The Melted Snowman Smoothie by Jodie Fitz

3 cups ice

1½ cups low-fat milk

6 oz. PICS low fat vanilla yogurt

1 banana

3 tablespoons PICS honey

1 ½ teaspoons PICS vanilla extract

Add all ingredients to a blender, blend well and serve.

 

Create a Snowman Mason Jar! This craft is simple and fun.  Here are the supplies you will need:

Mason jar

Ribbon

2 buttons

Double stick tape

Scissors

Decorative Paper Straws (optional)

Measure, cut and tie ribbon around the jar rim and adhere two buttons to the front of the jar with double stick tape. Serve your Melted Snowman with a colorful paper straw.

Dairy allergies? Substitute your favorite dairy free yogurt and milk alternatives. Coconut based products help keep this recipe thick and creamy.

Cooking with Kids! Every recipe has lessons, small and big, that encourage life and cooking skills. Here are a few to focus on:

  • Measuring ingredients
  • Peeling a banana
  • Blending
  • Blender safety
  • Pouring
  • Following directions
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KCC Hot Cocoa Cones by Jodie Fitz

Supplies Needed:

Price Chopper or Market 32 Paper Grocery Bag (or craft paper)

Double sided tape

Regular tape

Holiday wrapping paper

Cellophane

Ribbon

PICS Instant Hot Chocolate Packets

PICS Mini Marshmallows

PICS Snap and seal sandwich size bag

Tools Needed:

Scissors

Pencil

Bowl

Directions

  1. Create a template on the paper bag or craft paper by flipping a bowl upside down and tracing it with a pencil.  The bowl should be a medium sized bowl, approximately 8 “ in diameter.  It does not have to be exact.
  2. Using scissors, cut out the paper circle.  Note:  You need a paper bag circle for every cone you create; it provides the stability to the cone.
  3. Lay the paper bag circle on top of wrapping paper, trace a circle and cut it out.  Attach the two circles together with double sided tape.
  4. Draw a pencil circle in the center of each circle.  
  5. Cut out a pie shaped triangular piece like in the video.  It will look almost like a Pac-Man character.
  6. Roll the circle by overlapping the cut pieces until it forms a cone shape.  Keep it in position by placing a double-sided piece of tape where the overlap pieces come together.  
  7. Roll the hot chocolate packet and insert it into the cone.
  8. Fill the snap and seal bag about a third of the way full with mini marshmallows.  Release the air before sealing it.  Roll the empty end and tuck it into the cone.  Tape it into place.
  9. Cut a square piece of clear cellophane.  Place the pointed end of the cone in the center, bring the cellophane up around the cone and tie the top off with a ribbon.

Optional:  Add a personal note and share with friends!

Where to Find Everything?

Paper Bags:  Reuse a brown paper grocery bag.  Or, you can purchase a roll of brown craft paper.

Double sided tape, regular tape, pencils & scissors:  You can find these in the school supply aisle.

Holiday wrapping paper, cellophane and ribbon:  You can find these items in the seasonal aisle, and also the greeting card section at Price Chopper/Market 32.

Hot Cocoa Packets:  This is typically located in the coffee and tea aisle.

Mini Marshmallows:  Typically found in the baking aisle.

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Thanksgiving is one of the many great food holidays of the year. A plethora of yummy dishes are prepared, served, and enjoyed. The only problem? Too many leftovers! But don’t fear, these two recipes below will turn those leftovers into lovely meals!

Stuffing Egg Cups by Jodie Fitz

Leftover Stuffing

PICS eggs, large

PICS bacon, cooked and diced

PICS shredded sharp cheese

PICS nonstick cooking Spray

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Coat each muffin tin cup with the nonstick cooking spray.

Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of leftover stuffing to each cup and press it to form a thin bowl of stuffing that covers the side and base of each individual cup in the muffin pan.

Add an egg to each cup.

Top each cup with diced, cooked bacon and shredded cheese.  Bake the egg bites for approximately 15 minutes, until the egg is fully cooked and the cheese is melted.

Baked Bacon:  Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Lay the strips of bacon on the foil.  Bake for approximately 18 – 20 minutes.  Remove the bacon strips from the foil with tongues, and place them on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any extra grease.

Other Meats:  You can swap the bacon for breakfast sausage, diced ham or even diced leftover turkey.

Add in leftover veggies:  You can dice your favorite leftover veggies and add them to the top of the egg along with the bacon or you can eliminate the meat and go vegetarian. 

Top it off:  You can also add a little cranberry sauce on top for a sweet and savory mix of leftovers.

Thanksgiving Leftover Garbage Bread by Jodie Fitz

1 PICS pizza dough, thawed

Brie cheese, room temperature

Leftover stuffing

Leftover cranberry sauce

Leftover turkey, diced

PICS butter, room temperature

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Butter the sides and base of a glass loaf pan.

On a floured surface, roll the pizza dough into a rectangular shape.

Cut the rind off of the Brie cheese.

Spread the Brie cheese onto the rolled dough.

Generously sprinkle the leftover stuffing, cranberry sauce and turkey on top of the  cheese.

Roll the dough up with all of the leftovers.  Pinch the seam together, fold the edges and press those together.

Place the stuffed dough, seam down into the loaf pan.

Bake the garbage bread for 40 – 45 minutes.

Remove the loaf from the pan, slice and serve warm.

Leftover Veggies:  You can slice and dice leftover veggies and add them to the mix as well.

Store it!  You can wrap the bread in waxed paper or parchment paper, place it in an airtight storage bag and keep it in the refrigerator for a couple of days.  Slice and warm before serving.  This is best warmed in an oven or toaster oven.

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Goofy Gourds with Jodie Fitz

Ready to have a little family fun making goofy gourds?  Follow these easy steps…

  1. Go for a hunt through your local Price Chopper/Market 32 Supermarket as a family and discover a whole lot of crafty fun.
  1. Bring your finds home.
  1. Make memories together creating goofy gourds!

It’s that easy.

Skies the limit…create a Cyclops, give your gourds hair and silly faces, dress them…whatever you envision you can create.  

Suggested Supplies:

You can find everything you need at your local Price Chopper/Market 32 Supermarkets.  Here’s a list along with an aisle aide for your shopping fun

Seasonal and Produce

  • Gourds
  • Spider Web

School Supplies

  • Construction Paper
  • Rubber Cement (glue)
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Baking Aisle

  • Candy Eyes
  • Cupcake liners

Card/Wrapping Supplies

  • Tissue Paper
  • Ribbon

 

MINIMIZE the MESS! 

Take a Price Chopper/Market 32 paper bag.  Fold it flat and create on top of the bag so that you can simply fold it up and toss out the mess when you are finished.

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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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Beetle Juice

Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice!  After you sip on this yummy blend you will definitely be calling out beetle juice three times.

It’s a fruity drink with just the right amount of fizz that’s fun and festive, but incorporates fresh, healthy ingredients . 

Beetle Juice by Jodie Fitz

4 cups ice

2 lemons, fresh

2 cups water

½ cup PICS honey

½ cup PICS fresh frozen mixed berry medley

1 teaspoon PICS vanilla extract

1 teaspoon raspberry extract

Triple berry seltzer

PICS Raspberry sherbet (optional)

Cut the lemons in half. Squeeze the lemon juice from the lemons.

Note: If you have a citrus juicer simply squeeze the juice right into a blender pitcher. If you have to squeeze by hand, squeeze the juice into a glass or bowl first so that you can remove any seeds with a spoon before adding the juice to the blender.

Add the ice, lemon juice, water, honey, frozen mixed berry medley and extracts into the blender. Blend the ingredients together well.

Depending on the size of the glass, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the triple berry seltzer to add fizz to the mix. Fill the rest of the glass with the blended fruit mixture.

The kids!  Remember there are always valuable lessons to learn in every recipe.  Here are a few with Beetle Juice…

  • Blending
  • Blender safety
  • Measuring ingredients
  • Following Directions
  • Extracting juice from lemons
  • Exploring healthier alternatives

The Brains!  If you want to add a little dessert style fun add sherbet brains to the mix.  If you want to keep it healthier, freeze some of the beetle juice without the seltzer in ice molds of either brains or bugs and add them to your finished drink before serving.

Basic Witch Hat with Homemade Chips

Looking for a healthy Halloween nosh?  Look no further.  Check out these festive homemade witch hat chips served with an orange Pico de Gallo salsa.  The entire combination is total yum!

Basic Witch Hat Homemade Chips by Jodie Fitz

1 package of cedar spinach wraps

1 witch hat cookie cutter

2 tablespoons PICS canola oil

PICS Sea salt

Nonstick cooking spray

Place the spinach wraps, one at a time, on a cutting board. Use a cookie cutter to cut out witch hat shapes.  Each cedar wrap should yield approximately 8 hats depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Coat a nonstick baking sheet with the nonstick cooking spray.

Baste each hat lightly with the canola oil and then sprinkle them with sea salt.

Bake them for 5-7 minutes until the edges start to toast. Let them cook completely to finishing the crisping process.

Lessons and life skills to focus on when making this recipe with the kiddos: 

  • Basting
  • Baking
  • Oven safety
  • Following directions

Homemade Pico de Gallo Salsa by Jodie Fitz

2 orange heirloom tomatoes, small

1 orange bell pepper

½ cup sweet onion, finely diced

1 small clove of garlic, minced

4 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon PICS balsamic vinegar

Wash the tomatoes.  Remove the top and bottom of the tomatoes.  Slice the tomato and dice the tomato into small pieces. 

Wash the bell pepper.  Remove the top, seeds and insides of the peppers.  Slice and dice the pepper. 

Stir the diced tomatoes, the diced bell pepper, diced sweet onion, chopped cilantro and balsamic vinegar together.

Serve with your homemade witch chips.

Lessons and life skills to focus on when making this recipe with the kiddos: 

  • Dicing
  • Knife safety
  • Mincing
  • Chopping
  • Stirring
  • Following directions
  • Measuring ingredients

 

 

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Favorite Recipes from our Farmers

We love sourcing fresh, home.grown. produce and products from our local farming partners. These products provide our families with delicious recipes to enjoy throughout the year. It’s always our goal to make your family feel the same way. We hit up some of our local partners to highlight some of the best dishes that use the fresh, local products that they produce themselves. Check it out!

Spicy Maple Mayo: At Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville, VT, maple is a staple. They have a website full of maple recipes beyond your typical pancakes and waffles. Spicy Maple Mayo, for example, would make an excellent condiment for Labor Day Weekend.

Maple for Dessert: Sticking to syrup, Mapleland Farms in Salem, NY suggests using maple to satisfy your sweet tooth.  They have so many delicious sweets on their website it was impossible to spotlight just one recipe. Check them out!

Summer Squash and Onion Quiche: A. Gurda Produce in Pine Island, NY benefits from their prime location in the “Black Dirt” region. Using some of North America’s most fertile soil to grow their onions, you can rest assured any recipe from these guys will be top notch.

home.grown. Corn Fritters: Our friends at Reeves Farms in Baldwinsville, NY hooked us up with this delicious recipe for Corn Fritters. It’s an easy, creative way for corn fanatics to get their fix.

Cold Hollow Apple Bread: Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury Center, VT features a number of comforting, tasty apple and cider recipes. Their signature Apple Bread is a must try if you’re a fan of fall flavor!

We’re grateful to work with so many great local producers who bring you and your family the finest home.grown. products all year round. Use Northeast-hailing ingredients in the best way possible by trying some of these all-star recipes. For everything you need, visit your local Price Chopper/Market or shop with us online.

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