Sweet Summertime Cherries

At Price Chopper & Market 32 we recognize cherries as one of our favorite summertime fruits! Perfect for both sweet and savory dishes, they are a wonderful complement to many summer meals. Add them to your plate of chicken or pork off the grill for a refreshing splash of flavor. They are also excellent tossed in salads or enjoyed as a light snack to keep you satisfied all day long.

Check out some of our go-to summertime cherry recipes!

Fresh Cherry Salsa: Cherries make a tasty addition to salsa. Two summertime hits collide for one ultimate splash. The sweetness of cherries compliments the heat of jalapenos for an awesome salsa.

Cherry Fennel Mostarda: This Mostarda is a tangy and sweet Italian-style fruit mustard featuring cherries and fennel. A great way to elevate any burger off the grill, this condiment is a creative way to implement more cherries into your summertime diet.

Cherry, Bacon, & Blue Cheese Salad: This awesome summertime salad is a wonderful balance of flavor. Refreshing and light for hot summer days!

Bourbon Cherry Smash: Cherries aren’t just excellent in food, they are also popular in drinks, especially during the summertime. If you’re looking for a new cocktail recipe, this Bourbon Cherry Smash is an excellent way to relax.

Chilled Cherry Dessert: Dessert in a glass! This Chilled Cherry Dessert recipe will have you feeling cool as a cherry.

Broiled Flank Steak with Cherry Barbeque Sauce: Give your barbeque sauce a twist of cherry! Use it to elevate your steak and your summers may never be the same again.

Everyone loves to snack on a nice of bowl of cherries. But there are a ton of creative ways to implement more cherries into your diet, especially when the weather is warm.  No matter how you choose to enjoy cherries, we’ve got you covered at Price Chopper & Market 32!

Check out cherries on sale in our ad this week $1.99 lb. with AdvantEdge card.

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New Items: HERDEZ® Avocado Hot Sauce

Bring a taste of Mexico to your kitchen with the authentic flavors found in HERDEZ® salsas—where bold, flavorful ingredients come with a side of attitude and traditional Mexican culture inspires the most delicious modern Mexican cuisine.

Now, set the table for something truly special! A hot sauce as creamy and smooth as it is tangy and exciting. Finally, avocado found its fire in HERDEZ® Avocado Hot Sauce.

Discover two treasures in one: the creamy finish of real avocado and the fiery kick of jalepenos. Perfect for ALL your favorite dishes. Embolden your chicken, pork and beef recipes with the unique, piquant flavor you’ve been craving. Set breakfast hashbrowns and eggs ablaze with a serving of smooth avocado and a spark of spice. Top your fish tacos, burritos and tortas with a well-balanced taste that brings out the best in every bite or breathe new life into your wings, burgers and fries! The possibilities are endlessly delicious.

For the heat seekers out there, you’ll find that the mild to medium heat builds with intensity the more you add, so load up by the spoonful for refreshing avocado with a little extra attitude. Even so, HERDEZ® Avocado Hot Sauce doesn’t compete with your food’s flavors—it enhances them, complementing a variety of cuisines and transforming dull into dang that’s good. The creamy, smooth consistency works great for dollops and drizzles, dipping, pouring and even mixing into other sauces—or wherever your taste buds take you.

So if you’re ready to grab life by the avocados, then you’d better grab a bottle of HERDEZ® Avocado Hot Sauce. It’s our new favorite secret weapon for every dish.

Taste the bold Mexican difference with HERDEZ®.

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The Rise of Avocados

Until recently, the avocado was fairly unknown, met with tons of questions and not enough answers. Now it’s eaten every day across the county in a plethora of different ways. So how did the avocado become so mainstream? On this National Avocado Day, we decided to look back at the avocado and how it became the superfood sensation that it is today.

The rise of the avocado took quite the marketing effort. Consumers weren’t always familiar with the fruit and the best ways to enjoy it. Part of this was because it wasn’t always known as an avocado. At first, they were given the Spanish name “Ahuacate,” derived from Aztec origins, but that wasn’t the easiest to pronounce. They were also called the “Alligator Pear” because of their bumpy, olive-colored skin. However, that name was both unappealing and misleading, given the many differences between pears and avocados. Finally, in 1915 a group of farmers put their heads together and came up with a new name: the avocado.

By the time the 1980s came around, U.S. dietary guidelines recommended a low-fat diet. Continuing into the 90s, the trend was tough on the avocado industry, despite their efforts to educate the public on the health benefits of avocados. Of course, up until that point, avocado producers had not done much to educate the public on how to eat an avocado, nor did they promote them in the context of Latin American cuisine where these fruits shine. Therefore, folks had no idea how or where to add avocado.

Finally, in the 90s, the California Avocado Commission hired Hill & Knowlton a public relations firm who introduced “Mr. Ripe Guy” a mascot used to educate and promote all things avocados. Mr. Ripe Guy got the ball rolling on what turned into an all-out campaign to promote these superfruits. Hill & Knowlton worked to showcase avocados on the ultimate stage, the super bowl, getting big time NFL stars to share their favorite recipes, and market guacamole to fans around the country.

Avocado sales quickly skyrocketed with its crop value spiked by nearly 70%, turning the avocado from an anomaly to a household grocery item. Now guacamole is one of the go-to Super Bowl Sunday snacks. Today, avocados are featured in endless amounts of recipes and people pay extra to have some avocado thrown in their salad, added on their sandwich, or even spread on their toast.

For some awesome avocado recipes and inspiration check out our website. Don’t forget to stop by your local Price Chopper & Market 32 or shop with us online for all your National Avocado Day needs. It’s time to celebrate the emergence of this awesome superfruit!

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KCC Veggie Bugs

by Jodie Fitz

1 – 14.5 oz. can of PICS chick peas

1 cup PICS baby carrots

1 garlic clove

3 tablespoons tahini paste

3 tablespoons PICS olive oil

¾ teaspoon PICS sea salt

½ teaspoon PICS onion powder

Baby cucumbers

Fresh vegetables ie grape tomatoes, pepper, celery to create bug body

PICS cream cheese

Candy eyes

Drain and rinse the chick peas.

Place the baby carrots in a mini food chopper or food processor and finely chop.  

Add 1 clove peeled garlic, chick peas, tahini paste, olive oil, sea salt and onion powder to the carrots. Grind together until a thick, creamy hummus consistency is reached.

Slice cucumbers in half length-wise. Scoop out the center with a spoon. Fill with hummus to make the bug body. Using fresh vegetables like grape and cherry tomatoes, sliced and cut cucumber pieces, create head, tail, wings and other bug body parts.

Add candy eyes using a dab of cream cheese as “glue.”

Bug creation can be deliciously limitless!

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National Hot Dog Day: Over the Top Toppings

Today we celebrate a summertime, cookout classic – the hot dog! It’s National Hot Dog Day and we are cooking up ways to get creative with toppings. Of course, you have the classic ketchup, mustard, and/or relish, but there’s endless options outside of the staples. Check out some of our favorite, out-of-the-box hot dog toppings.

L.A. Street Dogs: These LA Street Dogs encompass all the flavorful qualities of a Los Angeles style dog. Turkey franks accompanied by an adventurous team of bacon, pico de gallo, salsa con queso, and pinto beans. What’s not to love?

The Chicago Dog: A Chicago-style hot dog, or simply Chicago Dog, features a 100% beef frankfurter with a poppyseed bun. Topped with yellow mustard, chopped onion, fresh tomatoes, green relish, pickled sport peppers, celery salt and a whole dill pickle spear. It’s busy but absolutely delicious.

Chipotle Chili Dog: Turn up the heat a notch with a Chipotle Chili Dog. Add a little ground beef, chopped onion, garlic, tomato sauce, and minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Don’t forget to finish It off with some shredded cheddar cheese and green onions.

Nacho Tater Tot Dog: Try this combination with a veggie dog. Tater tots, nacho cheese, and pickled jalapenos, great flavor and easy to put together.

Thai-Style Dog: This Thai-inspired recipe features cabbage, cucumber, and grated carrots in a sweet vinaigrette. Use turkey dogs, topped with the veggie mixture, a spicy Asian aioli, and chopped peanuts for a Thai food experience unlike any other.

Macaroni & Cheese Dogs: Next time you have a cookout put out some mac & cheese and have your guests put it on their hot dogs. Excellent comfort food!

Pulled Pork & Coleslaw Dog: If you’re feeling extra adventurous throw some pulled pork on top of your hot dog. Add some coleslaw for a creamy compliment. Make them as a great menu enhancer for summer get togethers.

Basil Pesto Dogs: With bunches of basil, pesto is easy to make. Spread some onto your hot dog for a simple yet refreshing choice of condiment.

Buffalo Dog: A buffalo dog? Yes, please. Buffalo wing sauce, a little ranch, crumbled blue cheese, chives, scallions, and refreshing celery. This is a great option if you like your dogs a bit hotter.

BLT Dog: BLT’s are a classic sandwich. We think they are a classic hot dog as well. Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes bacon, and a drizzle ranch, all coming together for one delicious dog.

Hot dogs are one of the most versatile options in the food game. How adventurous you choose to get is up to you and your palate. Whether you prefer the classic ketchup, mustard, and relish or choose to go more outside the box, Price Chopper & Market 32 is your one stop shop for all things hot dog! You can even shop with us online.

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Goose Island Lost Palate Hazy IPA. Juicy. Hazy. Mango(y).

Lost Palate is dedicated to Jonny, a long time Goose Island employee. Jonny, and brewer Quinn, ideated this recipe after Jonny’s recent victorious battle with cancer. The recipe was inspired after Jonny lost the ability to taste many flavors, an unfortunate consequence of battling cancer. He almost completely lost his palate and mangos and cinnamon were two of the few things he was still able to taste. We’re happy to say that Jonny is now a cancer survivor! This beer pays tribute to the flavors that were never lost.

Must be 21+ to buy – We ID. Please enjoy it responsibly. Not available in all stores.

Discover how Lost Palate found its flavors

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Summer Camping Spots in the Northeast

One of the best ways to enjoy the summer weather is by connecting with nature at one of the many breathtaking camping spots the Northeast has to offer. We are proud to call this area home, with each state in our region offering amazing getaway opportunities. To help you with your summer fun we put together a list of some of our favorite camping spots in the area!

Lake Waramug State Park (New Preston, CT): In an area full of scenic lakes, Lake Waramug is wrapped with 77 campsites along its edges. You can even choose between overlooking the water or staying hidden in the trees. Either way you can enjoy fishing, picnic areas, swimming, and boating facilities with kayak and canoe rentals.

Savoy Mountain State Forest (Florida, MA): Tucked away in the beauty of the Berkshires, those who camp at Savoy Mountain State Forest are guaranteed to enjoy a lovely experience with nature. Featuring 46 campsites, and some of the best hiking in New England, campers can enjoy various outdoor adventures. Find floating bog islands, climb overlooks, and discover gorgeous waterfalls all at Savoy Mountain.

Chocorua Camping Village (Tamworth, NH): In the New Hampshire White Mountains sits Chocorua Camping Village, an all-inclusive, resort-style, family camping and hiking destination. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful lakes and giant pine trees. With access to resort amenities like a game room, movie theatre, swimming pool, and treasure hunts.

Moosalamoo Campground (Salisbury, VT): If you’re looking for a backwoods getaway experience that isn’t totally the backwoods, Moosalamoo is the place for you. Featuring 16 miles of hiking trails, the campground also offers drive-in tent camping, toilet facilities, accessible drinking water and trash disposal.

Glimmerglass State Park (Cooperstown, NY): Overlooking Otsego Lake, Glimmerglass State Park offers camping and hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking. The campground offers a concession stand, nature trail, pavilions, picnic tables, showers, grills, volleyball courts, and even fire rings. Campfire wood is also sold at the park.   

Watkins Glen State Park (Watkins Glen, NY): Watkins Glen is considered the most famous of the Finger Lakes state parks. Offering 305 campsites with restrooms, dumping stations, showers, and firewood for sale. The park also features concession stands, a gift shop, picnic tables, and grills. And for entertainment, playing fields, an Olympic sized swimming pool, a kiddie pool, playgrounds, and 19 waterfalls. The park also offers fishing in Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek and hunting in designated areas.  

Greater Reading Campgrounds (Reading, PA): Camping in Reading exposes you to the natural beauty of the area. With the Appalachian Trail to the north and Amish Country to the southwest, the area offers several different terrains and adventures. Popular campgrounds include Sun Valley Campground in Bowmansville, Appalachian RV Resort in Shartlesville, and Mountain Springs Camping Resort in Hamburg.

Whether you are an experienced camper or new to it, these spots all offer awesome summer fun. Check them out if you haven’t yet. And don’t forget to stop by your local Price Chopper/Market 32 for all of your camping necessities!

 

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National Mac & Cheese Day

There’s nothing like gooey, yummy, melted cheese. Essential for burgers, quesadillas, and of course mac & cheese. Today we are celebrating National Mac & Cheese Day and to do so, we are taking a deeper bite into melted cheese. Let’s break it down.

The science behind how cheese melts

Melted cheese is a science. Cheese is made up of protein and this protein is the key difference between good melting cheese and bad melting cheese. When cheese is heated up, the protein breaks and some hold their shape better than others. For example, younger, high-moisture cheeses like mozzarella, Taleggio, brie, Gruyère, Emmental, and Jack are the most reliable melters. Drier grating cheeses, such as Parmesan and Pecorino-Romano are not.

What are the best cheeses for melting?

The best cheeses for melting are called process cheeses. These products are designed to be easily meltable and difficult to break. Start with real cheese, usually a young cheddar, and blend it with extra milk, extra milk protein, and melting salt to prevent proteins from sticking together. A good example of this is American cheese, where they have so much extra liquid added to them, they have very low melting points, allowing for extra-gooey melted cheese.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are acid-set cheeses. Impossible to melt no matter what type of tweaking you implement. Fresh goat cheese, quick farmers cheese, paneer, queso fresco, and ricotta just can’t melt. When heated, the acid in these cheeses lose water, but not proteins. Water will continue to be cooked off, but the proteins in the curd are only going to tighten, holding the cheese together. These cheeses won’t melt, but you can cook or even grill them! 

What are the best cheeses for mac & cheese?

Well, good melters with quality taste, like sharp cheddar. Sharp cheddar is the most common, and it works great, and if you’re using a cheesy blend we recommend cheddar as the base. Now, you get to mix in some fun, flavorful cheeses. Gruyère is common, it melts just as beautifully as cheddar, but brings additional tasty flavors to the table. Gouda, Muenster, fontina, Havarti, and Monterey Jack are also excellent options.

Enjoy National Mac & Cheese Day with a melty, flavorful blend of your own. For whichever cheese you choose to call upon, stop by your local Price Chopper/Market 32 to pick it up or shop with us online!

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Focused on Full Circle

When it comes to our brands, we are focused on helping you save money on the products you want the most. We offer thousands of high-quality brand products in each department and aisle in our stores, at a savings comparable to national brands. A large portion of these products come from our Full Circle brand; a line designed to offer trusted products with simple, close-to-nature ingredients. 

Currently, our Full Circle Market sits at 300 items and growing, most organic. From grocery to dairy to produce, Full Circle products are made with simple, close-to-nature ingredients, making it easier than ever before to choose what’s best for you and your family. There’s not an item that we offer that we wouldn’t choose for our own families because Full Circle Market keeps it real – and real affordable.

Full Circle Market carries a large variety of organic options. Farmed and produced without chemical treatments and processing, Full Circle organic foods use cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that support the cycling of on-farm resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Giving you confidence that Full Circle organic is always a healthy decision.

Non-GMO is another major focus of Full Circle. Non-GMO foods give you assurance that they are free of chemicals genetically modified organisms. A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbredding methods. Consumers who want to remove GMOs from their diet can be assured that our Full Circle Market Non-GMO foods are 100% free from GMOs.

Full Circle Market is natural and healthy, so you make the decisions that are best for your health and your wallet. Using simple, close-to-earth ingredients you can feel good about your decision to buy Full Circle, no matter which items you choose. Stop by your local store today to check out the Full Circle Market items available to you!

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Fruit Breakfast Pizza Recipe

by Jodie Fitz

Ingredients

2 whole-wheat pitas

4 tablespoons PICS honey

1 tablespoon water

¼ teaspoon PICS cinnamon

PICS nonstick cooking spray

Fresh fruit

1/3 cup cream cheese, room temperature

 

Step-by-Step Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Stir together 2 tablespoons of honey with the water and cinnamon.

Baste the top of the two pitas with the honey, cinnamon mixture.

Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.  Place the basted pitas on the coated baking sheet.  Bake the pita crusts for 10 – 12 minutes; until toasted.

Remove the pitas from the oven and let them cool completely.

While the pitas are baking and cooking prepare the fruit;

  • Cherries: washed, pitted and cut in half or sliced.
  • Strawberries:  washed, hulled and sliced.
  • Blueberries:  washed and used whole.
  • Grapes:  washed and cut in half.
  • Pineapple:  skin removed, sliced and diced.
  • Kiwi:  peeled, sliced and diced.

Stir together 2 tablespoons of honey with 1/3 cup of cream cheese.

Divide the cream cheese mixture and spread it on top of each pita.  Add the prepared fruit on top.

 

OTHER FRUIT OPTIONS:  You can also use blackberries, raspberries, honeydew melon, cantaloupe melon, etc.

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:

  • Following directions
  • Stirring 
  • Basting
  • Baking and oven safety
  • Cutting and knife safety
  • Hulling
  • Layering
  • Spreading
  • Fruit preparation
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