A Guide to Grapes
What’s great about grapes? A lot. Grapes come in several varieties, all with different shapes, sizes, and most importantly, different tastes. They are the sixth-largest crop in the United States, and they are produced all around the country! There’s a lot of grapes out there, let’s learn more about them.
Moon Drops: Moon Drops are grown in Central California with a season from late July to September. These grapes are elongated with a dark purple color. They’ve only recently been introduced to the markets. Moon Drops are sweet, but not too sugary, and feature a taste similar to grape jelly.
Concord: Concord’s are the grape associated with Welch’s grape juice. If you’ve experienced Welch’s you know just how a Concord taste. They are bright, sweet, and packed with that grape flavor you get in juice. You can find this variety in The Finger Lakes region in New York, Yakima Valley in Washington, Michigan, and Lake Ontario during their peak season of early Fall.
Pinot Noir: Yes, wine! These grapes were popularized in the Burgundy Region in France but have since spread all over the world. Willamette Valley in Oregon and the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, California do well with this variety. They grow in tight-knit clumps and feature a dark purple color. They hit their peak from August to September.
Sweet Jubilee: Sweet Jubilees are an extra-large version of the grape, and they are emphatic too. If you’re looking for a heavy hitter in the grape game, Sweet Jubilees are the way to go. This variety grows in a clump as large black ovals, found in Central California.
Valiant: When you think about grapes, Alaska probably does not come to mind. Then there’s the Valiant grape. Durable in freezing temperatures and harsh soil conditions, the Valiant variety can be found in Alaska and Canada. They feature a large blue color and are larger than the average grape. They are most used for juicing and jams, due to their similar taste to Concords.
Kyoho: Looking for the largest grape you can find? Kyoho’s are your answer. They grow as big as plums and in Japanese the name means “giant-mountain grape.” This variety is dark purple, with a large inedible seed and thick skin. They taste similar to Concord’s, but you’ll want to peel off the bitter skin before enjoying the sweet fruit.
Cotton Candy: You may not believe grapes can taste like cotton candy, but we recommend you try these for yourself. They really do! They grow in Central California from Mid-August to late September and it’s the closest we’ve come to cotton candy growing from the trees.
Riesling: Riesling grapes thrive in areas with cooler climates like Austria, Germany, and the New York Finger Lakes. They are some of the most versatile grapes in the world, with ability to make both dry and extra sweet wines. As a grape, Riesling tends to be sweet with a high acidity.
Gewürztraminer: This is a fun one, Gewürztraminer grapes! These grapes have a reddish-pink skin, but ultimately make white, almost clear wine. They are known for tasting much like the wine they turn into but feature a stone fruit like flavor.
Crimson Seedless: Crimson Seedless are a popular oval-shaped grape found in many grocery stores around the country. This red grape features a thicker skin, allowing it a longer shelf life than most varieties. This grapes tart juiciness has made it a household favorite.
Add Grapes to Your Cooking
Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd and we’re celebrating with some plant-powered meals and recipes. Adding more plants to your plate is a great way to support Earth Day, agriculture, and your individual health. Americans at every age and stage have plenty of room to add more plant-based foods. Check out some of our favorite plant-based recipes.
Grilled Veggie Quinoa Bowls: This recipe features organic red and white quinoa combined with a wonderful array of veggies, all topped with a tasty Southwest marinade.
Southwest Veggie Flatbread: A mouthwatering southwestern-style flatbread with all the classic ingredients. This one’s a winner.
Black Bean Quinoa Grilled Veggie Tacos: These tacos are filled up with satisfying ingredients, corn, tomatoes, onion, and jalapeno met with quinoa mixture, beans, avocado, and cilantro. Delicious and filling.
Air Fryer Herbed Root Vegetable Chips: Substitute your potato chips with these crispy Air Fryer Herbed Root Vegetables Chips. The same feel and crunch of potato chips, but veggies.
Cajun Fried Corn on the Cob: This Cajun Fried Corn on the Cob is amazing! Scallions, buttermilk ranch, and Cajun seasoning brings a blast of flavor to this recipe.
Carrot & Kale Latkes with Orange-Ginger Sour Cream: Latkes are great. But you can add some veggies to make them even better. Carrot and Kale topped with orange-ginger sour cream. Delicious!
Chickpea Lettuce Wraps: Lettuce wraps provide a world of opportunity. For a plant-based plate, use chickpeas as a main ingredient.
Easy Black Bean Burger: Satisfy that burger craving with a Black Bean Burger. Topped with all your favorites this recipe passes the test.
Grilled Tortilla Pizzas: Have you tried using grilled tortillas as pizza dough? It works great. And when topped with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted pine nuts, kalamata olives, and feta cheese, makes for a pretty good pizza.
To learn more about plant-powered meals and ingredients visit our website. We offer a ton of variety when it comes to plant-based recipes, and they all deliver great flavor and satisfaction.
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10 Ways to Use Yogurt
Do you need to use that tub of yogurt in the fridge? But out of ideas on how to make it work. Don’t worry, we’ve got 10 ways to use yogurt. Yogurt can be a healthier replacement to mayo, sour cream, and more. Check out our list!
Create Creamy Marinara Sauce: Add a few scoops of plain yogurt to marinara sauce for a creamier texture and more protein.
Stuff Your Vegetables: Yogurt can make for a smooth filling to stuffed vegetables, add some couscous for a delicious combination.
Smooth Salad Dressing: Out of salad dressing, no worries. Use yogurt! It tastes great and can be used a healthier alternative.
Herb-Yogurt Sauce: Check out these Squash-Quinoa Cakes topped with tasty Herb-Yogurt Sauce. It also works great with this Harissa Cedar Plank Salmon.
Yogurt-Scallion Dip: Yogurt can also be used as a mouthwatering wing dip. It works great in this Tikka Masala Wings with Yogurt-Scallion Dip!
Refreshing Smoothies: Yogurt is perfect for adding a creamy element to your smoothies. Try it with this recipe for Strawberry Orange Smoothie.
Marinate Chicken: Yogurt makes for a great chicken marinade. Lactic acid in the yogurt helps to tenderize the chicken. This method is popular in Indian cuisine.
Greek Burger Topping: Lamb burgers are great. But rather than using your standards condiments use yogurt with cucumber and cumin relish for a tasty dish.
Substitute for Sour Cream: Yogurt is excellent on tacos as a replacement for sour cream. Try it and see for yourself.
Skip the Mayo: If you’re not a fan of mayonnaise, yogurt is the answer. It’s a healthy and tasty replacement that’s great in tuna, potato salad, and chicken salad.
As the weather begins to turn and we reach the spring season there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy yogurt this time of year. Give any of these tips a try or stick to some of your own ideas. Either way don’t forget to stop by your local store or visit us online for all your yogurt needs.
Meal Planning: Week of President's Day (2/21 - 2/25)
As parents already know, Monday is President’s Day which means the kiddos are home from school. Meal planning for the week is hard enough, but when a wrench of a Monday holiday is thrown into the mix it can become even more stressful. That’s why we did the meal planning for you. Check out these meals to try for the week of 2/21 – 2/25!
Monday, 2/21 (President’s Day)
Mondays at work tend to be long and tiring. Coming home to hungry kids doesn’t make it any easier. Might be a good night for a rotisserie chicken to save the day.
Feels like a good week for a Taco Tuesday. Let’s give it a go with these Chipotle Ground Beef Street Tacos.
Thursday’s forecast looks a little chillier than the early part of next week. And when things get chilly, we adjust with a nice bowl of Pork & Navy Bean Soup.
Friday is always a great night for pizza. Give our Pepperoni, Olive, & Feta Pan Pizza a try. Or if you’re taking it easy on your Friday evening, relax with one of our pizza meal solutions.
This is our plan going into this new week. Follow along with us all week or stop in when you’re stuck. We’re looking forward to enjoying these tasty recipes.
8 Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken
At Price Chopper & Market 32 we are rotisserie chicken fanatics! This week we are featuring them and all the awesome dishes you can create using them. If you love rotisserie chicken as much as us, check out this list of recipes to implement your next rotisserie chicken into. You might find a new go-to!
Chicken Cobb Salad Naan Flatbread: This flatbread includes all the great things about cobb salad – bacon, gorgonzola, tomato, hard cooked eggs, add some rosemary-style rotisserie chicken meat and you’re set.
Oven Baked Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders: Nashville Hot Chicken always hits the spot. Try these oven baked sliders using shredded Market 32 rotisserie chicken meat. Yum!
Buffalo-Ranch Chicken Wonton Bites: These tasty wonton bites make for a great appetizer. Celery, blue cheese, buffalo wing sauce and rotisserie chicken meat make them a great choice for football gamedays!
Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich: Kick up the flavor with this Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich. Featuring BBQ rotisserie chicken meat, this recipe will have you coming back for more.
Fall Chicken Pot Pie: Fall weather is around the corner and chicken pot pie is one of our favorite cooler weather comfort foods. Try it with rotisserie chicken for a new perspective on pot pie!
Open-Faced Chicken Melt: Try this refreshing Open-Faced Chicken Melt with apple, cheese, chopped rotisserie chicken and more on Charcoal Boule. Makes for a delicious lunch.
Chicken Banh Mi Bowl: Rotisserie chicken in a Banh Mi? Yes, please. Try it out for yourself.
BBQ Chicken, Dried Cherry and Brie Tartlets: Diced BBQ rotisserie chicken makes a great addition to these Dried Cherry and Brie Tartlets. A yummy treat for anytime of the day.
Rotisserie chicken is extremely versatile and can be used in ways you may not have considered. If you are looking to become more creative with your rotisserie chicken, we recommend starting with one of these awesome recipes. Check out our ad this week for whole rotisserie chicken for $6.99.