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Shop the Sale: Granny’s Cherry Pie


My Granny and Grandpop had a cherry tree in their backyard.

This wasn’t too uncommon, living just outside of Washington, D.C., famed for not only being the country’s seat of government but also for it’s amazing cherry blossoms each spring.

They also had a crabapple tree, which I think their dozens of grandchildren enjoyed more for the “apple bombs” than for the sour crabapples. 

But the cherry tree was an entirely different story.

When the yield was good, Granny would send us out to the back yard with bushel baskets and let us pick the cherries, cautioning us not to eat TOO many (I don’t think she really meant it). Then we (literally dozens of us grandchildren) would bring them back in and help her pit the cherries. We all know pitting cherries is hard work, but Granny was smart that way because we knew that if we helped, at the end of it, there would be a glorious cherry pie (or three) for all of us to enjoy.  Not only did we get to enjoy the cherry pie, but Granny would let us make cinnamon-sugar pies out of the scraps of homemade dough. It was wonderful.

 
Cherry Pie

Makes two “mini” pies

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour
3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
7 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 Tbsp ice water
1 lb (about 3 cups) sour or sweet cherries, pitted
3 Tbsp sugar (2/3 cups if using sour cherries)
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest

Directions

DOUGH:

Combine flour, brown sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Cut in 6 tablespoons of the butter using a pastry blender, two knives or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time; mix until just combined. Pat the dough into a 5-by-6-inch rectangle, cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.

PIES:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Melt the remaining butter and set aside. Combine the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, lemon zest, melted butter and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and set aside. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece to a 1/8-inch thickness, and fit two of the rolled-out pieces into two 4-inch pie plates. Fill each with half the cherry mixture, drape the remaining two pieces of dough over the pies, and crimp the edges to seal. Cut slits into the tops of the pies and bake until golden.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 508, Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 54 mg, Sodium: 143mg, Carbohydrates: 79 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein : 5 g.
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Shop The Sale: Multicolored Peppers


You know how experts always say, “eat the rainbow” to remind you to eat a variety of natural, whole foods, in colors created by God, as part of a well-balanced diet? Well nothing makes me happier to follow this advice than with multi-colored bell peppers.

Besides being beautiful, they’re super healthy, too, with loads of lycopene and antioxidants. They’re versatile; you can eat them raw or cooked.

One of my favorite things to do with peppers…well, there’s lots of favorite things! I like to julienne them and eat them raw as a snack. I love to slice them into thick rings and grill them with a spritz of extra virgin olive oil and a smattering of salt and pepper. But what I was originally going to say is that I love to stuff them and come up with new fillings to show off the beauty of my peppers. I have a tried-and-true turkey filling that I love, but I’ve recently been experimenting with a vegetarian version and have come up with a satisfying, healthy recipe filled with whole grain and a lot of flavor.

With bell peppers on sale this week at Brookshire’s, make sure you get one in every color to experiment with the different flavors. 

Veggie Stuffed Bell Peppers

Serves 4

1 red, yellow, orange and green bell pepper (or colors of your choosing)
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 zucchini, finely diced
2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 ear sweet corn, kernels removed from the cob
1 cup spicy vegetable juice, divided
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp hot pepper sauce

Directions:

Slice the tops off of peppers, clean seeds and pith.

Mix rice, zucchini, tomatoes, corn, 1/2 cup vegetable juice, cumin and hot pepper sauce.

Stuff one fourth of mixture into each pepper. Place in a baking dish.  Pour remaining 1/2 cup vegetable juice over peppers. Bake at 375° F for 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 238, Calories from Fat: 18, Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 135 mg, Carbohydrates: 50 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 7 g, Protein: 7

 

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Shop the Sale: Florida Sweet Yellow Corn


When I was about 10 years old, we moved into a house on a lot that was…well, overgrown is putting it nicely. The house was on a cul-de-sac, and the back yard was like a huge wedge of pie, narrower by the house and opening into an expanse of vast brush and weeds.

My mom likes nothing if not a good challenge, and I can remember her tackling that back yard with zest. At the end of her hard work, we had a lovely grassy plot of land, opening into a child’s wonderland. Eventually, my dad built a “fort” among the trees for the five of us kids and my mom had a large plot for her garden.

That garden was amazing. She grew pretty much everything you can imagine. I remember being sent to the garden in the late afternoon with a colander and coming back with green beans, cucumbers and tomatoes for a dinner salad and, later in the summer, my favorite, sweet corn. We’d sit on the back step and shuck the corn, letting the wisps of silk slip from our fingers. We had so much corn it seemed and there were endless ways to prepare it, including this recipe, one of my favorites.

Sweet corn is on sale this week at Brookshire’s, just in time for summer.

Blue Cheese Garlic Sweet Corn

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 ears fresh corn, kernels cut from cob
3/4 cup milk
1 cup crumbled blue cheese

Directions
Melt butter with olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir the garlic briefly in the butter mixture, about 1 minute. Stir corn into butter and oil to coat; cook and stir until warmed, about 3 minutes. Pour milk into the skillet; bring to a simmer. Place a cover on the skillet, reduce heat to low, and cook at a simmer until hot, about 10 minutes.
 

Remove the cover from the skillet and continue cooking until the liquid is mostly evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes. Add blue cheese; cook and stir until the cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving 249, Fat: 14 g, Cholesterol: 29 mg, Sodium: 254 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 9 g

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Shop The Sale: Marinated Thai Style Pork Ribs


My friend Jon is traveling the world. He retired early, in his mid-40s, after years as an air-traffic controller and took off with a backpack and his camera.

He spent his first year in Mexico.

He’s now in the Far East and enjoying every minute.

He posts pictures (I first met him through his photography) and I can only imagine that the caramelized brown, crispy-juicy ribs he posted recently were this recipe.

They taste even more succulent when they’re on sale at Brookshire’s, like they are this week.

Marinated Thai Style Pork Ribs

Ingredients:

1 cup sliced shallots
10 scallions, coarsely chopped
One 3-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced
8 large cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro including thin stems (and roots, if possible)
6 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp fresh coarsely ground black pepper
2 Tbsp sugar
4 lbs pork spareribs, cut by your butcher across the bone into 2- to 3-inch “racks,” each rack cut between the bones into individual 2- to 3-inch-long riblets

Directions:

Put the shallots, scallions, ginger, garlic, cilantro, soy sauce, fish sauce, salt, pepper, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Process to a loose, finely chopped paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice.

Place pork ribs in a large bowl or a pair of heavy resealable plastic bags. Thoroughly coat the ribs with the marinade, massaging the paste into the flesh for a minute or so. Cover and marinate at room temperature for 2 hours or up to 5 hours in the refrigerator, tossing the ribs once or twice during this time.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spread the ribs out, bone-side down, on two large parchment-lined baking sheets and bake until ribs are deeply colored and very tender but not yet falling from the bone, about 1 1/2 hours, occasionally rotating the pans to encourage even cooking.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 1,201, Calories from Fat: 606, Total Fat: 67 g, Cholesterol: 422 mg, Sodium: 2672 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 18 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 8 g, Protein:  124 g

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Shop The Sale: Beef Burgundy


I think anyone who has had a serious interest in cooking has, at one time or another, delved into the wonderful world of Julia Child. At least, I did.

The best thing about Julia, for me, was that she wasn’t serious. I mean, the woman could work her way around a kitchen, no doubt, but she never took herself too seriously. She laughed at her mistakes and championed her disasters. Loudly. I remember watching a snippet of her preparing a classic French dish called, Americanized, beef burgundy. The French pronunciation, boeuf bourguignon, rolled off Julia’s tongue with both the awkwardness and the finesse that somehow co-existed in her helter-skelter, yet deft, persona.

During that phase in my life, if Julia made it, I wanted to make it. Her beef burgundy has become a lifelong favorite. Chuck roast is on sale at Brookshire’s this week, so try this in homage to Julia. You won’t be disappointed. I promise.

Beef Burgundy

Ingredients:

6 oz bacon (or salt pork)
3 lbs beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 2-inch cubes
1 1/2 cups shallots, about 8 shallots
2 large carrots, one diced and one cut into 2-inch chunks
4 cloves garlic, diced
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup brandy, plus 2 Tbsp
2/3 bottle Pinot Noir or Burgundy wine
4 whole cloves
Handful of fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
2-3 cups beef stock
6 oz butter (4 for the beginning and 2 for the sauce)
3 Tbsp flour (combine with the butter for the sauce)
8 oz fresh mushrooms (cremini, button, or shiitake)
1 1/2 cups pearl onions (frozen is fine)
Salt and pepper

Directions 

1) Start by adding 1 cup of water to a large skillet. Add your bacon or salt pork and cook on medium-high heat until the water evaporates and the bacon starts to brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.

2) Add 4 tablespoons of butter to the pan and cook until the bacon is crispy. Remove bacon to a Dutch oven or heavy pot.

3) Add beef cubes in batches to pan. Don’t crowd the pan. Brown beef on all sides. It will probably take you 3 to 4 batches and 20 to 25 minutes total. Remove beef to Dutch oven when done.

4) Add shallots, diced carrots and garlic to skillet where beef was browned. Scrape up as many brown bits as possible and cook for a minute or two. Then add tomato paste and continue to cook for another minute.

5) Deglaze pan with 1/2 cup brandy. Use liquid to scrape up as many bits as possible. Add mixture to Dutch oven.

6) Add to the Dutch oven wine, cloves, parsley, bay leaves, and enough beef stock to just cover the beef and bring to a simmer. Simmer covered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

7) Add carrot pieces (2 inches or so in length) to Dutch oven and continue to cook for another hour or until carrots and beef are tender.

8) When ready, remove beef and carrots from Dutch oven and set aside. Strain liquid and add liquid to a medium pot. Bring to a very slight simmer.

9) Mix 2 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons of flour to form a paste. Stir 1/3 of the paste at a time into the sauce. The sauce should start to thicken immediately.

10) Stir in 2 tablespoons more of brandy for extra flavor and continue to lightly simmer sauce until it’s silky smooth and thick.

11) In a large skillet, add mushrooms with a tiny drizzle of oil. Cook on medium heat until mushrooms lose their liquid, about 10 minutes. Add pearl onions and cook until they are slightly browned.

12) Serve beef, carrots, mushrooms, and onions with sauce. Serve with potatoes, egg noodles, rice and/or crusty bread.

Serves 5 to 6 

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 1257, Calories from Fat: 885, Fat: 98 g, Cholesterol: 326 mg, Sodium: 1251mg, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 3 g, Protein: 73 g

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Shop The Sale: Top Sirloin Steak


A top sirloin is a delicious, yet relatively inexpensive, cut of meat.

Culled from the upper back rear of the cattle, a top sirloin is deliciously marbled and easily grilled, braised, broiled, roasted or pan-fried.

This traditional French treatment is a succulent treat you can sink your teeth into, and it’s even better when Top Sirloin Steak is on sale at Brookshires.

Peppered Top Sirloin Steak – Steak au Poivre 

Ingredients:

1 Tbs coarsely ground pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp coarse salt

2 tsp prepared horseradish
2 Tbs olive oil
2 lbs boneless top sirloin steak

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix together the pepper, garlic, salt, horseradish and olive oil.

Place the steaks on a shallow dish and rub the mixture all over the meat. Marinate at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours or, better still, covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Turn the meat from time to time to coat both sides evenly.

Remove the steaks from the refrigerator an hour before cooking.

When ready to grill, heat broiler or grill. Broil or grill steak approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side or until done to your preference.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 630g, Calories from Fat: 355g, Fat: 40 g, Cholesterol: 203 mg, Sodium: 1117 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Protein: 65 g.



Shop The Sale: Honey Lime Chicken Tenders


A few weeks ago my older son declared he no longer wanted jelly on his peanut butter sandwich.

Instead, he wanted honey. 

I’m a big fan of local honey. I use it to combat allergies, so I had some on hand.

As many things do with this particular child, honey has become an obsession of sorts. He loves it. He eats in on peanut butter, dips apple slices into it and has suddenly developed “allergies” of his own so he can just eat a tablespoon plain.

This recipe, using chicken tenders that are on sale this week at Brookshire’s, balances the sweet flavor of honey with the zest and acidity of lime juice. My whole family loved it.

Honey Lime Chicken Tenders

Ingredients

1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1 tsp lime juice
1 1/2 tsp honey
1 lb chicken tenders 

Directions

Mix dressing, lime juice and honey together. Pour into resealable plastic bag and add chicken tenders. Massage bag to coat tenders evenly. Marinate for 1 hour in refrigerator, turning bag occasionally. Remove tenders from bag and discard marinade.

Heat large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium high heat. Sauté chicken tenders until cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Serve. 

Nutrition Information: Calories per Serving: 155, Fat: 11 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 6 mg, Sodium: 594 mg, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugars: 9 g, Protein: 2 g

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Shop The Sale: Mangoes


I’m trying to lighten up for spring and summertime, and I’m so excited that all the fruits I love the most are coming back into season. I’ve already seen them appearing on the shelves of Brookshire’s grocery stores.

I didn’t discover mangoes until fairly late in life, already in adulthood. But I love them now, and they’re a staple of my spring and summer fruit bowl.

Originally from South Asia, the mango is considered a tropical fruit. Placing under-ripe mangoes in brown paper bags can help them ripen. They will then keep in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for about four or five days.

Use Greek yogurt in this recipe for extra protein, and enjoy it as a dessert, or as I do, breakfast.

Mango Yogurt Parfaits

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

2 large ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted and cubed
3 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt
6 Tbs low-fat granola

Directions

Purée one mango and spoon equal amounts into six clear plastic cups. Top each with 1/4 cup yogurt. Spoon cubed mango over the top, saving a few pieces for garnish.

Top with remaining 1/4 cup yogurt and reserved mango. (Recipe may be made ahead at this point. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.)

Top each serving with a tablespoon of granola just before serving.

Serves 6 

Nutrional Information: Calories per Serving: 162, Fat: 2 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 7 mg, Sodium: 72 mg, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Fiber: 2 g 



Shop The Sale: Grilled Chicken Parmesan


I’m Italian by heritage. I don’t know whether it’s nature or nurture, but I love all Italian foods. It’s so interesting to me to study the foods from the different regions of the same country.

Not all Italian food is the same – like we have Southern cooking, Tex Mex, California cuisine and 16 different definitions of “barbecue,” so do the Italians have different styles of cooking based on different regions.

Venice has a lot of seafood. Florence is known for rustic Italian dishes. Sicily for its smoked meats and sausages. You get the idea.

Did you know that pasta isn’t even the main course of Italian meals? No, it’s the starter. Meat is the main course, and a salad or cheese plate finishes the meal.

Chicken parmesan is known as a classic Italian meal, and I never saw it on a menu in my many, many trips to Italy. I still love it, however, as do many of my American friends.

But what I don’t like is the breaded, fried chicken. I mean, I like it, but I also like creating a healthier version. With Brookshire’s boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale this week, it’s easy to bring a taste of Italy to your backyard. Because this recipe is so simple, I recommend highlighting the flavors by using the freshest tomatoes and some quality parmesan cheese. Because this meal is simple, yet flavorful, it’s perfect for a weeknight or a weekend entertaining guests!

Grilled Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients:

4 Brookshire’s boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbs Italian seasoning blend, such as McCormick’s
2 roma tomatoes (or whatever is in peak season)
1/4 lb. good quality parmesan cheese, sliced into thin slices

Directions:

Rub chicken breasts with olive oil. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, rub into chicken.

Prepare grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken until cooked through or until juices run clear. Remove from grill and let rest.

Slice tomatoes into thick slices. Place on a piece of foil; place foil on grill. Grill until tomatoes are soft (as an alternative, you can place a whole tomato on grill, turning frequently until skin is charred, then remove and slice).

Place tomato slices on top of chicken, about two per breast. Top with two slices of parmesan cheese.

Turn off gas grill or use indirect heat on charcoal grill. Place chicken Parmesan stacks back on grill, close lid until tomato is soft and cheese has also softened, one or two minutes.

Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 348 g, Calories from Fat: 161 g, Fat: 18 g, Cholesterol: 130 mg, Sodium: 129 mg, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 2 g, Protein: 43 g

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Shop The Sale: Hothouse Bell Peppers


When I say the word “pepper,” my kids cringe.

“I don’t want that stuff. That tastes spicy on my mouth,” my younger son wails.

Clearly, he has not developed his footing for peppers yet.

But hothouse bell peppers don’t have a spice to them. Instead, the sweet red, yellow and orange varieties complement the more savory, earthy, green versions.

Either way, they’re delicious as a topping for fish – the delicate flavors complement each other perfectly.

Hothouse Sweet Bell Peppers with Red Snapper

Ingredients:

1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Hungarian paprika
Black pepper, to taste
2 Tbs vegetable oil
2 lbs red snapper, cut into 1/4-inch fillets
1 hothouse sweet red pepper, cut peppers into 1/4-inch strips
1 hothouse sweet yellow pepper, cut peppers into 1/4-inch strips
1 hothouse sweet orange pepper, cut peppers into 1/4-inch strips
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
5 garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 cup water

Directions:

Blend all spices together, add oil and mix well.

Roll snapper fillets in mixture and place in a nonstick skillet.

Roll bell peppers in the remaining mixture and arrange over snapper and sprinkle parsley on top.

Add garlic cloves and water.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Simmer, covered for approximately 10 minutes until liquid is evaporated and snapper is opaque and firm to touch. Don’t overcook.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 252, Calories from Fat: 65, Cholesterol: 71 mg, Sodium: 101 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 2 g, Protein: 41 g



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