Cook Hushpuppies Like A Champ!

You can cook like the Cajun Divas and all other hushpuppy cookoff teams who participate in the annual Texas State Forest Festival Southern Hushpuppy Championship!

Take a look at these great recipes and compare yours to the teams who will compete this year.

Basic Hushpuppy Recipe


  • Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil, for frying
  • 3/4 cup Martha White® Plain Enriched White Corn Meal
  • 1/3 cup Pillsbury BEST™ All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion


  • HEAT 2 or 3 inches oil to 365ºF in deep fryer or deep saucepan.
  • COMBINE cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl
  • ADD buttermilk, egg and onion. Mix untill well blended. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into hot oil. Fry a few at a time 3 or 4 minutes or until golden brown. Turn as needed for even browning. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.

Want to get more adventurous like the teams you'll see at the Southern Hushpuppy Championship? Follow the basic recipe above and make small revisions.

Buffalo Chicken

  • Reduce milk by 1/2
  • Add 1 can shredded chicken
  • 1 package of dry ranch mix

Baked Potato

  • Reduce milk by 1/2
  • 2 shredded potatoes
  • 1 cup of finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 package dry ranch mix


  • 1 lb. cooked ground Italian sausage
  • 1 package spaghetti seasonings
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese


  • 1 package taco seasonings
  • 1 package cooked and drained chorizo

Make sure to stop by the Southern Hushpuppy Championship while you are at the Texas State Forest Festival, presented by Brookshire Brothers. The championship is Saturday, September 19 at 2PM. The Texas State Forest Festival comes to East Texas Wednesday, September 16 and leaves Sunday, September 20. We hope to see you there!

Nature's Health Food - Grapes

September brings thoughts of cooler weather and holidays, but take advantage of one of the best summer fruits available, grapes! Our Produce Pick of the Month will have you ready to make this mouth watering salad year-round.

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Summer Send-Off

Host a Summer Send-Off Party and enjoy the end of the season with a sweet and colorful backyard party.

Suggest that all of your guests wear bright colors and/or fun floral patterns.


Put up hammocks, lounge chairs, paper lanterns and pillows to make your party the ultimate oasis for relaxation.


Set up some of summer’s favorite games like Corn Hole, bocce ball, croquet, and Kan Jam.


Set up a cocktail station and mix up your favorite summer drinks for the ladies.


Don't forget to have the beer available too. Set up a table of all the best domestic and craft beers available.


Don’t let your guests go home empty-handed. Provide guests with fun party favors such as bright colored sunglasses, napkin rings and cute drink ware.


After a summer-filled party like this, you'll be ready for the cooler weather full of bonfires, camp-outs, and the holidays. 

15 Best Rated Wines

Wine experts say outstanding wines are rated with scores of 90 and above. Believe it or not, those wines aren't out of your league. Bring fantastic and outstanding wines to your home today by picking from the following best-rated wines.

  • Rombauer Chardonnay - 93 Rating
  • Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 Rating
  • Layer Cake Shiraz - 91 Rating
  • Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon - 91 Rating
  • Mumm Napa Cuvee - 91 Rating
  • Argyle Brut - 90 Rating
  • Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 90 Rating
  • Catena Malbec - 90 Rating
  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 90 Rating
  • Eroica Riesling - 90 Rating
  • Ferrari- Carano Fume Blanc - 90 Rating
  • La Crema Pinot Noir - 90 Rating
  • La Marca Prosecco - 90 Rating
  • Mumm Napa Brut Rose’ - 90 Rating
  • Rodney Strong Chardonnay - 90 Rating

Enjoy shopping these wines at many of your favorite Brookshire Brothers or David's Foods stores!

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Fit Tips for Fall

As your summer season of relaxation, vacations, and sunny days turns to a fall season of sporting events, kids errands, and school - where does that leave the time to stay fit? Staying on track with diet and/or workout plans can be difficult with busy schedules, but here are some great tips that don't take a lot of time!

Water's natural benefits give much needed hydration and energy, but adding a variety of fruit can help with detoxing as well as give it a flavorful boost! 

Try these fruits in your next glass:

  • Lemons
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries

Improve your cardiovascular health by skipping the elevator ride and taking the stairs. With zero added time to your daily schedule, you can get a mini workout in every day by this simple tip. 

Ever get that mid-morning or afternoon sluggish feeling? Try replacing your next basket of french fries with a cup of fruit. Expand your lunch options with many different sides such as fresh fruits, salads, or salsas. This could help your sweet tooth, too!

As you start to pack those school lunches, why not make yourelf a lunch at the same time? This small tip can change your entire perspective on the "what's for lunch?" debate. Keep fresh veggies and whole grain bread for simple and nutritious sandwiches for your busy schedule.

Vitamin D does your body good! Step outside (but stay in the shade) for a midday pick-me-up. Invite a friend for daily outdoor lunches and watch the seasons, and temperatures, change.

Budweiser Rocky Mountain BBQ

Budweiser makes you the King of the Grill this summer with this signature burger recipe! 

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Yes, We Carry That!

The Beverage Depot has the best. Look no further for your favorite beer or cider...we carry it all!

Making the Most of the End of Summer

The tans may fade, but the memories will stay. As summer begins to wrap up, spend time with your family and take a last minute vacation! We make vacation planning easy so you can hold on to summer's daylight as long as possible.


Fortunately, living near the coast allows for easily planned beach vacations. However, for our non sand-loving friends, there are many parks, lakes, and rivers that we have access to. And finally, for the adventurous family who loves to travel, there are countless memorable sites to see. Whichever vacation week you choose, let us give you advice on how to make it the best "Summer Send Off" Vacation possible!

Meal planning

Every vacation centers around what meals are going to be consumed throughout the week. Check out these family friendly snacks and meals:

  • Fruit Kabobs - Assemble these the night before you leave and pack in tupperware container in your cooler. These will keep the entire family snacking until you make it to your final location!
  • Just for the campers: Build a campfire and make s'mores with a twist... Try S'Mores on a Stick
  • For the sun-kissed beach bum: Take advantage of the fresh seafood available! You'll love this idea... Grilled Shrimp and Scallop Kabobs
  • Road trip warriors: Don't stress about keeping your cooler full of ice. Limit your stops and keep your hunger at bay by trying your hand at homemade granola bars! Raspberry Granola Bars

What to do

  • For every vacation spot, there are local attractions that can be discovered. Talk up the locals to find out the best places to visist.
  • Have family time. Don't get bogged down with the itenerary. Spend the day having no plans!

Wrap up summer and enjoy the relaxation of laughter, sun, and fun. Happy vacationing!

Nature's Health Food - Peaches

What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with peaches? Our Catering Coordinator has a recipe that will have you wishing summer was year-round!

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Me Time

Summer is a beautiful time of year, and spending time outside is an excellent way to improve your mood and outlook. Whether you just have a few minutes or a whole afternoon, discover your outdoor 'Me Time' style and get some fresh air – you deserve it!

Unwind with a Great Book

Reading can be a great way to get some #MeTime, and doing it outdoors makes it that much more special. Grab this week's sale papers, the newspaper, a favorite magazine you’ve been meaning to peruse, or a recipe book for fun meal ideas. Pair with a glass of your favorite Sutter Home wine and head out to soak in the sunshine.

Grow Something

Caring for a full garden or a selection of charming potted plants can support stress relief and your overall well-being. Take a break from your busy schedule and connect with nature.

Dine al Fresco

Where’s the rule that every meal must take place indoors? Whether it’s an afternoon snack or a simple dinner, dining outside can be a nice change of pace, reminding you to enjoy every bite and each sip.

Look to the Sky

Nothing can clear the mind like daydreaming with the passing clouds on a pretty day or gazing at the stars on a clear night. Take some time to relax with a comfy chair or soft blanket, your favorite Sutter Home wines, and the open sky.