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
 
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers for all your Easter needs!
  

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.
 
Spring Flowers Bring Spring..... Allergies
Spring is a gloriously idyllic season with chirping birds, beautiful blooms, cool mornings and warm afternoons.  Its geniality distracts us from the barrage of allergens released by flowers, grasses and trees that seek to wreak havoc on perfectly content individuals like you and me.
 
Young girl holding a sunflower
 
Seasonal allergies affect millions across the U.S. resulting in lower productivity or even missed time at work or school, increased healthcare costs and just sheer misery for those affected.  Symptoms include sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, itchy nose and/or throat and nasal congestion.  Fortunately, seasonal allergy symptoms are fairly easy to self-diagnose and control—most of the time.
 
If you’re looking to avoid the throng of red-nosed, watery-eyed victims sneezing their way through spring, follow these simple tips for a truly enjoyable (and allergy-free) season.
 
1. Allergies or a Cold?  If you have fever, sore throat, a productive cough and/or body aches or chills you may be dealing with a cold, flu or other infection rather than allergies.  Consult your pharmacist on when to seek medical attention for symptoms of a cold. If cold or flu like symptoms are present, you can get a Physician 360 Rapid Flu Test at your Brookshire Brothers pharmacy.
 
Physicians 360 Flu Test
 
2. Antihistamines are Key.  If there is a medicinal silver bullet for preventing allergy symptoms, antihistamines are it.  Cetirizine (Zyrtec), loratadine (Claritin) and fexofenadine (Allegra) are first-line over the counter treatments for many allergy symptoms.  They work by blocking histamine, the chemical that makes your body sneeze and itch in response to an allergen.  They are each taken once-daily, work rapidly and are labeled as non-drowsy.  Diphenhydramine or Benadryl, a first-generation antihistamine, works well for allergy sufferers but is not appropriate for everyone and causes a fair amount of drowsiness.
 
3. Use Nasal Steroids if Needed.  Once only available by prescription, steroid nasal sprays like Flonase and Nasacort are now available for purchase over the counter.  These products work by blocking a number of cells involved in the inflammatory process and can prevent or limit allergy symptoms quite effectively.  You can use them alone or in combination with the antihistamines listed above.
 
A graphic feature of TopCare allergy relief products on a background with a woman sitting on a park bench on a bright spring day.
 
4. Stock Up Before You’re Stuck.  We’ve all been there; runny nose and nary a tissue in site.  Before seasonal allergies attack, get ready!  Stock up on tissues, Aquaphor ointment (great for irritated skin on your nose and lips), cough drops for an irritated throat, hand sanitizer, and artificial tears for dry eyes.
 
Don’t let seasonal allergies ruin your spring.  Get outside and enjoy nature—birds, flowers and all!
 

Matt Baker, Pharm.D., RPh

Matt Baker is a pharmacist with Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy in Lufkin.  He received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 2005 and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Houston in 2010.  He writes a monthly pharmacy and wellness article for the Lufkin Daily News and is active in the community.  Matt's passion is serving his patients while ensuring that they are equipped to understand and take their medications properly. 

View more of Matt's articles on the Brookshire Brothers blog.
 
 
 
               
 
 
Real Fresh, Real Delicious: Crawfish Boil

17 Pro Tips, Creative Fixins, Nutritional Fun Facts & More

 
Crawfish season is here! I love that a crawfish boil brings people together in an old-fashioned "food ritual” where everyone participates in the cooking before joining together to eat. The community part of it is almost as much fun as the eating!
 
My husband is from south Louisiana, and he can work through a pile of crawfish in short order. PRO TIP: For veteran crawfish eaters, plan for 4-5 pounds of live crawfish per person. For crawfish-eating amateurs, estimated 2-3 pounds and have plenty of fixins for filling tummies. 
 
A graphic feature with a blue-brick background as well as crawfish and fixins pictured in the corners. The text reads "Live Louisiana Crawfish. Bring on the boil!"
See your local Brookshire Brothers about ordering live Louisiana crawfish!
 
While eating crawfish is mostly about having fun, they're pretty nutritious too! DID YOU KNOW these little critters are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals? Specifically, mudbugs provide B vitamins, folate, vitamin E, and other minerals such as selenium (an antioxidant mineral).
 
Getting creative with the “fixins” can be a wonderful way to make the meal more filling, delicious, colorful, and nutritious. The boiling liquid makes a tasty “stock” that can be used to flavorfully cook a variety of sides. Mesh bags are available for keeping veggies and other sides separated from the crawfish in the boil. Some pros use frozen corn to help cool the water down and allow the crawfish to cook gently.
 
Need some inspiration for the fixins? Try some of these options for a fun and festive crawfish feast. Just remember to add sturdier sides with potatoes at the beginning of the boil and add more delicate veggies later in the cooking process.
 A southern crawfish boil with potatoes, sausage, corn, and other fixins in a large pot.
    • Sausage, especially smoked or andouille varieties
    • Potatoes
    • Garlic bulbs, cut in half
    • Corn on the cob
    • Onions, sliced in half
    • Celery
    • Lemons, cut in half
    • Asparagus
    • Mushrooms
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cauliflower
    • Broccoli
    • Fresh green beans
    • Carrots
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on ingredients & more!
 
Let the good times roll! Or, as the Louisiana French migh say "Laissez les bons temps rouler!"
 

First crawfish boil? Here is everything you need to know!

 
Cooking crawfish is an art with many questions: How long do you boil crawfish? How much water do you need? How many pounds of crawfish do you need per person? We're here to help with this guide featuring the Nothing to Mix – Just Pour and Boil recipe from our vendor partner Louisiana Fish FryWith just the right amount of the finest garlic, onion, paprika, and lemon, this powdered boil guarantees a perfect result every time.
 
Before you begin, keep your crawfish fresh in a cooler full of ice. When you're ready to start cooking, rinse them with fresh water.
 
A 16oz packet of Louisiana Fish Fry Crawfish, Shrimp, & Crab Boil SeasoningDIRECTIONS
  • 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.
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers to get cookin' today! 
 

 

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. 

 
Teeing Off For Charity: Spring 2018 BBCF Tournament
LUFKIN, TEXAS — Playing with generous, open hands remains the mission of the fundraiser golf tournament hosted twice a year in support of the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation. Vendors and employee partners gathered together Monday to golf and raise money for the BBCF, which distributes grants to regional non-profits every January. As it has been so for over a decade, the tournament was held at the scenic Crown Country Club in Lufkin. 
 
BBCF Golf Tournament Spring 2018
 
Due to weather delays, tournament play was partially shortened, however vendors continued to rally around the charitable cause. Representatives from some of the recipient organizations—Friends of Ellen Trout Zoo, Lufkin ISD Education Foundation, Junior Achievement of Angelina County, and more—volunteered their time to help work the tourney. It’s their way of getting to know and thank the vendor donors from across the state and nation. They also served as official witnesses on Hole 17, where if a golfer hit a hole-in-one, they took home a 2018 Toyota RAV4 courtesy of Loving Auto Group.
 
 BBCF Golf Tournament Spring 2018
 
This past February, the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation awarded more than $100,000 in grants to 22 non-profits and 6 education foundations across its market. The grants give organizations the resources they need to continue living out their mission of serving those in need. Trustees and company executives presented funds to the recipients at the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin, Texas.
 
BBCF Ceremony - Junior League of Lufkin
 
In making the presentations, Brookshire Brothers President, CEO and Charitable Foundation Board Member John Alston said, “Tens of thousands of lives are impacted by the good work these organizations do in their communities. They transform lives every day. It is our privilege, and that of our generous vendor partners, to help these non-profits live out their missions. It’s at the heart of who we are – a community grocer.”
 
BBCF Ceremony - Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin
 
Since 2007, the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation has given more than $1 million to non-profits that focus on responding to the needs in education, health/wellness, hunger, and the arts
 
BBCF Ceremony - Angelina Arts Alliance
 
The 2018 recipients are:
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADAC)
  • American Cancer Society
  • Angelina Arts Alliance
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas
  • CRRC of Canyon Lake
  • Dublin Goodfellows
  • Harold's House East Texas Alliance for Children
  • EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens
  • Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo
  • The Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas (Women’s Shelter of East Texas, Inc)
  • Junior Achievement of Angelina County
  • Junior League of Lufkin
  • Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance
  • Lee County Youth Center
  • Pilot Point Community Opera House
  • Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin
  • Texas Forestry Museum
  • The Joseph House
  • The Mosaic Center, Inc
  • Volunteer Services Council for the Lufkin State Supported Living Center
BBCF Ceremony - The Joseph House
 
 
Education Foundations:
  • Cameron ISD
  • Friends of Hamilton ISD
  • Hemphill ISD Education Foundation
  • Lufkin ISD Education Foundation
  • McGregor ISD Education Foundation
  • Wells ISD Education Foundation
Friends of Hamilton ISD
 
In addition to these contributions, Brookshire Brothers has a separate employee-run Donations Committee which meets monthly to consider hundreds of donation requests from throughout the company’s footprint.
 
 
Spring Showers Bring May (Flower) Salads
Did you know that pansies and violas are edible and taste just like lettuce? Pick up the ingredients for this real fresh, real delicious salad at your neighborhood Brookshire Brothers—flowers optional! The best part? Berries are in season now!
 

A Berry Pretty Salad

Spring Showers Bring May (Flower) Salads
 With Goat Cheese, Honey Toasted Pecans, and Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
Ingredients
5 oz salad greens
½ c. pecans
2 Tbs honey
3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbs balsamic vinegar (I used a well-aged variety for more sweetness)
1 tsp Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon salt
1 c. berries (I used blackberries and blueberries), rinsed and drained
1/3 c. crumbled goat cheese
Pepper, to taste
Optional garnish: pansies or viola flowers
 
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on these ingredients!
 
Directions
  • 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.

 
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. 
 
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. 

 
 
 
 
Spring Cleaning: How to Dispose of Your Medicines
Last summer I decided that instead of paying someone a reasonable amount of money and waiting ten minutes in the air conditioning for the oil in my truck to be changed, I would do it myself.  Frugality—hmmmpf!
 
So I purchased the necessary supplies, realized I bought the wrong filter wrench and not enough oil and headed back to the auto store.  Finally half a day later and after spending $20 more than what I planned, I was all set—except for a gigantic basin full of used motor oil that can’t just be thrown in the trash (according to Google).
 
Apparently there are very specific ways to dispose of used oil making my DIY attempt even more annoying. So I called the auto store this time and asked a question similar to one that I hear from folks at the pharmacy all the time.
 
“How do I get rid of all the unused and expired drugs in my medicine cabinet?”
 
Like motor oil, there are certain procedures that should be followed when discarding old medications to ensure safe disposal.
 Brookshire Brothers Pharmacist Filling a Prescription
 
FDA’S GENERAL RECOMMENDATION
The general recommendation from the FDA for disposing of old or unused medications at home is to mix the tablets or capsules with coffee grounds, cat litter or something otherwise undesirable in a sealable bag and discard in the trash. This process makes the pills unattractive to naïve children or pets and unrecognizable to someone rummaging through the garbage in search of medications.
 
CAN I FLUSH IT?
While it is mostly true that you should never flush medications down the toilet or sink, there are some drugs that require this method due to their inherent danger. Fentanyl is a drug that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl patches, used in opioid-tolerant chronic pain, are worn for 3 days at a time, but even after 72 hours there is still some drug left in the patch.  If a child or pet were to retrieve a fentanyl patch from the garbage, the results could be fatal. While fentanyl is one of the more common medications that should be disposed of via flushing—in addition to hydromorphone, oxycodone, and morphine-containing products—a full list is available on the FDA website.
 
CAN I GIVE IT AWAY?
Never give unused medication to a family member or friend.  Just because your prescription was safe for you when prescribed does not mean it will be safe for someone else.
 
WHAT ABOUT “TAKE BACK” DAYS?
Another great option for disposal is the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  These events are held twice a year in April and October at local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, etc.  For questions about the next take back day and a nearby collection site, visit www.dea.gov or call 800-822-9539.
 
WHAT ABOUT THE LABEL?
Don’t forget to conceal personal information on empty pill bottle labels before throwing them away. Protect your health information by removing the label entirely and shredding it, or by scratching out your name and prescription number.
 
If you are still in doubt about how to get rid of old medications, ask your Brookshire Brothers pharmacist!  We will help you figure out a solution that won’t leave you with seven quarts of used oil in your garage—so to speak.
 

Matt Baker, Pharm.D., RPh

Matt Baker is a pharmacist with Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy in Lufkin.  He received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 2005 and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Houston in 2010.  He writes a monthly pharmacy and wellness article for the Lufkin Daily News and is active in the community.  Matt's passion is serving his patients while ensuring that they are equipped to understand and take their medications properly. 

View more of Matt's articles on the Brookshire Brothers blog.
 
 
Cooking with Kate: Summer Grilling

Summer is almost upon us, and that means time to fire up the grill and keep your kitchen cool!

Brookshire Brothers' Market carries a wide array of Angus Pride steaks and Trident Alaskan salmon fillets perfect for a special dinner or a family get-together. A little herb compound butter right at the end of cooking steaks or salmon fillets will add some extra richness and flavor! Our favorite compound butter recipe below includes lemon zest for a burst of freshness in every bite and is also fantastic spread on toasted crusty bread. Look below for some great tips on cooking the perfect steak or piece of salmon. Happy Grilling!

Lemon, Herb, and Garlic Compound Butter

1 lb salted butter, softened
2 lemons, zested and juiced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch fresh parsley, stems removed and finely chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves

In a medium bowl, add softened butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, chopped parsley, and all seasonings. Beat with a whisk or large spoon until completely mixed. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

NOTE: For easier slicing – Lay a square of Saran Wrap or cling film flat on the counter. Add softened butter and shape into a log with a 1” to 1 ½” diameter. Roll up in the cling film keeping it in the log shape. Refrigerate until ready to use; or freeze for up to six months.

7 Tips for Grilling the Perfect Steak!

  1. Buy good quality meat! If you are unsure about what cut of meat to use for grilling, ask any of our friendly meat cutters, and they can help you find the perfect steak!
  2. Season the steak with salt and black pepper and let come to room temperature before grilling so it cooks more evenly.
  3. Preheat your grill to high heat before cooking!
  4. Sear steaks over high heat for 1 minute per side before moving steaks to indirect medium heat to finish cooking to desired doneness. Searing locks in the juices and will give you great grill marks.
  5. Use tongs to turn your steaks instead of a grill fork. Puncturing the steak with a fork allows juices to escape causing a dry steak!
  6. In the last 1 minute of cooking, lay a piece of herb butter on each steak and allow to melt.
  7. Remove steaks from grill and cover with a piece of foil. Allow steaks to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving to absorb juices, butter, and seasonings.

7 Tips for Grilling the Perfect Salmon!

  1. Before grilling salmon, rinse the fillets with cool water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. If your salmon fillets have the skin on, cook the fillets with the skin side up first, leave the skin on while grilling and remove it after cooking. This helps the fillets stay together during cooking.
  3. Preheat your charcoal or gas grill to medium heat before grilling.
  4. Place salmon on well-greased grill racks, in well-greased grill baskets, or well-greased sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil directly over coals or heat. This ensures that the fish doesn’t stick and fall apart during cooking.
  5. Turn the fish only once halfway through cooking to limit the chance it might fall apart.
  6. Test the fish with a fork at the thickest part to check doneness. Salmon will be opaque and flake easily when fully cooked.
  7. Remove from the grill and add a piece of herb butter on top of each fillet right before serving.

 


Click here to see other recipes from Brookshire Brothers Catering Coordinator, Kate Rudasill.

Kate Rudasill, Catering Coordinator for Brookshire Brothers, has been in the food-service industry for the past 14 years. As a graduate of Texas A&M University, a student of The Texas Culinary Academy, and a Nacogdoches, Texas native, Kate grew up with Southern tradition in her blood which caused her to have a deep love for bringing people together with food.

     

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!

Cooking with Kate: March into Spring

Texas might have skipped winter this year, but I could not be more excited for the sunshine and flowers! This is the season for fantastic fresh produce, so take a look at all of the new fruits and vegetables at your local Brookshire Brothers and enjoy these two produce-packed recipes!

Strawberry Pineapple Green Goddess Smoothie
Makes 2 servings

1 cup whole or 2% milk
2 cups fresh spinach
1 banana, peeled and frozen
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks, frozen
1 cup fresh strawberries, stemmed and frozen
½ avocado, peeled and seed removed

In an electric blender, add milk and spinach and pulse until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately!

Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Makes 8-10 servings

2 cups broccoli florets, blanched and chopped into small pieces
1 lb. sliced bacon, cooked, drained, and crumbled
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup frozen sweet peas, thawed
8 ounces mini pasta shells, cooked according to package directions, drained and cooled
1 cup of your favorite ranch dressing*

*OR
¾ cup mayonnaise

½ cup milk
2 tablespoons dry ranch dressing mix, or more to taste

In a large bowl, combined chopped blanched broccoli, chopped cooked bacon, whole cherry tomatoes, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, cooked sweet peas, and cooked pasta shells. If making the dressing from the mix – In a small bowl, combine mayo and milk and add dry ranch dressing mix. Blend well and taste to see if more mix is needed. Add half the salad dressing to the pasta salad and toss. Add additional dressing if pasta salad is too dry. Chill until ready to serve.


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Kate Rudasill, Catering Coordinator for Brookshire Brothers, has been in the food-service industry for the past 14 years. As a graduate of Texas A&M University, a student of The Texas Culinary Academy, and a Nacogdoches, Texas native, Kate grew up with Southern tradition in her blood which caused her to have a deep love for bringing people together with food.

     

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