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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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Product Talk: Purafilter 2000


Purafilter 2000I had my air conditioner unit serviced recently, you know, because it’s 3,000 degrees in the shade in the South during the summer.

My condensation pump needed a good cleaning, but when the technician was rooting around for the source of the problem, he pulled out my filter.

“When was the last time you changed this?” he asked incredulously.

“Six weeks ago,” I defended myself. “It says it’s a 3-month filter!”

I was all self-righteous. After all, three months means three months, right?

Wrong.

Change your filter every month. Every single month, the technician told me, even if you think you’re buying fancy schmancy three-month filters. Those might work in Vermont, he said, but probably not in the Deep South.

Brookshire’s offers the Purafilter 2000, which I can pick up near the cleaning products and light bulbs since I’m there every week anyway.

The Purafilter 2000 reduces airborne allergens, such as dust and sand, pollen, pet dander and mold spores in your home. It’s made in the USA by the same folks who manufacture the Brita water filters and Arm & Hammer products.

Also, they’re priced reasonably to be able to replace them every month to keep your home healthy and clean.

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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!



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