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Candy Cane Cheesecake

Candy Cane Cheesecake
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Serves 12

1 1/2 cups crushed chocolate graham crackers
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup + 2 Tbs Food Club Sugar, divided

3 (8 oz) pkgs Food Club Fat-free Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup whipping cream
3 Tbs all-purpose flour
1 Tbs vanilla
3 eggs

1/3 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peppermint, crushed

Pre-heat oven to 325° F. In a medium bowl, combine crushed graham cracker, butter and 2 tablespoons sugar. Spray a 9-inch spring form pan with cooking spray. Press crumb mixture into pan and bake for 14 minutes. In a large bowl, with electric mixer cream the cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar. Add eggs one at a time and then vanilla, Greek yogurt and 1 cup whipping cream; mix well. Pour into cooled crust and bake 50 to 55 minutes.

In a sauce pan over medium heat, bring 1/3 cup whipping cream to a boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate stirring constantly. Pour ganache over cheesecake and smooth over with a spatula. Sprinkle crushed peppermint on top of ganache. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight before removing from pan.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 471, Fat: 34 g (21 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 137 mg, Sodium: 264 mg, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 10 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.

Sweet and Salty – Delicious and Savory

For the best of both worlds, satisfy your taste for the sweet and salty with four delicious and savory treats.

Our chewy Tuxedo Pretzels and moist Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies pair well with crunchy Graham Cracker Bark, while everyone will be sure to delight in an indulgent, melt-in-your-mouth Almond Truffle.

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 12

1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
12 Hershey Kisses

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Cream together butter, sugar and egg yolk. Add vanilla, flour and salt; mix well. Roll dough into balls. Roll balls into egg whites and then into walnuts. Place balls onto cookie sheet. Press finger into middle of each ball and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Immediately after getting cookies out of the oven place one Hershey Kiss into center of the cookie.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 309, Fat: 21 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 73 mg, Sodium: 174 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 5 g

Graham Cracker Bark
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 16

1/2 box graham crackers
1/3 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 10×15 baking dish with parchment paper. Place graham crackers on top of parchment paper.

In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in sugar; bring to a boil. Stir occasionally until candy thermometer reaches 310° F. Pour sugar mixture over graham crackers and then chocolate chips. Place baking sheet in oven and cook for 5 minutes. With a fork swirl chocolate on bark. Add chopped pecans and toffee bits to bark. Place bark in refrigerator for 2 hours and then break apart.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 281, Fat: 18 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg,  Sodium: 130 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 2 g

Tuxedo Pretzels
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 12

oz white chocolate
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate
1 (10 oz) bag twisted pretzels

In a microwave safe bowl, add white chocolate and microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave in intervals of 15 seconds until melted; stir after every microwave. Repeat with semi-sweet chocolate. Dip half a pretzel in the white chocolate and place on wax paper to harden. Once white chocolate is hard, dip the other half in semi-sweet chocolate and place back on wax paper to harden.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 138, Fat: 4 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 1 mg,  Sodium: 325 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g

Almond Truffles
Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus chill time
Serves: 12

1/2 cup Food Club Heavy Cream
2 Tbs butter
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup chopped almonds

In a saucepan, bring heavy cream and butter to a boil. In a metal bowl, combine chocolate chips and hot cream. Once chocolate is melted add almond extract. Place chocolate in refrigerator and chill for 2 hours. Roll chocolate into balls and place back the freezer for 6 hours or over night. Roll balls into chopped almonds.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 171, Fat: 12 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 32 mg, Sodium: 32 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g

Shop the Sale: Real Big Deal

The “Real Big Deal” on the front page of this week’s Brookshire’s circular offers 4 free items simply by purchasing a Hormel Snack Party Tray.  I’ve become accustomed to looking forward to the “Real Big Deal” when it is advertised every other week.  I like the excitement of receiving my weekly ad and discovering what I can take home for free.  

This week the 4 free items include a package of Hillshire Farm Little Smokies, a can of party peanuts, a bag of Chex Mix and a package of chip dip.  These are all items I can use at a holiday party.  And the offer is so easy – they’re free simply by purchasing a Hormel Snack Party Tray.  Finding bargains like this “Real Big Deal” at Brookshire’s really helps out my food budget when it comes to party planning this holiday season. 

Festive Nibbles

Forget sugarplums dancing in your head. One taste of our Bacon Cheese Log, Olive Puffs, Spiced Nuts, Baklava and Pumpkin Spice Cookies, and you’ll see the holidays have never tasted better. Your friends and family will love them, and each recipe is perfect for holiday parties both at home and the office.

For a fun twist to this year’s holiday party, ask your guests to bring their favorite nibbler to the party along with copies of the recipe to hand out. You won’t have to do all the cooking, everyone gets to try delicious new dishes and your guests all leave with a gift. Perfect!

Guest-pleasing & fuss-free nibblers

Bacon Cheese Log

Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus freezing time
Serves: 12

8 – 10 slices bacon
2 (8 oz) pkgs Food Club Reduced-Fat Cream Cheese
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles or 1 cup cheddar cheese
4 Tbs green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced

In a skillet, cook bacon until it is crisp. Once bacon has cooled, crumble. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, blue cheese, green onions and garlic. Place cream cheese mixture onto wax paper. Roll cream cheese to make a log and then roll log in bacon crumbles. Place wax paper and log into the freezer. Keep log in freezer for one hour or until firm.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 173, Fat: 16 g (15 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 52 mg, Sodium: 277 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 5 g

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 14

1 (1 lb) box frozen phyllo sheets
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups walnuts or blanched almonds, finely chopped
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp Food Club Ground Cinnamon
3/4 cup Food Club Sugar
3/4 cup Food Club Honey
1 cup water
1 Tbs lemon juice

Thaw phyllo pastry and separate sheets according to package directions. Keep pastry not being used covered with clean, damp dish towel to keep it from drying out. Place half of pastry sheets in a greased 15x10x1 baking pan, one by one, brushing each sheet quickly and all over with melted butter. Combine nuts, powdered sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over buttered pastry. Place remaining sheets on top, brushing each with melted butter. Cut baklava pastry into 2-inch diamonds. Bake at 350° F until brown and crisp, about 30 to 35 minutes.

In a saucepan, combine sugar, honey, water and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Boil baklava syrup for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thick. Cool and pour over baklava.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 488, Fat: 19 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 17 mg, Sodium: 311 mg, Carbohydrates: 74 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 9 g

Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 30

2 1/2 cups Food Club Flour
1 tsp Food Club Baking Powder
1 tsp Food Club Baking Soda
2 tsp Food Club Cinnamon
1 tsp Food Club Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Food Club Brown Sugar
1 cup mashed pumpkin
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract


4 oz Food Club Fat-Free Cream Cheese (1/2 of 8 oz pkg), softened
2 Tbs 2% milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients with pumpkin mixture. Place cookie dough onto cookie sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese, milk and vanilla extract. Slowly add in powdered sugar. Once mixed well, ice cookies with cream cheese frosting.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 151, Fat: 5 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 19 mg, Sodium: 116 mg, Carbohydrates: 26 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 2 g

Olive Puffs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 24

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1/2 cup shredded 2% cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
24 pimento-stuffed olives

Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Roll out puff pastry with a floured rolling pan until thin. Sprinkle cayenne pepper onto dough and press cheddar cheese into dough. Slice dough into 1/2-inch wide slices. Place olive on dough and roll dough to cover olive. Cut dough and pinch at the edge of dough and olive. Place olive puff on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 72, Fat: 5 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 2 mg, Sodium: 79 mg, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Fiber: 20 g, Protein: 1 g

Spice pecans
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 16

1/4 cup butter
1 lb pecan halves
1/2 cup Food Club Brown Sugar
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp Food Club Cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 275° F. In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter and stir until butter is melted. Stir pecans into melted butter. Pour pecans onto baking sheet and sprinkle with brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 239, Fat: 23 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 8 mg, Sodium: 239 mg, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 3 g

Family Matters: Family Game Night

What better way to start off the holiday season than spending quality time together as a family.  Twice a month, pick a night to sit outside on the porch in the fresh air and play board games or card games as a family.  Let the kids each pick out a game or take turns each game night.

You are guaranteed lots of laughter and joy as you try to out play each other or team up on other family members.  This makes for a great time of friendly competition and family togetherness.  Family game night is cheap and priceless when it comes to the difference it will make to your children.

Eating meals together as a family is important, but also taking time to play games with your kids adds lots of fun, smiles and laughter and makes for great family memories.  You have to make time for what is really important – our kids and family.

Don’t forget to set aside time this week for your family and enjoy a family “game night”.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family.

Family Matters: BUSH’S Chili Magic Chili

Football season has officially arrived and if your family is like mine, we live and breath football, from early morning practices, to hometown games and Monday Night Football!

When watching the game on the big screen my boys want a real “man’s meal”. Their most requested “man’s meal” is Chili.

I use this simple recipe that scores me points every time!

USH’S Chili Magic Chili

1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
1 cup onion, chopped
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15.5 ounces) can BUSH’S Chili Magic Chili Starter, any style
shredded cheddar cheese
tortilla chips

Sauté the onion until softened. Add ground beef or turkey and brown. Add diced tomatoes and BUSH’S Chili Magic Chili Starter. Stir, cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Serve garnished with cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.

For more tailgating at home recipes such as twice-baked potatoes, jerk chicken, and bacon and cheddar biscuits, pick up the September issue of Celebrate Cooking Magazine or visit

Your Ticket to Tailgating at Home!

From hot wings and brats to burgers and steaks on the grill, there’s nothing like a tailgate party to get everyone in the mood for the big game.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be at the stadium to enjoy one. With a bit of planning and a few decorations, you can throw a winning tailgate party right in your own backyard.

Get the pregame festivities going by turning on the radio and setting up a few simple games. Horseshoes and a place to toss the football are great ways to keep kids of all ages occupied. And while some folks go all out by decorating with giant team inflatables, the most important thing is the food. So decorate with your team’s colors, set up some lawn chairs and fire up a menu that looks and tastes great.

Cheddar Biscuits are a delicious crowd pleaser and go perfectly with everything. Same goes for Twice Baked Potatoes which are easy to make and look absolutely scrumptious. But don’t be afraid to get creative. Grilled Jalapeño Salsa can be made ahead of time and tastes great on chips, burgers and warm tortillas. And Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups are the decadent sweet everyone will be talking about.

Round out your tailgate party with plenty of finger foods like chips, dips and fruit that your guests can enjoy without worrying about silverware. Also, make sure to keep and serve foods at proper temperatures. Large bowls filled with ice can be used to chill smaller serving bowls. Plenty of ice is also key for keeping drinks cold.

And, when the party is over, make cleanup fast and easy by using paper plates, napkins, cups and utensils and setting out trashcans where guests can see them. Go Team!

Bacon & Cheddar Biscuits

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves 6

1 cup baking mix (Bisquick)
1/3 cup fat-free milk
4 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup 2% cheddar cheese, shredded
1 Tbs chives, finely chopped

Pre-heat oven as package suggests. In a large bowl, combine baking mix and milk and mix until batter is smooth. Then add bacon crumbs, garlic, cheese and chives. Mix well. On a greased baking sheet, drop batter into 6 globs. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 125, Fat: 5 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 14 mg, Sodium: 381 mg, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 6 g

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Serves 24

1 (16.5 oz) roll chocolate chip cookie dough
24 pieces peanut butter cup candy

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray. Place cookie dough in mini-muffin pan and shape to the pan. Cook cookie dough for 8 minutes. In each cookie bowl add a peanut butter cup. Place back in oven for 5 more minutes or until candy is melted.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 123, Fat: 6 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 129 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 2 g

Grilled Jalapeño Salsa

Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus chill time
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves 12

1/3 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
6 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
5 large jalapeño peppers, stems and seeds removed
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup lime juice from 2 medium limes
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1/4 cup onion

In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon olive oil and garlic. Rub oil mixture on tomatoes and peppers. Sprinkle on salt and pepper. Place peppers and tomatoes over medium-hot fire and grill, turn occasionally. Cook peppers for 3 minutes or until slightly colored. Cook tomatoes for 6 minutes or until they begin to color. Chop both tomatoes and peppers. In a medium bowl, combine peppers, tomatoes, 3 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, cumin and onion. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving (1/4 cup): 72, Fat: 6 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 9 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 1 g

Twice-Baked Potatoes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Serves 16

4 medium russet potatoes
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1 cup 2% Colby Jack cheese
2 Tbs butter
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
4 slices turkey bacon
1 Tbs dry ranch dressing

Preheat oven to 375° F. Scrub potatoes, wrap them with foil and place on a baking sheet. Cook for 1 hour or until tender. When potatoes have cooled, slice potato in half and scrape out potato into a large bowl. Cut skins into quarters.

Microwave bacon for 3 minutes or until crispy. In a large bowl, combine potato, sour cream, cheese, green onions, bacon and dry ranch dressing. Place potato mixture back into the skins. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 87, Fat: 4 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 14 mg, Sodium: 101 mg, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 4 g

make preparation easier with a premade Football Cake from our bakery! add Jerk Chicken to the mix!Pair up Sunnybrook Farms Vegetable Tray & Food Club Dip for a healthier game time snack!

add your favorite deviled egg recipe to the lineup!

Family Matters: Family Movie Nights

If you have kids, you know how expensive it is to go out to the movies and get popcorn and drinks.  Our family has special “movie nights” at home with everyone taking turns picking out the movies.  We have a family dinner and then we lounge in the comfort of our own home and watch one or more movies and eat popcorn.  This makes for great quality time with your kids and normally brings lots of laughter and joy in the house.

Below is an easy recipe for White Chocolate Covered Popcorn that our family enjoys during our “movie nights”.

White Chocolate Covered Popcorn

4  (3.3 oz) bags of Food Club Butter Popcorn
1 (24 oz) pkg of Food Club Quick ‘n Easy White Bark
Wax Paper

Cut recipe down – 1 bag of popcorn and 3 squares of white bark.

Cook popcorn as directed and pour in large bowl.  Place white bark in microwave and melt as directed.  Take the melted bark and drizzle over the bowl of popcorn.  Stir occasionally to make sure it is mixed up good.  Pour contents of bowl on wax paper and let it sit for a few minutes.  Put the popcorn in several small bowls for your family and begin enjoying the sweet taste of perfection!  Suggestions:  Add chopped pecans or colored sugar sprinkles for the kids to make it more fun.

Set aside time this week for your family and enjoy a family “movie night”.  Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family.

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

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

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.

Dine In: Southwest Won Ton Cups

These make the perfect appetizer to eat before a meal or take to a party!

Southwest Won Ton Cups
Serves: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 7 minutes

8 squares wonton wrapper
1 Tbs butter, melted
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup avocado, small cubes
2 Tbs green onion, chopped
2 Tbs cilantro, finely chopped
1 Tbs lime juice

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Spread butter onto each wonton wrapper. Place wrappers into muffin pan and bake for 7 minutes or until crisp.

In a medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Place corn mixture into won tons.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 57, Fat: 3 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 59 mg, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 1 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


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