Thanksgiving: The Make-Ahead Menu
There are four things you never want to be late for: weddings, funerals, airplane flights, and—you called it—Thanksgiving dinner. Being early for Thanksgiving—particularly if you’re a contributing chef—is key to a healthy, happy holiday for everyone. Here are three recipes based on classic Thanksgiving dishes to help you get a jump-start on the ultimate feast, whether you’re a host or honorary guest.
 
Find a nearby Brookshire Brothers for all your needs and get started today!
 

Make-Ahead Baked Sweet Potatoes

(Recipe courtesy of our valued vendor partner Betty Crocker)
 
Make-Ahead Baked Sweet Potatoes
 
Prep: 15 min | Total: 1 hour 20 min | Nutrition information
 
This healthy side dish only takes 15 minutes to prepare—and it keeps well for up to 24 hours! Who knew saving time could taste so delicious?
 
Read more: Another great option is this crock-pot recipe for a sweet potato casserole!
 
Ingredients
6 medium sweet potatoes (2¼ pounds)
¼ cup sour cream
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
⅛ teaspoon salt
 
Directions
    • Heat oven to 375ºF. Pierce sweet potatoes with fork to allow steam to escape. Bake about 45 minutes or until tender.
    • Cut thin lengthwise slice from each potato; carefully scoop out inside of potato, leaving a thin shell. Mash potatoes in a large bowl until no lumps remain. Beat in sour cream and milk. Beat in brown sugar, butter, and salt until potatoes are light and fluffy.
    • Place shells in ungreased rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches. Fill shells with potato mixture. Cover and refrigerate no longer than 24 hours.
    • Heat oven to 400ºF. Bake uncovered about 25 minutes or until potato mixture is golden brown. If baking filled shells immediately after mashing potatoes, bake about 20 minutes.
 
Read more: For another healthy idea, Angela Larson (R.D.) suggests brussels sprouts as a Thanksgiving side dish.
 

 

Slow-Cooker Chive-and-Onion Creamed Corn

(Recipe courtesy of our valued vendor partner Betty Crocker)
 
Slow-Cooker Chive-and-Onion Creamed Corn
 
Prep: 20 min | Total: 3 hour 0 min | Nutrition information
 
Keep things worry-free with this comforting side dish that’s crock-pot easy and bursting with sweet flavor.
 
Ingredients
Slow Cooker Liners
4 slices bacon
4½ cups frozen whole kernel corn (from two 1-lb bags), thawed
½ medium red bell pepper, chopped (½ cup)
½ cup milk
¼ cup butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon pepper
1 container (8 oz) reduced-fat chive-and-onion cream cheese
 
Directions
    • Place a slow cooker liner inside a 5 to 6½ quart slow cooker bowl. Make sure that the liner fits snugly against the bottom and sides of the bowl, and pull the top of the liner over the rim of the bowl.
    • In a 12 inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon.
    • Mix corn, bell pepper, milk, butter, sugar, salt, pepper and half of the bacon in the cooker. Refrigerate the remaining bacon.
    • Cover and cook on a High heat setting for 2 to 2 ½ hours.
    • Stir in cream cheese. Cook on a High heat setting for 10 more minutes. Stir well and then sprinkle with remaining bacon. Corn can be kept warm on a Low heat setting for up to 1 hour.
 
Read more: Catering Coordinator Kate Rudasill shares some favorite family traditions that she’s thankful for, including homemade yeast rolls and cheesy broccoli casserole!
 

 

Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake

(Recipe courtesy of our valued vendor partner Betty Crocker)
 
Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake
 
Prep: 40 min | Total: 10 hour 35 min | Nutrition information
 
This highly-rated cheesecake recipe doubles the flavor with a layer of classic vanilla stacked with a layer of spiced-up pumpkin. Make it up to 24 hours ahead of your Thanksgiving get-together!
 
Read more: Pumpkin’s great for breakfast too. Check out this nutritious Pumpkin Seed Pecan Oat Granola recipe from our Cooking with Kate blog series!
 
Ingredients

CRUST

2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
¼ cup butter or margarine, melted
 

CHEESECAKE

4 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1½ cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1½ teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
 
Directions
    • Heat oven to 300°F. Grease 9-inch springform pan with shortening or cooking spray. Wrap foil around pan to catch drips. In a small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and butter. Press crumb mixture in bottom and 1 inch up the side of the pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 5 minutes.
    • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until just smooth and creamy; do not overbeat. On low speed, gradually beat in sugar. On low speed, beat in eggs, one at a time, until just blended. Spoon 3 cups of the cream cheese mixture into pan; spread evenly.
    • Stir pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg into remaining cream cheese mixture; mix with wire whisk until smooth. Spoon over mixture in pan.
    • Bake 1 hour 25 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until edges are set but center of cheesecake still jiggles slightly when moved.
    • Turn oven off; open oven door at least 4 inches. Leave cheesecake in oven 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven; place on cooling rack. Without releasing the side of the pan, run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Cool in pan on cooling rack for 30 minutes. Cover loosely; refrigerate at least 6 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
    • Run knife around the edge of the pan to loosen cheesecake again; carefully remove the side of the pan. Place cheesecake on serving plate. Store cheesecake covered in refrigerator.
 
Still short on time? We’d LOVE to help you put an effortless holiday dinner on the table. Visit a Brookshire Brothers deli to order a dinner today!
 
 
Taste of the Holidays 2017

Need ideas for your holiday dinner menu? Then don't miss this year's Taste of the Holidays! Our annual tasting event is an easy and convenient way to plan for any occasion—Thanksgiving desserts and side dishes for an office party, a traditional Christmas buffet for a crowd, or just a cozy holiday dinner for friends and family. Here's how it works: sample festive favorites from our deli and bakery, fill out an order form with your top choices, and we'll put together your holiday dinner for you. Time saved? Lots. Tasty fun? Definitely. When and where? Saturday, November 4th from 10:30am-2:30pm at your local Brookshire Brothers.

AND DON'T FORGET: Get $5 OFF when you book a holiday meal with us at Taste of the Holidays!

Taste of the Holidays 2017

 
 
5 Pink Treats for Breast Cancer Awareness

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is one of our favorite causes to support. Communities everywhere come together to build relationships and raise awareness for those at every step of the breast cancer journey, whether it’s a bake sale, luncheon party, or 10K run. As such, we’d like to help if you’re looking for easy ideas to “think pink” with these occasions. Courtesy of our vendor partners, we’ve compiled five fun recipes below, each of which are perfectly pink for Pink Ribbon awareness.

What we love about pink themed desserts in particular is that they’re not always all sweet. Usually, these recipes feature pink fruits (strawberries, raspberries, etc.) or pink lemonade to enhance the pink theme. As such, these focal ingredients tend to add some zest to the dessert, which to us makes these recipes even more appropriate to honor breast cancer awareness. While those affected embody a stirring hope, it’s not an all-sweet journey. Often it’s quite bittersweet.

So, raise a pinky and indulge yourself with one of these treats for this month’s cause. And even when the tart raspberries bite back in the cream cake, remember there’s nothing sweeter than hope.

Read more: Find out Pharmacist Kelly Kinney's four suggestions on how to "Fight Like A Girl" when it comes to breast cancer awareness
 

Pink Together Cupcakes

 Prep: 20 min | Total: 1 hr 30 min | Servings: 24
 

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box  — View your ad for special prices this week on eggs!
2 containers Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla or Whipped cream cheese frosting
Betty Crocker™ pink gel food color
 
PSST!!! Are you signed up for our text promotions yet? Join before this Thursday (10/19) and you could receive a special offer perfect for all of these recipes! To sign up, text JOIN [insert the number of the store you shop at, i.e. "25"] to 59652. If you're not sure what your store number is, you can look it up on the store's information page!
 

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 24 cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • In small bowl, reserve 1 cup frosting. Frost cupcakes with remaining white frosting. Stir pink food color into reserved 1 cup white frosting until desired pink color. Spoon frosting into freezer plastic bag; cut 1/4-inch hole in 1 bottom corner. Or use decorating bag with flat tip with 1/4-inch wide opening. Gently squeeze bag to pipe frosting ribbon on cupcakes. Store loosely covered.

Read more: Organizing a luncheon? Check out these tips for a perfect pink ribbon party.

Don't forget to check out these other pink themed dessert ideas:

Visit your local Brookshire Brothers to get started! 

 
 
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage 2017

Six Dishes, Four Countries, One Kitchen. 

While today marks the last day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we think this bold and exciting culture is always worth celebrating. At Brookshire Brothers, we continually strive to understand and celebrate other cultures so that we can better serve our communities.  Hispanic heritage is particularly important to us as a company with a richly diverse workforce, as well as a footprint that reaches as far south as Ganado.
 
As such, we’d like to share six traditional dishes—courtesy of our vendor partner Goya Foods—to take a journey of flavors across the world without ever leaving your home kitchen. With a menu that’s perhaps both familiar and foreign, treat your friends and family to an adventure at your next dinner or gathering. Visit your local Brookshire Brothers to get started today!
 

Venezuelan Shredded Beef (Pabellón Criollo)

 Yields 4-6 Servings
 

Ingredients

1 flank steak about 2 lbs., cut in 4 pieces
1 onion roughly chopped
2 packets GOYA® Beef Bouillon*
1 quart water
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped red bell peppers — View your ad for special prices this week on bell peppers!
2 tsp. GOYA® Minced Garlic, or 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced* 
2 tbsp. GOYA®Corn Oil*
1 can (8 oz.) GOYA® Tomato Sauce*
1 packet GOYA® Sazón without Annatto*
½ tsp. GOYA® Leaf Oregano*
½ tsp. GOYA® Adobo with Cumin*
1 can (15 oz.) GOYA® Black Bean Soup, heated*
1 packet (11 oz.) GOYA® Frozen Ripe Plantain, cooked according to package directions*
3 cups cooked CANILLA® Extra Long Grain Rice*
 
* Brands are substitutable
 

Directions

    • In saucepan, combine meat, onion, bouillon and water. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer until very tender (about 1½ hours). Add more water as necessary to keep meat covered. Allow meat to cool in broth. When cool enough to handle, shred meat. Reserve 1 cup of broth.
    • In meantime, puree onion, red pepper and garlic in food processor.
    • In skillet heat oil on medium high. Add shredded meat and lightly brown. Add pureed vegetables, tomato sauce, Sazon, oregano, Adobo and reserved broth. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer until mixture dries about 20 minutes. 
    • Arrange meat, black beans, rice and plantain on platter and serve.
Read more: Travel Argentina by tastebuds with this dessert idea from our catering coordinator Kate Rudasill.
 

CONTINUE THE JOURNEY

Mexico
    • Chicken Flautas — "Tacos are an everyday event in Mexico with many different fillings. When tacos are rolled tightly and pan-fried until crisp so they resemble tubes or “flutes,” they become flautas. This delicious, crunchy variation of tacos comes from Jalisco, Mexico, where it is a popular snack food. Here, chicken stewed with tomato sauce and onions is the filling of choice, but can be substituted for steak or pork. Whichever protein you choose, the flautas should be prepared and eaten right away for the best taste." (GOYA)
    • Grilled Chicken Fajitas — "For an outdoor meal that’s fun for everyone, serve up a sizzling batch of Grilled Chicken Fajitas! Here, boneless, skinless chicken breasts come alive with flavor and pizzazz when marinated in GOYA® Mojo Criollo. Grill the marinated chicken breasts, peppers and onions and serve with the toppings of your choice for a festive dinner, tonight!" (GOYA)
    • Chicken and Avocado Quesadillas — "These chicken and avocado quesadillas are guaranteed to be the life of your summertime fiestas! Here, a tasty combination of GOYA® Fancy Pimientos, GOYA® Diced Green Chiles, scallions, fresh cilantro and GOYA® Salsita are topped with shredded cooked chicken and creamy avocado, coming cozily together in GOYA® Soft Taco Flour Tortillas with melted shredded cheese. This flavor-loaded quesadilla is bound to keep your party guests coming back for more!" (GOYA)
 
El Salvador
    • Salvadoran Pupusas with Cabbage Salad — "A staple of Salvadoran cuisine, pupusas are handmade, stuffed corn tortillas. Savory, flavor-packed pupusas Salvadoreñas are traditionally filled with beans, cheese, and pork. This pupusas recipe is especially easy, made with GOYA® Masarica Instant Corn Masa Flour, and stuffed with a choice of GOYA® Refried Red Beans (Volteados Style) and white cheese. Pupusas are served with a tangy pickled cabbage salad." (GOYA)
 
Colombia
    • Colombian Beef and Pork Empanadas — "These typical Colombian-style empanadas are tasty turnovers made with savory yellow corn dough stuffed with seasoned pork and beef mixed with cooked potatoes. The meat filling is typically made with cooked and shredded beef and pork, but here, we use ground meat to cut down in cooking time with similar tasty results. Served at social gatherings, family parties and celebrations throughout the year, these Colombian Beef and Pork Empanadas are the perfect tasty, hand-held party food. Serve with lime wedges and a ají picante." (GOYA)
Read more: October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we have 5 recipes perfectly pink for supporting the cause!
 
NFL + MLB + NBA = OMG game day snacks!
Fall football is in full swing, MLB postseason is up for bat, and the start of the regular NBA season is just around the corner. You know what this means? Game day food! Whether you’re attending a blowout watch party or you’re enjoying the quieter company of you and your TV, you can’t discount the importance of a good snack. It’s one of the three most important ingredients (per the proverbial saying): good company, good drinks, and good FOOD. This recipe (courtesy of our vendor partner Bar-S Foods) for Cheddar-Bacon-Ranch Layered Dip hits all the top marks for good ‘ole-fashioned finger food: quick and easy to prepare, good for the budget, and bacon. It sounds so good you can almost taste the salty crunch and carbonated swig, while the crowd cheers in the background. Visit your local Brookshire Brothers to get started!
 
P.S. – October is #NationalPorkMonth, so fixing a recipe with bacon is basically equivalent to fulfilling a patriotic duty. #Motivation
 
Read more: No time? No problem. Check out the party trays from our deli.
 

Cheddar-Bacon-Ranch Layered Dip

 Total time: 25 min | Servings: 14 | $1.06 per serving*
 

Ingredients

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, 1. softened
1⁄2 cup ranch dressing
6 slices Bar-S Smoked Bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled — View your weekly ad for special prices!
1 roma tomato, seeded and chopped
1⁄4 cup chopped green onion
1⁄4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips or assorted crackers
 

Directions

    • In a medium bowl, stir together cream cheese and ranch dressing. Spread in a 9-inch pie plate or other shallow bowl. Sprinkle with bacon, tomato, green onion and cheddar cheese. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 8 hours.
    • Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.
 Tip: Serve this fun dip on a baked potato bar for all the fixins’ of a loaded potato in one place.
 
*Cost of ingredients may vary by location and seasonality | © Bar-S Foods 2016 | Bar-S.com
  
Don't forget to check out these other game day recipes from Bar-S Foods as well!
 
Read more: Score big with this tried and true Sweet & Salty Chex Mix Recipe from our catering coordinator Kate Rudasill.
 
Your Community Grocer: September
The beautiful thing about a rainbow is that it’s a visible, momentary glimpse into the extraordinary version of everyday ordinary light. Think: the light that we walk in every day—as we drive to work, drop kids off at school, wash dishes by the window—is composed of rainbows. We don’t see these colors—except in circumstances where the light is dispersed into a visible arc (such as after a storm)—but they surround us all the same.
 

 
In the same way, we’re surrounded by people that are as ordinary as the next person, and yet, in a shift of circumstances they burst with such bright acts of beautiful good. September started with a storm, but out of the devastation, we’ve encountered and witnessed such normal, big-hearted people seeking to meet community needs. These are their stories.
 

National Guard

National Guard

This past month, we had the opportunity to feed the National Guard stationed in our corporate hometown for hurricane relief. Their presence was particularly memorable with the annual rememberance of 9/11. As always, we're grateful for the time to remember and reflect on the inspiring courage they—and others—embody in service to our communities.
 

Purnell Sausage Donation

Purnell's "Old Folks" Sausage

We'd also like to give a huge shoutout to one of our valued vendor partners—Purnell's "Old Folks" Sausage. To help with hurricane relief efforts this past month, Purnell donated pounds of sausage by the THOUSANDS. These donations were distributed to shelters, churches, and emergency responders. From vendor to volunteer, this kind of selfless generosity we’ve seen post-Harvey has been continually inspiring.
 
Read more: It's because of vendor partners like Purnell's that we've been able to give back to communities more than one million dollars since 2007. Twice a year, these vendors participate in charitable golf tournaments to help us raise money for community support. Get the full recap of this year's fall tournament here.
 

Mrs. Patsy Smith 

After Hurricane Harvey, Mrs. Patsy Smith (a shopper) baked THREE cakes to show our Carthage team her appreciation for treating her and all of her friends with sincere customer service, from handshakes at the door to smiling conversation at the register. Her kind gift to us embodies what we love best—caring for our customers and communities!
 

Team Texas Forever

Team Texas Forever. That’s what these shirts say, but really they say a lot more to us than that. Kountze shopper Niesy B. designed and printed 62 of these shirts to show our Kountze team her appreciation for their service during Harvey and long before. According to Niesy, “Brookshire Brothers is more than just a store that sells food… it’s the heartbeat of our town.” Her memories include how store director Thomas Cryer would post pictures of kids from Little League or Homecoming parades on the store walls for parents to see, and how the whole intersection was decorated with balloons and signs from when the local cheerleading team made national news. When the past three major hurricanes roared through town, Niesy recalls how “the die-hard crew always showed up to sell groceries in the dark and make sure people got their prescriptions (thanks Lester!).” She loves how the deli knows just how her son likes his chicken legs, and how the team always took care of the Little League BBQ when she was on the LL board. It’s stories like Niesy's that continually inspire us and our love for our communities. 
 
Read more: Our Kountze store director Thomas Cryer made sure his community had access to everything they needed during the storm, to the point of being boated in and out of his neighborhood so that he could get to the store. Find the full story on Hurricane Harvey and our response here.
 

Southern Hushpuppy Championships

Community building begins with meeting needs, but that doesn't mean it excludes fun! September always brings the Texas State Forest Festival to our corporate hometown Lufkin, of which the Southern Hushpuppy Championships is always a headliner. A number of Brookshire Brothers employees volunteered at the festival, including our catering coordinator Kate Rudasill who served as a judge in the Hushpuppy competition—for the second year in a row! We love seeing our team members getting involved in events like this that bring families and fun together to build lasting relationships.
 
Read more: Our final Price is Right event—the Money Bags Live game—was held at the festival this year, where over $20,000 was awarded to Brookshire Brothers customers. Catch the full recap here!
 

Johnsonville Big Taste Grill

20 feet tall, 65 feet long, and 6 feet in diameter. Meet the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill, a mobile grill that can cook 2,500 brats an hour on its 40 sqaure feet of grilling surface. This past month, the "World's Largest Grill" has been traveling to locations that were hit hard by Harvey, including our Liberty and Silsbee locations. With brats donated by Johnsonville and buns from our stores, nearly 1,000 hot meals were served to anyone in need.
 
Read more: Did you know nearly 1 in 4 children in Texas are food insecure? See how you can help with our Great American Milk Drive
 

Ellen Trout Zoo

As a continual source of family fun and community involvement, this small-town zoo is dear to our hearts here in Lufkin, our corporate hometown. Located across the street from our headquarters, we're often involved in supporting this zoo, whether we're helping clean up the facility during our annual spring workday or we're dropping off extra newspapers for the bottom of animal cages. As we've said before, we're wild about the zoo and all that they do for our hometown!
 

Community Building On Its Own

While our mission focus is to serve our communities, we particularly love to see community building happen in our stores on its own. Whether it's a bake sale for a local cheerleading team (pictured left) or a shopper loading up his cart with groceries for neigbors in need (pictured right), we will always stand behind community growth. So, bring on the car washes, the BBQs, the long-time-no-see selfies with a friend—we welcome it all.
 

To make a donation request, read more on our community culture and what we support.

 
 
 
 
Fill A Glass. Feed A Family.

That gallon of milk you consider a staple in your refrigerator – including the essential nutrients it provides – is missing in food banks and in the refrigerators of families in your community.

The rate of food insecurity in Texas and Louisiana is startlingly higher than even the national average. More than five million of our neighbors – including more than one in every four children – do not have access to enough nutritious food to enjoy an active and healthy life.

According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the most requested items by food banks. While Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, many don’t think to donate milk because it is perishable…but you can!

In partnership with Feeding America and The Great American Milk Drive, Brookshire Brothers is helping to fight hunger in our communities by making it easy for shoppers to provide milk, including its high-quality protein, to families in need. Milk is more than just a drink – it is the top food source for three out of the four nutrients Americans, including children, are most likely to be missing– calcium, vitamin D and potassium.

Since its launch in 2014, The Great American Milk Drive has delivered more than 400,000 gallons – that’s more than 6.3 million servings – of highly desired milk to Feeding America food banks across the country, including more than 8,000 gallons for families in need right here in Texas and Louisiana. However, there’s so much more that we can do.

Now through October 31, 2017, you can help bring even more nutritious milk to families and children in need in your community with a donation of as little as $1, $3 or $5 when checking out at Brookshire Brothers and David’s locations across Texas and Louisiana. 

All donations collected will help local families in Texas and Louisiana get milk that they may otherwise be missing out on.  We hope to see you in a Brookshire Brothers or David’s store soon, and at check-out, please consider making a donation to The Great American get Milk Drive to ensure our local Feeding America food banks can provide nutrient-rich milk to our neighbors in need.

 

Pistachios: Everything You Need to Know
Did you know that hearing the crack of a pistachio shell is considered good luck in some countries? What about this nut’s distant cousins—mangos and poison ivy? Then there’s the whole weird green color (thanks to chlorophyll), and we’ve heard talk of Turkey wanting to fuel a town entirely on pistachio shells.
 
Needless to say, there’s a lot to about this strange nut and its strange history. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most-asked questions about pistachios—our September produce feature—as well two fun recipes. Read on to see why this nut is everything it’s cracked up to be.
 

What is the pistachio and where did it originate?

(Answer courtesy of Planters, one of our valued vendor partners)
The pistachio nut, a native of Iran, Syria and Greece, has been cultivated for more than 10,000 years. It is considered by some to be one of the oldest edible nuts on earth and is referred to in the Old Testament—Genesis 43:11—along with almonds. The pistachio belongs to the same family as the cashew. The fruit of the pistachio differs from all other nuts because of its green color and the semi-opening of the shell. In Iran, it is called the "smiling pistachio" and in China it is called the "happy nut." Because of this physical characteristic, it is the only nut that does not need to be shelled for roasting and salting. It used to be common to dye pistachios red to cover any blemishes on the shell but most consumers now prefer the natural color.
 
It was not until the 1930s, when vending machines became popular, that pistachios imported from Italy became a popular snack food in the United States. After WWII, the evergreen trees that bear pistachios were imported to California. The name pistachio is the Italian version of the Persian word pistah, which means “nut”.
 

When and where do they grow now?

While it’s easy to purchase pistachios at any time during the year, these nuts are at their best tasting and greatest value during the harvest, which—according to the American Pistachio Growers organization—can take place anywhere from late August to early October. In America, most pistachios are harvested in western states, such as California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
 

How are they picked?

Growing in clusters similar to grapes, pistachios tend to naturally fall off the tree when they ripen, where they are gathered by hand, net, or some other means. According to several sources, most harvesters will also shake the branches with machines to help the nuts fall off. Good pistachio nuts will split while on the tree, although some will not. Typically, the only pistachios sold in stores are the ones that have naturally opened.
 
 

Are pistachios good for you?

Yes! In fact, you can break down the research surrounding this nutritional nut into at least six major health benefits, according to Organic Facts:
 
Healthy Heart
According to evidence, a daily intake of pistachios appears to help with lowering levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) in the body, thanks in large part to this nut’s rich source of antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids, and phytosterols.
 
Weight Management
In comparison to dried fruits and other nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, etc), pistachios are low calorie, protein rich, and low fat—making this nut the go-to snack for weight management. In other words, this nut makes that feeling of fullness last longer without the extra calories/fat.
 
Prevents Macular Disease
Researchers have also found pistachios to be high in lutein—a nutrient that’s found in most dark green leafy vegetables. This antioxidant is particularly important in healthy vision, as it helps reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
 
Dietary Fiber
As with most nuts, pistachios are great for intestinal health due to their dietary fiber. One ounce (30g) of pistachios can contain about 3 grams of fiber, which is more than enough to boost daily digestion.
 
Aphrodisiac Properties
A 2011 study (Aldemir et al) suggests that pistachios can improve reproductive vitality among men by at least 50% after three weeks of 100g (roughly 3.5oz) taken daily.
 
Antioxidant Properties
Pistachios are such a rich source of antioxidants that even their shells contain large amounts of this nutrient, according to researchers from Tarbiat Modarres University. Antioxidants are important as they can help reduce the risk of cancer.
 
 

How much should you eat per day?

Most sources recommend 1-2 handfuls a day (roughly 1.5-3oz or 200-400 calories), although you should be careful about how the pistachios are served. Eating raw or roasted pistachios is the most nutritional option, but sweetened or salted pistachios can be a nice treat so long as you keep an eye on the intake.
 

Raw vs. Roasted Pistachios: Which one is better?

Usually the heat of cooking results in a loss of nutrients, yet pistachios are a different story. According to Healthline and other sources, these nuts largely do not change in terms of health benefits, whether they’re roasted or raw. Both varieties contain similar amounts of calories, protein, carbs, and fiber.
 

What to do with pistachio nuts?

The great thing about nuts in general is that there are many easy ways to incorporate their nutritional goodness into your daily diet. Pistachios alone can make for a great snack at work, after school, or while watching Monday night football with friends. Beyond that, pistachios have been included in many different recipes—savory and sweet alike, as seen by these two highly rated recipes from Betty Crocker:
 

Apricot-Pistachio Rolled Pork

4+ stars rating
Prep: 30 min | Total: 5 hour 35 min
Servings: 12
 
“Get dinner rolling with pork loin that’s wrapped around a sweet, crunchy apricot-pistachio filling and roasted to perfection.”
 
Ingredients
1 single uncut boneless pork loin roast (4 lb)
½ cup chopped dried apricots
½ cup chopped pistachio nuts
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup apricot brandy or apricot nectar
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
¼ cup coarsely crushed cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped pistachio nuts
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
¼ cup apricot preserves
 
Directions
  1. To cut pork roast into a large rectangle that can be filled and rolled, cut lengthwise about 1/2 inch from top of pork to within 1/2 inch of opposite edge; open flat. Repeat with other side of pork, cutting from the inside edge to the outer edge; open flat to form rectangle.
  2. Sprinkle apricots, 1/2 cup nuts, the garlic, salt and pepper over pork to within 1 inch of edge. Tightly roll up pork, beginning with short side. Secure with toothpicks, or tie with string. Pierce pork all over with metal skewer. Brush brandy over entire surface. Let stand 15 minutes. Brush again with remaining brandy. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  3. Heat oven to 325°F. Place pork, fat side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of pork. Roast uncovered 1 hour 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons nuts and garlic salt; cook and stir 1 minute. Cool slightly.
  5. Brush preserves over pork. Sprinkle with crumb mixture. Roast uncovered 30 to 60 minutes longer or until thermometer reads 160°F. Cover and let stand 15 minutes before serving for easier carving.
 
Read more: You might also try your hand at this Apple-Stuffed Pork Loin Roast recipe, courtesy of Angry Orchard
 
Expert Tips
Add color to the fruit and nut filling by replacing half of the dried apricots with dried sweetened cranberries.
 
Piercing the pork and allowing it to stand after brushing with apricot brandy helps to heighten the apricot flavor of the roast.
 
 

Cran-Pistachio Cookies

4 star rating
Prep: 60 min | Total: 60 min
Servings: 48
 
“Prize-Winning Recipe 2010! Pistachios, pudding mix and cranberries stir up with sugar cookie mix for a melt-in-your-mouth cookie.”
 
Ingredients
Parchment Paper
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) sugar cookie mix
1 box (4-serving size) pistachio instant pudding and pie filling mix
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup butter or margarine, melted
2 eggs
1 cup dry-roasted salted pistachio nuts, chopped
½ cup dried cranberries, chopped
 
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with Reynolds Parchment Paper; set aside. In large bowl, stir together cookie mix, pudding mix and flour. Stir in melted butter and eggs until soft dough forms. Add pistachios and cranberries; mix well.
  2. Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on lined cookie sheet. Press with fingers to slightly flatten.
  3. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered at room temperature.
 
Read more: In a rush? Our bakery can help.
 
Expert Tips
Place food directly on Parchment Paper and bake as directed. Treats will bake evenly and release from paper with ease. Plus, because you're baking right on the paper, clean-up is a breeze.
 
For even baking, make sure cookies are of the same shape and size.
 
You can find shelled pistachios in the nuts-for-snacking section of your local Brookshire Brothers.
 
 

DON’T FORGET:

Pistachios can last for many months before going bad if you store them in airtight containers in cool and dry places.
 
Read more: Your groceries in the fridge can also last longer with more effective storage strategies.  
 
In Harvey's wake: Hearts the size of Texas
The unprecedented flooding following Hurricane Harvey has tapped into the strength of our communities and company like never before. We’ve seen favorite couches stiff and ruined on curbs, stores flickering out of power, lives being entirely rewritten—and yet, even as the thunder rolled and the rain fell, there’s been joy at the core of tragedy. At the time Harvey eyed the Texas coast, Lufkin’s own “Thundering 13” eyed the Little League National Championship. Together, these two storms came to embody the heart of Brookshire Brothers and our response to this disaster. From the little leaguers who hail from our corporate “home base” to our big league store directors who held firm in the path of the storm, Texans refused to let Harvey strike out their spirit.
 
 
 
As Harvey prepared to make landfall—the first time—our stores and employee partners across the region prepared to meet community needs. Store directors continually reached out on personal social media channels to let people know that our shelves were stocked with food, water, and any other necessities—regardless of the rush to gather supplies for weathering the storm. Additionally, our pharmacies were available to access and refill prescriptions for customers, regardless of displacement. One of our Katy shoppers put it best when she wrote in to share her appreciation:
 
"These people opened their doors when they didn't have to, all to help the surrounding community. They also never marked up the price of water before or after Harvey hit Houston. This store and the people who work there are a shining example of the goodness of people in the darkest of times.” — Sadie B., Katy (TX)
 
This is the same drive we witnessed in our local Little League team—the Lufkin All Stars, who went on to claim the Southwest Regional championship. These boys essentially gave up their summer to two-a-days and extended Sunday practices. This dedication has consistently been a thread in all the praise surrounding the team, including a congratulatory speech from our own chief executive:
 
“Watching your games from the regionals on, one of the main things that has stood out to me has been your heart. One of the most challenging aspects of life is to keep your composure when the odds are stacked against you. You did exactly that and in the process set an example that every one of us here would do well to follow. And that is to stay focused and never quit!” — John Alston, Brookshire Brothers CEO
 
 
Indeed as the storm wrought destruction across our communities, we’ve witnessed time and time again how our communities never quit. In Katy, one of the first shelters was activated in the early morning hours. Our store opened at 2:00 A.M. so that responders could gather the essentials they needed to welcome their first guests. In Cleveland, as the waters rose, our Pharmacist Brad Smith refused to go home—despite his own battle with leukemia—because his pharmacy was the only one open in a region where the needs were many and the services few. The same can be said of a retired Brookshire Brothers pharmacist in Sour Lake. Randy Richard kept the pharmacy running when floodwaters kept the current pharmacy manager from getting to the store. Richard won’t take all the credit though. He claims pharmacist Candice Bailey and tech Michelle Dunlap were his “saving grace”—particularly since Dunlap couldn’t get to her own pharmacy in Winnie, yet she continued to work where she could. In this same way, team members everywhere went above and beyond their normal duties, as these two testimonies demonstrate:
 
“I am beyond blessed to call Thomas Cryer my father. He always goes above and beyond what is expected of him and takes care of anyone and everyone that he can. After making sure that his store stayed open every day (when he didn't have to) to make sure everyone had access to food and water during the flood—not to mention, he had to be boated in and out of our road to do so—he’d bring home bags of groceries for all of our neighbors. Please make time to tell him how much you appreciate him and what he's done for this community because I sure do.” — Kenna C., Kountze (TX)
 
 
“I've been staying with my Dad in Evergreen during #HurricaneHarvey and am a Type 1 Diabetic. I didn't bring enough insulin or supplies with me since I left in a hurry due to the catastrophic flooding. The ladies in the pharmacy at the Coldspring Brookshire Brothers are true-life savers. They were able to get an override with my insurance so my insulin would be covered since they are not in network. Plus, they gave me the hook up on my supplies and found me a glucose meter that takes really affordable test strips. I walked away with tears of joy in my eyes knowing that I was able to get what I needed and get back to my children. Because of their diligent work and warm hearts, I am able to survive this storm like everyone else. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!” — Beth Q., Coldspring (TX)
 
We’ve heard and seen moments of heart like this every single day since Harvey arrived. Throughout the impacted areas, team members have slept in their stores to be ready to render aid or re-open when power returned. They did not hesitate to give off their shelves to address the critical needs in their communities:
 
“I would like to give a huge thank you to the Brookshires Brothers in Jasper. We went there today to buy food to cook for the Jasper Fire Dept and Jasper P.D, and the employees would not accept payment for the goods. They donated several hundred dollars worth of meat, drinks, chips, cookies and any supplies we needed to cook with. I would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for their generosity.... It's hometown people like this that make our jobs so much easier.” — Jasper Fire Department.
 
“I am a single mom of two and a pharmacy technician at store 76 in Ganado. A few days ago, I lost everything I own but the clothes on my back due to the flood. I have been so lost these past few days, and then my store came to the rescue. Francis and Donald (the store director) started collecting donations from people in Ganado, and I received tons of clothes, toys for my two boys, and gift cards. On top of that, Donald—whose own house was in the flood—gave me a donation from his own pocket. I am beyond blessed. I didn't think we were going to get through this, and they gave me hope. I am proud to work for such a great place.” — Julia O., Ganado (TX)
 
Customers, too, have awed us with their heart. We’ve seen people and companies spend $1,000+ on goods to deliver to communities in need. Others have generously paid for the groceries of someone else in need, while still more have offered gas/supply donations to first responders, National Guardsmen, and even volunteers gathering in our parking lots. This kind of community is what it’s all about to us.
 
 
In the days since Harvey, we’ve sent and continue to send truckloads of products to Southeast Texas.  Faith-based groups, helping agencies, and volunteers have helped serve as our hands and feet on the ground. Our vendors have blessed us with additional product set aside for either the evacuees in our communities or the people who remain in harm’s way. Our Catering Division spearheaded Angelina Helps—an impromptu but highly effective pop-up feeding mission for the hundreds seeking shelter in our region.  Plumbers, electricians, and other Brookshire Brothers service partners stepped up to cook for 600 individuals in the Beaumont area with food we donated. Day after day, the selfless stories of volunteers dropping everything to love on those who’ve lost so much continue to inspire us.
 
 
In the midst of it all, our home base—Lufkin, TX—paused to celebrate the “boys of summer.”  As Harvey roared through Texas, thirteen young men thundered their way to Williamsport, PA to become the U.S. Little League Champions. In doing so, they won the hearts of America as they fought to make their town and their beleaguered state proud.
 
 
Looking back, the championship journey has been full of heart since the beginning. While an early Harvey was building momentum in the Caribbean, Brookshire Brothers and its customers rallied to raise funds to help support the travels of the team and their families to Williamsport.  Our stores sold #Thundering13 rally towels, provided a fried chicken send off, and distributed gift cards to offset expenses for the families. As the team advanced round to round, we wore their colors to work and watched every hit and home run. And when the sun finally came out Thursday, August 31st after almost a week of Harvey’s nonstop rain and clouds, thousands gathered at Lufkin’s Expo Center to welcome the National Champions home.
 
 
To commemorate the historic win, State Representative Trent Ashby gave each player a Texas flag that had flown over the State Capitol, while Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown lauded the respect and courtesy the young men displayed on their quest for the title. Additionally, Brookshire Brothers gave the team $17,000 from our rally towel sales—one of which ended up in the Little League Museum and Hall of Fame in Williamsport. In one tribute, Clay Oliver—Brookshire Brothers CFO, father of a twelve-year-old, and former coach to several of the players—spoke of the magnitude of their accomplishments:
 
“Your dedication and drive has made you very successful baseball players this summer, but you have accomplished far more than that. In a day and age where the media tries to remind us every day of all that’s wrong in today’s society … you thirteen boys from our small Texas town united us as a community, a state, a region, and later as one great country!
 
To cap the celebration, pitcher Chip Buchanan told the crowd that his team was selling commemorative, autographed “Helping Home Base” T-shirts to raise money for Harvey relief efforts.  In their honor, Brookshire Brothers followed with a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross for disaster response, coupled with a program that enables customers to make donations during checkout at any of our 114 locations.
 
  
 
Two storms.  One state.  One heart.
 
View more testimonies and pictures below:
 
“To the B&B Eagle Lake Staff: THANK YOU! Thank you for all of the extra hours you guys are putting in during this time of need! Thank you for remaining opened when you wanted to be at home with your family! Thank you for constantly restocking the empty shelves! Thank you for keeping a positive attitude even though you are stressed! Thank you for giving so much of yourself to meet the needs of your townspeople, as well as neighboring towns. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!!!” — Jessica C., Eagle Lake (TX)
 
“I'd like to give a big shout-out to the manager at Brookshire Brothers who donated pull-ups and baby food. Still having a problem wrapping my head around all this.” — Terry S., Zavalla (TX)
 
 
 
“I am forever thankful for the Brookshire Brothers in Liberty! I got off at 5 and rushed over there to grab a few things with both kids. I completely forgot their hours are different since the hurricane and they now close at 5. As we were walking up, one of the managers was at the door closing and asked if I needed anything. I told him yes, I was just seeing if they had bread or milk. He said go ahead and go in and we will get you fixed up. The other store manager walks to the front with BOTH a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread—stuff they hadn't even gotten to put out yet because it was just delivered! As I walked out thanking the manager who opened the door for us, he said ‘As soon as I saw those babies, I wasn't going to let you leave till you got what you needed.’ I will FOREVER shop at Brookshire Brothers! They are the true definition of a hometown grocery store. Thank you Liberty BB and the pharmacy for working sooooo hard during this time!! Y'all have been absolutely amazing!” — Kelsie Z., Liberty (TX)
 
I can always count on our Katy neighborhood grocery store; so grateful for the store and staff that left their families during such a trying time to keep the store open so we could get some necessities" — Martha O., Katy (TX)
 
 
“Went over to Honey Island to repair a well pump today. When I left, I went to the Brookshire Brothers in Kountze see if there was something I didn't know I needed 'till I saw it. The place was packed with evacuees rolling in from down south—all kinds of people you wouldn't ordinarily see there. The store had imported employees from who knows where to help with the extra load of evacuees. That in its self was admirable, but the quality of the people they brought in was astounding. It was all about customer service. Some things were understandably out of stock, but there was a lot there. One dude I was talking to couldn't believe they had meat. He was from Houston, TX. What they had was displayed neatly and the stockers were at work on every aisle, stocking as fast as the customers picked away the items. The employees were amazingly helpful to all these people who had never been there before…These people at Brookshire Brothers in Kountze truly know how to run a store.” — Art H., Kountze (TX)
 
“Easily 4500-5000 meals served to anyone hungry in Kirbyville from 9/1 to 9/3, plus over 700lbs of food fed in Silsbee on 9/3 by my friends from up North… I’d like to give a huge shoutout to Craig Coggins and the Brookshire Brothers for letting us camp out in their parking lot for 3 days and use their facilities when needed… My faith has been restored about our community and my heart is happy and full of love from the people I have been beside this past week and the ones we have helped. I love and appreciate you all!” — Andy C., Kirbyville (TX)
 
 
“I just want to give a huge shout out to the Brookshire Brothers in Liberty, TX. My mom and I finally got a chance to get to town today and do some shopping since the storm. All the employees were super nice and smiling. As the trucks came in, they got the shelves stocked as quickly as possible. Everyone was helping one another, not one employee standing around doing nothing. Places like this make times like these more bearable.” — Mandi W., Liberty (TX)
 
“Want to give a HUGE shout out to the employees of the Brookshire Brothers in Buna, Texas. They have their store open and running for people to come in and get supplies and hot food!! Thank you to the store manager Roger Martin, Sherry Hays, Ed Wells, Christal and Julie!! #SurvivingHarvey #SmallTownLove #Proud” — Jill M., Buna (TX)
 
 
“I met an employee of Dollar Tree in Kemah and she was telling me about being stranded in Dayton. She then began to tell me about how she was treated at a grocery store in Dayton—imagine who it was! Brookshire Brothers. She said the employees were so pleasant and helpful in the darkest of times. I was so very proud to tell her I worked for that amazing grocery store. She told me anytime she was in that area, she would always shop there. Thank you, Dayton. You made such an impact on this customer.” — Marilyn J., Dayton (TX)
 
"I wanted y'all to know how much we appreciate y'all! I had surgery in Baytown today, and we were trying to get back to the Liberty Brookshire Brothers to get my medicine filled. Well of course with the storm, traffic was horrid! So we just pulled into the Dayton store. My husband went in with my prescriptions and you wonderful, big-hearted people had them ready in 10 minutes, even though it was almost closing time. I will not have to be in too much pain tonight thanks to the wonderful people at Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy in Dayton. Thank you for all you do!" — Melissa K., Dayton (TX)
 
 
Your Community Grocer: August
In this fast-paced world, it's very easy to get caught up in the mechanics of just existing. Days becomes reduced to an eat-sleep-work-repeat routine, which is why those moments when we rise above the whirlwind to take a breath and stretch out a hand to someone else—in love, over a meal, in friendship, whatever it may be—those are the times we discover something profound: life
 
With the last minute summer vacations and hustle of school starting, August is often particularly busy. That's why we wanted to take a minute to reflect on the little moments of life we encountered this month. As always, we are incredibly grateful for those that cherish their communities, and we hope to see those hands continue stretching out—hand to hand to hand.
 

Junior League of Lufkin's Back to School Bonanza

Shoutout to the Junior League of Lufkin for letting us help with their incredible Back to School Bonanza on August 12. Thousands of local students entering kindergarten through 12th grade were able to pick up a free backpack filled with school supplies—PLUS a free hair cut, dental checkup, school uniform, and new pair of shoes! Thank you, Junior League, for your devotion to kids and community needs.
 

Winnie Berry Humane Society of Angelina County

This month, we were privileged to recognize the Winnie Berry Humane Society of Angelina County. This non-profit no-kill shelter works hard towards educating the public, providing services to improve animal welfare, supporting homeless animals with adoption, and preventing pet overpopulation. Thank you Winnie Berry Humane Society for all that you do to help our furry friends.
 

#Thundering13 

It's been a particularly exciting month here in Lufkin (our corporate headquarters) where the Lufkin All-Stars, a local Little League team, advanced all the way to the World Series championship game. Brookshire Brothers was one of many hometown businesses who came out in full to support the #Thundering13. We provided a fried chicken lunch to celebrate their Southwest Regional championship win, supplied goody bags and gift cards for the road to Williamsport, helped facilitate a parade to celebrate their send off and their welcome home, and distributed the popular orange rally towels as seen on ESPN (of which all proceeds went to supporting the team). We're so proud of these boys and the hard work they put in! Way to represent the USA!!
 

National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Texas

With a mission to conserve or enhance more than 40,000 acres of wildlife habitat, the National Wild Turkey Federation Texas is an organization that we were thrilled to support this month. Thank you NWTF Texas for all that you do to restore wild turkey habitat!
 

West Grayson Retired School Personnel Association (WGRSPA)

Store Manager Rita Byal, center, received a certificate of appreciation from the West Grayson Retired School Personnel Association (WGRSPA) president Mary Nan Story and member Curtis Anne Kinsfather this week. According to WGRSPA, our Whitesboro store was instrumental in the group's successful fall pumpkin sale, which seeks to raise funds for scholarships and book projects in Whitesboro, S&S, Collinsville, and Tioga schools. Thank you WGRSPA for your mission to support education in your community! It’s a privilege to do good with you!!
 

Firefighters in Smithville, TX

We're so incredibly grateful for the heroes that serve. Their courage not only saves houses, but also hearts, memories, and dreams. For that, we're thankful for the opportunity to partner with The Rack Clothing Company in feeding the Smithville firefighters some of our famous fried chicken this month. Thank you for your dedication to protect and serve!
 

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