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Shop the Sale: Lemon Squares


There’s nothing quite like the sugary, zesty tang of a lemon dessert, and our Lemon Squares are spot on when your sweet tooth kicks in. We’ve kept things pretty simple with this one so you can prepare and cook up a batch in just one hour. Pro tip: make sure you thoroughly grease the pan, getting into every nook and cranny. This ensures you don’t waste a crumb of these delicious lemon squares! And one final tip: pick up a bag or two of Brookshire’s Sugar on sale all this week.

 Ingredients
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for dusting
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp lemon peel, grated
2 Tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix flour, butter and powdered sugar in small bowl. Press evenly with hands into bottom and about 1/2 inch up side of ungreased 8 x 8 pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

Beat remaining ingredients in medium bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Pour over hot crust. Bake just until no indention remains when touched lightly in center, about 25 minutes. Let stand until cool. Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares. Dust with sifted powdered sugar.

Per Serving:
Calories: 253, Fat: 11 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 63 mg, Sodium: 153 mg, Carbohydrates: 37 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 3 g.

 Chef Tips

Better Baking

For those new to baking – or the bakers that are looking to improve their skills – here are some quick tips and tricks to get even more out of your baking.

  • Invest in some kitchen scales. Even small deviations in measurements can really mess with your recipe, but your ingredients will be spot on with digital scales. They’re not expensive and they are handy for all types of cooking.
  • Use room-temperature ingredients when the recipe calls for it (usually those that require creaming). It will be easier and the end product will be much better.
  • Check your oven temperature. The number you see on the dial isn’t necessarily accurate, especially with older ovens. Ensuring you have the right temperature is key to baking, which is where an inexpensive oven thermometer comes in. Simply place it in your oven and you’re done. But remember, this doesn’t replace turning the pan halfway through cooking when called for. Most ovens have a hot spot and even with the correct temperature, you can still wind up with unevenly baked goods.
  • Thoroughly read the recipe and prepare all of your ingredients before you get started. This last one might seem like a no brainer, but it’s easy to get carried away only to find you are out of eggs or you missed a step.

For Lemon Lovers

Looking for more lemon desserts? If you get tired of Lemon Squares (although we doubt it), here are a bunch of other lemon infused dessert ideas to try: lemon pie, lemon cheesecake, lemon tart, lemon cookies, lemon cake, lemon donuts, lemon Crème Brûlée, lemon meringue cupcakes, lemon sorbet and last but not least, lemon pudding. And if you love lemon treats but not all of the sugar in traditional recipes, simply put “sugar free” in front when searching for recipes online.

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Shop the Sale: Chicken Alfredo Pizza


Can’t decide if you want pasta or pizza? We’ve got you covered with our delicious pasta inspired Chicken Alfredo Pizza. This quick and easy meal combines the best of both worlds with a ready-made pizza crust topped with creamy Alfredo sauce, chicken, mozzarella and parmesan. Treat the family to pizza night at home this week with our special price on Sanderson Farm Split Chicken Breasts.

Ingredients
1 pkg Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Crust
1/3 cup Alfredo sauce
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 cup parmesan, shaved (divided)
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
1 to 2 precooked chicken breasts, sliced
Cracked black pepper, to taste
Fresh basil, for garnish (optional)

 Instructions

Preheat oven to 400° F. Unroll pizza dough onto nonstick cookie sheet. Stretch dough to desired thickness and shape. Prebake dough for 8 minutes.

Remove from oven; let cool slightly. Add Alfredo sauce, spreading evenly across dough with back of a spoon. Top with Italian seasoning, 1/4 cup parmesan, mozzarella and chicken.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is golden. Remove from oven. Top with remaining parmesan. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper and fresh basil.

Per Serving:
Calories: 258, Fat: 11 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 69 mg, Sodium: 826mg, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 26 g.

Unconventional Pizza Ideas

Tired of pepperoni? If our Chicken Alfredo Pizza has got you in the mood for more pizza toppings that are a little outside of the (pizza) box, here are three more unusual pizza ideas to try:

  • Bacon and egg pizza. Whether you look at it as pizza for breakfast or a breakfast pizza, it’s delicious any time of the day.
  • What about salad? When you know you need to get your greens, but you really want pizza, try a Greek salad pizza. Grab a base, drizzle with some olive oil and top with mozzarella, feta, arugula, Kalamata olives, red onion and tomatoes.
  • For something sweet, try peaches. Fresh peaches are divine on pizza when combined with savory flavors. Try it with goat’s cheese, blue cheese, or ricotta, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar.

Pizza Base Alternatives

Whether you are gluten intolerant, looking to lighten your calorie load or just want to try something different, there are loads of pizza base alternatives to explore. For easy switch ups, you can try flatbread, pita bread, French bread or focaccia. Some healthy options you can make from scratch include cauliflower, quinoa, sweet potato, kale and broccoli, and lastly, if you want to switch out your base to whole vegetables, you can use portabella mushrooms, sliced eggplant or zucchini to make tasty mini pizzas.

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Product Talk: John Soules Foods Fully Cooked Chicken Fajitas


Happy Labor Day!

Take the labor out of the day by picking up a family-sized bag of John Soules Foods Fully Cooked Chicken Fajitas for an easy meal to feed your family and friends.

These fully cooked, tender chicken strips are perfectly seasoned and full of flavor. John Soules products contain no hormones, steroids or artificial ingredients. They are also gluten-free and stay fresh for five days after opening.

You can heat them in a skillet, oven or microwave. I’ve even put them in a grill pan on the grill for a fast sear and smoky flavor.

Serve simply with homemade Brookshire’s Tortillas, some sautéed peppers and onions, Brookshire’s Shredded Sharp Cheddar and Brookshire’s Sour Cream. Your meal will be ready in minutes, giving you more time to relax.

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Company News: BGC Celebrates 90th Anniversary


TYLER, Texas, Aug. 31, 2018 – Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) will celebrate 90 years of serving customers and communities on Sept. 1.

BGC was founded by Wood T. (W.T.) Brookshire, who opened the company’s first store on Sept. 1, 1928, in downtown Tyler, Texas. W.T. believed it was his calling to serve people through the grocery business and built BGC on a strong foundation of core values that continue to guide the company today.

In 90 years, BGC has grown from one store to over 180 locations in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas under the Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, FRESH by Brookshire’s and Spring Market banners. Following the founder’s example, BGC remains deeply committed to serving customers and the 150 communities where it operates stores.

Each year, the company’s giving program assists hundreds of nonprofit organizations that support its primary causes of hunger relief, education, family health and wellbeing, and military heroes and first responders. Employees collectively volunteer 20,000 hours annually assisting communities and nonprofit organizations.

In the past 30 years, the Brookshire’s Benefit Golf Tournament has awarded more than $5.5 million to nonprofits that serve causes the company supports. BGC’s Heroes Flight program has escorted more than 400 World War II veterans on all-expenses paid trips to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials dedicated to their service. BGC also hosts two annual races ­– the FRESH 15 in Tyler and the Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods Heroes Run in Shreveport. These races have raised more than $600,000 for charities since 2014. The company’s annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive assists approximately 16,000 households each year, providing about 500,000 pounds of food to people in need.

“We are very excited to be celebrating our 90th anniversary,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “My grandfather founded Brookshire Grocery Company out of his passion for serving others. Today, our mission is still to create exceptional experiences and value for our customers through the core values our company was built upon. We look forward to many more years of serving our customers and communities.”

 

 

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Wine Club: Ravioli with Grape Tomatoes and Wine


One of my favorite combinations is tomatoes with wine.

I mean, really, I’m Italian, so this is practically a pairing that runs through my veins. The acidity of wine, paired with the acidity of tomatoes, is perfect over a hearty pasta that can bear the tangy sauce, like a cheese-filled ravioli. The pasta and the cheese balance the acidity in the other ingredients.

You could pair this recipe with grape tomatoes on sale at Brookshire’s and with a full-bodied red wine, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or a hearty white like Pinot Grigio. Serve with a crusty Italian bread, olive oil for dipping the bread and a simple salad of tossed field greens.

Ravioli with Grape Tomatoes and Wine

Ingredients:
16 to 18 oz fresh or frozen cheese ravioli
2 Tbs olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 cup dry white wine
kosher salt and black pepper
2 Tbs unsalted butter
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Directions:
Cook ravioli according to package directions. Drain and return to pot. While ravioli is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots. Sauté until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, wine, salt and pepper to the skillet. Cook until tomatoes begin to pop, about 4 to 5 minutes. Toss ravioli with the tomato mixture, butter and parsley. Serve immediately with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Note: You can also roast the tomatoes prior to using them in this recipe. Simply toss them in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Then, place in the oven at 450° F until they begin to split. Add to sauce as directed above.

Serves 4
Per Serving: Calories: 594, Fat: 27 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 82 mg, Sodium: 841 mg, Carbohydrates: 57 g, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 20 g.

 

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Company News: BGC announces home delivery through Instacart in Monroe area


TYLER, Texas, Aug. 30, 2018 –Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) is offering same-day home delivery through Instacart at all Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores in Monroe and West Monroe.

Customers can use the Instacart service to order and pay for an assortment of meat, produce, grocery, bakery, deli, household, health/beauty, baby, and pet items* from participating Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores. An Instacart personal shopper will visit the designated banner to fill the order and then deliver the groceries to the customer’s home during their scheduled delivery timeframe.

To place an order, customers can visit brookshires.com/grocery-delivery , super1foods.com/home-delivery or download the “Instacart” mobile app, available in the App Store or Google Play. Instacart requires a $10 minimum on all orders, along with a delivery fee of $5.99 for purchases of $35 or more or $9.99 for orders under $35. A monthly or annual “Express Membership” can be purchased from Instacart and includes free delivery for all orders over $35.

Instacart grocery delivery is available locally at the following locations:

Brookshire’s

  • 7920 Desiard St., Monroe
  • 1801 N. 18th , Monroe
  • 4070 Sterlington Rd., Monroe
  • 3426 Cypress St. #16, West Monroe

Super 1 Foods

  • 2810 Louisville Ave., Monroe
  • 2907 Cypress St., West Monroe

Customers can check to see if their address is within the delivery area at instacart.com/locations.

“We are excited to now offer home delivery through Instacart in these stores,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “Our company is celebrating its 90th anniversary on Sept. 1, and we are focused on building on our foundation of exceptional service. We are thrilled to expand our service to customers by providing this convenient shopping option.”

BGC currently offers delivery through Instacart in 51 stores, with plans to expand the service to other locations as Instacart becomes available in those market areas.

For more information, please visit brookshires.com/grocery-delivery or super1foods.com/home-delivery. To seek assistance or to report an issue with ordering through Instacart, please contact help@instacart.com or 1-888-246-7822.

*Alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, gift cards and other select items are not available for delivery through Instacart.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Breakfast


I’ve developed a new habit: a really, really good habit.

Almost every morning, I stop at Brookshire’s to pick up a hot, fresh, delicious breakfast from the deli.

I tend to prefer the tender, creamy scrambled eggs with a side of crispy bacon. Oh, let’s be honest: the bacon is the main attraction. I don’t know what they do to the bacon, but there’s something about it that is infinitely better than the kind I can make at home.

I also enjoy the pigs-in-a-blanket, either the cheese or the plain variety.

Sometimes I’ll get sausage with my eggs, either the link or the patty variety. Either way, it’s delicious.

They also have buttery, flaky biscuits. They’ll make them any way you want them: with gravy, with sausage, with an egg and sausage, or with an egg and bacon. It’s a breakfast sandwich of my dreams.

Sometimes there are hash browns, firmly fried eggs or pancakes.

Breakfast at Brookshire’s is always the best way to start my day, even more so when the wonderful employees who work early mornings miss me when I’m not there!

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Product Talk: The Greek Gods Greek Yogurt


Last week, I was invited to a pool party. The hostess said another guest was bringing cheese and crackers, and she was preparing chips and queso. Clearly, we were doing snack foods, so I wanted to stay in line with what they were preparing. I decided on a Greek feta dip with pita chips.

The recipe called for Greek yogurt, which is one of my FAVORITE ingredients. The Greek Gods® Greek Yogurt in Traditional Plain has a full-bodied taste and creamy texture, so it was the perfect base for my dip. It’s the perfect balance of smooth and tart. Greek yogurt is also full of protein, and it’s delicious.

The Greek Gods® Greek Yogurt also comes in other flavors, such as Honey, Honey Lemon, Black Cherry and Chocolate Cherry.

Greek Feta Dip

Ingredients:

2 cups The Greek Gods® Traditional Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs fresh dill
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup cucumbers, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
olive oil, for drizzling (optional)
pita chips, for serving

Directions:

Combine yogurt, feta, lemon juice, garlic, dill, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir until well-combined. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight) to let the flavors blend. Top with chopped cucumbers and tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil, if desired. Serve with pita chips.

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Shop the Sale: Pimento Cheese Burgers


Take your burgers up a notch with our decadent Pimento Cheese Burger recipe. Made with three cheeses – and of course pimento peppers – our pimento cheese will add even more sizzle to your next summer cookout. Just don’t forget to make extra as this favorite won’t last long! And look out for Angus Fresh Ground Chuck on sale at Brookshire’s just in time for the weekend.

Ingredients

PIMENTO CHEESE:

1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar, room temperature
1/3 cup shredded Monterey-Jack, room temperature
3 Tbs mayonnaise, room temperature
2 Tbs cream cheese, room temperature
2 oz diced pimento peppers, drained
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion, minced
1 Tbs pickle juice
1 tsp yellow mustard

BURGERS:

1 1/4 lbs ground chuck
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 buns
Ketchup, for serving
Green leaf lettuce, for serving
Sliced red onion, for serving

Instructions

In a mixing bowl, combine all pimento cheese ingredients. Mix well; set aside. Combine beef with salt, pepper and garlic. Gently mix with your hands until ingredients are evenly distributed. Divide into 4 equal-sized patties.

Grill burgers until cooked to desired doneness. Just before burgers are done, spread about 2 tablespoons of pimento cheese onto each patty. Once cheese has melted, remove from grill. Add remaining pimento cheese to buns. Serve with ketchup, lettuce and red onion.

Per Serving:

Calories: 535, Fat: 33 g (17 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 93 mg, Sodium: 1363 mg, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 27 g.

 

Chef Tips

Pimento Cheese Everything

Who said your favorite cheese is just for sandwiches and burgers? Pimento cheese makes everything better! You can use it to make dip, quesadillas, cheesy muffins or biscuits, mac and cheese, loaded baked potatoes, omelets – it even goes great in grits! So you might just want to whip up a double batch and try it out with your next dish!

Burger Variations

Believe it or not, not everyone loves a juicy beef burger. For those looking for good alternatives, there are lots of other meats and meat substitutes to try. Meat options include chicken, pork, turkey, salmon, and game meats such as venison or bison. On the vegetarian front, there are loads of options to choose from including black bean, quinoa, chickpea, sweet potato, zucchini and mushroom. So if you’re not a beef fan or you just feel like mixing it up, get creative with some different ingredients.

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Product Talk: Think Thin® Oatmeal


Think Thin® Oatmeal cups have become a morning staple in my house.

My younger son, a high school cross country runner, wanted to swap out his previous breakfast favorite with something healthier.

“Do you like oatmeal?” I asked him. “I’m not really sure, but I’ll try it,” he said.
This is a kid I couldn’t even get to eat cold breakfast cereals, so I was a little dubious that he’d take a liking to oatmeal.

Thanks to Think Thin®, it’s now his favorite.

Think Thin® Protein & Fiber Hot Oatmeal keeps him full all morning and provides vital fuel for running and recovery. Think Thin® Hot Oatmeal is available in microwaveable bowls, which makes it super easy for him to prepare after practice.

Each cup contains about 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and about 190 calories.
His favorite flavor is the Farmer’s Market Berry Crumble, but there’s also Honey Peanut Butter, Banana Bread, Island Coconut and Apple Spice.

It’s a great way to start the day!

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