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Product Talk: Mi Costeñita Spices


One of my favorite places in Brookshire’s is the wall of hanging Mi Costeñita spices in the produce department.

There are rows and rows of small packages of the most aromatic dried spices you can imagine, cumin seeds, dried peppers, oregano, smoky paprika, basil, garlic powder and so much more.

Founded in 1995, the Mi Costeñita company sells dried herbs, spices and snacks such as mango chips. Their selection of dried peppers is absolutely amazing, including ancho chiles, guajillo chiles, abol sin pata chiles and more. You can grind them into spices yourself, use them as seasonings in sauces and stocks, or finely dice for rice or a filling for enchiladas or tamales.

My favorite is the dried cumin seeds that I can grind myself. The flavor is intense!

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Product Talk: Ocean Spray® Mocktails


Ocean Spray® MocktailsWhen I saw this product on the shelves at Brookshire’s, I giggled.

Someone I know well, who shall remain nameless, has an evening tradition in her family of “Cocktails and Mocktails” in the evening. She and her husband have a glass of wine, and her children have juice in fancy glasses.

Now, they can have their mocktails premixed!

Ocean Spray® Mocktails come in three flavors: Cranberry Peach Bellini, Cranberry Sangria and Tropical Citrus Paradise. Let me be very clear: These do NOT contain alcohol. Ocean Spray® Mocktails are delicious premium, non-alcoholic juice drinks inspired by your favorite cocktails, according to the Ocean Spray® website. You CAN mix them with an adult beverage or even sparkling water for a fun, fizzy flavor.

These drinks are made with premium Ocean Spray® ingredients. Find them near the juices in your local Brookshire’s.

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Product Talk: Sunday Brunch


Sunday Brunch Dog FoodIt’s National Pet Month, and there’s no better time to celebrate your playful pup than with a wonderful meal you can get for him right off the shelf at Brookshire’s.

Sunday Brunch canned dog food is prepared with savory lamb, rich rice, hearty potatoes and fresh apples. Your pup will enjoy the feeling of Sunday brunch with the family, and it’s full of whole-grains, potatoes, proteins and apples.

Sunday Brunch is made with omega-3 and 6 fatty acids for a healthy skin and coat for your pup. Cans are good for two meals, mixed with dry food, for a succulent feast for your four-legged furry friend.

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Product Talk: Reusable Cooling Towel


Reusable Cooling TowelYesterday, I ran into Brookshire’s for two things: King’s Hawaiian Rolls and skim milk.

I came out with about seven things, including dill pickle-flavored popcorn (delicious) and a bag of crispy M&M’s.

I also came out with a reusable cooling towel.

I happened across this little gem in the refrigerated section, near the aforementioned skim milk. As luck would have it, I’d dashed into Brookshire’s between the two sets of soccer games for which my 13-year-old son was refereeing that day. Four games in one day is a lot, even if temperatures are only hovering around the 80-degree mark. We haven’t even seen the hottest of the game days yet.

I grabbed a towel. The cooling towel helps cool you down before and after hard work or exercise, the label says. The material becomes cooler than the air when wet.

He always has water with him. He just needs to wet down the towel between games, and apply the cool fabric to his face, neck or chest, whatever helps cool him down in the hot summer sun.
It comes in a plastic carry container, so he can keep it in his duffel bag easily, and we just wash it in the machine with his referee uniform between weekends.

The sports complex has little shade, and while he brings lots of water, I feel good knowing he has one more tool for staying cool and refreshed when he’s at work.

These would also be great for trips to the park, lake, zoo or amusement parks! Anything outside, really. At $3.99 each, you can get one for everyone in the family.

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Product Talk: Epsom Salt


Epsom SaltI could extol the virtues of Epsom salt for hours.

Hours, I tell you.

I mix them into my bath water with a few drops of essential oil for the best, most relaxing bath there is.

They’re great for inflammation and swelling: I put a heaping tablespoon into the bucket of ice water my track athlete uses to soak his foot after a hard practice or competitive meet.

They’re wonderful for extracting toxins. Did you know that if you soak an area with a splinter in water with Epsom salt, the splinter will come to the surface of your skin, making it super easy to extract?

Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and has about a trillion uses. Since it’s spring, I wanted to talk about one of them: homemade miracle plant growth stimulator.

Yep, you don’t need to put chemicals on your spring plantings to make them grow into bountiful and beautiful plants. Simply use 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon Espom salt, and dissolve into a gallon of water. I’ve used this on my new rose bushes, my new hosta, my tomatoes and my new annuals.

It has produced lush, huge plants in a short amount of time.

Add one more wonderful addition to the list of uses of Epsom salt.

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Product Talk: Wholly Guacamole® Minis


Wholly Guacamole® Minis“Mom, I need to talk to you about something,” my older son said recently.

“Okay,” I agreed, with slight trepidation.

“I’d like some different fruits and vegetables in my school lunch,” he said.

Phew, that I can do!

I found Wholly Guacamole® Minis at Brookshire’s last week, to his delight.

These small, individually packaged guacamoles are great for his school lunch. I send along carrots, celery, cucumber spears or pita wedges for him to eat with the guacamole. He’s getting a great dose of protein and good fats to keep him alert and full throughout the afternoon. You know how hard that is to accomplish with teenage boys!

Find this product in the refrigerated produce section of Brookshire’s, near the bagged salads.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Pizza Sauce


Brookshire’s Pizza SauceSaturday night, my boys wanted pizza. Takeout wasn’t really in the budget, plus they love making pizza at home.

Time wasn’t on our side, either, after a full day of soccer games and errands.

So, we ran to Brookshire’s and got some of Brookshire’s Refrigerated Pizza Dough and some Brookshire’s Traditional Pizza Sauce, along with the toppings we wanted on our pizzas.

Brookshire’s Pizza Sauce is a simple and delicious alternative to simmering sauce on your stove all day, especially if you’ve spent the day on the go. However, it tastes just like you’ve been stirring for hours.

Brookshire’s Traditional Pizza Sauce blends tomatoes with Italian spices and parsley to give your pizza a homemade flavor with the ease of takeout.

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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.

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Product Talk: Easter Novelties


Easter NoveltiesI walked through Brookshire’s today and made my plan for Easter this year.

Pretty much everything you need can be found at Brookshire’s to celebrate Easter on April 16.

There’s candy. Lots of it. From Peeps to Cadbury Eggs to Russell Stover chocolates, mini M&M’s, Starburst fruit chews, Skittles, robin’s eggs and jelly beans, you can fill your little ones’ baskets to the brim with candy at Brookshire’s.

That’s not all. There are chocolate bunnies that come in milk chocolate, dark chocolate and even cookies and cream varieties, either in hollow or solid versions.

You can get prefilled plastic eggs for all those egg hunts that you contribute to, even ones with inspirational Christian messages already inside.

Do you need stuffed chicks, fluffy bunnies and sweet toys, too? Don’t worry; we have them, along with anything you’ll need to fill your Easter baskets for a joyful celebration.

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Product Talk: Fresh Crawfish


Fresh CrawfishEach spring, crawfish come into season in the South, and there’s only one place to get the freshest crawfish without having to catch it yourself: Brookshire’s.

The friendly fish monger behind the seafood counter will take your order. I recommend ordering your crawfish at least three days in advance of when you need it (preferably about a week), so Brookshire’s can make sure to have your order in the store when you need it.

You probably want to order 3 to 4 pounds of crawfish per person, maybe a little less for a child and maybe a bit more for your crawfish-loving friends.

Bring a cooler large enough to carry the crawfish when you pick it up from the store. It’ll likely come in a netted bag, and you want to keep it on ice until you’re ready to clean it and cook it. You should plan to cook it on the same day you pick it up from the store.
Be sure to clean your crawfish first by submerging them in a large, clean sink. Any crawfish whose tails are straight should be discarded (they are dead). Any crawfish that are obviously dead also need to be discarded. You might need to change the water in the sink more than once, until the water stays clear. Cook the crawfish immediately.



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