Four Food Strategies for a Game Day Win

When hosting a Super Bowl party there is a ton to consider. Providing food and drinks for guests, making sure the house is tidy, putting together an ample and comfortable viewing setup, and more go into preparing for the big party. It can be overwhelming and that’s why we are here to help. We’ve taken four food strategies from our playbook for easier shopping and preparation for the big game!  

 

1st Down: Catering 

Our catering services put you way ahead of the game. Offering a variety of foods that will delight even the toughest of critics.  From 6-inch subs and spicy meatballs; all the way to gourmet chocolate dipped cookies and banana cream pie, we have everything you need to make your party super! Simply set the date and time you would like to pick up and we will have it ready for you to take home. Your guests will be wowed with a professional food experience! Place an order for game day here: http://bit.ly/2NPL07E.

2nd Down: Recipes 

Take a look at our abundant recipes page for all the inspiration you need. Our wide variety of choices include something that will please everyone at your party! Simply filter through the categories to figure out what you’re looking for. Not sure what you want to cook? No problem! You can browse with ease. Search through mouthwatering game day ready recipes like baked buffalo cheese sticks, and when you find that winning recipe you can add all of those ingredients directly into your virtual shopping cart. From there, you can take advantage of our pick-up or delivery options. The recipes on our website are a great way to try something new with the assurance that it will be a flavorful bite to eat. 

Super Bowl party food including chicken wings, dips, and chips

3rd Down: Pick-up 

We understand how important your famous guacamole dip is to the success of your party, even when time is running low. Save time by submitting a grocery pick-up order on our website. Choose a time and location for pick-up, pay online, and park in one of our marked grocery pick-up parking spaces at your selected time. Once you submit your order, our in-store shopper navigates the aisles grabbing exactly what you need to make that tasty dish. Shoppers are trained to handpick the highest quality and freshest groceries to ensure your satisfaction. Learn more about grocery pick-up: http://bit.ly/38vG4wv.

4th Down: Delivery 

Scrambling late in crunch time hoping for a Hail Mary play? We’ve been there. That’s why we will deliver the food you need for the game! Hop onto our website and select the groceries that you need for the evening. Proceed to checkout, put in your address and what time you want the grocery items delivered. We will bring them right to your doorstep while you can relax and finish your last-minute cleaning. Learn more about grocery delivery: http://bit.ly/2Rm04MF

Family watching the big game!

These four strategies are here to help remove some of the stress that naturally comes with hosting friends and family. Regardless of the level of trouble you are currently in, we have a reliable, simple and smooth solution to bring you to a game day win. For more gameday ideas check out our Ultimate Big Game Savings or our Ultimate Big Game Youtube Playlist.

Happy hosting!

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10 Heatseeking Ways to Use Hot Sauce

January 22nd is one of our favorite days of the year: National Hot Sauce Day! In celebration, we’re letting you in on ten of the best, most unique ways to enjoy hot sauce. Hot sauce is extremely versatile and there are endless ways to add some spice to what you eat.

Make it a goal to try all ten of these at least once in 2020!

  1. Stir it into Soup: It’s wintertime and temperatures here in the Northeast are currently freezing. Foods to warm up with are a necessity. Stir some hot sauce into your soup for a kick of heat and flavor and make your winter blues disappear! This works best with chili, tortilla soup, black bean soup, or any Mexican or Asian-style soup.

  1. Make Mexican Hot Chocolate: Hot chocolate is another popular way to warm up during the winter. Turn it into Mexican Hot Chocolate by simply adding a dash of hot sauce! Cayenne pepper hot sauce is the way to go here as it mixes well with the chocolate taste and creates a delicious blend.
  1. Heat Up Hollandaise: We love a breakfast with hollandaise sauce. Mix in some hot sauce to give your Eggs Benedict that extra boost!
  1. Create Salad Dressing: There are a few creative ways to incorporate hot sauce in salad dressing. Our favorites are either whisking some sauce into vinaigrette or mixing it with ketchup and mayo for yummy Thousand Island dressing.
  1. Boost a Burger: Hot sauce fits very well on this American classic. Simply mix some Sriracha into your ketchup and your burger is brought to a whole new level!
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  1. Get Brining: Brining is fantastic for adding flavor to meats. Spice up your chicken or turkey with a mixture of a gallon of water, a ½ cup of kosher salt, and 4.5 tablespoons of Tabasco Sauce. Let it sit for 8 hours before throwing it in the oven. The result will be an intense, well-rounded flavor.
 
  1. Add a Dash to Ribs: The smoky aroma of good, tender ribs is excellent for mixing with hot sauce. The heat and smokiness come together as one for an intensely-flavored rack of ribs.
 
  1. Serve a Spicy Bloody Mary: We recommend using Sriracha for the best drinkability and enjoyment out of your enhanced Bloody Mary. It brings a strong pepper flavor, and hits with the perfect amount of spice.
 
  1. Make Popcorn Pop: Add a few drops in melted butter and douse onto your popcorn. It makes a great snack for movie night!
 
  1. Whip Up Some Homemade Wing Sauce: Experiment with your favorite sauce and create your own homemade wing sauce. Exploring different varieties and combinations to see what you like best is always fun. We recommend giving PICS Hot Sauce a try!
PICS Hot Sauce with chicken wings

 

There are tons of ways to spice up your dishes with hot sauce: These are just some heat-seeking suggestions. Get adventurous and try some new things out for yourself, starting with the options on this list. Visit your local store to pick up a bottle of PICS Hot Sauce to get you started!

 

Happy Hot Saucin’!

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Carving a Ham: The Basics 

For some, carving a ham may seem like a daunting task. However, once you get the hang of it, it isn’t all that bad. A ham is only made up of three bones: the shank at one end, the femur in the middle, and the angled bone in the butt called the aitch bone. These three bones don’t have to be intimidating, so don’t let them come between you and a beautiful, juicy bone-in ham.

Carving Whole Bone-In Ham

With different hams come different carving strategies. Let’s start with a whole bone-in ham.

Begin with the shank or lower leg to the carver’s right, steady the ham with a fork and locate the notch where the aitch bone sits. Cut through the ham alongside the aitch bone until reaching the femur (center bone). Make a similar cut on the opposite end of the ham just before the shank. Then carve out the meat between the two slices by cutting along the femur.

Place the freshly removed large chunk of ham on its flat side. Then make perpendicular slices to where the ham previously met the center bone, cutting meat across the grain for maximum tenderness.

Remove additional boneless pieces for carving by cutting along both sides of the center bone.

Frick's Quality Meats ham carving
Steps to carving a Whole Bone-In Ham

Carving Shank Half or Portion Ham

Begin with the thicker piece of meat on the top, use a fork to steady the ham and cut along the top of the bone to loosen the boneless meat.

Place the meat carved-side down on the cutting board and cut across the grain of the meat in perpendicular slices. Transfer slices to a serving platter.

Turn the remaining meat carved-side down and remove the large boneless sections. Place boneless sections, as they’re removed, on the cutting board and cut in perpendicular slices. By cutting perpendicular slices across the grain of the meat, you will maximize the tenderness of the ham.

Steps to carving a Shank Half or Portion Ham

Carving Butt Half or Portion Ham

Place pre-cut side of ham down on the cutting board. Carve along the bone to remove boneless section of meat.

Slice boneless section across the grain and transfer to a serving platter.

To carve the remaining meat from the bone, insert fork into meat next to bone and make horizontal slices towards the bone as shown. Transfer slices to a serving platter.

Frick's Quality Meats ham carving
Steps to carving a Butt Half or Portion Ham

Want to watch this information in action? Check out our Youtube Playlist!

Thanks to our friends at Frick’s Quality Meats for helping us put this information together!

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It’s Paczki Time!

Want to hear something sweet? Paczki are back! We love these Polish treats and they’re one of our main sources of happiness following the holiday season, after we’ve taken our decorations down. Paczki are polish donuts that date all the way back to the 16th century. Back then they were filled with pork fat, but have since evolved into tasty pastries filled with a variety of yummy flavors. 

In Poland, some bakers fill Paczki with an almond paste rather than the typical marmalade, and it is said that the person who eats one of these will have good luck for the coming year! On the other hand, the Polish believe a year without having eaten a Paczki donut is bad luck and will leave you unsuccessful in life.

We’ve been offering Paczki of our own for over 20 years and love offering this traditional treat to our customers each year. This year we’re back with a fresh lineup of flavors, including NEW Lemon Raspberry, which was submitted by a Facebook user from Glenville NY and voted Fan Favorite on our Facebook page earlier this year! We’re also introducing Caramel Apple and Chips Ahoy! flavors, and bringing back favorites like Crème Filled Powdered Sugar and Cookies ‘N Crème Filled.

Stop by your local store to pick up mix & match Paczki 4 packs, buy one get one free this week with AdvantEdge Card! We cherish the opportunity to have a part in this long-valued tradition and we hope you love these sweet pastries as much as we do.

Happy Paczki Season!

As you know, we’re passionate about craft beer. With our home.grown. Brewer of the Month features and our stories and segments on what’s new in the craft beer industry, we found it a natural fit to partner with True Brew Magazine! True Brew is the perfect read for any craft beer enthusiast in the Capital Region and beyond. Through their magazine, True Brew showcases hidden gems, digs deeper into popular breweries, and keeps tabs on new openings, allowing local craft beer fans to stay in the loop throughout the year.

In this month’s edition, True Brew travels to Schenectady’s Frog Alley Brewing Co. where author Erik Budrakey provides an informative, in-depth look into downtown’s hopping new destination. You’ll learn more about the location, the business, and even the master brewers behind the Frog Alley lineup. We can’t wait to check the place out ourselves!

True Brew also took a moment to catch up with Christian Weber, co-founder of Common Roots Brewery in South Glens Falls. Weber answers a variety of questions, ranging from how Common Roots was able to overcome recent adversity from a brewery fire in March to his passions outside of the brewery.  

True Brew concludes their first publication of the year with craft beer predictions for 2020. Using data from recent years, George Di Piro paints the picture of what he believes the industry will look like given where the momentum is currently. We recommend checking it out for some insight on the future of craft beer!

Don’t forget to visit http://www.truebrewmagazine.com/ for more information! Plus, you can now find True Brew Magazine at Price Chopper & Market 32 stores across the Capital Region. Look for it in your store’s Free Publications rack! Check out the complete list of locations below:

Eastern Parkway Market 32
Brunswick Market 32
Madison Ave Market 32
Hamilton Square Market 32
Glenville Market 32
Wilton Market 32
Glen St Price Chopper
Mechanicville Price Chopper
East Greenbush Market 32
Clifton Shopper’s World Market 32
Market Bistro
Amsterdam Market 32
Route 50 Market 32
Bethlehem Price Chopper
Altamont Ave Price Chopper
Hudson Valley Plaza Market 32
Guilderland Market 32
Shaker Road Price Chopper
Malta Price Chopper
Niskayuna Price Chopper
Saugerties Price Chopper
Glenmont Price Chopper
Colonie Price Chopper
Saratoga Limited Price Chopper
Watervliet Price Chopper
Fort Edward Market 32
Clifton Park Plaza Market 32

Can Crazy week is a great time to stock up – canned foods connect budget and benefit in delicious, nutritious ways. Canned foods bring so much to the table – prepped and ready fruits, vegetables, and proteins like chicken, beans and seafood – research shows that adults and children have higher quality diets, including enjoying more vegetables, fruits and fiber when canned foods are on the menu. We know you are always resolved to feed your family well, especially as a fresh New Year begins. Can Crazy helps you make that happen!

Canned foods have evolved – fresh produce is washed, prepped and canned within a day or two of harvest, sealing in flavor and nutrients. Flavor makers like spices, herbs and spicy peppers have moved in and sodium and sugar has been reduced or removed from many items, expanding opportunities to enjoy new twists on old favorites and exploring authentic international flavors. Connect that dot to the opportunity to support sustainability – cans are the most recyclable container we use, and you have a winning plan.

These delicious ideas showcase a couple of Can Crazy-easy meals – Pulled Chicken Tacos 3 Ways and Hearty Turkey Chili. In addition, the Seafood Team keeps innovating – explore adding more seafood to your meals with new Market 32 Stuffed Fillets. Balance your plate with double servings of produce, like Delmonte Canned Vegetables or PICS frozen Steambag Veggie options. PICS Yogurt Fest freshens up breakfast and snacking with PICS Icelandic, Greek and Traditional yogurts all month long. Create a power play with yogurt or Clif, Luna and Kind Bars and fresh fruit – Halo Clementines, Navel Oranges, Anjou and Red Pears, Peaches, Nectarines, Cantaloupe and Grapes are all featured this week, and make a sweet treat that energizes your busy family with fresh choices and nutrition benefits.

Everyone loves a good pizza, but sometimes you’re in the mood for something different. What if you have pizza dough at home, but don’t necessarily want pizza? There are more ways to put it to use than you might think. Check out these ten ways to use pizza dough, outside of pizza!

10 Ways to Use Pizza Dough (Besides Pizza)

1. Calzones: At the end of the day, calzones are something like an inside out pizza. Crispy dough filled with cheese, sauce, meat, and all your favorite toppings. Delicious!

2. Doughnuts: On some occasions, pizza is eaten for breakfast, and it’s a topic of much debate. However, it’s a fact that the dough is great for making morning doughnuts. Making doughnuts with pizza dough will give you a slightly denser doughnut, but it will certainly do the trick!

3. Breadsticks: Thin and crispy breadsticks are very easy to make with pizza dough. When rolling out the dough, rub a light coating of olive oil on the countertop or in your hands. Roll the dough into long, skinny sticks, and place in the oven at 400F for 10-15 minutes.

4. Cheese Sticks: Cheese sticks are a great alternative to a whole pizza. Simply press the dough into 8-inch squares and brush the top with oil. Sprinkle cheese and some Italian seasoning to finish it off. Finally, bake for 6-8 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.

5. Pot Pie: Use pizza dough as the crust in your favorite pot pie. The best thing about pot pie is that you can throw almost anything you want in. Meats, vegetables, whatever you choose and you’re good to go.

6. Crackers: Crackers made from pizza dough make for a great snack. They are delicious and easy to make. Just make sure your dough is rolled as thin as possible.

7. Dumplings: There are many different styles of dumplings. Did you know that you can use pizza dough to make them? Pizza dough works great for making fluffy dumplings and even for the flatter, Southern-style variation.

8. Pigs in a Blanket: Pigs in a blanket is the name given to any type of mini hot dog or sausage wrapped in dough. Try it with pizza dough!

9. Pinwheels: Pinwheels make for a great gameday snack and there are a number of ways they can be prepared. Use pizza dough, cheese, chicken or bacon (or both), and some shredded zucchini or spinach.

10. Fruit and Cheese Bakes: Essentially a fruit tart, fruit and cheese bakes can be made with pizza dough. Spread some cottage cheese on the dough, add your favorite fruits like apples and pears, and bake. It’s that easy!

These are just ten of the many ways to get creative with pizza dough. Pick up some pizza dough from your local store and discover your new favorite way to use this versatile product!

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NEW FLAVORS FROM MINUTE RICE

Whether you are missing ingredients or running out of time to get something on the table for the family, mealtime is always a last-minute preparation occasion. Have no fear, as the newest line of Minute® Ready to Serve Cups is here to save the day, and some time!

Minute® Ready to Serve rice is good to go, anytime, anywhere! Heat and eat the fully cooked, convenient pre-portioned cups plus save on clean-up by eating right out of the cup. Ready when you are, Minute® Ready to Serve rice is great for a quick lunch at work, a better-for-you snack or an easy add-on to dinner. With no artificial preservatives or flavors there’s a variety of good fast options including the three NEW delicious flavors of Garlic & Olive Oil Jasmine Rice, Cilantro & Lime Jasmine Rice, and Southwest Pinto Beans & Rice with Vegetables. Packed with flavor, gluten free, and vegan these products are perfect for a convenient side, to accompany leftovers or as a base to your main meal.  Or stir in your favorite sauce, vegetables and protein to create your customized dish. The options are endless!

You’ll find these amazing varieties in the rice aisle at Price Chopper / Market 32:

• Cilantro & Lime Jasmine Rice

• Garlic & Olive Oil Jasmine Rice

• Southwest Pinto Beans & Rice with Vegetables

The real question is…which NEW Minute® Ready to Serve Rice flavor are you going to try first? Let us know on social media and follow us to get all of the latest product and recipe info!

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Our January home.grown. Brewer of the Month: Paradox Brewery

We love all things local, and one of our favorite sectors of local food is local beer. There are so many different brews, flavors, and styles, and so many stories to tell! That’s why we’ve embarked on an exciting home.grown. adventure: to bring you fresh craft beer stories each month from our Northeast region. Our region is home to some of the best craft breweries in the world, and we’re telling their stories to our craft beer fanatics here on our blog.

Up next: Paradox Brewery!

This month we’re back for another round at Paradox Brewery. Last February we introduced some of our favorite Paradox brews here on our blog, this month we return to talk about their awesome new facility!  

Paul and Joan Mrocka opened Paradox Brewery six years ago, now after years of hard work they have a new brewery in North Hudson, just a few miles north of the old Schroon Lake location. The new location will allow Paradox to quadruple its output, and move everything on site. Inside, the brewery will be full of modern, highly efficient equipment, while a wraparound deck on the outside will provide guests with a gorgeous view of the mountains. Paradox even has a plan for food trucks to be a part of the atmosphere in the future. Yum!

Stop in to the new Paradox location, where you can enjoy the same quality brews in a new and improved environment. Paradox Pilsner is still a Paradox fan favorite as a light, crisp and refreshing drink. While, Beaver Bite IPA remains a top seller, alongside its juicy, double IPA sibling Beaver Overbite.

Here’s to another year of tasty craft beer!

Interested in trying some Paradox brews?

Check out our in-store tasting schedule below to sample Paradox’s craft beer, take home some custom home.grown. coasters and more.

Saturday, 1/4: 11am-2pm at our Glen Street Price Chopper

Saturday, 1/11: 11am-2pm at our Wilton Market 32 Growler Station

Saturday, 1/18: 11am-2pm at our Clifton Shoppers World Market 32 Growler Station

Saturday, 1/25: 11am-2pm at our Plattsburgh Market 32

Interested in visiting the brewery?

Visit https://www.facebook.com/paradoxbrewery/ for more info!

Each year millions of eyes are simultaneously fixated on the Waterford Crystal at Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. At 11:59 pm on December 31st, the ball begins it’s highly anticipated descend. Families, friends and strangers alike unite in a countdown to a New Year, full of fresh optimism, new hopes, and stress-free grocery shopping. 

It’s a cool tradition: That moment of unity and refreshed hope is a fun way to begin a new chapter. But how did it come to be? As we often do here on our blog, we went back into history to find out.

New Year’s Eve was first celebrated in Times Square in 1904, but it wasn’t until 1907 that the ball made its first appearance. The original ball was a hefty 700-pound mass made of iron and wood. It was built by a young immigrant metalworker named Jacob Starr, his company, Artkraft Strauss, was responsible for lowering the ball. Since it’s inauguration in 1907, that ball has undergone seven design changes before becoming what it is today.

After a successful introduction, 1942 and 1943 are the only two years since that the ball has not been lowered, as a wartime “dimout” of lights in New York City had the celebration on hiatus. Nevertheless, the crowds still gathered in Times Square those two years. Introducing the New Year with a minute of silence, followed by the ringing of chimes from sound trucks.

As for the Times Square location, the first shindig was to commemorate the new headquarters of the New York Times. Adolph Ochs, the newspaper’s owner successfully lobbied for the city to rename Longacre Square, Times Square. The Times Tower became the focus of the city’s New Year’s gathering.

Ochs went all out, sparing no expense to ensure the celebration was a success. An all-day street festival led to a nighttime fireworks display, finished off at midnight when sounds of noise-makers and rattlers erupted through the streets. The entire party was a rousing success, and Times Square effectively became the place to be for New Year’s Eve.

Two years later, the city banned Ochs’ fireworks display. Yet, he remained unfazed, replacing the light show with the first New Year’s Eve ball built by Jacob Starr. The rest is history as the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration began capturing the imagination of the nation, and eventually the rest of the world.

If you’re watching the ball drop this year, make sure you do so with some tasty appetizers: check out our appetizer recipe collection. Visit your local store for everything you need to make your New Year’s Eve an enjoyable one!

Happy New Year!