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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: 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.



Shop the Sale: Roasted Turkey


Roasted TurkeyPrep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 3 hours
Serves: 8-10

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Brookshire’s has everything you need, including our own roast turkey recipe and Honeysuckle White Fresh Turkey on sale. Make this Thanksgiving your best yet with a perfectly roasted turkey and all the trimmings the family loves. And check out our chef tips for ways to make things easier before – and after – the big day.

Ingredients
1 (8 to 10 lbs) fresh turkey
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 onion, quartered
1 bulb garlic, halved
Several sprigs fresh herbs (thyme, parsley, rosemary and sage)
2 bay leaves
8 Tbs butter (1 stick), melted

Instructions
Adjust oven rack to lowest position; remove other racks. Preheat oven to 325° F. Remove turkey parts from neck and breast cavities. Reserve for other uses, if desired. Dry bird well with paper towels, inside and out.

Salt and pepper inside of breast cavity. Stuff the onion, garlic, herbs and bay leaves inside. Set turkey on roasting rack in roasting pan, breast-side up. Brush generously with half of butter; season with salt and pepper. Tent the turkey with foil.

Roast the turkey for 2 hours. Remove foil; baste with remaining butter. Increase oven temperature to 425° F. Continue roasting until instant-read thermometer registers 165° F in thigh of turkey, about 45 more minutes. Remove turkey from oven; set aside to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Calories per Serving: 710, Fat: 28 g (12 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 299 mg, Sodium: 320 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 107 g.

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Chef Tips

Make Turkey Day Easy
You have enough to do on Thanksgiving between cooking, keeping drinks filled and maybe even taking some time to enjoy yourself. Take the hassle out of the big day with easy side dishes you can prepare in advance. Many Thanksgiving favorites can be prepared before Turkey Day, such as Potato Gratin or Mashed Potato, Cornbread Stuffing, Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts, Corn and Bacon Casserole, Stewed Collard Greens, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cranberry Sauce and Green Bean Casserole. Better yet, invite your guest to bring a side dish!

Thanksgiving Leftovers
What’s the second best thing about Thanksgiving? Turkey Day leftovers! With so many ways to use up leftover turkey, you’ll wish Thanksgiving came every month. Some of our favorites include Turkey Pot Pie, Turkey-Cheddar Casserole, Turkey Enchiladas, Turkey Primavera Pasta, Turkey Rice Casserole, Turkey Soup and of course, Turkey Sandwiches – just to name a few! And you can go as simple or gourmet as you like. For example, ramp up your turkey sandwiches with melted Brie cheese and cranberry sauce on toasted focaccia or go for a creamy pesto sauce and bacon for a delicious turkey pasta dish.



Product Talk: Holiday Deli Dinners


Thanksgiving can be an intimidating holiday.

Holiday Deli DinnersJust ask my friend Megan. She’s not a cook. She’s a brilliant attorney and a tri-athlete. She also has three kids under the age of 5. She doesn’t enjoy cooking, though. She’s not very adept at cooking, and she’d rather just skip it all together.

Thank goodness there’s Brookshire’s because, otherwise, Megan’s Thanksgiving holiday would be spent in abject misery, trying to put a meal on the table of which Martha Stewart would approve.

Instead, she can buy a Holiday Deli Dinner from Brookshire’s. For just $49.99 (and you just go ahead and calculate how much money that saves you), you can get a 10 to 12-pound smoked turkey with 2 pounds of cornbread dressing, 2 1/2 pounds of mashed potatoes, 1 pound of giblet gravy and 1 pound of cranberry relish. That will easily feed a family of 8.

If you want to do something different or in addition to turkey (or if you’re looking ahead to Christmas), you can also get a 7 to 9-pound spiral cut ham, 2 1/2 pounds of green bean supreme casserole, 2 pounds of broccoli rice casserole and 2 1/2 pounds of seasoned mashed potatoes for the same price.

All you do is thaw, heat and serve.

This frees up your time to enjoy your holiday, visit with family and friends, (or in Megan’s case, probably run a Turkey Trot race) and relax. These are great for family get-togethers, Friendsgiving, work affairs, potlucks and any other holiday occasion you can think of.



Happy Halloween


I’ve been a single mom for about as long as I’ve written this blog. Some years I have my kids on Halloween, and some years I don’t.

I’ve come to appreciate Halloween from a parent’s perspective, a child’s perspective and from an adult’s perspective who has enjoyed a fun evening with friends, delighting in the haunted hooligans who came by my house.

One of my favorite Halloweens (and I’ll deny this to my children, if any of you ever dare to show them this post) was one right after I was newly single. My friends showed up at my house (Adults, drive carefully on Halloween night. Children are out in droves, and you never know how early you’ll see a little Moana or Wonder Woman wandering the streets in search of treats.) for an evening of treats and tricks.

They insisted that we all wear costumes. I resisted, but they had a fabulously bejeweled tiara, a blonde wig (I’m a brunette), a magic wand and a silky cape. I mean, come on, who could resist that? I gave in and donned the sparkly garb.

They also brought treats. Every Halloween party needs a proportionate number of treats to tricks, right? If you’re trying this at home, look at Brookshire’s Real Big Deal this week, valid through 10/31/17.

When you buy one Mars Halloween Candy Variety Pack (which you’ll need for all the little ghouls and goblins who will come to your door), you’ll get an amazing array of goodies for free, not to mention all the M&M’s®, Snickers®, Twix® and Milky Way® candy you can eat.

Start with the Halloween Glow sticks. All your guests must be decked out in glow sticks. It’s important to note that these are also highly coveted trick-or-treat swag. You can give them out to your trick-or-treaters. My kids LOVE getting glow sticks, especially if they can wear them. The good thing to know about glow sticks, for adults or kids, is that after you get them home, play with them, stick them under your shirt and up your nose (don’t ask). If you put them in the refrigerator, you extend their life span, and you can repeat the very next night, when otherwise they’d be faded by morning. Note to self. So, stock up on some glow sticks during The Real Big Deal.

You’ll also get a 2-liter of Brookshire’s BLAST! Soda. To get the party going, also grab a gallon of Goldenbrook Ice Cream, drop a dollop into the soda to make a float. You can stir it with a glow stick for a really creepy effect.

Another item you’ll get in the Deal is a Halloween Shadow Tote, the perfect creepy accessory to stash your loot or your kids’ candy, or to give away to the trick-or-treater who has his candy in a plastic sack.

While the kids trick-or-treated, my friends and I snacked on popcorn, which is also part of The Real Big Deal. I popped what seemed like a ton. We enjoyed some with butter and salt, and some with dry Ranch dressing mix tossed on to coat it. Delicious!

For our “trick” of the evening, we got Brookshire’s Sandwich Cookies (also in The Real Big Deal). We took the ‘lid’ off the cookie and adhered the frosting side to my boys’ bedroom doors. They came home to cookies stuck all over their doors! Totally harmless, people! No damage done to paint and nothing more than a good wipe down with a hot washcloth to clean it up. No harm, no foul.

If you don’t have kids with you on Halloween night and don’t want trick-or-treaters visiting, make sure to turn off your porch light. An illuminated light lets pint-sized haunters know that you’re open for business. If your light is on, you’d better have that Mars Halloween Candy Pack, or at least be ready to fork over every dollar bill in your wallet. If your light is off, don’t feel bad about not answering the door; they’ll get the hint.

When trick-or-treaters do knock at your door, I’d advise against holding out a bowl of candy to them, like an offering. Grab a few select pieces and drop it in their bags. Otherwise, you might be offering a bit more than you’d planned on. Take it from me. Never, EVER, leave a bowl of candy out on your porch unattended with a sign that says something like, “Take One.” You’re guaranteed to only have ONE trick-or-treater that night.

Finally, it’s NOT wrong on October 31 to have a (as my kids call it) “jump scare” skeleton, black cat or ghost hiding in the bushes by your front door (kids of  your own home or not), just waiting for unsuspecting revelers to stop by, hoping for a treat but maybe getting a trick as well!

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Product Talk: Herdez® Guacamole Salsa


Herdez® Guacamole SalsaThe first time I saw this product on the shelf at Brookshire’s, the bright green color caught my eye. It IS springtime after all, and this is just pretty.

It sounded intriguing, too. I love green salsa and guacamole, so I figured the combination of the two must be pretty spectacular.

I wasn’t wrong.

I first ate it with chips as a dip, but then I decided I needed to make something with it. I made chicken-cheese enchiladas and used this as the sauce. They were amazing.

Herdez® Guacamole Salsa blends avocado with tomatillos, onions, jalapeño peppers and cilantro. It definitely has a spicy kick to it but with a wonderful complex heat that leaves you wanting more.

I’ve since used this as a dressing for salad, as a sauce on soft tacos and as a topping for scrambled eggs in the morning.

There will always be a bottle in my pantry and refrigerator from here out.



Healthy Living: Mardi Gras Salsa


Mardi Gras SalsaToday is Fat Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean you have to give in to the excess and temptation that is synonymous with Mardi Gras.

You can eat healthy and still celebrate with family, friends, and a lot of beads and trinkets (necklaces are zero calories, after all).

I love this salsa because it’s the colors of Mardi Gras: gold, purple and green. It combines fresh flavors with a lot of healthy ingredients.

The pineapple is great for vitamin C, potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene, thiamin, B6 and folate, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber.

Black beans provide protein.

Garlic, limes and onions provide antioxidants.

Serve this with whole-grain pita wedges or other veggies like cucumber rounds or celery.

Mardi Gras Salsa

Ingredients:
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 pineapple, cored, peeled and diced
1 large bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped (to taste)
1 small red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 limes, juiced
1 jalapeño, minced
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; toss gently to mix. Refrigerate for several hours while flavors meld. Serve with pita wedges or veggies.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 377, Calories from Fat: 14, Fat: 2 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 7 mg, Carbohydrates: 72 g, Fiber: 16 g, Sugar: 9 g, Protein: 22 g.

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Family Matters: Quick ‘n’ Easy Party Rollups


Quick ‘n’ Easy Party RollupsI had never made tortilla rollups before but needed some type of “finger food” that was quick and easy for a party recently. After looking over several recipes, I finally decided to make my own based on other recipes but with things my family would eat. Try this recipe, and make it your own by adding your favorites!

Quick ‘n’ Easy Party Rollups

Ingredients:
1 pkg  cream cheese
3/4 cup sour cream
1 can Rotel, drained
3/4 small can black olives, diced
1/2 small can green chilies, chopped
1 (8 oz) pkg Colby Jack cheese, finely shredded
1 large can white chunk chicken breast, drained and pulled apart
black pepper
Morton Nature’s Seasons Seasoning Blend
1 pkg large flour tortillas

Directions:
Mix items in the order listed. Spread on tortillas (leave about 1/2 inch around with no mixture); roll them up and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour; remove. Slice in 1 inch diameter pieces, and plate for the party. If you are not ready to eat immediately, you will need to refrigerate until ready. Do not refrigerate for more than 3 hours because that may cause tortillas to get a little moist. Other added suggestions include pimentos, chopped nuts, green olives, jalapeños, green onions, pickle relish (sweet or dill), hot pepper cheese, etc.

Serves 10

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As you plan for parties for New Year’s, big football games, church gatherings or special holidays coming up, figure out what you like and give this recipe a try. Make several varieties, and see which everyone likes the best. Count your blessings daily, and give thanks for time with your family and friends!



Healthy Living: Chimichurri Hummus


Chimichurri HummusMy friend Paula is the one who introduced me to hummus while I was living in Germany, of all places.

Paula, of Middle Eastern descent, made all kinds of foods that were exotic to me: baba ganoush, tabouli, falafel. I loved them all.

While I’ve always loved food of any kind, the years I lived overseas really solidified my adventurous taste buds. It’s almost a necessity when burgers and pizza aren’t available on every corner.

Paula also introduced me to the benefits of a healthier Middle Eastern diet, much like the Mediterranean way of eating, full of whole foods and healthy oils.

Hummus was, from early on, my favorite thing she made.

Fast forward about 20 years (I’m not saying exactly how many!), and I still love hummus. I love to add different flavors into the base recipe and use it as a dip for my veggies.

I always hear people asking if they can skip the tahini (sesame paste) in hummus recipes. No, you cannot. It’s what gives the hummus that extra depth of flavor, umami, if you will, that makes it positively addictive.

This healthy recipe can be eaten in large quantities.

Chimichurri Hummus

Ingredients:
2 cups garbanzo beans, cooked or canned
1 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 cup basil, chopped
1/3 cup tahini
1/2 cup shallots, diced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs red wine vinegar
juice of one lemon
1 tsp garlic, minced
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes
black pepper, to taste

Directions:
Drain beans thoroughly.

Chop parsley and basil so that stems are removed.

Place beans, parsley, basil, tahini and shallots in a food processor and blend until smooth. Drizzle in oil and pulse until well incorporated. Add remaining ingredients except chili flakes and black pepper.

Blend until you reach the desired consistency, smooth and thick.

Top with chili flakes and black pepper.

Makes 2 to 3 cups

Serves 8 to 11, as an appetizer or snack

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 273, Calories from Fat: 118, Fat: 13 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 78 mg, Carbohydrates: 31 g, Fiber: 9 g, Sugar: 5 g, Protein: 10 g

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s French Fried Onions


Brookshire’s French Fried OnionsI can neither confirm nor deny that one year I had to make a Thanksgiving Day run to the local convenience store for more French Fried Onions. You see, I may, or may not, have eaten most of the can before they went atop the green bean casserole.

Luckily, Brookshire’s stocks extra French Fried Onions early in the season (although you can also find them on the shelves all year long), so now I’ve learned to make more than just the Thanksgiving green bean casserole with French Fried Onions.

French Fried Onions are exactly that – crunchy little bits of fried onion. Like an onion ring, but crunchier. They’re great for topping a casserole, a salad, as a coating for chicken or pork, or eating straight out of the can, or so I heard.

I’d buy more than one can, if I were you.



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