Real Fresh, Real Delicious: Delightful Watermelon Treats
Watermelon. I don’t think one word conjures up images of hot summer days quite like that one.  Watermelon is one of the most versatile, well-loved, and affordable fruits at your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers. Even better, watermelon is a nutrition workhorse, perfect for anyone’s diet. And at only 90 calories and 22 grams of net carbs per two cups, it is the perfect un-guilty pleasure.
 
Watermelon is loaded with vitamin C, nearly all the B vitamins, and difficult-to-get-enough-of minerals like iron, magnesium, and potassium. Watermelon makes a great workout recovery drink, plus it is exceptionally hydrating on a hot summer day with a makeup of 92% water. It has a perfect balance of natural carbohydrates, electrolytes, and even some proteins that can be helpful for recovery from strenuous activity while also preventing dehydration.
 
One watermelon can feed a crowd, and every part of the watermelon can be consumed with some preparation—even the rinds and the seeds! Although simple slices and chunks are the most popular ways to get a watermelon fix, watermelon is actually incredibly versatile with recipes spanning from breakfast time to dinner time, and everything in between.  For an amazing compilation of recipe ideas and even more delicious watermelon information, check out Watermelon.org for inspiration—including these three recipes below!
 

Fresh Mozarella Salad on a plate

Fruity Fresh Mozzarella Salad

Ingredients
      • 2 cups seeded small watermelon balls
      • 2 cups fresh mozzarella pieces
      • 1 cup chopped fresh basil (purple or green)
      • Bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
      • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
      • Pinch salt and pepper to taste
      • Dash balsamic vinegar as desired
 
Directions
      • Toss together the watermelon, mozzarella, basil, scallions and oil.
      • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
      • Serve over a bed of baby greens with crostini on the sides.
      • Drizzle a bit of balsamic vinegar over if desired.

 Watermelon Dippers

Watermelon Dippers
Ingredients
      • 8 ounces sour cream
      • 4 tablespoons sugar
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1 serving watermelon stix or small wedges
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Directions
      • Blend together the sour cream, sugar and vanilla in a small serving bowl.
      • Use as a dip for the watermelon.

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

Ingredients
      • 1/2 cup lemon juice
      • 2 1/2 cups water
      • 2/3 cups agave syrup
      • 2 cups watermelon chunks
Directions
      • Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
      • Serve over ice. 
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Angela Larson

Angela Larson is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods.  Delicious food is her passion, so she loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of health and nutrition.  When Angela isn't working with Brookshire Brothers, she's a mostly stay-at-home mom who loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors with her husband, Austin, and their two daughters.
 
 
Lemony Roasted Artichoke Dip

Real Fresh, Real Delicious Graduation Party Dish

 
Looking for some delectable and easy ideas to celebrate your graduate? Graduation parties are the ultimate finger food feasts. Everyone loves a fresh hot dip from the oven paired with the usual dipping suspects like chips, crackers, salsa, guacamole, and hummus. Try this Lemony Roasted Artichoke Dip recipe that can be prepared up to three days in advance and thrown in the oven just before the guests arrive; it's a grade-A favorite that leaves everyone fighting over the last bite.
 
Bowl of lemony artichoke dip

Lemony Roasted Artichoke Dip

(Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated – Serves 10 to 12)

INGREDIENTS
For the topping:
      • 2 slices white sandwich bread, quartered
      • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
      • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
For the dip:
      • 2 (9-ounce) boxes frozen artichokes (unthawed)
      • 1 tablespoon olive oil
      • Salt and pepper
      • 1 onion, diced
      • 1 cup mayonnaise
      • 4 oz cream cheese, AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
      • ½ cup grated Parmesan
      • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
      • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
      • Pinch of cayenne powder
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DIRECTIONS
For the topping:
      • Pulse the bread in a food processor to coarse crumbs, about 6 pulses.
      • Toss the bread crumbs with the Parmesan and butter.
      • Set aside.
For the dip:
      • Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 450 degrees.
      • Line a baking sheet with foil.
      • Toss the artichokes with 1 tablespoon of the oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and spread out over the prepared baking sheet.
      • Roast the artichokes, stirring occasionally, until browned at the edges, about 25 minutes.
      • Let the artichokes cool and then chop coarsely.
      • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until just shimmering.
      • Add the onion and cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
      • Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
      • Transfer the onion mixture to a large bowl and set aside.
      • Stir the mayonnaise, cream cheese, Parmesan, lemon juice, thyme, and cayenne into the onion mixture until uniform, smearing any lumps of cream cheese against the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
      • Gently fold in the chopped artichokes and season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
      • Transfer the mixture to an ungreased 8-inch square baking dish and smooth the top.
      • Sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly over the top.
STORAGE TIP
      • Cover the baking dish tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
SERVING TIPS
      • Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 400 degrees.
      • Unwrap the dip and bake, uncovered, until hot throughout and the bread crumbs are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
      • Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Need some other ideas to round out your party menu? Don’t forget all the amazing options available at your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers, including fresh fruit and veggie platters, graduation cakes, chips, and drinks! 
 
Here’s to the graduates! Let’s celebrate with real fresh, real delicious food!
 
More delightful dips for your end of school get together:
 
 
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Angela Larson

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. 

Cooking with Kate: Easter Potluck Recipes
It’s finally springtime and Easter is right around the corner! Both are wonderful reasons to round up friends and family for a potluck lunch. One of my favorite potluck dishes? Deviled eggs! What I don’t love? Peeling the boiled eggs to make deviled eggs! Here are some tips for foolproof peeling:
 
    • Use “aged” eggs! In older eggs, the outside membrane has started loosening from the shell which makes them easier to peel once cooked.
    • Boil the water first, and then add your eggs (gently!). The shock of the hot water causes the egg proteins to seize up and set more quickly away from the shell (and thus makes for easier peeling!)
    • Simmer the eggs for just 11-12 minutes. Overcooked eggs = dried out yolks and whites.
    • Give them a soak in an ice bath. PRO TIP: Gently crack the shells before adding the boiled eggs to the cold water. This will allow a little water to seep between the egg and shell before you peel them.
    • For stuffed eggs, chill completely (at least 2-3 hours) before slicing. Egg whites that are slightly warm will tear easily.

Cajun Deviled Eggs with Bacon

Deviled Eggs on a Platter

Ingredients
    • 1 dozen eggs, preferably not fresh
    • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 2-3 tablespoons sour cream
    • 1-2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons chives or green onion, minced
    • 3 ozs. cooked bacon pieces, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • Smoked paprika, for garnish
Leftover hardboiled Easter eggs? Use them up in these top five recipes.
 
 Directions
    • Boil eggs, using the tricks above, to hard cook.
    • Remove shells by peeling.
    • Chill at least 2 hours before cutting in half and removing the yolks.
    • Place the yolks in a medium bowl; add mustard, mayonnaise, sour cream, and red wine vinegar.
    • Use a fork or whisk to mash the yolks with the other ingredients. (Note: Depending on the size of your eggs, you might need to add more/less mayo and sour cream to get to a creamy consistency.)
    • Add chives or green onions, chopped bacon, Cajun or Creole seasoning, and salt and pepper, to taste. Mix well.
    • Spoon or pipe into egg white halves.
    • Sprinkle with smoked paprika.
    • Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
 *Makes 24 deviled eggs
 

A mom and dad with two young daughters sitting down to an Easter meal outside. One of the girls is excitedly reaching to take the most beautiful Easter egg out of a basket on the table.

Stroll into spring with more potluck recipes from Kate!
 

BLT Dip

Ingredients
    • 8 ozs. mayonnaise
    • 8 ozs. sour cream
    • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • 12 ozs. sliced bacon, cooked, drained, and crumbled, divided
    • 4-5 green onions, finely sliced
    • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon (or more) ground black pepper
    • 2 cups finely shredded lettuce
    • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
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 Directions
    • Set aside ½ cup crumbled bacon for top of dip.
    • In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, shredded cheese, remaining crumbled bacon, green onions, garlic powder, and black pepper.
    • Mix until well combined, add more seasoning if desired.
    • Spread sour cream mixture onto a large serving platter or into a glass serving dish.
    • Sprinkle with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and reserved crumbled bacon.
    • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
    • Serve with assorted crackers, pita chips, or bagel crisps.
*Makes 8-10 servings
 
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View other recipes from Kate Rudasill, Coordinator for 1921 Catering by Brookshire Brothers.
Kate knows food. She grew up with the Southern tradition of good food with the hospitality to match.  A graduate of Texas A & M University, a student of The Texas Culinary Academy, and a Nacogdoches, Texas native, Kate’s greatest joy is bringing people together over a scrumptious meal.
 
Cooking with Kate: Game-Day Dips
The biggest game in football is coming up soon on Sunday, February 3. Whether you watch the game for the sport, the halftime show, or mute the game and just watch the commercials—one thing that makes a great watch party is the food! These two party-perfect dips will keep your game-day guests coming back for more. Both can be made a day or two early so that you can relax during the game!
 
 

Baked Potato Dip

Platter of potato chips and fresh vegetables with dip.Contrary to how it sounds, this dip does not contain potatoes… but is absolutely delicious served with our Food Club Wavy Potato Chips!
 
Ingredients 
2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese
16 ozs. container sour cream
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
8 green onions, finely chopped
1 (9 oz)  package cooked crumbled bacon
2 large bags Food Club Wavy Potato Chips
 
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Directions 
    • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Add cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, and bacon and mix well.
    • Spread in a lightly greased 9X13-inch baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until hot and bubbly around the edges.
    • Serve warm with potato chips. 
Read more: No time? No problem. Check out the party trays from our deli.
 

Southwest Egg Roll Dip

This flavorful dip steals its ingredient list from a popular appetizer… but is much less work than assembling egg rolls!
 
Ingredients  
2 cups cooked, cubed chicken breast or shredded rotisserie chicken
2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained well
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 cup Monterrey cheese, shredded
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 box frozen spinach, thawed and drained well 
2 avocados
1 (12 oz) bottle ranch dressing
½ bunch cilantro, finely chopped
3 limes, juiced
1 tablespoon cumin 
1 tablespoon chili powder 
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste 
 
Directions
    • In a large bowl, mix chicken, corn, beans, diced pepper, green onion, spinach, and shredded cheese.
    • In a separate bowl, smash the avocados to a smooth paste. Add the ranch dressing, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper, and mix until smooth.
    • Combine the dressing with the chicken mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
    • Serve dip with assorted chips and crackers.
Hot wings, with pretzels, nachos, and beer in the background.
Read more: Score big with this tried and true Sweet & Salty Chex Mix Recipe 
 
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View other recipes from Kate Rudasill, Coordinator for 1921 Catering by Brookshire Brothers.
Kate knows food. She grew up with the Southern tradition of good food with the hospitality to match.  A graduate of Texas A & M University, a student of The Texas Culinary Academy, and a Nacogdoches, Texas native, Kate’s greatest joy is bringing people together over a scrumptious meal.

 

 

 
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
 
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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!

 

 

Nature's Health Food - Sweet Onions

Buttery, Sweet, Cheesy...Onion? That's right! Our Produce Pick for March will redefine sweet onions for you. Try this dip for a great crowd pleasing treat!

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