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Wine Club: Cheese and Spinach Puff Pastries

This is the time of year for getting together with friends and family and sharing food, fun and fellowship.

These Cheese and Spinach Puff Pastries are a perfect appetizer, snack, late night meal or brunch offering.

These would pair well with a dry or medium white wine.

The rich cheese and acidity of the spinach pair perfectly with a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc has notes of citrus and is very acidic. A Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand winery Kim Crawford also plays off citrus notes, with gooseberry and herbs.

Mirassou makes a nice Pinot Grigio at a great price point. Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is also an accessible flavor at a friendly price. It’s a crisp, medium dry white wine that is delicious served chilled, a nice contrast to these warm pastries.

Cheese and Spinach Puff Pastries


12 frozen puff pastry shells, unthawed
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup whole milk
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
16-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1-¼ cup grated Artigiano™ Classico
¼ cup freshly grated American Grana® Extra Aged Parmesan
3-5 green onions finely chopped


Preheat the oven to 400 ° F.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the frozen pastry shells on the baking sheet and bake until they puff and become lightly brown (about 20 min). Using a small knife, cut out the center of the pastry shells.

Meanwhile, stir the cream, milk, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in the spinach, Artigiano Classico, American Grana and green onions. Spoon the mixture into the baked pastry shells. Bake until they are golden brown and the filling is hot. (about 25 – 30 min). Serve while hot.

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Family Matters: Henning’s Hatch Pepper Cheddar Cheese Pairs with Wine

We all know that wine just naturally goes well with cheese, but Henning’s® Hatch Pepper Cheddar Cheese kicks it up a notch.

Henning’s Hatch Pepper Cheddar Cheese took a gold medal this year in the World Championship Cheese Contest. This cheese, which is sold in 20-pound wheels as well as the more manageable sizes that you’ll find in Brookshire’s (Does anyone else dream about 20-pound wheels of cheese? Asking for a friend.) is a creamy, smooth cheddar infused with authentic Hatch Chile Peppers from Hatch, New Mexico. The mild, sweet and savory pepper is grown on the banks of the Rio Grande, and it is the perfect balance to the bold flavor of cheddar.

One wine that pairs nicely with the tastes of the cheddar is the Josh Cellars Chardonnay. Served chilled and perfect for a summer day, this chardonnay is balanced with aromas of tropical fruits and citrus, finished with subtle oak notes. It’s a bright, fresh wine with citrus notes, so the acidity balances the heavy cheese nicely.

Another great pairing would be La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Aged for nine months in a barrel, this red has hints of cherry, raspberry, pomegranate and sweet tobacco. It’s light on the tannins, which is always nice if you’re sipping on a hot day. It also has notes of blood orange, plums and blackberries. Both wines are at nice price points to impress guests on a lovely summer evening or enjoy by the pool on a night in with the family.

Henning’s Hatch Pepper Cheddar Chicken Enchiladas

Recipe from Henning’s


2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 to 4 oz green chilies, chopped
4 1/2 cups rotisserie chicken meat, shredded

2 1/2 cups Henning’s® Hatch Pepper Heritage Cheddar, shredded
12 flour tortillas


Sauté garlic, onions and bell peppers in butter. Stir in cream of chicken, sour cream and green chilies. Reserve 1/2 of mixture; set aside. Stir chicken into remaining mixture; add 1 cup of shredded cheddar.

Fill the flour tortillas generously down the center; roll tightly. Place in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. With the remaining mixture, spread over the top of the enchiladas. Top generously with an additional 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar. Bake at 350° F for 25 to 30 minutes.

Serves 8 to 10

Per Serving:
Calories: 429, Fat: 20 g (9 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 113 mg, Sodium: 959 mg, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 38 g.

Family Matters: Ice Cream Pie

When it’s this hot outside, we’re all screaming for ice cream!

One of our favorite ways to enjoy a cold, tasty treat during the hot summer months is to make ice cream pies.

Ever since they were little, it’s been a fun summertime tradition to take the boys to the store, let them pick out their favorite flavors of Goldenbrook Ice Cream, and make an ice cream pie creation out of what they chose.

Some concoctions are more, let’s say, creative, than others.

Now that my kids are teenagers, they can make an ice cream pie by themselves, but this is a fun family activity for kids of all ages. It’s easy to do with any number of kids, if you’re letting them pick their own flavors of ice cream.

All you need is a frozen pie crust like Nabisco Oreo® or Keebler® Graham Cracker, depending on what flavor ice cream you choose. Then, let each kid pick a flavor of Goldenbrook Ice Cream, like Peanut Butter Bash, Chocolate Cookie Dough or Praline Pecan. Also, let them pick out a topping, such as hot fudge, caramel or marshmallow fluff. If you REALLY want to get crazy, throw a candy topping per kid in the mix as well.

Grab a tub of Cool Whip® topping to finish it off.

When you get all your goodies home, you’ll be ready to assemble your pie, since the ice cream will already be softened from the ride home in the car.

Spread your first layer of ice cream into your pie shell. Top with your first topping and candy (optional). After the first layer, place lid or aluminum foil onto the pie pan, and put it in the freezer to harden. You might want to go ahead and put any other ice cream in the freezer, but pull out the next carton about 15 minutes before you’re ready to use it.

Repeat this process with all the layers of ice cream and toppings, finishing with a layer of Cool Whip®. Freeze for at least an hour after the final layer before it’s ready to eat.

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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.

Family Matters: Plants & Pets

It’s the most wonderful time of year to be outside!

Birds are singing, flowers are growing, gardens are planted, and pets are frolicking through thick grass.

However, not all plants are pet-friendly, including things you may be growing in your garden for you to eat!

Some plants, fertilizers and insecticides are highly toxic to your pet if ingested.

Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number, (888) 426-4435, immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous.

Poisonous plants can include:



Apple Trees

Apricot Trees




Caladium (Elephant Ears)

California Ivy

Calla Lilies







English Ivy

Fig Plants








Lemon Trees

Lime Trees







Orange Trees


Peach Trees




Sago Palm





Family Matters: Wine Pairings for Mother’s Day Brunch

Wine for Mother's DayMother’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to pick out pairings for your Mother’s Day brunch.

We all know restaurants fill up fast on Mother’s Day, so why not stay at home and make Mom a brunch to remember?

You can start the meal with a selection of seasonal fruits, like strawberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, honeydew, grapes and assorted berries. Serve them as they are, or whip up a fruit dip of 1 cup of mascarpone cheese, 2 cups of Cool Whip®, 1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon that you stir together until creamy and well-blended.

Mom will swoon over a sparkling rosé served alongside fruit, served chilled, with an extra strawberry or raspberry in her glass. Not all rosés are sparkling, you know. A dry rosé would also be a great accompaniment to a fruit course.

If you’re serving eggs, like a quiche or a breakfast casserole, white wines pair beautifully with these dishes. Choose a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio that isn’t sweet but can bring out the flavor of the eggs and whatever they are paired with, like sharp cheddar, savory sausage or roasted vegetables. You could also try a Chardonnay with a French toast casserole or Dutch baby.

If you’re serving a protein, like smoked salmon, I’d definitely go with an oaky Chardonnay that will play up but not overpower the fish. It’s also a good choice for chicken or pork dishes. If you’re serving red meat, like a filet mignon or tri-tip, go for a Malbec or Syrah to keep things lighter but still enhance the flavors of the meat.

For dessert, revisit the rosé! The expression, “Rosé all day,” wasn’t coined by accident, you know!

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Family Matters: Snacks for Spring

Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® Treats™This time of year, the pace of life seems to increase exponentially. There are track meets, soccer games, spring musical rehearsals, band competitions, academic competitions, school dances, graduations, weekend trips…you get the idea.
That level of activity requires a lot of on-the-go and a lot of snacking on-the-go!

One of our favorites is the single servings of guacamole that are sold in the produce section of Brookshire’s. Paired with some baby carrots or celery sticks, these are portable and pack a lot of nutritional punch. You’re getting good protein that will keep you running and good fat that will keep you full in between meals.

Another snack we love is pre-sliced apples, also found in the produce section at Brookshire’s. Eat with some cheddar cheese and almonds or peanut butter (You can also get peanut butter in single-serving sizes at Brookshire’s), and you have a snack powerhouse. Protein bars, like Luna® brand, also come in handy in a pinch.

Hands down, my boys’ favorite snack is Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® Treats™. Also sold in single-serving packages (do you see a theme here?), these classic kid favorites are just fun and tasty. They even come in fun flavors now, like Cookies ‘N’ Crème, Birthday Cake, M&M’s® and Chocolatey Drizzle. They are made with the quality Rice Krispies that we have loved since our own childhoods. I love to see my kids enjoying something I loved so much as a kid, and they love seeing that Rice Krispies® Treats™ wrapper in their backpack or gym bag.

Family Matters: Baby Survival Must-Haves

Baby Survival Must-HavesWellements™ has the baby remedies you need for the first year and beyond. You can feel good about using them, too!

At Wellements™, the employees are also parents, so they understand that making choices about what you give your little one is a big deal! That is why they put love, countless hours and research into every product. They have created safe, high-quality products that are consistent with the company’s belief that ingredients do matter.

All of the Wellements™ products are:

  • Certified-Organic
  • Preservative-Free
  • Made in glass packaging: No harmful plastics!

Organic Gripe Water: When the crying and fussing just won’t stop!
Wellements™ Organic Gripe Water is an herbal supplement that safely and effectively helps ease occasional stomach discomfort and gas often associated with colic, fussiness and hiccups.*

Baby Tooth Oil: Teething turned happy!
Wellements™ Organic Baby Tooth Oil has a touch of sweetness to help make teething a happier time. The benzocaine-free, belladonna-free and alcohol-free formula is specifically designed to be gentle on baby’s gums.

Baby Move for Constipation: Help your little one move things along!
Wellements™ Organic Baby Move relieves occasional constipation and promotes regular bowel movements.* Designed without the use of harsh laxatives, this organic prune and prebiotic formula is safe and gentle for infants and toddlers starting at 6 months of age.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and they are the own opinions of the Wellements™ company. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.

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!

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