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Product Talk: Sweet Potato


Baked sweet potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. Looking at a sweet potato you can see the bright orange color indicating that it is a good source of vitamin A; one cup of cooked sweet potato actually has 769% of your daily value of vitamin A. One cup of cooked sweet potato also has 65% of the daily value of vitamin C, 50% of the daily value of manganese, 29% of the daily value of vitamin B6 and 27% of the daily value of vitamin K. 

I love everything with pumpkins, like pumpkin spice cookies, but pumpkin is hard to find outside the months of October and November. One trick I found this year is that you can substitute sweet potatoes for pumpkin. Next time you find a delicious pumpkin recipe but you can not find pumpkin, just cook a sweet potato and add the amount of sweet potatoes it says for pumpkin. 



Product Talk: Brookshire’s Best Honey Crisp Apple Pie!


We are very excited about the launch of our new Brookshire’s Best Honey Crisp Apple Pie!  This is a brand new pie for us this year and is ever so good!  The Honey Crisp apple harkens from an apple breeding program at the University of Minnesota according to the web site: www.honeycrisp.org.  The site notes that the “Honeycrisp was produced from a 1960 cross of Macoun and Honeygold,” which resulted in a “hardy cultivar with high fruit quality.”  This particular apple has a limited harvest season, which runs from about mid-September to mid-October in the “east central Minnesota area.”  What make these apples so enjoyable are their basic tenants, that being exceptionally crisp and juicy. 

For the holiday season, we will be offering this newly developed pie just in time for Thanksgiving.  It has a high percent of apples and just a little bit of slurry that combines for an absolutely sensational pie.  Please let us know what you think of our ‘best’ pie at askbrooke@brookshires.com.

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Product Talk: Pomegranates


In the last few years, pomegranates have become increasingly popular with all the new information about their health benefits. One of the most talked about health benefit of pomegranates is their high content of antioxidants.  Pomegranates are good source of fiber and folate and are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. The NuVal score of a pomegranate is a 91. 

If you have never eaten a pomegranate before, they may look kind of scary when you first open them. Place the pomegranate in a bowl of water and remove the arils (pomegranate’s seeds) from the flesh of the pomegranate. Then place the arils in a bowl and enjoy! Be careful when eating the seeds because they can stain your clothing. Pomegranates are delicious to eat raw or add them to a salad. 



Product Talk: Spaghetti Squash


There are many different kinds of winter squash but one of my favorites is spaghetti squash. I personally like spaghetti squash very simple with just a little bit of butter. Most people eat spaghetti squash like they were eating actually spaghetti with a little tomato sauce. Spaghetti squash makes a very simple meal, but if you bake it, it is not a quick meal.

If you have time to cook it, all you have to do is slice the squash, remove the seeds, place the squash in a baking dish with water, and bake for 1 hour or until tender. With a fork rake out the flesh of the squash and it should resemble spaghetti and then top it off with your favorite tomato sauce. Spaghetti squash is low in fat and cholesterol while being a good source of fiber and vitamin C.



Product Talk: Rudi’s Gluten Free bread


Have you tried our new Gluten-Free breads?  We recently launched a new line of Rudi’s Gluten-Free breads in our bakeries, which we believe rival or surpass any others on the market!  You no doubt recognize the name – Rudi’s – from Organic fame.  They opted to get into the Gluten-Free business and from what we’ve seen in the market place, their Gluten- Free line is second to none! 

Speaking of Gluten-Free, we now offer a Gluten-Free Cheesecake in a single serve format.  It is found in our bakery freezer case and is made by the folks at Chuckanut Bay in Washington State. 

Since we’re talking about interesting offerings such as gluten-free, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the excellent Organic breads that we carry from Rudi’s.  This is one of the best brands in the Organic marketplace and we carry eight (8) different varieties of breads as well as Rudi’s Organic Hamburger buns.  Interestingly enough, Organic products have held their own despite the difficult economic environment.  Baking Management Magazine (April 1, 2010) notes that, “Surprisingly, organic products continue to be a draw for consumers, despite the lingering effects of the recession. Sales of organic and all-natural products are expected to grow 20 percent during the next two years, according to market research firm Mintel.” 

We encourage you to try our Organic and Gluten-Free offerings that are found in our bakeries.  Please let us know what you think of them by emailing: askbrooke@brookshires.com

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Product Talk: Pumpkins


Pumpkins make fantastic decorations for the fall. You can carve them for Halloween to make unique or traditional jack-o-lanterns or set them out until Thanksgiving for traditional decorations. If you plan on carving pumpkins, carve the pumpkin right before Halloween or your pumpkin will rot too quickly.  When carving the pumpkin, save the seeds and bake them for a fall treat. You can make a variety of different flavors of seeds. Using cumin and cayenne pepper would make a Tex-Mex seed while using garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese to make Italian seeds. 

Oven-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: 

While carving the pumpkin, put seeds into a bowl. Wash seeds and remove any pulp. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Place seeds onto a baking sheet. In a microwave bowl, melt butter and pour over seeds. Sprinkle your favorite seasonings over seeds. Bake seeds for 10 -15 minutes or until brown; stirring occasionally.



Product Talk: Kale


You often see kale used as a garnish on restaurant plates and salad bars, but really, it’s a healthy green member of the cabbage family. It’s full of vitamin C, calcium, antioxidants and other healthy nutrition.

So give kale a try: at the store, choose heads with small leaves—the smaller ones are more tender. Check the stems and look for ones that are moist and plump. At home, wrap in a damp paper towel and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To cook, sauté it in a teaspoon or two of olive oil, or stir into soups a few minutes before the end of cooking.



Product Talk: Fresh Baked Yeasty Rolls


With cool weather hopefully on the way – we’ve introduced a new product for the fall season – Fresh Baked Yeasty Rolls!  These rolls are fresh-baked in our stores and taste and smell oh, so good!  Most would agree that there is nothing quite as tempting as the fresh-baked rolls that mom used to make.  We bake these rolls fresh in our ovens and offer them in two sizes:  nine count – or in an eighteen count value pack. 

Regardless of which package size you opt for, these rolls will be a welcome treat for school lunch boxes, evening meals and certainly for the upcoming holiday season.  The nine-count roll comes in a bakeable tray, which lends itself to being warmed up in the micro-wave just before serving them. 

As these rolls become more popular we will be adding some additional varieties to make it fun.  We would appreciate hearing from you as to what varieties you would like to see us offer.  Just select AskBrooke on our website and send her an email.  She will relay that to us here in the bakery department.

Let’s enjoy some fresh-baked yeasty rolls this fall!



Product Talk: Quinoa


When going through the grain section of the grocery store, you may see a seed like grain; that is quinoa. Quinoa comes in three different colors, light yellow, red and black.

Quinoa is a quick cooking grain and only takes 15 minutes to cook. One cup of cooked quinoa has 222 calories, 4 grams of fat, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein. One of quinoa’s benefits is that it has a higher amount of protein and fiber compared to most grains, which makes it excellent for vegetarians.



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!



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