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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Saltine Crackers


Brookshire's Saltine CrackersWe’ve been eating a lot of soups, stews and chilies in our house this winter, so I’ve been buying a lot of crackers to go alongside our favor cold-weather comfort meals.

Brookshire’s Saltine Crackers are light and crispy. They have the perfect amount of salty goodness to accompany your favorite soup or stew, as well as a satisfying crunch that is perfect while you sip soup. You can also use them to make a great snack.

With the Big Game coming up, these Firecracker Crackers would make a great appetizer, snack or side dish for your family and friends.

Firecracker Crackers

Ingredients:
1 cup canola oil
1 (1 oz) pkg dry ranch dressing mix
2 Tbs crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 lb Brookshire’s Saltine Crackers (4 sleeves)

Directions:
In a small bowl, mix canola oil, ranch dressing mix, red pepper flakes and garlic powder. Whisk well to combine.

Line crackers end to end in an airtight container. (Using a large, plastic, zip-top bag also works; just take care not to crush the crackers when you mix them.) Stir oil mixture well to make sure all the seasonings are incorporated; drizzle over crackers.

Close the lid to the container (or seal the bag), and flip gently every 5 minutes for 20 minutes in order to get all of the crackers coated with the oil mixture. Store in an airtight container or zip-top bag.

Chef’s Tip: You can adjust the amount of crushed red pepper, depending on how spicy you’d like your Firecracker Crackers to turn out.

Serves 12

Per Serving:
Calories: 326, Fat: 23 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 419 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Sugar: 0 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 4 g.

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Family Matters: Fleas in the Winter


sad looking dogBecause we live in the South, our temperatures don’t usually get below 30 degrees very often, which means fleas and ticks can breed all winter long.

That, in turn, means we have to protect our pets all winter long!

Fleas and ticks can carry heartworms, which are fatal for your four-legged friend. You also don’t want an infestation of fleas in your house or one of the other diseases spread to humans by a tick bite.

Winter is the best time to treat your house and your yard and to keep treating your pet for fleas and ticks.

For your pet, use a topical flea and tick-prevention ointment, usually applied behind the neck, or an oral supplement prescribed by their vet. Both of these are usually administered monthly and are good for 30 days.

For your yard, while fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are less active, use a chemical spray (available at any home improvement store) that you attach to the end of your hose. These pesticides should last 3-6 months and are safe for your pet and your children. (Let dry before letting your pet or your child back outside).

If you have a flea infestation inside your home, call a professional exterminator who can treat the house for you to eradicate the pests and prevent future infestations. Make sure you’re also treating your pets as well.



Family Matters: Keeping Your Cat Flea-Free


wide-eyed catMy cat, Carl, used to be an outside cat. When I adopted him, he was riddled with fleas. After some intense treatment, he’s flea-free, but I have to keep him that way!

Even though he’s an indoor cat now, he’s still exposed to my dog, who goes out all day and plays in the yard.

It’s important to use flea prevention for all of your animals, whether they go outside or not, to help keep them healthy and happy. Carl gets a topical flea and tick treatment once a month. I apply it to the back of his neck. He thinks he’s getting a massage and purrs loudly.

You can also get a pill prescribed by your veterinarian, but Carl won’t chew a pill. It depends on the temperament of your cat.

These treatments usually last 30 days and are administered monthly.

Your cat can also wear a flea-repellant collar, which is usually saturated in a substance that fleas can’t stand.

Besides causing intense itching from their bites, fleas can cause tapeworms in cats.

Treat your cat monthly for fleas, whether he goes outside or not, to keep him healthy and happy!



Shop the Sale: Baked Pork Chops with Swiss Chard


Baked Pork Chops with Swiss ChardBAKED PORK CHOPS WITH SWISS CHARD

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 18 min
Serves: 4

For an easy and healthy weeknight dinner for the family, look no further than the old faithful pork chop. These juicy chops baked to perfection with melted parmesan and fontina cheese are melt in your mouth delicious, and with everything going in one pan into the oven, it’s the easiest dinner you’ll make all week. Try it yourself with Assorted Pork Chops on sale now.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs Swiss chard, stems removed, leaves washed and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
3 Tbs olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
4 pork chops, about 1-inch thick
1 1/2 Tbs parmesan, grated
4 oz fontina cheese, shredded

Directions:
Heat oven to 450° F. Oil a large baking dish. In a medium bowl, toss Swiss chard with 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place chard in baking dish.

Rub pork chops with 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Put pork chops on top of Swiss chard. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon oil over chard and around pork chops. Sprinkle parmesan and fontina over chard and around pork chops. Bake until chops are just done, about 18 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 498, Fat: 40 g (15 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 104 mg, Sodium: 963 mg, Carbohydrates: 7 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 29 g

Chef Tips 

Did You Know?
There are an estimated one billion pigs on earth at any given time. That’s a lot of pigs! The pig is one of the oldest forms of domesticated livestock, and also happens to be the world’s most popular meat. More than 80 billion tons are produced annually, arriving on our plates as pork and processed meats like sausages, ham and bacon. Pork is a high protein meat and it is a good source of many B vitamins, but our guess is that most people eat it for other reasons!

Know Your Pork Cuts
From chops to different types of loin, hocks and more, choosing the right cut of pork can be confusing. Here’ a quick rundown on the most common types. 

Chops: These are the meatiest cuts from the center of the loin, and can be bone-in or boneless. Choose cuts that are at least an inch thick to ensure the chops are juicy. These are great for baking, grilling or pan frying.

Loin: The loin is a large cut of back meat. It is boneless and perfect for roasting or slicing into chops. A thrifty option is to buy loin on sale, use half for a roast and freeze the remainder as chops for a second or third meal. 

Tenderloin: This cut is from the end of the loin, and as the name suggests, is a tender, juicy cut. It is much smaller than a loin cut, making it more appropriate for a single dinner. Tenderloin is best roasted or grilled.

Ribs: Baby-Back Ribs are small slabs that come from the part of the ribs closest to the backbone. Spare Ribs come from the lower ribcage, making them a fattier cut. Both cuts are delicious barbecued, smoked or oven baked.

Shoulder or Butt Roast: This is a large roasting cut that can be sold bone in or boneless. Its best slow cooked either in the oven or crockpot and is the perfect cut for dishes like pulled pork and carnitas.

Hocks: Front and rear hocks usually come cured and smoked, although they can be purchased raw as well. Hocks are most commonly used for flavoring dishes like slow cooked beans, but can be used as a meat cut for stews or braised dishes.



Product Talk: Brookshire’s 100% Pure Orange Juice


It’s the time of year for sniffles, sneezes and even the flu, especially if you live in Tyler, Texas, where the flu epidemic is the highest in the state of Texas. (The city of Tyler is the home to Brookshire Grocery Company.)

The good thing is that Brookshire’s is well-stocked with 100% Pure Orange Juice from concentrate, which is chock full of the vitamin C needed to help ward off infections this time of year and boost your immune system.

Orange juice is also an important source of fiber, can help prevent kidney stones, improves your blood circulation, reduces inflammation, balances your blood pressure, and helps lower cholesterol. Plus, it just tastes good.

Start your morning with a glass of Brookshire’s 100% Pure Orange Juice, found in the refrigerated section at your local Brookshire’s, to brighten your day and your health.



Family Matters: Cake Mix Pancakes


Cake Mix PancakesOver the holiday break from school, my son reminded me of something we’d made a long time ago that we hadn’t tried again since: Cake Mix Pancakes.

So, we decided that we needed to make some of these delicious treats again as soon as possible.

These are so simple and super fun to make with kids. You basically use a boxed cake mix as a pancake batter, and then add just a few other ingredients. You can use any kind of cake mix. We’ve used red velvet for Christmas, and that would be fun for upcoming Valentine’s Day as well. Our first foray into Cake Mix Pancakes was with Devil’s Food; that was delicious. We’ve also tried vanilla and lemon. I’d love to try a spice mix, too!

This is a great recipe to make with kids because they can easily stir the batter and help flip the pancakes.

Top these fun and festive pancakes with whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate chips or anything else you like. They’re fun for holidays, birthdays or just a plain, old Saturday morning.

Cake Mix Pancakes

Ingredients:
1 box Brookshire’s Devil’s Food Cake Mix (or your choice of flavor)
1 cup milk
1 egg

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together until a thick batter forms. This will be thicker than regular pancake batter, but you still want it to be pourable. Heat a griddle sprayed with nonstick cooking spray to medium heat. Drop 4 heaping tablespoons of batter onto the hot griddle. It will spread, so give yourself plenty of space. Cook on first side until spatula easily slides under cake (the chocolate will burn easily, so watch it closely). Flip and continue to cook through. Remove and serve immediately with butter, syrup or powdered sugar.

Makes 12 pancakes

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 101, Calories from Fat: 23, Fat: 3 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 15 mg, Sodium: 212 mg, Potassium: 17 mg, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 11 g, Protein: 2 g.

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Chef’s Tip:

Use less milk if you’d like a thicker pancake. The exact number of pancakes will depend on how much milk you use and how big you make the pancakes.



Shop the Sale: Turkey Taco Soup


Turkey Taco SoupTurkey Taco Soup
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time:  50 min
Serves: 4

“Taco bout” the perfect winter meal: taco soup is easy, hearty and filled with protein. This simple recipe is made with canned beans and premade seasonings so all you have to do is drop everything in the pot. Chef tip: this dish can also be made with dry beans, just be sure to soak them overnight beforehand. And with Jennie-O Ground Turkey on sale this week at Brookshire’s, now is the perfect time to give it a go!

Ingredients:
1 large egg
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 onion, diced
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups chicken broth
10 oz frozen corn
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 packet low-sodium taco seasoning
1 packet ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix

Directions:
Spray large pot or Dutch oven with cooking spray. Add ground turkey; cook until browned. Add onions; cook until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, broth, corn, bell pepper and seasonings. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings, such as avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 661, Fat: 16 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 124 mg, Sodium: 2251 mg, Carbohydrates: 77 g, Fiber: 21 g, Protein: 52 g.

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Chef Tips

Ground Turkey Done Right!
If you want to get the best nutrition out of your ground meat, here are a few simple tips:

  • Ground turkey is on par with beef when it comes to cholesterol, so simply choosing turkey instead of beef isn’t going to reduce the amount of cholesterol you’re eating. Look for a fat-free version if you goal is less cholesterol.
  • When it comes to saturated fat, ground turkey does perform better than beef, however, to significantly reduce the fat content of regular turkey, you can drain the fat from the skillet after browning, blot it with a paper towel or rinse the ground meat in hot water before completing your dish.
  • Use portion control. It’s easy to get carried away with the size of the burgers you make or that second helping of self-serve style tacos, so pay attention to how much you’re eating to make sure you don’t go overboard.

More Ground Turkey Recipes
Can’t get enough ground turkey? We understand! While our Turkey Taco Soup is pretty great, we know you want variety in your turkey eating. Other delicious ground turkey options include burgers, meatballs, sloppy joes, meatloaves, and turkey skillets. For something a little less meat focused, you can try turkey stuffed peppers (bell or poblano are great options), a turkey ragu over fresh pasta or other Mexican style dishes like nachos, enchiladas or empanadas. There are a ton of different variations on many of these dishes to try, so start experimenting!



Product Talk: Pacific® Bone Broth


Pacific Bone BrothAs 2017 came to a close, you were probably hearing a lot about bone broth.

Bone broth is simply a stock made from meaty bones, water and herbs of your choice that’s cooked down and concentrated to make a nutritious and hearty stock full of health benefits.

Bone broths were all the buzz last year, and they are still going strong this year.

Simply sipped from a mug, they are said to help heal your gut, protect your joints, help you look younger (because they are full of collagen and antioxidants), support better sleep and immunity, and increase bone strength and density.

Bone broths can also sound intimidating to make. You need bones, of course, which means butchering them yourself or going to a butcher especially for the meatiest pieces with exposed marrow, of course. Then, there’s the cooking time, which ranges from 24 hours or more. Not everyone has that kind of time or dedication to pull off a bone broth.

Luckily, you can buy it at Brookshire’s and get all the benefits in the time it takes to heat up on your stove or in your microwave.

Pacific® Bone Broth is made from organic, free-range chicken, sea salt, purified water and just a few seasonings to give you the nutrients you need in a hearty bone broth without any additives or preservatives.

Really, the best way to enjoy bone broth is to heat it in a mug and sip it, but you can also use it as a base for soups and stews, or to cook rice, quinoa, lentils or beans.



Shop the Sale: Mini Cheesy Meatloaves


Prep Time: 40 mins
Cook Time:  45 mins
Serves: 6

Mini Cheesy Meatloaves
Why make meatloaf when you can make meatloaves? With this delicious recipe, everyone gets their own mini meatloaf roll with a decadent cheesy filling that tastes amazing, but won’t hurt your waistline. Made with quick-cooking oats, this recipe is low carb and low sugar, which means it’s great for those watching their carb count. And best of all? We have Fresh Premium Ground Beef on sale, so there’s even more to love about our Mini Cheesy Meatloaves.

Ingredients
1 large egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
3 string cheeses, cut in half crosswise
2/3 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1 tsp yellow mustard 

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line large baking sheet with aluminum foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In large bowl, combine egg, milk, oats, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper; stir until well combined. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow oats to absorb liquid. Add onions, ground beef and ground pork; mix well. Grabbing baseball-sized portions, form mixture into 6 small meatloaves. (The loaves will shrink slightly as they bake.). Stuff each portion with a string cheese half, forming meat mixture around cheese. Place onto prepared baking sheet.

In a small bowl, stir together ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Spoon evenly over each loaf. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.

Per Serving:
Calories: 320, Fat: 11 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 136 mg, Sodium: 897 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Sugar: 8 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 40 g.

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Chef Tips

Know Your Oats
Not everyone is an oatmeal fan, which means many people may be unfamiliar with the differences between quick-cooking, rolled and steel-cut oats. Essentially it all comes down to processing. Steel-cut oats are the least processed. The oat groat is basically chopped into pieces instead of being rolled like the other types and it takes the longest time to cook.

Rolled oats, which are also called old-fashioned oats, are steamed and then pressed to create flat, round oats. They are quicker to cook than steel-cut oats and are often used in cereals, granola bars and muffins.

Quick-cooking oats (also known as quick oats and instant oats) are the most processed type. They are pre-cooked rolled oats that cook in 1-2 minutes. You can use rolled oats in place of quick-cooking oats, and vice versa, but the cooking times will differ.

Low Carb Eating
With healthy eating and weight loss plans in full swing for the New Year, a lot of people are looking to cut down on their carbs. According to the Mayo Clinic, a low carb diet is supposed to reduce insulin levels, which causes the body to burn more fat stores for energy and therefore create weight loss.

This kind of diet is embraced by many people, but it can be a hard one for bread, pasta and rice lovers! If you’re already sick of meat and vegetables and looking for a way to satisfy your carb cravings without the carb count, here are some creative substitutions:

  • Instead of pasta, try zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash pasta
  • For a pizza fix, go for a pizza base made from cauliflower
  • Butternut squash is a great substitute for rice in risotto
  • You can still enjoy a burger with Portobello mushrooms in place of the bun


Big Game 2018


With the Big Game coming right up, I’ve already started planning for the big party we’ll be having to watch the showdown.

To be honest, the event, for me, is more about the food, friends and fun than it actually is about the game, and I love gathering family and friends around me to share a good time!

Luckily, Brookshire’s has everything I need to make the Big Game party a fun and effortless event to host. I usually serve appetizers and finger foods that we can eat sitting on the floor, or perched on the sofa around the coffee table.

I can pick up paper plates, napkins, disposable utensils and plastic cups at Brookshire’s, too, as well as bags of ice, lots of napkins and, of course, a great selection of beverages, including bottled water, sodas, teas, beer and wine.

Be sure to grab some bags of chips and go around to the deli for delicious seven-layer dip or another fun dip of your choice. The deli even has heat-and-serve wings, if you’re looking for something easy to serve.

Another option is ordering a party tray in advance from the deli. Meats, cheeses, seafoods and spreads are all available to lighten the load for you on game day.

Of course, if you’re ready to tackle some culinary delights, we have some great recipes for you to try. These three appetizers, I think, are a great combination of proteins and carbs, all with great flavors, of course, that are fun and easy to eat on game day!

Grilled Shrimp with Romesco SauceGrilled Shrimp with Romesco Sauce
Prep Time:1 hour
Cook Time:30 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients
2 slices crunchy rustic-style bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup almonds
1 lb ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 Tbs paprika
1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
8 oz canned roasted red peppers
3/4 cup olive oil
16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 lb)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350° F. In bowl, soak bread cubes in vinegar for 20 minutes. Toast almonds for 10 to 15 minutes, watching closely. (Don’t burn.) Let almonds cool completely. Grind them in food processor until finely ground but not oily. (Do not overprocess.)

Add vinegar-soaked bread, tomatoes, paprika, salt, pepper and red peppers to processor. Grind together briefly until evenly pureed. With motor running, add olive oil in thin stream. Mix quickly until all ingredients are just incorporated.

To grill shrimp, brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with coarse salt and freshly cracked pepper. Once cooked, serve hot with romesco sauce.

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Homemade Tater TotsHomemade Tater Tots
Preparation Time:45 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients
canola oil, for frying
4 russet potatoes, peeled
1 1/2 Tbs salt, plus more for seasoning
1 tsp cracked black pepper, plus more for seasoning
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions
In deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, pour enough oil to come halfway up sides of pot. Heat to 375° F. Finely shred potatoes on fine box grater. Season potatoes with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Wait for 5 minutes. Put potatoes in kitchen towel, and squeeze out excess liquid.

Put potatoes in medium-sized bowl along with egg; mix well. Add flour; stir to combine. Stir in cayenne, paprika and garlic powder. Add salt and pepper to taste. (The mixture should be workable but dry.)

Form potatoes into balls or tots. Fry in batches until golden-brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from fryer; drain on paper towel-lined tray. Immediately season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to serving platter or bowl to serve.

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Chorizo meatballs with chipotle-maple cream sauceChorizo meatballs with chipotle-maple cream sauce
Prep Time:25 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients

Meatballs
1/2 lb fresh chorizo
1/2 lb ground chuck
1/4 cup onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg

Sauce
2 chipotle peppers, minced
2 Tbs adobo sauce
4 Tbs sour cream
4 Tbs maple syrup

Instructions
Place all meatball ingredients in large bowl. Using your hands, blend ingredients thoroughly. Make balls the size of golf balls or any size you prefer. Refrigerate until needed. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place meatballs on cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked all the way through. Serve with dipping sauce.

To make sauce, mix minced chipotle peppers and adobo sauce together. Combine with sour cream and maple syrup in blender. Chill before serving with meatballs.

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