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Company News: Brookshire’s Mandy Aniciete named a national ‘Produce Manager of the Year’


Mandy Aniciete, produce manager at the Brookshire’s Food Store located at 602 Jefferson Park in Mt. Pleasant, has been named a winner in the United Fresh Produce Association’s Produce Manager Awards program for 2018.

A 15-year produce professional with Brookshire’s, Aniciete is one of 25 produce managers from U.S. food chains who will be recognized at the United Fresh convention and trade show June 25-27 in Chicago.

The Retail Produce Manager Awards program honors exceptional produce managers who consistently focus on setting the standard of excellence in the produce department while also making a difference at work and in their communities.

This marks the 13th consecutive year a Brookshire Grocery Co. produce manager has been honored with UFPA’s Produce Manager of the Year award.

“Mandy has had a large impact on the produce department in Mt. Pleasant and we are excited he is being recognized with this prestigious award,” said Jim Herring, Executive Vice President – Retail Operations. “He takes pride in his department and is excellent at engaging with customers. Mandy has been a hard worker since the beginning of his career and is focused on serving others.”

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Product Talk: Spring Break Crispy Shrimp with Garlic Aioli


Spring Break Crispy Shrimp with Garlic Aioli It seems like most of my friends have headed to either the beach or the mountains for spring break!

Because I’m a beach girl myself, I’m going to live vicariously through them since I didn’t get to go anywhere this year. (There’s always next year…goals!)

One of my favorite things to do while I’m at the beach is to eat all of the fresh seafood that I can. Luckily, I can do this without having to go to the beach, as Brookshire’s seafood department brings me all of my favorite fruits of the sea without having to leave my land-locked city.

I especially love going to get fresh shrimp. While most of it is sold with the shells still on, they will peel and devein it for you if you ask very nicely. The friendly staff at Brookshire’s is always willing to lend a helping hand, and I just finish the rest of my shopping while I wait, or call ahead. I don’t mind peeling, but I don’t like deveining.

Either way, it’s easy to pick up some fresh shrimp at Brookshire’s. I love this recipe because it’s lightened up for spring (and bathing suit bodies). The garlic aioli that goes with it is delicious, and it’s made with some products that help you avoid saturated fats.

Spring Break Crispy Shrimp with Garlic Aioli

Ingredients:
3/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), divided
1 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped
2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
2 Tbs cornstarch
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 1/2 lbs large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbs olive oil, divided
1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise
1 Tbs garlic, minced
3 Tbs fresh chives, chopped
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground red pepper

Directions:
Mix 1/4 cup panko, parsley, thyme and red pepper in food processor; pulse two or three times to combine. Stir herb mixture with remaining 1/2 cup panko in shallow dish. Place cornstarch and egg whites in separate shallow dishes.

Sprinkle shrimp with salt and black pepper. Dredge half of shrimp in cornstarch, shaking off excess; dip into egg whites. Dredge shrimp in panko mixture; press to adhere. Repeat procedure with remaining shrimp.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Heat oil until fragrant and shimmering. Add half of shrimp to pan. (Do not overcrowd the pan or shrimp will not crisp.) Cook for 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining oil and shrimp.

Combine yogurt and remaining ingredients in small bowl. Serve immediately with shrimp.

Serves 4

Per Serving:
Calories: 430, Fat: 22 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 265 mg, Sodium: 583 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 41 g.

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Product Talk: Angus Ground Chuck Patties


Angus Ground Chuck Patty Burgers“What do you want for dinner tonight?” is a typical Saturday question at my house. I meal-plan carefully all through the week, but on weekends, we play it loosey goosey and eat according to our whims.

My kids wanted to grill something, which I’m always on board with, so we went to Brookshire’s to see what tempted our taste buds.

My younger son spotted them first: premade Angus Ground Chuck Patties in the meat section.

“Hey, look at these,” he said. “They’ve already done the work for you, and they’re already nice and flat.”

“Nice and flat” is a bit of a bone of contention with my homemade burgers, apparently. No matter what I do (poking a hole with my finger in the center of the patty, pressing them AFTER they’ve finished cooking), my burgers tend to take on a bit of a bulbous shape in the center. The boys prefer them flat.

These burgers did look good. They were an 80/20 mix of lean to fat, which is great for a burger in my opinion. You don’t want them too lean where all the good flavor is gone, and too much fat is also a cause of the burger bulge as you grill them. Plus, these were a great deal by weight, and as my son pointed out, they already did the work of shaping them for me. (No one likes the feel of ground beef on their hands, do they?)

We brought them home, and I grilled them over a medium-high flame until they were medium. They stayed perfectly flat, much to the boys’ delight, and they had great flavor, much to mine.

We’ll definitely be buying these agains for the wonderful, beefy taste and the definite ease of preparation.



Product Talk: John Soules Foods® Southern Style Chicken


John Soules Foods® Southern Style ChickenI heard a rumor that sounded too good to be true. I heard there was a frozen chicken product at Brookshire’s that tasted a lot like a place where we eat a lot and that’s closed on Sundays. I didn’t believe it.

One Sunday morning, my son wanted chicken and waffles for breakfast. I didn’t really feel like frying chicken, so I added “Southern Style Chicken” to my grocery list.

Found with the frozen foods, John Soules Foods® Southern Style Chicken comes in nuggets or strips. We were making chicken and waffles, so I opted for the strips.

We heated them in the oven, per the directions on the bag. When they came out, I asked my boys, who are connoisseurs of the other establishment, to taste them before we paired them with waffles and syrup. They agreed that they taste a lot like their favorite fast-food restaurant.

Lightly breaded, these strips and nuggets are 100-percent white meat chicken and so delicious. What we didn’t use for the chicken and waffles, we baked later in the week and used for chicken salads atop crispy greens tossed with fresh tomatoes, avocados and bits of crispy bacon.

We’ve also tried the nuggets dipped in barbecue or honey mustard sauce. They make great after-school snacks or lunches on the weekends.

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Wine Club: Crawfish and Wine Pairings


Crawfish and Wine PairingsSpringtime and crawfish are practically synonymous in the South, and hosting a crawfish boil is a great time to get together with family and friends.

When you have a pot full of Cajun “lobster” (which you can preorder from the seafood counter of your local Brookshire’s during peak season), you also need something delicious to pair with it.

Eating spicy crawfish is a great opportunity to sip a refreshing and bright wine. You’re probably enjoying time outside, so pair crawfish with a wine that can be enjoyed in warm weather.

You might consider a Riesling. These white wines have a sweet, often fruity note, but enough acidity to stand up to the spiciness of crawfish. A semi-dry Riesling won’t overpower the delicate crawfish with sweetness or be too sweet to sip throughout your meal.

An Albarino, with lots of peach, grapefruit and fruity flavors, is a good choice for crawfish. The fruity notes play up the delicate seafood, while the bold acids stand up to the spiciness of the seasonings. The smooth finish helps against the heat.

An Italian Prosecco or Lambrusco could also pair well with your crawfish boil and be an effervescent finish to the fun, al fresco meal.

While whites tend to work best with seafood, “light” reds like Beaujolais will also work well with crawfish. Chill slightly before serving and enjoy!

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Company News: Brookshire Grocery Co. to Expand Through Purchase of Winn-Dixie Stores


Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) and Southeastern Grocers (SEG) today announced they have entered into an agreement under which BGC will acquire eight Winn-Dixie stores from SEG in New Roads, Breaux Bridge, Franklin, New Iberia, Abbeville, Crowley, Rayne and Eunice, all in South Louisiana. The stores will become part of BGC’s Super 1 Foods banner.

“We’re excited about this agreement and the opportunity it provides us to further grow and expand in this region. These stores are a strong fit for our Super 1 Foods banner, and we look forward to welcoming new customers and employees in Acadiana,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for BGC. “We’re a family business celebrating our 90th anniversary this year, and we look forward to many more years here.”

“We are pleased to have found a strong partner in Brookshire Grocery Company, who shares our focus on customers and who respects and values their employees. We know BGC very well and are confident that the eight stores being transferred will see continued success in their communities,” said Trey Edwards, Winn-Dixie Regional Vice President for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. “Importantly, Winn- Dixie and Super 1 Foods are working together to ensure a smooth transition for associates, and we are thrilled that our associates in these stores will have the opportunity to interview at their current store locations for ongoing positions. We would like to thank the loyal customers who have shopped at these locations and our team of hard-working associates for their commitment to serving our customers.”

After the closing process is completed, it is anticipated that the stores will undergo a brief transition period with the goal of re-opening within a matter of days under the Super 1 Foods banner. BGC worked with The Food Partners, a grocery industry investment banking firm, as a strategic and financial advisor for this acquisition.

Super 1 Foods stores are known for their everyday low prices, quality fresh meats and produce, along with excellent customer service. BGC’s first Super 1 Foods store opened in Alexandria, Louisiana, in 1984. The newest location opened in November 2017 in Youngsville, Louisiana.

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Family Matters: Baby Survival Must-Haves


Baby Survival Must-HavesWellements™ has the baby remedies you need for the first year and beyond. You can feel good about using them, too!

At Wellements™, the employees are also parents, so they understand that making choices about what you give your little one is a big deal! That is why they put love, countless hours and research into every product. They have created safe, high-quality products that are consistent with the company’s belief that ingredients do matter.

All of the Wellements™ products are:

  • Certified-Organic
  • Preservative-Free
  • Made in glass packaging: No harmful plastics!

Organic Gripe Water: When the crying and fussing just won’t stop!
Wellements™ Organic Gripe Water is an herbal supplement that safely and effectively helps ease occasional stomach discomfort and gas often associated with colic, fussiness and hiccups.*

Baby Tooth Oil: Teething turned happy!
Wellements™ Organic Baby Tooth Oil has a touch of sweetness to help make teething a happier time. The benzocaine-free, belladonna-free and alcohol-free formula is specifically designed to be gentle on baby’s gums.

Baby Move for Constipation: Help your little one move things along!
Wellements™ Organic Baby Move relieves occasional constipation and promotes regular bowel movements.* Designed without the use of harsh laxatives, this organic prune and prebiotic formula is safe and gentle for infants and toddlers starting at 6 months of age.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and they are the own opinions of the Wellements™ company. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.



Shop the Sale: Crawfish Etouffee


Crawfish EtouffeeCrawfish Etouffee

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time:  45 min
Serves: 4

Enjoy the tantalizing flavor of The South in your own kitchen with a Mardi Gras favorite! Our Crawfish Etouffee recipe keeps things simple so you can spend more time celebrating and less time cooking. Grab your ingredients today including on-sale Bell Peppers, get cooking, and Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Ingredients:
2 Tbs unsalted butter
2 Tbs all purpose flour
1 cup yellow onions, finely diced
1/2 cup celery, finely diced
1/2 cup green bell peppers, finely diced
1/4 cup green onions, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Tbs dry sherry
1 1/2 cups seafood stock, chicken stock or water
1 lb crawfish tails
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 Tbs fresh parsley leaves, chopped (plus more for garnish)
Long-grain white rice, cooked

Directions:
In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add flour. Cook to make a light roux, stirring often. Add onions, celery, bell peppers, green onions, garlic, bay leaves, salt and cayenne. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are soft (about 10 to 15 minutes).
Add sherry; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add stock and crawfish tails; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add lemon juice. Stir in parsley; remove from heat. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve over rice, garnished with additional parsley.

Nutritional Information Calories: 182, Fat: 6 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 105 mg, Sodium: 660 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 19 g.

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Chef Tips

It All Starts With the Roux
The secret behind many of your favorite Cajun and Creole dishes is starting with a good roux. While not a difficult process, making roux does require patience and attention to detail because it’s easy to mess it up. Start out heating your butter or oil in a heavy skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add flour gradually, sprinkling evenly into the pan. Reduce heat and cook, stirring continuously until the roux has darkened. Depending on the recipe, this can be anywhere from the color of a penny to milk chocolate. The main thing is to keep the heat low and don’t stop stirring – if you don’t consistently stir the roux, the flour will burn. Note: if you find black flecks in your roux, it’s ruined and you’ll have to start over.

Mardi Gras Themed Meals
With so many traditional dishes to choose from, it’s easy to go overboard with meals and party planning during Mardi Gras. For a well-rounded menu go for Shrimp Dip, Po Boy Sliders and Crab Cakes for appetizers followed by Etouffee, Jambalaya or Gumbo, and finish with New Orleans Bread Pudding and King Cake for dessert. Or you can toss the menu out the window and simply throw down a home style Crawfish Boil.



Product Talk: Simply Done™ Disinfecting Wipes


Simply Done Disinfecting WipesI have a canister in my desk at work. I have a canister in my car. I have several stashed around the house (one in each bathroom, one in the kitchen).

Simply Done™ Disinfecting Wipes are simply necessary this time of year.

I especially love them at the office, when people sometimes walk in wiping their noses or coughing and then sit at my desk. After they leave, you’d better believe I’m going to whip out a wipe and disinfect the door knob, my desk and anything else they might have touched. I don’t need germs on my desk, thank you very much.

Simply Done™ Disinfecting Wipes, in lemon or fresh scents, kill the flu virus and 99.9 percent of bacteria in 15 seconds. They are bleach-free and come in a portable canister, so they’re easily stashed wherever it is that you need them most.

Find them on the cleaning aisle at Brookshire’s.

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Product Talk: Valentine’s Day at Brookshire’s


Valentine's Day at Brookshire'sThat’s right, ladies and gentlemen. You have two days left to be at the top of your Valentine’s Day game, but that won’t be a problem with the wide variety of gifts you can buy at Brookshire’s that say “I love you” perfectly.

You can start in the floral department. Traditionally, red roses signify Valentine’s Day, but what about pink, white, lavender, coral or another flower instead? Maybe she likes brightly colored assorted blooms, or she’s the type who would love it if you gave her a plant for her desk or house because your feelings for her will last longer than cut flowers. Brookshire’s has stems, arrangements, plants and vases to go with them, just in time for Valentine’s Day. There are fun balloons and cards, too.

Next, you might want to visit the bakery, where you can pick up a sweet treat like a cupcake to deliver to your loved one at work or a decadent dessert for your romantic meal. (I like to surprise my kids with cupcakes when they wake up on Valentine’s Day morning; sorry, teachers!)

Speaking of romantic meals, Brookshire’s makes it easy to put together something that will wow your love. Grab a copy of our Celebrate Cooking magazine in the store today for ideas, or put together a cheese board with assorted cheeses from the deli with sliced meats, olives and a loaf of freshly baked bread to start.

Then, our butchers can cut a perfect filet, pick out a lobster tail, or prepare a beef loin roast for you. Perhaps a shrimp scampi with some of the artisanal dried pastas would be a good choice, too.

A bottle of wine is never a bad choice for a thoughtful gift or as the perfect accompaniment to your romantic meal. Does your loved one prefer beer? An assortment of all their favorites is easy to put together with a make-your-own six-pack at Brookshire’s.

Don’t forget the candy! Pick up an assortment of any kind you can imagine.

Brookshire’s also has all of the cards and wrappings to make sure that your loved one feels special on Valentine’s Day.

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