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PRODUCT TALK: PARCHMENT PAPER


Parchment PaperNever ever underestimate the importance of parchment paper.

Have you ever made candy without it and ended up scraping a sticky, hardened mess off your supposedly non-stick baking sheet? I have many times.

Food Club Parchment Paper to the rescue! It’s papery on one side and a little waxy on the other (but not nearly enough to affect your food). Lining your pan with parchment paper makes cleanup a snap and removing food a breeze!

Try it with this delicious sweet and salty treat today.

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

Ingredients:
2 sticks butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 bag pretzels (You’ll use about 3/4 of the bag)
12 oz chocolate chips
sea salt for sprinkling 

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400° F.

Line a large bar pan with parchment paper and cover with pretzels.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When it begins to bubble, add the brown sugar. Stirring occasionally, let the butter/sugar mixture meld together and brown. This should take about 3 minutes. Do NOT let it boil; you will have sticky goo that is no good. When you have a nice, brown caramel, pour it over the pretzels slowly and evenly. You can then use a spatula to spread it out; you have to work quickly and gently. It hardens fast so even pouring is the best method.

Bake the sheet for 5 minutes.

Remove the sheet from the oven and sprinkle the whole bag of chocolate chips evenly over the mixture.

Let stand for two minutes.

Use a silicone spatula to evenly spread the chocolate over the top.

Sprinkle with sea salt and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.

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Product Talk: Pumpkins


PumpkinsWhen you walk up to your local Brookshire’s these days, you’ll be seeing orange. Pumpkins, that is, vast expanses of these beautiful harbingers of Halloween.

Whether you buy your pumpkin now or next week, there’s an easy way to help it last longer once you carve it out for your harvest party or trick-or-treating.

After you cut into your pumpkin and scoop out the insides (don’t forget to toast the seeds tossed with a little olive oil and sea salt), dip your pumpkin into a large container of water and bleach at the ratio of 1 teaspoon of bleach per one gallon of water.

The bleach will help kill bacteria and help your pumpkin last longer.

Dry your pumpkin upside down.

After it’s dry, add two tablespoons of vinegar and one teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water. Brush inside your pumpkin to keep it fresh for a much longer time.

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PRODUCT TALK: FRITOS


FritosThe State Fair of Texas, the largest state fair in the country, just ended, leaving behind enough memories of chicken-fried bacon, deep-fried Nutella and double-fried Oreo cookies to sustain me for the entire next year.

Fairs are known (notorious?) for their fried foods, but it’s never the deep-fried confections that make me think “fair.” It’s Frito pies.

The first year I moved to Texas, friends and I went to a regional fair where they bellied up to a brightly lit food truck and ordered a Frito pie.

“A WHAT?” I wanted to know. To the best of my knowledge, I was never exposed to this ooey-gooey-crunchy delicacy growing up in Virginia.

Oh yes, they were devouring cardboard trays full of Fritos piled high with chili, cheese, onions, jalapenos and onion straws.

I didn’t cave to the Frito pie temptation that day (I remember I was wearing a white sundress and was afraid to spill), but I did try it at another fair, the Southeast Texas State Fair, a few years later. (After I had children it really didn’t matter what I was wearing; it was probably stained anyway.)

The entire basis of the pie, of course, is the iconic Fritos corn chip, not a tortilla chip or a potato chip but a crispy, salty blend of Fritos goodness. I like the proportions on my Frito pie to be mostly Fritos with a little chili, a lot of cheese and a little mustard (don’t judge). As I’m not a fan of raw onions, I skip this step but have been known to garnish with jalapeno pepper slices.

While Frito pie will always remind me of the fair, it’s certainly not exclusive to this venue. Enjoy them watching the game, tailgating or just for an easy, fun dinner one night!

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PRODUCT TALK: UNCLE BEN’S READY RICE


Ready RiceWhen I was growing up, I never appreciated my mom’s rice.

Plain, white rice.

Simple, right?

Apparently not for me.

Rice should be one of the first things you learn to cook. Boil water. Add rice. Simmer. Done. For some reason, I never quite mastered this art. My friend from Korea even tried to show me how to measure one fingertip’s worth of water above the level of rice, then cook. It didn’t work. My rice always turned out chewy, sticky, crunchy or burned.

My mom was visiting from Virginia over Christmas last year, and I purposely planned a meal that had to be served over rice so I could watch her make it. Guess what? She does it the EXACT same way I do. Why does hers taste so much better and come out all light and fluffy?

I admit, I gave up.

Luckily for me, Uncle Ben’s makes Ready Rice! It comes in pouches that microwave in 90 seconds. Yes, you read that right…90 seconds, and it comes out light, fluffy and full of flavor without spending 20 minutes simmering sticky stuff.

It also comes in a multitude of flavors. We like the Long Grain & Wild Rice the best, with the Creamy Four Cheese being a close second. It also comes in Basmati, Brown Basmati, Butter & Garlic, Cajun Style, Chicken Flavored Whole Grain Brown, Garden Vegetable, Jasmine, Original (just as good as mom’s), Red Beans & Rice, Rice Pilaf, Roasted Chicken, Spanish Style, Teriyaki Style and Whole Grain Brown.

They are delicious! Grab a pouch and try them out today.

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PRODUCT TALK: RICE KRISPIE TREATS, HALLOWEEN STYLE


Rice Krispie TreatsWho doesn’t love Rice Krispie Treats?

Anyone? Anyone?

Nope, I didn’t think so.

The iconic cereal of my youth has had a longevity that extends to my kids today. My boys LOVE Rice Krispie Treats.

These fun and funky ghost-shaped confections will delight kids and adults alike. Plus, they use a product we all know and love.

(Recipe from www.ricekrispies.com)

Ghost Treats

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp butter or margarine 
1 (10 oz) pkg regular marshmallows, or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal 
Flaked coconut 
Canned frosting or decorating gel 
Assorted candies

Directions:
1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. 

2. Add Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using a 1/2-cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray, divide warm cereal mixture into portions. Using buttered hands, shape each portion into a ghost shape. Let cool. Decorate with coconut, frosting and/or candies. Best if served the same day.

Microwave Directions:
In a microwave-safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

Note:
For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
One (7 oz) jar of marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.

Store no more than two days at room temperature in an airtight container. To freeze, place in a single layer on wax paper in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Kellogg’s has reduced the sodium content of Rice Krispies to meet current consumer flavor and nutrition preferences. Rice Krispies Treats made with the lower sodium cereal taste great without any added salt, but if you desire, add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the butter before melting. Continue with recipe as directed.

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PRODUCT TALK: NATURE’S OWN 100% WHOLE WHEAT ROLLS


Nature's Own“Hey, what should we have for dinner tonight?” I asked my kids this morning before making my weekly grocery list.

“Let’s grill something,” one said.

“HAMBURGERS!” they screamed in unison.

So, hamburgers it is.

When I grill burgers, our favorite buns are Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat. With 25 grams of whole grain per roll and 4 grams of fiber per roll, these are a delicious and nutritious roll I feel good about feeding my family. They also have just 2 grams of sugar and 2 grams of fat per roll.

Grab some for your next cookout. They also make 100% Whole Wheat hotdog buns!

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PRODUCT TALK: TOP CARE SINUS 12-HOUR DECONGESTANT


**SNIFF**

I have a cold that won’t go away. It’s in my head, and my sinuses just HURT a lot.

I stopped by Brookshire’s the other night on the way home because I just couldn’t take it anymore. The pharmacist at my local store was able to recommend an over-the-counter Top Care product that relieved all of the sinus pain and pressure right away.

Top Care Sinus 12-Hour Decongestant made me feel better within a few moments without making me feel drowsy or hyper. The active ingredient is pseudoephedrine HCl, the same active ingredient in national brand-name medications. The extended release formula had me feeling fine all through the work day. In addition to making my head feel better, the extremely reasonable price point had my wallet feeling better, too.

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Product Talk: Thomas Bagel Thins


Product TalkI’m pretty sure a lot of you are in the same boat I am: I have to lose a few pounds. One of my biggest downfalls is bread. I love it. I REALLY love bagels. I found these Thomas Bagel Thins recently and they’re delicious, all the bagel taste and texture without the calories.

Bagel Thins come presliced and are bagel-sized, but much thinner (like I hope to be). They have five grams of fiber and six grams of protein in the whole wheat variety! I love them with peanut butter in the morning and topped with hummus for a mid-afternoon snack.

They’d also be a great sandwich bread or base for a “pizza.”

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Product Talk: Keebler Flipsides


Product TalkWe have a new addiction in my family: Keebler Flipsides crackers. I seriously cannot keep a box in the house for very long. I TRY to only go to the grocery store once a week. However, I bought three boxes the last time I went, and they were gone in three days. No joke.

Keebler Flipsides have a zesty pretzel on one side and a scrumptious cracker on the other. They come in Original, Cheddar and Garlic Herb. My boys like to slather creamy peanut butter on the Original flavor. For the cheddar, they slice slabs of sharp cheddar cheese and pair it with the already tangy cracker. They also will make cheddar and pepperoni “sandwiches” with that flavor. On the Garlic Herb, they like plain cream cheese, but the flavored cream cheeses are good, too!

The only problem with sharing this delicious snack with you is that there will be fewer boxes left for me!

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Product Talk: Wedding Cakes


Wedding CakeSeptember is the biggest month in the South for weddings, and several of my friends have recently become engaged.

Sarah’s fiance, a widower with four children, proposed by giving her a huge picture frame. In the frame was a picture of him and his children holding up a sign that said, “Will you marry us?” She cried. I cried when she told me about it; it was beautiful and perfect for their new family.

That was back in April, and Sarah has been planning a small, September wedding ever since. It has a country chic theme, and she’s decorating with lanterns, burlap, white cotton lace, wildflowers and fairy lights. What she couldn’t figure out, though, was what kind of a cake she wanted to go with her fairly casual theme.

So, she sat down with a cake specialist in Brookshire’s bakery. I was so excited she was able to order her cake from our local bakery. The cake designer was so nice! She sat with Sarah for over an hour looking at pictures Sarah had brought from magazines and showing her examples of cakes she’d made previously. Most importantly, Sarah got to sample the different flavors of cakes and fillings. They decided on a two-tier, round pound cake with raspberry filling in one layer and lemon chiffon in the other. It will have an ivory buttercream frosting, and they chose some wildflowers from the Brookshire’s floral department to put on top. Simple. Easy. Perfect.



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