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Rosemary-Garlic Cornish HensPrep Time: 40 mins
Cook Time: 1 hour
Serves: 4

Take your next dinner party up a notch with roasted Cornish Hen. Not only does Cornish Hen offer very tender meat, its small size makes it perfect for individual servings – and ideal for elegant holiday dinners. Serve with a medley of roasted root vegetables or rice dressing, followed by a traditional dessert like pudding or apple crumble. Tyson Premium Cornish Hens are on sale all this week, so treat your friends and family to a special meal!

4 Cornish game hens
3 Tbs olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper
1 lemon, quartered
4 sprigs fresh rosemary (plus more for garnish)
30 cloves garlic
1/3 cup white wine
1/3 cup chicken broth

Preheat oven to 450° F. Rub hens with 1 tablespoon oil. Lightly season hens with salt and pepper. Place 1 lemon wedge and 1 sprig rosemary in cavity of each hen. Arrange in large, heavy roasting pan. Arrange garlic cloves around hens. Roast in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 375° F. In mixing bowl, whisk together wine, broth and remaining oil; pour over hens. Continue roasting for about 25 more minutes, or until hens are golden-brown and juices run clear. Baste with pan juices every 10 minutes.

Transfer hens to platter, pouring any juices into roasting pan. Tent hens with aluminum foil to keep warm. Transfer pan juices and garlic cloves to a medium saucepan. Boil until liquids reduce to a sauce consistency, about 6 minutes. Cut hens in half, lengthwise; arrange on plates. Spoon sauce and garlic around hens. Garnish with rosemary sprigs before serving.

Calories per Serving: 484, Fat: 34 g (8 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 169 mg, Sodium: 152 mg, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 31 g

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Chef Tips

What is a Cornish Hen?
As the name would suggest, the Cornish Hen is a chicken variety that originated in Cornwall, England. Most of the chickens sold as Cornish Hens in the grocery stores today, however, are actually a hybrid of Cornish and White Rock Chicken. Commercial Cornish Hens weigh under two pounds, and in another twist, can be male or female. They are only sold whole unlike other chickens such as the broiler-fryer, roaster or stewing chicken, as they are too small to be deboned.

Cornish Hen Taste & Nutrition
Here’s another surprise, they taste like chicken! The biggest difference between the Cornish Hen and its other chicken cousins, is tenderness. Being a much younger chicken, they are very tender and juicy, which along with their small size being suited to individual serving has made them a true delicacy. On the plus side for those watching their nutrition, these “spring chickens” contain less fat and slightly fewer calories than older chicken.

Product Talk: Brookshire’s Spices

Brookshire’s SpicesIf you could see my spice cabinet, you’d think I need an intervention.

Yes, I said spice CABINET, not just spice rack.

A million years ago when I first moved out on my own, someone gave me a counter-top spice rack. It was adorable. It spun. It held 12 jars.


I think I outgrew it the first time I went grocery shopping.

The newest additions to my spice cabinet are the Brookshire’s Get Spicy line.

These fun and funky flavor combinations will have you getting spicy in no time.

9-Oh!-3 (get it?? 903???) is an all-purpose spice with the East Texas flavors of peppers and three salts. I use it to rub on meat.

Cluck It Up is a chicken rub that’s also delicious on turkey and pork.

Jal-uva can be used in place of lemon pepper in your recipes. It’s amazing on chicken and pork, and it’s delicious on roasted potatoes.

Taco Y Mas is perfect for classic Tex-Mex dishes like enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, quesadillas and burritos.

Bayou B’s adds a little Louisiana flavor (we are only a stone’s throw away, after all) to your next meal.

Beef It Up is a hearty blend of spices for your next grilling or smoking adventure. I love this for all red-meat rubs!

Smoked Sausage with Black-Eyed Peas

1 lb smoked sausage
1 cup yellow onion, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Bayou B’s Cajun Seasoning
4 cloves garlic
4 bay leaves
5 sprigs fresh thyme
3 tsp parsley, finely chopped
8 cups chicken stock
1 lb black-eyed peas
1 Tbs green onions, chopped

In a large stockpot over medium heat, sauté sausage for 5 minutes or until it starts to render.

Stir in the onions, salt, Bayou B’s Cajun Seasoning, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and parsley. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the onions are wilted. Stir in the chicken stock and peas.

Bring the liquid to a boil, and immediately turn down to a simmer. Cook for 1 1/2 hours or until the peas are tender. Serve garnished with green onions.

Serves 4

CHEF’S TIP: Serve over steamed white rice or crumbled, homemade cornbread.

Per Serving:
Calories: 510, Fat: 35 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 95 mg, Sodium: 2700 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 3; Protein: 30 g.

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Family Matters: Safe and Fun Feline Treats for the Holidays

Safe and Fun Feline Treats for the HolidaysWhile cats don’t always eat table scraps, they are kind of sneaky about going into the kitchen and munching on your holiday feast while you’re eating in the dining room.

However, holiday indulgences that we love aren’t always good for your feline friend.

Turkey is one of them.

Turkey isn’t bad for your kitty (well, the bones are), but the richness of a roasted bird might not agree with his digestive system. You know what that means for you.

Do not give your cat anything with bulb vegetables like onions, garlic or leeks. They cause anemia in cats.

Absolutely no gravy, which typically contains garlic, onions or mushrooms.

Speaking of mushrooms, they are toxic to cats. Keep your kitty away from them.

Don’t give your cat bread: yeast also causes digestive issues.

Liver, while it sounds like a good idea, can cause organ toxicity in cats. Just avoid it.

Of course, avoid chocolate, candy or any other sweets.

Your vet probably has an emergency number for holidays. Post it on your fridge. Also, have the number for the Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA). Their number is 888-ANI-HELP, or 888-426-4435.

Family Matters: What Treats NOT to Feed Your Dog During the Holidays

What Treats NOT to Feed Your Dog During the HolidaysWith the holidays upon us, it’s tempting to feed our canine best friend some treats from the table. After all, we’re indulging, so why shouldn’t he?

There are a list of good reasons why!

I want to feed my dog, Astro, all the same treats that I’m enjoying, but not everything that’s good for me is good for him.

First of all, please don’t feed your four-legged friend bones from your holiday turkey, ham or even crown roast. No bones, period, unless they come from the pet food aisle at Brookshire’s and are engineered specifically for dogs. Real animal bones can fracture and cause serious, even fatal, damage in your dog’s digestive system.

Secondly, beware of holiday plants. Poinsettias and mistletoe are both poisonous. You also don’t want your pup ingesting needles from your Christmas tree! Keep these plants out of reach of your dog, and keep him away from your tree.

Chocolate is also poisonous to your dog in certain quantities. Don’t leave out dishes of chocolate, and closely monitor any chocolate treats in the house during the holiday season.

Alcohol can also be fatal to your pooch. While he might not WANT to attack your glass of glog, keep anything with alcohol in it far away from your pet.

Onions or any other bulb vegetable (like garlic, leeks and chives) are also bad for your dog. Don’t feed him table scraps with any of those ingredients.

Raisins and grapes are also super bad for your dog, so if he gets into the fruitcake or cinnamon bread, call your vet immediately.

Most vets offer emergency service (or a backup) on holidays. Make sure you have that number handy in case your four-legged friend DOES indeed get into something he shouldn’t eat.

In the meantime, provide his favorite (dog-approved) treats and his regular foods, and give him lots of love and attention to keep him from focusing on table scraps.

Family Matters: Potty Training Tips

Potty training may start during this time period in your child’s life, but let me just stress to you that if it doesn’t, don’t fret and don’t push it.

While some little girls may potty train right around age 2, some little boys might not be ready until they’re well over age 3. They will do it when they’re ready. From my experience, there’s only so much you can do until they are ready!

In the meantime, let them pick out some fun underpants! For my younger son, potty training amounted to a basic request, “Don’t pee pee on Thomas the Train, okay?” He didn’t. My older son didn’t care who was on his underwear, however.

Get a potty chair that your child likes. For some, this is a small, freestanding chair. Others might prefer a stool with a potty insert for the “big” potty, like they see mommy, daddy or an older sibling using.

Plan to stay home in the early days of potty learning, and bring them to the potty often. Read books about the potty. Sing songs about the potty. Watch videos about the potty. Camp out on the potty, if necessary. Some children’s first success on the potty is by accident! They just go, realize that’s what all the fuss is about, and that helps them learn.

Some parents choose a reward system. My mom kept a jar of M&M’s® in the bathroom (eww, maybe in the kitchen instead). My brother got one every time he went, after he washed his hands of course. For him, this was major motivation. For your child, it might be a sticker or a success chart.

Praise him when he goes and expect some accidents along the way. Again, just wait until he’s ready!

Family Matters: Teething Pain

Right around this time, if not already, your baby will be sprouting teeth!

For some, this is a painless process, and they seem to wake up one morning with a pearly white popping through their gums. That’s how it was with my first baby; I didn’t even know he was cutting a tooth until he bit me!

My second son didn’t have it so easy. He drooled so constantly that we had to change clothes frequently. His gums were swollen and irritated. He was irritable and didn’t sleep.

There are many ways to help relieve teething pain.

You can give your baby something to gnaw on, like a teething biscuit or a toy designed for teething that’s made of hard plastic that has textures that feel soothing to baby’s gums. My son liked a soft, rubbery teething toy that we kept in the freezer, and I let him gnaw on it when he needed relief. He also liked a cold drink in his sippy cup to help relieve some pain.

A small dose of Tylenol® or ibuprofen is probably fine to help relieve pain, too. Just check with your pediatrician on the correct dosage for your little one.

Some doctors recommend a topical pain reliever, like Orajel™, applied directly to the gums.

Sometimes, you’ll need to try all of the above, but know that this too shall pass!

Family Matters: Sucking to Soothe

Studies (and tons of moms and dads) have shown that most all babies use sucking as a soothing mechanism.

Whether it’s the breast, a bottle, a finger (yours or his own), pacifier or other object, sucking is reflexively soothing to your infant.

You can help facilitate baby learning to self-soothe by leaving his hands free (no mittens or hand coverings) so he can find his fingers, or by providing a pacifier for the times he’s not eating.

Besides sucking to soothe, some babies like motion, white noise or skin-to-skin contact. You might have to try all of these, sometimes in combination, to help meet your baby’s needs. He’ll eventually learn to seek out what he needs and provide it for himself.

Shop the Sale: Candied Bacon

Candied Bacon and French Toast.Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 10

Candy and bacon? Um, yes please! The perfect treat as a unique dessert or part of a decadent brunch, Candied Bacon is a fabulous recipe for the holiday season. Quick and super easy to make, your guests will love it just as much as much more complicated (and time consuming) sweets. And there’ll be plenty to go around with Wright Brand Sliced Bacon on sale all this week.

1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 Tbs chile powder
20 slices thick-cut bacon (1 1/2 lbs)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil or parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk brown sugar and chile powder together. Arrange bacon strips on foil/parchment; coat tops heavily with chile-sugar mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until caramelized and almost crisp. Transfer bacon to a rack set over a sheet of foil to cool completely before serving. (Optionally, you can flip halfway through cooking process and coat other side for a more intense sweet-spicy flavor.)

Calories per Serving: 177, Fat: 9 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 30 mg, Sodium: 532 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 8 g.

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Chef Tips

Bacon Isn’t Just For Breakfast
Although most of us think of the delicious cured pork meat as a breakfast food, bacon can – and should! – be used for so much more. And while you might be more familiar with bacon-inclusive meals like pasta carbonara, BLT’s or quiche, there are some pretty interesting ways to use bacon that you might not have heard of. Like bacon sushi or bacon guacamole. How about hot bacon dip or bacon quesadillas? Or what about bacon maple cheesecake? The options are endless (yay)!

On The Lighter Side
While bacon isn’t exactly a health food, there are healthier options when it comes to bacon recipes so you can enjoy your bacon without the guilt. A lot of these meals focus on using small amounts of bacon to add the same delicious flavor without the fat and calories of a pile of bacon. Great options include bacon muffins, breakfast frittatas, spinach salads and vinaigrettes, bacon zucchini spaghetti and soups.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Party Trays

Brookshire’s Party TraysIs the holiday season as hectic for you as it is for me? I’m betting that it is.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I love the class parties, the work potlucks and the glittering celebrations under the mistletoe, but sometimes preparing for all those things is beyond my supermom capabilities.

That’s where Brookshire’s comes in. Brookshire’s Party Trays make the holidays a breeze. I can order a party tray, pick it up laden with savory meats and cheeses, and voila! The work potluck or evening event is taken care of in a flash.

Party Trays do need to be ordered 24 hours in advance, and there’s a variety to choose from, including meats and cheeses, deli sandwiches, cheese and crackers, seafood and, of course, desserts. The deli specialist at Brookshire’s can help you decide how large of a tray you’ll need, what ingredients you’ll want on it and how far in advance to order.

Product Talk: Fresh Cranberries

Seasonal, fresh cranberries are one of my favorite things ever. They’re tart, tasty and so good for you.

You’ve probably already seen all of the amazing things you can do with cranberries in the November/December issue of Celebrate Cooking, but did you know how good they are for you as well?

Often referred to as a superfood, cranberries are rich in antioxidants and only contain 25 calories per one-half cup. Studies have shown that the nutrients in cranberries have been linked to a lower risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function and decreased blood pressure.

Cranberries are high in vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K. They also contain proanthocyanidins (PACs), an antioxidant that may help prevent a range of diseases.

There are so many ways to incorporate cranberries into your dishes. Here’s a tasty one!

Apple-Cranberry Chicken Salad

2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup apple, chopped
1/4 cup cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbs light mayonnaise
2 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbs parsley, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

Combine chicken, celery, apple and cranberries in large bowl. In smaller bowl, mix yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper. Gently fold dressing mixture into the chicken mixture. Chill to blend ingredients.

*Chef’s Tip: Use leftover holiday turkey in place of the chicken.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 625, Fat: 13 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 286 mg, Sodium: 324 mg, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 9 g; Protein: 108 g.

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