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!
 

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

 
 
 
 
Dorm Room Delicious

A Grocery Guide for College Students

While college has long been associated with fun and glory, it’s also been proven time and time again as a critical development stage in young adults. The patterns that college students establish in terms of love, work, and play largely become the patterns they keep for the majority of their lives, as established by psychologists such as Dr. Meg Jay (author of the bestselling “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How to Make the Most of Them”). This idea fits with why students not only learn about their career fields in college, but also skills of professionalism, whether that means showing up to classes on time to composing mature emails.  Essentially, pathways in the brain become much more solidified after 30, which is why college is the ideal time to groom pathways of professionalism (rather than partying).
 
Groceries play a small but significant role in this stage. Many new college students have enjoyed their parents cooking for the majority of their lives, which can leave them slightly unprepared doing their own grocery shopping and cooking. Universities have largely addressed this issue by offering wonderful meal plans and dining halls, but this option can still leave students dependent outside of college. Meal plans and dining halls might be replaced with fast food and credit cards once a student graduates.
 
The point is, it’s good to practice habits of independence, especially when living in a dorm. Start now, and these skills can potentially carry a student through the years from campus and beyond. In regards to groceries, here’s what we suggest:
 
 

Make a list and plan ahead 

Planning is the master key to independence. There are different types of planning a student can do, but no matter what, she should always have a list when she goes to the store. Usually grocery lists are based on meal plans for the week, which helps prevent the daily stress of wondering what to do for lunch/dinner that day. A list can also keep students from spending money on random items they don’t need, plus it’s less likely they’ll have to make more than one trip out for food. Lastly, a list can help a student distinguish the necessities from the luxuries. Put the most-needed things at the top of the list (fruits, veggies, grains, etc), and save the luxuries for the bottom if there’s money leftover (snacks, desserts, sodas, etc). P.S. – Parents, send your student off with a gift card for groceries and gas!
 
 

Plan according to sales

This strategy is particularly ideal for a college student budget. Find a weekly ad and/or sign up for weekly coupons, and then plan your shopping around the offers. A Stouffer’s Lasagna is $2 off this week? That can be dinner for Tuesday night. Some people might even find this kind of planning helpful in making decisions. It’s easy to get overwhelmed in the meal planning (do I want ______ or ______ or ______ or ______ or ______ or…?), so when you’re limited to choosing things on sale, it takes some of the pressure off.
 
 

Plan according to practicality

Typically, the only “kitchen” a dorm room includes is a microwave and mini fridge. While this means you won’t be fixing filet mignon any time soon, there are still plenty of ways to be creative:
 
    • Some in-room breakfast options can include instant oatmeal, cereal, or a mix of granola and yogurt—all of which can be loaded with things like fresh fruit, honey, or cinnamon.
    • For lunch, you can keep it classic with sandwiches or make a microwavable quesadilla (with a side of chips and salsa!)
    • While Ramen noodles, Easy Mac, and Bagel Bites are traditional favorites, another convenient (and healthy!) dinner option is to pair a pre-cooked chicken with some frozen vegetables and instant brown rice. And when the weather is colder, there are many different great soups to try. (Read more: Cooking with Kate: It’s Always Soup Weather)
    • Don’t forget about non-food needs such as utensils, plates, cups, napkins, Tupperware containers, and more. Disposable items are always an option, but if your dorm room has a sink, consider using dishes you can wash and reuse (plus it saves money). Just be careful to not clog your sink with food! 
 

Plan according to nutrition 

Patterns of health are established in college as well, which means it's important to consider the nutritional values of your food. This type of planning is perhaps most important when it comes to buying snacks because that’s when most of us want to over-indulge. If nutritional value isn’t enough motivation, consider that healthy snacks (namely produce) are also often cheaper per serving than most unhealthy snacks, plus they’re versatile. For example, bananas can be eaten with cereal, peanut butter, or even with ice cream as a banana split. Some other great nutritional snacks include:
 
 
Refrigerated items: 
-      Apples
-      Carrots
-      Cheese sticks
-      Cherry tomatoes
-      Grapes
-      Hummus
-      Oranges
-      Sugar Snap peas
-      Cottage cheese 
 
Non-refrigerated:
-      Crackers
-      Dried fruit
-      Gold Fish
-      Pretzels
-      Trail mix
-      Microwave popcorn 
 
Visit a local Brookshire Brothers to get started today!

 

Catch the Hatch: 2017 Roastings
Spice things up this month with hatch chile peppers—fresh and in season for a limited time! View your weekly ad for special prices, or catch a roasting event at a location near you:
 

 

Hatch Chili Happenings:

Lufkin (Gaslight location):  
August 11 from 3:00 - 7:00pm (Friday)
August 12 from 10:00am - 5:00pm (Saturday)
 
August 18 from 3:00 - 7:00pm (Friday)
August 19 from 10:00am - 5:00pm (Saturday)
 
For recipes and fun history, our Catering Coordinator Kate Rudasill can tell you all about hatch.
 
BONUS - Here's a recap from the roasting at Store #25 (Gaslight) this year:
 
"This is my new friend Shawn. He loves hatch chiles and Brookshire Brothers. Shawn says he grew up on them and can't get enough.... he bought 150 pounds of roasted chiles this afternoon!!! He recommends trying them on Navajo tacos or burgers." — Produce Manager Robert.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5 Fun Ways to Fix S'mores
Any day that commemorates s’mores will be a beautiful day, but #NationalSmoreDay (Aug. 10) is also likely going to be very hot. If you’re looking to bring the fun indoors while celebrating this classic campfire treat, we’ve got recipes for every need. Check it out:
 

Peanut Butter Cup S’mores Dip

 
Peanut butter cups + s’mores? We need some-more of this one! This recipe is quick to fix and popular at parties, no matter the weather.
 
If peanut butter candies hit the sweet spot for you, try out our “Reese’s Perfect Pass Snack Mix” recipe for another treat!
 

Caramel S’more Cups

Take dessert or your bake sale to the next level with this popular Betty Crocker recipe!
 
Betty Crocker also inspired these three adventurous popcorn recipes that are great for movie nights!
 

Ooey-Gooey Pancake S’mores

Who knew breakfast could taste so fun.
 

S’more Bark

If this bark has bite, it’s all delicious crunch. This super-simple recipe has three ingredients and only takes ten minutes to prep!
 
For another classic snack, check out the “Sweet and Salty Chex Mix” recipe from our Catering Coordinator Kate Rudasill!
 

Mini S’more Cookie Tacos

The pinnacle of s’more evolution—a sweet s’more taco.
 
Find a store today to get started!

 

Seasonal Produce: Summer Refresher
In our current society of instant everything, it’s easy to forget that some things aren't so “ready-right-now.” Produce is one such thing that often requires extra time and patience. Sure, some fruits and vegetables are available to purchase all year round, but there’s usually a time and place when you can get them at their best flavor and greatest value. It may be hard, for example, not to indulge a craving for summer blueberries at any time during the year, but consider how during the winter it would take two weeks for blueberries to be shipped from Chile—with tax. Shopping according to the seasons means you’ll save money, plus you’ll prepare five-star meals with ingredients that are seasonally fresh. 
 
Our point is, it’s always good for any shopper to get a refresher on what’s currently in season and what’s not. Since it’s the beginning of August—which most of us equate with being the height of summer, according to the temperatures—let’s talk summer produce:
 

Summer Fruits

(According to the USDA)
 
Apples
Apricots
Avocados
Bananas
Blackberries*
Blueberries*
Cantaloupe*
Cherries*
Honeydew Melon*
Kiwifruit*
Mangos
Nectarines*
Peaches*
Plums*
Raspberries
Strawberries
Watermelon*
 

Summer Vegetables

(According to the USDA)
 
Beets
Bell Peppers
Corn*
Carrots
Collard Greens
Cucumbers*
Eggplant*
Garlic
Green beans
Lima beans*
Okra*
Summer Squash & Zucchini*
Tomatillos*
Tomatoes*
 
The produce marked with an asterisk(*) is only in season during the summer. All other produce is in season for more than one season.
 
Next time you visit your local store, keep this guide handy! You can always count on Brookshire Brothers to do our best in bringing quality produce to customers.
 

Looking for ideas on how to tap into your taste buds with summer produce? Check these out:

 
Healthy fruit snacks—with a twist! Here's the menu: Grape Sticks, Grilled Peach Salsa, Melon Rings, and more.
 
Corn, zucchini, squash… a whole garden of summer veggies comes together to make two garden fresh recipes from our Catering Coordinator, Kate Rudasill.
 
In case you need another reason to fill up on summer fruit, here’s a brief overview of their nutritional merits from Angela Larson, a registered dietitian.
 
Sweet tooth? Kate’s got you covered. Amaretto Peach Parfaits and Peach Blueberry Upside-Down Cake are great recipes to send off the summer before school starts.
 

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