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Dine In: Cowboy Butter


My co-workers welcome me back to the office on Monday mornings with the same greeting, “What did you grill this weekend?”

The joke has become that it’s usually meat with a side of meat.

It’s just a joke, sort of.

We do grill pretty much every weekend. While I try to include a wide variety of proteins and I really make an effort to get creative with grilled side dishes and vegetables, we do eat a lot of meat. We also do a lot of surf and turf, since I prefer seafood while my boyfriend is a carnivore through and through.

When I do want the ultimate indulgence, steak with cowboy butter is the way to go. This cowboy butter is actually amazing on any kind of red meat, seafood (I have to try it on lobster tail!), chicken or pork (yes, so pretty much anything).

Serve it as a warm side to your grilled meats, and it’s even delicious for crusty bread or cornbread.

Tip: This Cowboy Butter can be made ahead. Just keep it refrigerated. Reheat and melt when it’s time to serve.

Cowboy Butter

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, melted
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small shallot, minced
2 Tbs Dijon mustard
1 Tbs prepared horseradish
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
2 Tbs parsley, freshly chopped
1 Tbs chives, freshly chopped
2 tsp thyme, minced
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
In a bowl, whisk butter, lemon juice, garlic, shallots, mustard, horseradish, cayenne and paprika. Add parsley, chives and thyme. Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 430, Fat: 47 g (29 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 122 mg, Sodium: 430 mg, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 1 g.

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Shop the Sale: ONE-PAN ROAST CHICKEN


Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Serves: 2

We all love roast chicken dinners, but who has time on weeknights for the full spread? Now you can have your roast and eat it too, with this time saving One-Pan Roasted Chicken recipe. It’s ready in an hour and with only one pan to worry about, cleanup will take next to no time. And in case you need another reason to try it this week, Brookshire’s Drumsticks and Thighs are on sale now!

Ingredients
Olive oil or olive oil spray, for greasing pan
2 russet potatoes
1 lb Brussels sprouts, cleaned, trimmed and cut in half
1 Tbs olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 small lemon, thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, very roughly chopped (bigger pieces or slices)
2 tsp thyme, chopped
4 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin on

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400° F. Brush or spray sheet pan with olive oil. Using mandolin, slice potatoes into rounds, leaving skins on. If cutting with knife, remember that thinner is better, about 1/8-inch thick. Toss Brussels sprouts with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Set aside.

Lay potatoes down on greased sheet pan, just slightly overlapping. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Scatter lemon slices, garlic and thyme around potatoes. Pat chicken dry; generously salt and pepper both sides. Place over potatoes. Place in middle oven rack for 20 minutes.

Remove pan from oven and spread Brussels sprouts over chicken. Return to oven for 20 more minutes. Check for doneness. Spoon pan juices over chicken, sprouts and potatoes. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, or broil for just a couple minutes.

Calories Per Serving: 574, Fat: 20 g (5.7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 115 mg, Sodium: 176 mg, Carbohydrates: 60 g, Fiber: 15 g, Protein: 43 g.

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Chef Tips

Thigh VS Breast
Let’s be honest, we all know chicken breast is healthier than thigh, but it’s just not as tasty. A 3-oz serving of roasted chicken thigh (without skin) clocks in at 180 calories and 10 grams of fat while the same amount of skinless, roasted chicken breast has 140 calories and only 5 grams of fat. But here’s the good news: even though thigh has double the fat, only 2 grams of the extra fat are the unhealthy saturated variety. Plus, thighs provide more micronutrients than breast. So go on, enjoy that chicken thigh!

Safe Handling
Chicken is delicious, but food poisoning isn’t, so follow some simple rules to reduce your chance of foodborne illness when handling raw poultry. 1. Wash your hands before and after handling, and be sure to thoroughly clean all cutting boards and utensils immediately after use. 2. Avoid contaminating other foods by using separate cutting boards and knives for raw meats. 3. Cook to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.

 



Dine In: Asian Cucumber Salad


Asian Cucumber SaladCucumbers are so refreshing for summertime, and even super simple to grow in your very own garden or planter if you were so inclined.

Cucumber salads are wonderful side dishes for grilling and for cookouts, especially this Asian version, which doesn’t have anything in it that would spoil if it sat outside at a picnic or barbecue. It would be a great accompaniment to a Father’s Day meal this weekend as well.

This would also be tasty with shredded carrots.

Asian Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:
6 seedless cucumbers
1/4 small red onion
2 Tbs white wine vinegar
2 Tbs sesame seed oil
2 Tbs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp black sesame seeds, plus more for garnish

Directions:
Slice cucumbers thinly using a mandoline or very sharp knife, and place into a medium bowl. Add red onion.

In another bowl, whisk the rest of the ingredients for the dressing. Pour over the cucumbers and onions. Toss gently to combine. Garnish with additional sesame seeds and fresh cilantro. Chill slightly and serve.

Serves 4 to 6 (as a side dish)

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 110, Fat: 6 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 473 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 36 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Shop the Sale: CONFETTI CAKE BALLS


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Nothing says party more than sprinkle-covered cake balls. Perfect for children’s parties or just a special treat, these Confetti Cake Balls are not only easy to make, but fun too. You’ll have plenty of little helpers in the kitchen with this one!

What You’ll Need
Brookshire’s Parchment Paper
Toothpicks
Good Cook Cookie Sheet
Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix
Duncan Hines Vanilla Whipped Frosting
Brookshire’s White Bark Coating
Over the Top Sprinkles

Instructions
Prepare and bake Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix according to directions on the box (fig. 1). Crumble cake into mixing bowl. Add 3/4 cup to 1 cup of Duncan Hines Vanilla Whipped Frosting into warm cake (fig. 2). Mix thoroughly, breaking up the large pieces. Tip: If you have a kitchen mixer, it’s a shortcut to use a mixer for this part.

Once cake and buttercream are mixed, you should be able to squeeze the cake into a dough-like consistency. Using the palm of your hand as a measure guide, roll cake/buttercream mixture into compact balls. Insert toothpicks, and place on parchment-lined cookie sheet (fig. 3). Freeze for 20 minutes.

Melt white bark coating in microwave (stir often to avoid burning). Dunk cake balls into candy coating, and let dry on parchment paper (fig. 4). Remove toothpicks. Using a fork, drizzle leftover coating on the top, if desired, and add sprinkles (fig. 5).

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Chef Tips

No Microwave, No Worries
Microwaves are handy for a number of cooking tasks in the kitchen, but if you don’t have one or it’s on the fritz, you don’t have to miss out on cake balls. Instead of heating the frosting in the microwave, you can melt it in a small saucepan over low heat. Just be sure to stir the frosting constantly to prevent sticking. Better yet, if you have a double boiler, fill the bottom pan with water and gently warm the frosting in the top pan.

Put Parchment to Good Use
If you bake regularly, you probably keep a roll on hand. But parchment is useful for far more than baking cookies, cupcakes and muffins. Here are just a few ways parchment can make your cooking adventures more successful:

  • Use parchment as a pouch for steaming vegetables.
  • Line a pan with parchment before baking fish to avoid sticking.
  • Roast acidic fruits like tomatoes on parchment to prevent reactions with aluminum pans.
  • Create a pastry bag for decorating cookies or cakes.


Healthy Living: Grilled Chicken Thighs with Chimichurri Sauce


Two of my favorite healthy things are chicken thighs and chimichurri sauce.

But wait, you might said, chicken thighs are a dark meat, aren’t they higher in fat? Well yes, just a little, but they’re also higher in flavor and if you’re not eating them fried, then go for the extra flavor, I say. They’re still a lean meat and pack far more flavor into a smaller portion than any other piece of the chicken, in my opinion. The chicken thigh is great on the grill and stands up well to the bold flavors of  chimichurri sauce.

Chimichurri sauce is from Argentina and is like a garden on your plate. Full of fresh, bright, bold flavors, it’s simple to make and full of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. It’s all fresh, farm-to-table and just seeps into the chicken and makes it tender, juicy and even more flavorful.

Chimichurri is a great go-to summer staple as it’s also delicious on a grilled flank steak.

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients:
For the chimichurri sauce:
1 cup fresh parsley, packed
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, packed
1/4 cup fresh basil, packed
4 garlic cloves
2 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs onion, diced
2 Tbs red wine vinegar
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
12 medium, boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Directions:
For the chimichurri sauce:

In the bowl of a food processor, add all the sauce ingredients except the olive oil. Pulse and slowly stream in the olive oil until desired consistency. The chimichurri should have good body to it and should not be too smooth.

For the chicken:
Place the chicken in a large zipper-locked bag and add three quarters of the chimichurri sauce to the bag. Squeeze out excess air before sealing the bag. Gently toss to coat the chicken well. Refrigerate overnight for best results (or at least three hours).

When ready to cook, heat the grill to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grill grates or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place the chicken thighs on the grill an inch or two apart. Grill the thighs for 5-6 minutes each side, flipping only once, until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F. Serve immediately with the reserved chimichurri sauce for topping.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 356, Fat: 19 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 130 mg, Sodium: 227 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 43 g.

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Dine In: Father’s Day Steak Rub


Basic Steak RubWhat better way to honor Dad with a special meal that will celebrate his day AND be the gift that keeps on giving?

Making a steak rub with all of his favorite flavors allows you to make a delicious steak for dinner and give him a present that will remind him of the great meal you made him for many meals to come.

You can mix and match spices depending on what flavors your father enjoys. Seal the spice mixture in a Mason jar, and make a cute label to go on top or on the outside. Dad will love it.

Basic Steak Rub

Ingredients:
3/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup ground coffee
1/4 cup paprika
1/4 cup ground cumin
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together, and stir well to combine. Store in an airtight container.
When ready to use, bring steak to room temperature, and rub generously over meat.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 81, Fat: 3 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 708 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 6 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Shop the Sale: Eggs-In-a-Hole Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Eggs-In-a-Hole Bacon Grilled Cheese SandwichPrep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 2

While this might not be our healthiest grilled sandwich ever, it may just be one of our tastiest. With thick cut bacon, eggs and cheese on fresh sourdough bread, it really doesn’t get better than this for a decadent breakfast or brunch. And with our Buy One Get One For A Penny deal on Hormel Black Label Bacon, there’s never been a better time to break out the skillet.

Ingredients
4 slices thick-cut bacon
2-inch cookie cutter
4 (3/4-inch thick) slices sourdough or country-style bread
4 large eggs
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 Tbs unsalted butter, divided
4 slices cheddar cheese
Hot sauce

Instructions
Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until browned and crisp, turning halfway through cooking time. Use cookie cutter to punch out circle in center of each bread slice. Transfer bacon to cutting board; cut in half crosswise. Carefully, pour half of bacon drippings into small bowl. Place 2 bread slices in skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until bottom sides are golden-brown, about 3 minutes.

Crack 1 egg into each hole in bread (some of the white may pool on top of bread). Cover and let cook for about 4 minutes. Season eggs with salt and pepper; cook until underside is set. Add 1 tablespoon butter to skillet; swirl skillet to distribute butter around bread. Carefully, flip bread again. Top 1 slice with half of cheese. Remove pan from heat; let sit for about 1 minute to soften cheese. Top with half of bacon and some hot sauce. Close up sandwich, and transfer to a plate. Repeat process with remaining bacon drippings, bread, eggs, butter, bacon, cheese and hot sauce to make another sandwich.

Calories Per Serving: 786, Fat: 51 g (26 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 487 mg, Sodium: 1617 mg, Carbohydrates: 38 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 43 g.

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Chef Tips

A Little Bacon History
You’ll be “bringing home the bacon” – literally – this week with Buy One Get One For A Penny deal on Hormel Black Label Bacon, but did you know that the original term had nothing to do with making money? There is some debate over whether it started in England during the 1500’s with the sport of catching a greased pig at county fairs where the winner took the pig home, or if it indeed had already been around for hundreds of years. While the greased pig contest story seems plausible, the older story is the more interesting. Dating back to the 1100’s in Essex, England, a church awarded a side of bacon to any man who could honestly state that he had not argued with his wife for a year – and one day – thereby “bringing home the bacon”. Wherever it stems from, we’re just happy to bring it home to our modern refrigerators.



Healthy Living: Spiralized Zucchini with Lemon Zest


Spiralized Zucchini with Lemon Zest I broke down last week and bought a kitchen gadget.

Usually, I’m of the firm belief that all you need is a sharp chef’s knife and some high-quality pots and pans. I’m sticking to that.

However, I bought a gadget last week that’s super fun, and I’ve used it probably 17 times since purchasing. I bought one of those slicers that turns vegetables into thin, spiral slices. It’s wonderful.

I’ve done zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, carrots and sweet potatoes. I’m sure you can do anything that you can press through the barrel of the slicer, but that’s what I’ve done so far. I’ve gone so far as to swap out zucchini for pasta noodles and served them under marinara sauce. They didn’t fool my kids for a second, but I was happy with them.

This has become my favorite side dish lately. It’s super quick and super healthy.

Spiralized Zucchini with Lemon Zest

Ingredients:
1 large zucchini
zest from 1 lemon
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Spiralize zucchini. Toss with lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place zucchini in pan. Sauté quickly until tender but still firm in the middle (about 3 minutes). Serve immediately.

Serves 2 (as a side dish)

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 35, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 489 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 2 g.

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Shop the Sale: Deviled Eggs


Deviled EggsPrep Time: 30 mins
Serves: 24

Bring out your devilish side with this classic party favorite. Feeling particularly daring? Take a walk on the wild side and try adding smoked salmon, red onions and capers or bacon, cheese and chives. Check out these and more variations in the instructions below for some new ideas. And don’t forget to pick up a fresh carton of eggs, on sale all this week at Brookshire’s.

CLASSIC BASE RECIPE

14 hardboiled eggs, cooled and peeled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbs Dijon mustard
1 Tbs lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks, and place in medium-sized bowl. Reserve 24 white halves. Finely chop remaining 4 white halves. Mash yolks with fork. Add mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice and pepper; mix well. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon yolk mixture into each reserved egg white half. Add desired toppings. Serve immediately or refrigerate covered.

*Note: You can use a zip-top storage bag to “pipe” yolk mixture into egg whites. Fill bag about halfway full, and cut bottom corner of bag. You can squeeze mixture into egg white halves for a cleaner result.

Variations
Herbed peas, sugar snaps
Smoked salmon, red onions, capers
Pickled okra and pickles, green beans
Pico de gallo, jalapeño
Prosciutto, parmesan, arugula
Purple potato chips, chives
Bacon, cheese, chives

Calories Per Serving: 57, Fat: 4.3 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 97 mg, Sodium: 86 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Chef Tips

Better the Devil You Know
“Deviled” is a culinary term devised by the British to describe dishes seasoned with spicy ingredients that are boiled or fried. Although the word first appeared in the Oxford Dictionary in 1786, it’s believed that people were “deviling” foods as far back as Ancient Rome, where eggs were boiled, seasoned with spice and served at the beginning of a meal – at least by the wealthy. Deviled Eggs today are also called “Stuffed Eggs” or “Dressed Eggs” by some to avoid the term “devil”.

Egg-cellent Storage Tips
Here are some simple ways to keep eggs fresh once you get them home from the store:

  1. Keep them in the carton. This protects the eggs and prevents them from absorbing odors from the other foods in your fridge.
  2. Place them in the main part of your refrigerator rather than the door to ensure a consistent temperature.
  3. For storing raw egg whites or yolks in the fridge, seal them in an airtight container. To keep yolks from drying out, cover with a little cold water before sealing.
  4. Check the use-by date for fresh eggs before eating, and for leftover yolks or whites, use within 2-4 days. Hard boiled eggs and egg dishes can last up to 3 or 4 days.


Dine In: Memorial Day Baked Beans


Memorial Day Baked BeansIt’s Memorial Day weekend, and I hope you’re going to get out and enjoy the long weekend with family and friends.

Memorial Day almost always means a picnic for me, and I love me some good picnic food.

I always head straight for the baked beans, if I don’t bring them myself, that is. I like them savory, not too sweet. To be quite honest, I could eat only baked beans and be quite happy. Well, beans and German potato salad, maybe. And homemade ice cream. And watermelon. Possibly a burger or rib.

Fine. I like it all.

This version of baked beans can certainly stand alone as a main dish and (for real this time) has actually done so in my house! It’s also good for a picnic or buffet because there’s nothing in it that will spoil, and it still tastes good at room temperature.

Memorial Day Baked Beans

Ingredients:
3 (16 oz) cans pork and beans
1 lb ground beef, browned
2 Tbs brown mustard
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tsp cumin
8 slices bacon

Directions:
Mix beans, ground beef, mustard, brown sugar, ketchup and cumin together. Spread in a 9-inch square casserole dish. Lay slices of bacon on top.

Bake at 350° F for 30 minutes, or until beans are bubbly and bacon is beginning to crisp.

Serves 10 to 12 (as a side dish)

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 346, Fat: 11 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 64 mg, Sodium: 999 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 15 g, Protein: 26 g.

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