NY Apple Recipe Roundup - 10 Ways to Love a Bag of Apples

Ellie Wilson

MS RDN

Apples From New York™ are in season, and in the store! One of our favorite Home.grown crops, New York Apples are a quick snack, or a culinary chameleon – so versatile and easy to enjoy! Making your way through a bag or tote of New York apples is a smart way to add flavor, fiber, crunch and nutrition benefits to every meal and snack. Check out this fun recipe roundup that will make you look forward to that apple-a-day in some new ways!

New York apple agriculture is very important – New York is second in the USA for apple production. The farm families that grow apples are multi-generational stewards that carefully nurture the land and trees, to ensure you get delicious, nutritious fruit for your family meals. September is #FamilyMealsMonth, no better time to explore new ways to eat well as a family, and add some new meal and snack ideas if you are navigating new school routines and need some inspiration.

Home schooling? Use the website resources and crunch on apples as you learn about farming, local foods, cooking, history, agriculture, science, and nutrition – children of all ages will love these lessons!

Store smart – keep apples crunchy and fresh by storing in the refrigerator or a cool, dry space. Wash apples before using for recipes or snacks by rubbing skins briskly under cool running water.

Apple-palooza!

  1. Simple snack – grab that apple for a mid-morning crunch or afternoon munch.
  2. Slice and serve – apple slices are a super snack, and easy with an apple slicer. Pack them fresh with a squeeze of lemon to keep them from browning, dip into PICS Peanut Butter or dust with cinnamon for a fresh twist.
  3. Breakfast boost – grated fresh apples are a quick and easy addition to overnight oats recipes, PICS yogurt parfait (vanilla/apple/walnuts/yum!) – love them on my PICS Shredded Wheat cereal with milk!
  4. Salad savvy – Chopped apples are a great addition to salads, including many of the fresh salad kits in the store. Try any one of your favorite apple varieties with Fresh Express Poppyseed, Sweet Kale or Honey Pecan salads. Some PICS Cheddar Cubes or pulled Market 32 Rotisserie Chicken make the meal in just a minute!
  5. Sandwich smart – PICS Flour tortillas/pita or your favorite Market 32 Bakery bread are a great base for a ham or turkey/apple/cheddar quesadilla or panini. Pulled pork with grated apple or a side of apple coleslaw with pecans are fresh takes on old favorites. Or, try your new favorite Chicken Apple Kale Slaw Wrap.
  6. Snack attack – No-bake apple “donuts” will win the day and sneak some nutrition into afternoon snacks. Peel and core two apples, then slice into rings. Spread peanut or almond butter (you can call it icing, we won’t tell!) on one side of the ring, and top with crushed cinnamon cereal, nuts, pretzels or even sprinkles.
  7. Sweet and savory – New York apples will help you make quick dinner magic with some fresh takes on sheet pan and skillet meals. Each meal below serves 4.
    1. Apple Panko Skillet Chicken – (4) Market 32 Apple Panko Chicken Cutlets, made fresh in the Meat Department, sautéed in PICS Olive Oil until done (160F) – pair them up with a quick New York apple and onion sauté and a warm fresh Bakery cornbread muffin.
    2. Apple Sheet Pan Dinner – Chop (2) New York apples, (2 small) yellow onions, and (2 medium white or yellow) potatoes in a one- inch dice. Add 1 bag (fresh or frozen) Brussels sprouts and place on an oiled sheet pan with (about 1 Lb.) Market 32 Chicken Tenders or Skinless Thighs, OR Market 32 Sweet Chicken or Italian Sausage, OR cubed pork tenderloin. Roast at 400F for about 30 minutes, or until meat is done (160 F) and vegetables are tender and caramelized. If using sausage, be sure to turn them once during cooking.

Apple Cider Chicken and Cabbage – Place aluminum foil in a sheet or roasting pan, oil lightly with PICS Olive Oil or vegetable oil spray. Lay about 1 Lb. of Market 32 Skinless Chicken Breasts in the center. Surround with (3-4) peeled, chopped New York apples. Roast for 25 minutes at 350F, then baste with ½ cup of New York Apple Cider mixed with 1 tsp PICS Dijon Mustard. Roast for an additional 10 minutes, until chicken is 145F and apples are tender. Serve with warm Market 32 Bakery rolls and sautéed fresh cabbage. 

Fun in the Kitchen

The Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club has some amazing apple recipes, like this one for Apple Pie Ice Cream Apple Pie Ice Cream. Cooking and baking can be part of home -schooling lessons – measuring ingredients promotes math skills, and reviewing recipes supports reading and science skills.

Learn more about the many varieties of home.grown. Market 32 New York apples you can find in our stores. Tips, hacks and amazing recipes can all be found here. Enjoy!

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Favorite Recipes from our Farmers

We love sourcing fresh, home.grown. produce and products from our local farming partners. These products provide our families with delicious recipes to enjoy throughout the year. It’s always our goal to make your family feel the same way. We hit up some of our local partners to highlight some of the best dishes that use the fresh, local products that they produce themselves. Check it out!

Spicy Maple Mayo: At Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville, VT, maple is a staple. They have a website full of maple recipes beyond your typical pancakes and waffles. Spicy Maple Mayo, for example, would make an excellent condiment for Labor Day Weekend.

Maple for Dessert: Sticking to syrup, Mapleland Farms in Salem, NY suggests using maple to satisfy your sweet tooth.  They have so many delicious sweets on their website it was impossible to spotlight just one recipe. Check them out!

Summer Squash and Onion Quiche: A. Gurda Produce in Pine Island, NY benefits from their prime location in the “Black Dirt” region. Using some of North America’s most fertile soil to grow their onions, you can rest assured any recipe from these guys will be top notch.

home.grown. Corn Fritters: Our friends at Reeves Farms in Baldwinsville, NY hooked us up with this delicious recipe for Corn Fritters. It’s an easy, creative way for corn fanatics to get their fix.

Cold Hollow Apple Bread: Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury Center, VT features a number of comforting, tasty apple and cider recipes. Their signature Apple Bread is a must try if you’re a fan of fall flavor!

We’re grateful to work with so many great local producers who bring you and your family the finest home.grown. products all year round. Use Northeast-hailing ingredients in the best way possible by trying some of these all-star recipes. For everything you need, visit your local Price Chopper/Market or shop with us online.

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home.grown. Tour 2020: Teammate Abby on Tour!

We’re rockin’ the support for local farmers & producers on our home.grown. tour! Our tour has brought us to local dairy farms, maple sugaring farms, chocolate artisans and more. We recently discovered one of our own teammates who’s on a home.grown. tour of her own: Abby S. in our Bennington VT store! Check out Abby’s story below.

Abby, Co-Manager, Bennington VT Price Chopper

A few years ago, I came across a Vermont Club called the 251 Club. It encourages people to visit all 251 towns in the State of Vermont. I have slowly, over the last few years, been visiting the towns whenever I find the time throughout the different seasons Vermont has to offer. So far, I have 122 towns complete and have photographed every town sign I’ve visited.

My goal was to not just drive through the towns, but to stop and get out and walk around. I have seen amazing landscapes, historical sites, little country stores, farms, and even the tiny, struggling, forgotten towns of Vermont. I have traveled many dirt roads and seen places I would have never seen without the club. I have skied the many peaks Vermont has and snowshoed many locations including The Notch in Stowe. I have walked around in the hometown of President Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, and even explored old Marble quarries that don’t operate anymore.

In the Fall of 2019, I began day section hiking The Long Trail. The oldest long-distance hiking trail in the country. It’s 273 miles span the entire length of Vermont. So far, I am approximately 40 miles in and have never been so mentally and physically pushed in my life but full filled at the same time. I have seen some of the most beautiful but rugged landscape a road can never bring me to. Vermont is an amazing place I am lucky to call home. It has more to offer than meets the eye, you just need to get out and look for it!

How cool is Abby’s tour? We love it! If you’re interested in learning more about our home.grown. tour, check out https://www.pricechopper.com/homegrown-tour/.

Happy trails, from Abby and her Price Chopper & Market 32 team!

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Local Legends: King Arthur Baking Company

Local Legends: King Arthur Baking Company

We’re rockin’ the support for local growers and producers this summer! We’ll be touring our Northeast region, highlighting local products and crops, talking to farmers and artisans, and telling stories on local legends. Join us on our journey! Next up, King Arthur Baking Company in Norwich, VT.

In 1790, when King Arthur set out on their mission to be “America’s First Flour Company” a lot was different. America only had 13 states, George Washington was president, and the company was known as Henry Wood & Company, after Henry Wood began importing flour from England to Boston’s Long Wharf. Wood’s endeavor was a success as the company became the first flour company in the United States, and the first food company in New England.

It wasn’t until 1849 that the King Arthur name came to be. At the time, it was known as The Sands, Taylor, & Wood Company. They introduced their “new and improved” flour at the Boston Food Fair, naming it King Arthur after it’s Arthurian attributes: “purity, loyalty, honesty, superior strength, and a dedication to a higher purpose.”

After a mid-century expansion in 1968, King Arthur became the largest bakery supply distributor in New England, offering a plethora of ingredients from pie fillings to ice cream toppings. However, in the late 1970s, they decided to return to their roots of selling flour to professional and home bakers. Then in 1984, King Arthur made the move to Norwich, Vermont after 200 years headquartered in Boston. They remain in Norwich today and continue to serve our region with high quality flour.

King Arthur Baking Company is a staple in the kitchen of homes and businesses alike. They’re dedication to providing a top product to our communities allows for easier access to delicious food and baking items. Find King Arthur for yourself at your local Price Chopper/Market 32 or on our website.  

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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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Local Legends: Grandma Brown's Baked Beans

Local Legends: Grandma Brown’s Baked Beans

We’re rockin’ the support for local growers and producers this summer! We’ll be touring our Northeast region, highlighting local products and crops, talking to farmers and artisans, and telling stories on local legends. Join us on our journey! Next up, Grandma Brown’s Baked Beans from Mexico, New York.

In Upstate NY, Grandma Brown’s Baked Beans are a summer staple. The perfect side dish to your hot dog or chicken, it’s almost an expectation! Grandma Brown’s offers original, no nonsense beans; try adding ketchup and mustard, some brown sugar, caramelized onions, and a splash of soy sauce. That’s all it takes to experience the quality of these Oswego County gems.

Grandma Brown’s came about during the Great Depression when Lulu Brown began making large pans of baked beans and selling them in grocery stores. People loved them! So Lulu’s husband, Earl, and her son, Robert, decided to sell them in Oswego NY. Shortly after their start, Earl died, and Robert Whitley joined the company, which became known as Brown-Whitney-Brown, or BWB for short. BWB continued to grow, and soon required a plant where they could process and can the beans.

Grandma Brown’s operates the old-fashioned way. They still use the same logo from 1955, featuring an image of Grandma Brown and her red casserole loaded with beans. They also have no social media profiles and rely solely on word of mouth advertising. With that being said, Grandma Brown has become such a staple in our region that bean lovers talking about them is all they need to thrive. That’s what makes them a local legend! For us, our summer just isn’t summer without enjoying plenty of Grandma Brown’s.

Stop by your local Price Chopper/Market 32 for your Grandma Brown’s Baked Beans or shop with us online!

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Local Legends: Halfmoon Cookies

We’re rockin’ the support for local growers and producers this summer! We’ll be touring our Northeast region, highlighting local products and crops, talking to farmers and artisans, and telling stories on local legends. Join us on our journey! Next up, Halfmoon Cookies made by Hemstrought’s Bakeries in Utica, New York.

In 1920, the very first Halfmoon Cookie recipe was created by Harry B. Hemstrought. He put it together right on Genesee St. in Utica, NY. Since then, the famous recipe has been passed down from baker to baker at Hemstrought’s. The cookies have won the hearts of many, with a fluffy, cake-like bottom, topped perfectly with one half chocolate fudge and the other buttercream frosting. Halfmoons are truly the pinnacle of dessert.

Fast forward to 2020 and Halfmoons have withstood the test of time. 100 years later and the recipe has not gone through a single modification. Everything about the cookies remain original and authentic. However, some have attempted to imitate the highly sought-after recipe, like with “black and whites,” commonly found in New York City. But if you ask the folks at Hemstrought’s, Halfmoons remain in a class of their own.

Halfmoon Cookies are truly one of the Northeast’s finest treasures. We love partnering with Hemstrought’s Bakeries and having their amazing treats right in our own neighborhood. If you haven’t had the pleasure, we recommend giving one of these cookies a try as soon as possible!

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Local Legends: Marshmallow Fluff

We’re rockin’ the support for local growers and producers this summer! We’ll be touring our Northeast region, highlighting local products and crops, talking to farmers and artisans, and telling stories on local legends. Join us on our journey! Next up, Marshmallow Fluff made in Lynn, Massachusetts.

In 1920, H. Allen Durkee and Fred L. Mower, both veterans of the United States Infantry in World War I, had teamed up to create Marshmallow Fluff. They started out making candies together, but eventually jumped on the idea of Fluff. They started out cooking their product at night and selling it door to door during the day.

After a productive decade, in 1930, Durkee himself stated “Ten years ago we started out with one barrel of sugar, a few tin cans, two spoons, one secondhand Ford, and no customers, but plenty of prospects. Today we have thru the fine cooperation of the wholesale grocers, the largest distribution of marshmallow cream in New England, and no Ford.”

Since their humble beginnings, Durkee-Mower has turned Marshmallow Fluff into a Northeast region staple. But it doesn’t stop there. Fluff is available all across the world in Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Israel, South Africa, Belgium, and more. Of course, Fluff has made its way throughout the United States as well.

Marshmallow is a versatile treat and can be used in tons of recipes. If this blog made you hungry we suggest making the classic Fluffernutter. Commonly enjoyed on playgrounds, after school, and in college dorms alike, the dish is simply Marshmallow Fluff and peanut butter mixed between two slices of bread. It’s a timeless treat for all ages. Our PICS Peanut Butter is an all-star companion in this sandwich!

Marshmallow Fluff is a legend of our region and we’re proud to offer it in our stores. Visit your local store or shop with us online for Marshmallow Fluff. In the meantime, we’re off to make some Fluffernutters.

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Explore Our Region!

Our region is home to a wide variety of local craft beer, dairy products, produce and more, but it’s also home to some of the best mountains, lakes and hiking trails in the world. So, as part of our home.grown. tour we wanted to take a moment to shine the spotlight on the local outdoors of our Northeast region! In this Explore Our Region blog, we asked some of our teammates for their favorite spots for adventure and fun. Check it out!

Dylan G. – Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area, Schroon Lake NY

“When I moved to upstate NY 5 years ago, I was blown away at the abundance of locations for outdoor adventures. I couldn’t wait to put my boots on and chase every hike/backpacking trip I could find on the map. One of my favorite spots I discovered and continue to frequently visit is the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area. My first excursion out to this area was with my little brother. We set out to backpack the 35 mile route around the entire wilderness area in 4 days, and we were able to take in all the natural beauty it possessed. We discovered that Pharaoh Lake has everything you could ask for in one spot, whether you want a multi-day backpacking trip, short hike, mountain to climb, or a secluded lake/pond to camp out at and swim… this area has it! I would highly recommend this spot to anyone who hasn’t visited it, you won’t be disappointed!”

Phil G. – Chapel Pond Slab, Keene NY

“Chapel Pond Slab is a fantastic multipitch climb above Chapel Pond on route 73, heading towards Lake Placid.  It’s a must do yearly climb that takes about half a day to get up and back.  Beautiful views of the pond below and Giant Mountain across the street.  A classic climb in the Adirondacks.”

Danielle T. – Mount Marcy, Keene NY

“One of my favorite trails I’ve done was Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks. It has a great combination of terrain. You can run the bottom portion of the mountain and it’s a nice scramble to get to the top. Plus you can’t beat the views on top.”

Antoni F. – Tongue Mountain Range, Bolton Landing NY

“One of my favorite and most frequented locations to trail run and hike is the Tongue Mountain Range using the Northwest Bay Trail on Lake George. It’s a longer 14.8 mile trail and loop with moderate elevation. The lower portion of the trail weaves in and out from the water’s edge which provides numerous areas to stop and swim in the lake. The furthest point on the trail, Montcalm Point, looks out over all of Lake George. However some of the best views are along the trail itself with multiple peaks and out looks.”

Tyler B. – Kane Mountain, Canada Lake NY

“I’ve been hiking Kane Mountain in New York’s Adirondack region my whole life. The hike is great: not too steep and not too long, and ends with a fire tower climb that reveals an incredible view of multiple Adirondack lakes below. It’s a great adventure for beginners and seasoned experts alike!”

Beyond the beautiful Adirondack region of our home state of New York, the Northeast is also home to the Green Mountains of Vermont, White Mountains of New Hampshire and The Berkshires of Massachusetts, in addition to lots of other hiking spots, lakes and more.  If you’re looking for new outdoor adventures in the Northeast, definitely check out these great spots. You might discover a new favorite getaway!

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Local Legends: Ken's Steak House

We’re rockin’ the support for local growers and producers this summer! We’ll be touring our Northeast region, highlighting local products and crops, talking to farmers and artisans, and telling stories on local legends. Join us on our journey! First up, Ken’s Steak House in Framingham, MA.

Ken’s has a rich history in our area and we’re proud to partner with them in our grocery department. They provide us with a number of items including dressings, sauces, and marinades. All homegrown and all delicious!

The story begins in 1935 when Ken and Florence Hanna opened a small restaurant called Lakeside Cafe. It wasn’t long before regular patrons began referring to the place as “Ken’s” in association with its owner. Five years later, Ken had a vision, he purchased tiny McHale’s Diner on what was then a desolate Route 9, known as “Starvation Alley.” Despite its lack of success, Ken had plans to make the area prominent. Magically, Ken’s Steak House is still there today, and Route 9 has become a top retail destination in the US.

When it came to Ken’s Steak House, Ken and Florence had a straightforward strategy, serve quality food at a reasonable price, along with an honest drink and a good cup of coffee to accompany it. On top of that, the Hannas made sure all diners received courtesy, attentiveness, and efficiency from the staff. The service and food were always great, but it was Florence’s salad dressings that shined. Each dressing was made under the instructions of her recipes, all while she kept a watchful eye of the process. Ken’s salads became famous and played a large role in the growth of the business.

Over the years, many family members have carried on the tradition of working at the restaurant. Currently, Ken’s Steak House is operated by Ken’s son Timothy and his wife Darlene. As time has passed, the restaurant has served famous entertainers, athletes, and successful political and business leaders. However, it might be the spirit by which Ken’s treats every customer like a celebrity that keeps people coming back.

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