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Shop the Sale: Chocolate Bacon Skewers


Total Time: 1 hour
Serves: 12

For a truly decadent dessert, look no further than our Chocolate Bacon Skewers. Finished with peanut butter drizzles and crushed pecans, this sweet and salty treat brings the best of both worlds to every last bite. Make it today with John Morrell Bacon, on sale all this week.

Ingredients
12 wooden skewers
12 slices bacon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips, melted
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup pecans, crushed

Instructions
Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400° F. Thread bacon onto skewers, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 20 minutes until crispy. Place on paper towels; let cool slightly.

Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter, separately. Lay bacon across baking pan. Dip bacon in chocolate, and drizzle with peanut butter. Sprinkle bacon pieces with pecans. Allow chocolate to harden before serving.

Per Serving:
Calories: 347, Fat: 27 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 24 mg, Sodium: 517 mg, Carbohydrates: 16 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 13 g.

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Chef Tips

Sweeter Salty
Exactly why do salty and sweet foods taste so good together? For starters, salt enhances flavor when it’s used in the right amounts, so all of that sweet goodness in your recipe is enriched by a little salt. Additionally, humans have evolved a taste for sweet foods to ensure we get plenty of high calorie carbohydrates, and salt because it’s an essential mineral. And when you put them together there’s just something so satisfying about the flavor that sweet or salty alone cannot provide. That’s why our chocolate and bacon skewers taste so good!

Other fabulous sweet and salty pairings include apple and aged cheddar, chocolate and peanut butter, chicken and cranberry, brie cheese and honey, and pretzels and caramel. But don’t limit yourself to these pairings, grab your favorite sweet and salty foods and give something new a try.

Bacon Cuts
While we love our American-style streaky bacon, there are many other types of bacon that are a little different, but just as delicious. If you’re in a bacon rut, check out one – or more – of these:

  • Canadian bacon: it’s smoked and fully-cooked pork loin, so it doesn’t require cooking just like ham. It tastes a bit like ham as well, and has fewer calories and fat.
  • Pancetta: this Italian-style bacon is uncured pork belly that is usually packaged in sliced spirals or a roll and sold by the slice.
  • Slab bacon: just as the name suggests, this is a slab of meat that needs to be sliced by your butcher or at home. It is made from the belly, side cuts and fatback.

 



Pineapple Shrimp Skewers


Pineapple Shrimp SkewersTotal Time: 1 hour
Serves: 4

Our Pineapple Shrimp Skewers are a great alternative to meat or a delicious addition to your next cook out. Just a little prep work creates a zesty glaze for grilling these little guys to perfection, which brings out the amazing flavor combination of shrimp and pineapple. Pair with a fresh garden salad and you’ve got a light and tasty summer meal. Plus, with Wild Gulf Shrimp on sale now, it’s the perfect time to pull out the grill.

Ingredients
5 cups pineapple, large-diced (divided)
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 cloves garlic
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 lbs (16/20) shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails-on)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
12 (10-inch) wooden or metal skewers

Instructions
Combine 2 cups of pineapple, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and garlic in a blender on high until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour into medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Skim off any foam; reduce heat to low. Simmer until glaze is thick and syrupy enough to coat the back of a spoon and has reduced to about 3/4 cup. If using wooden skewers, soak them for 20 minutes before using.

Stir in cayenne. Set aside to cool slightly, at least 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a gas or charcoal grill to high (about 400° F).

Skewer 1 shrimp, making sure to pass the skewer through thick portion and tail portion. Then, skewer 1 piece of remaining pineapple. Repeat, alternating between shrimp and pineapple and leaving a space in between, until you have 3 shrimp and 2 pineapple pieces per skewer. Brush skewers on one side with glaze.

Oil grill grates. Place skewers on grill, glaze-side down. Brush other side of skewers with more glaze. Continue brushing and turning every few minutes until thick portions of shrimp are white and firm, about 10 minutes. Remove from grill; serve immediately.

Per Serving:
Calories: 531, Fat: 16 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 437 mg, Sodium: 1410 mg, Carbohydrates: 47 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 49 g.

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Chef Tips

Food on a Stick
Who needs a knife and fork when you can have food on a stick? Ditch the silverware and enjoy your favorite food skewered for breakfast, lunch and dinner with creative ideas like French toast and strawberries or bacon and sausage kebabs, turkey club and Greek salad skewers, or traditional meat sticks like satay chicken or rosemary lamb. If you can eat it from a plate, chances are you can also find a way to eat it on a stick!

How to Pick the Perfect Pineapple
When it comes to choosing a ripe pineapple, follow your nose. Smell the base of the fruit and if it smells like a sweet, juicy pineapple, it’s ready to eat. If it has no distinct scent, pass. Ripe pineapples are also usually more yellow than green, so the color is another way to go. You can also give it a gentle squeeze: pineapples that have a tiny bit of give in them are usually ripe.



Company News: Annual Brookshire’s golf tournament raises record-breaking $575k for charities


The 30th annual Brookshire’s Benefit Golf Tournament April 30 – May 1 raised a record-breaking $575,000 for charities, with more than 600 golfers competing on three Tyler golf courses. Brookshire Grocery Co. donates tournament proceeds each year to more than 100 nonprofit organizations in the 150 communities served by Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods and Spring Market stores. The Company focuses its charitable giving on hunger relief, education, family wellbeing, and military/first responders.

Participants were primarily representatives from more than 200 vendor companies, along with BGC leaders and other business associates. Course locations were The Cascades, Eagles Bluff and Hollytree. BGC also hosted a dinner and charity auction Monday evening at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler.

“We are very excited to be celebrating 30 years of giving back through the Brookshire’s Benefit Golf Tournament,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “Our Company is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve, and the proceeds from this event will help us support organizations that do a lot of good and enhance lives.”

This year’s donation brings the total funds raised to more than $5.5 million since the tournament’s inception in 1988.

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Product Talk: Chicago’s Home Run Inn® Frozen Pizza


Chicago’s Home Run Inn Frozen PizzaIf it’s Friday, that means we’re probably eating pizza.

We’ve had it delivered the past few weeks, which is great after a hectic week.

Last Friday, storms were rolling in, and there was severe weather in the forecast. Wind, hail, rain, lightning and possible tornadoes loomed on the darkened horizon.

Luckily, I’d planned ahead, and I’ve never been happier that I did because we wouldn’t have discovered Chicago’s Home Run Inn® Frozen Pizzas.

Don’t let the unassuming cardboard box, found in the frozen aisle at Brookshire’s, fool you. Inside is the most cheesy, saucy, buttery-crust pizza you could ever get in the South, and it comes right out of Brookshire’s freezer to yours.

Home Run Inn® frozen pizzas are made with the same recipe that the Chicago pizza giant uses in their nine restaurant locations. So, if you can’t get to Chicago, you can bring Chicago to you through this pizza.

Brookshire’s carries Classic Pepperoni (made with the Inn’s 1947 recipe) and Classic Sausage. The crust is truly inspiring: buttery, crisp, flaky and delicious. The pepperoni is uncured with no nitrates, and the sausage is homemade Italian.

I’m sorry that I didn’t buy more of them. I’m ready to go back to Brookshire’s, so I’ll always have one in my freezer.

You can even grill them! Next time, I might try that for some smoky flavor.

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Family Matters: Plants & Pets


It’s the most wonderful time of year to be outside!

Birds are singing, flowers are growing, gardens are planted, and pets are frolicking through thick grass.

However, not all plants are pet-friendly, including things you may be growing in your garden for you to eat!

Some plants, fertilizers and insecticides are highly toxic to your pet if ingested.

Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number, (888) 426-4435, immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous.

Poisonous plants can include:

Aloe

Amaryllis

Apple Trees

Apricot Trees

Azaleas

Begonias

Boxwood

Caladium (Elephant Ears)

California Ivy

Calla Lilies

Carnations

Chives

Clematis

Daffodils

Dahlias

Daisies

English Ivy

Fig Plants

Gardenias

Geraniums

Holly

Hops

Hosta

Lavender

Leeks

Lemon Trees

Lime Trees

Marjoram

Mint

Milkweed

Mums

Oleanders

Onions

Orange Trees

Parsley

Peach Trees

Peonies

Plums

Rhubarb

Sago Palm

Taro

Tarragon

Wisteria

Yucca



Family Matters: Wine Pairings for Mother’s Day Brunch


Wine for Mother's DayMother’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to pick out pairings for your Mother’s Day brunch.

We all know restaurants fill up fast on Mother’s Day, so why not stay at home and make Mom a brunch to remember?

You can start the meal with a selection of seasonal fruits, like strawberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, honeydew, grapes and assorted berries. Serve them as they are, or whip up a fruit dip of 1 cup of mascarpone cheese, 2 cups of Cool Whip®, 1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon that you stir together until creamy and well-blended.

Mom will swoon over a sparkling rosé served alongside fruit, served chilled, with an extra strawberry or raspberry in her glass. Not all rosés are sparkling, you know. A dry rosé would also be a great accompaniment to a fruit course.

If you’re serving eggs, like a quiche or a breakfast casserole, white wines pair beautifully with these dishes. Choose a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio that isn’t sweet but can bring out the flavor of the eggs and whatever they are paired with, like sharp cheddar, savory sausage or roasted vegetables. You could also try a Chardonnay with a French toast casserole or Dutch baby.

If you’re serving a protein, like smoked salmon, I’d definitely go with an oaky Chardonnay that will play up but not overpower the fish. It’s also a good choice for chicken or pork dishes. If you’re serving red meat, like a filet mignon or tri-tip, go for a Malbec or Syrah to keep things lighter but still enhance the flavors of the meat.

For dessert, revisit the rosé! The expression, “Rosé all day,” wasn’t coined by accident, you know!

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Shop the Sale: Marshmallow Cereal Treats


Marshmallow Cereal TreatsPrep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time:  20 mins
Serves: 12

If you’re looking for a fun cooking project (especially for kids), then check out our quick and easy Marshmallow Cereal Treats recipe. With just three ingredients and only a handful of minutes cooking time, this simple recipe is a great way to whip up a sweet treat without spending hours in the kitchen. Plus, it’s one you can enjoy over and over by switching out the cereal for a whole new flavor experience, so stock up on all of your favorite Brookshire’s brand cereals on sale this week.

Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
10 oz Marshmallows
6 cups Brookshire’s Brand cereal

Stove Top Instructions
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

Add cereal and stir until well coated.

Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, press mixture evenly into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day, but can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for two days or frozen for up to 6 weeks.

Microwave Instructions
Heat butter and marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

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Chef Tips

Liven Up Your Breakfast
While there’s nothing wrong with pouring milk over a bowl of cereal, there are other alternatives to spice up your morning meal. You could try substituting milk with Greek Yoghurt for a new twist or you can add some fruit and make a gourmet parfait. You can also whip up a smoothie with cereal, milk, peanut butter and a banana or you can use your favorite cereal to make granola bars for mornings on the go. You can even use it as a coating on your French Toast for some extra crunch! Don’t get bored with your cereal – get creative!

Cereal…Not Just For Breakfast
There are many ways to use cereal for more than the breakfast bowl. From appetizers to the main course and dessert, cereal can come in handy for any course. For starters, there’s DIY Chex Mix that’s perfect for parties, and for main meals you can use it as a breading for Cereal Crusted Chicken or in place of croutons in salad. And of course, there are a host of sweet recipes for dessert from cookies and squares to cakes and more.

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Company News: Super 1 Foods announces opening dates for acquired Winn-Dixie stores


Brookshire Grocery Co. has announced details for the opening of Super 1 Foods stores in former Winn-Dixie locations in Breaux Bridge, Crowley, New Roads, Franklin, Rayne, Abbeville and Eunice. BGC and Southeastern Grocers announced the companies had entered into an agreement for the acquisition in February.

The Winn-Dixie stores closed on Saturday, April 21, and are being incorporated into the Super 1 Foods banner. The locations in Breaux Bridge, Crowley, Franklin, New Roads and Rayne will reopen as Super 1 Foods stores on Thursday, April 26, at the following locations:
• 924 Rees St., Breaux Bridge
• 2004 N. Parkerson Ave., Crowley
• 204 Northwest Blvd., Franklin
• 420 Hospital Rd., New Roads
• 1411 The Blvd., Rayne

The Super 1 Foods stores in Eunice and Abbeville will continue to operate in their existing locations until Thursday, May 3, when they will reopen at 2210 Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville and 1800 W. Laurel Avenue in Eunice.

The pharmacies in Crowley, Breaux Bridge, New Roads, Eunice and Abbeville will continue to operate daily in their original locations during the brief conversion process.

The Winn-Dixie store in New Iberia has consolidated with and relocated to the Super 1 Foods store at 939 S. Lewis Street. Prescriptions from Winn Dixie have been transferred to Super 1 Foods.

Official grand opening celebrations are being planned for this summer and will include special promotions and events. The new locations will remain open during renovations later this spring, which will be scheduled to have minimal impact on customers.

“We are very excited to welcome the employees who have joined us from Winn-Dixie, and we look forward to serving customers in these stores,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for BGC. “Customers will recognize many friendly faces, and we truly hope they will enjoy our everyday low prices, unexpected value, great variety of quality fresh meats and produce, and clean stores.”

The Super 1 Foods stores will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For pharmacy hours and additional information, visit super1foods.com.

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Product Talk: Trimino™ Protein Water


Trimino Protein WaterI have a hard time drinking plain water throughout the day, so any time I find a product that enhances the flavor of water and can give me other benefits to boot, I latch on!

I found Trimino™ Protein Water in the refrigerated section of Brookshire’s near the produce.

Each bottle provides about 7 grams of protein through whey protein isolate, while only adding about 28 calories and a plethora of B vitamins to your diet. Best of all, there’s no sugar.

I tried the peach first, but have since gone back for the watermelon and coconut pineapple flavors. They’re all delicious.
There’s no caffeine, no carbs and no sugar. They are also gluten-free and lactose-free.

If I drink one in the morning, it keeps me full until lunch.

These are a great alternative to shakes or other heavier protein drinks. They’re light, refreshing and so good for you.

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Product Talk: Tony Chachere’s® Crispy Creole Fish Fry Mix


Fried FishIt’s spring. The weather is glorious. I have spring fever…badly, and it’s time for as much outdoor cooking as humanly possible.

I grill all the time, any meal of the day. Last year, we did a crawfish boil with friends (and may again this year). This spring while the temperatures for lounging on the back porch haven’t reached scorching, we’re going to have a fish fry. We already have the big, deep-fryer from the crawfish boil last year (we used it as a boiler), so this year, we’re going to try some crispy fish instead.

Not too long ago (a few years, I’d say), my fiancé convinced me to try his fried catfish at a local restaurant. I’d never really had it before, but I loved it the minute that crispy crust hit my taste buds. I want to be able to do that at home!

Tony Chachere’s® makes it easy. The brand’s Crispy Creole Fish Fry Mix is a combination of Tony’s famous spices and a cornmeal base, to give you crispy, restaurant-style fish at home. You can use it on any fish, and it’s super easy. You just pat your fish dry with a paper towel. Place the Tony Chachere’s® Crispy Creole Fish Fry Mix in a large, shallow bowl or pan. Dip fish pieces into mix, pressing lightly to coat both sides. Heat your oil to desired temperature. Test temps with a little bit of the fish fry mix. If it bubbles and sizzles, it’s ready for the fish. Fry fish for a few minutes or until golden-brown. Remove with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels.

P.S. Tony Chachere’s® also makes a hush puppy mix. This would be a great side dish for your fried fish!



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