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Celebrate Life — Eat Pink!


Using a pre-made cake like Brookshire’s Strawberry Créme Cake makes cake balls a quick and easy treat!

 

• Crumble cake into a large bowl and mix with 1 cup cream cheese icing. Chill for 2 hours.

• Roll cake into balls and freeze for another 2 hours.
• Melt white chocolate according to package directions.
• Mix white chocolate with red food coloring until chocolate turns pink.
• Insert toothpick in each ball and dip ball into melted chocolate.
• Top balls with sprinkles.
• Place balls on wax paper to harden. 

 

Créme cakes located in the bakery.



Shop the Sale: Brookshire’s Best Bread


Have you tried Brookshire’s Best Bread? If not, you should because it is really good! You can get Banana Walnut Bread, Blackberry Cobbler Bread, Blueberry Bread, Carrot Spice Bread, Cranberry Orange Bread, Lemon Poppy seed Bread Peach Praline Bread, and Pound Cake. These breads make a tasty dessert with a cup of coffee.

From personal experience, I highly recommend the Blackberry Cobbler bread. If you have not tried these breads, pick up a loaf while they are on sale!



Product Talk: Fresh Baked Yeasty Rolls


With cool weather hopefully on the way – we’ve introduced a new product for the fall season – Fresh Baked Yeasty Rolls!  These rolls are fresh-baked in our stores and taste and smell oh, so good!  Most would agree that there is nothing quite as tempting as the fresh-baked rolls that mom used to make.  We bake these rolls fresh in our ovens and offer them in two sizes:  nine count – or in an eighteen count value pack. 

Regardless of which package size you opt for, these rolls will be a welcome treat for school lunch boxes, evening meals and certainly for the upcoming holiday season.  The nine-count roll comes in a bakeable tray, which lends itself to being warmed up in the micro-wave just before serving them. 

As these rolls become more popular we will be adding some additional varieties to make it fun.  We would appreciate hearing from you as to what varieties you would like to see us offer.  Just select AskBrooke on our website and send her an email.  She will relay that to us here in the bakery department.

Let’s enjoy some fresh-baked yeasty rolls this fall!



Brookshire’s Best


Getting the family up to share breakfast in the mornings isn’t always easy. But, put on a pot of Brookshire’s Best Coffee and slice up some Brookshire’s Best Pastries and watch your family come running. 

Who can stay in bed with tempting flavors like Banana Walnut, Cranberry Orange, Blueberry and Peach Praline? You’d have to be a tough cookie indeed to pass up a slice—especially served warm with a little real butter. So moist and fresh, each mouthwatering variety is loaded with plump berries, rich spices and other gourmet ingredients for a seriously tasty treat that’s sure to tempt the sleepiest heads from their beds. 

No matter what flavor you choose, Brookshire’s Best Breakfast Breads are the perfect complement to our Brookshire’s Best Coffee. Nurtured high in the mountains of Central and South America, our coffee trees are nourished by rich soil, proper sun and the perfect amount of rain. Then, four times a year, we hand-pick our coffee cherries and present them to our Roastmaster who unlocks the delicious, fresh flavor of every harvest so you get a perfect cup, every time. The coffee lovers in your family are sure to agree, there’s just no better way to start the day. So, it’s no wonder when you serve Brookshire’s Best Coffee and sweet breads together you get a breakfast that isn’t just good. You get a breakfast that’s seriously good. 

Brewing the Ultimate Cup

1. Start with cold water.
2. Use two tablespoons per six ounces of water and adjust to taste.



Product Talk: Hatch Chili Pepper Bread


Hatch Chili Pepper Season is almost here!  I am told that the small town of Hatch, New Mexico turns into a pretty big city during the Hatch Chili Pepper Festival! 

The folks at Wikipedia.com note that this small city of about 2,000 residents or so swells about fifteen times to about 30,000 during Labor Day weekend!   Is it any wonder that this city is known as the home of “The World’s Best Chili Pepper?”

If you are familiar with Hatch Peppers, or for some reason you are not, let me share some info with you from the Hatch Valley Chile Festival web site.  It seems that just one fresh medium-sized chili pod has as much Vitamin C as six oranges!  Also, hot chili peppers burn calories by triggering a thermodynamic burn in the body, which speeds up metabolism.  Now that’s pretty cool (actually hot)!

Having said all of this, we want to let you know that we will have Fresh Baked Hatch Chili Pepper Focaccia Bread available in our bakeries around August 1st.  We’ve sent the recipe out to our Bakery Managers who will begin the process of baking this really fun bread in our bakeries.

If you are heading to Hatch, New Mexico, how about taking some of this bread with you for mealtime along the way!  If you’re sticking closer to home this summer, we invite you to stop by next week at one of our bakeries sometime and try a loaf!



Family Matters: Modified Ice Cream Bar Pie


Some of you have been asking me how my son’s ice cream birthday cake turned out…let me tell you, my new teenager was thrilled with his ice cream bar pie!

I had to adjust the original recipe from the Celebrate Cooking magazine because my son does not eat chocolate. Yes, you read that right he does not like chocolate! Apparently he did not inherit my taste buds. 

The dessert was easy and took only minutes to make, leaving me with lots of time to enjoy his party!
Here are my modifications to the Ice Cream Bar Pie:
Ice Cream Bar Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chill time
Serves 18
Ingredients:
1 (12 Ct) box Blue Bunny Birthday Party Ice Cream Sandwiches (it uses vanilla wafers)
1 (12 oz) tub fat-free frozen whipped topping
1 (16 oz) pkg frozen sweetened strawberries or fresh strawberries
Directions:
In a 13×9 dish, line the bottom of dish with ice cream sandwiches. Spread the thawed frozen strawberries over sandwiches. Spread whipped topping over frozen strawberries. Freeze pie for 30 minutes. Top with fresh strawberries before serving.


Product Talk: Spudnuts


How long has it been since you’ve had a Spudnut?  If it’s been awhile, we’re happy to announce that we now carry them in our bakeries!  If you have never tried a Spudnut, or for that matter, haven’t heard of them – let’s talk about them for a moment.

According to the folks at Wikipedia.com, “Spudnut Shops were a franchised chain of stores selling potato flour donuts called Spudnuts.”  While that franchise is long gone, we now offer a dozen count boxes of Tasty Bakery Spudnuts from one of our suppliers.  This begs the question, “What is a Spudnut made of?”  Simply put, it is typically a donut that is sometimes made from mashed potatoes or potato starch, or in the case of the spudnuts we carry, largely from potato flour – rather than everyday standard flour.  This difference creates a donut with a distinct taste all its own and is a nice change if you’re looking for something new or novel in the world of donuts.

We hope the next time you are looking for a fun treat to take to a summer picnic event; you try some of our Spudnuts.  These are available in all of our stores and we’ll most likely be offering some promotions on them from time-to-time. 



Shop the Sale: Want S’more Ideas


For several years now, when the weather is right, I take my kids camping. We pitch the tents, unpack the coolers and build a fire every night. Of course, our cookouts are not complete without the traditional s’mores! My kids love to toast their own marshmallows because they both want them toasted differently; one—lightly toasted and the other—fire charcoaled! It’s really amazing how something so simple as s’mores can bring the family fun time together. 

Now, Brookshire’s is celebrating summer and s’mores with a special offer for you. Enjoy FREE Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows when you buy one Nabisco Honey Maid Grahams and one Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. See the July Celebrate Cooking magazine for this special offer. 

If you are feeling creative, let your family make different varieties of s’mores: 

Add peanut butter to your graham crackers
Use a chocolate graham cracker
Add toasted coconut
Use cookies in place of graham crackers
Add different fruits to your s’mores: bananas, strawberries or peaches
Add pretzels

 



Family Matters: Ice Cream Bar Pie!


For almost 13 years now, once a year, I go all out to bake and decorate a birthday cake for my son and it’s not your everyday sheet cake either. I plan the cake around the theme of the party, buy new shaped cake pans, new colors of icing, all the ingredients and stay up all hours of the night trying to out do myself from the previous years! In a couple of days he is going to be a teenager and so, as usual, I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his party.  Goodbye to Batman, Spiderman and Sponge Bob themed cakes for him, he wants an ice cream cake!

How do I even begin to make an ice cream cake? Luckily, the July Celebrate Cooking magazine has an ice cream bar pie that I’m thinking about trying for his party. I’ll keep you updated and let you know how it turns out or if I modified the recipe any. Best of all, I shouldn’t have to be up all hours of the night baking and decorating!

Ice Cream Bar Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chill time
Serves 18

Ingredients:
1 (12 Ct) box Food Club Ice Cream Sandwiches
1 (12 oz) ctn fat-free frozen whipped topping
2 favorite candy bars (Snickers, Butterfinger,Reese’s or Toffee Bar)
1/4 cup caramel syrup

Directions:
In a 13×9 dish, line the bottom of dish with ice cream sandwiches. Spread whipped topping over sandwiches. Crush your candy bar and sprinkle over whipped topping. Drizzle caramel syrup over ice cream pie. Freeze pie for 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (without candy bar): Calories: 161,
Fat: 6 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg, Sodium: 125 mg,
Carbohydrates: 24 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 20 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.



Mixin’ it up with hamburgers


 

Stuffed Hamburger

Combine 1 lb of your choice of ground meat (turkey or beef) and 1/2 Tbs Lawry’s 25% Less Sodium Seasoned Salt. Form four bowls from the ground meat; reserve some meat to make a top for the bowls. In each meat bowl, add 2 Tbs 2% cheddar cheese and 1 slice of turkey bacon crumbles. Divide 1/4 cup chopped onions into each bowl. Top each meat bowl with the reserved meat and pinch edges to seal the patty. Cook hamburgers until desired doneness. Serves 4.

 

Pizza Burger

Combine 1 lb of your choice of ground meat (turkey or beef), 1/4 cup pizza sauce, 1/4 cup turkey pepperoni, 1 Tbs oregano, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1 tsp Lawry’s Garlic Salt. Form ground meat into hamburger patties and cook until desire doneness. Serves 4.

 

Blue Cheese Burger

In a small bowl combine 1 tsp McCormick Black Pepper, 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles, 1/4 cup chopped chives and 2 cloves of garlic. Take 1 lb of your choice of ground meat (turkey or beef) and form four bowls, reserve some meat to make a top for the bowl. Place the blue cheese mixture into each meat bowl. Top each meat bowl with the reserved meat and pinch edges to seal the patty. Cook hamburgers until desired doneness. Serves 4.

 

Teriyaki Burger

In a medium bowl, mix together 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce, 2 Tbs pineapple juice and 1 Tbs Grill Mates Hawaiian Luau Marinade. Add 1 lb of your choice of ground meat (turkey or beef) to teriyaki sauce mixture and marinate overnight. Cook hamburgers until desired doneness. Serves 4.

 



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