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Product Talk: King Cake


King CakeIt’s the time of year for king cakes to be decorating the shelves of your Brookshire’s bakery in their gold, purple and green splendor!

With tomorrow being Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, tonight is the perfect time to pick up your king cake for a celebration of Cajun culture.

King cakes in Cajun culture can be traced back to the 18th century in Mobile, Alabama. They’re also wildly popular in New Orleans (probably the unofficial capital of Mardi Gras), starting on the Feast of the Epiphany in January which celebrates the three kings who visited the infant Jesus.

King cakes can be a pastry or brioche. The Southern version is generally a baked brioche adorned in a simple sugar icing in Mardi Gras colors with matching colored sugar accents. Sometimes, they’re filled with almond cream, apples or other fruit filling, or in the case of one famous crewe, chocolate ganache. Baked inside each cake (or tucked inside the bakery box for you to insert yourself, for safety reasons) is a small plastic baby, representing the Christ child. As tradition holds, the person who gets the baby in their piece of cake has to provide the king cake for the next gathering.

King cakes are fun for your family, the office or a gathering of friends, so grab one tonight at Brookshire’s.

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Product Talk: French’s Crispy Jalapeños


French’s Crispy JalapeñosFrench’s has outdone themselves.

First, they were practically the Official Food of Thanksgiving. Now, they’ve turned up the heat.

Literally.

From the French fried onions that have graced the top of green bean casseroles all over America, French’s has now created the Crispy Jalapeño. Let me just tell you, you can eat them right out of the can.

French’s started with freshly picked jalapeños, sliced them and fried them in their secret batter, turning out a crispy, zesty snack full of heat and spice.

These gems are perfect on top of enchiladas or tacos, sprinkled on a taco salad or soup, baked into corn bread, and served on top of queso or spreadable dips. They’re perfect atop a burger or chicken sandwich, on grilled cheese or on top of hot dogs. The options are endless.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Valentine’s Day Gifts


Brookshire’s Valentine’s Day GiftsYou’re working steadily along today, maybe cruising the Internet for some dinner ideas and suddenly, you realize that TOMORROW IS VALENTINE’S DAY.

No! It can’t be!

You didn’t make dinner reservations! There’s no bubbly chilling in the refrigerator! It’s too late to order flowers without spending an arm, a leg, a kidney and your first born.

Never fear: Brookshire’s is here.

We have all of your Valentine’s Day needs without having to break a sweat – or the bank.

Brookshire’s stores everywhere are equipped to handle your last-minute Valentine’s Day needs. Stop in for a bouquet of fresh, vibrant flowers or a long-lasting live plant wrapped with a beautiful bow. Select a card to go with it from our array of sweet sentiments. Already have a gift? We have wrapping paper or gift bags and ribbon to shower your sweetie with surprises.

Does the one you love have a sweet tooth? Choose from an assortment of chocolates or one of our delicious Yums cupcakes to finish out a meal or to make a sweet statement during the day.

Speaking of meals, everything you need to wine and dine your valentine is found at Brookshire’s. You can grill a heart-red ribeye, serve up some succulent shrimp Alfredo, steam a lobster tail or twirl some spaghetti for a romantic Valentine’s Day meal. Don’t forget the wine or champagne. Our sommelier can help you pick out the perfect varietal to complement your meal.

Give them something to hold on to this holiday with a huggable plush toy. Kids (and adults) will adore our soft and squeezable toys. Impress your sweetie with a bouquet of balloons, and nothing will be able to pop their good spirits.

Bake something sweet to show your love how much you care for them. We have all of the ingredients for cookies, cupcakes, cakes, pies and anything else you can imagine.

You can get creative, too. Is the way to your sweetheart’s heart through coffee? Put together an assortment of Brookshire’s roasts for them to enjoy. It’s guaranteed that they’ll think of you each morning as they fill their cup.

Got a house full of teenagers? How about a gift bag of their favorite snacks, an interesting magazine and some iTunes gift cards for the win? You could also pamper them with some health and beauty products like luxury hair care products, a scented candle or some luxe lotions.

The possibilities are endless, and you can find it all at Brookshire’s.

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Product Talk: Bakery Italian Bread


Bakery Italian BreadNothing smells more heavenly than walking through the bakery in your local Brookshire’s store.

I was drawn to the bakery the other day like I was being pulled in by a tractor beam, lured by the scent of the fresh bread. I happened to walk by just as they were taking a tray of Italian bread out of the oven.

“Can I have one of those?” I asked, pointing to the fresh, hot loaves.

The helpful associate bagged one up for me. I took it home, resisting the urge to slather butter on the still-warm loaf and eat it myself before dinner.

Instead, I made garlic bread for the family, but I’m thinking I might have to go back to Brookshire’s tomorrow and get another loaf for myself.

In addition to the Italian bread, which is my favorite, they have French bread, artisan bread, rolls, homemade tortillas and any kind of baked treat your heart desires. Visit the Brookshire’s bakery today!

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Product Talk: Talk O’ Texas Crisp Okra Pickles


Talk O’ Texas Crisp Okra PicklesWe all know that being from the true South means we know our way around a kitchen and a cast-iron skillet.

We also love things like cornbread, beans and rice, and okra.

Oh my, do I love okra.

These Talk O’ Texas Crisp Okra Pickles are one of my favorite snacks.

They’re from Texas (no arguing Southern origins there), and they’ve been produced in Central Texas since the 1940s. First sold at Neiman Marcus, the Okra Pickles are hand-packed for the highest quality and flavor.

These delightful okra pickles are low-calorie, low-carb and go through a five-step quality assurance process before being jarred and shipped out to your local Brookshire’s. In hot or mild flavors, they are delicious in a Bloody Mary, a martini, chopped up for cornbread or served on a relish tray.



Product Talk: Alter Eco – Organic Khao Deng Ruby Red Rice


Alter Eco – Organic Khao Deng Ruby Red RiceI was browsing Brookshire’s last night for new meal ideas, and I came across this product in the aisle with other rices. We love rice at my house, and I’m always looking for new recipes or ways to incorporate it into our diets.

Turns out, Alter Eco has an entire line of organic, natural and sustainable products on the shelves at Brookshire’s. All Alter Eco products are fair trade, organic and sourced from small farms all over the world. From chocolates to truffles to quinoa and rice, Alter Eco offers a global glimpse into delicious tastes and textures. You can read on the Alter Eco website about the farmers who grow the products you’re eating. Not just “people like these farmers” but the farmers themselves. That’s pretty cool.

Red Rice is sourced from Thailand, and it can be cooked the same way you’d cook white rice. You can use it for fried rice or stir-fry. It has a slightly sweet, slightly nutty flavor and a gorgeous color.

I’ll be trying more of the Alter Eco products, for sure!

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Product Talk: Loaded Doritos


Loaded DoritosFrito Lay makes a snack that my older son is pretty much addicted to: Loaded Doritos.

Found in the frozen foods aisle near the Hot Pockets and other frozen appetizers and snacks, Loaded Doritos combine the flavor of one of America’s favorite chips with the texture and comfort-food feel of a mozzarella stick.

In Nacho Cheese or Jalapeño and Cheese flavors, Loaded Doritos cook up quickly in the oven or microwave. (We cook them in the toaster oven on a tray.) The outside is lightly breaded; the inside oozes warm, gooey cheese when you cook them.

The packages come in two sizes: servings for 4 or servings for 2. (Truth be told, my teenager could probably eat the larger box himself in one sitting.)

They’re definitely on the heavy rotation through snack foods he loves.

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Product Talk: Lawry’s Garlic Salt


Lawry’s Garlic SaltI had to clean out my spice cabinet recently.

Let me be more specific: I had to clean out my spice cabinet AND my pantry because the two had spilled over into each other. I like a nice, neat spice cabinet (preferably with bottles arranged alphabetically).

In addition, you’re supposed to purge dried spices after no more than a year, and some of mine have been with me since the birth of my first child, 15 years ago (I’m looking at you, coriander seeds).

While I like spices in their pure form, there are a few that can do double duty without sacrificing flavor. Garlic salt is one of them.

More specifically, Lawry’s Garlic Salt. It didn’t need to be cleaned out because I go through it almost as quickly as its brother, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, or its distant cousin, Worcestershire Powder (by David Wade).

Lawry’s Garlic Salt is my secret ingredient for garlic bread. Yes, it’s garlic and salt, but it’s also infused with parsley. Give a few quick shakes over a Brookshire’s baguette sliced and slathered with butter, and you’re ready to pop it in the oven.

It’s also my go-to seasoning for beef, chicken and pork.

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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.



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