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Product Talk: Borden’s Grilled Cheese Melts

Borden’s Grilled Cheese MeltsGrilled cheese isn’t only a comfort food; it’s a delicacy.

Yes, really.

There’s at least one restaurant in Austin, Texas, dedicated to nothing but grilled cheese. I hear they start at $15.

You can make a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich much more cost-effectively in your own home.

It starts with Borden’s Grilled Cheese Melts, individually wrapped slices of cheese specially formulated to melt blissfully into the buttery, bready goodness of your sandwich.

Borden’s Grilled Cheese Melts are an American cheese food product designed to dissolve into melted goodness in your sandwich.

My little guy was sick last week, and he wanted grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch. So when I ran to Brookshire’s after dropping his big brother off at school, I grabbed a package of these slices, knowing it would make lunchtime easier.

The slices were delicious, melting beautifully while maintaining tons of flavor, but we didn’t stop at your basic grilled cheese.

You see, a friend of mine had posted a recipe on social media for a grilled sandwich crusted in parmesan cheese. I had to try it!

Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Cheese

4 slices whole-wheat bread
2 Tbs butter, softened
4 slices Borden’s Grilled Cheese Melts
4 Tbs parmesan cheese, grated

Place 2 slices of Borden’s Grilled Cheese Melts between 2 slices of whole-wheat bread, adding whatever extras you desire (bacon, avocado, tomatoes, etc…). Press sandwich together firmly, but be careful not to “smush” it. Butter each side of the bread. Press buttered bread into grated parmesan, dividing evenly across the entirety of the bread. Heat griddle to medium. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place bread onto griddle; cook until bread and cheese are golden-brown and filling is beginning to melt, about 4 minutes. Flip; grill until bread and cheese are crispy and golden-brown, about another 4 minutes. Slide onto plate and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 553, Calories from Fat: 351, Fat: 39 g (24 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 111 mg, Sodium: 1251 mg, Potassium: 146 mg, Carbohydrates: 26 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 25 g

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Product Talk: Simply Limeade

Simply LimeadeI don’t know how I’ve made it fortysomething years without having tasted a limeade, but I hadn’t had one.

All that changed today.

We slept in, as it was a Sunday, then decided to make breakfast. My sons wanted biscuits. I didn’t have any regular flour, so this was going to require a run to Brookshire’s. I threw on a sweatshirt (didn’t even wash my face) and ran down the street to the closest store.

When I got there, I realized I was running out of time, and if we wanted breakfast before church, I was going to have to go with refrigerated biscuits from the can. I was zooming over to the refrigerated section when I passed the refrigerated drinks.

There, I saw it: limeade.

Limeade from Simply is with the refrigerated teas, orange juices and lemonades in your neighborhood Brookshire’s.

I glanced at it but kept going, my mind on the biscuits and the biscuits on my mind.

I thought about limeade all morning.

As the biscuits were baking, I thought, “Wouldn’t a tall glass of icy limeade taste good right about now?”

I thought about limeade in church and while I was doing chores around the house. I thought about limeade obsessively.

When it was time to get lunch together, I couldn’t resist any longer. Under the guise of “forgetting” that I hadn’t bought chips to go along with the sausages we were grilling, a trip back to Brookshire’s became a necessity.

I left with not only limeade but raspberry lemonade by Simply as well.

Simply Limeade has the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. It’s made with real lime juice, not concentrate, and it tastes fresh, crisp and delicious. It’s oh-so-refreshing.

Simply also makes Orange Juice, Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Pink Lemonade, Blueberry Lemonade, Orange Juice with Mango, and a whole other host of fruity beverages.

Check them out today.

Product Talk: Nature Valley Nut Crisp Bars

Nature Valley Nut Crisp BarsI ran into Brookshire’s on my way to work this morning to get a few items. I was out of town all weekend and didn’t have the chance to do my big, weekly grocery shopping on Saturday.

I needed something for breakfast, and I was out of snacks at my office.

I try to choose fruits or vegetables for snacks, but let’s face it: sometimes during the work day, you just need something quick and shelf stable!

These Nature Valley Nut Crisp Bars hit the spot.

I got the Almond Dark Chocolate flavor (two of my favorite things). New from Nature Valley, these bars are deliciously crispy, and full of nuts and seeds. They have two grams of dietary fiber and three grams of protein for 130 calories. The bars include almond pieces, roasted peanuts, roasted sunflower seeds, flax seed and barley.

They are the perfect mid-afternoon snack to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner.

Product Talk: Goldenbrook Farms Greek Frozen Yogurt

Goldenbrook Farms Greek Frozen YogurtI made a mistake recently, but it was one of those things Chef Emeril Lagasse calls a “happy mistake.”

In a rush on the way to a potluck, I ran into Brookshire’s for a carton of ice cream to go on top of the blackberry cobbler I was serving. In my haste, I grabbed the wrong carton.

When I got to the host’s home and was serving my dessert, I pulled the carton from her freezer to discover it was not vanilla bean ice cream as I thought, but Goldenbrook Farms Honey Vanilla Greek Frozen Yogurt instead.

“It’ll do,” I thought to myself.

What an understatement! The tart but rich, sweet flavor of the honey vanilla frozen yogurt complemented the blackberries perfectly. As the melting frozen yogurt flowed into the blackberry syrup, it was a marriage made in heaven.

I’ve since gone back to Brookshire’s, paying attention this time, to see what other flavors of the frozen Greek yogurt were in stock. They also have Black Cherry Chocolate and Blueberry. My goal this summer is to try all of them.

Product Talk: Quaker Instant Grits

Quaker Instant GritsI’m enjoying a new phase in life, one where I don’t have to eat breakfast in my car during an hour-long commute.

However, that doesn’t mean I don’t want a quick, easy breakfast. Mornings still involve wrangling two boys into school clothes, making sure they’re brushed, washed and fed, packing their lunches and backpacks, and getting out the door in time for morning tutorials and study halls.

Now, I love grits. They’ve been a recently-acquired taste within the past few years or so. I love making them homemade on the weekends for breakfast with a dash of hot sauce and black pepper, or with shrimp and tomatoes for dinner.

I recently saw individual serving sizes of instant Quaker grits at Brookshire’s, and I decided to try them. You can either add boiling water to the handy (ie, no dishes required) to-go container, or add water and microwave. I prefer the first method.

They are so delicious that you’d never be able to tell they are “instant,” but instant, they are. I can have breakfast ready in two minutes. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Product Talk: Smithfield Country Ham Center Slices

I had no idea what this product was when my boyfriend brought it to my house not too long ago.

However, it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s slivers of ham cut from the center and end of a larger roast.

These would be perfect to pan-fry for breakfast along with eggs and biscuits, or slice and wrap around asparagus spears and grill. They’d also be good in biscuits or in a hearty sandwich.

We did something a little different with it. Paul cleaned and snapped about a pound of fresh green beans. He sprayed a piece of heavy-duty foil with nonstick cooking spray and put the beans on top. He then sliced a piece of the ham into chunks and mixed that into the beans with a little black pepper, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and a few tablespoons of water. He closed the foil, making a tight packet, and he grilled it on high heat for several minutes until the beans were steamed, tender and perfectly flavored with the ham.


Product Talk: Swanson Chicken Stock

Of course, you can make soup with chicken stock, but it’s also really good in rice!

I’d always searched for a Spanish rice recipe that was like the kind you get when you eat in a Mexican restaurant, but hadn’t had any luck, until now.

The chicken stock adds a rich flavor to this rice but so does toasting the rice before adding the stock. You start this rice almost like you would a risotto, but the cooking method is different. It still produces a flavorful, rich finished product with a nutty taste and full flavor.

The chicken stock permeates the rice and gives it a great taste.

Spanish Rice

3 Tbs butter
1 lb long-grain rice
1/3 cup onions, finely chopped
32 oz Swanson Chicken Stock
1/2 cup picante sauce

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add raw rice and stir to coat. Cook, stirring constantly, until rice begins to toast. Add onions. Stir frequently until onions become translucent. Add chicken stock and picante sauce. Cover pan and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and leave pan on the burner for 18 minutes. Do not open the lid.

Remove from burner, fluff rice and let rest. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 260, Calories from Fat: 43, Fat: 5 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 11 mg, Sodium: 344 mg, Potassium: 73 mg, Carbohydrates: 47 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 6 g

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Product Talk: Ultra Thin Crust Pizza

Brookshire's Ultra Thin Crust PizzaIt happens about once a month.

I get an intense craving for Brookshire’s Ultra Thin Crust Pizza. I could eat the whole thing by myself. (I don’t, but I could.)

The ultra thin crust pizzas, found with the frozen pizzas in the store, are my absolute favorite. They cook quickly in about 9 minutes (which is faster than going through the drive-thru at most local eateries), and they are so delicious that you’d think your oven had just transformed into a wood-fired, outdoor hearth in the heart of Rome.

The ultra thin crust is like a crispy cracker, but it’s still firm enough to support a savory tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and lots of pepperoni (both chunks and slices).

I gave into my craving last night, and it was so worth it!

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Product Talk: Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese Singles

Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese SinglesMy 11-year-old is on this mac and cheese kick that can’t be stopped. He wants it for his snack every day after school. Every. Single. Day.

That’s fine. Mac and cheese and a piece of fruit tide him over until dinner.

I was making big batches of mac and cheese on the weekends and letting him heat up a serving in the afternoon, but then I saw individual serving containers at Brookshire’s. They are the perfect amount for a hungry guy in the afternoon, and best of all, he can make them himself in the microwave.

All he does is open the container, fill it with water to the marked line, microwave, and then stir in the pouch of cheese sauce. He loves being able to do it himself, and he loves the creamy, cheesy flavor of Velveeta.

It reminds me of my college days when my best friend, Kathy, and I used to make Velveeta Shells and Cheese in our hot pot in our dorm room every Tuesday because our class schedule kept us from making it to the dining hall for lunch.

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Product Talk: Trail Mix

Brookshire's Trail MixI get the mid-morning tummy grumbles something fierce. Mid-afternoon, too, if we’re being honest.

I don’t want a lot to eat. A piece of fruit is always a good choice but so is Brookshire’s Trail Mix.

The Cajun mix is my favorite, with Sweet Chips and Nuts coming in a close second.

The Cajun mix has nuts, sesame sticks and all kinds of spicy, crunchy goodness. The only problem with that is that I can’t eat just one handful. I have to hide the bag from myself sometimes.

The Sweet Chips and Nuts mix has peanuts, raisins, milk chocolate and peanut butter chips, almonds, cashews and dried cranberries.

There’s Traditional (with M&M’s!!!) and Tropical (I trade my kids the banana chips for the dried mango chunks.), too.

The best thing is that the trail mixes are a healthier snack than eating a cookie or chips. It’s filling, satisfies sweet and salty cravings, and is delicious!

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