A Hole Lotta History: Beginnings of the Bagel

Bagels have become a staple breakfast food in the American diet. They’re perfect for an on-the-go start to your busy day. Despite its simplistic nature, the bagel has a larger role in history than you may expect.

We’ve been in the bagel business since 1932, but these guys trace back far before that. First brought to the United States by Jewish immigrants from Poland in the 19th century, bagels were popularized here in the Northeast, in New York City’s Lower East Side. Back then they were displayed on poles and strings, which is how the hole in the middle of the bagel originated.

“Beigel” is the Yiddish word for bagel, and it’s a popular theory that the bagel is a descendant of the German pretzel; another yeasted dough bread that is boiled then baked.  The process of boiling then baking, keeps the bagels fresh longer, which for economically challenged folks was a necessity.

As Jewish people began to immigrate to North America from Europe, many settled in Toronto and Montreal, creating bagels in Canada that were slightly different from the New York style. Meanwhile, in New York, there were so many bagel makers that Local 33, a bagel-makers trade union, was formed in 1915.

Over time, bagels became more jazzed up. For this, we can credit the invention of cream cheese in the 1930s, followed by a Family Circle Magazine article which suggested that bagels with cream cheese and lox would serve as a good cocktail party appetizer.

Today at Price Chopper & Market 32, our bagels are one of the staples of our business. We’re excited to introduce our NEW bigger and better bagels! Freshly baked in-store, they’re crispy on the outside and pleasingly soft and chewy on the inside, and they’re on sale this week! View our ad to learn more.

National Chocolate Milkshake Day

Today, on National Chocolate Milkshake Day, we celebrate one of the world’s most satisfying desserts. You’ve probably enjoyed a chocolate milkshake before, but you may be unfamiliar with the story behind the tasty treat.

Milkshakes have been around for quite some time, originating all the way back in 1885 when they were an alcoholic beverage containing whiskey. However, the adult beverage version was short-lived, as by the turn of the century milkshakes were no longer alcoholic. Instead they were made with flavored syrups such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. In 1922, Ivan “Pop” Coulson added vanilla ice cream to a malted milk drink, inventing the first malted milkshake. The idea quickly spread, becoming very popular at soda fountains. By 1930, milkshakes were transformed to the sweet treat we love today, with ice cream, milk, and syrup all blended together.

Once the 1950s rolled around, milkshakes had become a staple in diners, burger joints, and lunch counters. In different parts of the country, shakes were known by different names, including “frappes,” “cabinets,” “velvets,” and “concrete,” which referred to a milkshake so thick, it wouldn’t even drip when flipped completely upside down.

Today, milkshakes are more prevalent than ever. Being sold in diners, fast food restaurants, and ice cream shops alike. Their continuous boom in popularity may be due to a larger variety of flavors, yet, the classic chocolate milkshake remains a favorite in the ice cream game.

Looking forward to celebrating? Stop by your local store for all of your chocolate milkshake necessities, and order your PICS chocolate ice cream here.

Happy National Chocolate Milkshake Day!

 

 

Source: https://www.sodajerks.net/blog/soda-shop/the-history-of-milkshakes/

Written by Rainy McEwan, Jr. Business Analyst

It's officially here!

Summer is officially here! In the Northeast we know that means we finally get three lovely months of respite from the cold winter, so we have to make the most of it! Between beach trips, hiking, and days at the pool, there’s one thing they all have in common: they require energy! Instacart can save you time and energy by delivering your groceries straight to your door in as little as two hours! Now you can have a lovely picnic instead of spending that time at the store!

Sunrise hike.....

Time to pack up in preparation for a sunrise hike? You’ll want some protein on the way! Bring some granola bars or cheese and crackers to easily snack on and keep your energy up. Don’t forget plenty of water, too! Once you reach the summit, what better way to celebrate your accomplishment than a nice breakfast spread? Muffins, turnovers, or bagels, just don’t forget the coffee!

Something about the fireflies in the humid summer air feels romantic, doesn’t it? But why wait until the weekend to sweep your significant other off their feet? With Instacart, delivery is available in as little as two hours, so you can have everything right at your door soon after getting home from work!  Start with a simple, light salad: greens and your favorite toppings, or save some time with a grab ‘n’ go salad! Then impress with your expertly prepared main course- some marinated chicken breasts, perhaps? Close out the meal with some fresh, ripe strawberries– light and refreshing, this aphrodisiac is everything to love about the season.

Cookout Classics

Classic cookouts require all the essentials: hot dogs, hamburgers, and snacky sides galore! You’ll need something for your guests to stack all your delicious treats on, just add some Simply Done designer tableware to your cart! But oh no, you realize you forgot potato salad and soda, and your guests are already arriving. Not a problem, Instacart here to save the day! Available at over 100 locations, just go to the website or app, add what you need to your cart and an Instacart shopper will pick up and deliver your items straight to your door! You can rest easy knowing that Instacart will be there for all your
mishaps, tight spots, and days where you really want to avoid leaving the A.C. this summer.

At the Price Chopper/Market 32 Kids Cooking Club we are celebrating berry season!

What’s on the menu?

Blackberry Rollups

Yum.  The blackberries in the produces aisles at our Price Chopper/Market 32 supermarkets are ready for picking! Check out how to make a simple blackberry puree and turn it into a tasty snack roll up.

Blackberry Puree

½ cup blackberries

1 tablespoon PICS honey

¼ teaspoon raspberry extract

Rinse the blackberries. Place the blackberries, honey and raspberry extract into a food processor or blender. Chop/blend until it’s almost in looks like a syrup state; seeds will even blend into the mix. Set the mixture aside.

Note:  You can also make a raspberry puree by substituting the blackberries for raspberries.

 

Honey Cream Cheese

3 tablespoons PICS whipped cream cheese

1 tablespoon PICS honey

Fold the cream cheese and honey together until well blended.

Building the Roll-Up

2 flour tortillas

Spread half of the cream cheese mixture onto each flour tortilla, and then spread with a tablespoon of the puree.  Roll the tortilla up and dip in the extra puree if desired.

Note:  You can use your favorite flatbread as well.

Strawberry Lime Freeze Pops

Oh my!  Have you seen the strawberry display at our Price Chopper/Market 32 stores?  They are scrumptiously delicious.  Grab some and learn how to turn them into a delicious freeze pop!

2 cups fresh sliced strawberries, rinsed and hulled

½ cup Greek vanilla yogurt

¼ cup PICS honey

2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Puree the strawberries, yogurt, honey, lime juice and vanilla extract together in a food processor or blender.  Add in the yogurt and blend well.

Fill your freeze pop molds and freeze for a minimum of 4 hours before serving. 

How many Freeze Pops does this recipe make?

The mixture should make approximately 1 ½ cups of liquid (12 oz.).  It depends on the size of your molds.

I don’t have freeze pop molds?

Simply use PICS 5 oz. paper-coated cups as a freeze pop mold.  Let them freeze for approximately an hour and add a craft stick in the center.  Place back in the freezer and freeze another 4 hours or overnight. 

Homemade Granola & Berry Parfaits

Learn how to make a homemade granola and then use it in a delicious berry parfait as part of a healthier dessert option or afternoon snack.

Granola

3 cups rolled oats

1 cups slivered almonds (optional)

¼ cup chia seeds

¼ cup flax seeds

2 tablespoons cinnamon

1tablespoon PICS brown sugar

1 teaspoon sea salt

½ cup PICS canola oil

1/3 cup PICS honey

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

 

In a large bowl, stir the rolled oats, almonds, chia seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon, brown sugar and sea salt together.

 

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, honey and vanilla extract. 

 

Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until the mixture is fully coated.

 

Spread the granola mixture onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

 

Bake the granola for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  Let the granola cool completely after removing it from the oven.

 

Building a Dessert Parfait

1 oz. water

1 tablespoon PICS honey

1 cup blueberries

1 cup sliced strawberries

½ cup granola

2 tsp. unsweetened coconut flakes

 

Whisk together the water and honey.  Pour over blueberries and strawberries and combine.

Place some of the berries into a parfait glass, add half the granola and 1 teaspoon coconut.  Add another layer of berries and granola.  Top it off with remaining coconut.

Lesson for Kids in the Kitchen This Month

  • List making
  • Shopping for ingredients
  • Measuring
  • Pureeing
  • Blending
  • Folding
  • Hulling strawberries
  • Citrus squeezing
  • Whisking
  • Baking
  • Oven safety
  • Combining fresh ingredients
  • Using fresh fruit in recipes

Where to find Jodie in July.......

I’ll be out in the community and schools cooking up some fun, and here’s where you can see me this month:

July 9th

Summer Kids Program – 1:00 pm

Burnt Hills- Ballston Lake Library

2 Lawmar Lane

Burnt Hills, NY

Call 518-399-8174 to register.

 

July 15th

5:30 pm??

Voorheesville Public Library

51 School Rd.

Voorheesville, NY

Call 765-2791 to register

 

July 16th

Summer Kids Program 10:00 am

East Greenbush Community Library

10 Community Way

East Greenbush, NY

Call (518)477-7476 to register.

 

July 17th

Summer Kids Program 10:00am -1:00 pm

Saratoga Public Library

49 Henry St.

Saratoga Springs, NY

No registration required

The Kids Cooking Club is also visiting the following this month:

Caroline Street Elementary School Camp, Saratoga Springs, NY 

Halfmoon Club House Summer Camp, Halfmoon, NY

Glens Falls YMCA Summer Camp, Glens Falls, NY

 

If you would The Kids Cooking Club to visit your school or event please email me at jfitzcooking@yahoo.com

Stay tuned. Next month we will be releasing three more summer scrumptious bites,

Jodie Fitz

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Price Chopper is proud to support Shawnee Riverfest to benefit Pocono Alliance!

Sunday, July 14, 2019 • 11:30am

Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort

Marshall’s Creek, PA

www.shawneeriverfest.com

Join us as we present New York State’s 4th of July Celebration!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Empire State Plaza

(Rain date Friday, July 5)

Featuring: Dennis Deyoung and the Music of Styx

9:15pm: Fireworks & Concert in the Sky

www.empirestateplaza.org

Don’t miss the Price Chopper Fireworks at select season Valley Cats home baseball games!

Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, Troy, NY

June 16 & 22, 2019

July 4, 11, 17, 19 & 31, 2019

August 7, 15, & 22, 2019

www.tcvalleycats.com

 

PICS Avocado Oil - New Item

PICS’ 100% Pure Cold Pressed Avocado Oil is extracted from the fleshy portion of the avocado fruit and is a great multi-purpose oil for general cooking and baking. It’s delicious mild flavor lends itself well to stir-fry, searing, BBQ, roasting and sauteing and its high smoke point makes PICS Cold Pressed Avocado Oil perfect for frying and high heat cooking.

But you don’t have to just cook with it – Avocado Oil can be used for many cold purposes too! Use it for salad dressings, soups and dips, or even to drizzle over pizza, breads and fruits.

Avocado Oil is naturally high in monounsaturated fats (healthy fats) and Vitamin E which can help lower blood pressure & cholesterol and improve your overall heart health. It also contains Lutein which improves eye health, and is a good source of various other nutrients and antioxidants.

Gluten Free, Kosher, and Non-GMO! – Bring home our delicious, multi-purpose, and heart healthy cooking oil today!

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PICS CHEESE CURDS - NEW ITEM

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Packed with protein and high in calcium, these all natural Cheese Curds are an excellent nutritious snack item for kids and adults alike! Try them fresh as a finger food, fried with a honey hot sauce as an appetizer, or with French fries and gravy for some poutine! If you’ve never tried a cheese curd, you’re missing out!  They’re available in two varieties: classic cheese and garlic dill – look for them in the dairy aisle.

mmmmmm delicious

Try our new Cheese Curds today!

More from our dairy department

New Items Delivered

We’ve partnered with Instacart to offer you the convenience of grocery delivery. Instacart’s network of personal shoppers will grocery shop for you and deliver your order directly to your doorstep so you can spend more time doing what you love.

Let us do the shopping for you

We’ve partnered with Instacart to offer you the convenience of grocery delivery. Instacart’s network of personal shoppers will grocery shop for you and deliver your order directly to your doorstep so you can spend more time doing what you love.