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Product Talk: Scottish Salmon


Scottish SalmonI have to admit that I have a little crush on the man who works at the seafood counter at my local Brookshire’s. He’s super friendly and has never, EVER been wrong about anything he’s recommended.

Recently, I went to the counter to order some salmon, my usual, and he recommended that I try the Scottish salmon they had on special that day. I decided to spend a little extra because he promised the flavor was even more melt-in-your-mouth and buttery than the variety I usually buy.

He was right, again.

Scottish salmon is Scotland’s No. 1 food export. They are raised on farms in the ocean to ensure high quality control. Their flesh is bright pink and firm, and they are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.

At Brookshire’s, Scottish salmon is sold whole, or the nice man or lady behind the counter will fillet it for you (I always have them do this!). I usually grill my salmon, and today the nice man behind the counter suggested that I try making a “salmon salad” with any leftovers. I’ll probably listen. 



Product Talk: Brookshire’s Fat Free Refried Beans


Brookshire's Fat Free Refried Beans

One of my favorite guilty pleasures at Mexican restaurants is the refried beans. I love them. I’ve even been known to order double beans, no rice. However, the secret to real Mexican refried beans is the lard, and ain’t nobody got time for lard in their food, at least not on a regular basis.

Thank goodness for Brookshire’s Fat Free Refried Beans. While they taste like the “real thing,” they contain zero fat.

The only ingredients in the can are pinto beans, water and salt. You prepare them just like you would any refried beans, heating them in the microwave or on the stovetop until hot, stirring frequently.

They’re great as a side dish, on nachos, on tostadas, in burritos, in a casserole, in migas for breakfast or any other way you’d use the full-fat variety. 

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Product Talk: Nutri-Grain Fruit Crunch Bars


Nutri-Grain Fruit Crunch BarsI’ve loved Nutri-Grain bars forever. My boys love them, too.

Not too long ago, I discovered Nutri-Grain Fruit Crunch Bars in the apple cobbler flavor. With 20 grams of whole grains per serving (one serving equals two bars), these portable treats contain only 190 calories and 7 grams of fat. They also provide 10 percent of the recommended daily allowance for calcium and come in at 3 grams of fiber.

Nutri-Grain Fruit Crunch Bars are made with whole-grain oats, dried apples, honey and cinnamon. At five pouches to a box, they are perfect for after-school snacks or school lunches. 

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Product Talk: Soppressata


SoppressataLast night on our first night of vacation, we sat on the porch of the big yellow house, mesmerized by the ocean waves, the pinks and oranges of the sun setting behind us, and the soaring pelicans flying and dipping into the blue water.

Dinner was cooking, but while we were waiting, we sliced some savory soppressata and served it with a tangy, sharp parmesan.

Soppressata is dried, cured Italian hard salami, and it’s found with the specialty cheeses at Brookshire’s stores. While the varieties of soppressata vary among the different regions of Italy where it’s from, the basic sausage is made of pork, pressed and dried flat. It can also be shaped.

Soppressata is traditionally served on an antipasto platter with cheeses, olives and peppers. Currently, on-trend chefs throughout the United States are substituting it for pepperoni on artisanal pizzas and in red sauce with pasta dishes. 

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Product Talk: Sushi


Sushi

One of my favorite indulgences in the entire universe is sushi. I love it. I crave it. I can’t get enough.

Let’s face it: restaurant sushi is an expensive habit. It’s delicious, but you’re largely paying for ginger rose garnishes.

Imagine my delight when Brookshire’s stores started serving in-house sushi, prepared right before your eyes and with the same quality sushi and sashimi grade ingredients used in the fancy restaurants with dragons made out of cucumbers.

There might not be any mythical vegetables, but Brookshire’s sushi is a delicious, fresh and affordable treat.

I’m partial to the spicy shrimp roll with fresh shrimp, sticky rice, nori and a special sauce, but I also love getting the rainbow roll, expertly festooned with slivers of avocado, tuna and yellowtail. I introduced my boys to nigiri, a fresh piece of fish atop a wedge of sticky rice. Dipped in a little bit of soy sauce mixed with wasabi (provided in the container with pickled slivers of ginger), this makes a splendid meal or appetizer.

They also make a mean California roll with avocado, cucumber and cream cheese. When I can’t decide, I get a combination platter, sometimes with crab, tuna AND California rolls. The sushi counter also has other treats like octopus, which I’m working up the nerve to try.

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Product Talk: Dale’s Seasoning


Dales SeasoningIn the course of my job recently, I ran into a cute “little old lady” (her words, not mine) at a church fundraiser who cornered me to tell me all about a recipe that she wanted to see appear in the newspaper.

She didn’t have it written down, of course, because cute little old church ladies have these recipes locked in their minds like it’s a vault at the U.S. Mint.

The aforementioned recipes usually include measurements such as “a pinch” or “a smidge” or “a shake.”

This one was no different.

Cute church lady was rattling off the list of ingredients and I’m taking notes as fast as my shorthand would allow.

“And add a few splashes of Dale’s…,” she said, moving on to the next direction.

Dale’s? What was that? I wasn’t sure. I tried to ask, but she’d already moved on to a description of the banana pudding you serve AFTER the steaks that contain the Dale’s, whatever that was.

I went back to the office and looked it up.

Dale’s Seasoning is a marinade and seasoning that comes in liquid form. It’s sort of a smoky, Worcestershire-like, acidic deliciousness that blends well with red meat, seafood and poultry. I’ve tried it on steaks and in burgers, and it doesn’t take long for the flavors of Dale’s to permeate the meat. In fact, if you’d usually marinade a steak or roast overnight, give it about 30 minutes in Dale’s to do the trick! It’s that good.

Dale’s comes in regular and low-sodium varieties and is a fabulous all-purpose seasoning.

Now, if I could only find the notebook where I wrote down that recipe…

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Product Talk: Italian Sausage


Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

I love bulk, ground sausage, and Brookshire’s is so good about putting it on sale.

I use it for so many things.

I freeze slices so they’re easy to heat up for patties for biscuits in the morning. I brown and crumble it (you can then freeze, too) to add to eggs or other breakfast dishes.

Sausage isn’t always for breakfast, especially when it’s Italian sausage. In bulk, this is great for flavoring sauces, pasta dishes, breakfast dishes and this soup.

It’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner, especially if you cook the sausage ahead of time.

Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Ingredients:
3 cups Italian sausage, cooked
3 cups tortellini, uncooked
4 cups water
1 can evaporated milk
6 chicken bouillon cubes
1 Tbs oregano
1 Tbs parsley
1 Tbs chives
salt and pepper, to taste
parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:
Put all ingredients except tortellini in a medium-sized sauce pan and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer about 15 minutes. Add tortellini and allow to boil according to pasta package instructions. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve.

Nutritional Information (calculated without parmesan cheese): Calories Per Serving: 307, Calories from Fat: 122, Fat: 14 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 50 mg, Sodium: 1145 mg, Potassium: 257 mg, Carbohydrates: 31 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 8 g, Protein: 16 g.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Best Premium Coffee


Brookshire's Best Premium CoffeeA perfect weekend starts with a morning on the porch.

A perfect morning starts with Brookshire’s Best Premium Coffee. I happen to love the White Chocolate Truffle flavor.

I brew a pot, then pour a cup and head out to the porch where I can sit in silence for sometimes up to as much as an hour while my boys sleep peacefully inside.

I listen to the chimes hanging from the porch roof, if there is a breeze. I watch the robins play in the grass, collecting food for their young, and I watch the new dog lope around the backyard on his long, gangly legs.

All the while, I smell the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and sip the liquid, which is warmth to my soul.

I am centered for the day.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Classic Instant Mashed Potatoes


Brookshire’s Classic Instant Mashed PotatoesMy younger son doesn’t like mashed potatoes. I almost took him for counseling because of that one. I just don’t understand how someone can’t love a pile of pillowy, creamy, delicious carbs.

He doesn’t, or didn’t, until now.

I was running short on time lately (all the time, if I’m being honest), and I ran into Brookshire’s for some mashed potatoes to go with my mom’s recipe for Salisbury steak. You need potatoes to soak up all that rich, yummy gravy.

I was already running late and I really didn’t have time to peel, boil and mash potatoes by hand. I grabbed a box of Brookshire’s Classic Instant Mashed Potatoes. The box even advertises, “Just add milk and margarine, ready in 3 minutes.” Score.

I went home, fixed dinner and while the main course was cooking, I whipped up those potatoes. In my hurry, I plated my younger son potatoes under his heaping mound of meat and gravy.

He looked up at me with those big, brown eyes, trying to mask his disappointment.

“I don’t really like mashed potatoes,” he said, trying to be polite.

“Oh please, just TRY them,” I implored. “I can’t really scrape them off at this point.”

Because he’s a super good and obedient kid, he did.

“Mom, these are GREAT!” he said.

So, now I keep a box of potatoes in my pantry for those meals that we crave potatoes, and I can give my younger son his favorite.

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Product Talk: Deli Chicken Pot Pies


Deli Chicken Pot PiesWhen I was little, kindergarten and first grade, I always loved going over to my friend Kitsy’s house to spend the night. In addition to the nachos her mom would make us with refried bean dip from a can and slices of American cheese, she’d give us pot pies for dinner.

Not just any pot pie, frozen pot pies in individual serving tins. I’m pretty sure that’s when I learned that everything tastes better in an individual serving container. Yes, my mom made homemade pot pies at my house, but these were special. When they came out of the oven, I didn’t have to share mine with anyone. I didn’t get a wedge with filling spilling out dumped onto my plate. Instead, I got a golden-brown, perfectly preserved pie where I could cut into the tender, flaky crust myself and scoop out the filling before it escaped.

I’ve loved pot pies forever and now I have a new favorite. A glorious, delicious version that marries the best of both worlds: homemade and in an individual serving. Of course, I’m talking about the chicken pot pies from the Brookshire’s Deli.

The chicken pot pies are homemade but nestled in an individual serving tin that’s easy to reheat, with no sharing required. The crust is made on-site so it has that buttery, homemade flavor baked in, just like the creamy filling, full of chicken and vegetables.

The serving size is generous, so you might want to think about sharing, or then again, maybe not.

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