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Shop the Sale: Crunchy Pork Chops


Crunchy Pork ChopsMy boys came home from a vacation to Branson, Missouri, raving about “chicken fried pork chops.”

I’d heard of chicken fried steak and chicken fried chicken but never chicken fried pork chops.

I understand the concept, so I went online to see if I could find a copycat recipe.

I easily found a recipe that sounded delicious, but I really don’t like to fry anything. I had to continue searching. I finally found an oven-baked recipe that I thought would still give the juicy, crispy results of the deep-fried version. I was right.

Try this recipe with the gravy or with your favorite version. Also, try this while boneless pork chops are on sale this week at Brookshire’s.

Crunchy Pork Chops

Ingredients:
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbs water
6 (3/4-inch thick) boneless pork chops (about 1 1/2 lb)
2 Tbs all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing, crushed
1 (10.5 oz) can Campbell’s Turkey Gravy

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400° F.

Beat the egg and water in a shallow dish with a fork or whisk. Coat the pork with the flour. Dip the pork into the egg mixture. Coat with the stuffing. Place the pork onto a baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through.

Heat the gravy in a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat until it’s hot and bubbling. Serve the gravy with the pork.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 249, Fat: 9 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 25 g, Sodium: 470 mg.

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Shop the Sale: Whiskey Butter Ribeyes


Whiskey Butter RibeyesThe Fourth of July is at the end of the week, and with our nation’s Independence Day falling on a weekend this year, there’s no reason not to celebrate.

This ribeye recipe will having your guests seeing fireworks, so host a backyard barbecue and enjoy this delicious cut of meat while it’s on sale at Brookshire’s.

Whiskey Butter Ribeyes

Ingredients:
1 Tbs New Mexican chili powder or chili powder
1 Tbs chipotle chili powder
1/2 Tbs smoked paprika
1/2 Tbs white pepper
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbs raw sugar
2 (1-inch thick) bone-in ribeye steaks (about 1 lb each)
2 slices whiskey butter

Whiskey Butter:
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 shallots, soaked in whiskey
3 tsp parsley, minced
1/2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp Jack Daniel’s whiskey
1/2 tsp sea salt or salt
ground white pepper, or to taste

Directions:
For rub, combine chili powders, paprika, white pepper, black pepper and sugar in a bowl.

Prepare grill for direct cooking over low heat (about 300° F). Meanwhile, let meat come to room temperature about 20 minutes before grilling. Pat meat with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Just before grilling, brush steaks with oil. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of rub and a little salt on steaks; pat in with fingers.

Place steaks directly over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Turn and grill 5 more minutes for medium-rare doneness. Remove from grill. Let rest at least 5 minutes.

Top hot steaks with whiskey butter. To serve, slice steaks.

For whiskey butter, combine butter, shallots, parsley, mustard, Worcestershire, Jack Daniel’s, salt and white pepper. Mix well. Drop butter in spoonfuls onto wax paper. Roll in plastic and smooth out to form a round log. Refrigerate until hard and easy to cut, at least 3 hours. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 383, Fat: 23 g, Cholesterol: 116 mg, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 2 g, Sodium: 435 mg.

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Shop the Sale: Whole Grilled Chicken


Whole Grilled ChickenI’m fairly new to grilling.

I got my own grill not too long ago, but I’ve done pretty well on it, if I do say so myself.

However, I was more than a little intimidated by the thought of grilling a whole chicken. Would the skin burn to a crisp? Would the legs dry out while the breast was undercooked?

No and no.

This is so simple and the flavor is tremendous.

I promise you this recipe is effortless. Try it this week when whole fryers are on sale at Brookshire’s.

Whole Grilled Chicken

Ingredients:
8 medium green onions, chopped (1/2 cup)
2 Tbs fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
2 Tbs fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 (2 1/2 to 3 lb) whole broiler-fryer chicken

Directions:
If using a charcoal grill, place drip pan directly under grilling area, and arrange coals around edge of firebox. Heat coals or gas grill for indirect heat.

Mix all ingredients except chicken in a small bowl. Rub mixture over skin of chicken, and place 2 tablespoons mixture in cavity of chicken. Insert barbecue meat thermometer so that the tip is in thickest part of inside thigh muscle and does not touch bone.

Cover and grill chicken, breast side up, over drip pan or over unheated side of gas grill 4 to 6 inches from medium-high heat for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. Rotate chicken one-half turn once, until thermometer reads 180° F and juice of chicken is no longer pink when center of thigh is cut. Garnish as desired.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 295, Calories from Fat: 155, Fat: 17 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 105 mg, Sodium: 400 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 34 g.

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Shop the Sale: Loaded Buffalo Chicken Baked Potato Casserole


Loaded Buffalo Chicken Baked Potato CasseroleYes, you read that recipe title correctly.

Buffalo chicken.

Loaded baked potato.

One recipe.

Heaven.

I already have an obsession with buffalo chicken. I cut myself off from writing about it for awhile. I was afraid I was beginning to look a little crazy about the stuff. However, finding this recipe revived my love for the tangy stuff.

This recipe serves seven, and it’s not as caloric as you might think. It’s also economical, as boneless, skinless chicken breasts are on sale this week at Brookshire’s.

Loaded Buffalo Chicken Baked Potato Casserole

Ingredients:
4 large potatoes (3 lb), cut into cubes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp fresh ground pepper
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp paprika
1/3 cup hot sauce
2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 1/2 cups (6 oz) 2% shredded cheddar cheese
5 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup green onion, diced

Directions:
Preheat oven to 500° F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and hot sauce; add the potatoes and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon, remove the potatoes (reserve leftover sauce) to the prepared 9 x 13 dish and bake for 40-50 minutes, until cooked through, crispy and browned, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, add the diced chicken to the leftover sauce mix and toss to coat. Allow the chicken to marinate in the fridge while the potatoes bake.

Once the potatoes are fully cooked, remove from the oven and lower the temperature to 400° F.

Top the potatoes with the raw marinated chicken, then top the chicken with the topping, followed by the shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.

Return the casserole to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle green onions over casserole and serve hot.

Serves 7

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 454, Fat: 17 g, Carbohydrates: 40 g, Sugar: 1 g, Sodium: 879 mg, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 35 g, Cholesterol: 29 mg.

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Shop the Sale: Chocolate Coffee Rubbed Steak with Coconut


Chocolate Coffee Rubbed SteakI sometimes get frustrated because I’d like to try new ways to cook steaks, but I catch myself saying, “There’s only so many ways to cook a steak.”

Don’t get me wrong: there’s nothing better than a simple steak, and a great cut of meat lets the flavor shine through. Every once and awhile, though, I like to get creative.

My friend, Sophia, is from Spain and really needs her own cooking show. She’s vivacious and her food has flavor even bigger than her personality. When she told me about this recipe, I knew it would be larger-than-life.

New York strip steaks are on sale this week at Brookshire’s, so try this flavor-rubbed treat today.

Chocolate Coffee Rubbed Steak with Coconut

Ingredients:

2 New York strip steaks (about 1 lb)

For the rub:
1 tsp ground coffee
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp coconut sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon
pinch of pepper
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes, for garnish

Directions:
Combine the rub ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.

Cut any large, visible chunks of fat off the steak, and coat it with the rub. Really get in there and make sure the steak is well-covered.

Cover the steak and let it sit for at least an hour in the refrigerator, preferably longer to really infuse the flavor in the meat.

Spray a grill pan (or a regular pan) with cooking spray and preheat on high heat. Also, preheat your oven to 400° F.

Cook the steak until it is nice and seared on each side, about 1-2 minutes per side.

Turn down the heat to medium and continue cooking until it has reached the desired level of doneness.

Once the steak is cooked, transfer to a plate and cover with tinfoil to rest for 5-7 minutes.

While the steak is resting, toast the coconut flakes on a small, parchment paper-lined baking tray. Watch closely as they only take 1 or 2 minutes to get nice and golden.

Serve the steak topped with the toasted coconut flakes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 489, Calories from Fat: 271, Fat: 30 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (13 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 150 mg, Sodium: 408 mg, Potassium: 52 mg, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 51 g.

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Shop the Sale: Barbecue Chicken Skewers


BBQ Chicken SkewersWhen I start to read a recipe about barbecued chicken, I’m not expecting to see the word “bacon,” let alone the words “bacon paste.”

So, when I did see all those words, I was captivated.

Say it with me: “Everything tastes better with bacon.”

Bacon paste takes it to a whole new level. Raw bacon is processed in a food processor or blender until a paste is formed. It’s then mixed with the spices and rubbed onto the chicken.

It doesn’t get much better than that, except when chicken breasts are on sale at Brookshire’s.

Barbecue Chicken Skewers

Ingredients:
2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 Tbsp sweet paprika
2 tsp smoked paprika
4 tsp sugar
2-3 slices raw bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup barbecue sauce

Directions:
Trim chicken of excess fat, and then cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with the salt. Then, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Turn all grill burners to high heat, close lid and heat for about 15 minutes. Leave primary burner on, but turn off other burners.

Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, combine the paprikas and sugar. Place the raw bacon in a food processor and pulse for about 30-45 seconds until a smooth paste forms, scraping down the sides of the bowl twice throughout. Add the bacon paste and spice mixture to the chicken. Mix with hands or spatula until the ingredients are blended and chicken is coated. Thread the chicken onto the skewers, rolling or folding as needed to maintain 1-inch cubes.

Grill the chicken over the primary burner with lid closed, turning one-quarter of a turn every 2 minutes or so until browned and slightly charred (about 8 minutes total for chicken breast and 10 minutes for thighs). Brush the top of kebabs with barbecue sauce; flip and cook until sauce is browned in spots, about 1 minute. Brush second side with sauce; flip and cook for another minute or so until cooked through.

Remove kebabs from grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve, passing remaining barbecue sauce separately, if desired.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 290, Calories from Fat: 90, Fat: 10 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 104 mg, Sodium: 108 mg, Potassium: 383 mg, Carbohydrates. 14 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 10 g, Protein: 34 g.

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Shop the Sale: Peach and Pepper Preserves


Peach Pepper PreservesThere’s a produce stand not too far from where I live, on a farm-to-market road between Pittsburg, Texas, and Mount Pleasant.

It’s a huge, rugged, wooden structure that looks lifeless against a cold landscape.

All winter I watched it, boarded up, gray and deserted for the winter.

Not too long ago, it came to life.

The boards were taken down. The makeshift screens were replaced and freshened up. Most of all, the gray boards of the weathered wood became a backdrop for a rainbow explosion of color with fresh fruits and vegetables.

I love a good produce stand.

Up in East Texas, we pride ourselves on peach orchards, some of the best that don’t come out of the sunshine states.

Juicy and firm, sweet and tangy, our peaches are a summer staple of happiness.

I love to mix sweet and spicy, and these preserves are absolutely perfect.

Peaches and nectarines are on sale this week at Brookshire’s, so no matter where they come from, try this treat today.

Peach and Pepper Preserves

Ingredients:
4 1/2 cups peaches, peeled and diced (about 2 1/2 lb)
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 (1.75 oz) pkg powdered fruit pectin

Directions:
Stir together all ingredients in a 4-quart microwave-safe glass bowl.

Microwave on high 8 minutes (mixture will boil). Stir mixture, and microwave on high 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened. Cool mixture completely (about 2 hours). Serve immediately, or cover and chill preserves in an airtight container until ready to serve. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Serves 24

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 73, Calories from Fat: 1, Fat: 0.1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 3 mg, Potassium: 66 mg, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Fiber: 0.5 g, Sugar: 18 g, Protein: 0.3 g.

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Shop the Sale: Chili Lime Chicken


Chili Lime ChickenI love to write about my friends, but not all of them love to be written about.

I don’t think this one will mind.

She came into my life in a professional capacity, a whirling dervish of energy and laughter in an otherwise quiet office. With her feisty Mexican attitude (her words, not mine) and her South Texas flair, she brought a vigorousness to our staid office that hadn’t existed before.

It wasn’t uncommon for me to startle out of deep concentration because she started laughing uproariously at an email she’d received, something she’d read or something she’d seen on social media.

She loves to read, just like me, and she loves to eat, just like me.

While cooking wasn’t her passion in life, she certainly loved to share recipes and discuss cooking (and eating) with me. She made the best empanadas I’ve ever eaten.

She posted this recipe recently, so I know it will be good, plus it’s perfect for the Brookshire’s split chicken breasts that are on sale this week.

Chili Lime Chicken

Ingredients:
6 to 8 split chicken breasts
1/4 cup mild chili powder
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1/2 Tbsp cumin
1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp chipotle powder or cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp thyme
juice of 1 large lime
2/3 cup canola oil

Directions:
In a medium glass bowl, combine all of the dry spices. Whisk in the lime juice and canola oil until well-combined. If it seems too thick, add a little more oil. Taste for salt.

Arrange the chicken breasts in a glass baking dish. Take the marinade and pour over chicken. If you have to, use your hands to make sure chicken is covered completely. Marinate in refrigerator for 3 hours.

Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with foil paper. Arrange chicken breasts onto baking sheet and do not overcrowd. Bake in oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 to 6 minutes.

Serve as is with your favorite rice dish or slice thin for tacos. It makes a great topping for your favorite salad. If you serve it sliced, it yields up to 10 servings.

Notes: This chicken tastes great for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, salads or just with your favorite rice dish. You can also grill the chicken instead of baking it in the oven, just take care that the spice rub does not burn.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 343, Calories from Fat: 252, Fat: 28 g, Trans Fat: 0.1 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 65 mg, Sodium: 1393 mg, Potassium: 114 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 22 g.

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Shop The Sale: Pork Spareribs


Pork SpareRibsLast weekend, I went to one of the best events I’d EVER been to in the city where I live: the Red Dirt & Barbecue Festival. Brookshire’s provided all the sodas for the event…provided all the sodas which were FREE, I might add…and they were certainly welcome on such a warm spring day in Texas.

The Red Dirt & Barbecue Festival was exactly what it sounds like – a day featuring four Red Dirt bands and 15 (yes, 15) different barbecue restaurants from all over the South giving out samples of their best meats.

We were in hog heaven, pun slightly intended.

We spent the afternoon sampling ribs, sausages, brisket, potato salad, beans, chicken and steak. Everything was so delicious, and I didn’t have a bad morsel of food the entire event.

I really enjoyed sampling the ribs. Ribs aren’t something I make at home very often so any chance I get to eat them, I grab it! I quickly got over my awkwardness about gnawing on a rib bone in public and even got to the point of licking my fingers after I finished a meaty morsel. There were beef ribs, short ribs, pork ribs, and spareribs; you name it, it was at the festival!

My boyfriend loved the ribs, too, but he and I disagree on one thing: He doesn’t like any sauce on his ribs, only a dry rub, while I love a tangy sauce to complement the savory meat. Which do you prefer?

In honor of Red Dirt & Barbecue (which should take place in April next year, as well), here’s a recipe for pork spareribs, on sale this week at Brookshire’s. Of course, all the big barbecue joints had massive smokers and grills, but you can make these right in your oven.

Pork Spareribs

Ingredients:
4 to 5 lb pork spareribs
2 Tbsp butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
1 cup water
1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp white vinegar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp chili powder

Directions:
Cut ribs into serving-size pieces; place in a shallow roasting pan, bone-side down. Bake, uncovered, at 350° F for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat.

Add onion and celery; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until tender.

Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat.

Simmer for about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

Drain fat from roasting pan. Pour sauce over ribs. Bake 45-60 minutes longer, or until ribs are tender.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 318, Fat: 17 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 94 mg, Sodium: 478 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 27 g.

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Shop the Sale: Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Rolls


Breakfast RollMy boys go through phases with breakfast. They only want to eat one thing. These phases can last for weeks, usually months, and even a year in the case of the younger son being obsessed with Toaster Strudels. Don’t judge.

We’ve gone through the pancake phase, the waffle phase and the scrambled egg phase.

Recently, they discovered a yummy frozen breakfast product at a friend’s house. I bought them once, but I’ll be honest, they were a little pricey for my budget. So, I had to come up with an alternative that would mimic the food they loved and be a little easier on my wallet. 

This recipe fit the bill perfectly. I’m not sure which I like more: the fact I can make these in bulk and freeze so all I have to do is reheat them later or the fact that Cracker Barrel bacon is on sale this week at Brookshire’s, making this economical and tasty!

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Rolls

Ingredients:
1 (12 oz) pkg Cracker Barrel bacon, chopped
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
5 large eggs
2 Tbsp cold water
salt and pepper, to taste
2 (8 ct) pkg refrigerated crescent rolls
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:
Cook the Bacon:
Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy (about 10-15 minutes), stirring occasionally to avoid burning. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess grease. Set aside.

Scramble the Eggs:
While the bacon is cooking, scramble the eggs. Melt the butter in a separate large skillet over medium heat. Beat the eggs in a small bowl, add 2 tablespoons of cold water, and salt and pepper. Once the butter is melted, swirl the pan so the butter covers the bottom surface. Pour the eggs into the pan and let cook while scrambling with a spatula, for 5-8 minutes or until the eggs are cooked through and golden.

Assemble the Breakfast Rolls:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Working with one crescent roll package at a time and leaving the other in the fridge until ready to assemble, remove the dough from the packaging. Unroll the 8 triangles onto a clean work surface. Pile about 1 tablespoon each of the cooked bacon, scrambled eggs and shredded cheese into the middle of each triangle. Gently roll the triangle up from the wide end to the skinny end, using your thumbs to keep the filling from spilling out. Enclose the sides and pinch shut as you roll. 

Place the filled crescent rolls onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden. While the first batch is baking, prepare the second batch with the second package of crescent rolls. Remove from the oven and let set for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a serving platter. Bake the remaining 8 rolls. Serve warm.

Refrigerate Leftovers: Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. Reheat in the microwave or 350°F oven until heated through.

Freeze Leftovers: Once completely cooled, freeze in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet in the freezer for 20 minutes. Transfer to a freezer bag. To reheat, thaw overnight and bake at 350°F until heated through.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 342, Calories from Fat: 239, Fat: 27 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 165 mg, Sodium: 1057 mg, Potassium: 264 mg, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 21 g.

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