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Free Samples and Texas Sized Toys

Hello world!  It’s Dustin.  Today Tracy and I went to our local HEB plus to pick up a couple of groceries we needed.  Our trip started out great!  The first thing we saw was FREE SAMPLES.  They’re pretty common at HEB, but it’s always exciting.

When we first entered we were approached by a lady who was offering samples of Texas Ranch soup.  The recipe was not provided, but after conversing with the woman sampling it, I came to a conclusion that it has the same ingredients as the famous King Ranch casserole.  Google it to get different variations of the recipe.

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It included chicken, cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc…

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Yummy!

Next up, we came across the Sushi stand, where I tried some great Temptation rolls and pork pot stickers.

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As we moved towards the back of the store, we stopped at the Cooking Connection, which is one of the highlights of a big HEB Plus.  We met Ed who was cooking up some delightful food.  He was also dressed splendidly for the holiday season.  We told him we started a blog and wanted to take pictures of the food samples.  He quickly corrected us, and let us know he wasn’t serving “samples” but rather mini-dishes.  Samples are what you get when you walk around the rest of the store.

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Obviously, he was right!  Check out the amazing dish he served us.

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Cheesy Beef Enchilada Soup, Chicken baked in Italian bread crumbs and topped with spinach and artichoke dip, and a piece of fudge

You can literally eat a meal for free as you collect free samples.  Awesome!

At the Cooking Connection, they always provide recipe cards so you can prepare the same meal at home.

The recipe for the Cheesy Beef Enchilada Soup was as follows:

  • 1 jar Canyon Foods Tomato Basil Soup
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Tablespoon Adams Reserve Southwest Rub
  • 2 cups Central Market Organics Free Range Chicken Broth
  • 3 corn tortillas, cut into small 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 avocados, diced

And here’s what put this experience over the top.

We were served three samples of wine (at noon) to accompany our dish!  Thanks, Ed!  Everything was great.

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And the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

As we were walking back to our jeep we noticed something that would seem so ridiculously out of place anywhere else, except Texas.

A Texas-sized truck…

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With the all too perfect license plate: MAN TOY

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Gotta love Texas!

** Come back later tonight for “Christmas Decorating 09: Take 2!” **

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What is the strangest or most out-of-place vehicle you’ve ever seen?  Let us know!  And if you have a picture of it, include the link!

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