Happy Octoberfest!

In 1810, Munich, Germany held its very first Oktoberfest festival. Originally a celebration of the marriage between King Louis I and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, the annual party has made its way across the world. Now, in the United States, each year we highlight seasonal beers, foods, and activities all in the spirit of Oktoberfest. Here are some of our favorites!

Pretzels: Soft pretzels are a prized possession at Oktoberfest. In 610 A.D., as the story goes, Italian monks made the first pretzels from leftover bread-dough scraps. The twisted knot shape was meant to symbolize arms folded in prayer, and in Europe they became considered a holy food with healing powers. This explains its presence at such a large European gathering. Eventually pretzels made their way to America and we fell in love with them, especially with a Dark Lager, IPA, Brown Ale, or even German Märzen beer! Check out the video below for our Bavarian Soft Pretzels recipe.

German Märzen / Oktoberfest Beer: Speaking of German Märzen, what exactly is it? It’s essentially the beer of Oktoberfest and the style that breweries in the United States refer to as Octoberfest. For a great-tasting take try Samuel Adams Octoberfest. For a tasty, authentic food pairing outside of soft pretzels try Beer Mustard Crusted Pork Loin, Pork Schnitzel, or German Potato Soup!

Würstl or Sausages: Whether it’s Bratwurst, Weisswurst, or any of the many other varieties, sausage is a major player in German and Oktoberfest cuisine. Of course, most often served with a generous amount of mustard and sauerkraut. If you’re looking for the perfect beer to pair with your sausage, a good tip is mildly spiced sausages work well with sweet malt flavors and light hops, compared to the spicier varieties which pair with darker and heavier brews.

Desserts: No festival is complete without dessert. At a typical Oktoberfest celebration, Strudels and Kuchen, the German word for cake, are appropriate. In America, seasonal pies are also fitting for the occasion. All excellent while paired with a nice Märzen!

Pumpkin Beer: Although it’s more American than German Oktoberfest, everything is pumpkin in the fall, including the beer. It’s a signature seasonal flavor that truly brings the essence of October to your tastebuds. We carry a number of different options in our beer aisle. Looking to enjoy pumpkin beer with a meal? We recommend slow-cooked meats, chicken and waffles, or chili. Maybe some pecan or apple pie for dessert. YUM!

Oktoberfest has taken off since the original festival in Munich. It’s inspired many across America and given us a number of awesome seasonal flavors. We love celebrating this annual tradition and hope you join us by trying one of these delicious food and beer pairings. For everything you need to enjoy your own Octoberfest visit your local store, or shop with us online!

 

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Shifting Into Soup Season!

Fall is here and soup season is upon is, and this year we want to take full advantage of it. We’ve put together a list of our favorite soup recipes that will keep your tastebuds excited all season long. Soups, bisques, stews, it’s all in on the fun!

Cheeseburger Soup: Nothing hits the spot like a good cheeseburger, let’s make the soup version. Ground chuck, American cheese, onions, and all the extras make this hearty soup delicious and filling.

Pork & Navy Bean Soup: This Pork & Navy Bean soup is everything that makes soup great. Creamy tomato with basil soup complimented beautifully by pork and beans.

Jalapeño, Chicken & Pumpkin Soup: This recipe is packed with flavor. If you’ve never considered jalapeño and pumpkin in the same dish, this recipe will open your eyes.

White Cheddar & Ale Soup: This White Cheddar & Ale Soup is fantastic. Flavors of white cheddar and your favorite pale ale combine into a blissful meal.

Creamy Sausage & Mushroom Soup: Sausage and mushroom work in perfect harmony in this recipe, and the creaminess of the dish elevates it to a whole different level.

Sweet Corn, Crab & Vegetable Chowder with Spicy Shrimp: This chowder is packed with taste. Sweet corn, crab, vegetables, and spicy shrimp all in one mouthwatering bowl.

Carrot-Tomato Bisque with Parsnip Crisps: We love the addition of carrot in this tomato bisque. Top with parsnip crisps for the perfect crunch.

Chicken, Spinach & Quinoa Soup: Chicken, spinach, and quinoa make a great trio in this recipe. Guaranteed to fill you up and to become a dish you rely on.

Crushed Red Lentil Soup: This is one of our favorite takes on lentil soup. Full of flavorful ingredients that will keep you coming back for more.

Beef & Butternut Squash Stew: Finally, we can’t forget about a good stew. This recipe celebrates the return of butternut squash to our table as it makes a beautiful entrance in this beef stew.

For more soup recipes and everything you need to make delicious soup at home, visit our website.

Happy Soup Season!

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Game-Winning Food Plays for Sunday's

We’re pumped to have football back! One because we love watching the games and two because of the epic gameday recipes and platters that go along with them. Join our huddle and figure out the best gameday eats to put into action this year. We think we’ve got a great gameplan!

Ole Philly Cheesesteak Sliders: Tough to beat an old-school Philly Cheesesteak while watching the game. These sliders are a major crowd-pleaser.

Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches: Pulled pork is another great gameday option. This tasty recipe adds a chipotle twist for more flavor and more fun.

Popcorn Steak Bites with Buttermilk-BBQ Dip: These Popcorn Steak Bites are a standout in the appetizer game. Paired with Buttermilk-BBQ Dip they are SO good and might just become a favorite of yours this season.

Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions: Classic sausage, pepper, and onions on an Italian roll. Oldie but a goodie for gameday.

Jalapeño Popper Pizza: Pizza is a perfect football food. This recipe heat things up with the addition of jalapeño.

Tortilla Chip Sheet Pan Nachos: Our list wouldn’t be right without a good nacho recipe. We love these Tortilla Chip Sheet Pan Nachos while watching the game.

Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs: How about some BBQ Meatballs from the slow cooker? Yes, please. Great gameday eats.

Grilled-Cola Chicken Wings: Chicken wings are another must-have during football season. Try these Grilled-Cola Wings for a fun play.

Fresh Cherry Salsa: Every football season deserves a nice salsa recipe, this Fresh Cherry Salsa recipe is refreshing, and one of our go-to’s this year.

Slow Cooker Carne Asada Cubed Steak Chili: It may not be quite chili season yet but keep this recipe in your back pocket for the colder weather games. It hits like a game-winning field goal at the buzzer.

 

 

Also, we are writing this on National Eat A Hoagie Day. Hoagies are another great option for gameday success. And we have plenty of them. Check out our catering & platters service to provide your watch parties with all the food you need to keep family and friends happy!

Enjoy the games this year and we wish your team the best of luck!

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S'more Summer Fun

S’mores are the star of summer campfires and backyard cookouts. Everyone loves the classic s’more, a harmonious sandwich of marshmallow and chocolate, stuffed between graham crackers. However, today we are suggesting more for your s’mores! Check out some of our favorite creative, next level s’more recipes to try at your next summer night hang out.

Rice Krispie Treat S’mores: Is there anything better than marshmallows and chocolate? Well yes, marshmallows and chocolate AND Rice Krispie treats. Rice Krispie treats will elevate your s’mores to an elite level of crispiness.

Candied Bacon S’mores: Candied bacon brings a wonderful sweet and savory mix. This is at the top of our list.

Roasted Berry S’mores: Berries pair wonderfully with chocolate, why not add them to your s’mores for a refreshing twist? We love roasted berries for a campfire aesthetic in the summer.

Salted Caramel S’mores: Decadent, gooey, and delicious Salted Caramel S’mores can become very addicting.

Tropical S’mores: These tropical s’mores will have you in vacation mode in your own backyard. Add some grilled pineapple, maraschino cherries, and toasted coconut to your s’mores and replace the graham crackers with white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Paradise.

Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores: This idea is simple, but oh-so delicious. Pack your s’more between your favorite chocolate chip cookies for more chocolaty goodness.

Elvis S’more: We all love a good Elvis sandwich, but how about an Elvis s’more? Peanut butter, banana, and bacon added to your s’more. Yum!

Grasshopper S’mores: This minty fresh recipe features dark chocolate mint, like an Andes, rather than your regular s’mores chocolate. A fun, tasty twist.

PB&J S’mores: Did you think we were done remixing sandwiches? Nope. Peanut butter and jelly s’mores are the best thing since sliced bread.

Caramel Apple S’mores: Last but not least, caramel apple s’mores. We recommend using a granny smith apple topped with a warm caramel drizzle.

This summer, we will be enjoying these different recipes at our campfires and highly recommend you do the same. The best part? All of your s’mores needs are conveniently located at your local Price Chopper & Market 32 or on our website.

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International Beer Day

Today is International Beer Day, and we are celebrating the international drink of getting the weekend started. And it’s Friday, how fitting! Let’s highlight some of the breweries that bless our Northeast region with quality, refreshing beverages for every and all seasons. Not all heroes wear capes, some of them concoct awesome brewskis.

Brooklyn Brewery – Brooklyn, NY

When good beer is hard to find, sometimes you have to make it yourself. That’s exactly the story of Brooklyn Brewery. In 1988, Steve Hindy took his homebrewing knowledge from his days as a foreign war correspondent and started the business with his friend Tom Potter. Together they hand-delivered the first batches of Brooklyn Lager to a handful of local bars.

Today Brooklyn’s beers now travel to more than half the U.S. and over 30 countries. Brewmaster Garrett Oliver, a James Beard Award winner, and his team brew everything from classic styles to bold experiments, collaborating with their peers across the globe to keep pushing the boundaries of beer.

Popular Brews: Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn East IPA, Brooklyn Summer Ale

Saranac Brewery – Utica, NY

In 1985, Saranac 1888, named after the iconic Saranac Railroad, was the first concoction to don the brewery name. The Saranac Railroad line connected Utica to the Adirondacks. Similarly, Saranac’s Utica location connects with the Adirondacks through the tastes and experiences provided by their brews.

In fact, back in 1991, Saranac’s Adirondack Lager was awarded the top premium lager at the Great American Beer Festival, chalking the Lager up as Saranac’s first brewing home run.  Naturally, the brewery focused in on making this beer their main priority for the time being.

Today, Saranac Brewery has a plethora of beverages showcasing their name. Blueberry Blonde Ale and S’more Lager are perfect for the essence of summertime. While Pale Ale and Adirondack Lager are two of the company’s year-round staples.

Popular Brews: Saranac Pale Ale, Blueberry Blonde Ale, Adirondack Lager

Stony Creek Brewery – Branford, CT

The pride of Branford, CT, Stony Creek Brewery was rebranded by co-founder Ed Crowley in 2015. Prior to the rebranding, Stony Creek was a small-scale contract-produced craft brand, mainly known for their IPAs named after Connecticut’s two area codes, 203 and 860. Stony Creek became much bigger after their rebrand, and they opened up their first brewery right along the Branford River.

The brewery’s 30,000 square foot size makes it the second largest brewing facility and taproom in the state of Connecticut. One of its unique features is a 2,500 square foot tasting room with 23-ounce glass mugs hanging on the wall behind the bar as part of the brewery’s Mug Club. The “Mug Club” is a way of giving back to devoted customers by giving them “their own little piece of the creek,” according to Ed Crowley Jr!

Popular Brews: Big Cranky Double IPA, Cranky IPA, Stony Joe Mocha Stout

Magic Hat Brewing Company – Burlington, Vermont

Stirring up some mysterious concoctions in the heart of South Burlington, Vermont, Magic Hat is a well-known local brewer. They refer to their brews as elixirs, and their most popular potion is #9. It’s not quite a pale ale, but it runs across your tongue with notes of fruit and floral hop bitterness, bringing an unusual and curious palate. As they say at Magic Hat, #9 asks more questions than it answers. You’ll just have to see for yourself.

Popular Brews: #9, Elder Betty, Circus Boy

Frog Alley Brewing – Schenectady, NY

Frog Alley Brewing is just a short trip down the road from our Schenectady headquarters. As the city’s newest brewing powerhouse, Frog Alley is the key piece of the new Mill Artisan District. This downtown revitalization effort through intriguing new, hip food and drink spots hopes to bring more craft beer lovers and foodies back to the area.

Frog Alley founder JT Pollard put together two of the best brewing minds he could find in Rich Michaels and Drew Schmidt. Michaels and Schmidt used their expertise and years of experience to build Frog Alley’s refreshing, star-powered roster of brews. Included in this list is Mohop #5, a tasty New England IPA with Mosaic hops, featuring notes of mango, stone fruit, and a concoction of more earthy and tropical tones. They also provide Skull Frog, a loud DIPA that is certainly not shy with the Chinook, Columbus, and Simcoe hops.

Popular Brews: Mohop #5, Skull Frog Double IPA, Re4resh IPA

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Burgers for the Holiday Weekend!

The 4th of July is coming up which means we are all looking forward to the long weekend ahead. Nothing is more perfect for a long summer weekend then burgers on the grill. We’re hitting you with some of our favorite burger recipes that we will be enjoying this weekend. The best part? They come with plenty of variety: meat burgers, seafood burgers, and beyond!

Salmon Burgers with Avocado & Asian Slaw: We love salmon burgers! Super underrated in the burger game. And they are excellent for the summer. These salmon burgers with avocado and Asian slaw are a refreshing meal that adds a nice twist to the traditional cookout.

Spinach-Artichoke Turkey Burgers: A good turkey burger is packed with flavor. These Spinach-Artichoke Turkey Burgers certainly fit the bill. A fantastic flavor combination that will unlock a new level of burger lover in your heart and mouth!

Portobello Caprese Burgers: Portobello mushrooms make for a great burger, and this isn’t the last time you’ll hear from them in this list! Top with tomato, mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinegar and you’ll have a caprese experience like you’ve never seen it before.

Italian Meatball Sliders: We’re about halfway through the list so time to switch it up. Sliders! Sliders are great and a fun alternative to a whole burger. Try out these Italian Meatball Sliders and you’ll pick up what we’re putting down.

Aloha Burgers: Say Aloha to this top tier burger recipe! Pineapple, red onion, jalapeño, teriyaki sauce, and more unite for an epic tropical burger experience.

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers: We told you we’d be back. Throw a Portobello patty on the grill, add some A! sauce, mayo, white onion, avocado, you’re good to go!

Cobb Burgers: You’ve probably heard of egg on a burger, but you may have not taken the leap yet. Do it! We promise you won’t regret it. This recipe is a great place to start. Classic burger toppings alongside eggs, blue cheese, roasted reds, and avocado, so delicious!

Smoky Turkey Burger with Smashed Avocado and Black Bean Salsa: And last but not least, another refreshing turkey burger option. Smashed avocado and black bean salsa for a southwest style feel on this one. Amazing flavor, amazing burger!

Still hungry? Here’s a few more mouthwatering burger recipes…

Don’t forget to check out our weekly flyer for great deals on Market 32 Gourmet Pub Burgers and more through Saturday!

Enjoy the long weekend!

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Top Dogs for the 4th

It’s the heart of summer and the 4th of July is coming up. There’s no better time to fire up the grill for some hot dogs. This year, we are striving for variety. Not just your average hot dog, but some recipes to elevate your dogs to the next level. BLT Dogs, Chicago Dogs, Chili Dogs, we’ve got them all. Check out these great recipes for yourself!

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 Dogs: 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.

Vegan Dogs: Finally, vegan dogs. If you don’t eat meat don’t fret, there are great options for you as well. Check out this great recipe from the Cheeky Chickpea. The best part is you can enjoy all of these toppings vegan-style as well.

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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Cherishing Cherries!

In our opinion, one of the more underrated fruits out there is the cherry. They are sweet, snackable, and perfect for the summer. They are great alone or an important ingredient in endless tasty recipes. That’s why this summer we plan on cherishing this awesome stone fruit.

To start, there are two different types of cherries: tart and sweet. Tart cherries are good for cooking and baking, while sweet cherries are the type you buy to eat as a snack. When purchasing these sweet snacks, look for the firm and plump ones that appear bright and glossy. Sweet cherries are mainly grown in California, Washington, and Oregon, while tart cherries can commonly be found in Michigan and Wisconsin. Some popular types of sweet cherries are Bing, Lambert, and Rainier. The most common type of tart cherry is the Montgomery, best when used in baking as they hold their shape better than their more snackable relatives.  

At Price Chopper & Market 32, we love using cherries in our recipes. And not just the classic cherry pie. Check out some of these delectable recipes, perfect for the summer!

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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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