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Product Talk: Brookshire’s French Fried Onions

Brookshire’s French Fried OnionsI can neither confirm nor deny that one year I had to make a Thanksgiving Day run to the local convenience store for more French Fried Onions. You see, I may, or may not, have eaten most of the can before they went atop the green bean casserole.

Luckily, Brookshire’s stocks extra French Fried Onions early in the season (although you can also find them on the shelves all year long), so now I’ve learned to make more than just the Thanksgiving green bean casserole with French Fried Onions.

French Fried Onions are exactly that – crunchy little bits of fried onion. Like an onion ring, but crunchier. They’re great for topping a casserole, a salad, as a coating for chicken or pork, or eating straight out of the can, or so I heard.

I’d buy more than one can, if I were you.

Product Talk: Chobani Pumpkin Spice Yogurt

Chobani Pumpkin Spice YogurtIn my eternal quest to taste everything that’s pumpkin spice-flavored, a container in the diary case caught my eye the last time I was at Brookshire’s.

Chobani Yogurt makes a Pumpkin Spice Greek Blended Yogurt.

Of course, I bought it.

Made with real pumpkin puree, cinnamon and nutmeg, this smooth and creamy concoction smacks of fall. With only two grams of fat and 12 grams of protein, this slightly sweet treat makes the perfect breakfast or snack.

Chobani uses only natural, non-GMO ingredients for their yogurts, and this contains 40 percent less sugar than regular yogurt.

I can feel good about that, especially with how good it tastes!

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Product Talk: Grandma’s Molasses

Grandma’s Molasses Marble CakeFall and holiday baking season are upon us, and there’s nothing like the rich flavor of molasses to use in your cool weather treats.

Grandma’s Molasses is an unsulfured, sugarcane molasses that is a great alternative to sugar and a perfect ingredient for baking or seeping into slow-cooked dishes like baked beans.

Molasses is one of the earliest ingredients used in baking. Originally sourced from the West Indies, having molasses to sweeten your cakes and breads was considered a status symbol at one time.

Grandma’s Molasses comes in Original or Robust varieties. Both are kosher and gluten-free. Robust molasses is more concentrated and less sweet than original. It’s made of a blend of “first molasses,” which is what remains once the sugarcane juice has crystallized, according to the company website.

Whether you’re making barbecue sauce or baking cookies, molasses is a deep, rich, aromatic ingredient that will enhance the flavor of anything you make.

Marble Cake

2 cups cake flour, sifted
1 tsp salt
3 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup Grandma’s® Original Molasses
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves

Sift together flour, salt and cream of tartar. Cream together shortening, sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Add milk alternately with flour mixture. Beat for 30 seconds. Place 1/3 of batter in a small bowl; stir in molasses and spices. Pour light and dark batters alternately into a well-greased, lightly floured, 8-inch tube cake pan or into a 9 x 9 pan. Bake tube cake for 1 hour in 325° F oven, or bake the 9 x 9 cake for 45 minutes in 350° F oven. Frost as desired.

Serves 12

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 254, Fat: 10 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 28 mg, Sodium: 214 mg, Carbohydrates: 39 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 21 g, Protein: 4 g.


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Product Talk: Campbell’s French Onion Soup Beef Bourguignon

Campbell’s French Onion Soup Beef Bourguignon I spent quite a bit of time in France, visiting the nearby country during the years I lived in Germany.

Suffice it to say that I ate quite a bit of one of the country’s signature dishes, Beef Bourguignon or Beef Burgundy. It was one of my favorites. Not only does the rich flavor develop after hours of cooking, but the smell is so comforting and always reminds me of fall in France.

A few years after I returned, I went to a friend’s house for dinner, and she had made Beef Bourguignon. While I was helping her prepare a side salad, I noticed empty cans of Campbell’s French Onion Soup in her trash can.

Surely, she hadn’t used canned soup (gasp!) in the beef bourguignon.

She had.

It was delicious, just as good as anything you’d eat in France.

I have to say that I use it myself now.

Campbell’s French Onion Soup has a rich flavor that any French chef would approve of.

Campbell’s French Onion Soup Beef Bourguignon

2 lbs beef stew meat
1 large onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
1/2 lb bacon, diced
2 cans Campbell’s French Onion Soup
1 bottle burgundy (or dry red) wine (if you really don’t want to use wine – the alcohol does burn off – substitute 1 can beef consommé and 1 can tomato paste)
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Season the meat with salt and pepper. Set aside. In a heavy skillet, sauté bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. In the bacon grease, sauté onions until translucent. Add garlic and mushrooms; stir for 1 minute. Add in the beef, and sear on all sides. Remove from heat. Transfer the meat mixture to an oven-safe baking dish with a lid. Stir in soups and burgundy. Braise at 375° F for 2 hours.

Serve over rice or egg noodles.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 710, Calories from Fat: 239, Fat: 27 g (9 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 177 mg, Sodium: 1819 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 8 g, Protein: 63 g.

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Product Talk: JELL-O No-Bake Pumpkin-Style Pie Dessert

JELL-O No-Bake Pumpkin-Style Pie DessertIt’s the time of year for all things pumpkin spice, so when I walked by an end cap in Brookshire’s this weekend, I was immediately drawn to the boxes of JELL-O brand desserts.

This easy way to bring fall flavor into your home is delicious as well as simple.

You just add sugar, butter and milk to the provided mix for filling and crust, and then pop it into your refrigerator to set!

If you’re like me and never quite mastered your grandma’s pie crust, this is a simple way to get started.

I love the consistency of the filling in this dessert. It’s so smooth, rich and creamy, and you can taste notes of cinnamon and ginger, just like Grandma used to make but a whole lot easier!

You can make one dessert in a pie plate or use ramekins for individual servings. It’s a quick and easy dessert in one box, minus the whipped cream, of course.

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Product Talk: Libby’s Pumpkin – Pumpkin Spice Rice Cereal Treats

Libby’s Pumpkin – Pumpkin Spice Rice Cereal TreatsIt’s time for all things pumpkin spice.

Whether it’s your coffee, your creamer, your doughnuts or your pies, pumpkin spice reigns supreme during this time of year.

That’s where Libby’s comes in. A division of Nestle, Libby’s pumpkin products are a great way to get quality pumpkin without having to process it yourself.

I love the pumpkin puree, which comes in a variety of sizes from 8 ounces and up to fit your fall cooking needs. It also comes in organic, which is all-natural with no preservatives. Libby’s also offers a canned pumpkin pie filling and boxed mixes for breads and cheesecake.

Pumpkin is full of vitamins A and C, and it’s a great source of beta-carotene.

Enjoy pure pumpkin in this fun fall treat today!

Pumpkin Spice Rice Cereal Treats

3 Tbs butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
1/8 cup Libby’s Pumpkin Puree
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
6 cups rice cereal

Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish by greasing it liberally with butter or line with parchment paper.

In a heavy stockpot, melt butter on low heat, and add mini marshmallows. Stir in pumpkin puree, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.

Add rice cereal and stir.

Working quickly, press mixture into prepared pan.

Allow the treats to cool completely before cutting into squares and serving.

Makes 16

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 351, Calories from Fat: 80, Fat: 9 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 6 mg, Sodium: 282 mg, Carbohydrates: 66 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Product Talk: Sara Lee Breads

Sara Lee BreadsBack-to-school means packing a lot of sandwiches in school lunches. It’s difficult enough, sometimes, to keep up with a variety of delicious and healthy fillings without having to worry about also switching up the bread, but that’s where Sara Lee comes in.

My younger son will still pull the crust off of his sandwich, taking half the bread with it. However, he doesn’t do that to Sara Lee bread; he eats every last bite.

He loves the Sweet Hawaiian bread. My older son loves the Butter bread. They both love Honey Wheat and Soft and Smooth Made With Whole-Grain White bread.

We haven’t tried the Artesano yet, but it’s on the list next.

With 31 varieties, it’ll be easy for you to find something you feel good about packing in a school lunch.

Sara Lee has been baking since 1949, when a cheesecake recipe gave way to a baked goods empire. The company was named for the owner’s 8-year-old daughter. Sara Lee is now a philanthropist who supports the education and advancement of women and girls in science.

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Product Talk: DiGiorno Artisan Melts

DiGiorno Artisan MeltsAs summer gives way to the school year, I have to give thanks for one product that got us through the long summer days: DiGiorno Artisan Melts.

My boys LOVED these for lunch or for a snack after a day of swimming or playing outside, so I’ll definitely continue buying them as an after-school snack or weekend treat.

DiGiorno Artisan Melts, found in the frozen foods section of Brookshire’s near the garlic bread, are a flatbread crust topped with a variety of fresh toppings.

My kids like Pepperoni Speciale, but DiGiorno also offers Spicy Sausage Pomodoro, Chicken Bruschetta and Quattro Formaggi/Four Cheese.

They’re simple to make. Simply heat them in the microwave, toaster oven (our preferred method) or the conventional oven.

The perfect snack or meal, these are quick, tasty and easy to make, even for a teenage boy.

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Product Talk: Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds

Blue Diamond Smokehouse AlmondsAs soon as I opened the bag, I was overcome by the deep, smoky aroma of Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds.

Blue Diamond clearly doesn’t mess around with their naming conventions, as “Smokehouse” is exactly the right scent – and flavor – of this delicious snack.

Sold in a handy bag that you can easily reseal, Smokehouse Almonds are a great back-to-school snack for kids, or handy for adults who need a midday pick-me-up.

Since 1910, Blue Diamond Growers have produced quality almonds from orchards in California.

Almonds are cholesterol-free, have three grams of fiber per serving, are rich in vitamin E, and provide six grams of protein per serving with only two grams of net carbs.

Lightly salted, Smokehouse Almonds are the perfect snack for on the go, at home or any time.

Product Talk: Good Health Avocado Oil and Sea Salt Kettle Chips

Good Health Avocado Oil and Sea Salt Kettle ChipsSometimes when I walk down the snack food aisle, I see flavor combinations on a chip or pretzel that just shouldn’t happen.

Other times when I walk down the snack food aisle, I see something that makes me stop dead in my tracks and grab the bag.

That’s what I did with Good Health Avocado and Sea Salt Kettle Chips.

Someone in my house, I’m not naming names, turned up his nose. His brother, on the other hand, had the bag devoured in about 2.6 seconds.

These are so delicious. They’re kettle chips, so they have that super-duper crunch factor that separates a real chip from the weakling chips. It’s perfectly salted, satisfying that craving as well. The avocado flavor is interesting! It’s mild, yet striking, and balances the salty chip perfectly.

These chips are made with 100 percent avocado and dusted with sea salt. They have 30 percent less fat than regular potato chips, and they are low-sodium and gluten-free.

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