Watermelon Granita

by Jodie Fitz

3 cups diced watermelon

1 cup pitted fresh cherries

1 navel orange

2 tablespoons PICS honey

1 teaspoon PICS vanilla extract

Place the diced watermelon and pitted cherries in a blender.

Cut the navel orange in half and squeeze the juice from both halves into the blender.  Add in the honey and vanilla extract. Blend all ingredients together until mixed well.

Pour the mixture into an 8 x 8 glass baking dish and freeze overnight.

Before serving, shave the iced mixture with a large serving fork, moving in different directions. Scoop and serve frozen.

Watermelon:  You can save time and purchase pre-cut watermelon in the produce section of your local Price Chopper/Market 32.

Little hands:  Young children can dice the watermelon using a plastic knife- a great way to help develop and strengthen motor skills, control and knife safety.

Pitting the Cherries:  It’s simplest to pit cherries with a cherry pitter, but if you don’t have one, you can remove the stem and poke the pit through using a chopstick, toothpick, straw or even a thin pastry tip. 

Leftovers:  Store frozen fruit shavings in an airtight freezer container.

Alternative:  Granita is a perfect, fruit-packed afternoon snack and great alternative to a traditional snow cone.

Cooking with Kids:  Every recipe is filled with life skills that encourage a child’s confidence in the kitchen.  Here are a few to focus on when making this recipe:

  • Dicing and knife safety
  • Pitting cherries
  • Extracting juice
  • Measuring ingredients
  • Following directions 
  • Blending and blender safety
  • Freezing 
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Get More Out of S'mores

Happy National S’mores Day! These tasty treats 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 kick back.

Rice Krispie Treat S’mores: Is there anything better than marshmallows and chocolate? Well yes, marshmallows and chocolate AND rice krispie treats. Rice kispie 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.

On this National S’mores Day be sure to celebrate the right way. This year, we will be busy eating a bunch of these different recipes 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.

Happy National S’mores Day!

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Goose Island Lost Palate Hazy IPA. Juicy. Hazy. Mango(y).

Lost Palate is dedicated to Jonny, a long time Goose Island employee. Jonny, and brewer Quinn, ideated this recipe after Jonny’s recent victorious battle with cancer. The recipe was inspired after Jonny lost the ability to taste many flavors, an unfortunate consequence of battling cancer. He almost completely lost his palate and mangos and cinnamon were two of the few things he was still able to taste. We’re happy to say that Jonny is now a cancer survivor! This beer pays tribute to the flavors that were never lost.

Must be 21+ to buy – We ID. Please enjoy it responsibly. Not available in all stores.

Discover how Lost Palate found its flavors

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Summer Camping Spots in the Northeast

One of the best ways to enjoy the summer weather is by connecting with nature at one of the many breathtaking camping spots the Northeast has to offer. We are proud to call this area home, with each state in our region offering amazing getaway opportunities. To help you with your summer fun we put together a list of some of our favorite camping spots in the area!

Lake Waramug State Park (New Preston, CT): In an area full of scenic lakes, Lake Waramug is wrapped with 77 campsites along its edges. You can even choose between overlooking the water or staying hidden in the trees. Either way you can enjoy fishing, picnic areas, swimming, and boating facilities with kayak and canoe rentals.

Savoy Mountain State Forest (Florida, MA): Tucked away in the beauty of the Berkshires, those who camp at Savoy Mountain State Forest are guaranteed to enjoy a lovely experience with nature. Featuring 46 campsites, and some of the best hiking in New England, campers can enjoy various outdoor adventures. Find floating bog islands, climb overlooks, and discover gorgeous waterfalls all at Savoy Mountain.

Chocorua Camping Village (Tamworth, NH): In the New Hampshire White Mountains sits Chocorua Camping Village, an all-inclusive, resort-style, family camping and hiking destination. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful lakes and giant pine trees. With access to resort amenities like a game room, movie theatre, swimming pool, and treasure hunts.

Moosalamoo Campground (Salisbury, VT): If you’re looking for a backwoods getaway experience that isn’t totally the backwoods, Moosalamoo is the place for you. Featuring 16 miles of hiking trails, the campground also offers drive-in tent camping, toilet facilities, accessible drinking water and trash disposal.

Glimmerglass State Park (Cooperstown, NY): Overlooking Otsego Lake, Glimmerglass State Park offers camping and hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking. The campground offers a concession stand, nature trail, pavilions, picnic tables, showers, grills, volleyball courts, and even fire rings. Campfire wood is also sold at the park.   

Watkins Glen State Park (Watkins Glen, NY): Watkins Glen is considered the most famous of the Finger Lakes state parks. Offering 305 campsites with restrooms, dumping stations, showers, and firewood for sale. The park also features concession stands, a gift shop, picnic tables, and grills. And for entertainment, playing fields, an Olympic sized swimming pool, a kiddie pool, playgrounds, and 19 waterfalls. The park also offers fishing in Seneca Lake or Catherine Creek and hunting in designated areas.  

Greater Reading Campgrounds (Reading, PA): Camping in Reading exposes you to the natural beauty of the area. With the Appalachian Trail to the north and Amish Country to the southwest, the area offers several different terrains and adventures. Popular campgrounds include Sun Valley Campground in Bowmansville, Appalachian RV Resort in Shartlesville, and Mountain Springs Camping Resort in Hamburg.

Whether you are an experienced camper or new to it, these spots all offer awesome summer fun. Check them out if you haven’t yet. And don’t forget to stop by your local Price Chopper/Market 32 for all of your camping necessities!

 

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Serving Up Summer Seafood

Seafood is always a great meal option, but in the summertime it just tastes better. Sitting on the deck or the patio, near water if possible, with a plate of yummy seafood is peak summer. With this in mind, we decided to put together some of our favorite summer seafood recipes for you to try this year!

Grilled Scallops with Lemon Herb Salsa: If you ask us, good scallops never need additional flavor enhancers, but this Lemon Herb Salsa elevates this recipe to the top of our seafood favorites.

Classic Lobster Roll: There’s nothing quite like a lobster roll in the summer. On a lightly toasted bun, with a mix of fresh toppings. It’s a party in your mouth.

Crab Cake Sliders: These Crab Cake Sliders will become a favorite in your seafood repertoire. Fresh, light crab cakes in slider form with the bold, invigorating flavors of Buffalo wing dipping sauce. These are perfect for any get together.

Grilled Garlic-Herb Salmon with Cannellini Bean & Chèvre Purée: Salmon with goat cheese? Delicious! The purée combined with salmon and peppers makes for a refreshing meal, perfect for summer.

Harissa Cedar Plank Salmon with Herb Yogurt Sauce: Sticking with salmon, this playful recipe will take your tastebuds on the ultimate adventure. Bold harissa flavor, tamed by yummy herb yogurt sauce, all makes for the perfect compliment to your summertime salmon.

Creamy White Wine & Garlic Mussels: When we think of seafood appetizers, mussels are the first thing that pops into our mind. These Creamy White Wine & Garlic Mussels are an easy one pot recipe, with mouthwatering results.

Shrimp Scampi Over Rice: Shrimp is a major player in the seafood game. This easy to prepare Shrimp Scampi is complimented beautifully by tasty rice. A dish guaranteed to conquer your seafood cravings.

Tuscan Tuna, White Bean, and Avocado Salad: Looking for something light? This Tuscan Tuna Salad is just what you need. A quick, easy to eat salad full of refreshing flavor. We bet you’ll come back for more!

Spicy Baked Shrimp Banh Mi: Banh Mi is always a fun summertime meal, full of bold flavors that create a real adventure of taste. Add some spice and some shrimp and you can’t lose!

Salmon Burgers with Avocado and Asian Slaw: Burgers are always a big hit in the summer, even when we’re talking seafood. These salmon burgers will rock your cookout world! Toss on some avocado and Asian slaw, you’re backyard may never be the same.  

Grilled Fish Tacos with Cauliflower Tortillas: We’ll end our journey with a classic. Fish tacos! In this case, tilapia is combined with a Mexican blend for epic seasonal flavor. Wrapped up in a cauliflower tortilla to keep these things light and satisfying.

When it comes to summertime seafood, we could be here for days listing off different recipes. But we feel this list features something for every seafood lover. Get out there and try something new this year, and remember, Price Chopper/Market 32 is your one stop shop for all things seafood. Visit your local store or shop with us online!s

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Create Jerk Chicken Sliders with King's Hawaiian

Now Available in the Deli/Bakery. Whether you’re cooking for a block party crowd or a special meal with close friends and family, new KING’S HAWAIIAN® Sweet Slider Buns are pre-sliced and slightly larger than our traditional dinner rolls, making them the perfect fit to bring together the flavors of your favorite recipes, from pulled pork and mini-burgers to BBQ chicken.

 

Try this recipe for irresistible Jerk Chicken Sliders made with KING’S HAWAIIAN® Sweet Slider Buns:

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 (2 ounce) Chicken cutlets
  • 4 Pineapple rings
  • 4 ounces Jerk chicken seasoning
  • 4 ounces Jerk chicken sauce
  • 8 ounces Coleslaw

Preparation:

  • Step 1: Rub raw chicken with Seasoning or Rub
  • Step 2: Grill chicken while basting with Jerk Chicken Sauce until done
  • Step 3: Grill Pineapple Rings
  • Step 4: Make or Purchase Coleslaw
  • Step 5: To assemble the sliders, place slider buns on plate with both sides open faced
  • Step 6: Place Jerk Chicken on the Heel Bun, then top Jerk Chicken with Coleslaw
  • Step 7: Place Grilled Pineapple slice on top of Coleslaw
  • Step 8: Place Crown Bun on top of Pineapple
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Create Your Own Delicious Masterpiece with Heinz!

We all love a good burger.

As Heinz sees it, burgers are a blank canvas, which makes Heinz ketchup and sauces the perfect medium. Heinz is encouraging shoppers to unleash their inner burger artist and treat every burger as a work of art. 

If you’re like us, you love a good opportunity to make a masterpiece out of your culinary creation. This is a perfect opportunity. Whether we’re talking beef burgers, salmon burgers, plant-based or anywhere in between: make the cookout your canvas and show Heinz your skills this season!

Full details, including official rules:  www.heinzartoftheburger.com

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Summer on a Bun: The Lobster Roll

Native to New England, the lobster roll is famous for its delectable qualities and fresh seafood flavors that transport you straight to the ocean with just one bite.

Lobster rolls contain chunks of fresh lobster meat on a buttered, griddled split-top bun. The iconic rolls’ origins and which version best represents the authentic lobster roll are hotly debated. Is hot filling best or the cold lobster salad? Some favor lettuce while others prefer celery. Two of the most popular versions are Connecticut-style, featuring warm chunks of lobster meat soaked in butter and Maine-style containing cooled steamed lobster meat lightly dressed with mayonnaise.

Dive Into Quality Seafood

No matter your preference, the secret to an exceptional lobster roll is quality lobster. Using the freshest catches creates an unforgettably delicious sandwich. At Price Chopper, we partner with our New England friends at Ready Seafood in Portland, Maine. They offer superior quality with sustainable, fresh lobsters boasting succulent texture, sweet flavor and countless culinary options.

Focus on Fresh Flavors

Natives and tourists alike can’t get enough of this satisfying northeastern sandwich. Enjoy summer on a bun by picking up local Price Chopper lobster and creating fresh takes of this American staple! Lobster and vibrant peak-season produce make an undeniably fresh duo. Try Heirloom Tomato-Dill Lobster Rolls made with claw and knuckle lobster meat, Greek yogurt and mayonnaise, as well as Greek vinaigrette, lemon, heirloom tomatoes and dill served in New England-style hot dog rolls. Or, since lobster and zest go hand in hand, give lobster rolls a tropical twist by creating a Mango-Avocado Ceviche Lobster Roll. Combine claw and knuckle lobster meat with mango, avocado and red onion, along with cilantro, lime, jalapeños and olive oil served on a brat bun. Enjoy homemade lobster rolls with classic sides like French fries, potato chips, coleslaw and pickles.

Ready to roll? Visit pricechopperready.com for more tips and mouthwatering lobster roll recipes!

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Camping Essentials

In this summer of social distancing it’s challenging to find ways to enjoy the season while remaining safe at the same time. Camping is an excellent way to get outdoors while taking the necessary precautions. If you’re planning a camping trip for the first time, we’ve put together a list of some of our essentials to make your trip a success!

Simply Done Household Products: Our Simply Done brand has everything you need to make your trip easy. From cutlery to trash bags, all the necessary household products are included on our website so you can rest assured that you did not forget anything. You will be all set for the entirety of your trip!

Sunscreen: When it comes to spending time in the great outdoors the sun is one of nature’s biggest threats. It’s important to stay protected with sunscreen while having fun in the sun. Luckily, we offer a number of brands for you to choose from.

PICS Snacks: Our PICS brand offers an awesome variety of snacks, including our new and improved PICS chips line which features four new flavors. PICS offers plenty of items, keeping you stocked up and satisfied all trip long!

Beer (21+): Beer always makes a nice addition to a getaway. Stop by your local store where we offer a wide range of local brews for your convenience. There’s something for everyone to enjoy the trip.

Things may be different this year but we are still finding ways to get out and enjoy the nice weather. A camping trip is a quiet, fun time with the family. Perfect for this particular summer. We recommend checking out all of these options to make your trip the ultimate success!

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