudi’s.  This is one of the best brands in the Organic marketplace and we carry eight (8) different varieties of breads as well as Rudi’s Organic Hamburger buns.  Interestingly enough, Organic products have held their own despite the difficult economic environment.  Baking Management Magazine (April 1, 2010) notes that, “Surprisingly, organic products continue to be a draw for consumers, despite the lingering effects of the recession. Sales of organic and all-natural products are expected to grow 20 percent during the next two years, according to market research firm Mintel.” 

We encourage you to try our Organic and Gluten-Free offerings that are found in our bakeries.  Please let us know what you think of them by emailing:

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