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Product Talk: Richmond Farms Mozzarella Sticks

Richmond Farms Mozzarella SticksMy kids are mozzarella sticks monsters. Seriously, if we go out to eat, they BEG, CRY, PLEAD and CAJOLE for mozzarella sticks.

Then, once that plate hits the table, they divide the sticks with lightning speed, setting the dipping ramekin of marinara sauce down in between them, and they inhale them. The mozzarella sticks are gone before they even cool down enough to eat.

Richmond Farms makes mozzarella sticks that the boys can inhale at home. Made with 100 percent real mozzarella cheese, these appetizers, snacks or even a small meal are breaded and then frozen. They are good sources of calcium and protein, and they come in two sizes: 10 ounces for normal kids and 52 ounces for my kids.

You can heat them in the oven, toaster oven, microwave or a home deep-fryer. We usually use the toaster oven. My boyfriend deep-fries them.

Any way you heat them, mozzarella sticks are a fun snack that kids – and adults – can enjoy.

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Product Talk: Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Barrel Smoking Chips

Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Barrel Smoking ChipsHappy Fourth of July!

Cooking out on the Fourth is about as American as the stars and stripes, and this is one of my newest favorite products for the most delicious smoked meats you’ll have ever tasted.

Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Barrel Smoking Chips are made from 100-percent Jack Daniel’s oak-aging barrels. When you open the bag, you’ll get a whiff of whiskey aged to perfection, the same scent that will permeate your meats as you smoke them.

Established in 1866, the quality flavors that set Jack Daniel’s apart are also present in the wood from their aging barrels. You’ll get rich, smoky flavor permeating your meats, a touch of sweetness, a touch of spice and a depth of flavor that you probably haven’t experienced with other smoking woods.

The chips are easy to use. Soak them for at least 30 minutes before building your smoker, so they won’t flame up and will produce a steady smoke. I like to use the soaking water in the drip/steam pan on the smoker. If your smoker doesn’t have one, you can put the water from the soaked chips into a metal bowl, and set it inside the smoker for even more flavor.

Happy Fourth and happy smoking!

Product Talk: Brookshire’s Ice Cream Color Cups

Brookshire’s Ice Cream Color CupsOne of my favorite things as a child was when we’d have ice cream cones for our cold, tasty treats. I don’t know why I thought ice cream tasted so much better in a cone, but it just does. It tastes even better in a cone that’s a fun color, like Brookshire’s Ice Cream Color Cups.

Now, I know there’s a debate over whether an ice cream “cup” is supposed to be called a cone, but if you can hold it in your hand and eat it, I call it a cone, even if it’s not pointed at one end.

These ice cream cups are just FUN. I saw them in the freezer at Brookshire’s packed in with the ice cream not too long ago, and my son, who was with me, practically demanded we buy them. Fine with me!

Now, he claims that he can taste flavors among the green, pink and brown cones. I’m not so sure about that, but they do make a festive presentation for your ice cream.

These cups add fun and flair to family gatherings, cookouts, parties, pool time or just dessert after dinner on a hot summer night.

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Product Talk: Mr. Bar-B-Q Grill Products

Mr. Bar-B-Q Grill ProductsThere is something in Brookshire’s right this very second that I’m coveting.

I almost bought it yesterday.

Then, when I went back today, I almost bought it again.

Now don’t get me wrong; it’s so reasonably priced, even dirt-cheap for the value. However, sometimes I feel like there’s kids to be fed and starving children in the world, and I don’t NEED to buy anything for myself, even if the something is the most adorable, personal-sized grill wok you’ve ever seen.

The steel basket is the perfect size to make an individual serving of veggies, fish, shrimp or almost anything you don’t want sticking to the grill. I have a HUGE version of this, which holds enough for a family of 12, but I don’t always want to use it. It’s huge!

In fact, Brookshire’s is carrying a whole line of Mr. Bar-B-Q grill products right now. Hanging on the same endcap as the wok (did I mention it’s adorable?) are tongs, spatulas, a special pan for grilled chicken legs and wings, another pan for burgers, an apparatus to make “beer can” chicken without the beer can, and so many more fun things.

They are bargain-priced, people; I’m telling you.

I think I just talked myself into it.

I’ll be right back.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Homestyle Waffles

Brookshire’s Homestyle WafflesWho says waffles have to be for breakfast?

We don’t. Not in our house.

Inspired by another popular frozen treat, we decided to embark on a homemade frozen waffle dessert project.

We started with Brookshire’s Frozen Homestyle Waffles.

We defrosted them.

Then, we gently folded them in half and placed a scoop of ice cream (we used Cookies and Cream) inside the fold. We topped with hot fudge sauce, a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, a dollop of whipped cream and some cherries. Next, we wrapped each waffle in waxed paper and placed back in the freezer until we wanted a cold, tasty treat.

When ready to eat, you just pop it out, unwrap it and enjoy!

You can even dip the waffles in chocolate syrup before filling with ice cream. The syrup will freeze and give the waffles a delicious coating.

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Product Talk: Texas Chili Company Beef Chili

Texas Chili Company Beef ChiliYou know those days when the hours escape you and, before you know it, it’s time to fix dinner?

Today was one of those days.

I didn’t set my alarm because I almost never need to; I wake up on my own. I set my alarm on work days, as insurance. However, on this particular weekend day, I’d knew I’d be up with the roosters anyway, so I didn’t bother. The joke was on me.

At a horrifying hour, with practically three-quarters of the day behind me, I slowly opened my eyes and rolled over to punch the home button on my phone to see the time.

8:45!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT?

What had happened? Where were my children? Were they still breathing?

In order of questions asked: I needed sleep. In bed, sleeping soundly. Yes, punctuated by teenage boy snores.

I had planned to knock out a bunch of work. I had planned to cook a big breakfast. I had planned to repaint the kitchen (Goodbye, “Butter;” hello, “Intense Teal.”)

Well, you know what they say about best-laid plans.

I got all of those things accomplished, just not necessarily in the timeframe I’d originally wanted.

In addition, dinner snuck up on us right about the time I was scrubbing Intense Teal off my paint rollers.

We had to make a quick run to Brookshire’s. We came home with hot dogs, sausages, cheese, onions and Texas Chili Company Beef Chili.

This chili comes in a box, not in a can, and it tastes like the next best thing to coming out of a pot on my own stovetop. The chili is sealed in a bag, which you boil to heat up and serve from a bowl with no waste in the bag itself. I hate waste.

Texas Chili Company, out of Fort Worth, “began doing business in December 1952, making ‘brick’ chili from an old recipe. Chili was prepared and filled into rectangular, brick-shaped pans and frozen, thus the name brick chili. Although the packaging has changed, we still produce our Famous Beef Chili and market it throughout Texas and the Southwest,” the website says.

The old-fashioned chili has a deep, rich flavor and big chunks of meat.

This was fast and easy to prepare, and it tasted homemade. I’ll buy it again, even when I’m not in a hurry.

Product Talk: Brookshire’s Sour Cream-Blueberry Coffee Cake

Brookshire’s Sour Cream-Blueberry Coffee CakeGrowing up, we’d always go blueberry picking at least once a summer. We’d come home with purple-stained tongues and our bellies full, our buckets full of enough berries to last the summer.

When my boys were small and we lived near a blueberry farm, we went blueberry picking pretty frequently, too. Some things don’t change. I ate as many as I picked and came home with a purple tongue and enough berries to get us through the winter months.

Brookshire’s Sour Cream is a wonderful ingredient to pair with blueberries.

You can serve fresh blueberries with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of brown sugar, or you can bake it into a pie or coffee cake.

The rich, smooth, creamy sour cream provides a nice balance for the sweet, slightly tart blueberries, and the fresh taste of them both celebrates summer.

Brookshire’s Sour Cream-Blueberry Coffee Cake

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup Brookshire’s Sour Cream

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tbs all purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (If using frozen, do not thaw.)

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 Tbs 2-percent milk
1 Tbs lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a 10-inch tube pan with nonstick cooking spray and flour. Shake out excess flour.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light, golden-yellow and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture, alternating with sour cream and beating after each addition.

Spread about 1/3 of the batter into the pan. Combine brown sugar, flour and cinnamon; sprinkle 1/2 over batter. Top with 1/2 of the berries. Repeat layers. Top with remaining batter.

Bake approximately 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in the pan, and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm coffee cake.

Serves 10 to 12

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 448, Fat: 17 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 114 mg, Sodium: 328 mg, Carbohydrates: 68 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 6 g.

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Product Talk: Texas Meat Packers Seasoned Beef for Fajitas

Texas Meat Packers Seasoned Beef for FajitasYesterday morning, I got the text I love from Paul.

“Hey, I’ll take care of dinner tonight.”

Now in all fairness, he does that quite frequently, but it was especially wonderful yesterday as I was trying to shake a two-day migraine and wrangle soccer games, regular weekend tasks and the flurry of things to keep up with at the end of the school year.

I love it when Paul cooks because, very often, he makes something I’ve never had before.

Last night was no exception.

He brought Texas Meat Packers Seasoned Beef for Fajitas. I’d never seen this product before, but it’s not the last time I will buy it, I assure you.

The Texas Meat Packers website describes this melt-in-your mouth beef as, “Texas Style Fajitas brings a slow-cooked smoky edge of hardwood mesquite flavoring to a TexMex Classic! Our approach accentuates flavors and aromas of old-world peppers and spices, and that sneaky lingering heat you get from Hatch green chilies.”

The fajita beef was fork-tender and delicious grilled. Texas Meat Packers also makes chicken fajitas and will offer pork soon.

We didn’t make fajitas with it, but here’s what we did do!

Texas Meat Packers Seasoned Steaks

2 pkgs Texas Meat Packers Seasoned Beef for Fajitas
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Pico de Gallo:
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
4 green onions (white and green parts), diced
1 jalapeño, diced
Juice from 2 large limes
Salt and pepper, to taste

Prepare pico de gallo, and place in refrigerator to let flavors blend.

Prepare grill to medium-high heat. Grill steaks, about 3 minutes per side, until cooked to desired doneness. Remove from grill; top with pico de gallo and cheddar cheese. Place under broiler on high heat until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Serves 6

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 401, Calories from Fat: 194, Fat: 22 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 109 mg, Sodium: 236 mg, Carbohydrates: 3.4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 46 g.

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Product Talk: Canada Dry Ginger Ale

Canada Dry Ginger AleThe entire first trimester of my second pregnancy, you’d never see me without a glass of Canada Dry Ginger Ale. I had to sip it from a glass (don’t even TRY to give it to me in a plastic cup). It had to have a straw, and it had to have three ice cubes. Not four, not two, not crushed ice. Three ice cubes. Three.

Pregnancy neuroses aside, Canada Dry Ginger Ale has been an enduring favorite.

It was always what my mom brought to my bedside to sip on during my sickly days as a child.

It sees me through many a baby shower, bridal shower or brunch where some sort of fabulous, fizzy punch drink is required.

It’s also great to settle the stomach of a couple of guys who get overheated or eat too fast.

Canada Dry Ginger Ale is made with 100 percent real ginger. It was first made in Canada over 100 years ago. It became popular in the United States during Prohibition, and its popularity has been going strong ever since.

Gold Coast Punch

1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup pineapple juice
2 cans orange juice, frozen concentrate
2 quarts Canada Dry Ginger Ale
1/4 cup maraschino cherries

Combine lemon juice, pineapple juice and concentrated orange juice. Mix well. Pour over ice in punch bowl. Fill the bowl with ice-cold Canada Dry Ginger Ale. Garnish with maraschino cherries.

Serves 25

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 44, Calories from Fat: 1, Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 7 mg, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 10 g, Protein: 0 g.

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Product Talk: Food Club Pimentos

Food Club PimentosI think it’s safe to say that pimento cheese is a Southern thing. Not that they don’t eat it north of the Mason-Dixon line, but I’d venture a guess that Southerners have elevated the making of this cheese to an art form.

I’d never tried pimento cheese until I moved to Texas, which isn’t to say I’m not Southern. I fight a never-ending battle against Texans who label me as a Yankee. I’m from the capital of the Confederacy, y’all; let’s be clear.

What is a pimento anyway?

A pimento is a variety of the red, sweet chile pepper. Spanish in origin, it’s actually a fruit that is usually pickled.

You can buy it in a jar in Brookshire’s.

You might see pimentos used to stuff green olives, and you’ll definitely see them in pimento cheese.

Pimento cheese is really a composite of a few different cheeses with seasonings and these little peppers.

I’m making some for an upcoming salad supper (yes, it’s a salad, as it combines more than two small pieces of food served together) and serving it on garlic toast, but it’s also amazing as the filling in a grilled cheese sandwich.

Pimento Cheese

3/4 cup mayonnaise
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 (4 oz) jar diced pimento, drained
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp onion, finely grated
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 tsp Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
8 oz extra-sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
8 oz Monterey-Jack cheese, shredded

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer or food processor until thoroughly incorporated.


Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Serves 12

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 170, Calories from Fat: 131, Fat: 15 g, (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 34 mg, Sodium: 421 mg, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 6 g.

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