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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Preserves

Brookshire’s PreservesThe end of summer is the perfect time to enjoy Brookshire’s Preserves.

Filled with chunks of fresh, ripe fruits and preserved at the peak of freshness, Brookshire’s preserves are full of sweet flavor.

Brookshire’s Preserves are made with fruit, sugar and a gelling agent. Locally, people often interchange the terms “jams” and “preserves,” although I tend to think of preserves as chunkier, filled with more whole pieces of fruit.

Brookshire’s offers a variety of preserves, including raspberry, apricot and strawberry. Use them on a sandwich, as a spread for crackers, in the filling of a cupcake or in a baked fruit dessert. You can even melt them down and use as a barbecue sauce or include in a barbecue sauce recipe. Found by the jellies, Brookshire’s preserves are simply delicious.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Food Storage Containers

Brookshire’s Food Storage ContainersYesterday, I cleaned out my container cabinet. You know, the one just to the right of the sink, on the bottom, in the corner, with loads of space and easy access to the food storage containers stored there?

Yeah. Right.

Things had hit critical mass in my house.

The cabinet doors were only held closed by the firm bump of a hip and the push of a knee. When we did venture to open them, an avalanche of containers came tumbling out. I decided it was time to put an end to the chaos.

I dutifully removed all containers from the cabinet, sorted them by size, and then matched them to their lids. Well, I matched some of them to their lids. After that, there was a pile of random food storage container bottoms with an even larger pile of plastic lids that did not match anything in my house.

In addition, most of the storage containers were not a practical size anyway!

Torn by my desire to be frugal and my desire not to have a cabinet that exploded every time I opened it, I culled the pieces that didn’t have matches, and I found uses for some of them in other places, like outside in the garage to hold gardening gloves, hooks and nails, or in the “craft closet” to hold yarn, paints and tubes of glitter.

The others, well, they just went into the trash.

Then, it was off to Brookshire’s for new sets of clean, matching food storage containers. The quart-sized are my favorite; that seems to be the size we need most.

Brookshire’s Food Storage Containers are stackable (or, if you’re like me, you can just put the lid right back on them so it doesn’t get lost. It doesn’t store as efficiently, but at least the lid hasn’t gone rogue to the pantry somewhere). They are dishwasher-safe (yay!), and they keep leftovers fresh for days on end.

They’re priced exactly right for replacing the hodgepodge of mess under your cabinets, while still being frugal.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Single-Serve Coffee Pods

Brookshire’s Single-Serve Coffee PodsDoes this ever happen to you?

You make a pot of coffee and sip on a cup or two, but then you just want ONE more?

It’s a hassle to make a pot of coffee for only one cup, but if you have a single-serve coffee maker, Brookshire’s Single-Serve Coffee Pods come to the rescue!

There are plenty of times I only want one cup of coffee, not six or 10.

The Single-Serve Coffee Pods work in any single-serve coffee maker. They have patented valve technology and a unique dual filter system to give you a fresh cup with fabulous flavor every time.

Locally roasted in Tyler, Texas, the home of Brookshire’s, these single-serve coffee pods are perfect for your home, your office or for making a cup to-go.

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Product Talk: Emeril Chocolate Mousse or Crème Brulee

Emeril Chocolate Mousse or Crème BruleeI was whizzing through Brookshire’s this morning because I needed coffee. It was a coffee emergency. I practically jogged up the baking aisle because it was empty. Everyone was congregating near the milk, juice and bacon. Apparently, it was too early for a baking emergency to draw a crowd to the flour and sugar aisle.

So, I made it up the aisle post-haste, knowing my coffee was on the endcap of the next row over.

Suddenly, I stopped in my tracks. Seriously, y’all. It was like in the cartoons where Road Runner stops so suddenly that smoke billows out of his heels.

There, at the end of the baking aisle (before I made it to the coffee, mind you) were two packages of Emeril’s Dessert Mixes. Chocolate mousse and crème brulee mocked me from the shelf.

BAM! Buy me! They practically screamed.

So, I did.

Emeril was my first, favorite celebrity chef. I used to watch him at 5pm, surely on reruns on some channel that I can’t recall. I’d get inspired to cook dinner and shout “BAM!” frequently to the delight of my baby, who would erupt in bales of belly giggles whenever I did.

Since I’ve never been to Commander’s Palace (it’s on my bucket list), I figured I’d bring a little bit of the iconic New Orleans restaurant to my house.

These mixes are easy to use and embody the essence of Emeril (no, not his spice mixture, but his soul). They prep quickly and set up in the refrigerator almost like an instant pudding.

Guess what I had for breakfast with my coffee? I can neither confirm nor deny that it was chocolate mousse.

Next time you need a dessert to impress or just want a sweet treat, these Emeril products do not disappoint.

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Product Talk: Richmond Farms Mozzarella Sticks

Richmond Farms Mozzarella SticksMy kids are mozzarella sticks monsters. Seriously, if we go out to eat, they BEG, CRY, PLEAD and CAJOLE for mozzarella sticks.

Then, once that plate hits the table, they divide the sticks with lightning speed, setting the dipping ramekin of marinara sauce down in between them, and they inhale them. The mozzarella sticks are gone before they even cool down enough to eat.

Richmond Farms makes mozzarella sticks that the boys can inhale at home. Made with 100 percent real mozzarella cheese, these appetizers, snacks or even a small meal are breaded and then frozen. They are good sources of calcium and protein, and they come in two sizes: 10 ounces for normal kids and 52 ounces for my kids.

You can heat them in the oven, toaster oven, microwave or a home deep-fryer. We usually use the toaster oven. My boyfriend deep-fries them.

Any way you heat them, mozzarella sticks are a fun snack that kids – and adults – can enjoy.

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Product Talk: Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Barrel Smoking Chips

Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Barrel Smoking ChipsHappy Fourth of July!

Cooking out on the Fourth is about as American as the stars and stripes, and this is one of my newest favorite products for the most delicious smoked meats you’ll have ever tasted.

Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Barrel Smoking Chips are made from 100-percent Jack Daniel’s oak-aging barrels. When you open the bag, you’ll get a whiff of whiskey aged to perfection, the same scent that will permeate your meats as you smoke them.

Established in 1866, the quality flavors that set Jack Daniel’s apart are also present in the wood from their aging barrels. You’ll get rich, smoky flavor permeating your meats, a touch of sweetness, a touch of spice and a depth of flavor that you probably haven’t experienced with other smoking woods.

The chips are easy to use. Soak them for at least 30 minutes before building your smoker, so they won’t flame up and will produce a steady smoke. I like to use the soaking water in the drip/steam pan on the smoker. If your smoker doesn’t have one, you can put the water from the soaked chips into a metal bowl, and set it inside the smoker for even more flavor.

Happy Fourth and happy smoking!

Product Talk: Brookshire’s Ice Cream Color Cups

Brookshire’s Ice Cream Color CupsOne of my favorite things as a child was when we’d have ice cream cones for our cold, tasty treats. I don’t know why I thought ice cream tasted so much better in a cone, but it just does. It tastes even better in a cone that’s a fun color, like Brookshire’s Ice Cream Color Cups.

Now, I know there’s a debate over whether an ice cream “cup” is supposed to be called a cone, but if you can hold it in your hand and eat it, I call it a cone, even if it’s not pointed at one end.

These ice cream cups are just FUN. I saw them in the freezer at Brookshire’s packed in with the ice cream not too long ago, and my son, who was with me, practically demanded we buy them. Fine with me!

Now, he claims that he can taste flavors among the green, pink and brown cones. I’m not so sure about that, but they do make a festive presentation for your ice cream.

These cups add fun and flair to family gatherings, cookouts, parties, pool time or just dessert after dinner on a hot summer night.

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Product Talk: Mr. Bar-B-Q Grill Products

Mr. Bar-B-Q Grill ProductsThere is something in Brookshire’s right this very second that I’m coveting.

I almost bought it yesterday.

Then, when I went back today, I almost bought it again.

Now don’t get me wrong; it’s so reasonably priced, even dirt-cheap for the value. However, sometimes I feel like there’s kids to be fed and starving children in the world, and I don’t NEED to buy anything for myself, even if the something is the most adorable, personal-sized grill wok you’ve ever seen.

The steel basket is the perfect size to make an individual serving of veggies, fish, shrimp or almost anything you don’t want sticking to the grill. I have a HUGE version of this, which holds enough for a family of 12, but I don’t always want to use it. It’s huge!

In fact, Brookshire’s is carrying a whole line of Mr. Bar-B-Q grill products right now. Hanging on the same endcap as the wok (did I mention it’s adorable?) are tongs, spatulas, a special pan for grilled chicken legs and wings, another pan for burgers, an apparatus to make “beer can” chicken without the beer can, and so many more fun things.

They are bargain-priced, people; I’m telling you.

I think I just talked myself into it.

I’ll be right back.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Homestyle Waffles

Brookshire’s Homestyle WafflesWho says waffles have to be for breakfast?

We don’t. Not in our house.

Inspired by another popular frozen treat, we decided to embark on a homemade frozen waffle dessert project.

We started with Brookshire’s Frozen Homestyle Waffles.

We defrosted them.

Then, we gently folded them in half and placed a scoop of ice cream (we used Cookies and Cream) inside the fold. We topped with hot fudge sauce, a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, a dollop of whipped cream and some cherries. Next, we wrapped each waffle in waxed paper and placed back in the freezer until we wanted a cold, tasty treat.

When ready to eat, you just pop it out, unwrap it and enjoy!

You can even dip the waffles in chocolate syrup before filling with ice cream. The syrup will freeze and give the waffles a delicious coating.

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Product Talk: Texas Chili Company Beef Chili

Texas Chili Company Beef ChiliYou know those days when the hours escape you and, before you know it, it’s time to fix dinner?

Today was one of those days.

I didn’t set my alarm because I almost never need to; I wake up on my own. I set my alarm on work days, as insurance. However, on this particular weekend day, I’d knew I’d be up with the roosters anyway, so I didn’t bother. The joke was on me.

At a horrifying hour, with practically three-quarters of the day behind me, I slowly opened my eyes and rolled over to punch the home button on my phone to see the time.

8:45!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT?

What had happened? Where were my children? Were they still breathing?

In order of questions asked: I needed sleep. In bed, sleeping soundly. Yes, punctuated by teenage boy snores.

I had planned to knock out a bunch of work. I had planned to cook a big breakfast. I had planned to repaint the kitchen (Goodbye, “Butter;” hello, “Intense Teal.”)

Well, you know what they say about best-laid plans.

I got all of those things accomplished, just not necessarily in the timeframe I’d originally wanted.

In addition, dinner snuck up on us right about the time I was scrubbing Intense Teal off my paint rollers.

We had to make a quick run to Brookshire’s. We came home with hot dogs, sausages, cheese, onions and Texas Chili Company Beef Chili.

This chili comes in a box, not in a can, and it tastes like the next best thing to coming out of a pot on my own stovetop. The chili is sealed in a bag, which you boil to heat up and serve from a bowl with no waste in the bag itself. I hate waste.

Texas Chili Company, out of Fort Worth, “began doing business in December 1952, making ‘brick’ chili from an old recipe. Chili was prepared and filled into rectangular, brick-shaped pans and frozen, thus the name brick chili. Although the packaging has changed, we still produce our Famous Beef Chili and market it throughout Texas and the Southwest,” the website says.

The old-fashioned chili has a deep, rich flavor and big chunks of meat.

This was fast and easy to prepare, and it tasted homemade. I’ll buy it again, even when I’m not in a hurry.

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