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.
 
Keepin' it fresh: How to store groceries
With longer days and no school, summer is often a great opportunity to get things done around the house (especially if you skipped spring cleaning). While it’s common for a To-Do list to include cleaning the fridge out, not many people realize that there is an optimal way to organize the food in their fridge. Below are some tips on how you can keep your groceries fresh with good storage.
 

THE DOOR

The warmest temperatures. Recommendation: Non-perishables
 
Lunch, dinner, breakfast, snack time, second breakfast—whatever the reason, most people are in and out of their fridge throughout the day. Consequently, the refrigerator door becomes a high traffic site for warm room temperatures. The USDA confirms these circumstances with their suggestion to store your least-perishable foods in the door, such as condiments. In fact, even though some refrigerators have door compartments for eggs, USDA claims it’s better practice to store a carton of eggs on a shelf.
 

UPPER SHELVES

Mild and cool temperatures. Recommendation: Ready to eat food
 
When it comes to organizing the refrigerator shelves, Science 101 reminds us that heat rises while cold air sinks. In other words, foods that do not depend on cold temperatures to remain fresh and safe should usually be stored on upper shelves in the milder temperatures. These foods might include leftovers, dairy products, cooked meats, and other packaged foods. Additionally, storing these foods at the top of the fridge keeps them separate from raw food that should be stored on the lower, colder shelves.
 

LOWER SHELVES

The coldest temperatures. Recommendation: Meats and poultry
 
Aside from the science of sinking air, the bottom of the fridge is also where the refrigerator coil is often located, rendering it the coldest place to store groceries. This is usually the best spot to keep highly perishable foods such as raw meat, poultry, and seafood. For best food safety practice, the USDA advises to keep these particular foods secure in the original packaging or a sealed container to prevent cross contamination.
 

CRISPER

Cold and moist temperatures. Recommendation: Fruits and vegetables
 
According to ReFED, fruits and vegetables account for approximately 40% of annual food waste in the U.S., which is more than almost all other types of food combined. Part of this waste could be resolved with better storage, which is where crisper drawers come in handy. These drawers are designed to retain moisture, making it the optimal place to store fresh produce (otherwise they dry out).
 
Most food guides further recommend separating fruits and vegetables if there are two drawers. A natural plant hormone called ethylene can cause sensitive types of produce to become overripe. In other words, storing an apple with cucumbers could cause the cucumbers to ripen too quickly. There are lists that specifically distinguish which produce types ethylene-generative and ethylene-sensitive, but an easy rule of thumb to remember is that most fruits are the former, while most vegetables are the latter.
 
Remember, the above guidelines are general. Some fridges have different designs so don’t ignore what you’ve noticed about your own fridge. Nevertheless, hopefully these tips will help you maximize the use of your fridge, as well as the life of your groceries!
 
 
Popcorn + Movies = Summer Movie Nights

Need to unwind after a full day of summer fun? A movie night is a classic option that won’t break the bank and requires only a few crucial ingredients: the movie, the people, and—of course—the popcorn. We’ve pulled together a few ideas and recipes to make your evening really pop!

Nacho Popcorn

Some might say you can’t do better than regular popcorn, but have you considered what happens when you put TWO great things together? Case in point: Nacho Popcorn. It’s the best thing since the donut taco, and it only takes fifteen minutes to prepare. To go along with your salty and spicy popcorn, we recommend watching The LEGO Batman Movie or The Fate of the Furious.

Oven Caramel Corn

The pairing of caramel and popcorn is as time-honored as Belle and the Beast. Furthermore, this sweet and salty happily-ever-after only gets better when it’s prepared in the oven. Most people agree that oven cooking creates a better texture and taste, plus the clean up is easy if you line your pan in foil. Allow yourself to have a little fun with this recipe and enjoy our recommended tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast.

Cinnamon-Popcorn Snack

The wonderful thing about movies is that they can give you a glimpse of the world without ever leaving your couch potato position. Consider complementing your adventure with a spice that has its own exotic history—cinnamon. In other words, this snack bursts with flavor, and at only 150 calories per serving! Check out the recipe above while you’re movie surfing. We suggest Smurfs: The Lost Village and Kong: Skull Island.

Find a store near you to get started on creating your own popcorn recipes!

Pour & Explore: A Trip Around the World of Wine - Argentina

How would you like to visit Argentina without ever buying a plane ticket? You can immerse yourself in the wines, culture and food of this amazing country on Thursday, July 20th.

It’s called Pour & Explore: A Trip Around the World of Wine. This quarterly event is hosted by Brookshire Brothers alongside our partners from the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau. This is the fourth installment in this fine wine and dinner series. Tickets for the five-course paired meal, featuring Finca Agostino wines and Chef Kate Rudasill’s Argentina-infused menu, are on sale through the Lufkin CVB. For more information, call 936-633-0359.

Find other Specialty Beverage Events here.

Fourth, Food, Fun, Fireworks

Independence Day is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! The 4th of July is a time to gather your friends and family, spend time outdoors, and enjoy the sunshine. For a great way to celebrate America’s Independence, follow these fun steps –

1. Plan Ahead
The questions usually start arising about a week before... “What are your plans for July 4th?” Beat everyone to the question by inviting friends and family to a backyard barbecue! You may not have time for paper invitations, but send a group text, create a Facebook group or send e-vites so everyone can mark it on their calendar.

2. Create the Menu
Don’t stress about preparing each dish. Guests want to help out by bringing dishes. So, when you get RSVPs from friends and family, ask them if they could bring a side dish or dessert. We’ve got a great selection of recipes here. Once everyone contributes a dish or two, you’ll have a 4th of July spread that’s worthy of celebrating!

3. Take Grilling Tips
Our Market Experts are Expert Grillers! Ask them for their best grilling tips when you’re picking out your favorite cuts of meat. Search our wide variety of Market items in our Meat Department.

4. Think Outside the Box
Meat and veggies are NOT the only items that are grill-worthy. Try your hand at grilling some of your favorite fruits, too. Our Catering Coordinator, Kate Rudasill, suggests splurging for a grill basket or grill wok to place your favorite fruit and vegetable slices in. Find other tips from her on our Cooking with Kate blog!

5. Enjoy the Fireworks
Now that all the cooking, socializing, and eating has commenced, you can sit back and relax while watching the firework show!

Have a safe, fun, and tasty 4th of July!

 

Par for Father's Day

What’s better than a golf themed Father’s Day? We couldn’t think of anything better either. Whether your Dad is just there for fun, or if he is a golf fanatic, every man enjoys some time out on the green. Forget the ties, monogrammed golf markers, and picture frames. This year, we’re suggesting a great food-filled day and party that will go straight to his heart – and stomach!

To start this Father’s Day out right, give him a hearty breakfast that will keep him fueled all the way to the 18th hole.

This Eggs Baked in Bread Bowls recipe will suit the tastes of bacon-lovers to French toast guys. 

Keep him going at lunch by serving his favorite cut of meat. Every man loves a good steak, and our Certified Meat Cutters can offer advice on the best cuts! Find options, recipes, tips and more from our Chop Shop here.

Finally, end the afternoon by hosting a golf-themed party at his favorite course. Invite the entire family to celebrate your special guy. Purchase paper goods to match the theme, wrap silverware in a napkin and tie with yarn or ribbon, and have genuine hole-in-one service! After a large breakfast and lunch, Dad will welcome a sweet treat. Try out these cupcakes that are perfect for all cupcake lovers and enjoy spoiling day this year!

Celebrate Your Graduate

No matter the age of your graduate or the size of your celebration, we're congratulating all graduates this year! Let us help you navigate through the tears of joy as your loved one moves on to the next phase of life.

Our Bakery Experts love making each masterpiece more than just a cake. It's the centerpiece! Let us put the "good" in your next baked good!

From single layer to double layer, 1/8 sheet to a full sheet, we know how to customize your specialty cake.

Not sure what you want? Talk it out with us! We're highly creative and love thinking outside the box. Not only do we have every color to match your school, but we have an assortment of flavors that will have you coming back for another piece. We can even put a picture on your cake with our Edible Image Technology!

And don't forget matching cupcakes for an added touch of fun. Available in large or small, these cupcakes will go fast!

If you want to treat your graduate to a down-home treat, look no further than our variety of Crème Cakes, Cakerie Cakes, and Mousse Cakes! These glazed and glorious, silky and light, decadent and delicious cakes fly off our shelves. There may not be anything like Granny's cake, but we come pretty close with these!

Stop by your local Brookshire Brothers today to find out how we can help you plan a celebration your graduate will be proud of! 

Congratulations, parents..you made it. And more importantly...

Congratulations, Class of 2017! 

Here's to the Best Mom

Mother's Day is right around the corner! Are you contemplating what to get Mom this year? Look no further than your local Brookshire Brothers! Let us be your one-stop-shop for treating Mom this year. 

Kick Mom out of the house on Mother's Day weekend. We're serious. Tell her to pamper herself, go shopping, go to lunch with friends, anything that gives you the house to yourself. No, we're not suggesting you forget Mom on her day, but we are suggesting that you spend this alone time cleaning the house, cooking dinner, and creating a beautiful Mother's Day display! There's no need to stress on how to accomplish this. Start small by planning this day ahead of time.

Because Mother's Day falls on a Sunday, you have the entire Saturday before to prepare. If you don't know where to begin, start at your local Brookshire Brothers. Our department experts can guide you on preparing the perfect menu! Want an extra piece of advice that will go a long way - learn what Mom likes! If she enjoys chicken and fish, try coordinating a meal around the main entreé. Once this is established, you can find sides that will complement the tasting notes found in the main dish. Find out more about our quality Market department here.

After establishing the menu, walk over to your Beverage Depot to find fine wines that are sure to please. Our Specialty Beverage experts excel in pairing your menu and the best bottle of wine. Still on the fence about which wine to get? Learn more about how to select the best bottle of wine here.

While you're shopping for Mom, swing over to the Brookshire Brothers Floral department to find the best arrangements that are sure to amaze. Our floral experts have arrangements ready to go if you're short on time. However, if you're following our advice, you'll contact your florist ahead of time to request a special arrangement complete with Mom's favorite flowers. Our fresh-cut bouquets are a Mother's Day go-to, but we suggest taking it up a notch and springing for a custom and creative styling option of your choice of flowers. If you don't know what flowers are your Mom's favorite, trust our floral department to make the process stress-free.

Once you're home, invite Mom back home to a home full of food, family and fresh flowers. Happy Mother's Day!

 

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Cinco de Drinko

Throw a Cinco de Mayo fiesta like your amigos have never seen before! This Cinco de Drinko Guide will make you wish it was Cinco de Mayo year-round!

Dos Equis pairs well with any season, but especially grilling season. The refreshing and distinctive taste of Dos Equis Lager brings out the smoke and grilling flavor notes from any chicken or seafood dish, but we recommend this pairing. 

The Chelada

This may be roughly translated as "cold beer," but we think it's more than just that. This authentic cocktail concoction consists of a delicious mix of beer with lime. It is authentic to Mexico and has landed itself as our #1 pick for your Cinco Celebration. Simply mix Dos Equis Lager and the juice from one lime and call yourself bartender for the night. Before you pour, rim your glass with salt and you've just taken your party to the next notch.

Find out more about Dos Equis from our Beverage Depot. Check out What's Hot here!

Dos Equis Coconut Beer Shrimp with Sweet & Tangy Sauce

You'll be able to taste the highlighted sweet notes from cirtus orange marmalade and coconut through the malt, hops and unique strains of yeast found in Dos Equis Lager. 

Ingredients
4 eggs
1 cup Dos Equis
3-1/2 tsp Creole seasoning (divided use)
1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp baking powser
48 large raw shrimp, peeled, tails on, de-veined (Find what you need in your local Brookshire Brothers Market department!)
1-1/2 to 2 cups fresh or moist-packed shredded coconut
Oil for deep frying
2 cups orange marmalade (for the Sweet & Tangy Sauce)
1/4 Creole or Dijon Mustard (for the Sweet & Tangy Sauce)
3 Tbsp shredded horseradish (for the Sweet & Tangy Sauce)

Directions
Combine eggs, beer, 1 tsp Creole seasoning, flour and baking powder. Blend well. Season shrimp with remaining seafood seasoning. Dip the shrimp in beer batter and roll in coconut. Fry in oil heated to 350°F. in deep fryer, wok or deep saucepan. The oil should be at least 1-1/2 inches deep. Drop shrimp in a few at a time and fry until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towel. For the Sweet & Tangy Sauce, blend ingredients and serve.

Cheers to you this Cinco de Mayo!

Leftover Eggs No More

Grab our Top 5 recipes (courtesy of Betty Crocker) for leftover hard-boiled Easter eggs and enjoy new favorites from sandwiches to pasta salads!

Ham and Egg Salad Sandwiches
Uses 3 eggs

Get rid of more than just your leftover eggs with this recipe! Use up the uneaten ham, too.  Sprinkle in a little broccoli and chives for a new twist on a classic salad. Get the recipe here.

Eggs à la Goldenrod
Uses 4 eggs

This is a classic you won't want to miss! Find the tried and trued 1950's recipe here.

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Salad
Uses 3 eggs

Eggs go great in any salad, but what we love more is that this quick and easy salad can be finished in a matter of minutes...all with ingredients you already have in your kitchen! Try the recipe out here.

Blue Cheese Deviled Dogs
Uses 4 eggs

This unexpected, but totally delicious treat will have you wishing for more leftover eggs! Check out the gourmet recipe here.

Cobb Salad Wraps
Uses 1 egg

Go for this cobb salad with a twist. Make this fun and easy recipe for your next lunch! Read more on this recipe here.

Have fun with these recipes and don't stress about a full refrigerator of leftovers! You'll work through these dishes sooner than you think.

 

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