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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 

Ingredients:
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 

Directions:
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 

Baklava

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 14 

Ingredients:
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 

Directions:
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 

Ingredients:
Cookie:
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 

Ingredients:

Frosting:
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 

Directions:
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 

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

Directions:
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 

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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!
BUSH’S Chili Magic Chili
Ingredients:
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
Directions:
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 brookshires.com. 


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 

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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 

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

Directions:
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 

Ingredients: 
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 

Directions:
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 

Ingredients:
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 

Directions:
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

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

Directions:

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
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.


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

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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

 



Family Matters: Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store


It’s HOT outside.  Summer vacation time is beginning to wind down as the kids are thinking about going back to school.  Before the good times run out this summer, take time to do at least one or two more fun activities with your children or grandchildren.   

The best FREE outing I could suggest is a trip to the Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store in Tyler, TX.  You’ll find a link to the museum under the “Kids” section on the Brookshires.com website showing the days and hours of operation.  The museum is always a favorite destination for my two grandsons when they visit me in Tyler.  And you can’t beat the fact that it always offers free admission!



Banana Berry Smoothie


 

Made with Truvia!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

 

1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1 banana
1 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1 cup orange juice
1 cup ice
4 packets Truvia™ natural sweetener 

 

Directions:
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

Nutritional Information:   Calories Per Serving: 110, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 45 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 4 g 



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