How to Brunch 101

Dinner parties may be in your wheelhouse, but can you transition into a 10am brunch? With the Easter season around the corner, we're here to teach you how to make your next brunch extra delightful!

Brunch Buffet

We love a good brunch because it's easy on the host, and who doesn't love good coffee cake? Most of the menu items can be prepared ahead, giving you ample opportunity to mingle and enjoy the party along with your guests.

A staple brunch recipe is some kind of egg bake, along with a breakfast meat and lots of cheese. Many casserole recipes can be interchanged for your preference of bacon or sausage. 

*Expert tip: A vegetarian dish is always a good backup idea!

Fresh Flowers

Nothing says "brunch" like a bouquet of Spring's best flowers. Pick up whatever blossoms look the prettiest at your local Brookshire Brothers and scatter informal bouquets throughout your home. 

*Expert tip: White ceramic pitches make charming vases!

Ribbons & Bows

Traditionally, brunches are a "women only" kind of gathering. The men usually stick to the football game on prime time TV, sitting on the sofa with a rack of ribs. With this in mind, don't skimp on the feminine touches. Wrapping your forks and spoons with a simple ribbon can give a bit of cheer and elegance to your brunch. 

*Expert tip: Your floral department can assist in making large bows!

Final Touches

We love seeing a host go the extra mile in creating the perfect scene for any occasion. To really set the stage for a perfect spring-theme brunch, try your hand at creating the perfect adornment for your guests' glasses below.

Easy Candied Mandarins
Recipe courtesy of Halos Mandarins

Ingredients
1/3 cup honey
1 cup water
5 Halos mandarins

Directions
1. In a wide-base pan, mix honey with water and heat over low until combined completely.
2. Slice mandarins as thin and uniform as possible, discarding the end pieces. Gently add them to the honey-water, and add a small amount of additional water if necessary to keep the mandarins completely submerged.
3. Cover and heat on low for 45 minutes to an hour, checking it occasionally to ensure that the mandarin slices don’t burn.
4. Turn the heat up to a low-medium and keep covered for another half hour, checking frequently. Remove from the stovetop as soon as they start to bubble. The honey will have formed a caramel-colored syrup that hardens as it dries.
5. Remove the mandarin slices onto a slotted stainless steel baking rack or broiler rack placed on top of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Cook in a 250-degree preheated oven for thirty minutes. Turn them over and cook for another thirty minutes. Let cool completely.

Expert tip: If they’re still slightly tacky, you can dust with coconut sugar to help make them easier to handle!

Make Me Some Peanuts & Cracker Jacks

With local youth baseball and softball games starting and the big league's opening day right around the corner, we're having some fun with these baseball-inspired recipes (courtesy of Kraft).

Dill Pickle-Popcorn Mix

 

Pick a piece of dill pickle popcorn, grab your favorite seat on the couch or on the bleachers and root on your favorite team with a perfectly pleasant popcorn snack! This Dill Pickle-Popcorn Mix is ready to be enjoyed in just 5 minutes.

Ingredients
1 pkg. (3 oz.) microwave popcorn, popped
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup Planters Sea Salt & Vinegar Peanuts

Directions
1. Place popcorn in large bowl.
2. Add butter and dill; toss until evenly coated.
3. Add nuts; mix lightly.

Peanut Grillers

 

Steaks on the grill...sure.
Shrimp on the barbie... ok.
But nuts? Oh, yes! This baseball treat
will have you holding onto your
helmet! Don't miss out on the 
next big thing! 

Ingredients
1 cup Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts

Directions
1. Heat grill to medium heat.
2. Fold 30-inch-long piece of heavy-duty foil crosswise in half; crimp edges to make rim around all sides. Spray with cooking spray.
3. Spread nuts in single layer in foil pan; place on grate of grill.
4. Grill 6 to 8 min. or until nuts are lightly toasted, stirring frequently. Cool 5 min.

Baseball Dessert

 

Finish off sweet and score one for the home team with our easy pudding-and-cookie dessert. Red licorice makes easy seams on this big-league-worthy ball. This crowd-pleaser will be going, going, gone soon!

Ingredients
1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) Jell-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
2 cups cold milk
35 Oreo Cookies, divided
1-1/2 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
1 piece red string licorice (36 inch)

Directions
1. Beat pudding mix and milk with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min. or until thickened.
2. Line 8-inch round pan with plastic wrap. Arrange 14 cookies on bottom of pan, cutting to fit if necessary; cover with 1 cup pudding. Repeat layers. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 24 hours.
3. Uncover dessert. Invert onto serving plate; remove plastic wrap. Frost dessert with Cool Whip. Cut remaining cookies in half; arrange around edge of dessert. Cut licorice into 2 (8-inch) pieces and 20 (1-inch) pieces. Use licorice to decorate top of dessert to resemble a baseball.

Want more hits? Check out our Concessions program for treats that will keep your team and your fans coming back for more!

 

St. Patrick's Day Lucky Shake

Hiland Milk has gathered all of the leprechauns and four leaf clovers to bring you a tradition you'll be wanting to adopt! Try your luck at this Lucky Shake recipe and if you're really lucky, you won't want until next St. Patty's Day to try it again!

Lucky Shake

Ingredients
2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
1/ 1/4 cups Hiland Dairy Milk (any variety)
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
8 drops green food coloring

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth - enjoy!

 

A Madness-Inspired March

Grab your friends and turn on your favorite game – we’ve got a starting lineup that you’re sure to enjoy!

When you think of March, you may think of spring, St. Patrick’s Day, and spring break. But we know the sports-lovers around the world think of the buzzer-beaters, overtimes, and dramatic upsets. Whether you're keeping track of your bracket or enjoying the company of your family and friends, we’re happy to bring you the best recipes, game plans and activities that will make your house the place to be this March! 

Warm-up

When sending invitations or calling your best friends to join your watching party, encourage them to wear a color of their team or a team shirt/jersey. Once everyone arrives, make sure you snap a picture of your guests. You can even hashtag #BrookshireBrothers or tag us on Facebook @BrookshireBros to share your party with us!

Decorations

Plan according to the game you’re watching. Have fun theming your living room or man cave with streamers, pennants and sports posters. And don’t fear color when it comes to party accessories – go for the coordinating plates, cups and napkins!

Activities

Everyone loves a little fun! When your guests arrive, ask them on whom they’re rooting for and have an ongoing tally of who’s going to win. You could make it even more interesting if there was a prize for the guests who pick the winning team! 

Recipes

Start off savory and serve a game-day favorite, pizza! Try out this recipe, courtesy of Betty Crocker – Moroccan Madness Pizza. Then top it off with a sweet treat! We love these Malted Madness Cookies from Betty Crocker.

Looking for more advice? Visit with one of our Employee Partners in-store! Find a store near you.

Mardi Gras Celebration

The time is here to celebrate and we've got all things Mardi Gras! From the beads, to the recipes, and everywhere in between, get your Fat Tuesday fix!

Where did it all start?

Louisiana and Alabama (originally settled by the French and Spanish) were the first to celebrate Mardi Gras. Now, many US cities participate!

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday?

It's actually both! In French, 'Mardi' translates to 'Tuesday' and 'Gras' translates to 'Fat' - giving Mardi Gras its origin. 

What do the colors symbolize?

However you celebrate, make sure you decorate in the appropriate colors! Purple symbolizes justice; green represents faith; and gold represents power.

How can you participate?

Contact your local Chamber of Commerce of Convention and Visitors Bureau to see if there is any Mardi Gras celebrations in your hometown. You can also throw your own party by inviting friends and family over, cooking these Cajun-inspired recipes, and planning some DIY activities with the kids such as a scavenger hunt with beads, doubloons and candy hidden throughout the house. Another way to keep the kiddos busy while the parents indulge on Fat Tuesday is by putting the kids to work fashioning paper plate masks. Cut eye holes and attach ribbon for tying on or tape on bamboo sticks for handheld masks before decorating starts. Supply mask makers with colored paper, stickers, beads and feathers along with scissors and glue. Give several prizes: Most Creative, Best Use of Supplies, Most Ferocious, etc. 

Can Brookshire Brothers help with my celebration?

We sure can! We've got your King Cakes, Recipe Tips, and everything you'll need to create the perfect party in store! Find a store near you today!

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Valentine Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You may have heard about, or even tasted, our famous Chocolate Covered Strawberries! 

These delicious berries will be the highlight of your Valentine's Day. Take the worry out of gift ideas and treat your sweetheart! Pick from 6 or 12 ct, and choose your choice of chocolate, white chocolate or mixed chocolate. You can pre-order yours today by printing the form below and returning to your local Bakery Department or Store Management. 

Click here to download your order form!

*Some varieties may not be available in all locations. See store for exclusions.

CForce Premium Artesian Water Announces Availability in Brookshire Brothers

Gena and Chuck Norris' premium artesian water to be sold in new stores across Texas and Louisiana.

CForce Bottling Company, owned by Gena and Chuck Norris, announced that its premium artesian water, “CForce” is now available for purchase at over 110 Brookshire Brothers locations throughout Texas and Louisiana. CForce premium artesian water is already available in 300 Maverik Convenient Stores in the west, and a number of other C-Stores in Texas. With the addition of these new grocery stores, CForce will now be available in over 12 states throughout the country.

CForce premium artesian water is bottled at the source, on the Norris family ranch in Navasota, TX. Dated back more than 23,000 years, the water emerges naturally through ancient volcanic rock and is then deposited into a deep, sustainable aquifer, making it pure, smooth and naturally high in pH. Through an engineered delivery system, the water flows directly to the bottling facility, so that it remains untouched by man until opened.

“We are thrilled that CForce premium artesian water will be available in Brookshire Brothers, to more customers throughout Texas and Louisiana,” says Gena Norris, owner and CEO of CForce Bottling Company. “We are proud of our product and excited to offer a premium water at an affordable price point.”

In addition to brick and mortar availability throughout grocery and convenience stores, CForce is also available for purchase on Amazon.com.

About CFORCE Artesian Water

CForce Bottling Company, a certified woman-owned business, was founded in 2015 by Gena and Chuck Norris. While looking for a new well site, the Norris family discovered the pristine water source on their Lone Wolf Ranch in Navasota, TX. CForce Bottling Company prides itself on being a different kind of company, and appreciates all of its partners.  For more information, visit www.cforce.com.

About Brookshire Brothers

Brookshire Brothers is employee-owned and community driven. Its assets include 115 retail outlets incorporating grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as free standing tobacco, pharmacy and petro locations.  The Lufkin, Texas based company's footprint stretches east to Lake Charles, Louisiana, west to Dublin, Texas, north to Whitesboro and south to Ganado.  For more information about Brookshire Brothers and its family of brands please visit www.brookshirebrothers.com

Texas-Sized Big Game Snacks

Your team is set, but is your menu game day ready? Lucky for you, we’ve got the perfect snacks for your loud and loaded potato skins-loving uncle and delightful sweets for that reminiscing running back. 

  Party Wings and Boneless Wings are the go-to
  protein-packed hors d’oeuvre that will satisfy
  everyone. You can find this and other great party
  trays from your local Brookshire Brothers Deli.

 

 

 

 

For a lighter snack that the Football Wives will appreciate, go for our Fruit Tray with sweet fruit dip. Complement Trays like this can be found when you order from your Deli.

 

 

 


Looking for a personal touch this year? Score big with this tried and true Sweet & Salty Chex Mix Recipe from our Catering Coordinator, Kate Rudasill. With a craft beer favorite from The Beverage Depot, Robert Earl Keen Honey Pilsner, this recipe gives the best of both worlds when it comes to salty and sweet. 

We’ve got everything you need, whether you’re looking for a deli solution or ingredients to make your own creation, at your local Brookshire Brothers. Find a store near you today!

Holiday Centerpieces You'll Love

The sounds and smells of the season have you feeling festive, but is something missing? Maybe your decorations are a little light this year, or you want to change them up. Let us help you bring the cheer indoors with our ideas of the best holiday centerpieces!

For the DIY Diva

If you’re the type who is crafty, artsy, and likes using your creative flair, this is for you! Head to your local Brookshire Brothers Floral Department and grab your favorite single stem flowers. As a DIY Diva, we’re sure you have a vase around your craft closet somewhere that you can use. Fluff up your centerpiece by adding some ornaments, candles, paper snowflakes, doilies or draped fabric to create a fun and simple table-scape.

For the Holiday Hostess

Yes, you love the holidays and parties. But, do you find yourself wanting to change decorations for each party you host? You may be a DIY Diva at heart, but sometimes, even the best run out of ideas. We’re here to give your next celebration the boost it needs! Our florists are pros at Seasonal Arrangements and have exactly what you need. Go by your Floral Department and speak to the florist to brainstorm. We know that between the two, the centerpiece will transform into the center of the party.

For the Maxed-Out-Mama

Between making your list for perfect presents, shopping for those hard-to-find presents, wrapping said perfect presents, you’re likely to be wiped out come Christmas Day. Although you’ve thought long and hard on each gift, we don’t want you to miss out on the best part of the entire Christmas Season: giving gifts and watching your loved ones’ reactions. Swing in and browse the broad selection of Gifts and Gift Baskets we have! You’re only limited by your imagination when selecting the perfect gift at your local Brookshire Brothers Floral Department.

Happy Holi-Trays

The Christmas season is here, full of parties galore! We’re here to serve your party-planning needs. What makes a celebration go from “fine” to “amazing”? Ordering party trays from your local Brookshire Brothers Bakery & Deli! With cookies, sliders, wings, fruit, vegetables, and more, we can bring the party. Call your store for more today!

Still are unsure of what to order? Take our advice and try one of these menus at your next Holiday Party! 

Office Christmas Brunch

Start your party off with a Breakfast Tray filled with bite-sized pastries and scones. You can also grab a Bread Tray to pair with our Gourmet Meat & Cheese Tray from the deli. To finish off your brunch, grab a Mini Meatball Tray to satisfy your cravings.

No "Pot" Potluck

That's right. Throw a potluck party, but don't make yourself or your friends and family worry about what to cook. Forget the pots and pans and order trays! You can easily coordinate who can bring what tray to plan a beautiful dinner. Assign an  appetizer, such as the Cheese Tray, to your friend down the street. Ask Mom to bring a Hors D'oeuvres Tray of her choosing  - we suggest the stuffed peppers! You can take care of the Sandwich Tray and maybe even swing over a couple of aisles to grab some chips to go with it. And finish it off with a Cookie or Dessert Tray brought by your sister. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holi-Trays to you and your family!

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