17 Pro Tips, Creative Fixins, Nutritional Fun Facts & More
- Sausage, especially smoked or andouille varieties
- Garlic bulbs, cut in half
- Corn on the cob
- Onions, sliced in half
- Lemons, cut in half
- Brussels sprouts
- Fresh green beans
First crawfish boil? Here is everything you need to know!
- Fill a large pot with enough water to cover seafood. We recommend cooking (and eating) outside using a 19-quart stockpot with an interior basket; alternatively, you can cook smaller batches on the stovetop instead.
- Add LA Fish Fry Crawfish, Shrimp & Crab Boil and any other fixins. Stir well and bring to a rolling boil.
- Add crawfish. Return to a rolling boil, and boil for 5 minutes.
- Turn fire or stove off and let the crawfish soak for 15-25 minutes. NOTE: The longer seafood soaks, the spicier it will be.
- Serve drained crawfish & fixins over a large table covered in newspapers. Keep paper towels handy and use an extra plate or bucket to dispose of the shells.
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Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas.
Real Fresh, Real Delicious Game Day Food
Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese BBQ Flatbread Pizza
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Toss cooked chicken in Frank's hot sauce until coated.
- Assemble pizzas by spreading barbecue sauce on the flatbread, sprinkling evenly with shredded cheese and celery, and topping with chicken and blue cheese.
- Place pizzas on baking sheet and bake for 5-8 minutes until warmed through and cheese is melted. Serve warm, drizzling with additional hot sauce as desired.
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(Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen)
- 1¼ cups dried cranberries or cherries
- ¾ cup pecans, toasted and chopped fine
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¾ cup apple cider
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon grated orange zest
- 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon table salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 ¼ cups peeled and shredded sweet potato (about 1 small potato)
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12-cup muffin tin with parchment liners or grease well. Finely chop ¼ cup cranberries and combine with ¼ cup toasted pecans. Set aside for topping.
- Melt butter in a 10-inch stainless skillet over medium-high heat until it begins to turn golden brown, about 2 minutes.Cook, stirring pan constantly until has a nutty aroma and is dark golden brown, another 1 minute or so.Set aside to cool slightly.
- Whisk apple cider, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and orange zest into the browned butter until smooth. In a separate large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and cloves together. Using rubber spatula, stir the butter mixture until combined.Fold in sweet potato and remaining 1 cup cranberries and remaining ½ cup pecans.
- Divide batter evenly among muffin cups and sprinkle with reserved topping mixture.Bake 18-20 minutes until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out with a few moist crumbs attached but no wet batter.Rotate muffin tin halfway through baking.
- Let muffins cool for 10 minutes before turning them out of muffin tin and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.Serve.
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15 Flavorful Facts On Spices
- All spices are rich in various types of antioxidants, making them a tasty way to bolster the body’s defenses against different diseases and illnesses.
- Those living in hot climates tend to cook with more spices because the spices inhibit spoilage. Taste preferences are passed on genetically, and those who eat the most seasoned food tend to be healthiest, live longer, and have more offspring.
- Herbs come from the leaves of plants while spices are produced from other parts (bark, buds, roots, seeds, etc). Some herbs and spices with very different flavors can come from the same plant, such as cilantro leaves and coriander seeds.
- The best all-around anti-microbial spices are thyme, cinnamon, tarragon, and cumin. Spicy chilies and hot peppers kill up to 75% of bacteria, while black pepper, ginger, celery seed, and lemon juice kill about 25% of bacteria.
- Some spices—especially cinnamon and garlic—appear to have a pronounced beneficial effect on blood lipids, making them a good choice for heart health.
- Nutmeg and mace come from the same seed, but nutmeg is the seed while mace is the lacy reddish covering on the seed. Mace has a similar flavor to nutmeg but is slightly more pungent.
- Fenugreek can safely help increase milk supply in nursing mothers.
- Saffron threads are stigmas from flowers cultivated in the Middle East. The flowers bloom for only one week of the year, and each flower produces only three threads that must be hand-harvested; it’s no wonder that saffron is expensive! Saffron has a unique flavor that adds a distinctive and sophisticated touch to dishes.
- Oregano has strong anti-microbial properties, improves blood sugar, kills cancer cells, and can even function as a powerful antiseptic used in food packaging and the medical industry.
- Researchers in Brazil found an antioxidant in parsley, thyme, chamomile, and red pepper that improves neuron formation and strengthens the connections between brain cells.
- Historically, spices were a valuable currency for trade. They were prized for not just food seasoning, but also medical purposes. Many modern pharmaceuticals are based on compounds originally found in spices and plants.
- Cinnamon has many benefits including blood sugar management, anti-microbial properties, heart benefits, cancer prevention, and even brain-boosting properties.
- Cayenne and other spicy peppers have been shown to increase metabolic rate and aid weight loss. Spicy peppers also aid digestion and have been shown to cut cancer risk.
- Turmeric contains powerful antioxidants that work well as an anti-inflammatory and can even act as an alternative to traditional over-the-counter pain relievers. With a slightly pungent and sweet flavor, Tumeric is very popular in Indian cuisine. Its vibrant golden hue works well as a natural alternative to food coloring—you might just see it in organic macaroni and cheese!
- Foods that are well-seasoned can be more palatable with less salt. Before reaching for the saltshaker, see first that your food is seasoned well with herbs, spices, and something sour such as vinegar or lemon juice. These alternatives can enhance a salty flavor without adding more salt.
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Charred Chile and Corn Salsa
- Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of salt over chopped tomatoes and place in a fine mesh strainer to drain excess juice while preparing the rest of the recipe.
- Place the fresh ears of corn and whole chile in a large cast iron or stainless skillet over high heat, turning occasionally until corn is charred in places and chile is blistered all over, about 10-14 minutes. Reduce heat as needed to prevent scorching.
- Allow corn and chile to cool for a few minutes, then slice corn kernels off the cob with a sharp knife. Remove the stem, core, and seeds from the chile, and roughly chop.
- Discard tomato juice. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, corn, chile, and all remaining ingredients (except chips) and stir gently to mix. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!
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Hatch Chile Baked Eggs
- Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square casserole dish.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the flour, mustard, baking powder, and salt. Stir in all the cheese, butter, and diced chile and mix until incorporated.
- Pour the egg mixture into the casserole dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until top is lightly browned and the center is firm. Serve warm with toppings as desired.
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A Berry Pretty Salad
- Toast pecans lightly in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for about 6 minutes or until fragrant. While still warm, add honey to pecans and toss to coat.
- Mix extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and salt in jar or container. Shake vigorously until emulsified.
- Divide lettuce between two bowls for two large dinner salads or four bowls for smaller side salads. Top with toasted pecans, crumbled goat cheese, berries, and salad dressing. Add cracked pepper to salad, to taste. Garnish with pansies or violas for an extra special and beautiful salad.
Real Fresh, Real Delicious Orange-Lime Margarita
- Moisten the rim of a glass with orange wedge and add salt to the rim if desired.
- Add orange juice, lime juice, orange liqueur, tequila, and agave nectar to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake until cold and then strain over crushed ice into glass.
- Garnish with an orange wedge and sprig of mint.