Red, White and Blue Recipes for Fourth of July

One of the biggest days of the summer is upon us and we’re excited to celebrate! In the spirit of Independence Day we put together a list of some our go-to red, white and blue recipes. Not only are these ideas festive for the Fourth, they also make for fantastic summertime treats.

Red, White and Blue Trifle: Our recipe for Red, White and Blue Trifle has everything you need for a summer celebration. A cool, refreshing dessert with holiday spirit!

Cherry, Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad This tasty summer salad adds some red, white and blue to your greens. The flavors of cherry, bacon, and blue cheese mix perfectly in each bite.

Firecracker Popsicles: These popsicles may not be a full-blown recipe, but they are certainly a key factor in celebrating Fourth of July. They’re great for cooling down in the summer heat.

Stars & Stripes Cheese Board: What’s a celebration without cheese? This Stars & Stripes Cheese Board from our YouTube channel is an awesome game plan.

Pound Cake: This pound cake dish from our Pinterest page is another lovely Fourth of July treat. Made with Chobani® Whole Milk Plain Greek Yogurt, this pound cake makes for a fun addition to the menu! It’s just one of many awesome options on our Pinterest boards.

These are just a few creative ideas for the Fourth of July this year! After all, food can be fun and preparing festive dishes adds a certain pizazz to any holiday. Try any of these options or come up with your own creative meal. Either way visit your local Price Chopper/Market 32 or shop with us online for everything you need!

Happy Fourth!

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Check Out Yasso's NEW Frozen Greek Yogurt Flavor

Yasso is the only better-for-you frozen dessert that delivers unsurpassed snacking satisfaction because we blends real, natural ingredients and flavors with the ridiculously creamy, wholesome goodness of Greek yogurt to create an truly crave-able frozen snacking experience. We don’t think you should have to sacrifice taste for cleaner ingredients. We’ve reimagined ice cream and the results are ridiculous, nostalgic, scoop shop flavors that don’t skimp on any of the cookie dough, chocolate chips or decadent swirls you love.

We use rich and creamy Greek yogurt as the base for our products to deliver an indulgent dessert that’s lower in calories (80-150 per serving) and packed with protein (5-7 grams per serving), made without high intensity sweeteners. You can enjoy Yasso anytime of day whether it be breakfast in the morning, an afternoon pick-me-up, or late-night snack.

Price Chopper now carries three NEW flavors to join our Black Raspberry and Chocolate Fudge on shelf. First, Triple Peanut Butter A.K.A three times the peanut butter goodness – and what’s better than that? We mixed peanut butter flavored frozen Greek yogurt with the smoothest peanut butter swirl and the most delicious peanut butter chips around. Next, our Mint Chocolate Chip and Peanut butter Crunch flavors won’t disappoint. Enrobed in an indulgent chocolate quinoa crunch, our new chocolate dipped products are sure to hit that 2PM sweet tooth. And 3 PM, and 5 PM, but you get the point.

Find all ridiculously creamy and delicious Yasso products in the freezer aisle

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Checking Out - Almond Breeze Yogurt Alternatives

Ellie Wilson

MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist

Creamy, crunchy, packable and snackable! The world of plant-based dairy alternatives continues to evolve, with new yogurt alternatives closely following the introduction of alt-dairy coffee creamers and frozen desserts. Blue Diamond, an agricultural cooperative of over 3000 family-owned almond farms, is ramping up innovation with new single serve flip-cup flavors and two 24-ounce offerings of original (almond) and vanilla-flavored almondmilk yogurt alternatives.

Blue Diamond is over 100 years old, started in 1910 by 230 almond growers. A pantry staple that has pushed boundaries of product development and almond education, it now has an international presence, distributing almonds in over 80 countries. It is also a leader in food safety and sustainability.

The flip cups will appeal to those exploring plant-based foods, vegetarian and vegan items. Fun combinations of honey-roasted and toasted almonds, dark chocolate chips, and crunchy oat clusters are some of the flip cup toppings that are ready to add to the 5.3 ounce individual servings of vanillaflavored almond milk yogurt alternative. I am very partial to adding flavor, texture and benefit with nuts, berries and granola to yogurts. These flavor combos will delight whether seeking non-dairy items for health concerns or exploring plant-based options and new food adventures.

Most of the flip cups are a good source of fiber and calcium, and an excellent source of Vitamin E, a naturally occurring nutrient found in almonds. The flip cups range from 180-210 calories, the original and vanilla flavors around 110-150 calories per serving. They also contain 5 live and active cultures, and have a creamy, silky texture very similar to traditional yogurt. They have a higher water content that will create a great base for chia pudding and overnight oats recipes – great way to explore using the 24-ounce vanilla and original flavor items. Get inspired by some of their recipes. Find them all in the Dairy case at Price Chopper and Market 32. Enjoy!

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Cookies and Cream Frozen Yogurt Fun

Jodie Fitz

This dessert combo will be a homerun of flavorful fun.  It’s a simple recipe that when put together becomes a big hit! 

Making this cookies and cream frozen yogurt recipe is like crafting with food. When it’s complete, sit back, enjoy a few good bites and a little more conversation; making recipes is never time wasted.

Here are a few key lessons to focus on when making this cookies and cream dessert with children:

  • Preparing fruit
  • Hulling strawberries
  • Slicing
  • Measuring ingredients
  • Following directions
  • Safety and using the food processor
  • Knife safety
  • Stovetop safety
  • Thickening agents and cooking

 

Cookies and Cream

½ cup vanilla frozen yogurt

4 PICS chocolate cream filled cookies

1 tablespoon PICS chocolate syrup

Strawberry gel (see below)

Grind the cookies in a mini food processor or blender until they are crushed and look like dirt.

In a bowl, stir the cookie crumbs and syrup together. Spread it on a plate.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the frozen yogurt onto the cookie base.

Use the chilled strawberry gel in a piping bag with a writing tip to create the baseball lines.

Strawberry Gel:

1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced

2 tablespoons PICS honey

½ teaspoon PICS vanilla extract

1 tablespoon tapioca

 

 

Wash the strawberries, hull them and slice them.  Measure 1 cup of fresh strawberries.  Place them into a mini food processor or blender.  Puree the strawberries very well.

Pour the strawberries into a saucepan.  Over low heat, stir in the honey and vanilla extract until they are mixed well. 

Stir in the tapioca.  Continue to stir until the tapioca softens and the mixture begins to gel.  Remove it from the heat and let it cool completely before using. 

You can make this the day before or let it cool until lukewarm. Spoon into a piping tool with a writing tip and put it in the refrigerator until  ready to use.

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate Cheese During National Dairy Month

Maureen Rowan Murphy

People around the world have a love affair with cheese, and it’s easy to see why! Cheese is a flavorful and

healthful addition to many dishes. Most cheeses are a good or excellent source of calcium, a nutrient that many

people are lacking in their diet, and cheese also provides other essential nutrients like phosphorus and high-quality

protein. These three nutrients are particularly important to help build and maintain healthy bones.

With so many varieties to choose from, there is something to please everyone’s palate, and cheese can fit into most healthy eating plans. Those watching sodium in their diet, can choose softer, less-aged cheeses as they generally require less salt than harder, aged varieties. There are also cheeses available that are lower in sodium and fat available. Even people with lactose intolerance can enjoy cheese by choosing natural, harder cheeses like Cheddar, Colby, Swiss and Monterey Jack.

Cheese is a complex food made with just a few simple ingredients.

Did you know?

It takes 10 pounds of milk to make just 1 pound of cheese

There are more than 300 different cheeses in the U.S. and 2000 varieties in the world

Cheddar cheese is the most popular cheese in America while Mozzarella is the most popular globally

Cheese is the 2nd largest source of dietary calcium for Americans

The most popular cheese recipe in the United States is “macaroni and cheese”

Some varieties of cheese like mozzarella, cheddar, Swiss and American, may help prevent tooth as it promotes saliva flow which leads to the elimination of sugar and acids form the mouth

1 ½ oz. natural cheese or 2 oz. processed cheese is considered a serving about 4 dice-size cubes

 

Tips for Serving and Storing Cheese

Take cheese out of the refrigerator approximately 30 minutes before serving for best flavor and aroma

Create a delicious cheese platter by choosing up to 5 cheeses that differ in texture, flavor, size and shape

Arrange the cheeses from mild to strong and soft to hard and provide separate knives for each cheese to keep the flavors distinct

Choose a simple cracker without excess salt or flavors to enhance the flavor of the cheese(s)

Choose crusty breads for mild cheeses or a heavy fruit or nut bread with an aged or more complex selection when serving bread

Serve cheese with your favorite fresh fruit

Grapes can be served with almost any cheese

Pears go great with blue cheese, gorgonzola or aged Gouda

Fresh berries go nicely with a soft ripened cheese such as brie or camembert

Fresh or dried figs pair deliciously with Spanish Manchego or Reggiano Parmesan

Store cut cheese, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator, away from other aromatic foods as it absorbs other flavors, and also loses both flavor and moisture when exposed to air

 

Cooking with Cheese

It is easier to shred or grate natural cheese when cold

Four ounces of ungrated cheese yields one cup when grated  

When preparing sauces and soups, cook over low to medium heat and add toward the end of preparation as cooking over high heat, or for long periods of time, will cause the cheese to separate

For casseroles and baked dishes, sprinkle the grated/shredded cheese over the dish the last ten minutes of baking

Cheese can be enjoyed as an appetizer/snack or at any meal, and here’s a few recipe ideas.

Baked Buffalo Cheese Sticks

Kale Tomato Feta Breakfast Sandwich Cups

Whipped Feta Garlic Dip with Pita Chips

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Grab the kids, the paints and get ready to finger-paint in a whole new way!

What do you need?

• 1 white apron per child
• Purple paint
• Blue paint
• Green paint
• Yellow paint
• Orange paint
• Red paint
• White paint
• A paper plate or palette (preferably one per child)
• Water
• Paper towel or rag 

 

  1. I recommend you put down a covering on the table before you begin the project to protect your surface as the paint can seep through the apron.
  2. Dip your thumb or finger into the purple paint and begin to create a rainbow arch starting with the smallest arch of the rainbow.
  3. Wash or rinse and dry that thumb or finger before dipping into the next color of paint.
  4. Just like the video, add the rest of the colorful rainbow arches: blue, green, yellow, orange and red.  Don’t forget to wash/rinse your fingers between each color.
  5. You can let your rainbow dry before adding your clouds or you can do what I do, which is add the clouds right away.  I like pulling some of the colors of the rainbow down into the puffy clouds like the video demonstrates – the option is yours!
  6. Optional:  Add your name or words to the project like ‘Hope’,  ‘Joy’, etc.
  7. Let it dry completely before wearing.

Your DIY Rainbow Craft apron is great to use as a smock for crafts, a smock for gardening or an apron for recipe making!

Rainbow Arch: If you have an independent child that wants to do it all or a young child that needs help with the arches of a rainbow, simply use a medal compass with a pencil to create the arches of the rainbow for them to follow.  You can even put one dot of each color at the start of an arch so follow the colors or let them go free spirit. It’s good either way!

The Paints:  The best paint to use for this project is fabric paint.  However, you can use other permanent paint options like an acrylic craft paint, which just makes the area on the apron of your finger printed rainbow a little stiffer.  Your apron will still be colorful, wonderful and useful!

Don’t Forget:  Don’t forget to put on a smock, an apron, an old t-shirt or play clothes before doing this project.  The paint will not come off of your clothes if it gets on them in the rainbow making process!

Now What? 

Grab your aprons and join me in making recipes at the Price Chopper/Market 32 Kids Cooking Club!  We have all kinds of delicious recipes!  Coming soon…I will be introducing a no-rise dough pizza making activity for kids that coordinates with both the Kids Cooking Club and my book Fidget Grows a Pizza Garden. 

This rainbow apron is easy and fun to make, and you can view it here

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Girl Scout Cookies: We Have ‘Em!

This year, with limited in-person booth sales, the Girl Scouts turned to Price Chopper & Market 32 to help sell their famous cookies! We are honored to help by making their iconic cookies available to our guests. Six varieties are available – Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Trefoils and Lemon-Ups. Proceeds stay local. Grab them while supplies last. Learn more at pricechopper.com/girl-scout-cookies

The Girl Scouts have sold their cookies to the public since 1917. After more than 100 years, these cookies remain an iconic part of American culture. The sale of cookies started as a way to finance troop activities, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria.

In 1922, “The American Girl” magazine, published by Girls Scouts of the USA, featured an article by Florence E. Neil. Neil provided a cookie recipe that had been shared amongst the Girl Scouts; she provided ingredients as well as projected costs, ultimately suggesting that the recipe be sold by the Girl Scouts. Soon troops in different parts of the country began to take part.

30 years later, Girl Scout Cookies were taking off. In 1951, they were being sold in three variations: Sandwich, Shortbread, and Chocolate Mints. This was the beginning of cookies being sold at tables in shopping malls. Fast forward to 2016 and Girl Scouts are on stage at the Academy Awards selling cookies to A-list celebrities!

Offer not available in our Saugerties, Middletown, Poughkeepsie, Vails Gate, Newburgh, Warwick, Marlborough and Hopkinton stores.

Source: girlscouts.org

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5 Ways to Make Your Ribs the Envy of the Neighborhood

The sun is out, grills are lit, Father’s Day is just around the corner and ribs are on the menu. This year up your ribs game with Chairman’s Reserve® Prime Pork ribs and these tips from our brand team.

Start with the basics. For fall-off-the-bone tender ribs, cook them slowly over low heat, around 225°F, ensuring the tougher parts melt away before the meat cooks through. To do that, set your grill up for indirect cooking. Here’s how:

  • Charcoal: Add charcoal to only one side of your grill. Place your ribs on the other side, away from the active fire.
  • Gas: Light burners on only one side of your grill. Place your ribs on the other side, away from the active fire.
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To get the perfect texture, you’ll want to cook your ribs to the right internal temperature. There are two ways to tell when ribs are ready to come off the grill – using a meat thermometer or using the bend test.

  • Thermometer: Using your meat thermometer, insert the probe directly between two ribs in the center of the rack. When the internal temperature reaches 207°F, your ribs are perfectly cooked.
  • Bend test: Using tongs, pick up your slab of ribs, holding only one or two ribs between the tongs. Bounce the ribs gently. If the surface cracks when bent, your ribs are ready.

 

Part of what makes ribs spectacular is that perfectly caramelized coating of barbecue sauce. But getting sauce (and enough sauce) onto the ribs without burning it can be tricky.

Perfectly sauce your ribs: Wait until your ribs have reached the right internal temperature before adding sauce. Then, brush both sides with sauce and place back onto the grill. This time put the ribs on the side of the grill where your fire is lit and cook for about 12 minutes.

Get extra saucy ribs: Executive Chef and Culinary Consultant Chef Guy Meikle recommends cutting your ribs into individual pieces before saucing. This lets you toss your ribs with sauce in a large bowl, coating all the sides instead of just two. Then return the ribs to the grill for 12 minutes to caramelize.

 

Fun fact: Food trends start in restaurants before trickling to home chefs. Be the first of your friends to get rich, rewarding ribs by adding intriguing sauces or fun textures to your ribs. Check out Chef Guy’s tips:

Be a sauce savant: Use familiar concepts as base ideas – for example, transform a sweet Asian sauce into a Maple Gochujang Glaze.

Add appealing textures: Accentuate the smokiness of your ribs by introducing textures. Just a sprinkle of citrus zest, fried shallots or puffed rice can add a new element to your classic ribs.

 

The most important part of having tender, juicy, delicious ribs is starting with a great product.

How to get perfect ribs: Stop by Price Chopper and pick up Chairman’s Reserve Prime Pork Ribs, which are hand-selected and hand-trimmed to give you a perfect meal every time.

 

®/© 2020 Tyson Foods, Inc.

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As National Dairy Month moooooves into its second week, we are celebrating all the sweet and savory ways yogurt can add benefit and bounty to your family meals. It is packed with protein, a good source of potassium, calcium, some B vitamins and more.  Yogurt ranges in flavor and texture from delicate to decadent and everything in between – explore the many ways you can enjoy fresh, creamy yogurt!

Like milk, yogurt is a wonderfully versatile ingredient. Tangy, sweet, rich, full fat, low fat – there are a lot of ways to eat it on its own or as part of a recipe. Yogurt can complement and connect a diverse number of ingredients – spices and herbs, produce and proteins, whatever is in season can be married with yogurt. Plain Greek yogurt can substitute for mayonnaise or sour cream in recipes. Like easy and simple? Yogurt is your go-to for quick combos like parfaits with berries and granola, a whole food favorite of kids and adults. Love to entertain? Make it savory and wow your guests and family with recipes for appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts.

As we all embrace more local foods, it is great to know that for Price Chopper/Market 32 shoppers, yogurt is one of them. Dairy farming is part of the fabric of our communities. There are hundreds of dairy farms in the Northeast – over 90% of them are farmed by families that have been caring for their land and cows for generations. Dairy farmers have been navigating the same issues that have impacted us all over the last few months, and are working hard to ensure their delicious and nutritious products are available to near and far. Enjoying the yogurt and dairy items we carry in stores benefits local farms, local economies, your family and theirs – check out some of these amazing recipes, which highlight fresh items in the store right now – PICS Yogurt, sweet corn and sweet cherries!  You will make delicious memories for your family and friends when you try one of these!

Greek Chicken Wrap with Tzatziki Herb Yogurt Sauce

Spicy Sweet Corn Gazpacho

Chilled Cherry Dessert

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Checking Out – Planet Oat Oatmilk

Ellie Wilson

MS, RDN Senior Nutrionist

There are some new items in the Dairy aisle, and they may be a good choice for those who are exploring more plant-based options, have allergies, or cannot enjoy traditional dairy. Today we are checking out Planet Oat Oatmilk! Oat milk alternates have jumped out in front of other non-dairy options, and are getting high marks from consumers for flavor and versatility.

Planet Oat Oatmilk checks a lot of boxes. Typically, oat milks are not gluten free, but this whole line can be enjoyed by those who need or prefer gluten free items. Those with allergies to cow’s milk, soy, or almond milk alternatives can happily embrace this refreshing drink. Added sugars are limited, which appeals to those who are cutting back.  They are also all natural, with no artificial ingredients or colors. Bonus – 2-3 grams of fiber, well known to support heart, cholesterol and digestive health. The fiber also adds to the creamy, rich texture.

Delicious and adaptable, Planet Oat Oatmilks may be used in a variety of ways – cooking, baking, as a coffee creamer, smoothie base and more – check out the recipes on their website for inspiration! They are a natural fit for overnight oats – the combination of oatmeal and oat milk added rich flavor depth to my breakfast. My family also enjoyed the Dark Chocolate and the Vanilla Oat Milk. An excellent source of Calcium, Vitamin D, B12 and Riboflavin, and up to 3 grams of protein, it is a solid healthful beverage option for kids and adults. Enjoy!

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