Every Sunday after church, my family gets together for dinner. We fix a variety of food, but my all time favorite meal is baked chicken, greens, sweet potatoes and cornbread. Normally my mom fixes the meals, but I had the desire to cook a couple of weeks ago, so what did I cook? My favorite meal… When my mom cooks greens, she gets the fresh one from the produce department, where she has to clean them, cut them and cook them until they are tender. I wasn’t about to do all of that, so I made a trip to my nearby Brookshire’s, where I found Glory Greens. I poured the cans of preseasoned greens into a pot and let them cook for about 15-30 minutes and Viola, they were done and they were umm-umm good!! We invited some friends over, and my Greens were a hit. They could not believe how delicious they were… I chuckled and said Glory greens don’t need any help…
A catch phrase that is often floated when we talk about great tasting foods is ‘scratch made.’ This phrase is believed to have originated from the British, so say the folks at phrases.org. They go on to note that when ‘scratch’ is used in say, cooking – it means using ordinary ingredients that have not been pre-mixed or specially processed. Probably everyone loves talking about that special cake recipe that someone in their family made on special occasions that was, yes, made from scratch. The taste, texture and most importantly – the flavor, was something that didn’t taste – ‘store bought,’ (another widely used phrase).
Since we operate almost 150 bakeries – in grocery stores, we sell lots of ‘store bought’ cakes (and they’re really good!) However, we set about the task of offering a ‘scratch’ made cake that was also ‘all natural.’ (I talked about all-natural in my blog posting in May) We were fortunate enough to partner with a bakery in Oakland, California that makes their cakes will all-natural ingredients that are baked from ‘scratch’ – no mixes or bases, just ingredients!
The end result of our journey to offer some scratch-made cakes was four very flavorful varieties! We now have Chocolate, Lemon, Mocha, and my all-time absolute favorite – Carrot! As an aside, the Carrot Cake has an awesome cheese cream icing, tons of carrots, butter, walnuts and vanilla extract – making what is one – oh so good cake! The other flavors are off the charts as well, but in case I didn’t mention it – the carrot is incredible! I invite you to stop by one of our bakeries and try a scratch cake – from one of our stores, which by the way, are a fun place to shop.
Have you seen McCormick Perfect Pinches in the store? There are 18 different seasonings; from Caribbean Jerk Seasoning to a Vegetable Seasoning. Whatever cuisine you are cooking there is a seasoning for you. If you are worried about your sodium intake, McCormick is also offering 5 salt free varieties of the seasonings. You can add these seasoning to a meal and avoid extra salting at the table. There is a Parmesan Herb Seasoning that would be great on chicken or on toasted bread.
Have you had trouble getting your favorite over the counter meds lately? McNeil, a division of Johnson and Johnson has had some production issues and has recently voluntarily closed down their Plant in Pennsylvania.
Products such as Children’s Tylenol, Children’s Motrin, Children’s Benadryl, Adult Tylenol Cold, Adult Sinus, St. Josephs Aspirin Etc. will be virtually unavailable until sometime in 2011.
My advice to those that are looking for these products is to consider our Top Care label which actually has the same active ingredients that are found in the national brand at a substantial savings. If you have any questions feel free to consult one of our Pharmacists for expert advice.
Having a child is a very rewarding experience, but it does have its challenges, especially when they are 2. Recently my child was sick with a bad cough and had double ear infections. He hacked and hacked and none of the prescription drugs that the doctor had prescribed would work for the cough. After several restless nights and coughing all day and night, I finally sent my husband to the store to find something. He came back with Hyland’s Cough and Cold for kids.
My first thought was, why did he buy that, all the brand name stuff that people have used for years, and this?? A brand that I had not heard of, I was sure it would not work.. Desperate for relief, I started giving him this medicine. I noticed the cough getting fewer and fewer in between, the nights got better, and I was finding myself and my child sleeping more throughout the night. It worked!! So parents if you need some relief don’t be scared to try Hyland’s Cough & Cold.
We often hear of food products that are labeled or advertised as being ‘all natural.’ What exactly does ‘all natural’ mean? According to the folks at Tender-Living.com, ‘all natural’ refers to products that are “minimally processed and contain no artificial colors, flavorings, preservatives or sweeteners.” That was our goal when we went about the task of developing an all natural bread line for our bakery department. We wanted to offer our customers high quality bread, without all of the preservatives, which was loaded with flavor. To accomplish this task, we partnered with a bakery, which was founded in the Lombardia region of Italy in the early 1970’s. Although it took a little over a year to reach our goal, we finally got the job done! The end result is a family of breads and rolls that are – get this: all-natural, preservative-free, non-fat, trans fat-free, GMO-free and iron rich! Yep, that translates to some great tasting breads and rolls!
As we speak, we now offer a very flavorful, all-natural line of bakery breads under our Full Circle brand. To make it fun, we have a slew of varieties such as Multigrain, Rosemary, Rustic Italian and my favorite – Ciabatta (an Italian word meaning ‘carpet slipper’ – named because of its shape!) We also have baguettes, demi-bagettes and Ciabatta rolls to complement a wide range of meals.
I invite you to try our Full Circle bread and rolls and let us know what you think! We’re planning on expanding the line using other flavors, so please let us know what other varieties you would like to see!
Kale is dark green and full of anti-oxidants. Since it is a dark green leaf you know it is full of vitamin K. Kale is also high in calcium, iron, fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. When cooking with kale you must remember that it shrinks quite a bit, so make sure you do not underestimate the amount you may need.
Pineapple is one of my favorite fruit; you can get pineapple fresh, canned, in rings or in chunks. I love adding pineapple to turkey burgers or a chicken sandwich. Pineapple is great to cook with meats because it has bromelain, this enzyme helps tenderize the meat but you have to get fresh pineapple for this to work correctly. Pineapple is high in fiber, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
Oatmeal is a great breakfast choice while allowing your childs personality to come out. You can make a bowl of oatmeal in the morning and let your child experiment with flavors. They can add bananas, walnuts, raisins, apples or what ever they like. Your children can be little chefs by making their own oatmeal creations. Oatmeal is a great way to start off your day, it is low in cholesterol and saturated fat and it also has fiber.
Not only does oatmeal make a great breakfast but it is great in desserts too. You can make a crust with oatmeal as well as delicious oatmeal cookies.
Have you talked to your babies’ doctor about introducing solid foods? Applesauce is a great first food for your baby to try.
You can try to make it yourself with the recipe below or you can buy natural applesauce at the store.If you decide to get it from the store, read the label to make sure that it only contains apples.
Blueberry Apple Sauce
1/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup blueberries
1 tsp cinnamon (if infant is ready for it)
Wash apple, core it, peel it, and cut into small cubes. In a pot, place apples, oatmeal and water. After the apple is tender place in food processor with blueberries. If your infant is ready for cinnamon, you can add that too. Process the apple mixture until smooth. Make sure that you allow applesauce to cool before serving it to your infant.
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