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Shop the Sale: Morrell smoked meats


Fall’s officially still more than a week away, but I can already feel the (OK, just barely) cooler temperatures in the air.

And that’s enough to make me start thinking of suppers built around some of my fall and winter favorites:  smoked sausage and bacon. So I’m going to stock up this week on a couple of these favorites, on sale at your neighborhood store – John Morrell smoked sausage and thick-cut bacon.

Smoked meats are homey and hearty, and they make great comfort food in cooler weather. Think about red beans and rice with big chunks of sausage, or bacon-wrapped pork chops with applesauce, or even a BLT with thick, crisp bacon.

 But that hearty flavor and satisfying heaviness is not the only reason we seem to like these meats best in fall and winter.  Back before there was reliable refrigeration, people learned to smoke meat as a method of preservation. Our ancestors would smoke whole hogs in the early fall, and the meat was enough to last them through winter. We’re practically hard-wired to crave bacon and sausage in the fall!

Speaking of tradition–that sums up John Morrell & Co. This company is based in Cincinnati, which was once known as Porkopolis because of its tradition of making great smoked pork, and it is one of the nation’s oldest food companies. Founded in England in 1827, John Morrell has now been making meat products for 184 years. It has facilities across the country where it makes all its own meats, including its hardwood-smoked bacon and many other pork specialties.

So pick up a few packages this week, and be ready when that cool weather finally arrives!

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Shop the Sale: School spirit on sale!


Fall means football games, school carnivals, band competitions - all kinds of occasions where you want to show your school spirit.

Whether you’re a student, the parent or grandparent of a student, or just a proud alumnus, the simplest way to do this? Wearing your school colors, of course.

So we’re helping you support your hometown school  – in more ways than one. Now at most Brookshire’s and Super 1 stores, you can buy apparel and accessories touting your hometown school colors and mascot. And for each qualifying purchase, we’ll make a donation directly to your school!

These are quality products in the latest styles. The selection will vary, depending on individual school  preferences and product availability, but you’ll find popular, sought-after items such as mesh shorts, performance T-shirts, cheerleading shorts, caps, hoodies, jersies, polo shirts, and “pomchies” (ponytail holders that look like pom-poms, and which can also be worn as bracelets.) And, of course, you’ll find all kinds of T-shirts, from classic school colors to tie-dyed and crazy.

For each product sold, the associated school will receive a $1 donation. Last year, your purchases made possible a donation of more than $40,000 to our area schools.

That’s a lot of school spirit!

But hurry in, These products are available for a limited time only, and Homecoming will be here before you know it.

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Shop the Sale: Best barbecue cuts


Labor Day comes along at just the right time for a party: The kids have been back in school for a week or two and need a break; the temperature might finally stay under 100 degrees; and it’s a great time for a breather before the run-up to the holidays.  Since Labor Day is traditionally the last hurrah of summer, a cookout is just the thing. So we’ve got you covered, with great sale prices on just about anything you might want to put on your grill or in the smoker.

Check your neighborhood store starting today for special offers on whole trimmed certified Angus beef brisket; Brookshire’s Best boneless Angus ribeye steak; ground chuck patties; Hormel pork baby back ribs; Johnsonville brats or hot links; and T-bone or bone-in rib-eye steaks.  For the kiddos, we’ve even got a special buy-one, get-one offer on Ball Park franks.

To make your barbecue stand out, why not brighten up your favorite prepared BBQ sauce with a few extra flavors? It takes just a little work but it really pays off with intense flavor.

  • First, to help concentrate the flavors, heat up a bottle or two of sauce over low heat, and keep at a low simmer.
  • Next, to help bring out both acidity and sweetness, you should add both an acidic ingredient and a sweet one. I like adding the fresh-squeezed juice of a couple of lemons, and a couple tablespoons of brown sugar OR molasses. (The heat will melt the sugar, keeping the sauce smooth.)
  • Next, add a dash of Worcestershire  sauce, to provide a little bit of depth and complexity.
  • Finally, add a couple of tablespoons of butter, stirring in as it melts. This will thicken the sauce slightly and give it a nice buttery richness.
  • Taste! Too sweet? Add a bit more lemon juice, some mustard or a dash of vinegar. Too acidic? Hit it with a little more sugar or honey. 
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Shop the Sale: Homemade potpies


School is back in session and afterschool sports schedules are picking up. So just getting dinner on the table these days can be a struggle – much less serving something that’s fresh, homemade, and doesn’t come in a paper bag from a drive-through.

Here’s my new favorite solution:  Our new hand-made potpies, made fresh in our store’s delis. They’re even on sale starting today!

You can buy our potpies hot and fresh, ready to serve right away. Or you can pick one up that’s baked but chilled, to take home and warm in your home oven at your convenience.

Either way, it’s a great one-dish dinnertime solution: classic, filling comfort food, with meat and vegetables all wrapped up in one pastry crust.

Each potpie serves one or two people, depending on their appetite. Try all kinds and let your family pick their favorite:

Classic Chicken: This is the classic potpie, with a flaky top and bottom crust holding white-meat chicken, potatoes, carrots, English peas, and creamy chicken broth.

Chicken Primavera: This unique dish has a definite Italian flair! Double-crust pie holds white meat chicken, penne pasta, julienned carrots and squash, all in a rich, creamy Alfredo sauce.

Southwest Chicken Bake: Stuffed with white-meat chicken, Mexican rice, pinto beans and whole-kernel corn, this one gets spiced up with a fresh-baked cornbread crust and sliced jalapenos.

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Shop the Sale: Blue Diamond Almonds


Already the most popular nut in the U.S., the almond has gotten a lot of attention lately. Almonds keep showing up on the list of “superfoods”, recommended by dietitians and doctors because they pack a lot of nutritional punch per calorie. 

The argument that almonds are a “superfood” is pretty compelling: 

  • Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fat – the kind we’re supposed to be eating.
  • Studies have shown that eating them regularly can help reduce your risk of heart disease and lower your cholesterol.
  • Almonds can help you lose weight! Some research shows that because almonds contain a balance of protein, fat and fiber, eating them helps you feel full and satisfied, leading you to reduce food intake during the rest of your day.
  • They’re gluten-free.
  • They’re often tolerated by individuals who are allergic to peanuts (which are actually a legume, not a tree nut.)
  • Ounce for ounce, almonds have more protein, fiber, calcium and Vitamin E than any other nut.

This week is a great time to get into the almond habit: Blue Diamond almonds, a trusted brand for more than 100 years, are on sale at Brookshire’s. 

My favorite way to eat almonds is just right out of the container. But you can also toss a few into your morning yogurt or oatmeal; use flavored or salted ones to add crunch to a salad; add a few for crunch into tuna or chicken salad; or substitute them for other types of nuts in your favorite cookie or dessert recipe. 

Blue Diamond has also developed several flavored almond varieties, both savory and sweet. I find these make a great, mid-afternoon snack that’s much healthier than heading to the vending machine for a bag of chips. 

Or try this recipe, courtesy Blue Diamond, which adds even more flavor, but very little extra fat, to plain almonds. 

Roasted Almonds with Coriander, Chili and Olive Oil 

Ingredients:

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 cups blanched almonds

1 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed

1 to 3 small dried red chili peppers

2 generous pinches of sea salt 

Directions:

Add the olive oil and almonds to a hot saute pan. Saute and toast the almonds until golden brown, shaking the pan regularly to color them evenly and accentuate their nutty flavor. Crumble in the coriander and chili to taste, and add the sea salt. Toss over and serve hot on a large plate.

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Shop the Sale: Back to School specials


Summer seems to slip by faster every year. I don’t know about you, but it feels like we were just attending graduation and field day, and now the calendar says it’s almost time for school to start again.

If you’re like me, and you’re shocked to see the start of a new school year staring you in the face,  I have good news: We’ve got your back, with all kinds of Back to School items on sale starting today at your neighborhood Brookshire’s.

Stock up for lunches: Scrambling to put together lunches every morning? Not if you plan ahead and stock up on grab-and-go items that kids love. On sale this week are lots of lunchbox staples, including Food Club individual-size applesauce, Oscar Mayer Lunchables, Bumblebee tuna, KoolAid Bursts, Jell-o pudding snacks, Nabisco snack packs, and Kraft string cheese.

School supplies:  You can never have too many spiral notebooks, so we’ve got them for a real steal. While you’re in the school aisle, check out our great prices on other classroom essentials like pens, pencils, crayons, and glue.

One-stop shop:  To make it easier on you, many of our stores have brought in lots of other school must-haves at special prices, including lunchboxes and backpacks. That way, you can get your back-to-school shopping done in one fell swoop _ and get back to enjoying what’s left of your summer.

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Shop the sale: Sweet Olathe corn


Maybe you think of Colorado as ski country. But this time of year, I think of it as sweet corn country. That’s because some of the best sweet corn you can buy is Olathe Sweet corn, grown just north of the San Juan Mountains in western Colorado.

On sale this week in our produce departments, Olathe sweet corn really is special. The tender kernels have an intense corn flavor and just the right amount of sweetness. And it also comes into peak season at a great time – from now through about Labor Day, just when other prime sweet-corn crops are starting to taper off.

That’s because of where it’s grown. Most years, the Colorado corn fields that produce Olathe corn receive ideal growing conditions. The ears thrive because they get plenty of water (some of it from pure melted snow), lots of bright sunshine, and moderate temperatures, into the low 90s during the day but dipping into the 60s at night.

Growers also treat this corn with kid gloves. Olathe corn is usually hand-picked, then rushed to a cooling plant right where the ears are cooled with ice so that cobs reach a temperature of 38 degrees. This keeps the sugar content high and the taste super-fresh. From there, it’s loaded directly onto trucks bound for markets. Corn is often on the road just two hours after being plucked from the field.

Olathe corn should be selected, stored and cooked just like any other fresh sweet corn. If you’re selecting husk-on corn, choose those with bright green, moist husks and dark, moist silks. Refrigerate the corn immediately after purchase to maintain sweetness, and don’t shuck it until right before cooking.

For best flavor, Olathe producers recommend you eat this corn within three days of purchase. I suspect once you try it, that won’t be a problem at your house.

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Shop the Sale: Off to College Shopping Spree!


It still feels like summer just got started, but I got a wakeup call the other day while walking through the seasonal aisles at my local Brookshire’s store. The back-to-college goodies are already in stock! 

Having already gone through the process of sending my own daughters off to school, I know what an overwhelming time this is for parents and college students, especially new freshmen or those leaving home for the very first time. 

Aside from the emotion of starting a brand new life, and taking a very big step toward adulthood, there are the actual logistics involved in setting up a new home. Some things – computer, new bedding, photos of family and friends – are a given.  But the rest is a big tossup. What’s going to fit in that little dorm room or new campus apartment? What can I scavenge from the parents or grandparents, and what will I need to buy new? What can I absolutely not live without? 

Again, as a mom who’s been through this, I can tell you it’s important to make sure your child takes a few things that both make them feel at home and make their lives easier. (They’re going to be stressed enough already!) We selected some special items for our seasonal aisles with the comfort and happiness of new students in mind: 

Big Boss Grills: Even if your student never mastered much beyond pushing the buttons on the microwave, you can be assured they can feed themselves if they have one of these counter cookers. It’s a grill, a griddle, a waffle iron and a sandwich maker, all in one. 

Big Boss Blenders: Just right for a student, this powerful blender makes single-serving smoothies, shakes or salsas. It even chops ingredients for salsas or grinds coffee beans. 

Big Boss Rapid Wave ovens: A microwave alternative, this is a tabletop cooker that uses three kinds of power (halogen, convection and infrared technology) to cook foods without added oil. Again, this As Seen on TV item is a good solution for young adults who may not know much about cooking, but who don’t want to end up subsisting on fast food or cafeteria fare. 

While you’re shopping, check out the seasonal aisles for things like Rubbermaid totes (great for packing up for the big move) and a couple of throw rugs from Garland Rugs, to add some homey warmth to that cold dorm room floor. And one more thing: I’d suggest laying in a supply of your student’s favorite study-time snacks, especially healthier, storable items like granola bars or roasted almonds. If you can’t be there when your student is stressing out during a 2 am study session, at least you know they’ll be well-nourished.

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Shop the Sale: House-Roasted Turkey


Our new house-roasted turkey is just what you’d make at home – if you had the time, the energy, and could bear to turn on your oven in this heat. 

Now available at every Brookshire’s with a deli department, this turkey is roasted fresh right in the store. 

We start with skin-on, whole-muscle turkey breasts. Our original, oven-browned version is minimally seasoned, so the flavor of the turkey really shines. For our Italian herb variety, we roll it before cooking in a custom-made blend of Italian herbs and spices, to give it a deep, aromatic flavor. 

Then we slow-roast the turkey breasts in our ovens for more than two hours, until tender, juicy and flavorful. Finally, we slice it daily to your specifications, whether you’re planning to make sandwiches, use it to top a chef salad, or serve it to your family as a hearty main dish. 

What’s important to me, aside from the great flavor, is what we don’t use. Just like a homemade bird, this turkey is prepared without any nitrates or nitrates, controversial preservatives that are common in many other commercial lunchmeats. (High consumption of nitrates and nitrites has been linked to some forms of cancer.) And we don’t use any weird artificial flavors or non-turkey additives. This turkey doesn’t need any of that stuff. 

If you haven’t given it a try yet, here’s your chance: We’re offering it this week at $4.99 per pound, a $2-per-pound savings! And this Saturday, July 16, a number of Brookshire stores will be offering demos and free samples of this turkey. Check with your neighborhood store to see if they’re participating. And, of course, you can always ask for a sample of this, or any of our products, at your local deli counter. I’m pretty sure you’ll like what you taste.



Shop the Sale: Sweet Cherries on Sale!


I’m not going to lie and say pitting fresh cherries is easy. No, it can be slow and tedious, even if you have the technique down.

But this is work that’s worth it. Fresh, sweet cherries are such a treat, and so good for you. (A cup of fresh raw cherries is high in fiber, Vitamin C and antioxidants, which can help prevent cancer and heart disease.)

And this week, they’re such a steal: just $1.99 on sale at your neighborhood Brookshire’s! That’s as much as $5 off the regular price. And that’s also a pretty good incentive to learn how to properly pit a cherry.

Of course, sweet cherries are good just eaten out of hand, but if you want to use them in pies, cobblers, sauces or salsas, you need to master the art of pitting. You can buy special cherry pitting tools which makes the job much easier, by forcing out the pit in one move, but if you don’t have one, here are two techniques to try: 

  1. The paperclip method: Then, remove the first cherry’s stem. Insert a clean, unused paper clip into the hole left by the removed stem. Push paperclip deeper into the cherry, twisting, until you can feel the paperclip touching the pit. Gently scoop out the pit. (You can also use a toothpick, a thin bamboo skewer, a manicure stick or another small, sharp object, but paperclips seem to work best for most people.)
  2. The knife method: Use a small paring knife to cut each cherry in half. You can then remove the pit with the tip of your knife or your fingers.

Don’t worry if your first few (or all of them) are a little mangled; they’ll still taste good. Then, once you’ve pitted them all, add to your favorite fruit salad or cobbler recipe. Or make this simple cherry sauce, to spoon atop ice cream or cheesecake.

Cherry sauce

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup pitted sweet cherries

Stir together water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and almond extracts.

Place cherries in bowl and pour over sugar syrup. Let marinate several hours or overnight.



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