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Dine In: Oven Baked Feta Cheese Dip


Oven Baked Feta Cheese DipThere are so many Friday nights when, I admit it, I don’t want to cook.

I’m tired from working all week. My kids are tired. We’re all tired.

Sometimes that means pizza. Sometimes that means a snack dinner.

This recipe is simple and quick to put together. You can add chopped, grilled chicken to make it more of a main course.

Oven Baked Feta Cheese Dip

Ingredients:
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:
Preheat oven at 400° F.

In a small oven-safe baking dish, layer the crumbled cheese, covering the entire bottom of the dish.

Sprinkle the minced garlic on top of the feta cheese.

Spoon the tomato sauce, covering the entire cheese and garlic mixture.

Mix together the mozzarella cheese and the cheddar cheese; layer on top of the tomato sauce.

Bake it in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Serve it warm with a side of flatbread or tortilla chips.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 203, Calories from Fat: 137, Fat: 15 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 56 mg, Sodium: 672 mg, Potassium: 110 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 13 g.

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Shop the Sale: Easter Ham


Stuffed HamEaster is this weekend, and traditionally, I always cook a ham. I use a friend’s recipe, slathering the spiral sliced ham with a good maple syrup then packing it in brown sugar, wrapping it all in foil and slow roasting it until the syrup and sugar marry in complete ham happiness.

However, this year I’m trying something new, or at least, I’m trying something in addition to the old favorite. I came across this ham recipe at work one day and decided I’d try it for Easter Sunday. I’m having a big crowd over, so two hams should do the trick.

Hormel spiral-sliced ham is on sale this week at Brookshire’s, so you can plan your holiday meal to perfection.

Glazed Sweet Potato-Stuffed Ham

Ingredients:
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled
1 (7 to 9 lb) Hormel spiral-cut ham
1 (10 oz) jar apricot preserves
1 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:
Heat the oven to 350° F.
Using a mandoline, slice the sweet potatoes very thinly. Place the ham, cut side down, in a roasting pan.
Carefully separating the layers of the ham, insert slices of sweet potato into each layer. Repeat this until every layer of the ham has been filled.
In a small bowl, stir together the apricot preserves and the black pepper; spread the mixture all over the surface of the ham. Bake for 2 to 3 hours, or until the ham is heated to 160° F at the center and the potatoes are tender. Allow the ham to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Serves 16

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 400, Calories from Fat: 200 Fat: 23 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 110 mg, Carbohydrates: 19 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 11 g, Protein: 31 g, Sodium: 1860 mg.

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Dine In: Buffalo Cauliflower Poppers


Cauliflower PoppersSince my boys’ favorite vegetable is cauliflower and my favorite everything is buffalo-flavored, when I saw a recipe on my favorite blog, I knew it was going to be a hit at our house.

I was right because when Kevin Lynch from Closet Cooking posts a recipe, he’s never, ever wrong.

I like to say this one is healthy. Minus the bleu cheese or ranch dip, it’s extremely healthy. In fact, this would even be a great snack for the big game!

Buffalo Cauliflower Poppers

Ingredients:
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 Tbsp oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup hot sauce
bleu cheese or ranch dressing for dipping (optional)

Directions:
Toss the cauliflower florets in the oil, salt and pepper; arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated 400°F oven until lightly golden-brown, about 20-30 minutes.

Toss cauliflower in the hot sauce and enjoy warm with bleu cheese or ranch dressing for dipping.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories: 48, Fat: 4 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (0.3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 400 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 1 g



Product Talk: Stubb’s BBQ Sauce


I went to graduate school in Austin, Texas, home of the original Stubb’s Barbecue.

There was many a night my classmates and I sat in the small, enclosed yard, enveloped by hickory smoke and listening to bluesy jazz tunes, mellow folk music or contagious classic rock.

You might not be able to travel to Austin, but Brookshire’s brings Austin to you with Stubb’s barbecue sauces.

This chicken is totally drool-worthy and brings that taste of Austin right to your back yard. You won’t be singing the blues after you eat this, I promise.

Stubb’s Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp Stubb’s Bar-B-Q rub
3 boneless chicken breasts
24-30 slices of bacon
1 bottle Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce
2 oz honey
1 1/3 cups brown sugar

Directions

Apply 1 tablespoon of rub to each chicken breast, spreading it evenly over both sides. Next, weave 8 to 10 slices of bacon together. Once you are done weaving the bacon, wrap it around one breast. Repeat the process for the other chicken breasts. Now, prepare your grill for indirect cooking. Cook at 280° F to an internal temperature of 165° F. This will take 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on your grill.

While your chicken is on the grill you can prepare your glaze. Combine 8 ounces of Stubb’s original, honey and brown sugar in a bowl. Mix thoroughly. The glaze should be applied during the last 20 minutes of cooking. Baste 2 to 3 times in that last 20 minutes of cooking.

NOTE: You can also prepare this dish in the oven. Cook at 300° F for 1 hour or until the internal temperature reaches 165° F.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Serves 3 

Nutritinal Information: Calories Per Serving: 1,653, Calories from Fat: 670, Fat: 75 g, Cholesterol: 296 mg, Sodium: 7761 mg, Carbohydrates: 143 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 122 g, Protein: 98 g



Product Talk: Miniature Candy Bars


You can’t walk past an end cap in your local Brookshire’s right now without pumping into a boo-tiful display of Halloween candy. Sweet Tarts, lollipops, gummy bears. You name it; you can buy it in bulk right now.

Personally, I go straight for the chocolate and I love the miniature-sized candy bars are the best. Luckily for me, I have one son who loves chocolate, and one who doesn’t, so I have carte blanche to raid his Halloween pumpkin and pillage all the bite-sized Butterfingers and Snickers.

This recipe is a fun way to use leftover Halloween candy. It’s also great for a holiday party or just a wonderful way to use those bulk bags of mini candy bars.

Snickers Puffs (or Milky Way Puffs)

Ingredients:
1 (8 oz) can Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls
2 Tbs butter or margarine, melted
4 (snack size) Milky Way or Snickers candy bars

Glaze:
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tsp cocoa
2 or 3 tsp milk
Colored sprinkles

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°F.

Separate dough into 8 triangles. Cut each candy bar in half crosswise. Place one candy piece on shortest side of each triangle. Roll up. Start at shortest side and roll to opposite side. Pinch edges of dough to seal. Dip one side in melted butter. Place rolls point side down in ungreased muffin cups. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan. Cool slightly.

In small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over warm rolls. Garnish with sprinkles.

Nutritional Information:  Calories 208; Calories from Fat 78; Total Fat 9 g; Saturated Fat 5 g; Cholesterol 11mg; Sodium 212 mg; Total Carbohydrates 30 g; Dietary Fiber 1 g; Sugars 14 g; Protein 4 g;



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

 



Dine-In: Buffalo Chicken Dip


My mom used to serve what she called a ‘munch lunch’ on weekends. I think basically this meant that she was trying to clear out any leftovers she had in the fridge from the week, and we could take it and do with it what we wanted for lunch. Sometimes it was “real” food like leftover meatloaf we could make into a sandwich, but sometimes it was cheese, crackers, some leftover tuna salad or other bits and pieces of former meals we could “munch” on for lunch. 

Sometimes my boys and I purvey this idea into a fun Friday night dinner. Somehow it just feels festive to snack in front of a good movie on a Friday night. 

This Buffalo Chicken dip is a family favorite. You can serve it on crackers, pitas or with celery or carrot sticks. We’ve also been known to dip chicken wings in this Buffalo Dip! 

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Buffalo Chicken Dip
Serves 10 – 12

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 12-oz bottle Frank’s Hot Wing Sauce
8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
8 oz lite ranch dressing
1/2 cup chopped celery
4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375° F.  Poach the chicken breasts in boiling water until cooked through. Drain, let cool and then pull meat apart with a fork. In a 9-inch casserole dish, spread out the chicken and pour the wing sauce over. Mix well and spread out, covering the entire bottom of the dish. In a medium sized saucepot, combine the cream cheese and ranch dressing.  Whisk while heating until smooth. You don’t want any cream cheese clumps! Pour the cream cheese mixture over the chicken and spread out. Sprinkle the celery on top. Bake for fifteen minutes.

After fifteen minutes, sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top and continue baking for another ten to fifteen minutes or until the cheese has melted and is bubbling. Remove from oven and let sit for ten minutes. Stir well and serve with chips, celery sticks and buffalo chicken wings.

Nutritional Information: Calories 306; Calories from Fat 184; Total Fat 21g;  Cholesterol 98mg; Sodium 1076mg; Total Carbohydrates 5g; Sugars 3g; Protein 25 g



Family Matters: New Year…New You


As we celebrate the New Year, let us all take a few minutes to reflect on the past year and look ahead at what we want to accomplish this year. 

Whether you focus on marriage, family, friends, work, or life in general, there are things we can do (without much effort) that would make a difference in all of areas of our lives. 

Think about compassion, patience, generosity, respect, kindness, self-control, integrity, gratitude, faithfulness and, most importantly, love. 

When is the last time you showed compassion, had patience, expressed generosity, practiced respect, acted out of kindness, used self-control and upheld integrity?  What about showing gratitude, faithfulness and expressing love to others? 

Everyone likes to receive these types of things, but we ourselves often fall short of extending them to others on a daily basis.  There are no greater attributes we can teach our children or accomplish as a family than having a passion to make the world around us a better place to live.  We are all extended mercy and grace daily, and we receive blessings we never acknowledge.  

My prayer, for you and your family, is that you to find joy, hope and the courage to be different and to make a difference, in the lives of others this year. Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you have to share with your family. 



Family Matters: Homemade Ornaments


Does it feel like the holidays rush by every year, and they’re over before you’ve even had a chance to relax and enjoy them?

This year, make a promise to slow down and create some special holiday memories with your family – in the kitchen, of course. These old-fashioned dough ornaments are fun for the whole family to make, and easy enough that even the littlest kids can get in on the act. Double or triple the recipe and you’ll have enough dough to invite friends, neighbors and cousins for an ornament-making party. While the ornaments are baking, serve hot chocolate and play board games, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

The basic dough recipe is below, but you can find illustrated step-by-step directions in the December issue of Celebrate Cooking. You can pick up your free copy at your local store, or view the digital edition online at brookshires.com.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Dough Ornaments

Ingredients:
4 cups Food Club Flour
1 cup Food Club salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
Red and green food coloring

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead by hand until elastic and smooth.

Divide dough into roughly three equal pieces. Leave one portion white. In the other two portions, work in red and green food coloring by kneading,  adding color until you reach the desired hue.

Roll small pieces of dough into long, thin ropes and twist together to form candy canes and wreaths. Hand-cut small bows of red or green dough to decorate wreaths. Place ornaments on parchment-lined cookie sheets and bake until hard, about one hour.



Family Matters: Table Manners


The holidays are stressful! All that last-minute cleaning, cooking, and preparing for guests, so take care of something now that doesn’t need to wait till the last minute – improving your children’s table manners. 

Holiday dinners can be stressful for kids too – all those adults at the table, all that fancy food. And, you can’t expect your children to have perfect manners overnight. You must work with your kids now to teach them good manners. As parents, you must lead by example. If your elbows are on the table and you’re talking with your mouth full, don’t expect your children not to do the same. 

Don’t make dinner a time of lectures and scolding. Praise your children for doing the right things instead of scolding them for doing the wrong. The key is to praise and reinforce. Here are a few table manners you and your family can work on now so they are ready for the holidays: 

  • Before and after meals, make sure to wash your hands.
  • No pet, toys or electronics should be brought to the table. This includes cell phones.
  • Remove any hats before coming to the dinner table.
  • Place your napkin in your lap.
  • Wait until everyone is seated at the table before eating.
  • Ask politely if you need anything passed at the table. Don’t forget to say please and thank you.
  • Remember eating is not a race. Take your time and chew your food.
  • Don’t stuff your mouth. Only eat what you can.
  • When eating your food, keep your mouth closed.
  • If someone asks a question while you have food in your mouth, wait until you have swallowed before answering.
  • Avoid eating with your hands, unless appropriate.
  • Bring your food to your mouth rather than leaning too far into your plate..
  • Leave a little liquid in your glass to prevent slurping.
  • Ask to be excused before leaving the table.


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