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Orange Eggnog Punch


Prep Time: 5 minutes

 

Serves: 8

 

Mix 2 parts Food Club Eggnog, 1 part Food Club Orange Juice and 1 part lemon-lime soda in a punch bowl for a tangy holiday punch! Float orange peels in the punch for a festive touch.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 177, Fat: 4 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 97 mg, Sodium: 82 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 7 g

 

© 2009, 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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Shop the Sale: Spare Ribs


Got any ribs to spare? Apparently Brookshire’s does, because spare ribs are one of the featured sale items this week. Now, around this part of the country, we grill all year round, so the mere fact that it’s November shouldn’t stop you from throwing a slab of ribs on the grill. But do you know there’s a much faster way to fix them and still get that down-home barbecue flavor?

It’s kind of cheating, but that’s what cooking’s all about: making it look easy! Take a slab of pork spare ribs and put them on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake at 375° F. for an hour or so. This will help most of the fat cook off, and will get them 90% done.

Then…..put them on the grill, slather on the sauce and finish ‘em up outside! They’ll have the crispy, crunchy outside that comes from time on the grill, but you won’t have to stand guard over them, turning and basting.

See? That’s what cooking is: making it look easy! I promise, your secret’s safe with me.



Dine In: Cilantro-Lime Chicken


You know a recipe is special if there’s a hyphen in the title, or if the title is long with lots of descriptive words. This recipe is really amazing, quick and easy, but oh so impressive. And there’s a hyphen in the title, so there’s proof positive that it’s special. But if you’d like a longer, more-descriptive name, how about Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Spicy Asian Seasonings? Now it sounds even fancier!

This dish is special enough to serve for company, but it’s easy enough to fix on a busy Friday evening. If you have a bag of stir fry veggies in the freezer, feel free to throw them in, too, and you can call it Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Spicy Asian Seasoning and Oriental Vegetable Blend. Now THAT’S special!

Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 10 minutes

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 small onions
1 large lime
2 Tbs canola oil
1 or 2 small jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced
1 small piece fresh ginger (1 inch long), peeled and thinly sliced*
2 Tbs fresh chopped cilantro
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
Hot cooked rice or warm tortillas (optional)

*Note on ginger? Never used it fresh? It’s in the produce section and looks like a tree root. Get the very smallest piece you can find, since this recipe only needs a 1-inch piece. You’ll be shocked at how cheap this ingredient is when you buy such a small portion—I’m talking like 25 cents!

Cut each chicken breast half into 8 pieces. Cut each onion into 8 wedges.

Remove 3 strips of peel from the lime, with a vegetable peeler. Cut the lime peel into fine shreds and set aside. Juice the lime and measure 2 Tbs lime juice. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet or wok, and add the oil.  Cook the ginger briefly, until fragrant. Remove the ginger pieces and discard. In the same pan, cook the chicken breast chunks and onion wedges until nearly done. Add the jalapeno peppers, cilantro, soy sauce and sugar. Stir and cook until chicken is no longer pink.

Serve over hot rice or with warmed tortillas.

What’d I tell ya? Easy and delicious! And fancy too!



Shop the Sale: Split Fillets and Tenderloins


Have you ever heard that you pay for convenience? Well, it’s true—and it makes sense. The more processed a food is, the more it costs. And the same happens with chicken breasts. Boneless, skinless breast halves are so convenient and easy to use—but they also cost more than breasts with the bone still in. 

So that’s what makes this week’s advertised sale of Boneless skinless breast fillets and breast tenderloins such a great deal. Where normally these command a premium price, this week you can score a great deal! Stock up and save—fill your freezer with these super-convenient chicken cuts—and you’ll be able to coast through the coming weeks with plenty of chicken to feed your family. 

What do you do with this cut of meat? It’s probably the easiest way to fix chicken that isn’t already re-cooked. They come in a resealable freezer bag, so the day of your meal, pull out as many pieces as you’ll need for any given recipe. Thaw in the fridge or microwave (never on the countertop), and you’re ready to go. Add a dash of salt and pepper, or maybe barbecue sauce or stir-fry sauce, toss in a skillet and you’ll be eating dinner before you know it!



Product Talk: It’s Bacon!!


Actually, it’s not. It’s not really bacon, but if you’re trying to watch your diet, it’s the next best thing. Bacon Salt, from J&D’s, is a seasoned salt that tastes deliciously bacon-y. It comes in several varieties (regular, hickory and peppered) and a sprinkle on top of a ground turkey burger will make you think you’re having a double-bacon burger deluxe.

The only caution to advise is that it IS salt, so it IS high in sodium. Other than that, it’s fat-free, cholesterol-free and zero calories. Now THAT’s what bacony goodness is all about!

You’ll find J&D’s Bacon Salt in the spices and seasonings section of Brookshire’s.



Dine In: Beef Tenderloin


If you’re like me, most of the time you’re saving every nickel you can. Times are tough! But every once in a while, you need a special dinner. Maybe you’ve got extra-special friends coming over, or maybe you just need a well-deserved splurge. If you want to show someone how much you care, here’s a tip: don’t make reservations….make dinner at home! It’s the ultimate gift from the heart.

Ever had a beef tenderloin? A tenderloin is what filet mignon steaks are made from. To make filet, the tenderloin is sliced into rounds. So a tenderloin roast is just one large filet mignon—and man oh man, is it delicious. It’s pricey—but trust me, you get what you pay for. Watch for a sale in the meat department and grab one. Put it in the freezer until that special time comes, and you’ll be ready to splurge. Bonus: because it’s so low-fat, it’s actually a pretty healthy cut of meat!

Side dishes can be as simple or as elegant as you wish: mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, fresh asparagus or a tossed salad. Simple is good when you have a delicious main course like this!

Simple Roast Tenderloin
Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 45 minutes

3 to 4 pound beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied with twine (to help it hold its shape)
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place the tenderloin on a broiler pan. Rub roast with olive oil and sprinkle with onion, garlic and pepper.

Roast the tenderloin for 15 minutes per pound for rare, or 20 minutes per pound for medium rare.

Let roast rest 15 minutes before carving.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information
Calories per serving: 307.  Fat: 16 grams (5 gr. saturated fat), cholesterol: 156 mg., sodium: 101 mg., carbohydrates: 0 gr., fiber: 0 gr., Protein: 49 gr.

© 2009, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.



Dine In: Steak and Potatoes—with Flair!


What’s the favorite weekend dinner meal? It’s gotta be steak! And if you fix it on the grill, there’s no doubt that steak will be at the top of the list! So whether you broil it or grill it, a great dine-at-home meal often includes steak.

But what goes with steak? Of course it’s a baked potato, no question, but how about switching that up just a bit? How about making that a baked SWEET potato? If you’ve been to a steak house restaurant, you know that baked sweet potatoes, with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon taste just about like pumpkin pie—delightful! But did you know that unsweetened, they still taste amazing?

 To speed dinner along, you can make sweet potato fries—and you’ll dazzle everyone. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into French-fry-sized strips. Toss them in a large plastic bag (or a bowl) along with a tablespoon of olive oil. Spread in a single layer on a pan and bake at 375 for 20 to 30 minutes. It’s that easy! And besides the wonderful flavor, sweet potatoes are powerhouses of nutrition, with lots of fiber and Vitamins A and C (great for eyesight and immunity health). And even better: sweet potatoes are on sale at Brookshire’s this week!

Top it off with a salad and fresh fruit for dessert and you have an A-1 dinner, fit for a gourmet, at budget prices…and with great health benefits.



Party List and Tips


Suggested Serving Quantities

Most of our entertainment trays provide estimates as to how many people they will serve.

However, taking your guests’ appetites into consideration, this guide will help you calculate how much food to serve: 

 

Per Person:

Appetizers 4 to 5 per hour
Fruit and vegetables 1/2 to 2/3 cup
Meat, poultry and fish 4 to 8 ounces
Side dishes 1/2 cup per dish
Sauces, dips and dressings 2 to 3 tablespoons


Brookshire’s Party Shopping Check List

__ Plastic utensils

__ Paper/plastic plates and glasses

__ Paper napkins, disposable tablecloths

__ Paper towels

__ Disposable baking and roasting pans

__ Nuts, chips, pretzels, dips

__ Candy, mints

__ Cookies, cakes, pies

__ Deli items: cheese, meat

__ Bakery items: breads, rolls, muffins, decorated cakes, specialty items

__ Service meats: special order meat, seafood or other entrees

__ Floral items: arrangements, corsages, bouquets, centerpieces

__ Beverages: soda, coffee, tea, bottled water, mixers, beer, wine

__ Candles, matches

A Few More Things to Remember

  • If you provide background music, be sure it’s soft and inviting.
  • A manageable sit-down dinner party size is 6 to 12 guests. Consider how many can sit at your table without bumping elbows.
  • To remove red wine stains, blot up as much as possible with an absorbent cloth. Saturate the stain with club soda or plain water. Later, apply a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Let dry, then vacuum.
  • Do your shopping three to four days in advance, except for vegetables, fresh fish and flowers.
  • If you’re having a buffet-style gathering, be sure to have plenty of coasters, napkins and paper towels available. People will need to put down their glasses, and may even spill a few!
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Setting the Scene


Most gatherings are informal, and place settings reflect a more casual attitude. Try your best not to crowd table settings, because that’s when spills and accidents happen. And keep floral arrangements low, so that conversation isn’t blocked. Some other guidelines include:

Allow two feet from the center of one dinner plate to the center of the next plate. If a buffet service means there are no plates on the table, a napkin can be put in the center of each setting. View a simple napkin fold.

  • Silver goes in “outside in” order. Guest reach for first-used tools on the outside edge of place setting and work their way inside the arrangement. The salad fork goes to the left of the dinner fork, or example.
  • Put two knives to the plate’s right. The outside knife is used first.
  • Soup spoons, if needed, are set on the table to the right of the knives.
  • Only provide butter knives if you’re putting out butter or bread plates in the 11:00 position.
  • Salad plate goes on top of the dinner plate, in the center of each setting.
  • Desert spoon and fork are laid on the table at dinner plate’s top.
  • Put the water glass at 2:00 position to dinner plate and any wine glasses to its right. The outside glass will be your champagne flute if champagne is served.

 

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