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Product Talk: As Good As Fresh!


Wintertime isn’t the greatest time to find fresh fruit at its peak of ripeness. If you find yourself craving peaches and blueberries in January, take a look in the frozen foods department. There you’ll find just about any fruit that tickles your fancy!

You can choose from single fruits or bags of fruit blends—ready to thaw and serve, and if you have leftovers? Toss them in the blender with a cup of yogurt and make fruit smoothies! You can’t lose when it comes to fruit!



Product Talk: Marinara Sauce


Oh, sure, you could just call it spaghetti sauce, but marinara sauce is a particular type of tomato/pasta sauce. It contains no meat, and often has chunky vegetables (onion, celery, tomato) in the sauce and is seasoned with oregano.. For many pasta lovers, marinara is a pure sauce—the best.

Brookshire’s sells plenty of marinara and other pasta/tomato sauces. Besides a hot plate of macaroni, though, how can you use it? Here are a few ideas: 

  • It’s a great dipping sauce for bread, veggies, meat and other foods. Serve warm.
  • Spread it on a roll when serving hoagies or meatball sandwiches.
  • Substitute for ketchup when making burgers. It’s also a great pizza sauce!
  • Stir a bit into sautéed vegetables, like green beans or corn.


Product Talk: Children’s Yogurt


In the constant quest to persuade kids to eat a healthy breakfast (or enjoy a healthy snack) parents and caregivers everywhere seek a food that has a slam-dunk appeal to children. But just like adults, kids tend to want the foods that aren’t healthy for them! What’s a parent to do? I suggest steering your grocery buggy down towards the dairy aisle. 

Check out the yogurt offerings! If your children are easy-going, you can pick up garden-variety yogurt—go for the low-fat or fat-free varieties. If you need to kick up the appeal a bit, look at the yogurts that have fun toppings, from sprinkles to granola. But if your kids are the ones who turn up their noses at most things, you may have to resort to K.A.—that’s Kid Appeal. 

Many products are designed with K.A. just so they can entice children to try them. When we’re talking about yogurt, the ones with K.A. have cartoon characters on the packaging or offer some type of value-added aspect: a tube to squeeze or maybe even the ability to freeze them to make them seem even more like ice cream. 

So what’s the big deal with yogurt? It provides calcium, protein, moderate calories, fruit and vitamins. It’s a good snack. And because it will remind many of us of ice cream, we can exploit that aspect. Serve it with sliced fruit for a healthy banana split. Layer various flavors in dessert glasses. And when you’re ready to drive to school, it makes the perfect breakfast on the go!



Product Talk: Electrolytes for Sick Babies


If you’re a parent, you know what electrolytes are. They are the magical substances that help your baby get over an illness. Specifically, your baby needs electrolytes when he’s dehydrated—and that often accompanies a fever. 

The most common brand name for electrolytes is Pedialyte. It’s a liquid that helps restore the amino acids, electrolytes and nutrients quickly. When babies go a day or so without eating or drinking much, they rapidly become dehydrated, and electrolytes help restore the crucial balances. 

Getting your baby or toddler to drink his electrolytes used to be a real chore—it’s a type of medicine, after all! But recent advances have brought fruit-flavored electrolytes and also frozen fruit pop electrolytes! Now babies don’t balk as much when faced with electrolytes—because they’re yummy! 

Brookshire’s health care line, TopCare, has its own line of electrolytes, in the fruity and frozen varieties, as well as the standard liquid. Because it’s TopCare, it’s at a lower price and is guaranteed to be equal in quality to the national brands.

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Product Talk: New Name, Same Product


What’s your favorite brand of stain remover? Many people might say Spray ‘N Wash. If you’re one of those people, you need to pay attention. Spray ‘N Wash will cease to exist shortly. Well, kind of. What’s really happening is that Spray ‘N Wash is changing its name to Resolve. Yup, Resolve: the carpet stain removal folks. 

I’m sure it all has to do with corporate mergers and the like, but the bottom line for us shoppers is that knowing what to look for will help us find what we want. So if you’re a Spray ‘N Wash fan, keep in mind that you now need to look for Resolve. 

Go to the Spray ‘N Wash/Resolve web site for more information, plus some money-saving coupons.

http://www.powerofresolve.com/index2.php

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Product Talk: Panko


We’re becoming such an international culture. We think nothing of eating Mexican, Italian, Asian or Thai foods. As the international scene becomes more commonplace, we find that many ‘foreign’ foods are downright delicious! Tortillas are very mainstream, for instance.

Have you ever tried panko? It’s a Japanese type of bread crumbs. The only real difference is that they’re extra toasty, so whatever you coat in breadcrumbs will come out extra crunchy. Pretty nice, huh?

You’ll find panko bread crumbs in the baking goods aisle, right by regular and seasoned bread crumbs. Give them a try sometime and see if you aren’t impressed!

Where to start? How about pork chops? Dip them in panko crumbs before cooking and prepare to be amazed!

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Product Talk: Puff Pastry


What’s light as a feather, crispy as a cracker and oh-so-impressive to serve? The answer: Anything made with puff pastry! Puff pastry is a simple idea: layers of very-thinly rolled dough, layered with butter. As it bakes, the layers puff and the result is amazing. Making puff pastry from scratch is no easy task, but lucky for us, puff pastry is available at your local Brookshire’s. Look in the freezer case, near the Cool Whip and frozen fruit.

Have you ever had croissants? That’s puff pastry—all those wonderfully crisp and buttery layers. But did you know it’s as simple to make as rolling out pop-n-fresh dinner rolls? Seriously! And when something is simple, impressive and delicious, it’s the perfect choice for a kids-can-help food.

Thaw the dough in the fridge overnight, or on the countertop for 30 minutes. Unfold, roll out just a bit and then go to town. Add a filling and roll up, or cut into shapes and place yummy ingredients (sweet or savory) on top. Bake 20 minutes and you’re ready!

So what can you make with puff pastry? Pop bits of dough into muffin tins, and fill with taco meat for Mexi-puffs. Rollup ground beef, bacon and cheddar, and slice into rounds. Bake and call them Bacon Chedder Rounds. Bake squares of pastry and then top with cream cheese and smoked salmon…or ham and cheese. Wrap a thin strip of puff pastry around a stalk of asparagus and bake….the possibilities are limited only by your creativity. Kids can fill their dough with pizza toppings, sloppy joes and anything else they like.

I like to use puff pastry in place of pie crust when making chicken pot pies. Yummy, crispy golden goodness! Or make a puff pastry pizza…….or cut into small squares and enclose chocolate kisses in each. See what I mean? It’s awesome stuff! At Valentine’s Day, you can cut out heart-shaped pieces, bake and then layer with ice cream and canned cherry pie filling.

Okay, I’ll stop. The rest is up to you, though. Go to www.puffpastry.com for lots more ideas!



Product Talk: Granola Bars


It’s just a general term. Granola bars often don’t really contain granola. They may be cereal, fruit and pasty or even a meal replacement, but we lump them all into the category of granola bars.

Because there are so many different types of bars in this category, it’s hard to compare them and come up with the best ones for your family.

You can start, though, by determining what you want this bar to do for you. Do you want it to replace a meal or just help you make it from midday till lunch? Is it more like a dessert, or more like a high-protein snack? Once you determine what you need, it’s easier to determine which products to buy.

If you’re after a healthy, all-purpose snack bar, look at the nutrition facts panel on the package. If it has less than 6 grams of sugar and more than 3 grams of fiber, it’s a pretty healthy choice. If you’re looking for a high-protein meal replacement, go for something that offers 10 or more grams of protein. And for a sweet treat or dessert? You’ve got a lot of leeway on that one. Go with whatever suits your fancy!

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Product Talk: Disinfectant Wipes


Nobody needs to remind you that it’s cold and flu season. And most definitely, nobody needs to remind you that the H1N1 virus (formerly known as swine flu) is causing a panic around the world.

Whether or not you’ve had a flu shot, everyone’s awareness about germs has been raised this year. I keep a pump bottle of hand sanitizer on my desk, and lots of people pop in and use it. Here’s another way you can keep germs at bay: disinfectant wipes. They come in pop-up containers and individually wrapped packets.

The whole point is to clear away germs in a way that hand sanitizer and spray can’t. Disposable wipes have direct contact with surfaces and can give you peace of mind when you’re around germ-y areas: public waiting rooms, hotels, rest rooms and all around the house.

Because they’re portable, you can keep one with you at all times—because you never know when a contagious person may have been one step ahead of you.

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Product Talk: Achoo! Facial Tissues


If there’s one product to stock up on this time of year, it might be facial tissues. Cold and flu season brings runny and stuffy noses, coughs and sneezes. And the best way to fight them is with tissues.

Children can have a tough time learning the art of blowing their noses. Think about it: could you write down the steps, one at a time for successfully carrying out the mission? It’s a lot more complicated than you might think.

Blowing your nose isn’t the same as dabbing. When you blow, you really shouldn’t blow hard out of both nostrils at once. That can actually send bacteria into nasal passages. Instead, close one nostril by pressing a finger against one side of your nose; then blow gently out the open nostril.

Tissue etiquette says you should throw tissues away after use, and follow that with a thorough hand-washing (or application of antibacterial gel). Etiquette also says you should turn away from a group of people and try not to blow your nose at the dinner table.

Next time you’re shopping, pick up a few extra boxes of tissue. Chances are, if the cold or flu strikes, you won’t want to hurry out and shop for supplies. Stock up now—better safe than sorry!

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