Make Your Own Beautiful Bouquet

• Step-By-Step Guide to DIY Flower Arrangements • 

 
 
Classic Mixed Flower ArrangementWhen people walk by my design area, they will often say, You make that look so easy, or, I wish I could do that. You should teach a class. I always tell them that there are simple designs you can do at home or in the office. It’s easy, plus you can start with any of the great selections in the floral department at your local Brookshire Brothers. We carry a variety of assorted blooms and premade seasonal bouquets, whether you’re looking for the latest general trend or something more particular. 
 
Additionally, we receive flowers on a weekly basis. Feel free to talk to someone in the floral department about which day they arrive so you can pick up the freshest blooms. In my 45+ years in the floral industry, the quality of our mixed bouquets, roses, blooming plants, and seasonal outdoor plants are a great value for the price.
 
Trim stems and add foliage
Once you’ve pick out your favorite flowers, you are DIY ready! First, open up your package and see how many stems in the bouquet that you can use. Usually, there is not much foliage so you might want to purchase a few extra stems of Leather Leaf, a fern-like foliage that will help hold the flowers in place. If you’re unsure what Leather Leaf is, your Brookshire Brothers florist will be happy to help.
 
Learn more: We have the perfect petals for you, no matter the occasion—Weddings/Special EventsSympathy, Prom/HomecomingBabyand more 
 
Add the packet of floral preservative to a vase with fresh tap water and mix well. Slide your vase to the edge of the counter, and begin taking one stem at a time to measure how tall the tips of greenery should be from the rim of the vase. Start cutting your stems accordingly and add them to the vase in a circular pattern around the rim. When all the foliage is in, begin the same process with your flower stems. Make sure to leave some space between each flower head. The foliage helps support the flowers, which means the stems do not all need to touch the bottom, so long as all of them are under the water level. 
 
Choose Your Vase CarefullyWhen choosing your vase, focus on picking one with an opening that fits the size of your arrangement. In other words, avoid using vase with a mouth that’s too wide for a small amount of flowers. I actually find that an under-sized vase opening is somewhat better than an overly large vase where the flowers can get lost in the overall look.
 
Don't forget: Make Mother's Day extra special with flowers and this Puffed-Pancake Brunch Casserole recipe.
 
Remember, cutting stems is like cutting hair. If it’s too long, you can always take it out and trim it again. However, you can’t add stems back to the flowers when they’ve been cut too short. If you want the head of the flower to be at more of an angle, then you might need to cut it shorter so that it lays more closely to the edge of the vase. Once you’ve added all your stems, tweak it to your liking and then you’re done! Sit back and enjoy the view.
 
 

 
G. Dean Mooney is the Floral Manager at the Brookshire Brothers in Salado, TX

G. Dean Mooney is the Floral Manager at the Brookshire Brothers in Salado, TX—one of the largest floral departments in the company. With 45 years of experience, he is widely respected and his floral designs are immensely popular. 

 
 
 
 
Cinco De Mayo 2018 - Live Video Recipes
Any excuse to celebrate tacos and chips & dip is a good excuse in our book. With Cinco de Mayo less than two weeks away, we fixed two of our favorite salsa recipes in a Facebook LIVE video recently, and—by popular request— here are the recipes in writing! These appetizers are guaranteed party-pleasers. Visit your local Brookshire Brothers to get started today!
 
Miss the video? Visit our Facebook to check it out! There's a $100 giveaway that you can also enter!!
 
Ingredients
 
DON'T FORGET: Check your weekly ad for any special sales on these ingredients!
 
 

Mary's Mango Pico De Gallo

Ingredients
1/2 medium purple onion, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 avocado, diced 
1 mango, diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Lemon (Half or whole, depending on preference; lime can be substituted)
Jalapeños (Fresh or pickled, depending on preference)
Salt & Pepper to taste
 
Directions 
    • Prepare your produce (chop/dice/etc) as needed. For pickled jalapeños, I used three small peppers. If you'd rather use a fresh jalapeño, be sure to scrape out all the seeds and white flesh in the middle (unless you like your pico de gallo extra spicy!). Also, feel free to use only half a jalapeño if you're not a huge fan of spicy (you can always add more later).
    • Combine all ingredients in a bowl. For the lemon, salt, and pepper, add according to taste.
    • Enjoy!

Krista's Chuy's Knockoff

Ingredients
16 oz sour cream - Consider substituting with plain Greek yogurt for a healthier version!
1 pkg. (1oz) Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix
2 whole large jalapeños, seeded
2 cloves of garlic, minced - If you're short on time, you can use a jar of minced garlic too!
1/3 cup of fresh cilantro
1 whole lime, juiced
2-4 tsp of milk
Tortilla Chips for serving!
 
Directions
    • Take the seeds out of the jalapeños.
    • Chop the jalapeños and cilantro (you don't have to worry about chopping these super fine; blending them in the food processor will do this for you)
    • Add jalapenos, cilantro, and garlic to blender. Use whichever setting necessary to chop/puree/ground these ingredients into small bits. You may have to pause the blender occasionally to scrape the sides.
    • Add 16 oz. of sour cream to the blender and blend.
    • Add your lime juice to the blender.
    • Pulse until creamy. 
    • Add milk slowly until you’ve reached your desired consistency. I added 2 tsp.
    • ENJOY!

 

 

2018 Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Showdown
Enter Your Masterpiece in the 2018 Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown

MAY THE MOUTH-WATERING CREATIONS COMMENCE. 

It's time for the annual Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown – a nationwide grilled cheese recipe competition. New for 2018, the contest features four categories and even more prize money. And as always, enter as many recipes as you’d like.
 

ENTER NOW

 
Each week through May 15, a winning recipe from a previous year will be featured in our weekly ad. View the full recipe below, pick up the featured cheese in store (and on sale), and try it out yourself!
 
You may find yourself inspired to come up with your own creation to enter for a chance to win up to $40,000 in prizes.
 
 
The Farmer's Daughter (featuring ham)
 
Rich Wisconsin cream cheese and fresh mozzarella come together to complement the light and delicate flavors of farm-fresh ingredients and tangy sourdough bread. With sliced ham, corn on the cob, and sundried tomatoes, it’s tasty at its tastiest. Get the recipe.
 
May 2 - The Cocina
 
The Cocina (featuring Jalapeño Jack cheese)
 
This spicy number is loaded with Wisconsin pepper jack cheese, quick pickled jalapenos, Sriracha, ranch dressing and a fried egg.
 
APRIL 25 - The Heartland
 
The Heartland (featuring Wisconsin Aged Cheddar)
 
A delightful ensemble of Wisconsin Aged Cheddar, Baby Swiss, and caramelized onions on whole-grain bread—get the recipe here.
 
APRIL 18 - The Lil' Kahuna
 
The Lil' Kahuna (featuring Wisconsin Pepper Jack)
 
Delicious morsels of Wisconsin Pepper Jack, pineapple, and sautéed bell peppers on King's Hawaiian Sweet Bread—get the recipe here.
 
APRIL 11 - The Deli Delight
 
The Deli Delight
 
Asparagus provides a unique and delicious flavor combination when it’s oven roasted and grilled with horseradish sauce, roast beef, mushrooms, onion, and Wisconsin provolone cheese. This recipe is served on crusty whole-grain flatbreads. How will your taste buds ever pay you back?
 
APRIL 4 - The Dagwood
 
The Dagwood 
 
A culinary classic recipe featuring American cheese, Wisconsin Sliced Swiss, and ham on fresh white bread.
 
From April 2 through May 15, 2018, you could win up to $40,000 in prizes!
Have a Ball with March Madness
You know that huge party you’re planning to throw for March Madness? With the really, really good snacks? We’ve got some ideas (like Moroccan Madness Pizza) and reminders that’ll guarantee a slam-dunk time:
 
Moroccan Madness Pizza
DON’T FORGET to check out our original list of suggestions for a game changing get together — “A Madness Inspired March: Basketball-Themed Watch Party Ideas
 

SET THE MOOD

The most memorable shindigs usually come down to the details, and that’s where setting comes in. Of course, you can’t forget putting out the décor—we recommend classic basketball colors (orange, black, and white)—but you really can’t forget the music. Spend some time creating a fun playlist with sports-friendly tunes (for when the game isn’t on).
 

BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE

We respect the sofa’s traditional role of Keeper of Chip Crumbs, Pennies, and All Lost Toys, but today it has a new job: comfortable, clean seating. Clear up the clutter and throw in some extra pillows/blankets if necessary. Consider adding some extra seating around the room as well, and don’t forget to keep the bathroom routes very, very obstacle-free.
 
P.S. - The crowd will go wild for this week's Member Monday offer: Get a FREE bag of Santitas or Calidad tortilla chips when you buy Velveeta (2lb)!  Not a member? SIGN UP TODAY!
 

NEVER MISS A PLAY

Record, record, record. Technology is a thing we should use, and use often (especially if it means replaying that LAST. SECOND. 3 POINTER)
 
ON SALE: Keystone Light 30 pk
 Pick out a new wine or beer to try from our featured What’s Hot picks for this week!
 

DRINK UP

Score big with your beverages. Invest in a variety you think your guests will enjoy, and place them in one spot (away from the television) to keep things simple and easy to clean up. Don’t forget to chill ahead of time.
 

CHOW DOWN

Cowboy Nachos, Cheddar Bacon Ranch dip, Wings and more. . . yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. You need it all (and you can get it all at your local Brookshire Brothers—on sale too!)
 
THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Join our text promotions and get $5 OFF on custom deli trays—perfect your party snacks! To sign up, text JOIN [insert your store number] to 59652. Don't know your store number? You can use our store locator or shoot us an email at customerexperience@brookshirebros.com
 

NOTHING BUT NET

Literally, no trash/nothing/nada will be left behind if you look into putting a little hoop over your wastebasket. It may be cliché but—trust us—everyone secretly loves this particular cliché.
 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers to pick up all your party prep TODAY!
 
What's in Season: The Easy Winter Guide
With two-day shipping, online streaming, swipe-right dating, we're living in an instant-click world. However, there are still some things that require extra time and patience—fruits and vegetables included. While you can purchase certain produce all year round, there's often a time and place when you can get them at their best flavor and greatest value. For example, when the temperatures are too cold here in the U.S. to get fresh blueberries—a summer fruit—you'd have to go farther south to get what you wanted, perhaps a two week shipment from Chile—with tax.
 
Our point is, when you shop for produce according to the season, you're guaranteed to pick fruits & vegetables that are not only better tasting, but also the best bang for your buck. Here's a quick list of what you should look for this winter.
 

Winter Fruits and VegetablesFarm Fresh Produce

(According to the USDA)
 
Apples
Avocados
Bananas
Beets
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Celery
Grapefruit*
Kale
Leeks*
Lemons*
Onions
Oranges*
Parsnips
Pears
Pineapple
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Rutabagas
Sweet Potatoes and Yams
Turnips
Winter Squash
 
The produce marked with an asterisk(*) is only in season during the winter. All other produce is in season for more than one season.
 
Next time you visit your local Brookshire Brothers, keep this guide handy! You can always count on Brookshire Brothers to do our best in bringing quality produce to customers.
 

More ideas for tapping into your taste buds with winter produce:

 
A hot pot of chili on a cold winter’s day is one of the most comforting foods in Southern cuisine. This particular recipe is quick and easy, and it features several winter veggies!
 
Butternut squash is a seasonal favorite because of its delicious buttery undertones, plus it’s oh-so-nutritious! Check out this recipe from registered dietitian Angela Larson.
 
Turnips are a delicious low-carb alternative to potatoes with less than half the calories and carbs. Furthermore, they're rich in minerals, B vitamins, vitamin C, and—most importantly—in flavor.
 
Kate features several winter ingredients in her favorite recipes for National Soup Month: White Chicken Chili and Tuscan Bean & Kale Soup.
 
 
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!
 
 
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.
 
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.  
 

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