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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.



Shop the Sale: Wonderful Watermelons


Most summers, I end up eating my weight in watermelons. Not that that is a bad thing _ watermelon is the perfect dessert or snack when it’s so hot you don’t want to move, it’s loaded with antioxidants, and because it’s mostly water, it’s practically negative-calories.

Let’s review a few things you may not know about this fruit.

To thump or not to thump? Maybe if you’ve picked out a bunch of watermelons in your day, thumping is a good way to choose a ripe one. Supposedly, if you flick a ripe watermelon with your thumb, it will give off a hollow sound, meaning it’s ready to eat. For most of us, however, it’s hard to interpret that sound. Instead you can just look over the melon carefully. If the green stripe is dark green and shiny, and you can’t clearly see veins, it’s good and ripe. Also, choose a melon that is heavy for its size, without any bruises, cuts or dents. One side also should have a creamy yellow spot from sitting in the patch, ripening.

Good for you: Because it’s mostly water and relatively low in sugar for fruit, watermelon is low in calories, with just 80 calories in two cups. Watermelon also has high concentrations of lycopene, the same antioxidant found in tomatoes, which has been linked to reducing risk of cancer and heart disease.

A square melon? Have you ever seen a picture of a square watermelon? It wasn’t done in Photoshop. Japanese farmers have developed real square melons, by growing them in boxes. They taste the same, but are easier to store, stack, and ship.

Now that’s a big melon: Most watermelons you’ll find in the super market are under 40 pounds, and you can now even buy personal watermelons, which are usually under 5 pounds, or about the size of a big cantaloupe. But given time and the right pedigree, watermelons can get humongous. The title of world’s largest watermelon goes to a melon grown in Hope, Ark. It weighed in at 268.8 pounds.

The whole enchilada _err, melon: The entire watermelon is edible. You can roast the seeds, and the rind can be pickled, or turned into relish.

Think beyond the slice: Of course, many people think the only way to eat watermelon is by the slice. But their mild flavor is so versatile that they are great additions to salsa, salads, sauces and smoothies. Expand your watermelon repertoire with this refreshing salad, bursting with summer flavor:

Cherry Tomato and Watermelon Salad



Shop the Sale: Betty Crocker Cake Mix


In your family you probably have preferences on different food products. In my family the great debate is Betty Crocker versus Duncan Hines. If I need a quick cake I always rely on Betty Crocker, but my grandmother on the other hand will only use Duncan Hines. If there is any cake made from a mix you better believe there are a few jokes and discussions on the cake. 

Having a few cake mixes in your pantry is not a bad idea. How many times have you been winding down for bed and realize you need to take a cake to work in the morning? In these situations you need a cake and you need it fast!

No need to run to the store or stay up late, just grab a cake mix out of your pantry. Betty Crocker Cake Mixes are on sale at Brookshire’s this week! Pick up a box or two because you never know when you may need one!



Shop the Sale: Blueberries


Blueberries are delicious in pies, tarts, smoothies and even by themselves. Adding blueberries to muffins and cakes can boost the nutrition of your meal!

Blueberries are a good source of fiber and are high in vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. They have an excellent NuVal score of 100, which you can not beat! Pick up some blueberries on sale at Brookshire’s! Need recipe ideas?

Pick up a June issue of Celebrate Cooking, which features blueberries!



Shop the Sale: Buy One Get One For A Penny Sale!


It’s time to make your pennies count with our Buy One Get One For A Penny Sale! Take advantage of this sale with Buy One Get One For A Penny products such as: Boneless Pork Chops, Bagged Russet Potatoes, Grape Tomatoes, Doritos, Cheez-It Snack Crackers, Lean Cuisine Entrees, Mrs. Baird’s Bread and Scott Tissue. So start counting your pennies and save!



Shop the Sale: You Save!


“You Save!”  That’s the headline on this week’s Brookshire’s Memorial Day ad showing me how I can save money on my groceries!  It’s easy to save by looking for the red advertised special tags throughout the store. 

These red tags show me the great advertised price and then the incredible savings printed right below, so I know I’m getting the best price possible.  So when shopping for your Memorial Day needs, look for the hundreds of red advertised special tags and you’ll see your savings REALLY add up.



Shop the Sale: Hebrew National


Hebrew National brand beef franks have become a big hit at my house, especially when I prepare them on the grill.  I noticed on the second page of this week’s ad that Brookshire’s is giving me a FREE bottle of ketchup when I buy my favorite franks.  That’s right – I get a FREE Hunt’s 24 oz Ketchup when I buy 2 packages of Hebrew National Beef Franks priced at 2 for just $5.

Take advantage of this great offer now through May 24!



Shop the Sale: Celebrate Cooking!


Pick up the May issue of our CELEBRATE COOKING magazine, you’ll be berry surprised with all the money saving coupons and offers in this issue. Plus in this issue, we are topping off everything with sweet delicious strawberries! So…come by, pick up a magazine and start saving!



Shop the Sale: Real Big Deal


Mother’s Day – it’s always a special day in our home where we all do our best to make mother feel special.  Don’t forget Mom this Sunday.  

Starting today Brookshire’s is featuring an extremely popular “Real Big Deal” offer on the front page of the ad.  You can take home 4 free items when you buy one package of John Soules fully cooked beef or chicken fajitas.  That’s FREE Food Club Sour Cream, FREE Mission Flour Tortillas, FREE Hatch Jalapenos and FREE Food Club Picante Sauce.  Take advantage of this great offer now through May 17!



Shop the Sale: Pork Chops!


Pork Chops are the featured meat item on sale in this week’s advertised circular.  They’re great for grilling! 

 I’m sure your family will enjoy a tasty meal featuring moist and tender pork from Hormel.  

Here’s a helpful serving tip:  After you’ve grilled your pork chops, cover them with foil and let them “rest” for about 10 minutes.  This simple step will allow the meat juices to spread evenly and ensure a flavorful, tender piece of meat on every plate. 



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