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Company News: Brookshire Grocery Co. presents $125K for Hurricane Harvey recovery


Today Brookshire Grocery Co. officials presented a check representing a $125,000 donation to the American Red Cross’s Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, Spring Market and FRESH by Brookshire’s stores and customers contributed a total of $100,000, and the Western Union Foundation gave an additional $25,000. Customers made donations through scan coupons in the 145 communities where BGC operates stores in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The donation from the Western Union Foundation resulted from a pledge to match the first $25,000 customers gave.

Funds will be used to provide assistance for the long-term needs of individuals and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey, which devastated parts of the Texas Gulf Coast in August. BGC donated and delivered one-third of a million bottles of drinking water to relief sites along the coast and to a Red Cross distribution facility in North Texas. The Company facilitated customer donations and partnered with the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana to assist in its relief efforts. More than a dozen BGC stores in the Shreveport area and East Texas also collected donations of food and household supplies.

“We are very thankful to our customers for their incredible generosity and support. Once again, they’ve helped us fulfill our mission of making communities better through our people, products, stores and service,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Company. “This donation will make a huge impact for thousands of people as they continue the work of rebuilding their lives and communities.”

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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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Product Talk: Rudi’s Breads


Rudi’s Breads.One of my favorite departments in my Brookshire’s grocery store is the bakery. I wander through it every time I visit, even if I’m just running in for milk, because it smells so wonderful.

Besides all the fabulous homemade goodies you can get in the Brookshire’s bakery, you can also get some fabulous premade products from quality vendors like Rudi’s Organic Bakery®. I love their organic Rocky Mountain Sourdough bread so much! (Mmmmm…toasted with lettuce, tomato and BACON!).

Brookshire’s offers an entire line of Rudi’s Organic Bakery® breads, including Colorado Cracked Wheat, 14-Grain, 7-Grain with Flax, and Jewish Light Rye (combine it with shaved ham and cheddar from the deli).

Rudi’s began in 1976 as a company committed to putting out preservative-free products. In 1981, their entire product line was certified kosher. In 2001, they were certified as an organic bakery.

Grab a loaf when you’re wandering through the Brookshire’s bakery today!

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Family Matters: Eczema


Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common condition that affects 10 percent of infants and children. It’s basically dry skin and nothing to worry about.

More scientifically, eczema is a skin condition that usually has two components: dry, easily irritated skin and allergies.

Children with eczema have a tendency toward dry skin and do not retain moisture well. Their skin can take on a dry, rough texture and be prone to irritation. Dry skin can be itchy, leading to scratching that can lead to more irritation. Eczema can really be a vicious cycle for your child.

Underlying allergies can be a big component of eczema, even if you’re not aware of what the allergies may be. Already dry and irritated skin is less able to handle an allergic reaction and heal itself quickly.

Eczema can look like dry skin, with red patches or white bumps, in localized sections or in folds of the skin. It’s rarely covering the body, but it can in severe cases.

The best way to treat eczema is to moisturize from the inside out! Make sure your child stays well-hydrated, and then use an over-the-counter or prescription topical cream, lotion or ointment on their skin regularly.

Avoid irritants like perfumed lotions or detergents.

Try to identify triggers, like foods or environmental factors that may cause flare-ups. Your pediatrician should be able to order allergy testing that can help you identify these things.



Family Matters: Soothing Gas Pains


When my second son was born, he was a champion eater. He also had some award-winning gas pains. He’d draw his legs up toward his tummy and howl after a feeding. It was horrible. Babies get gassy when they swallow air, either when they are feeding, sucking on a pacifier or simply crying.

He ended up having to take a prescription gas-relieving medication, but there are so many things you can try (and we tried) to naturally help relieve gas in your infant.

First, keep their head higher than their body during feedings. That way, the milk sinks to the bottom, and air goes to the top without getting trapped. If you’re bottle-feeding, using a bottle with a collapsible liner allows air to be removed from the bottle as the baby feeds, so there’s not excess air trapped there as well. If bottle-feeding, using a low-flow nipple also helps with reducing air intake.

Burp your baby after feeding, or even during if you’re nursing and switching sides or if baby takes a natural break. Hold him on your shoulder and pat or rub firmly until he belches. If he doesn’t burp, wait a few minutes and try again.

You can help your baby work out gas by laying him on his back and pumping his legs in a bicycle motion. Hopefully this will help him pass gas. Rubbing his belly gently might help as well.

Sometimes a warm bath can also help relax them enough to pass gas.

If the problem is chronic, take a look at what formula you’re using or what you’re eating. You might need to eliminate foods from your diet if you’re nursing or change formulas if you’re bottle-feeding.

Finally, over-the-counter gas drops might provide some relief for your gassy baby! Check with your pediatrician.



Family Matters: First Foods


Around six months old, baby will start eating solid foods!

Some pediatricians recommend the transition around four months; pay attention to your baby. If he’s still vigorously thrusting a spoon out of his mouth at four months, try again at five or six. I think I tried at four months with my first child, which caused some digestive issues, so we tried again at six months with no problem. Jjust pay attention to your child’s needs! Baby should be able to hold his head erect and upper body stable before he starts solid foods.

Cereal is a good first food. I preferred single-grain oatmeal to rice (rice was constipating for both of my boys). I mixed it with breastmilk. You can use formula or water to get it to a consistency your baby can eat easily. Just a few spoonfuls should be enough to start.

When introducing solids, you only want to introduce a new food every three to four days. This way, you can make sure that if baby has a reaction, you know which food he is reacting to. After cereal, mashed avocado is a good one to try, or pureed sweet potato. Cooked and pureed carrots and other nutrient-rich veggies are good first foods. Then, move on to fruits, and cooked and pureed meats after that.

Don’t get discouraged if baby rejects a food once, twice or several times. This is normal! Keep trying. After you’re sure he is not allergic, mix it with something you know he likes to introduce it again.



Shop the Sale: Crawfish Dip


Crawfish DipPrep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time:  40 mins
Serves: 10

When you’re craving crawfish but there are still months to go until fresh crawfish season, don’t despair! We have Boudreaux Crawfish Tail Meat on sale now, so you can make all of your favorite crawfish dishes. One our favorites is Crawfish Dip. Add some creamy, spicy, crawfish goodness to your next get together with our fabulous Crawfish Dip recipe.

Ingredients
2 Tbs salted butter
1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
1 small yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, diced
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 lb frozen peeled crawfish tails, thawed per package directions
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbs creole mustard
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp hot sauce
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 French baguette, sliced and toasted (for serving)

Instructions
Melt butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add bell pepper, onion, celery, garlic, jalapeño, salt and black pepper. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Add paprika and cayenne; cook for 1 more minute. Decrease heat to low. Add crawfish, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and whipping cream.

Mix to combine. Stir in creole mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Cover and cook on medium-low heat until fully melted and combined, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to warm. Stir in lemon juice and parsley. Serve with toasted baguette slices.

Calories per Serving: 281, Fat: 21 g (13 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 144 mg, Sodium: 627 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 19 g.

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Chef Tips

Perfect the Dice
Yes, there is a right way to do it. Start by rinsing and removing any stems, and peeling vegetables if desired. When dealing with round vegetables, it’s a good idea to cut a thin slice from one side to create a flat surface, then using a sharp knife, cut the vegetable lengthwise into slices. Next, stack the slices and cut them lengthwise into strips, then line the sticks up and cut crosswise to produce neat little cubes. For small dice, aim for ¼ inch squares, ½ inch for medium and ¾ inch for large.

Crawfish Deliciousness
Looking for more crawfish recipes? With the risk of sounding like Bubba Gump rattling off shrimp recipes, here are some of our top picks: Crawfish Bisque, Crawfish Fettucine, Crawfish Stuffed Potatoes and Bell Pepper, Crawfish Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, Crawfish Gumbo, and last but not least, Crawfish Mac N Cheese.



Product Talk: Bolthouse Farms 1915™ Organic Juices


Bolthouse Farms 1915™ Organic JuicesHappy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s 2018 already.

I don’t know about you, but I want to start the new year off on the right foot for my health!

That’s where Bolthouse Farms 1915™ Organic Juices come in. Sold in individual bottles in the refrigerated section of the produce department of your local Brookshire’s, these delicious, organic juices have their roots on a carrot farm established in 1915. Made from non-GMO ingredients, 1915™ juices are cold-pressed to extract the best flavors from all of their natural ingredients.

Flavor combinations include Apple, Romaine, Cucumber, Spinach, Kale and Lemon; Strawberry, Blueberry, Coconut Water, Apple, Spinach and Blackberry; Beet, Carrot, Orange and Lemon; Coconut Water, Strawberry and Pear; Apple and Lemon; Coconut Water, Pineapple, Mango, Avocado and Lemon; Apple, Grapefruit, Peach and Raspberry; Orange, Carrot, Pineapple, Apple and Lime; Carrot, Apple and Lemon; and Pear, Coconut Water, Mango, Spinach, Banana and Lime.

There are also two varieties of smoothies, and they are all a great way for you to feel great about what you’re drinking in the new year.



Shop the Sale: Avocado, Strawberry & Mango Salad


Avocado, Strawberry & Mango Salad.Winter may be here, but you can still enjoy a taste of summer. Bring a fresh burst to your next brunch or party with this simple, refreshing fruit-based salad. It pairs well with poultry or red meat dishes, making it a versatile dish for any occasion – even an impromptu cook out. And with Large Hass Avocadoes on sale, you can make enough to feed even the hungriest crowds.

Ingredients
1 avocado, diced
1 cup strawberries, husked and diced
1 mango, peeled and diced
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
In medium bowl, combine avocado, strawberries, mango, cilantro and lime juice. Mix together gently. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve cold.

Calories per Serving: 167, Fat: 10 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 5 mg, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 2 g.

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Chef Tips

How to Pick the Best Avocadoes
Chances are you pick your avocadoes by squeezing them to check for ripeness. Guess what? So does everybody else, which means all of the near ripe avocadoes at the supermarket have been poked and prodded by countless shoppers before you. To avoid buying bruised avocadoes, the best thing to do is buy them green and allow them to ripen at home. It can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week, but it’s so worth it. Need it sooner? Store your avocado with ripe bananas. The ethylene released by the banana will speed up the ripening process.

Cilantro
A little cilantro goes a long way, so you’re often left with no plans for the rest of the bunch you bought at the store. Don’t let that cilantro go to waste! There are actually loads of ways to use cilantro in your everyday cooking. Of course it’s the perfect addition to most Mexican dishes, but it’s also great in stir fries, noodle dishes and curries, or chopped and added to salads and smoothies.



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