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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!



Shop the Sale: Potato Stacks with Chives


Potato Stacks with ChivesPrep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 60 mins
Serves: 10-12

This has to be one of the easiest, tastiest potato sides ever created. Requiring only potatoes, olive oil and a few spices, our potato stacks are simple to make and delicious to eat. They’re also a healthy option with 0g of saturated fat, plus, they look amazing on your plate! Give them a go yourself this week with our on-sale Brookshire’s baking potatoes.

Ingredients
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 lbs red potatoes
Flaky salt, to sprinkle on top
Sour cream, for garnish (optional)
Fresh chives, for garnish (optional)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, garlic, onion powder and black pepper. Thinly slice potatoes; add to bowl. Toss to coat evenly.

Brush inside of muffin pan with olive oil. Layer potato slices into stacks in muffin pan, filling each to one-third full. Sprinkle top of each stack with flaky salt. Bake until edges and tops are golden-brown and centers are tender, about 45 to 55 minutes. Let potato stacks cool for a few minutes. Lift them out of pan with a fork. Top with sour cream and chives, if desired.

Per Serving:
Calories: 74, Fat: 3g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 4 mg, Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 1 g.

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Chef Tips

How to Store Potatoes
The biggest mistake most people make when storing potatoes is keeping them in them in the plastic bag they bought them in. Plastic doesn’t allow ventilation, which is imperative for a longer shelf life. The best way to store potatoes is either loose or in a well-ventilated container, cardboard box or mesh bag in a dry location away from sunlight. Potatoes also do better at cooler temperatures (around 50 degrees Fahrenheit) so if you have a basement, this is the ideal place for your potatoes. If not, store them in the coolest cupboard in your kitchen or even the garage. Just don’t put them in the fridge. Refrigerator temperatures cause the starch in potatoes to convert into sugar, affecting the taste and texture (and not in a good way!).

Say Yes to the Potato
In our carb-obsessed times, the humble potato often gets a bad rap, with many people substituting them with other vegetables like sweet potatoes. And while sweet potatoes are delicious in their own right, there’s no reason you should shun regular potatoes entirely. For a start, potatoes are fat and cholesterol free and naturally low in sodium. They’re a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C and potassium, and they’re only around a hundred calories per serve. What you do need to watch out for is how they’re cooked. Deep frying or piling high calorie toppings like cheese and sour cream on top of them will of course quickly multiply that calorie load. Keep it simple, like our potato stacks recipe though, and you can enjoy potatoes regularly as part of a healthy diet.



Product Talk – White Asparagus


Green and White AsparagusWhen I lived in Germany, white asparagus was the hallmark of the spring season. In fact, there were entire festivals dedicated to the albino vegetable. I’d walk through the streets with stalls selling paper cones of roasted asparagus drizzled with olive oil and doused with crunchy sea salt, or boats of asparagus in a light, tarragon-infused vinaigrette sauce. The smells were magnificent. In Germany, it’s called “spargel.” I’ve been thrilled each year when Brookshire’s carries this gem.

The basic difference between green and white asparagus is that the white variety is grown underground covered in dirt, so it lacks the chlorophyll that helps turn the other variety green. In that sense, it’s more like a root vegetable, but you won’t taste much of a difference between the green and white varieties. Some people also call this kind of asparagus “vampire asparagus” because it never sees the light of day. To cook the asparagus, snap off the woody stems, then go about preparation.

White Asparagus with Tarragon Cream

Ingredients:
2 cups bread cubes from day-old loaf, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp salt
4 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 lbs white asparagus
1 cup dry white wine
2 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 Tbs unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
3 Tbs fresh tarragon, chopped
2 Tbs chives, minced
1/2 tsp white pepper
salt and black pepper, to taste

For the breadcrumbs, place bread cubes in bowl of food processor; pulse into fine crumbs. Heat olive oil in large sauté pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until oil is shimmering and fragrant. Add breadcrumbs to pan, stirring constantly, until breadcrumbs are golden-brown (about 4 minutes). Remove to a bowl until asparagus is prepared.

Bring water to a boil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add salt and lemon juice. After stems are removed from asparagus, use a vegetable peeler to remove the thin outer membrane of asparagus, as if you were lightly peeling a carrot. Add peeled asparagus to boiling water; reduce heat to medium. Simmer asparagus until tender when pierced with tip of a knife, between 8 to 20 minutes depending on thickness. Drain asparagus; dry slightly on paper towels.

Bring wine to a boil in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots. Cook until wine is reduced by about three-quarters, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add cream and reduce again by half, about 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add butter to pan, 1 tablespoon at a time. Whisk until smooth. Stir in herbs; add salt and both peppers, to taste.

Arrange asparagus in a large serving bowl. Add cream sauce; toss to coast. Sprinkle with toasted breadcrumbs, and serve immediately.

Serves 6
Per Serving:
Calories: 310, Fat: 25 g (13 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 54 mg, Sodium: 975 mg, Carbohydrates: 14 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 5 g.



Company News: Brookshire Grocery Co. hosts Texas Department of Public Safety’s Trooper Challenge


Brookshire Grocery Co. hosted the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Region 1 Trooper Challenge April 5 at the Company’s distribution center in Tyler.

Close to 30 troopers and other law enforcement officials representing 52 counties in northeast Texas competed in the event, which includes evaluations on commercial vehicle inspections and written exams. Brookshire Grocery Co. provided the testing equipment and served lunch to the law enforcement officials.

“We take great pride in having the opportunity to host the Region 1 Trooper Challenge each year,” said Brent Nelson, Director – Transportation for Brookshire Grocery Co. “This event allows us to show our support for law enforcement, increase our knowledge and build relationships.”

“Without the work of the Brookshire Grocery Company transportation staff putting together this day and allowing us to use their equipment, we could not pull off this competition,” said Lieutenant Wade Kimble with Texas Highway Patrol. “Brookshire’s has always been beneficial in executing this event for us and bringing our troopers together.”

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Product Talk: Amish Country Roll Butter


Amish Country Roll Butter on grilled cornI’m in love, and I’m shouting it from the rooftop.

Amish Country Roll Butter has my heart, and I’m not afraid to share my infatuation with this amazing product.

Hand-packaged in a wax paper wrapper, this fresh-tasting butter is a game-changer for baking, cooking and spreading. It literally tastes like it was just churned in a farmhouse kitchen next door.

Since 1946, Amish Country Roll Butter has been made using a family recipe that incorporates whey cream and sweet cream for a fresh taste and creamy texture.

It’s delicious on your morning toast, in the cookies you’re baking for the school bake sale and on your dinner baked potato.

It comes in a one-pound roll, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly you run out.

This recipe lets the flavor of the butter shine through on these simply dressed veggies.

Barbecue Grilled Vegetables
(Recipe from Amish Country Roll Butter)

Ingredients:
1/4 cup Amish Country Roll Butter
2 small potatoes, diced or sliced
3 large carrots, chopped
6 oz green beans
1 red bell pepper, quartered
1 yellow bell pepper, quartered
1 small onion, chopped
1 zucchini, sliced

Directions:
Heat grill to high heat. Add tin foil to dish you will be grilling the veggies in. Melt the Amish Country Roll Butter in the tin foil. Add veggies. Let cook on high heat for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from grill and serve.

Serves 4

Per Serving:
Calories: 244, Fat: 12 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 31 mg, Sodium: 129 mg, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Fiber: 7 g, Protein: 5 g.

View the original recipe here.



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