March 24th is National Cocktail Day, which just happens to fall on a Friday this year. How convenient! Price Chopper and Market 32 have a variety of recipes and all the best ingredients you need to celebrate tonight! First, let’s rewind time and see some history of the cocktail.
Cocktails are nothing new. In fact, they have been around since the 18th Century! Originally inspired by British punches, the term “cocktail” was first shown in a 1798 newspaper. It is unknown who created the first cocktail, but one thing is for certain – Cocktails have evolved over time. There are so many different recipes and variations to making a delicious cocktail. The possibilities are endless!
Now for the best part – let’s mix some drinks!
Spring Cocktails: What better way to celebrate the first week of Spring than with this Spring Cocktail! This drink is a delicious mix of berries, bourbon whisky, vodka, & gin!
Pomegranate Cosmo: To say this drink is refreshing would be an understatement. Fresh pomegranate in your cosmo? I think yes!
Poison Apple Sour: Dare to try this Poison Apple Sour? With only a few ingredients and 5 minutes prep time, we think this is a must-try!
Cos-Mocktails: Who says your drink needs to have alcohol? Try this non-alcoholic mocktail for a delicious, refreshing drink!
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Crunchy French bread dipped in Olive Oil is a pairing like no other. Since National French Bread Day was this week, we wanted to draw attention to this delicious duo, but also highlight the benefits of olive oil. At Price Chopper and Market 32, we have freshly baked French Bread in our bakery that is made daily, a wide variety of olive oil, and so many recipes on our website that use olive oil as a main ingredient. Want to discover what the hype is around olive oil? Keep reading to find out!
Olive Oil Benefits:
Olive oil is considered to be heart-healthy. A 2022 Harvard study illustrates that regular olive oil consumption instead of animal fats could lead to lower cardiovascular disease risk. Additionally, olive oil could potentially help boost bone health and strength, as well as combat inflammation, according to the North American Olive Association. For more information, see the sources at the end of this blog and different studies that have come out around olive oil.
Cooking With Olive Oil:
While there are many different types of olive oils, you may be wondering what the differences are. In our “Cooking with Olive Oil” article, you will learn about four main types of olive oils and how they stand out from each other. This article will help you choose which olive oil to use the next time you cook. Additionally, if you are looking for new recipes that use olive oil, you have come to the right place! Check out these fabulous recipes that you are sure to love!
Orange-Scented Olive Oil Cake: When you think of baking a cake, you would typically use canola oil or vegetable oil. Yes, you can actually use olive oil in some baking recipes like this one! With cinnamon & nutmeg also in the mix, you are sure to have a favorite here.
Italian Easter Pie: With Easter right around the corner, you will certainly want to try this Italian Easter Pie at your holiday gathering. All the freshest ingredients into one savory pie will have your guests thrilled!
Harvest Salad: Fresh arugula, blue cheese, walnuts, and brussel sprouts make for a fantastic salad. Cooking the brussel sprouts in PICS olive oil is the perfect way to make them!
Honey-Garlic Skillet Chicken: With only six ingredients, this chicken dish is absolutely delicious and simple to make.
What is a Sloppy Joe, and why was this sandwich given this name? Since today is National Sloppy Joe Day, it is only right that we answer your burning Sloppy Joe questions!
Sloppy Joes are a very popular, messy sandwich! Not only do they taste delicious, but the ingredients are generally inexpensive. Traditionally, the Sloppy Joe is made with ground beef, onions, garlic, bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce or ketchup, and seasoning on a hamburger bun or roll. What a combo! Of course, there is no right or wrong way to make this sandwich. Some people have substituted beef for chicken, or a plant-based meat.
Now that we know what the sandwich consists of, why in the world is the name Sloppy Joe? Believe it or not, there are different stories on how the Sloppy Joe got its name. The first story takes place in Havana, Cuba. José García was the bar owner, and served ropa vieja to his customers. This is a type of Cuban-style pork. His customers would often joke with García that his restaurant was “sloppy,” hence the name Sloppy Joe’s.
The second tale originated in 1930 from Sioux City, Iowa. The story goes that a cook named Joe who worked in a popular restaurant would make sandwiches by dousing loose-ended meat with tomato sauce. Many believe this is how the name Sloppy Joe was born.
Which story is true? Well, that is up for you to decide. Either way, the Sloppy Joe we know and love is a delicious, warm, and filling meal. Stop by your local Price Chopper and Market 32 for the finest ingredients to make your next Sloppy Joe, or visit our website!
How can one resist a delicious, crunchy bowl of cereal with freshly chilled milk? Cereal is so wonderful that it has been given its own day – March 7th! Although, everyday could be National Cereal Day in the United States, considering we are listed fourth in the world with cereal consumption! An average of 160 bowls of cereal are consumed per person in the United States each year, and 50% of Americans will start their day off with a bowl of cereal. I guess it is safe to say that cereal is a household favorite!
Here at Price Chopper and Market 32, we love cereal just as much as our customers! Did you know that we have a whole line of PICS brand cereals? That is right – we have a large variety of delicious PICS cereal as well as PICS milk and dairy-free milk that you must try! Click on the green button at the end of this blog to view all of our PICS cereal.
Cereal can be used for so much more than just your morning breakfast. Cereal has become a very popular snack on its own or mixed in with yogurt. Additionally, there are many recipes that call for cereal as an ingredient. Check out the recipes below that are not only fun and easy to make, but delicious, too!
Crispy Honey Baked Salmon with Almond-Fennel Salad: PICS Honey Nut Toasted Oats cereal as crumbs? Bet you have never thought of that before! This salmon recipe is irresistibly mouth-watering and flavorful, with a little bit of crunch of course!
Lucky Charms Frozen Yogurt Pie: Creamy vanilla frozen yogurt with cereal as the base. Now that is a fun dessert idea! The best part is, this recipe only calls for five items!
Savory Rosemary Snack Mix: This is a must for your next gathering! Be cautious though, this recipe is so good that you may not have any leftovers for yourself!
Who can resist the sweetness of strawberries? Strawberries are not only delicious and juicy, but they are a very popular fruit. According to a 2021 survey, strawberries are among the top favorite fruits for Americans. In fact, the average American will consume 3.4 pounds of strawberries per year, and 94% of United States households eat these delicate fruits.
While strawberries are a delicious snack on their own, there are many different ways to cook or bake with them as an ingredient. Some ideas include making smoothies or ice cream, creating a strawberry dressing, or even making your own jam or jelly. Whatever you decide to do with your strawberries this season, be sure to first stop by your local Price Chopper and Market 32 to pick out packages of these fresh fruits!
Strawberry-Rosé & Poppy Seed Shortcake: Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked biscuits on a Sunday morning. Serve with strawberries & PICS whipped cream to complete the meal!
Strawberry-Orange Smoothie: Whether you need a breakfast on-the-go or a quick pick-me-up, this smoothie will help power you through your day!
Strawberry, Arugula and Quinoa Salad with Asparagus & Feta: Fresh strawberries add the perfect amount of sweetness to this salad. Feel free to add in Market 32 chicken or turkey breast for a delicious addition to this meal.
Happy National Strawberry Day!
Even though today is National Pizza Day, we believe that everyday is Pizza Day! Pizza is a staple in most United States households, and nowadays there are many different varieties. Additionally, there are so many fun-pizza facts you may not have known. Take a look at a few below!
- More than 30 billion pizzas are consumed world-wide each year!
- Lombardi’s, located in Manhattan, was the first pizzeria in America. They opened in 1905.
- Deep dish pizza originated in Chicago.
- Mozzarella is the most common cheese used on pizza world-wide.
- Saturday night is the most popular pizza night.
At Price Chopper and Market 32, we have all kinds of pizza ranging from vegan and gluten free pizza, to pizza loaded with a variety of meat. You can find our take-and-bake pizza with the freshly prepared meals in the deli, or our frozen pizzas in the frozen aisles. There is truly an option for everyone. Be sure to scroll to the bottom and browse a variety of our pizzas!
If you are looking for a fun pizza-night with the family, try making some of our favorite homemade pizzas below!
Pepperoni, Olive, & Feta Pan Pizza: Mozzarella and feta cheese? Yes, please! With the olives and pepperoni as well, this pizza will be a fan-favorite.
Frozen Buffalo Chicken & Cauliflower Pizza: Buffalo chicken is delicious, but Buffalo Chicken on pizza? Now that is out of this world!
Apple-Burrata Pan Pizza: Apples on pizza? Don’t knock it before you try it! The delicious sweet apples mixed with fresh cheese, smoky bacon, and crunchy pepita seeds will blow your mind!
Cauliflower Pizza Cups: Delicious mini pizzas made with the freshest ingredients. Try them, today!
February 22nd is National Supermarket Employee Day! In any business, displaying exceptional customer service is the key to success. At Price Chopper and Market 32, we have a lot to be proud of with our hardworking, dedicated teammates whose customer service goes above and beyond. They are the engine that drives our company day in and day out!
Today and everyday, we want to honor our fantastic teammates whose customer service does not go unnoticed. We thank them for all they do!
Read below about some teammates who have shown exemplary customer service in our Price Chopper and Market 32 locations!
Market 32, O’Neill Highway (Dunmore, PA) #135
Charmaigne E. Santiago, Front-End Teammate
Charmaigne started her career with Price Chopper/Market in December 2021. There was an instant connection and we knew we had a winner bringing Charmaigne onboard. If you look up the definition of customer service, you will find a picture of Charmaigne Santiago!
There isn’t a day that passes that Charmaigne doesn’t receive a compliment. One of our customers wrote in, “Charmaigne makes every person smile. She is a kind, hardworking, lovely woman. I always try to get in her line.” Her bubbly spirit is contagious, and she instantly puts customers and teammates in a good mood. She is dependable, charismatic, earnest, and a true asset to our company. Charmaigne is always engaged and challenges her teammates to do the same. We are proud to have Charmaigne on our team!
Price Chopper, Erie Boulevard (Syracuse, NY) #172
Tyler Burgess, Customer Service Assistant Team Leader
Tyler has been with the company for almost seven years. Tyler started with us as a Part Time Maintenance Teammate at store 199 in Cicero. During Tyler’s time at Cicero, he worked very hard and learned anything he could. He went from Maintenance to the Cash Register and then to Supervising the Front End in a high volume store. Last year, Tyler was selected for our Associate Development Program (ADP) where Tyler went on to further his skill set by leaving Cicero to train in other stores. Tyler trained with us at Erie Boulevard, store 172 and then went to Clay, store 182 to train in the Cash Office. Tyler successfully graduated the ADP program and returned to us at Erie Boulevard where he is currently acting as our Customer Service Assistant Team Leader.
In Tyler’s short time back to the store he has already exhibited his exceptional service by being mentioned as a “Wow Teammate” on our Helpful Experience Shops not just once, but twice!
In Tyler’s spare time he is an avid bowler. Tyler is not just passionate about Customer Service, Tyler and his girlfriend are also very driven to help animals in need, as they foster cats that need homes as well.
Price Chopper, Cortland NY #178
Morgan McDonald, PAC Teammate
Morgan is a great asset to our store and to our customers. She is there whenever a customer or teammate needs her and will answer questions for any department. Morgan often receives compliments from customers when working in the aisles as she helps them find item locations. She will often come up to assist the Front-End by running the register, helping customers with a carry out, or assisting with an Instacart order. Morgan is very artistic and created a customized sign for Cortland’s participation in Trunk or Treat this last fall. We appreciate Morgan’s dedication and willingness to go above and beyond!
Market 32, Sutton MA #244
Richard Laflash, Bakery Teammate
Here at Market 32 in Sutton, MA, we have an exceptional teammate in our bakery department. His name is Richard Laflash. Rich never fails to be punctual on a daily basis with a smile on his face. He has been with our store since we opened in 2015.
For YEARS, the bakery team in Sutton has been receiving scores of 100% on mystery shops because of Rich and his excellent customer service skills. It is no secret that Rich goes above and beyond for any guest in need anywhere, anytime. He is known for going out of his way to escort guests to specific products they may be looking for. If Rich doesn’t know the answer, you can be sure he’ll do anything in his power to find out!
Rich is not only great with customers, but an asset to his team as well. He is well known for keeping a pristine donut and bagel case, knowing that it is the first thing the customers see when they walk in the front doors. Rich gives so much of his time and effort to the company. He comes in early or stays late if needed. He will even periodically come in on days off to help.
Expressing how Richard Laflash is exceptional is an understatement.
Mocktails - Fruity, Flavorful, and Alcohol Free!
National Mocktail week in January? That is correct! Mocktails are so delicious that they have their own week. While the weather has been dull and rainy, a mocktail will surely brighten up your day! Just about any regular cocktail can be made without alcohol and still taste just as great. The drink will still look the same, and you will still taste all the amazing, fruity flavors. We have a few fantastic recipes you can make for your next gathering, or just for yourself. See what we have in store for you!
Cucumber-Mint-Mock-jitos: The fresh taste of summer! Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. We still have a few months until the warm weather sets in, but for now, we can pretend we are drinking this on a beach!
Cos-Mocktails: With only six ingredients, this mocktail is beyond refreshing. Give it a try today!
Happy National Mocktail Week!
Life is Short - Eat the Spaghetti!
Pasta makes the world go round! Let’s face it – pasta can be paired with almost any meal, or be a meal of its own. At Price Chopper and Market 32, our focus today is specifically on spaghetti, because January 4th is National Spaghetti Day. Be sure to join us in celebrating today by trying some of our delicious recipes below. You can find a variety of pasta recipes on our Price Chopper Website and our Price Chopper Ready Website.
Did you know?
- The average Italian consumes about 62 pounds of pasta per year. That is the same weight as a female Golden Retriever!
- Sicilians created the first modern spaghetti noodles in the 12th century.
- Spaghetti today is about 10-12 inches long, but it was much longer when it was first invented.
- Spaghetti and meatballs are an American dish, not Italian.
- Spaghetti has evolved over the years. Today, you can find different varieties including gluten free, whole grain, protein, and veggie spaghetti.
Try some new recipes!
Anchovy Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti with Fried Capers: While this dish is drastically different from your traditional pasta and meatballs, you will not be disappointed. The fresh taste of olive oil, parmesan cheese, lemon, and crushed red peppers are sure to be nothing short of delicious!
Chicken Teriyaki Noodles: Quick, easy, filling, and tastes like a Hibachi restaurant!
Slow Cooker Spaghetti with Italian Sausage: Dinner ready in 16 minutes? Say less! Pair this meal with some fresh bread from our bakery.
Happy National Spaghetti Day!
Cacao, Cocoa, and Chocolate: What are the Differences?
‘Tis the season for curling up by the fire while drinking a delicious cup of hot cocoa. Cocoa can be used for so many different food recipes, as well as in drinks. Before we get into that, what exactly is cocoa, and what is the difference between cacao, cocoa, and chocolate? Let’s dive in!
Cacao (pronounced kuh-kau) comes from the Theobroma cacao tree which is Native to South America, West Africa, and parts of Asia. Cacao and cocoa are essentially the same thing, but in different forms. Cocoa is made from cacao, to put it simply. Cacao is the natural form, whereas cocoa is more processed. Cacao tends to have a bitter taste compared to cocoa which is sweeter.
Now that we understand the difference between cacao and cocoa, where does chocolate fit into the picture? Chocolate is made from cocoa powder mixed with other products, such as milk, sugar, and cream. Depending on the type of chocolate and where you buy it from, there may be other ingredients mixed in, such as almonds, cranberries, sea salt, etc.
Check out some of our easy and delicious recipes! Happy National Cocoa Day!
Spinach, Black Bean, & Corn Salad with Chipotle-Cocoa Vinaigrette: Who says salads can’t be fun? Try this nutrient-packed salad with a cocoa twist!
Chocolate-Zucchini Muffins: Are you a fan of muffins? Try this super easy recipe for a breakfast on-the-go!
Double Chocolate Chunk Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches: It may be cold outside, but a warm chocolate chip cookie with ice cream in the middle will make anyone’s heart melt!