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Shop the Sale: Mustard-Glazed Pork Chops


Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 2

Pork chops are a simple, tasty option for healthy weeknight meals for two or as part of a big weekend cookout. The secret to the juiciest, flavorful chops is taking the time to marinate them. Our mustard glaze is an easy recipe that packs a huge flavor punch, making for delicious eating with minimal effort. Pro tip: they’re perfect served with Creamed Brussels Sprouts. And with Assorted Pork Chops on sale, there’s even more reason to give it a try this week – or weekend!

Ingredients
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 thick-cut pork chops

Instruction
Whisk the first 9 ingredients together in bowl. Place pork chops in a storage bag; add glaze. Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before cooking. When ready to cook, remove chops from storage bag. Place glaze in bowl. Grill for 20 minutes or cook over medium-high heat in cast-iron skillet for 8 minutes per side (or until cooked through). Spoon glaze over pork while cooking. For best results, frequently baste chops with glaze while cooking.

Per Serving:
Calories: 537, Fat: 31 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 98 mg, Sodium: 1964 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 29 g.

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Chef Tips

The Benefits of Marinade
If you have a great cut of meat, some basic seasonings and a perfected grilling technique, that’s generally all you need for a terrific cook out. But, if you’re looking to expand the flavor profile of your next barbeque or you’re not exactly a grill master yet, marinating is your secret weapon for fabulous eating. Marinades add flavor and juiciness to any grill meat, and you can keep it simple or get as creative as you like. Easy options include store-bought Italian Dressing or Balsamic Vinaigrettes, or you can try recipes and experiment with your own concoctions. Generally all you need is an oil, an acid (fruit juice, vinegar, beer or white wine) and some herbs and spice, although you can also play around with condiments like soy sauce, honey, mustard and BBQ sauce.

Dinner for Two
Most recipes you find are for four or more, which is fine in most cases because it’s easy enough to halve the recipe or make too much and save the remainder for leftovers. But sometimes, you just want a recipe made for two. If you’re looking for some dinner for two inspiration check out eatingwell.com, bbcgoodfood.com and of course brookshires.com.



Product Talk: Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil


Brookshire's Pure Olive OilIf there is one thing in my kitchen that I never run out of, it’s Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil.

With its golden color, mild flavor and smooth finish, it’s perfect for grilling, sautéing, marinating and anything else I need when I’m cooking.

The main type of fat found in olive oil is monounsaturated fat. If you replace trans fats and saturated fats in your diet with more monounsaturated fats, you can see health benefits from that change.

A friend of mine made this cake over the holidays. I’ve never used olive oil in baking because olive oil does have a distinct flavor, but in this recipe, that’s exactly what you’re looking to get. It was delicious!

Lemon-Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz) box Brookshire’s Yellow Cake Mix
large eggs, per cake mix package directions
Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil, per cake mix package directions
2 Tbs lemon zest
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup raspberries

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325° F. Spray a 9-inch cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with a circle of parchment paper.

Mix cake batter per package instructions, substituting Brookshire’s Pure Olive Oil for the called-for vegetable oil or butter. Stir in lemon zest.

Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake until cake is lightly golden and springs back to the touch, about 40 minutes. (A cake tester inserted into the center should come out clean.)

Let cool completely in pan for about 20 minutes. Invert cake onto a stand or plate; remove parchment.

Stir together lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar to make a glaze. Pour glaze over center of cake. Spread to the edges so some drips down the sides. Arrange raspberries in center of cake; serve.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 386, Fat: 16 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 42 mg, Sodium: 366 mg, Carbohydrates: 59 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 4 g.

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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.



Company News: Heroes Run Donates $60,000 in Shreveport, Bossier City to Honor Military, First Responders


Today Brookshire Grocery Co. donated $60,000 in proceeds from the Brookshire’s + Super 1 Foods Heroes Run to the Shreveport and Bossier City Fire and Police Departments, Barksdale Air Force Base, Wounded Warriors Project, Team Red White and Blue, and Building Homes for Heroes.

The annual race takes place each October in downtown Shreveport, and 100 percent of runner proceeds are donated to local and national non-profit organizations that support military and first responders. The Heroes Run features an epic half-marathon that winds through downtown Shreveport and crosses the Texas Street Bridge into Bossier City. There’s also a 5K and kids 1K, along with premium swag and exciting pre- and after-parties. More than 1,900 runners from 16 states and three countries participated in 2017.

“Our goal each year is to have a truly incredible experience for every runner, volunteer and spectator and then to give back all runner proceeds in support of our heroes,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO. “Brookshire Grocery Company is celebrating our 90th anniversary this year and we’re gearing up for another great race. Our establishment of the Heroes Run here in this community is a testament to our commitment to Shreveport-Bossier and should send a strong message that we are here to stay.”

Brookshire Grocery Co. is a family business that supports four primary pillars of Military/First Responders, Hunger Relief, Education and Family Health and Well-Being. In addition to the Heroes Run, BGC also gives back to veterans through its Heroes Flight program. Since 2010, the company has escorted 415 veterans, mostly from World War II, to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial built in their honor and other sites.

The 2018 Heroes Run will take place Oct. 27. Registration and more information is available at bgcracing.com.

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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!



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