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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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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.



Product Talk: Pacific® Bone Broth


Pacific Bone BrothAs 2017 came to a close, you were probably hearing a lot about bone broth.

Bone broth is simply a stock made from meaty bones, water and herbs of your choice that’s cooked down and concentrated to make a nutritious and hearty stock full of health benefits.

Bone broths were all the buzz last year, and they are still going strong this year.

Simply sipped from a mug, they are said to help heal your gut, protect your joints, help you look younger (because they are full of collagen and antioxidants), support better sleep and immunity, and increase bone strength and density.

Bone broths can also sound intimidating to make. You need bones, of course, which means butchering them yourself or going to a butcher especially for the meatiest pieces with exposed marrow, of course. Then, there’s the cooking time, which ranges from 24 hours or more. Not everyone has that kind of time or dedication to pull off a bone broth.

Luckily, you can buy it at Brookshire’s and get all the benefits in the time it takes to heat up on your stove or in your microwave.

Pacific® Bone Broth is made from organic, free-range chicken, sea salt, purified water and just a few seasonings to give you the nutrients you need in a hearty bone broth without any additives or preservatives.

Really, the best way to enjoy bone broth is to heat it in a mug and sip it, but you can also use it as a base for soups and stews, or to cook rice, quinoa, lentils or beans.



Product Talk: Rudi’s Breads


Rudi’s Breads.One of my favorite departments in my Brookshire’s grocery store is the bakery. I wander through it every time I visit, even if I’m just running in for milk, because it smells so wonderful.

Besides all the fabulous homemade goodies you can get in the Brookshire’s bakery, you can also get some fabulous premade products from quality vendors like Rudi’s Organic Bakery®. I love their organic Rocky Mountain Sourdough bread so much! (Mmmmm…toasted with lettuce, tomato and BACON!).

Brookshire’s offers an entire line of Rudi’s Organic Bakery® breads, including Colorado Cracked Wheat, 14-Grain, 7-Grain with Flax, and Jewish Light Rye (combine it with shaved ham and cheddar from the deli).

Rudi’s began in 1976 as a company committed to putting out preservative-free products. In 1981, their entire product line was certified kosher. In 2001, they were certified as an organic bakery.

Grab a loaf when you’re wandering through the Brookshire’s bakery today!

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Product Talk: Bolthouse Farms 1915™ Organic Juices


Bolthouse Farms 1915™ Organic JuicesHappy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s 2018 already.

I don’t know about you, but I want to start the new year off on the right foot for my health!

That’s where Bolthouse Farms 1915™ Organic Juices come in. Sold in individual bottles in the refrigerated section of the produce department of your local Brookshire’s, these delicious, organic juices have their roots on a carrot farm established in 1915. Made from non-GMO ingredients, 1915™ juices are cold-pressed to extract the best flavors from all of their natural ingredients.

Flavor combinations include Apple, Romaine, Cucumber, Spinach, Kale and Lemon; Strawberry, Blueberry, Coconut Water, Apple, Spinach and Blackberry; Beet, Carrot, Orange and Lemon; Coconut Water, Strawberry and Pear; Apple and Lemon; Coconut Water, Pineapple, Mango, Avocado and Lemon; Apple, Grapefruit, Peach and Raspberry; Orange, Carrot, Pineapple, Apple and Lime; Carrot, Apple and Lemon; and Pear, Coconut Water, Mango, Spinach, Banana and Lime.

There are also two varieties of smoothies, and they are all a great way for you to feel great about what you’re drinking in the new year.



Product Talk: Gift Ideas from Brookshire’s


Gift Ideas from BrookshiresI just returned from a three-day work retreat and training, during which we have our annual holiday party and gift exchange. This year, I bought my gift for the exchange at Brookshire’s, and let me just tell you, it was among the most coveted packages in the white elephant swap.

You can’t go wrong with a high-quality bottle of wine, a wine opener and a stopper, packaged in a gorgeous bag and all available on one aisle at Brookshire’s. How easy is that?

Brookshire’s is a great place for your holiday gift-giving needs this month.

I’m often stopping there on Christmas Eve for fun stocking stuffers of small toys and candy.

It’s also the best place to pick up a gift card to one of your favorite stores or restaurants like JCPenney, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Chili’s. It’s also a wonderful way to gift someone with a Brookshire’s gift card, so they can pick up anything they need, from dog food to a Christmas turkey. Gift cards make wonderful stocking stuffers, as well as thoughtful gifts for teachers, co-workers, family and friends. In fact, I used to have an employer whose Christmas gift to the entire staff was Brookshire’s gift cards, and I looked forward to that treat every year.

The floral department also has a wonderful array of gift ideas, from festive poinsettias to fun, Christmas cactus to beautiful arrangements of cut flowers that would be stunning on a holiday table.

Need a hostess gift for a holiday party? May I suggest wine again (the wine bags are so beautiful), or perhaps a treat from the bakery she can enjoy during clean-up, or even a selection of hand creams (I love the rich, thick Burt’s Bees, especially after cleaning up after a party) from the personal care department.

Of course, Brookshire’s also has wrapping paper, gift bags, holiday cards and everything else you’ll need to make your gift, and their spirits, bright.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Spices


Brookshire’s SpicesIf you could see my spice cabinet, you’d think I need an intervention.

Yes, I said spice CABINET, not just spice rack.

A million years ago when I first moved out on my own, someone gave me a counter-top spice rack. It was adorable. It spun. It held 12 jars.

Twelve.

I think I outgrew it the first time I went grocery shopping.

The newest additions to my spice cabinet are the Brookshire’s Get Spicy line.

These fun and funky flavor combinations will have you getting spicy in no time.

9-Oh!-3 (get it?? 903???) is an all-purpose spice with the East Texas flavors of peppers and three salts. I use it to rub on meat.

Cluck It Up is a chicken rub that’s also delicious on turkey and pork.

Jal-uva can be used in place of lemon pepper in your recipes. It’s amazing on chicken and pork, and it’s delicious on roasted potatoes.

Taco Y Mas is perfect for classic Tex-Mex dishes like enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, quesadillas and burritos.

Bayou B’s adds a little Louisiana flavor (we are only a stone’s throw away, after all) to your next meal.

Beef It Up is a hearty blend of spices for your next grilling or smoking adventure. I love this for all red-meat rubs!

Smoked Sausage with Black-Eyed Peas

Ingredients:
1 lb smoked sausage
1 cup yellow onion, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Bayou B’s Cajun Seasoning
4 cloves garlic
4 bay leaves
5 sprigs fresh thyme
3 tsp parsley, finely chopped
8 cups chicken stock
1 lb black-eyed peas
1 Tbs green onions, chopped

Directions:
In a large stockpot over medium heat, sauté sausage for 5 minutes or until it starts to render.

Stir in the onions, salt, Bayou B’s Cajun Seasoning, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and parsley. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the onions are wilted. Stir in the chicken stock and peas.

Bring the liquid to a boil, and immediately turn down to a simmer. Cook for 1 1/2 hours or until the peas are tender. Serve garnished with green onions.

Serves 4

CHEF’S TIP: Serve over steamed white rice or crumbled, homemade cornbread.

Per Serving:
Calories: 510, Fat: 35 g (11 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 95 mg, Sodium: 2700 mg, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 3; Protein: 30 g.

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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.



Product Talk: Fresh Cranberries


Seasonal, fresh cranberries are one of my favorite things ever. They’re tart, tasty and so good for you.

You’ve probably already seen all of the amazing things you can do with cranberries in the November/December issue of Celebrate Cooking, but did you know how good they are for you as well?

Often referred to as a superfood, cranberries are rich in antioxidants and only contain 25 calories per one-half cup. Studies have shown that the nutrients in cranberries have been linked to a lower risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function and decreased blood pressure.

Cranberries are high in vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K. They also contain proanthocyanidins (PACs), an antioxidant that may help prevent a range of diseases.

There are so many ways to incorporate cranberries into your dishes. Here’s a tasty one!

Apple-Cranberry Chicken Salad

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup apple, chopped
1/4 cup cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbs light mayonnaise
2 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbs parsley, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Combine chicken, celery, apple and cranberries in large bowl. In smaller bowl, mix yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper. Gently fold dressing mixture into the chicken mixture. Chill to blend ingredients.

*Chef’s Tip: Use leftover holiday turkey in place of the chicken.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 625, Fat: 13 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 286 mg, Sodium: 324 mg, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 9 g; Protein: 108 g.

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Product Talk: Southern Comfort® Egg Nog


Southern Comfort Egg NogMy older son loves eggnog so much that he starts asking for it before Halloween. I start keeping an eye on the Brookshire’s dairy case around that time, too, because it usually appears right after.

Southern Comfort® Egg Nog is his favorite (Note to shoppers: It comes without the southern comfort). It’s thick, rich and creamy, and he enjoys it with a dash of Vietnamese cinnamon on top.

Southern Comfort® Traditional Egg Nog is ultra-pasteurized, Grade A and only available during the holiday season.

Today, we had a brainstorm while making breakfast. We replaced most of the milk in our waffle batter with Southern Comfort® Egg Nog. My son LOVED it. You need to keep some of the milk to make the batter the right consistency, but he said these were delicious.

Southern Comfort® Egg Nog Waffles

Ingredients:
2 cups baking mix
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup Southern Comfort® Egg Nog
1/3 cup milk
1/4 tsp Vietnamese cinnamon

Directions:
Combine baking mix, oil, egg, eggnog, milk and cinnamon in large bowl. Whisk batter to combine. It will be slightly thicker than traditional waffle batter. Spray waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray, and heat according to your iron’s directions. Cook waffles until golden-brown.

Makes 10

Calories Per Serving: 166, Fat: 8 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 32 mg, Sodium: 315 mg, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 4 g.

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