Mia Teal

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March 24th is National Cocktail Day, which just happens to fall on a Friday this year. How convenient! Price Chopper and Market 32 have a variety of recipes and all the best ingredients you need to celebrate tonight! First, let’s rewind time and see some history of the cocktail.

Cocktails are nothing new. In fact, they have been around since the 18th Century! Originally inspired by British punches, the term “cocktail” was first shown in a 1798 newspaper. It is unknown who created the first cocktail, but one thing is for certain – Cocktails have evolved over time. There are so many different recipes and variations to making a delicious cocktail. The possibilities are endless!

Now for the best part – let’s mix some drinks!

Spring Cocktails: What better way to celebrate the first week of Spring than with this Spring Cocktail! This drink is a delicious mix of berries, bourbon whisky, vodka, & gin!

Pomegranate Cosmo: To say this drink is refreshing would be an understatement. Fresh pomegranate in your cosmo? I think yes!

Poison Apple Sour: Dare to try this Poison Apple Sour? With only a few ingredients and 5 minutes prep time, we think this is a must-try! 

Cos-Mocktails: Who says your drink needs to have alcohol? Try this non-alcoholic mocktail for a delicious, refreshing drink!

Need some ingredients! Shop below!

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What is a Sloppy Joe, and why was this sandwich given this name? Since today is National Sloppy Joe Day, it is only right that we answer your burning Sloppy Joe questions! 

Sloppy Joes are a very popular, messy sandwich! Not only do they taste delicious, but the ingredients are generally inexpensive. Traditionally, the Sloppy Joe is made with ground beef, onions, garlic, bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce or ketchup, and seasoning on a hamburger bun or roll. What a combo! Of course, there is no right or wrong way to make this sandwich. Some people have substituted beef for chicken, or a plant-based meat.

Now that we know what the sandwich consists of, why in the world is the name Sloppy Joe? Believe it or not, there are different stories on how the Sloppy Joe got its name. The first story takes place in Havana, Cuba. José García was the bar owner, and served ropa vieja to his customers. This is a type of Cuban-style pork. His customers would often joke with García that his restaurant was “sloppy,” hence the name Sloppy Joe’s.

The second tale originated in 1930 from Sioux City, Iowa. The story goes that a cook named Joe who worked in a popular restaurant would make sandwiches by dousing loose-ended meat with tomato sauce. Many believe this is how the name Sloppy Joe was born.

Which story is true? Well, that is up for you to decide. Either way, the Sloppy Joe we know and love is a delicious, warm, and filling meal. Stop by your local Price Chopper and Market 32 for the finest ingredients to make your next Sloppy Joe, or visit our website!

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Mia Teal

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Happy Pi Day from Price Chopper and Market 32! Pi Day is a celebration of the irrational number pi (π). This Greek letter is used to represent the ratio of the circumference of any given circle to its diameter. Why is this holiday specifically today? The first 3 numbers of pi are 3.14, hence the date of March 14th. Ironically, today also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday!

Pi Day was founded in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw and has been celebrated ever since. Many math classes will celebrate Pi Day with pie of course, but also with cake, cookies, and more. What a great way to make math fun!

What kind of pie will you buy today? At Price Chopper and Market 32, we have a variety of pies in our bakery section, including apple pie, blueberry pie, pumpkin pie, and more! We also have all the best ingredients if you would like to make your own pie today. Check out some berry-good pie recipes below.

Bumbleberry Pie: What even is a “bumbleberry?” Bumbleberries are not actually a berry, rather, a variety of berries. For this pie we used a mix of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, making for a sweet & flavorful pie. 

Skillet Pear Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream: Have you ever seen a recipe for pear pie? Well, now you have! Be sure to pear this pie with PICS vanilla ice cream & PICS whipped cream!

Caramel Apple Pie: Like a caramel apple, this caramel apple pie is a dream you will be sure to love!

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Ellie Wilson

MS, RDN, CDN

Happy National Nutrition Month! This unique annual celebration of the benefits food brings to our lives marks 50 years the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has been working to create awareness that better health is built on the transformational power of nutrition. The theme this year, Fuel for the Future, recognizes that food choices and sustainability are always intertwined; fueling the future means eating well at every age and stage, and caring for the earth that provides our food.

How can you make this event meaningful for you and your family? Check out these 10 tips to fuel eating well with the environment in mind, this month, and every month.

-Learn about local foods and eat in season. What is your favorite local fruit or vegetable?

-Recycle packaging and containers as much as possible – everyone can be part of the solution!

-Try new fruits and vegetables, or double up on servings of the ones you enjoy – more is better, for you and for the earth.

-Explore foods through flavors and cultures – we live in a global community and learning about cultures through foods creates connection and communication.

-Eat meals and snacks together – family meals are key to better family communications, stronger social skills, better grades, and healthier eating.

-Plan shopping and meals to reduce waste and save money while staying nourished.

-Include children in planning and making meals and snacks when cooking at home. They can also help clean up! The more food skills children have, the more choices they have as they grow.

-Sip smarter – tap water, flavored or sparkling waters or teas without added sugars, in reusable containers, keep you hydrated and healthy.

-If you want a creative, personalized food and health plan, a registered dietitian-nutritionist is the right professional partner. Find one in your area at https://www.eatright.org/find-a-nutrition-expert.

-Practice gratitude for your body and health by eating a variety of foods – fresh, frozen, and canned are all part of a nourishing plan.

Want to discover new recipes? Check out some of our sites:

Price Chopper Home Page

Price Chopper Ready

Price Chopper YouTube

Price Chopper Pinterest 

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Who can resist the sweetness of strawberries? Strawberries are not only delicious and juicy, but they are a very popular fruit. According to a 2021 survey, strawberries are among the top favorite fruits for Americans. In fact, the average American will consume 3.4 pounds of strawberries per year, and 94% of United States households eat these delicate fruits. 

While strawberries are a delicious snack on their own, there are many different ways to cook or bake with them as an ingredient. Some ideas include making smoothies or ice cream, creating a strawberry dressing, or even making your own jam or jelly. Whatever you decide to do with your strawberries this season, be sure to first stop by your local Price Chopper and Market 32 to pick out packages of these fresh fruits!

In need of some recipes? Check out a few fruity ideas from our website!

Strawberry-Rosé & Poppy Seed Shortcake: Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked biscuits on a Sunday morning. Serve with strawberries & PICS whipped cream to complete the meal!

Strawberry-Orange Smoothie: Whether you need a breakfast on-the-go or a quick pick-me-up, this smoothie will help power you through your day!

Strawberry, Arugula and Quinoa Salad with Asparagus & Feta: Fresh strawberries add the perfect amount of sweetness to this salad. Feel free to add in Market 32 chicken or turkey breast for a delicious addition to this meal.

Happy National Strawberry Day!

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Exploring Latin and Asian Cuisine

Two of the more popular international cuisines are Latin and Asian! Both offer an exciting variety of flavors and dishes. We love these cuisines not only for their wonderful tastes but for the inspiration and rich tradition they bring to our tables. We’ve highlighted some recipes that we love – and if you’re interested in exploring these cuisines further we’ve included our full collection of recipes for each!

Latin

Chorizo & Egg Chilaquiles: Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican breakfast dish, where corn tortillas are lightly fried and simmered in a brothy sauce. In this version, chorizo and egg work together to create a delicious morning meal.

Empanadas: Empanadas are discs of pastry packed with meat. This recipe features a delicious tomato, onion, and garlic and beef mixture.

Grilled Chicken Mole: Mole is a traditional sauce and marinade used in Mexican cuisine. It’s full of flavor and elevates every dish its featured in, much like this Grilled Chicken recipe.

Instant Pot® Mexican Pork Pozole Rojo: This Mexican Pork Pozole Rojo is a delicious winter comfort food. Full of flavor and warmth to help you through the rest of winter.

Chocolate Pepita Bark: Pepita is a pumpkin seed, which is a common ingredient in Mexican cuisine. In this dish, the chocolate, pepitas, and added chili powder make for a delicious dessert or late night snack.

Check out our full collection of Latin recipes: http://bit.ly/3EtSszt

Asian

Chicken Banh Mi Bowl: In Vietnamese cuisine, banh mi is a baguette with a thin and crisp texture, typically served as a sandwich with meats, vegetables, herbs & spices. In this recipe, we take these common ingredients and feature them in the increasingly popular bowl form.

Instant Pot® Korean Country Ribs: These Korean Country Ribs are coated and cooked in a mouth-watering broth mixture for a tasty twist. Use the Instant Pot® to make things easy!

Orange-Soy Baked Salmon: If you’re looking for a refreshing meal that hits the spot every time, this Orange-Soy Baked Salmon is the way to go. Your tastebuds will jump for your joy after enjoying this dish.

Thai Red Curry Shrimp & Green Beans: Thai Red Curry is perfect to warm you up in the cold winter. Shrimp and green beans are a natural complement to an already palette-pleasing taste.

Grilled Orange-Teriyaki Steaks with Grilled Scallions & Bell Peppers: Try out this recipe for a flavorful twist on steak. If you’re already a big fan of steak, this recipe is a perfect addition to your repertoire.

Check out our full collection of Asian recipes:  http://bit.ly/3SpMRA8

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Homemade Soup Contest Favorites!

National Homemade Soup Day is here, and we are celebrating with the entries from our Homemade Soup Recipe Facebook Contest. We received a number of mouthwatering recipes, and dwindling down the list was certainly challenging. Thanks to all who participated…we’re off to enjoy some new soup recipes!

Check out our winnning recipe Douglas’ Tomato Soup as well as more of our favorites below!

Tomato Soup from Douglas in Binghamton, NY

One can of undiluted condensed Tomato Soup.

One can of un-drained diced Tomatoes.

1/4 Tsp Dried Basil

Dash of hot sauce or more to taste.

Stir together while heating just to the point of boiling.

Enjoy.

Chicken Noodle Soup from Laura in Syracuse, NY

Fill 4 QT pot 2/3 of way with water. 

Add 4 chicken drumsticks and bring to boil. 

Skim fat as it appears until it is cooked out. 

Add 2 stalks of celery, a tomato that has been skinned, 2 potatoes, cubed, a small onion, baby carrots to taste and 2 tsp of salt. 

Cook an hour. 

Serve with soup pasta of choice.

Homemade Potato Soup from Kimberly in Selkirk, NY

Take 1 lb bacon — slice into 1 inch pieces fry good and brown; put bacon in 5 qt kettle

Take 4 large white potatoes, peel and dice into 1/2 inch cubes put in pot

Take 6 to 8 1 inch boiling onions left whole — put in pot

Add a tablespoon of left over bacon grease

Fill pot 2/3s full with water

Add salt and pepper to taste

Boil until onions are fully cooked(approximately 45 minutes)

To finish add a tablespoon of butter, and 1 large can of evaporated milk to the soup.

To serve break up day old white bread place in your bowl and add soup, grab a spoon and Enjoy!

Very Easy Lentil Soup from Dawn in Poughkeepsie, NY

Sauté 1/2 minced onion and 1 clove garlic minced in olive oil

Add 8 oz tomato sauce and 8 oz chicken broth

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/8 tsp. Pepper

1/2 tsp. Oregano

Add one can Progresso Lentil soup

Heat through

Spoon into bowls add cooked rice or cooked ditalini pasta

 

Pepper Soup from Cinzia in Winsted, CT

3 bell peppers of any color (or mixed colors), diced

1 large onion, diced

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 cups water

1 cup vegetable or beef broth

1 large can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Optional: Cayenne pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, sauté peppers and onions in oil. Add water, broth, and crushed tomatoes. Add seasonings. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.  Serves 4.

Optional: Serve topped with shredded cheddar cheese.

Beef Cabbage Soup from George in Binghamton, NY

3/4  ground beef (can use left over steak,or burger)

1 diced large onion,

2-3 cups diced cabbage

2-3 diced fresh carrot

2-3 minced garlic

If beef is uncooked sauté in large pot ,when pink is gone , pour off most of grease, add the vegetables and sauté for 5 minutes (can skip but adds some flavor)

Add remaining

1 box beef broth

1 can 280z diced tomatoes

1-2 tbs Worcestershire sauce

Bring to boil and let simmer until veggies tender.

Enjoy over cold noodles or rice (helps cool it down)

Mia Teal

E-Commerce Marketing Department

While salads are a very common side dish at the dinner table, making a meal out of a salad can be just as quick, delicious, and even more filling. At Price Chopper and Market 32, we have everything from salad starter kits in the produce section, as well as a wide variety of cheeses, nuts, vegetables, and meat. Not to mention, have you seen our aisle with the salad dressing? It is an understatement to say that there is an option for everybody! Check out some options below on what to put in your next salad.

Fruits &

Vegetables:

Tomatoes

Carrots

Edamame

Avocado

Corn

Peppers

Onions

Olives

Blackberries

Mandarin oranges

Blueberries

Strawberries

Apples

Proteins:

Chicken breast (Grilled or Fried)

Steak

Bacon

Salmon

Shrimp

Tuna 

Tofu (Grilled or Fried)

Hard boiled eggs

Chickpeas

Beans

Nuts:

Slivered almonds

Chopped walnuts

Pecans

Pistachios

Sunflower seeds 

Cranberries

Cheeses:

Shredded (any variety)

Goat Cheese

Feta Cheese

Blue Cheese

Gorgonzola

Mozzarella

Grains:

Rice

Quinoa

Barley 

Toppings:

Croutons

Tortilla strips

Check out some fresh salad recipes!

Power Boost Salad: Need a boost? Try making this salad for lunch to power you through the day. 

Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad: A mouthwatering meal you will love! For seafood lovers, try adding in a few pieces of shrimp as well. 

Turkey Spinach Salad with Grilled Jalapeño Lime Dressing: Salad with some spice! If you have never tried this combo of ingredients, you need to ASAP!

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What seemed like a mild winter has turned into many inches of snow…all at once. It’s times like these where we don’t feel like budging, and we just cannot seem to get warm no matter what! At Price Chopper and Market 32, we have some delicious ways for you to get warm! Take a look below at some of our warm beverages.

Hot chocolate:

Warm chocolate with marshmallows and whip cream hit the spot! Some of our hot chocolate options include:

  • PICS Hot Cocoa Single Serve Cup
  • PICS Hot Chocolate Packets with Marshmallows
  • PICS Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Packets  
  • PICS Hot Cocoa Mix

Recipe Alert! Mexican Hot Chocolate

Not feeling the traditional hot chocolate today? We understand. Try out this delicious Mexican Hot Chocolate made with PICS whole milk, cinnamon, cayenne peppers, and chocolate morsels. 

Tea:

There are so many ways to make tea to your liking. Try adding in PICS honey, PICS sugar packets, or even a splash of PICS milk! Some of our flavors include:

  • PICS Chai Tea K-Cups 
  • PICS Black Tea Bags 
  • PICS Decaffeinated Black Tea Bags 
  • PICS Green Tea Bags 
  • PICS Decaffeinated Green Tea Bags

Recipe Alert! Warm Berry, Tea, & Cider Punch

Coffee:

If we listed out all of our PICS coffee, the entire page would be filled! Here are just a few of our coffee options:

  • PICS Ground French Vanilla Light Roast Coffee
  • PICS House Blend Medium Roast Single Serve Cup Coffee
  • PICS French Vanilla Cappuccino Single Serve Cup 
  • PICS 100% Colombian Ground Coffee
  • PICS Half Caffeine Medium Roast Single Serve Cup Coffee

Recipe Alert! Viennese Coffee | LavAzza

Remember – Warm weather is coming, but for now, a cup of Joe will have to suffice!

FIshin' for Tacos

Fishing for new taco recipes? Consider seafood! These tasty recipes offer a wide range of variety and an experience packed with flavor and twists. If you’re a fan of seafood you’ll love these options. Check out some of our favorite recipes and celebrate National Fish Taco Day on January 25th with us!

Fast & Fresh Fish Tacos: Fast and fresh! Grab a lb. of Market 32 Mahi Mahi and a bag of Fresh Express Chipotle Cheddar Salad and you’re on your way to enjoying lovely fish tacos.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Cauliflower Tortillas: Break out the Tilapia Filets and the Cauliflower Tortillas for an epic ride of flavor.

Crispy Cornmeal Fish Tacos with Citrus Slaw: This recipe calls for cod accompanied by a fresh, tasty citrus slaw that you won’t be able to resist. So good you’ll have to come back for more.

Beer Poached Mahi Mahi Tacos: These mahi mahi filets are boosted with fresh mango, onion, guacamole salsa and more. This recipe can make any day feel like summer.

General Tso’s Shrimp Tacos: Add some General Tso’s sauce and serrano pepper to your tacos for a wave of bold flavors. Perfect with shrimp!

Check out these video recipes…

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