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Shop the Sale: Pork and Pasta Stew

Pork and Pasta Stew“Hey Mom, what are you writing about?” my younger son just asked me.

“Pork butt,” I replied.

He collapsed into fits of raucous laughter only a teenage boy could produce at the mention of the word “butt.” Boys never really grow up.

Teenage boys do, however, eat me out of house and home. That’s why it’s important to be able to make them a meal that is filling, nutritious and economical.

Enter Brookshire’s Boston butt roast.

This is one of my favorite things to cook because one roast will feed a small army (aka, teenage boys), and the pork gets so much flavor from the fat.

This meal is super easy because you make it in the slow cooker, so it’s ready when you walk in the door at night.

Pork and Pasta Stew

1 1/2 lbs pork butt roast (Boston butt), cut into 1-inch pieces
4 cups chicken broth
1 (28 oz) can whole tomatoes, chopped (liquid reserved)
6 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 Tbs crushed red pepper
1 Tbs oregano
1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
6 oz small shaped pasta, uncooked
4 oz baby spinach
2 oz parmesan cheese, grated

Combine the pork roast, broth, tomatoes and the liquid, garlic, red pepper, oregano and salt in a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours.

Just before serving, add the pasta. Cover and cook for 10 more minutes. Stir in the spinach. Cover and cook until the pasta is al dente, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately topped with parmesan cheese.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 400, Calories from Fat: 104, Fat: 12 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 132 mg, Sodium: 1175 mg, Carbohydrates: 26 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 4 g, Protein: 47 g.

Shop the Sale: Sunday Roast

Sunday RoastMy mom always made the BEST roast beef.

However, it seems like in my adult years that when I try a roast beef recipe, I get shredded beef or more of a pot roast instead of a piece of meat I can slice and serve with a sprinkling of pan gravy.

Tonight, I’m going to try another new roast beef recipe, and I think this one is going to be a winner. Of course, I’m already starting out winning with rump roast from Brookshire’s.

Use rump roast. Not chuck roast. Chuck roast tends to “shred” and we want to slice, remember?

Be sure to bring your meat to room temperature before you sear it. You’ll get the most beautiful sear that way, I promise.

When you take the meat out of the oven and let it rest, whisk about a tablespoon of flour into the pan juices on the stove over medium-high heat (if you cook in cast-iron, you can just set the skillet on the stove and not dirty another pan). Cook, stirring often, until thickened and bubbly for a brown pan gravy.

Perfect Roast Beef

2 Tbs canola oil
2 1/2 lbs rump roast, room temperature
2 white onions, chopped
1 cup baby carrots
1 cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 300° F.

In a heavy cast-iron skillet, heat oil over heat. Season the room temperature rump roast with salt, pepper and garlic, massaging spices into meat.

Sear in the hot oil, turning so each side gets browned.

Remove from heat and add onions, carrots and water.

Roast for 20 minutes per pound for rare or 30 minutes per pound for medium-rare.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 407, Calories from Fat: 145, Fat: 16 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 16 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 59 g.

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Shop the Sale: Smoked Whole Fryer Chicken

Smoked Whole Fryer ChickenRight now, right this very minute, I have a whole fryer on the smoker.

It’s kind of a misnomer, isn’t it, when you say you are going to smoke a “fryer,” but a whole fryer chicken was originally intended to be processed and fried!

However, as I’m sure you know, they’re delicious smoked or roasted, as well.

Not only are they delicious and deliciously easy to cook, but they smell good, too. Really good. In fact, I’m moving my laptop out onto the back porch so I can work downwind of the smoker.

Be right back.

There. Oh my. This is amazing.

The scent of the smoker always reminds me of fall, even when it’s still hitting 95 degrees down here in the South.

I’m going to love how this smells all day long!

Grab a fryer (or two, or three) at Brookshire’s. Fry it if you want. Smoke it if you want. Roast it if you want. Any way you cook it, it will be delicious!

Smoked Whole Fryer Chicken

1 whole fryer, rinsed and patted dry
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup Twisted Q Crazy Chic Seasoning, or your favorite spice rub

Preheat smoker to 250° F. Sprinkle hickory wood chips near the heat source.

After chicken is rinsed and patted dry, rub with butter, and then sprinkle with seasonings, patting firmly to adhere seasonings to butter.

Place chicken in smoker and close lid. Do not open the lid during the cooking process to maintain proper temperature.

Smoke chicken until meat thermometer reads 165° F and juices run clear, about 1 hour per pound.

Remove from smoker and serve immediately.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 615, Fat: 22 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 292 mg, Sodium: 296 mg, Carbohydrates: 0 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 98 g.

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Shop the Sale: Super Easy Slow Cooker Chicken

Super Easy Slow Cooker ChickenWhenever I’m asked to list my hobbies, I always wonder if “reading cookbooks” is included as a hobby. Since it is a favorite pastime of mine, I always write it down.

I would keep a stack of cookbooks on my bedside table and pour over the recipes nightly, marking pages with scraps of sticky notes to save the ones I wanted to make.

I still read cookbooks. I have shelves full of them in the built-in bookcase in my living room and another several lined up on the baker’s rack in my kitchen. If I’m being honest, I don’t spend as much time with the paper version of cookbooks as I used to.

It’s sad, really, because there’s nothing I love more than opening my Southern Living cookbook and having to unstick the pages where you’d find their banana bread recipe because I’ve splattered on it so many times, or knowing exactly where the strawberry jam recipe is in Better Homes and Gardens because the edges of the pages are stained pink.

These days, I find a lot of recipes online, which is also fun, and I discovered last week that it’s literally impossible to scroll by a recipe that calls itself “Stupid Easy.”

I did change the name because in my house growing up, “stupid” was akin to a curse word, and I’ve kept that going in my own household.

So, this “Super Easy Slow Cooker Chicken” recipe isn’t just super easy, it’s super economical as well, as boneless chicken breasts are on sale at Brookshire’s this week. No matter where you find your recipes, you can always count on Brookshire’s ingredients to make them an instant family favorite.

Super Easy Slow Cooker Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
2 (14 oz) cans Italian diced tomatoes
1 packet Lipton Savory Herb & Garlic Soup Mix
1 tsp crushed red pepper
16 oz farfalle pasta
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

Mix tomatoes, Lipton soup mix and red pepper in the crockery of the slow cooker. Mix in chicken cubes. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Mix into chicken in the slow cooker. Serve immediately topped with parmesan cheese.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 670, Calories from Fat: 158, Fat: 18 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 204 mg, Sodium: 400 mg, Carbohydrates: 71 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 5 g, Protein: 57 g.

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Shop the Sale: Chile-Rubbed Roast with Chipotle Gravy

Chile-Rubbed Roast with Chipotle GravyYou know I use my slow cooker all year, but there’s something particularly comforting about a slow-cooked meal in the fall.

This dish screams Sunday dinner, and the aroma of this cooking is quintessentially fall.

For an added depth of flavor in the meat, combine the rump roast with the spices and seal into a zip-top bag in the refrigerator overnight before you make this dish. The flavors will be a little bolder and will seep nicely into the meat. This is a great meal to serve over mashed potatoes; I add cheese to mine. It would also be good over rice, or anything that could hold and absorb this delicious gravy.

Chile-Rubbed Roast with Chipotle Gravy

3 lbs rump roast
1 Tbs paprika
1 Tbs ancho chile powder
1 Tbs cayenne pepper
1 Tbs garlic powder
1 Tbs onion powder
1 tsp salt
3 Tbs olive oil
12 oz beer
1 (7 oz) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
2 Tbs flour
mashed potatoes, for serving

Trim the roast of visible fat, and cut roast into large cubes. Place the meat in a large mixing bowl.

In a small bowl, combine paprika, ancho chile powder, cayenne, garlic, onion powder and salt. Mix well. Rub into meat.

Heat olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Place meat in the pan in two batches, searing on all sides.

Add beer to the skillet to deglaze the pan, scraping up browned pieces from the bottom.

Pour mixture into slow cooker. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, or until meat is fork-tender and falling apart.

Drain juices from the slow cooker into the cast-iron skillet, and heat over medium heat. Pulse chipotles in the food processer until smooth and add to the skillet. Whisk in flour and stir vigorously to remove lumps. Cook until gravy thickens. Serve meat and gravy over mashed potatoes.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 528, Fat: 21 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 394 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 72 g.

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Shop the Sale: Grilled Beefy Cheese

Grilled Beefy CheeseThere is nothing better than a grilled cheese sandwich, unless it’s a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed full of cheesy beef.

To say this is a hearty sandwich is putting it mildly. It’s a full meal, for sure. Just add a side salad or a cup of soup, and you’re ready to go. Plus, it cooks up quickly, something I love, especially for a weeknight meal.

To make this even more perfect, Angus ground chuck is on sale this week at Brookshire’s, so feeding your family is delicious, quick, easy and economical!

I’ve also added chopped green bell peppers into the mixture and cooked them at the same time I added the mushrooms, onions and garlic.

Grilled Beefy Cheese

1 lb Angus ground chuck
1 clove garlic
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup white onions, diced
8 slices good-quality sandwich bread
4 tsp butter, softened
8 slices Swiss cheese
8 slices American cheese

Brown ground Angus in a large pan. Drain fat. Add garlic, mushrooms and onions to the pan; cook until vegetables are soft. Drain any excess liquid. Remove from heat and set aside.

Butter 1 side of each slice of bread. Heat a griddle pan to medium-high heat, and place 4 slices of bread, butter-side down, on the griddle. Top with 1 slice each of American and Swiss cheese, and then add 1/4 cup of the beef mixture. Top with remaining slices of bread, butter-side up. When the first side of bread is golden and browning, carefully flip and cook until the second side of bread is golden and browning, and cheese is melting. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 654, Calories from Fat: 339, Fat: 38 g (21 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 197 mg, Sodium: 865 mg, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 5.6 g, Protein: 60 g.

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Shop the Sale: Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Chops

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork ChopsWhooooooo weeeee!

The first couple of weeks of having the kids back in school were an exercise in military-grade logistics.

As always, one thing that makes hectic days more streamlined is my slow cooker.

Dinner tastes like you spent hours working on it, and you did but just not in an active kind of way.

The original recipe for this dish called for homemade barbecue sauce. Yum, I love homemade anything and encourage you to do so when possible.

But Wednesday nights? When you’ve gotten the high schooler to cross country practice by 6:30 am and the middle schooler to theater practice by 7:30 am and worked a full day yourself before you all go to church in the evening? Nah, use a Brookshire’s bottled barbecue sauce!

When you’re at Brookshire’s this week, grab a family pack when you’re picking up your barbecue sauce. Get the meal in the slow cooker to be ready for a hearty family meal in the evening.

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Chops

6 (about 5 oz each) boneless pork chops
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp red pepper
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 yellow onion, diced
1 (8 oz) can pineapple chunks, plus 1/3 cup pineapple juice

Rub the pork chops with salt and pepper, to taste; set aside. In a large bowl, combine barbecue sauce, red pepper, diced onion and pineapple chunks; mix until combined.

Place about 1 cup of sauce in the crockery of the slow cooker. Place pork chops on top of sauce. Pour remaining sauce and reserved pineapple juice over pork chops.

Cover with the lid. Cook on low for 5 hours or high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until cooked through.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 292, Calories from Fat: 47, Fat: 5 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 103 mg, Sodium: 548 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 15 g, Protein; 45 g.

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Shop the Sale: Low Country Crab Boil

Low Country Crab BoilWe just got back from our annual family beach vacation, and after seeing my family, my favorite part of the trip was the nights we feasted on crabs.

We usually pick up a bushel to eat at home one night, and then we go out for crabs another night. Both nights are pretty much my favorite eating of the year.

Snow crab clusters are available at Brookshire’s today! While it’s a different kind of crab than the Maryland Blue Crabs I eat on vacation, the principal is the same, and they are delicious!

With the snow crab clusters, I like to do a Low Country Boil out of the meaty legs. You still get the great crab flavor and most of the tender, succulent meat with so much less work.

You can also freeze snow crab clusters, and save them for a day when you just want to feel like it’s summertime at the beach.

Low Country Crab Boil

2 large bags Zatarain’s Seafood Seasoning
1 Tbs liquid seafood seasoning
1 1/2 cups kosher salt
3 lemons, halved
2 limes, halved
10 small whole potatoes, washed
8 ears corn, shucked
1 lb smoked sausage, cut into pieces
5 lbs medium to large raw Gulf-harvested shrimp, unpeeled
8 to 10 snow crab clusters

Fill a very large, heavy stock pot about a 1/3 full with water. Add seafood boil seasoning, salt, lemons, limes and sausage. Cover and bring to a boil. Add potatoes; boil for 5 minutes. Add corn; boil for 5 minutes. Add shrimp and simmer. Place crab clusters on top. (They don’t have to be submerged in the liquid.) Bring to a boil, and then remove from heat. Cover and let sit for up to 1 hour.

Drain the pot. Scatter contents on newspaper; eat immediately.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 734, Calories from Fat: 194, Fat: 21 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 645 mg, Sodium: 22350 mg, Carbohydrates: 51 g, Fiber: 7 g, Sugar: 5 g, Protein: 81 g.

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Shop the Sale: Friday Night Football Layered Pork Barbecue Cups

Friday Night Football Layered Pork Barbecue CupsMy son starts high school today.

Not two minutes ago, he was a toddler banging his head into tables, chairs, door frames and handles. Two minutes, I tell you.

Today, he will walk into the new high school building after cross country practice and go to his first period AP Algebra class. I won’t walk him into school. He won’t carry a Superman lunchbox, and he won’t be able to stand it if I write a note on his napkin.

Instead, he’s been hanging out with his cross country teammates. He volunteered at the fundraiser garage sale. He’s hauling around his trombone for Jazz Band.

Oh, and he eats. He and his friends can decimate a meal.

That’s why, when a group of parents and I were brainstorming for a fall fundraiser that had to serve food, we knew we had to come up with something hearty, filling and cost-effective for high school kids and their parents.

This would be a great meal for a fall football Friday night to sell at a concession stand, for a fall football tailgate, for a lunch fundraiser or for a block party. It looks a little messy, but it is kid – and parent – approved. Adjust the amounts as necessary for the number of people you’re serving (double that for high school boys).

Layered Pork Barbecue Cups


1 (5 lb) pork butt
ground black pepper
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
2 large onions, roughly chopped

plastic cups
barbecue sauce
prepared pork (see above)
baked beans
prepared mashed potatoes
chopped onions
chopped pickles

Rub pork butt with salt and pepper. Place in a slow cooker with apple cider vinegar and onions. Cook on low until fork tender, about 8 to 10 hours. Remove pork from slow cooker, reserving some of the juices; shred meat. Place back in slow cooker, and mix with juices.

To assemble the cups, place a scoop of baked beans in the bottom of a plastic cup. Top with shredded pork, some barbecue sauce and finish with a scoop of mashed potatoes drizzled in more barbecue sauce. Sprinkle with onions and pickles, if desired. Serve this portable treat with a spoon and plenty of napkins.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 548, Calories from Fat: 170, Fat: 19 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 261 mg, Sodium: 178 mg, Carbohydrates: 0 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 88 g.

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Shop the Sale: Southern Slow-Cooked Steaks

Southern Slow-Cooked SteaksI didn’t grow up with the tradition of the Sunday dinner (or as I’d have called it: lunch). However, since I moved to Texas, I’ve discovered that the Sunday dinner, which takes place after church and before the Sunday nap, is the main meal of the day.

We’ve recently come to adopt this tradition. Although, we tend to eat a big breakfast, skip lunch, and then have a big dinner in the late afternoon, before we have to start easing back into the Monday mindset.

This recipe is perfect for a Sunday lunch or dinner, whatever you want to call it and whenever you want to eat. However, it is slow-cooked, so you might want to adjust your timing accordingly.

Top sirloin steak is available at Brookshire’s today, so stock up and save for your Sunday supper.

Southern Slow-Cooked Steaks

2 lbs top sirloin steaks, cut into 3 to 4-inch pieces
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
3 cups water, divided
1 beef bouillon cube
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

Sprinkle the steak pieces with the salt and pepper; toss to coat. In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. When the oil is fragrant and sizzles, add half the steak pieces, and brown on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon to the slow cooker, and brown the remaining steak. (Be careful not to overcrowd the pan, as the steak will steam instead of brown.)

Pour 2 cups of the water into the hot pan along with the bouillon cube and Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to medium; bring to a simmer.

Whisk flour, garlic powder and onion powder into the remaining 1 cup of water. Slowly pour this into the simmering liquid in the pan, stirring well to incorporate. Stir until the mixture thickens. Pour over steak in the slow cooker.

Optional: Add a cup of sliced onions or mushrooms before slow cooking.

Cover with the lid. Cook for 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low.

Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, cornbread or noodles.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 346, Fat: 14 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 135 mg, Sodium: 617 mg, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 47 g.

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