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Dine-In Friday: Dr. Pepper-Marinated Flank Steak Nachos


I’m not a sports fan unless someone I love is playing in the game. This limits me to my sons’ school events and a lot of t-ball and church-sponsored basketball, which just might be the best of all there is to see. When the idea of getting a snowcone is more important than running up the score, I definitely become a big fan. 

But the reality is I live in a house with three sports nuts and ESPN is our home’s background soundtrack a lot of the time. And try as a might, the only time ESPN interests me is when they get up close and personal with the players, telling us their favorite foods, where they volunteer, and how they fell in love with their wife of 35 years and spend all their free time with their 2.5 shiny children.  

On a side note, ESPN is missing out on a huge opportunity to reach a larger audience by not having a sports show from a sappy woman’s point of view. Just saying. 

Right now we’re in the throes of the basketball championships, and our TV is on 24/7 getting ready for the Final Four. There’s no game on tonight, but it doesn’t matter.  We’ll be home watching because the sports channels are as good as the political pundits when it comes to filling hours upon hours with color commentary. 

I may not watch the game, but I am definitely in charge of concessions – which is a huge job in a house of teenage sons. Tonight, I’m making these flank steak nachos marinated in Dr. Pepper.  

Dr. Pepper was created in Waco, Texas, which just happens to be home to a women’s team I do love. Sic ‘em! 

Dr. Pepper-Marinated Flank Steak Nachos 

Ingredients:
1 lb flank steak
1 (24 oz) Dr. Pepper
2 tsp kosher salt
4 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp black pepper
Large, flat corn chips
2 cans refried black beans
2 tsp ground cumin
2 cups shredded cheese
Garnishes: Sour cream, jalapenos, salsa, guacamole 

Directions:
Combine flank steak and Dr. Pepper or Coca-Cola in a large Ziploc bag. Refrigerate at least 6 hours. 

When you’re ready to make the nachos, heat your grill to high. Combine salt, brown sugar and black pepper. Remove steak from marinade, and rub spices into steak. Grill steak 3-4 minutes on each side until medium-rare. Do not overcook. Let steak rest 5 minutes before slicing against the grain into ½-inch wide strips and again into bite-sized pieces. 

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Place corn chips on cookie sheet in one layer. Combine black beans with cumin. Spread small amount of black beans over each chip. Sprinkle cheese over chips. Top with flank steak. Bake 5 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Remove and serve with sour cream, jalapenos, salsa and guacamole.



Healthy Living: New Nutrition Labels


Have you ever wondered how much saturated fat is in your ground beef?  Or which has more protein_ ground chicken or ground turkey? 

Until recently, if you wanted to answer these questions you had to dig in and do your own research. But now all you have to do is pick up a package at the grocery store. 

For decades, virtually all packaged foods sold in the U.S. have been required to have a nutrition label, indicating ingredients and content of fat, protein, fiber and nutrients. This is due to the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990. Restaurant meals and some fresh foods were exempted. 

But now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made it mandatory that 40 of the most popular cuts of meat also include a nutrition label on the package or the package display. 

The label will allow you to pick meat based on the amount of calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, protein, sodium and iron. It will also serve as a reminder for the proper serving size of meat. 

The most important part of the nutrition label is not how much fat is in the product or how many calories it has – it’s the serving size. The serving size lets you how much of a product you can have for x amount of calories. Many of us forget a serving of meat is only 4 ounces. Seeing the numbers will allow you to see how important that serving size is for weight management. 

The part of the label that really helps open my eyes is seeing the % Daily Value. Let’s take a look at 80% lean ground beef’s nutrition facts panel.  There are 9 grams of saturated fat in a serving. Not so bad, right? Well,  if you slide your finger over you will see that is 43% of the daily value of saturated fat you can have during a single day, based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Seeing the % Daily Value really opens your eyes to what you are eating. 

Now there is no need to guess how many calories are in your meat. You can look at the labels right in the store to make an informative choice for your family.



Product Talk: Picnic Fried Chicken Gets a Makeover


It’s amazing how much weather affects our feelings. I don’t know how people in places like Buffalo or Chicago survive their winters, rarely glimpsing the sunshine or enjoying outdoor fun several months of the year. 

I love the fact that in our part of the country it’s not unusual to be in shorts in the middle of January, and by March, my kids are ready to swim. 

One of the first things we like to do when the sun hits the sky is to eat outdoors as much as possible. We might pack a picnic for the lake or simply sit on the patio with friends and enjoy the first blue skies and gentle breezes of spring. 

I grew up in a time when warm-weather picnics meant fried chicken – no questions asked…but these days, fried food is not something I want to feed my family very often. We still have my cast-iron, buttermilk-brined fried chicken every now and then in the summertime during fried okra season, but otherwise, I have tried to find healthier ways to enjoy the crunch and juiciness of good ol’ picnic fried chicken. 

This fried chicken recipe is actually baked, but you won’t miss a thing. It’s the perfect recipe when you have half a bag of corn chips left in the pantry and need to use them before they get stale. Don’t leave out the cumin and chili powder…you’ll love the flavor and aroma. 

And just like the real deal, these drumsticks are also delicious the next morning when you open the fridge looking for that one piece of leftover cold fried chicken, although from experience, I can tell you that you might want to double the recipe if you’re planning on enjoying any leftovers. 

Tortilla Chip Crusted Chicken Drumsticks 

Ingredients: 
8 ounces corn tortilla chips
4 teaspoons chili powder, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2 pounds chicken drumsticks (about 6) 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place corn chips, 2 teaspoons chili powder, cumin and salt in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground, then transfer to a shallow dish. Whisk egg and remaining 2 teaspoons of chili powder together in a bowl big enough to hold one drumstick. Dip drumsticks in egg and allow excess to drip back into the bowl. Coat with crumbs, turning and pressing crumbs to help them stick. Place on baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, about 40 minutes. Easily doubled.



Shop the Sale: Orange Glazed Pork Chops


Dinner in a Dash:

I would like to pretend that I get dinner on the table for my family every night…and on time. But if your  life is anything like mine, then there are simply some evenings that supper arrives in a sack through my car window. It’s just the way it is.

But I don’t want to be a fast-food family all the time.  Yes, it takes some planning on my part, and yes, some nights don’t go as I hope and I end up alone in the kitchen with nothing but dirty words and dirty dishes. 

These are the nights I try to remember how cute my teenagers were before they decided that I know nothing about anything.

But for the most part, I have found that some my family’s best conversations and laughter happen around our dinner table. One of my family’s favorites is this quick, delicious recipe for Orange Glazed Pork Chops.  This week, the Hormel Pork Chops and Food Club Orange Juice are on sale in all Brookshire’s, making this an even better deal for your family.

The sauce is delicious on hot, cooked rice, and I usually just steam some fresh broccoli to serve with it…which happens to also be on sale this week.

Our motto at Brookshire’s is “Share meals. Share life.” There’s something about coming together at the end of our day in a place where we can let our guard down and enjoy a good meal together that gives us all a much-needed sense of security in this crazy world.

Orange Glazed Pork Chops

Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 Hormel boneless pork chops, about 3/4-inch thick
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup Food Club orange juice
2 tablespoons honey or light brown sugar
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspooon crushed red pepper, optional
Hot cooked rice

Directions:
In a bowl, combine orange juice, brown sugar, marmalade, vinegar and crushed red pepper. Set aside. Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper to taste. In a large, heavy skillet, heat oil to medium-high and brown pork chops on both sides. Remove to a plate and drain excess grease from skillet. Return pork chops and skillet to heat. Pour orange juice mixture over pork chops. Cover and simmer on low heat for 35 to 45 minutes, until pork chops are tender. Remove pork chops to a warm platter. Spoon additional sauce over pork chops. Serve pork chops over hot cooked rice. 



Dine-In: Tex-Mex chicken casserole


One of the only downsides about being a chef is that no one ever wants to invite me over for dinner.  I guess everybody assumes that I’ll go all Gordon Ramsey on them, criticizing their chopping technique and refusing to eat anything that doesn’t meet chef standards, whatever those may be.

The reality is A. I’m always happy when someone else does the cooking and B. I eat pretty much anything, as long as it’s good. In fact, at home, we eat a lot of simple dishes, especially in the winter – soups, casseroles and even one-dish meals. Even a chef doesn’t want to spend hours cooking every night.

This casserole is one of those simple dishes, a kind of Tex-Mex take on chicken lasagna. It has a lot of flavor, but uses short-cuts (canned beans, prepared chicken broth and cooked rotisserie chicken) so you can get dinner on the table without laboring too long in the kitchen.

Tortilla Casserole

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chicken broth
1 cans (15.5-ounce) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
1 tablespoon chipotle chilies in adobo, minced
2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
5 cups tortilla chips (3 ounces)
2 cups Mexican style cheese, shredded (such as asadero or quesadilla; Monterey jack will also work)

Directions:
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chicken broth and bring to simmer.

Stir beans, tomatoes, and chipotle into sauce and simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in chicken, 3 tablespoons cilantro, ¾ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper.

Spread 1 cup tortilla chips over bottom of 8-inch baking dish and top with 1 cup chicken mixture. Spread 2 more cups tortilla chips into dish and sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Spread remaining chicken mixture into dish and top with remaining tortilla chips. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese over top.

Bake until cheese is golden brown and casserole is bubbling, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro before serving.



Dine-In: Mini Hot Dogs


I am so excited about this weekend! It’s going to be all about sports. I am going to my favorite baseball team’s fan fest, a basketball game and a hockey game. There is one food I must have while watching a sports game – a hot dog. Last year when the Packers played the Steelers I made these mini hot dogs and they were a hit. 

According to a 2008 poll conducted by the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council,  63% of fans listed hot dogs as the food they could not live without at the ballpark. The same poll reported that 88% of sports fans have eaten a hot dog in the past year or will eat a hot dog in the upcoming year at a sporting event. 

So do your part in helping the hot dog reign supreme at your next sports-watching bash. 

Mini Dogs
Serves: 8

Prep Time: 20 minutes        Cook Time: 30 minutes 

Ingredients:
2 (16.3 oz) pkgs refrigerated biscuit dough, halved
1 (14 oz) pkg mini cocktail franks, heated
1/2 cup mustard
1/2 cup pickle relish
1/2 cup shredded 2% cheddar cheese 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.  Pull each biscuit half in an oblong shape like a hot dog bun. Place mini hot dog buns on baking pan; bake 13 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Let buns cool. 

Make a lengthwise slit into buns.  Place warm cocktail franks into mini buns. Top with mustard, pickle relish and cheese.



Shop the Sale: Naturally low-fat chicken breasts


If you overindulged both diet-wise and budget-wise over the holidays, it’s time to get back on track. So we are helping out with some terrific buy-one, get-one-for-1-cent deals this week at your neighborhood store.

And that includes some staples that will help both your wallet and your waistline, like Pilgrim boneless skinless chicken breasts. Buy a package, get another for a penny. And because the skin – by far the fattiest, most calorie-laden part of poultry – has already been removed, you start out with a lean, protein-dense main ingredient.

Need some inspiration? Search for some on our recipe database, on our newly redesigned website.  You’ll find hundreds of easy, delicious recipes to jumpstart your menu planning, like this chicken and brown rice pilaf , ready in just 20 minutes!

Or, here’s a simple baked chicken recipe that gets lots of flavor, but not too much fat, from Parmesan cheese and garlic. Pair with rice pilaf, a green vegetable, and fruit for dessert, and you won’t break the budget OR your diet.

Parmesan-lemon chicken

Serves four

Ingredients:
Four boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, minced or pushed through a garlic press
Juice of three lemons
6 tablespoons parmesan cheese, shredded or grated, divided
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes, optional
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Add minced garlic and saute until soft, two-three minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for five minutes. Add lemon juice, four tablespoons parmesan, parsley, chili flakes if using, and a dash of salt and pepper. If mixture is too thick, thin with a little water or chicken broth.

Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken breasts in pan and pour butter-lemon-parmesan mixture over them. Bake for about 20-25 minutes; remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining two tablespoons of parmesan cheese. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of breast registers 165 to 170 degrees.



Shop the sale: Brookshire’s Best Angus chuck roast


If you’ve never tried our Brookshire’s Best Angus beef, this is the week to treat yourself. We’ve got our Brookshire’s Best Angus chuck roast on special starting today.

Angus cattle are often called the Cadillac of the beef world, and the nickname actually makes a lot of sense:  Raised with careful quality control, American-ranched Angus cattle produce superior cuts of tender, juicy beef. It’s considered some of the best in the business.

And our Brookshire’s Best Angus beef is the best of the best. We select only the highest-quality Angus beef for this program, so you are guaranteed a consistently tender, delicious cut.

What makes Angus such good beef?

It starts with genetics. American ranchers have been raising Angus cattle for more than 100 years, after the first Angus were brought here from their native Scotland in the 1870s. These Angus cattle have been bred to produce beef that is finely marbled, meaning the fat is well-distributed throughout the muscle, so that the meat cooks up juicy and tender.

And it continues through production and selection. The Angus beef we choose for our Brookshire’s Best line comes from ranches following high standards of feeding and care, so that their beef is consistently of the highest quality.

Finally, this beef is hand-cut, the old-fashioned way.

It all adds up to a cut of beef that’s not just good; it’s seriously good.



Family Matters: Eating Right Through the Holidays


The holiday season is a time for indulging in your favorite festive foods, from grandma’s stuffing at Thanksgiving all the way to your sweet neighbor’s warm, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies at Christmas. Many of us feel that once the holiday season starts, nutrition is out the door. With the help of NuVal Nutritional Scoring System, however, you can take some of your favorite holiday foods and “trade them up” for a more nutritious product. 

NuVal is a Nutritional Scoring System that is in place at Brookshire’s. NuVal rates foods on a scale of 1 to 100; the higher the score the better the nutrition. All you have to do is look right at the price tag to find the score. It really is as easy as that! 

Look how easy it is to make holiday meals just a little healthier: 

  • When eating that holiday turkey this year, skip the drumstick and go for the skinless turkey breast. This little trade-up increases the NuVal score from a 30 to a 48.  
  • We all love our grandmother’s stuffing! Nothing feels more like home than when you see the steam rising from the stuffing and the kitchen filling up with the smell of sage. This holiday season, add a few nutritious ingredients to that traditional recipe. My personal favorite is adding chopped apples (NuVal 96) or diced pears (NuVal 96). Other fruit options are apricots (NuVal 100) or cranberries (NuVal 100). Winter squash is another nutritious added-in to your grandmother’s stuffing. Acorn squash scores a 99 and butternut squash has a perfect score of 100. Vegetables like collard greens (NuVal 100) or kale (NuVal 99) add a lot of nutrients too! I also like a little crunch, like nuts, in my dressing.  I love adding pecans (NuVal 65) or walnuts (NuVal 82) for that little crunch. 
  • Side dishes are my favorite at dinner time! English peas, green beans and mashed potatoes are always my request when the family gets together. Sometimes when we have a lot to cook, we don’t really like preparing all things fresh. The good news is you can find canned and frozen vegetables that have almost as high, if not the same score, as fresh produce score. For example, if someone has requested a green bean casserole, you can use fresh, canned or frozen green beans. Del Monte Fresh Cut Canned Green Beans and Food Club Frozen Green Beans both score a perfect 100.  

With the NuVal Scoring System, finding nutritious products in the grocery store is not hard at all. I hope you and your family have a great and nutritious holiday season!



Product Talk: New Charter Reserve deli meats


Coming this week to selected stores: Great new choices in deli meats.

We are introducing Charter Reserve, a line of premium deli meats, giving you 18 new flavors of deli turkey, ham, beef and chicken to try.

Charter Reserve is high-quality, all-natural meat – providing great taste at affordable prices. But even though it’s budget friendly, they do not skimp on the quality or the preparation:

  •  This is whole-muscle meat, with no binders or fillers.
  •  No MSG or trans fats.
  •  Every variety is gluten-free.
  •  They’re all oven-roasted, and seasoned with fine ingredients and spices.
  •  Several varieties are even certified by the American Heart Association, meaning they meet the association’s guidelines for heart-healthy food.

No matter your deli meat of choice, Charter Reserve probably offers it. The line includes seven kinds of turkey (including cracked pepper, mesquite roasted, and honey-baked) and five kinds of ham (brown sugar, Virginia ham and Black Forest among them.) It also includes four kinds of choice Angus beef and two flavors of roasted chicken.

Charter Reserve should be arriving in selected stores with delis this week. Don’t be shy – ask for a taste!



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