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Product Talk: Grandma’s Molasses


Grandma’s Molasses Marble CakeFall and holiday baking season are upon us, and there’s nothing like the rich flavor of molasses to use in your cool weather treats.

Grandma’s Molasses is an unsulfured, sugarcane molasses that is a great alternative to sugar and a perfect ingredient for baking or seeping into slow-cooked dishes like baked beans.

Molasses is one of the earliest ingredients used in baking. Originally sourced from the West Indies, having molasses to sweeten your cakes and breads was considered a status symbol at one time.

Grandma’s Molasses comes in Original or Robust varieties. Both are kosher and gluten-free. Robust molasses is more concentrated and less sweet than original. It’s made of a blend of “first molasses,” which is what remains once the sugarcane juice has crystallized, according to the company website.

Whether you’re making barbecue sauce or baking cookies, molasses is a deep, rich, aromatic ingredient that will enhance the flavor of anything you make.

Marble Cake

Ingredients:
2 cups cake flour, sifted
1 tsp salt
3 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup Grandma’s® Original Molasses
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves

Directions:
Sift together flour, salt and cream of tartar. Cream together shortening, sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Add milk alternately with flour mixture. Beat for 30 seconds. Place 1/3 of batter in a small bowl; stir in molasses and spices. Pour light and dark batters alternately into a well-greased, lightly floured, 8-inch tube cake pan or into a 9 x 9 pan. Bake tube cake for 1 hour in 325° F oven, or bake the 9 x 9 cake for 45 minutes in 350° F oven. Frost as desired.

Serves 12

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 254, Fat: 10 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 28 mg, Sodium: 214 mg, Carbohydrates: 39 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 21 g, Protein: 4 g.

(From grandmasmolasses.com)

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Product Talk: Campbell’s French Onion Soup Beef Bourguignon


Campbell’s French Onion Soup Beef Bourguignon I spent quite a bit of time in France, visiting the nearby country during the years I lived in Germany.

Suffice it to say that I ate quite a bit of one of the country’s signature dishes, Beef Bourguignon or Beef Burgundy. It was one of my favorites. Not only does the rich flavor develop after hours of cooking, but the smell is so comforting and always reminds me of fall in France.

A few years after I returned, I went to a friend’s house for dinner, and she had made Beef Bourguignon. While I was helping her prepare a side salad, I noticed empty cans of Campbell’s French Onion Soup in her trash can.

Surely, she hadn’t used canned soup (gasp!) in the beef bourguignon.

She had.

It was delicious, just as good as anything you’d eat in France.

I have to say that I use it myself now.

Campbell’s French Onion Soup has a rich flavor that any French chef would approve of.

Campbell’s French Onion Soup Beef Bourguignon

Ingredients:
2 lbs beef stew meat
1 large onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
1/2 lb bacon, diced
2 cans Campbell’s French Onion Soup
1 bottle burgundy (or dry red) wine (if you really don’t want to use wine – the alcohol does burn off – substitute 1 can beef consommé and 1 can tomato paste)
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
Season the meat with salt and pepper. Set aside. In a heavy skillet, sauté bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. In the bacon grease, sauté onions until translucent. Add garlic and mushrooms; stir for 1 minute. Add in the beef, and sear on all sides. Remove from heat. Transfer the meat mixture to an oven-safe baking dish with a lid. Stir in soups and burgundy. Braise at 375° F for 2 hours.

Serve over rice or egg noodles.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 710, Calories from Fat: 239, Fat: 27 g (9 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 177 mg, Sodium: 1819 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 8 g, Protein: 63 g.

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Product Talk: JELL-O No-Bake Pumpkin-Style Pie Dessert


JELL-O No-Bake Pumpkin-Style Pie DessertIt’s the time of year for all things pumpkin spice, so when I walked by an end cap in Brookshire’s this weekend, I was immediately drawn to the boxes of JELL-O brand desserts.

This easy way to bring fall flavor into your home is delicious as well as simple.

You just add sugar, butter and milk to the provided mix for filling and crust, and then pop it into your refrigerator to set!

If you’re like me and never quite mastered your grandma’s pie crust, this is a simple way to get started.

I love the consistency of the filling in this dessert. It’s so smooth, rich and creamy, and you can taste notes of cinnamon and ginger, just like Grandma used to make but a whole lot easier!

You can make one dessert in a pie plate or use ramekins for individual servings. It’s a quick and easy dessert in one box, minus the whipped cream, of course.

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Product Talk: Libby’s Pumpkin – Pumpkin Spice Rice Cereal Treats


Libby’s Pumpkin – Pumpkin Spice Rice Cereal TreatsIt’s time for all things pumpkin spice.

Whether it’s your coffee, your creamer, your doughnuts or your pies, pumpkin spice reigns supreme during this time of year.

That’s where Libby’s comes in. A division of Nestle, Libby’s pumpkin products are a great way to get quality pumpkin without having to process it yourself.

I love the pumpkin puree, which comes in a variety of sizes from 8 ounces and up to fit your fall cooking needs. It also comes in organic, which is all-natural with no preservatives. Libby’s also offers a canned pumpkin pie filling and boxed mixes for breads and cheesecake.

Pumpkin is full of vitamins A and C, and it’s a great source of beta-carotene.

Enjoy pure pumpkin in this fun fall treat today!

Pumpkin Spice Rice Cereal Treats

Ingredients:
3 Tbs butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
1/8 cup Libby’s Pumpkin Puree
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
6 cups rice cereal

Directions:
Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish by greasing it liberally with butter or line with parchment paper.

In a heavy stockpot, melt butter on low heat, and add mini marshmallows. Stir in pumpkin puree, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.

Add rice cereal and stir.

Working quickly, press mixture into prepared pan.

Allow the treats to cool completely before cutting into squares and serving.

Makes 16

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 351, Calories from Fat: 80, Fat: 9 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 6 mg, Sodium: 282 mg, Carbohydrates: 66 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Product Talk: Sara Lee Breads


Sara Lee BreadsBack-to-school means packing a lot of sandwiches in school lunches. It’s difficult enough, sometimes, to keep up with a variety of delicious and healthy fillings without having to worry about also switching up the bread, but that’s where Sara Lee comes in.

My younger son will still pull the crust off of his sandwich, taking half the bread with it. However, he doesn’t do that to Sara Lee bread; he eats every last bite.

He loves the Sweet Hawaiian bread. My older son loves the Butter bread. They both love Honey Wheat and Soft and Smooth Made With Whole-Grain White bread.

We haven’t tried the Artesano yet, but it’s on the list next.

With 31 varieties, it’ll be easy for you to find something you feel good about packing in a school lunch.

Sara Lee has been baking since 1949, when a cheesecake recipe gave way to a baked goods empire. The company was named for the owner’s 8-year-old daughter. Sara Lee is now a philanthropist who supports the education and advancement of women and girls in science.

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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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