Food Ideas for the Perfect Mother's Day

Mothers, grandmothers, and even aunts are the backbone of every family. They keep things together and are always there when you need them. That’s why we are excited for Mother’s Day, to show a little bit of appreciation to the amazing moms in our lives. This year we’re showing that love the only way we truly know how, with some quality food. Check out our ideas!

Breakfast in Bed: On Mother’s Day, the food gifts start early. Make sure to let mom sleep in and surprise her with a delightful breakfast in bed. It’s the best way to wake up and a great way to start a day of celebrating her!

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Brunch: If breakfast in bed is a no go, brunch is another great option! A good brunch makes a morning that much brighter. Mom will love it! When it comes to brunch, beverages play a big role. Mimosas are always a winner. How about some Melon Sangria? If you’re looking for non-alcoholic options, this Polynesian Cooler or Citrus-Basil Spritzer are great. For food, scones like these Cheddar-Rosemary Scones or Maple-Brown Butter & Thyme Cream Scones hit the spot.

More breakfast / brunch recipes mom will love…

Open-Faced Butternut Squash & Kale Omelet

Pear-Ricotta Pancakes

Cinnamon Waffles with Apple-Pecan Topping

Surf & Turf: For dinner, surf and turf is an excellent option. Choose from our selection of Certified Angus Beef Strip Steak, Chiappetti Australian Lamb Loin, Market 32 Lobster Tail and Raw Shrimp, and more.

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Sweet Treats: Finish it off with some sweet treats! We offer a variety of shortcakes, cheesecakes, or chocolate dipped fruits that mom will love. Or choose from a handful of dessert recipes!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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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.  

Source: https://www.foodrepublic.com/2018/05/20/15-types-of-grapes-to-know-eat-and-drink/

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Plant-Based Plates

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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National Garlic Day

National Garlic Day may be one of the most underrated food holidays of the year. With a rich history dating back to the hunting and gathering days, garlic has remained a mainstay in our diets. In fact, the average person eats approximately two pounds of garlic a year, over 300 cloves, whether that’s for the health benefits or fear of vampires.

It is said that garlic was first used 10,000 years ago, after the last Ice Age. Chinese writings contained the first documented notes of garlics health benefits. Over time as humans evolved from hunters and gatherers to farmers, garlic evolved as well becoming popular in cuisines around the world, including Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Mesopotamia, and India.

Allium Sativum, or garlic, is not native to North America. However, Allium Canadense, or wild garlic, does grow in the Eastern part of the continent. Yet, wild garlic is more like an onion than garlic, and should not be confused with true garlic. True garlic first came to North America with Polish, German, and Italian settlers. There’s also evidence that the Spanish Conquistadors brought garlic to the southwestern part of the United States.

Today there are hundreds of different types of garlic in North America and over a thousand worldwide. All with different sizes, shapes, features, and taste. All these varieties are broken down into two subspecies: softnecks and hardnecks.

Hardnecks grow best in cold climates and are found in Central and North America. They produce large, easily peeled cloves with big flavors. The eight groups of hardnecks are Porcelain, Rocambole, Purple Stripe, Glazed Purple Stripe, Marble Purple Stripe, Creole, Asiatic, and Turban.

Softnecks are the most widely grown garlics in the world and what you find in most North American supermarkets. The two groups of softnecks are Artichoke and Silverskin.

Who knew those little cloves of garlic could be so interesting? Time to add them to some cooking!

Source: https://www.garlicclubb.com/the-garlic-story.html

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Sweet Takes On Your Favorite Fruits

It’s time to incorporate more fruit into your diet. Luckily, there are a ton of different recipe and meal planning options based around all types of fruit. Check out some of our favorite fruity recipes to add to your menu this year!

Grilled Fruit Pizza: This fruit pizza features your favorites piled high on cream cheese, ricotta cheese, pizza dough, and more.

Grilled Fruit Tacos: These fruit tacos are bursting with flavor. From the mangos and strawberries to almonds and cinnamon that accompany them, there’s not a bad bite in this awesome taco.

Fruit & Baby Kale Smoothie: Add baby kale and unsweetened almond milk to this fruity smoothie. Featuring blueberries, cherries, strawberries and more.

Fresh Fruit Kabobs with Key Lime-Coconut Dip: This key-lime coconut dip is made of coconut flakes, light key lime yogurt, and cream cheese for a creamy and delicious dip to your fresh fruit kabobs.

Watermelon-Blueberry Pops: These watermelon-blueberry pops are a wonderful frozen treat for the warm weather.

Quick Apple Crisp Bowl: This apple crisp features a heavenly combo of apple, cinnamon, and granola. Mouthwatering!

Hawaiian Smoothie Bowl: If you’re on the search for a refreshing smoothie bowl look no further, this Hawaiian Smoothie Bowl is the answer. Featuring mango, macadamia nuts, toasted coconut and more, it’s a tropical vacation for your taste buds.

Grilled Peaches with Shortbread Crumble: Grill some peaches and top them with this shortbread crumble. Amazing!

Fruit is great all year round but especially when the weather starts to warm up. It adds a light, refreshing element to our diets that mixes great with sunshine. Add these recipes to your at-home menu this year, and visit us online or at your local store for everything you need.

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10 Succulent Seafood Recipes

When the weather begins to warm up and spring approaches we become in the mood for seafood. Something about these tasty and juicy recipes from the sea hits different when the sun is shining. Check out these 10 succulent seafood dishes to try this spring.

Classic Lobster Roll: Cooked lobster meat on a brioche hot dog bun, with the works. Can’t go wrong!

Crab Cake Sliders: These sliders are beautifully complimented by creamy Buffalo wing dipping sauce, a math made in seafood heaven.

Grilled Shrimp Po’ Boys: You’ll need 1 lb. of Market 32 16-20 count tail-off peeled and deveined shrimp for these Po’ Boys. Remoulade, tomato, lettuce, and pickle chips on a hoagie roll makes for one harmonious seafood sandwich.

Shrimp & Grits Stuffed Peppers: These seafood-style stuffed peppers are packed with flavor. Shrimp and grits are great our their own, but they are even better in a pepper.

Bouillabaisse: Bouillabaisse is a fish stew that originated from the city of Marseille in France. It’s a seafood lover’s dream as lobster, cod, clams, mussels, and scallops all come together for a gathering of great taste.

Crispy Honey Nut Baked Salmon with Almond-Fennel Salad: Honey nut flavor makes for a perfect topped for this baked Salmon dish. Almond-fennel salad finishes off a mouthwatering combination of flavor.

Grilled Lobster Tail Salad: In the mood for salad? Have it seafood-style. Grilled lobster tail brings the two worlds together.

Tequila-Lime Shrimp Skewers with Grilled Fruit Salsa: These succulent tequila-lime shrimp skewers pair perfectly with a nice grilled fruit salsa. A great recipe for warm weather!

Salmon Burgers with Avocado & Asian Slaw: Salmon burgers are an excellent alternative to beef or turkey burgers. Top them with this yummy avocado & Asian slaw and you’ll be in burger paradise.

Fried-Egg Topped Crab Cakes: Crab cakes are a top tier seafood dish. Elevate them with a fried-egg on top for more flavor.

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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.

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Kick-Off Frozen Food Month with Air Fryer Recipes

Did you know that March is Frozen Food Month? We’re excited to kick it off the right way with some awesome air fryer recipes. Frozen foods are valued for their easy, convenient preparation in a pinch, yet quality taste and flavors. Check out our lineup of go-to recipes.

Air Fyrer Herbed Root Vegetable Crisps: This recipe includes red beets, celery, carrots, and parsnip. Simply peel and slice and pop in the air fryer. They come out as a healthier alternative to potato chips with their crispiness. We love them!

Air Fryer Loaded-Pizza Baked Potatoes: Loaded baked potatoes are perfect for the air fryer. We love them so much we have a couple varieties, see Loaded-Taco Baked Potatoes below. This pizza version combines green bell pepper, mushrooms, marinara sauce, shredded low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese for an awesome pizza-like experience.

Air Fryer Loaded-Taco Baked Potatoes: As promised, our recipe for Air Fryer Loaded-Taco Baked Potatoes. Featuring ground beef, taco seasoning, guac, red onion, fresh lime juice, shredded Mexican style blend cheese, sour cream, and salsa, it’s a take on tacos like never before.

Air Fryer Honey Sesame Cauliflower “Wings”: These Honey Sesame Cauliflower “Wings” are so tasty and easy to prepare. Cauliflower alternatives have been a hit recently, and these cauliflower wings are a fantastic take on the trend.

Frozen Food Month is officially here and it’s time to let the air fryer shine. Try out these creative air fryer recipes for yourself or stick to some of your own favorites. Either way, Price Chopper and Market 32 is your one stop shop for all things Frozen Food Month.

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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.

Tuesday, 2/22

Feels like a good week for a Taco Tuesday. Let’s give it a go with these Chipotle Ground Beef Street Tacos.

Wednesday, 2/23

Wednesday could be a good pasta night. We recommend our recipe for Easy Shrimp Alfredo Pasta.

Thursday, 2/24

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, 2/25

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.

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Checking Out Cheddar!

Say cheese! It’s National Cheddar Day and we are shredding with excitement. Cheddar is the most popular type of cheese in America for its reliability and versatility. There’s no limit to what you can do with cheddar. So, in order to give it its proper recognition, let’s learn more about this cheesy favorite.

Cheddar gets its name from the Cheddar Village in Somerset, England where it was first crafted. A smooth texture identifies a young cheddar, while an aged cheddar can be crumbly. According to Anne Saxelby, of Saxelby Cheesemakers, it’s the cheesemaking process that defines cheddar, rather than the cheese itself. She says, people don’t realize that cheddar is actually a verb. During the process itself, the curds are cheddared, creating the cheddar cheese.

Around the 19th century, more countries adopted cheddar and began selling it in their grocery stores. Cheddar’s ability to made anywhere in the world helped it become one of the most popular cheeses. Although the process around the world is similar, and the cheddar is made from cow’s milk, different styles exist due to differing aging processes and rinds.

Saxelby explains in detail how cheddar can be enjoyed throughout the aging process. Young, mild cheese aged 1-3 months is creamy, slightly sweet, and yellow. Semi-sharp cheddar is aged 3-6 months, where the cheese begins to develop a tang. Matured cheddar aged 6-12 months is sharp, drier, crumbly, robust, with a strong flavor. Finally, vintage cheddar, aged 12-24 months, is savory with a salty crunch.

There’s wide variety of cheddar rinds and styles around the world, which makes it very versatile and popular. Check out some our must-try Cheddar recipes. Including, Irish Cheddar Mac & Cheese, White Cheddar & Bacon Kraut Reubens, and plenty more.

Don’t forget to visit your local store or shop our online aisles for your favorite cheddar products!

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