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Product Talk: Zummo’s Sausages and Boudain

SausageWe are deep in the heart of grill season, and one of my favorite things to grill are Zummo’s sausages and boudain.

I first became acquainted with the products when I lived in Beaumont, in southeast Texas, and actually knew the Zummo family and their dedication to quality products, as well as some of the history behind their family recipes. I’ve been a fan ever since.

Zummo’s Sausages come in so many varieties that you’re sure to find one you love and one that will please a crowd at your summer cookouts. From Old Fashioned Smoked Sausage to Italian Sausage and Jalapeño Cheese Sausage to Party Time Green Onion or Garlic, each has a distinct flavor and is made with high-quality ingredients.

I love the boudain. Boudain is a Cajun favorite that came to be by having to stretch ingredients and use what was on hand in the bayous, so rice was added to the sausage mix. Again, there are many flavors, but be sure to check out the shrimp and crawfish! You’ll be transported to New Orleans by your taste buds.

You can buy these in family and party packs for your bigger meals, or in smaller sizes to meet all of your needs.

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Company News: BGC Introduces ‘Super 1 Foods Curbside’ at Tyler Location

TYLER, Texas, June 14, 2018 – Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) has announced that online ordering with curbside pickup is now available at the Super 1 Foods store in the Village at Cumberland Park, located at 172 Centennial Pkwy. in Tyler. The Company plans to expand the service to the other Super 1 Foods and Brookshire’s locations in Tyler later this year.

BGC first launched curbside service in late 2017 at the FRESH by Brookshire’s store on Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler. The Super 1 Foods store in the Village at Cumberland Park is the first of the company’s 47 Super 1 Foods locations to offer curbside service.

Customers can order, pay and schedule pick-up times at these two Tyler locations using the respective Super 1 Foods or FRESH by Brookshire’s websites or new mobile apps. Thousands of products are available, including fresh meats, local produce and the stores’ own brands of products, at the same prices as in the stores. Customers can save $10 on their first online order of $50 or more by using the promotional codes “SAVE” at Super 1 and “SUMMER” at FRESH.

The stores’ personal shoppers fill the orders, selecting the freshest products available and asking for recommendations when needed from the experts in the market, deli, bakery and produce departments. Personal shoppers then deliver orders to customers at the scheduled pick-up time in the designated curbside parking area.

Service hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with same-day service available. To place an order for pickup at one of these two locations, customers can visit the respective websites, or They can also use the new “Super 1 Foods” or “Fresh by Brookshire’s” mobile apps, available in the App Store or Google Play. There is a service fee of $4.95 for orders under $50 and no fee for orders of $50 or more.

“Online ordering with curbside pickup has been very popular with customers at FRESH, and we are excited to add this convenience for customers at Super 1 Foods,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “Our company was founded 90 years ago in Tyler on the principle of ‘service,’ and we are thrilled to be including the option of curbside service for our customers.”

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s BLAST! Sparkling Waters

Sparkling WaterIt’s still only early June, but as we know in the South, this means that we’re already experiencing the summer heat. With temperatures hitting the 100s, it’s important to stay hydrated.

I love anything that helps me stay hydrated without having to drink plain water. I also drink my share of that, but I also like to jazz things up. Brookshire’s BLAST! Sparking Water helps me do just that. It’s carbonated, so it’s got a fun fizz to it. It comes in fun, natural flavors.

It’s zero calories, zero caffeine and zero sodium, so it doesn’t detract from your hydration at all.

It comes in 12-packs and 2-liter bottles, and flavors include Key Lime, Pineapple Coconut, Fruit Punch, Pineapple and Grape.

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Shop the Sale: Banana-Honey Chocolate Chip Muffins

Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 16 large or 48 mini muffins

For breakfast, dessert or an afternoon snack, you can’t beat our Banana-Honey Chocolate Chip Muffins. Light, fluffy and utterly delicious, this is an easy recipe that yields big results. Chef tip: if you’ve run out of honey, you can substitute it 1:1 with maple syrup. Speaking of syrup, now is the time to stock up, with Full Circle Maple Syrup on sale!

3/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
3 extra-ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup canola oil
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips, divided

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a muffin pan with baking cups or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. In a medium saucepan combine syrup, honey, bananas, cinnamon, oil, butter and milk. Cook on low heat for 2 to 3 minutes; whisk to combine. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Add banana mixture to dry ingredients; mix well. Once batter has cooled, stir in half of the chocolate chips. Scoop batter into muffin tins about 3/4 full. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top of each muffin.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick poked into center comes out clean. Let cool in muffin pan for about 5 minutes. Then, place on a wire rack to completely cool.

Per Serving:
Calories: 255, Fat: 12 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg, Sodium: 356 mg, Carbohydrates: 37 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g.

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Chef Tips

Sweet Substitutions
We’ve all been there: you’re all set to bake, but you’ve run out of sweetener. The good news is you don’t necessarily have to run out to the store. There are a number of substitutions that you can use in most baking recipes.

  • Maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, molasses and corn syrup can be substituted 1:1 ratio
  • All syrups can be substituted with 1 ¼ cups of granulated sugar plus ¼ cup of water
  • If using brown rice or barley malt syrup, substitute 1 ¼ cups of syrup for each cup of sugar or other syrups

Muffins For Every Occasion
Most of us think of sweet flavors when it comes to muffins: banana-honey, blueberry, chocolate and apple-cinnamon to name just a few. But muffins are just as delicious in savory flavors and if you have a few mini muffin trays laying around, they make delicious and easy appetizers for parties or get-togethers. Some of our favorites include Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese, Prosciutto and Feta, and Spinach, Cheese and Sundried Tomato.

Company News: Local students awarded scholarships from Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods and Spring Market







TYLER, Texas, June 4, 2018 – Four high school seniors from the Shreveport-Bossier area have been named winners in the “Because

History Matters” scholarship program, sponsored by Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods and Spring Market stores.

Olivia Davis, a senior at Caddo Magnet High School, was named the first-place winner in Louisiana and will receive a $5,000 scholarship for her original essay about Charlotte Forten Grimké and her impact on history. Second place and a $3,000 scholarship were awarded to Kennedi Watts from Word of God Academy for her essay on author Langston Hughes. Dorcas Brown from C.E. Byrd High School placed third, receiving a $1,500 scholarship for her essay on Frederick Douglass.

Lainey Smith from Caddo Magnet High School was awarded a $3,000 scholarship as a recipient of Brookshire Grocery Co.’s Employee Scholarship for her essay about Harriet Tubman.

$38,000 in scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors in the three states where Brookshire Grocery Co. operates stores (Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas), including separate scholarships for Company employees. Recipients were selected based on the content of their essay, along with their academic achievement, financial need and demonstration of leadership including awards, achievements, extracurricular activities and community service. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher was required to apply.

“Our Company is proud to offer this scholarship program that celebrates history and spotlights outstanding students in communities we serve,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “We are excited to recognize these deserving recipients for their accomplishments as student leaders in our communities and provide support as they further their education.”



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Product Talk: Mezzetta® Italian Mix Giardiniera

Mezzetta® Italian Mix GiardinieraIn my last blog, I mentioned that I’d been making a lot of charcuterie boards, which are fun for parties, appetizers and even, if you’re like me, an entire meal. Charcuterie is a French word for cured or smoked meats, but you can add anything that you like to the board.

I love adding Mezzetta® Italian Mix Giardiniera, a pickled veggie relish, if you will. The acid from the pickled vegetables complements the fats from the meats and cheeses perfectly to balance off your meal.

Giardiniera is a classic Italian relish made up of an assortment of vegetables. Mezzetta’s veggies are harvested at the height of the season in northern California, and then pickled for use throughout the year.

The typical combination includes carrots, cauliflower, celery, pickles, onions and peppers, and they are pickled in vinegar and sea salt.

This side dish, or topping, is low in fat and sugar, and it is also delicious on sandwiches. It comes in a “hot” variety as well, with peppers added to the mix.

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Family Matters: Baby Dove

Baby DoveOne of the softest things in the world is the feel of your baby’s skin.

It can also be one of the trickiest things to care for.

You don’t want to use anything on baby’s skin that wouldn’t be good for him, and that’s where Dove® comes in. With their long-standing commitment to quality products, Baby Dove is now a line you can feel confident about using on your precious child.

The Baby Dove Rich Moisture line features body washes, lotions and shampoos that keep your baby’s skin and hair soft and vibrant. You can even personalize the Tip to Toe wash and Lotion bottles with your baby’s name!

Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture is great for even the most delicate skin. Choose from body washes, lotions and shampoos. There are even bars and wipes to help meet all your needs.

Product Talk: Red Apple Hickory Smoked Bourbon Gouda

Red Apple Hickory Smoked Bourbon GoudaI’ve been a little obsessed with charcuterie boards lately. I love to snack on meats, cheeses, maybe some giardinia (a pickled Italian veggie mix), olives, pepperoncini, raw veggies, fruits and nuts.

The best part is, you can mix and match with whatever you have on hand.

I’ve even been known (frequently lately) to make a small charcuterie board for dinner. “Charcuterie” actually is a French word for dried, cured or smoked meat, but it can include cheeses, vegetables, fruits, nuts and even some sweets. It’s also a really fancy way of saying I prepare my meal in a fuss-free way on one plate (or a cutting board) and eat it with my fingers.

I picked up a wheel of Red Apple Hickory Smoked Bourbon Gouda at Brookshire’s recently because, 1. I love Gouda; 2. I love hickory; 3. I do not love bourbon, but the hint of it sounded intriguing with the smokiness of the Gouda and the hickory. So I tried it.

I was not disappointed. It’s smoky, creamy, rich and so satisfying. You only need a sliver to pair with a pancetta or a salami. I’d recommend a hard salami and a tart pepperoncini in one, perfect bite.

Next, I want to try this in Mac-and-Cheese!

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Company News: Brookshire Grocery Co.’s WWII Heroes Flight to Depart for Washington, D.C.

TYLER, Texas, May 25, 2018 – Brookshire Grocery Co. will escort 23 World War II veterans and one Korean War veteran to Washington, D.C., May 28-30 on its 16th Heroes Flight. BGC provides the all-expenses paid trip for veterans to honor them for their service and sacrifices.

In addition to visiting the WWII memorial, the group will tour the U.S. Capitol and the Air and Space Museum. Other points of interest will include Arlington National Cemetery and memorials honoring the U.S. Marines, Navy, Air Force, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., and Vietnam and Korean War veterans.

BGC has taken 415 veterans from Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas to Washington, D.C, since establishing the Heroes Flight program in 2010. Veterans who will be going on this next trip are primarily from the Lafayette, Louisiana-area. Several BGC employees will also accompany the group to assist the veterans.

“Our Company is proud to take this deserving group of veterans to Washington, D.C., on the BGC Heroes Flight,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “We are incredibly thankful for our veterans’ service and sacrifices, and we consider it a privilege to honor them through this trip.”


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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.

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

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.


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