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Product Talk: Mann’s Family Favorites – Sugar Snap Peas


Mann’s Family Favorites – Sugar Snap PeasI went into Brookshire’s yesterday on the hunt for a vegetable we don’t usually eat.

In my family, that could be almost anything, thanks to two very picky eaters. I feel like we corner the market on green beans, salad greens, cucumbers and tomatoes, but the rest of our vegetable diet falls woefully short (I practically live off of spinach and Brussels sprouts when I eat alone or only cook for myself.)

So when I went in search of something different, but something that the men in my life would eat, I happened upon Mann’s Family Favorites when I had nearly given up and was in the refrigerated section with the bagged salads.

Packaged in an eight-ounce bag, these stringless sugar snap peas were fresh and crisp and would have been great as a snack right out of the bag (I made a note to buy more for school lunches).

At just 35 calories a cup, they are high in potassium, vitamin A, Vitamin C and iron.

They’d be delicious in salads, stir frys or on party platters.

I sautéed them in a tiny bit of olive oil with minced garlic. The garlic was the perfect sweet compliment to the peas.



Product Talk: Ultimate Oranges


Ultimate OrangesUltimate Oranges are back, just in time for cold and flu season.

These perfectly ripe, juicy, succulent oranges are chock full of vitamin C, which helps ward off colds at the peak of the sickness season.

Navel oranges from California are known for their large size, their sweet flavor and their juiciness. Navel oranges are known from the way the skin puckers into the shape of a belly button. They are known for being easy to peel and easy to segment, and they are great for snacking, for salads, for relishes, for marmalades or for fruit trays.

The history of the navel orange heralds back to the early 1800s.

In 1820, monks grew these oranges in a monastery garden in Bahai, Brazil. They sent a dozen of the trees to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. in 1870.

In 1873, Mrs. Eliza Tibbetts of Riverside, California wrote to the U.S.D.A. requesting two of the new Navel orange trees, and she planted them in sunny California.

The Bahia Navel was renamed the Riverside Navel, but it was renamed again the Washington Navel after George Washington for a more national appeal. All new varieties of navel oranges can trace their roots back to the Washington Navel in the United States.



Product Talk: Bob Evans Six-Cheese Flavorful Pastas


Bob Evans Six-Cheese Flavorful PastasLet’s face it. Sometimes, even with the best intentions, not everything that hits your dinner table gets made from scratch.

That’s okay because you can’t be super mom, super chef, super employee, super exerciser, super shopper, super housekeeper and super Santa all at the same time. If you can, please find a way to contact me because I’d like to meet you.

My friend told me about Bob Evans Flavorful Pastas, and I picked up a package one night when I was home alone, figuring I’d try it myself before I served it to my family.

I decided on the Six-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese, found in the refrigerated section near lunch meats and prepared meats.

The Six-Cheese Macaroni is made with real pepper jack, cheddar, Monterey Jack, provolone, Romano and mozzarella cheeses. It’s creamy, flavorful and delicious. Each easily microwavable container serves two (cough, cough…unless you’re home alone and need some comfort food quickly).

When you need to get a holiday meal on the table and you’re basting a turkey and whipping potatoes, Bob Evans Flavorful Pastas are a great way to add a side dish that doesn’t require stirring, baking, tending or prepping.

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Product Talk: Marie’s Salad Dressings


Marie’s Salad Dressings

My favorite salad dressing in the entire world, aside from my mom’s homemade version, is Marie’s Chunky Blue Cheese. It tastes just like my mom’s, with big chunks of blue cheese in a mild, creamy dressing.

If I’m going to use salad dressing, it’s going to be Marie’s.

Marie’s makes a whole line of salad dressings, which are all delicious and very handy considering I’m the only one in my family who eats blue cheese. My older son loves Creamy Chipotle Ranch. My boyfriend likes Balsamic Vinaigrette, and my younger son likes the regular Ranch. I also enjoy the Asiago Peppercorn!

In addition to salad dressings, try the Coleslaw and BBQ Coleslaw dressings. They make putting together your slaw fast and simple.

As Marie’s likes to say, “Mother Nature brings the crunch; we bring the punch.”

Found near the bagged salads in the refrigerated section, Marie’s brings the punch to any undressed salad or slaw.

 



Product Talk: Dixie Crystals Pure Cane Sugar


Dixie Crystals Pure Cane Sugar‘Tis the season for baking, and I go through lots of brown sugar during the holidays.

Dixie Crystals Pure Cane Sugar has been trusted by generations of cooks and bakers seeking out the highest-quality ingredients for their cakes, cookies, raisin breads, pies and frostings.

Since 1917, Dixie Crystals has been harvesting sugar cane for their brown sugars. They are gluten-free, kosher-certified and only 15 calories per teaspoon.

A division of the Imperial Sugar Company, Dixie Crystals is based in Texas and ships quickly to your local Brookshire’s store for optimal freshness.

Dixie Crystals makes all kinds of sugars for your holiday baking needs, from dark brown to light brown and from powdered to turbinado.

Whatever kind of sugar you need, you can find it at Brookshire’s from Dixie Crystals.

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Product Talk – Top Care Ibuprofen


Top Care IbuprofenI recently began exercising again, and let me just tell you, starting an exercise program in your 40s is vastly different from going out on a Saturday morning and running a 5k effortlessly in your 20s.

Needless to stay, I’ve been SORE.

Top Care Ibuprofen to the rescue! It soothes my sore muscles with the same active ingredients that are in the name brands for a fraction of the cost, so I feel even better about that.

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, so it relives inflammation in the body to help with headaches, sore muscles and other ailments. It doesn’t interact with other drugs and is pretty safe for almost everyone to take, but always consult your doctor. It also doesn’t have any significant side effects.

Top Care makes an entire line of medications that you can feel good about using, and you can definitely feel good about the price.

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Product Talk: Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce


Ocean Spray Cranberry SauceWe have three kinds of cranberry sauce at my house for Thanksgiving – homemade, canned jellied cranberry sauce and canned whole berry cranberry sauce. It’s too good not to have a variety.

Homemade is good because you get whole berries and you can add your own seasonings. I prefer to put orange, lemon, lime, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom in mine.

But I love canned Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce. I like the whole berry variety, and my boys love the “smooth” jellied kind.

The jellied variety slices so beautifully for a serving tray and also (let’s be honest) to use on sandwiches later.

Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce is made with the freshest ingredients and is available year round, but you’ll find it especially prominent throughout the holiday season. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

If you really want to switch things up this holiday season, try the Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry Cranberry Sauce. I might have to add a fourth kind of cranberry sauce to my table this Thanksgiving.

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Product Talk: Louisburg Honeycrisp Apple Cider


Louisburg Honeycrisp Apple CiderLouisburg Honeycrisp Apple Cider reminds me of picking apples on Carter’s Mountain and being able to taste the cider pressed right after the apples came out of the field.

Louisburg Cider Mill aims for exactly that flavor. It captures the freshness and bright sweetness of a honeycrisp apple, and bottles it for Brookshire’s customers.

The Mill in Louisburg, Kansas processes apples at the peak of freshness, so your cider tastes like it was just poured from the tree itself.

“Our cider-making method dates back 2,000 years, and it still produces the best quality cider,” the Louisburg Mill website says. “We continue our old-fashioned methods in the manufacture of our many other products as well.”

Look for Louisburg Honeycrisp Apple Cider near the honeycrisp apples in your Brookshire’s produce department. This cider is delicious at room temperature, chilled or even served warm, with a cinnamon stick for stirring.



Product Talk: Maple-Pecan Baked Brie


Maple-Pecan Baked BrieI love lolling around the Brookshire’s cheese case. There are so many beautiful cheeses, and I’m making it my personal mission to try them all.

You might wonder what to do with a soft, fragrant wheel of brie. Brie is a soft cow’s milk cheese with a soft rind that can either be eaten or discarded. I eat it, personally as it is completely edible and gives a nice dimension to the cheese.

You can spread brie on a cracker, just as it is, or you can bake it, which makes a wonderful, nutty, melted spread with a rich taste and a decadent feel.

Maple and pecans are the perfect fall pairing with a wheel of brie, and they give a sweetness to the slight bitterness of the rind. This is great for a party or an appetizer for your holiday meal.

Maple-Pecan Baked Brie

Ingredients:
8 oz wheel of brie
2 Tbs real maple syrup
2 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
sliced baguette, crackers or apple slices, for serving

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place wheel of brie on the paper. Bake for 15 minutes or until softened. Remove from the oven, and set brie on a serving plate to cool slightly.

While the cheese cools, heat maple syrup, brown sugar and cinnamon over low heat in a small saucepan. Stir until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes; stir in pecans. Pour the syrup mixture over the brie, and serve immediately. This is delicious with Granny Smith apples.

Serves 12

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 144, Calories from Fat: 108, Fat: 12 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 19 mg, Sodium: 120 mg, Carbohydrates: 77 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 4 g, Protein: 5 g.

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Product Talk: Halloween General Merchandise


Halloween General MerchandiseToday is Halloween, and it’s not too late to grab your last-minute celebration supplies at Brookshire’s. There’s no need to be having a party to turn your house into a happy haunt.

I love the skull cups! In orange or a dusky gray, these plastic (so you can’t break them easily) mugs of mayhem come in a handled cup or a wine glass variety. They’re perfect for a splash of soda, a mug of milk or a sip of wine.

I also love the Dia de los Muertos collection. These brightly colored napkins, paper plates and paper cups are fun for Halloween but also for celebrating the Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is Spanish in origin but widely celebrated in Mexico as well as Central and South American countries. The day after the American Halloween, Dia de los Muertos aligns on the calendar with the Catholic celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. The day, Nov. 1 (in some countries it’s a two-day celebration on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2), focuses on family gatherings to pray for loved ones who have passed and to help support their spiritual journey. Dia de los Muertos is celebrated by creating sugar skulls to honor those who have died, as well as offering them their favorite foods and decorating with marigolds. I love these products because they are fun and festive, but they also celebrate the multicultural aspect of our cities!

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