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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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Summer on a Bun: The Lobster Roll

Native to New England, the lobster roll is famous for its delectable qualities and fresh seafood flavors that transport you straight to the ocean with just one bite.

Lobster rolls contain chunks of fresh lobster meat on a buttered, griddled split-top bun. The iconic rolls’ origins and which version best represents the authentic lobster roll are hotly debated. Is hot filling best or the cold lobster salad? Some favor lettuce while others prefer celery. Two of the most popular versions are Connecticut-style, featuring warm chunks of lobster meat soaked in butter and Maine-style containing cooled steamed lobster meat lightly dressed with mayonnaise.

Dive Into Quality Seafood

No matter your preference, the secret to an exceptional lobster roll is quality lobster. Using the freshest catches creates an unforgettably delicious sandwich. At Price Chopper, we partner with our New England friends at Ready Seafood in Portland, Maine. They offer superior quality with sustainable, fresh lobsters boasting succulent texture, sweet flavor and countless culinary options.

Focus on Fresh Flavors

Natives and tourists alike can’t get enough of this satisfying northeastern sandwich. Enjoy summer on a bun by picking up local Price Chopper lobster and creating fresh takes of this American staple! Lobster and vibrant peak-season produce make an undeniably fresh duo. Try Heirloom Tomato-Dill Lobster Rolls made with claw and knuckle lobster meat, Greek yogurt and mayonnaise, as well as Greek vinaigrette, lemon, heirloom tomatoes and dill served in New England-style hot dog rolls. Or, since lobster and zest go hand in hand, give lobster rolls a tropical twist by creating a Mango-Avocado Ceviche Lobster Roll. Combine claw and knuckle lobster meat with mango, avocado and red onion, along with cilantro, lime, jalapeños and olive oil served on a brat bun. Enjoy homemade lobster rolls with classic sides like French fries, potato chips, coleslaw and pickles.

Ready to roll? Visit pricechopperready.com for more tips and mouthwatering lobster roll recipes!

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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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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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11 Summer Grillmaster Essentials

Although we may not be having the big backyard barbeques we usually crave during the cold winter months, we can still get excited to work our magic on our grills. To prepare for the upcoming weekends with weather that’s finally staying nice, we’ve put together a list of 11 grillmaster essentials to keep your grill cooking all summer long!

Kosher Salt: If you ask us, Kosher Salt is the #1 seasoning salt out there. It’s a must-have for any barbeque!

PICS Vegetable Oil: Vegetable Oil is our go-to option for lubricating the grill. It’s inexpensive when compared to alternatives like peanut and corn oil while still maintaining a very acceptable smoke point.

Olive Oil: Good Olive Oil, like Filippo Berio, will add a nice boost when drizzled on veggies and meat after you take them off the grill.

Versatile Seasoning: A versatile seasoning, like McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning, is important to enhance the flavor of meat, fish, chicken, or veggies.

All-Purpose Rub: An all-purpose rub, like Stubbs BBQ, goes great on ribs, pork, or chicken!

Skewers: Skewers are essential! Go with your preference when choosing between wood and metal options.

Tongs/Spatula: Of course, a good set of tongs and a spatula are important grilling tools.

Meat Thermometer:  A meat thermometer is an excellent resource for knowing when your meat is done cooking and ready-to-eat. They’re key for preventing over and under cooking.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Combined with your favorite BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar creates a tasty mop sauce or glaze for a kick of flavor. Add it in in the final 10 minutes of grilling chicken, pork, or veggies for the best result.

Aluminum Foil: Aluminum foil works well as a makeshift smoker packet on the grill. Also, it’s useful for wrapping up your vegetables, ribs, fish, and more for a different method of grilling.

Let your grill skills shine now that nicer weather is upon us. These 11 essentials will have you on the grillmaster fast track. Visit your local store or head to our website to pick up these items and more to prepare for all the grilling ahead!

Happy Grilling!

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Quick & Easy Grilling Solutions

You don’t have to be a grill master to create super-simple grilled favorites. This summer, take advantage of your grill and experiment with basic cuts that offer quick, easy and satisfying solutions. Utilize less extravagant, familiar meats that are easy to prep and deliver smoky, mouthwatering meals.

Beef sirloin steak is an excellent entry-level cut that’s easy to grill. For a hearty entrée, prepare rib-eye or strip steaks with your favorite spice rub and grill to perfection! These cuts can typically feed a crowd; grill, slice, and serve them family-style. Add sirloin steak to salads or these light and flavorful Summertime Steak Lettuce Wraps. For a fun, interactive meal, grill seasoned cubes of strip steak on skewers alternated with chunks of red and green peppers, onions and cherry tomatoes.

Bone-in or boneless chicken breasts and thighs are grilling favorites that are also easy to work with. Pack a punch of flavor with spice rubs or marinades; refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to penetrate. Try a smoky, tangy teriyaki marinade, as seen in this Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Thighs recipe. For a simple dish accented with bright seasonal flavors, grill chicken breasts marinated in onion-poppy seed dressing and serve them over romaine and baby spinach in this Grilled Chicken Strawberry Salad. Chicken wings are also a grilled classic. Ready in minutes, this Grilled Tex-Mex Wings recipe is a perfect dinner solution for any casual or special occasion.

Cooking quickly and easily, pork shoulder steaks are an extremely underrated cut. They are half the price of traditional pork chops, and many believe them to be twice as delicious! And since they’re quite thin, they don’t take long to grill. Baste pork shoulder steaks with BBQ sauce or your favorite dressing during the last few minutes of grilling, and you’ll have a tender, hearty centerpiece.

Looking for more grilling inspiration? Find grilled recipes, videos, tips and more here!

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