National Hot Dog Day: Over the Top Toppings

Today we celebrate a summertime, cookout classic – the hot dog! It’s National Hot Dog Day and we are cooking up ways to get creative with toppings. Of course, you have the classic ketchup, mustard, and/or relish, but there’s endless options outside of the staples. Check out some of our favorite, out-of-the-box hot dog toppings.

L.A. Street Dogs: These LA Street Dogs encompass all the flavorful qualities of a Los Angeles style dog. Turkey franks accompanied by an adventurous team of bacon, pico de gallo, salsa con queso, and pinto beans. What’s not to love?

The Chicago Dog: A Chicago-style hot dog, or simply Chicago Dog, features a 100% beef frankfurter with a poppyseed bun. Topped with yellow mustard, chopped onion, fresh tomatoes, green relish, pickled sport peppers, celery salt and a whole dill pickle spear. It’s busy but absolutely delicious.

Chipotle Chili Dog: Turn up the heat a notch with a Chipotle Chili Dog. Add a little ground beef, chopped onion, garlic, tomato sauce, and minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Don’t forget to finish It off with some shredded cheddar cheese and green onions.

Nacho Tater Tot Dog: Try this combination with a veggie dog. Tater tots, nacho cheese, and pickled jalapenos, great flavor and easy to put together.

Thai-Style Dog: This Thai-inspired recipe features cabbage, cucumber, and grated carrots in a sweet vinaigrette. Use turkey dogs, topped with the veggie mixture, a spicy Asian aioli, and chopped peanuts for a Thai food experience unlike any other.

Macaroni & Cheese Dogs: Next time you have a cookout put out some mac & cheese and have your guests put it on their hot dogs. Excellent comfort food!

Pulled Pork & Coleslaw Dog: If you’re feeling extra adventurous throw some pulled pork on top of your hot dog. Add some coleslaw for a creamy compliment. Make them as a great menu enhancer for summer get togethers.

Basil Pesto Dogs: With bunches of basil, pesto is easy to make. Spread some onto your hot dog for a simple yet refreshing choice of condiment.

Buffalo Dog: A buffalo dog? Yes, please. Buffalo wing sauce, a little ranch, crumbled blue cheese, chives, scallions, and refreshing celery. This is a great option if you like your dogs a bit hotter.

BLT Dog: BLT’s are a classic sandwich. We think they are a classic hot dog as well. Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes bacon, and a drizzle ranch, all coming together for one delicious dog.

Hot dogs are one of the most versatile options in the food game. How adventurous you choose to get is up to you and your palate. Whether you prefer the classic ketchup, mustard, and relish or choose to go more outside the box, Price Chopper & Market 32 is your one stop shop for all things hot dog! You can even shop with us online.

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Summer Camping Spots in the Northeast

One of the best ways to enjoy the summer weather is by connecting with nature at one of the many breathtaking camping spots the Northeast has to offer. We are proud to call this area home, with each state in our region offering amazing getaway opportunities. To help you with your summer fun we put together a list of some of our favorite camping spots in the area!

Lake Waramug State Park (New Preston, CT): In an area full of scenic lakes, Lake Waramug is wrapped with 77 campsites along its edges. You can even choose between overlooking the water or staying hidden in the trees. Either way you can enjoy fishing, picnic areas, swimming, and boating facilities with kayak and canoe rentals.

Savoy Mountain State Forest (Florida, MA): Tucked away in the beauty of the Berkshires, those who camp at Savoy Mountain State Forest are guaranteed to enjoy a lovely experience with nature. Featuring 46 campsites, and some of the best hiking in New England, campers can enjoy various outdoor adventures. Find floating bog islands, climb overlooks, and discover gorgeous waterfalls all at Savoy Mountain.

Chocorua Camping Village (Tamworth, NH): In the New Hampshire White Mountains sits Chocorua Camping Village, an all-inclusive, resort-style, family camping and hiking destination. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful lakes and giant pine trees. With access to resort amenities like a game room, movie theatre, swimming pool, and treasure hunts.

Moosalamoo Campground (Salisbury, VT): If you’re looking for a backwoods getaway experience that isn’t totally the backwoods, Moosalamoo is the place for you. Featuring 16 miles of hiking trails, the campground also offers drive-in tent camping, toilet facilities, accessible drinking water and trash disposal.

Glimmerglass State Park (Cooperstown, NY): Overlooking Otsego Lake, Glimmerglass State Park offers camping and hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking. The campground offers a concession stand, nature trail, pavilions, picnic tables, showers, grills, volleyball courts, and even fire rings. Campfire wood is also sold at the park.   

Watkins Glen State Park (Watkins Glen, NY): Watkins Glen is considered the most famous of the Finger Lakes state parks. Offering 305 campsites with restrooms, dumping stations, showers, and firewood for sale. The park also features concession stands, a gift shop, picnic tables, and grills. And for entertainment, playing fields, an Olympic sized swimming pool, a kiddie pool, playgrounds, and 19 waterfalls. The park also offers fishing in Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek and hunting in designated areas.  

Greater Reading Campgrounds (Reading, PA): Camping in Reading exposes you to the natural beauty of the area. With the Appalachian Trail to the north and Amish Country to the southwest, the area offers several different terrains and adventures. Popular campgrounds include Sun Valley Campground in Bowmansville, Appalachian RV Resort in Shartlesville, and Mountain Springs Camping Resort in Hamburg.

Whether you are an experienced camper or new to it, these spots all offer awesome summer fun. Check them out if you haven’t yet. And don’t forget to stop by your local Price Chopper/Market 32 for all of your camping necessities!

 

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National Mac & Cheese Day

There’s nothing like gooey, yummy, melted cheese. Essential for burgers, quesadillas, and of course mac & cheese. Today we are celebrating National Mac & Cheese Day and to do so, we are taking a deeper bite into melted cheese. Let’s break it down.

The science behind how cheese melts

Melted cheese is a science. Cheese is made up of protein and this protein is the key difference between good melting cheese and bad melting cheese. When cheese is heated up, the protein breaks and some hold their shape better than others. For example, younger, high-moisture cheeses like mozzarella, Taleggio, brie, Gruyère, Emmental, and Jack are the most reliable melters. Drier grating cheeses, such as Parmesan and Pecorino-Romano are not.

What are the best cheeses for melting?

The best cheeses for melting are called process cheeses. These products are designed to be easily meltable and difficult to break. Start with real cheese, usually a young cheddar, and blend it with extra milk, extra milk protein, and melting salt to prevent proteins from sticking together. A good example of this is American cheese, where they have so much extra liquid added to them, they have very low melting points, allowing for extra-gooey melted cheese.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are acid-set cheeses. Impossible to melt no matter what type of tweaking you implement. Fresh goat cheese, quick farmers cheese, paneer, queso fresco, and ricotta just can’t melt. When heated, the acid in these cheeses lose water, but not proteins. Water will continue to be cooked off, but the proteins in the curd are only going to tighten, holding the cheese together. These cheeses won’t melt, but you can cook or even grill them! 

What are the best cheeses for mac & cheese?

Well, good melters with quality taste, like sharp cheddar. Sharp cheddar is the most common, and it works great, and if you’re using a cheesy blend we recommend cheddar as the base. Now, you get to mix in some fun, flavorful cheeses. Gruyère is common, it melts just as beautifully as cheddar, but brings additional tasty flavors to the table. Gouda, Muenster, fontina, Havarti, and Monterey Jack are also excellent options.

Enjoy National Mac & Cheese Day with a melty, flavorful blend of your own. For whichever cheese you choose to call upon, stop by your local Price Chopper/Market 32 to pick it up or shop with us online!

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Focused on Full Circle

When it comes to our brands, we are focused on helping you save money on the products you want the most. We offer thousands of high-quality brand products in each department and aisle in our stores, at a savings comparable to national brands. A large portion of these products come from our Full Circle brand; a line designed to offer trusted products with simple, close-to-nature ingredients. 

Currently, our Full Circle Market sits at 300 items and growing, most organic. From grocery to dairy to produce, Full Circle products are made with simple, close-to-nature ingredients, making it easier than ever before to choose what’s best for you and your family. There’s not an item that we offer that we wouldn’t choose for our own families because Full Circle Market keeps it real – and real affordable.

Full Circle Market carries a large variety of organic options. Farmed and produced without chemical treatments and processing, Full Circle organic foods use cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that support the cycling of on-farm resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Giving you confidence that Full Circle organic is always a healthy decision.

Non-GMO is another major focus of Full Circle. Non-GMO foods give you assurance that they are free of chemicals genetically modified organisms. A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbredding methods. Consumers who want to remove GMOs from their diet can be assured that our Full Circle Market Non-GMO foods are 100% free from GMOs.

Full Circle Market is natural and healthy, so you make the decisions that are best for your health and your wallet. Using simple, close-to-earth ingredients you can feel good about your decision to buy Full Circle, no matter which items you choose. Stop by your local store today to check out the Full Circle Market items available to you!

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Fruit Breakfast Pizza Recipe

by Jodie Fitz

Ingredients

2 whole-wheat pitas

4 tablespoons PICS honey

1 tablespoon water

¼ teaspoon PICS cinnamon

PICS nonstick cooking spray

Fresh fruit

1/3 cup cream cheese, room temperature

 

Step-by-Step Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Stir together 2 tablespoons of honey with the water and cinnamon.

Baste the top of the two pitas with the honey, cinnamon mixture.

Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.  Place the basted pitas on the coated baking sheet.  Bake the pita crusts for 10 – 12 minutes; until toasted.

Remove the pitas from the oven and let them cool completely.

While the pitas are baking and cooking prepare the fruit;

  • Cherries: washed, pitted and cut in half or sliced.
  • Strawberries:  washed, hulled and sliced.
  • Blueberries:  washed and used whole.
  • Grapes:  washed and cut in half.
  • Pineapple:  skin removed, sliced and diced.
  • Kiwi:  peeled, sliced and diced.

Stir together 2 tablespoons of honey with 1/3 cup of cream cheese.

Divide the cream cheese mixture and spread it on top of each pita.  Add the prepared fruit on top.

 

OTHER FRUIT OPTIONS:  You can also use blackberries, raspberries, honeydew melon, cantaloupe melon, etc.

Cooking with Kids:  Every recipe is filled with life skills that encourage children’s confidence in the kitchen.  Here are a few to focus on when making this recipe:

  • Following directions
  • Stirring 
  • Basting
  • Baking and oven safety
  • Cutting and knife safety
  • Hulling
  • Layering
  • Spreading
  • Fruit preparation
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National Fried Chicken Day!

There are few things as American (or delicious) as fried chicken, and today on National Fried Chicken Day we want to give it its proper recognition. Fried chicken is an all-timer when it comes to comfort food, as good for your soul as it is for your taste buds. Whether you like hot and spicy or original and mild, we’ve got just thing for you!

Did you know that the Scottish played a major role in the birth of fried chicken? It’s surprisingly true! Scottish immigrants in the Southern states had a tradition of deep-frying chicken in fat. These immigrants often worked, lived, and ate with African slaves, who added some spices and touches of their own to the chicken. Eventually, many of slaves became cooks in the south, where fried chicken first became a staple.

The story begins with James Boswell, who wrote about the Scottish locals eating “fricassee of fowl” in his 1773 journal. Boswell described it as “fried chicken or something like that.” In actuality, he was talking about a dish in Scotland called Friars Chicken, not fried chicken, but this is where the recipe first got its name!

Although the very beginnings of fried chicken may remain a mystery, the first recorded recipe dates back to 1747. In a book titled “The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy” by Hannah Glasse she included a recipe called “To Marinate Chickens.” The book found major success in both the UK and the US Colonies.

Since its humble beginnings, fried chicken has become a foodie favorite. Now, different recipes and variations are popular in countries around the world. Every day is a good day for fried chicken, but especially National Fried Chicken Day. Stop by your local store and pick up our Original or Spicy variety for dinner!

Check out this Juicy Fried Chicken recipe from Blue Top Brand! 

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Serving Up Summer Seafood

Seafood is always a great meal option, but in the summertime it just tastes better. Sitting on the deck or the patio, near water if possible, with a plate of yummy seafood is peak summer. With this in mind, we decided to put together some of our favorite summer seafood recipes for you to try this year!

Grilled Scallops with Lemon Herb Salsa: If you ask us, good scallops never need additional flavor enhancers, but this Lemon Herb Salsa elevates this recipe to the top of our seafood favorites.

Classic Lobster Roll: There’s nothing quite like a lobster roll in the summer. On a lightly toasted bun, with a mix of fresh toppings. It’s a party in your mouth.

Crab Cake Sliders: These Crab Cake Sliders will become a favorite in your seafood repertoire. Fresh, light crab cakes in slider form with the bold, invigorating flavors of Buffalo wing dipping sauce. These are perfect for any get together.

Grilled Garlic-Herb Salmon with Cannellini Bean & Chèvre Purée: Salmon with goat cheese? Delicious! The purée combined with salmon and peppers makes for a refreshing meal, perfect for summer.

Harissa Cedar Plank Salmon with Herb Yogurt Sauce: Sticking with salmon, this playful recipe will take your tastebuds on the ultimate adventure. Bold harissa flavor, tamed by yummy herb yogurt sauce, all makes for the perfect compliment to your summertime salmon.

Creamy White Wine & Garlic Mussels: When we think of seafood appetizers, mussels are the first thing that pops into our mind. These Creamy White Wine & Garlic Mussels are an easy one pot recipe, with mouthwatering results.

Shrimp Scampi Over Rice: Shrimp is a major player in the seafood game. This easy to prepare Shrimp Scampi is complimented beautifully by tasty rice. A dish guaranteed to conquer your seafood cravings.

Tuscan Tuna, White Bean, and Avocado Salad: Looking for something light? This Tuscan Tuna Salad is just what you need. A quick, easy to eat salad full of refreshing flavor. We bet you’ll come back for more!

Spicy Baked Shrimp Banh Mi: Banh Mi is always a fun summertime meal, full of bold flavors that create a real adventure of taste. Add some spice and some shrimp and you can’t lose!

Salmon Burgers with Avocado and Asian Slaw: Burgers are always a big hit in the summer, even when we’re talking seafood. These salmon burgers will rock your cookout world! Toss on some avocado and Asian slaw, you’re backyard may never be the same.  

Grilled Fish Tacos with Cauliflower Tortillas: We’ll end our journey with a classic. Fish tacos! In this case, tilapia is combined with a Mexican blend for epic seasonal flavor. Wrapped up in a cauliflower tortilla to keep these things light and satisfying.

When it comes to summertime seafood, we could be here for days listing off different recipes. But we feel this list features something for every seafood lover. Get out there and try something new this year, and remember, Price Chopper/Market 32 is your one stop shop for all things seafood. Visit your local store or shop with us online!s

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Different Ways to Deviled Egg

Deviled Eggs are one of the best summertime appetizers and side dishes. Served cold, they are made to satisfy in the warm weather. The best part about these wonderful snacks is that you can get creative and prepare them almost any way you desire. Check out some of our favorite deviled egg recipes!

Start with a dozen hard-cooked large egg yolks. Mash them together in a bowl and add ½ cup of mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, ½ teaspoon ground mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon white pepper. To create different variants, divide the yolk mixture into smaller bowls. Each bowl for a different flavor combination.  

Italiano: Stir in pesto, add sundried tomato, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and parsley.

BLT: Stir in bacon, add lettuce, tomato, and sprinkle some more bacon crumbles on top.

Cubano: Stir in ham and Swiss cheese, add pickle, stone ground mustard, and banana pepper. Sprinkle some ham crumbles on top.

Lucky Irish: Stir in corned beef and Swiss cheese, add Russian dressing and scallions. Sprinkle some corned beef crumbles on top.

Curried: Stir in curry powder, add some toasted pecans and chives. Sprinkle some curry powder on top.

Crabby: Stir in lump crab meat, add cocktail sauce, fresh jalapeño, and lemon zest. Sprinkle some lump crab meat on top.

Taco: Stir in guacamole, add pickled jalapeño, taco sauce, cilantro, and lime zest.

Asian: Stir in chili garlic sauce, add snap peas, sauteed shiitakes, and sesame seeds.

If you are a fan of deviled eggs, we highly recommend checking out all of these awesome varieties. Stop by your local store or shop with us online for everything you need! 

Take advantage of Eggland’s Best Large White Eggs on sale for $2.99 this week!

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KCC Red, White and Blue Freeze Pops

by Jodie Fitz

4 PICS paper coated 5 oz. cups

4 Wooden craft sticks

10-12 fresh strawberries, medium to large, washed

1 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed
4 tablespoons PICS honey

1 teaspoon PICS vanilla extract
10 oz. PICS Greek vanilla yogurt

Cut the greens off the strawberries, and place into a mini chopper or food processor, along with 2 tablespoons of honey and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Puree. Evenly distribute the strawberry mixture into four paper coated cups. Place the cups in the freezer for 1 hour.

Remove the cups from the freezer and evenly cover the strawberry puree with 10 oz. Greek vanilla yogurt. Add a wooden stick to the center of each cup. Return to the freezer for an additional hour.

Combine the blueberries, 2 tablespoons honey and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract in a mini chopper or food processor and puree. 

Evenly add the blueberry puree to each cup. Return cups to the freezer for several hours or overnight before serving.

Note:  This recipe makes 4 freeze pops.

Cups and Craft Sticks:  You can locate the 5 oz. coated paper cups in the paper aisle, and the craft sticks in the school supply aisle at your local Price Chopper/Market 32.

Cooking with Kids: Every recipe is filled with life skills that encourage children’s confidence in the kitchen. Here are a few to focus on when making this recipe:

  1. Following directions
  2. Mini chopper/food processor use and safety
  3. Cutting and knife safety
  4. Pureeing 
  5. Layering
  6. Freezing
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by Jodie Fitz

30 mini Reese’s peanut butter cups

½ cup peanut butter M&M’s 

6 PICS graham crackers

¼ cup PICS chocolate syrup

48 oz. PICS Heavenly Hash Ice Cream

1 cup PICS mini marshmallows

24 oz. PICS Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

PICS canned whipped topping

Frosting:

1 cup PICS butter (2 sticks), room temperature

7.5 oz. jar of Marshmallow Fluff

2 – 3 cups PICS confectioners sugar

2 teaspoons PICS vanilla extract

Remove the heavenly hash ice cream from the freezer and let it slightly soften.

Cut the peanut butter cups into quarters.

Chop the peanut butter M&M’s in a mini chopper or food processor.

Break the graham crackers into quarters, and grind them into crumbs in a mini chopper or food processor.

In a bowl, stir the graham cracker crumbs and chocolate syrup together.

Spread the softened heavenly hash ice cream into an eight-inch spring form pan, filling it almost half way.

Remove the vanilla ice cream from the freezer to let it soften.

Create a center of the cake by adding half of the graham cracker mixture, ½ cup of mini marshmallows, half of the chopped peanut butter M&M’s and half of the Reese’s peanut butter cups. Pack the center ingredients gently into the ice cream, using a spatula or the back of a large spoon.

Fill the remainder of the pan with vanilla ice cream, and smooth the top with a spatula, spoon or butter knife.  

Place the cake in the freezer for approximately 3 hours.   

Before removing the cake from the freezer, make the frosting by whipping together the butter, fluff, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract with an electric mixer.

Once the cake has frozen, remove from the freezer and using a wet knife, loosen from the edges of the pan before releasing the spring and removing.

Frost the cake with the frosting. Add the remaining graham cracker crumb mixture, M&M’s, Reese’s peanut butter cups and mini marshmallows on top. Create a decorative edge with the canned whipped cream to help keep the candy topping in place.

Freeze the cake for at least an hour before serving.

Make Ahead:  You can make this cake one to two days before serving.

Leftovers:  Leftovers can be cut into slices and stored in an airtight container in the freezer.

Ice cream:  You can use any combo of chocolate and vanilla based ice cream that complement the candies.  There’s a wide variety of PICS brand ice cream at Price Chopper/Market 32.

Cooking with Kids:  Every recipe is filled with life skills that encourage children’s confidence in the kitchen. Here are a few to focus on when making this recipe:

  • Following directions
  • Chopping and chopper safety
  • Cutting and knife safety
  • Stirring
  • Layering
  • Freezing
  • Mixing and mixer safety
  • Spreading
  • Food storage





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