National Fruits and Vegetables Day

This week features #NationalFruitsandVegetablesDay and we’re celebrating with a variety of produce-centric recipes to try this season. Each with a unique variety of flavors and tastes for your summer fun. Whether it’s a main dish, side, or a treat to stay cool – we’ve got you covered with a summer’s worth of new dishes. Check them out below!

Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad: Add a twist to your pasta salad with grilled veggies. They add a tasty crunch to a classic summer side.

Greek Stuffed Eggplant: Eggplant stuffed with delicious and refreshing ingredients.

Grilled Corn with Parmesan Spread and Basil: Corn is a summertime favorite, and ours is made locally. Throw it on the grill and add this flavorful parmesan.

Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken Salad: A refreshing salad is perfect for the summer heat, and the lemony, garlicky aroma this recipe brings is a wonderful take.

Indian Spiced Cauliflower with Garbanzo Beans and Tomatoes: This recipe is packed with flavor, and it takes cauliflower, tomatoes, and garbanzo beans to a place you may not have tried before.

Grilled Veggie Quinoa Bowls: Quinoa bowls are super refreshing, and grilled veggies are a summer hit. Add them together for the perfect meal.

Hummus Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes: A delicious and light recipe. Perfect for an appetizer at your next cookout.

Watermelon Blueberry Pops: Cool down with these DIY Watermelon Blueberry Pops to complement your summer fun.

Campfire Skillet Strawberry-Peach Cobbler: Nights by the fire make for some of the best summer relaxation. This cobbler makes them even better.

Watermelon Bites: A tasty and refreshing appetizer or snack option.

Watermelon Pico De Gallo: Throw a summery twist into your dip by adding watermelon to your pico de gallo.

Crunchy Slaw with Creamy Lime Dressing: Coleslaw is another refreshing summer side dish. This tasty take might become a favorite.

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Mia Teal

Marketing Coordinator, Paid Media

As the temperature climbs and the days stretch longer, there’s one thing on everyone’s mind: soaking up that warm weather. And what better way to do it than with a good old-fashioned picnic? 

Picnics encompass far more than simply enjoying tasty food; they involve gathering friends and family together to embrace the beauty of the outdoors. The warm sun hitting your face while simultaneously smelling the bright flowers awakens the senses and brings joy from one person to the next. 

This being said, it’s time to plan your next picnic! Let’s take a look at some local parks to have a picnic as well as delicious recipes for you to make!

Once you have your picnic location, it’s time to plan what you will bring. Check out some ideas from our recipes site below!

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Mia Teal

Marketing Coordinator, Paid Media

Autumn is just around the corner, which signals the start of pumpkin and apple picking season! While this is a thrilling time, it also signifies that other fruits and vegetables are transitioning out of season, such as the delightful strawberry. Let’s take a deeper dive on the season of strawberries, and recipes you can make to ensure that these little fruits do not go to waste.

Peak strawberry season in the Northeast is late May to early July. However, different varieties of strawberries have different seasons. Yes, there are different types of these berries! This diversity allows you to savor the sweet delights of June-bearing strawberries during early summer picnics, transition to the ever-bearing strawberries for a late summer treat, and extend your strawberry indulgence into the crisp days of autumn with day-neutral varieties. Take a look below on these three types of strawberries.

  1. June-bearing Strawberries: June-bearing Strawberries, as their name implies, start ripening in the middle to late part of June. They are characterized by their larger size and longer lifespan compared to other strawberry varieties.
  2. Ever-bearing Strawberries: This type is prevalent in June and early fall. These are not as sweet as June-bearing Strawberries.
  3. Day-neutral Strawberries: Day-neutral Strawberries represent the final category and consistently produce berries throughout the summer and into the fall, maintaining a continuous yield.

Berry-good recipes you will love!

Bumbleberry Pie: A fresh mix of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries all baked in a warm pie? Who can say no? Try adding PICS Vanilla Ice Cream or PICS Whipped Cream to the pie.

Strawberry-Mango Salsa: This tropical dip will have your taste buds doing the salsa! Pair with PICS Tortilla Chips for the ultimate fiesta!

Strawberry Shortcake: Fresh berries & cream are a wonderful go-to on a Sunday morning!

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Mia Teal

Marketing Coordinator, Paid Media

The month of July has so much to offer. The weather is beautiful, school is out, and everywhere we look there are barbecues and picnics. It only makes sense that National Grilling Month is celebrated for the entirety of this month! When we think of firing up the grill, hot dogs and hamburgers are most likely the first thing to come to mind. However, there are actually an array of items that can be grilled. Some may even surprise you. Let’s take a look below!

Watermelon: Grilling watermelon is actually quite simple. If you are new to the whole “grilling fruit” idea, then you are in for a treat. Picture the juicy sweetness of watermelon with a smoky flavor. It is quite the combination. The watermelon should be cut into wedges and placed on a heated grill for two to three minutes. Some people may add sugar or spices, or just eat it plain.

Pineapple: Grilled pineapple is a must-try this summer. They can be cut in rings, wedges, or cubes. Many people brush the pineapple in butter and/or brown sugar, but that is optional. Lightly oil the grate and cook pineapple for two to three minutes. 

Bananas: If you are a banana-lover, then you are in for a serious treat! To grill bananas, slice them down the middle with the peel intact. Place the cut-side of the banana on the grill and wait to see grill marks (should only be about two minutes). An option here is to sprinkle on sugar or honey. Using tongs, flip the bananas over for five more minutes, or until the peel starts to pull away. This is best served with vanilla ice cream. Speaking of, Price Chopper and Market 32 have a new line of PICS Pint Ice Cream! Check them out here

Tofu: Looking to change up the way you eat tofu? Look no further! Grilled, seasoned tofu is a delicious summertime meal. You will want to buy firm or extra firm tofu, not soft. Press the excess liquid from the tofu prior to placing it on the grill, and make sure you oil the grill so the tofu does not stick. Cut tofu, paint with your marinade of choice, and then throw on the grill for two to three minutes each side. There you have it – Quick, easy, and anything but boring! 

Pizza: If you have never grilled pizza before, then stop what you are doing and read this! Place the plain, formed dough on a cookie sheet and gently slide it onto the heated grill. The key here is to grill the dough on both sides, and then remove from the grill. Once you notice it starts to brown on one side, use tongs to flip. Once both sides are browned, let the crust cool on a rack for a few minutes to two hours. When you are ready, add your toppings and place back on the grill for two to three minutes.

Be sure to browse all-things grilling below for more traditional barbecue food!  

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Mia Teal

Marketing Coordinator, Paid Media

Happy June and happy (almost) summer! It is safe to assume that the warm weather is now here to stay. We want to introduce you to some incredibly delicious summertime recipes that we think will be a hit at your parties this season. Below you will find eight popular summertime flavors and a mouthwatering recipe to go along with that. If you are interested in more recipes, be sure to check out our website, YouTube channel, and Price Chopper Ready website.

Flavor #1: Cherry

This cherry dessert has the consistency of a smoothie due to the vanilla yogurt. It is very refreshing on a warm summer day! Try adding in Triple Sec or Grand Marnier to take this to the next level.

Chilled Cherry Dessert

Flavor #2: Berry

Oh, how berry nice this dessert is! Only five simple ingredients, too? How sweet! Be sure to follow the instructions carefully when making this.

Zabaglione with Fresh Berries

Flavor #3: Cucumber

Three ingredients for flavor #3! This plant-based recipe is perfect for an appetizer or snack this summer. 

3-Ingredient Cucumber “Sushi:”

Flavor #4: Orange

Now this is what you call refreshing! All you need are clementines, oranges, coconut water, and dark chocolate. 

Chocolaty-Orange Smoothie

Flavor #5: Lemon

While lemon is a popular flavor year-round, we have a delicious lemon recipe for you below. Whether you are baking for Father’s Day, 4th of July, or just having a barbecue, this dessert is sure to be a hit. 

Lemon-Glazed Cream Cheese Mini Loaves

Flavor #6: Coconut

Coconut is one of the most popular summertime flavors. From piña coladas, coconut cream pie, coconut shrimp, and everything in between, coconut is a very versatile ingredient. 

Coconut Shrimp with Fruit Dipping Sauce

Flavor #7: Peach

Peaches are back in season! Bring on all the goodness that peaches have to offer!

Grilled Peaches with Shortbread Crumble

Flavor #8: Watermelon

Last but certainly not least – watermelon! This sweet and refreshing fruit pairs well in salads, on meat, or with cheese.

Watermelon Bites

Enjoy the beauty of summer and all the recipes it has to offer!

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How to Make Ice Cream at Home

Ice cream is an amazing treat! Especially on those beautiful summer nights. But stopping buy your local shop can add up throughout the season. That’s why sometimes it’s nice to make your own homemade ice cream. It can sound intimidating, but it can actually be super easy. Here’s our guide to making ice cream at home!

The easiest way to make ice cream takes only four ingredients, a mason jar, and just a bit of elbow grease. 1 cup of heavy cream, 1.5 tablespoons of granulated sugar, .5 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt is all it takes. Add these ingredients to a mason jar, twist the lid on tight, and shake. This is where the elbow grease comes in. The mixture needs a good shake for 4 to 5 minutes, if you can call in some backup or other members of the household that will certainly help. Just tell them they will be getting ice cream out of the deal!

Once it’s nice and shaken, the mixture will have doubled in size and nicely coats the back of a spoon. Once you’ve reached this point you know you’re ready for the next step…freezing! Store the jar in the freezer and in about 3 hours, you should have created firm, scoopable ice cream. This is the simplest way, but definitely add in your own flavorings to the base or toppings to the final ice cream product.

You can also make ice cream in plastic baggie at home. Add the same ingredients to small, resealable plastic bag, make sure all the excess air is out and the bag is sealed tightly. Meanwhile, combine salt and ice in a large resealable plastic bag.  Place the small bag inside the large bag and shake, elbow grease again, but this time for 7 to 10 minutes, until the ice cream hardens. Remove from the bag and enjoy!

Sources:

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a54721/ice-cream-in-a-bag-recipe / https://www.mentalfloss.com/posts/how-to-make-simple-homemade-ice-cream

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Vegetable Storage Hacks!

Mia Teal

E-Commerce Marketing Intern

If you are someone that enjoys growing a garden in the summer and is dedicated to taking care of it, you may be experiencing an overflowing volume of vegetables. While having a surplus is a good thing, you might be running out of people to share your vegetables with! We have some tips and tricks on how to store your vegetables to extend their lifespan, as well as delicious recipes that can be made. After all, summer is winding down and we would hate to have you lose all your hard work.

When storing your produce, you first need to consider what types of vegetables you have and whether it should be stored in a room-temperature area or in a refrigerator. For example, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, garlic, tomatoes, and onions should be stored at room temperature, like a counter or kitchen table. Additionally, these types of produce should not be covered by a bag to allow them to breathe. 

On the contrary, vegetables that should be refrigerated and stored in a sealed container or Ziploc bag include leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes and carrots. By refrigerating produce in a sealed Ziploc bag, the cool moisture is held in. Additionally, ensure that the green tops of the radishes and carrots are removed prior to storage.

When storing your produce, be wary of what items you store next to each other. Apples should not be refrigerated directly next to leafy greens, broccoli, or cabbage due to ethylene gas that apples produce. This type of gas begins the ripening process and as apples begin to ripen, more ethylene gas is produced. Leafy greens are sensitive to ethylene gas, and by placing these next to produce like apples, you may lose your lettuce sooner than expected! 

It is important to note that regardless of how well you store your produce, they will only last approximately one to three weeks depending on what type of vegetable it is. That is why you should always use your instinct to judge whether or not your vegetables should be consumed or thrown out.

Another great option is to try a new recipe using your fresh produce. Check out the recipes we have created below!

Spinach & Apple Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette : This combination of fresh apples, tomatoes, and spinach mixed with pecans and Gorgonzola cheese is the perfect side salad at dinner!

Instant Pot® Tortellini & Vegetable Soup: While this recipe calls for frozen vegetables, replace it with vegetables of your choice from the garden!

Air Fryer Loaded-Taco Baked Potatoes with Guacamole: This baked potato is filling, healthy, and delicious for even the pickiest of eaters! Be sure to stop by your local Price Chopper or Market 32 for PICS cheese and sour cream. 

Open-Faced Butternut Squash and Kale Omelet: This hearty and healthy breakfast is delicious and easy to make! All you need are PICS eggs and bacon, your garden vegetables, and spices of your choice.

Happy Gardening! 

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Chill Out and Relax on National Refreshment Day!

Mia Teal

E-Commerce Marketing Intern

Each year, National Refreshment Day is celebrated on the last Thursday of July. That day is today, July 28th! There is an interesting history with National Refreshment Day. The word “refreshment” was originally spelled “refreschement” in Late Middle English. While the spelling has been altered, the meaning has not. By definition, “refreshment” means to be revitalized and rejuvenated after a difficult time or situation.Traveler Beers, located in Burlington, Vermont founded this National Day in 2015. Whether you are celebrating by the pool or in the office, Price Chopper and Market 32 have a variety of different drinks for you to unwind and relax.

Peach Paradise : This recipe is fun and very easy to make. Be sure to stop by our produce department for fresh peaches and PICS lime juice. 

Iced Caramel Vanilla Latte : Price Chopper and Market 32 have a wide selection of coffee, sweeteners, creamers, and milk. This delicious latte is perfect before your morning commute to the office!

Chocolaty-Orange Smoothie : The combination of fresh oranges and PICS Belgian Dark Chocolate will have you head-over-heels for this smoothie!

Classic Pimm’s Cup : The Classic Pimm’s Cup is refreshing to say the very least. The fresh basil, mint, lemon, and orange tastes give this drink the perfect summer feel.

Caramel Milkshake : Who doesn’t love a delicious milkshake on a hot summer day? Celebrate this National Refreshment Day with this caramel milkshake that is easy to make!

Raspberry Iced Tea Pops : Looking for something fun to make for National Refreshment Day? These ice pops are the way to go! All you need are peaches, raspberries, and PICS raspberry tea for this recipe.

Price Chopper and Market 32 offer a wide range of beverages, non-alcoholic and alcoholic, to keep you refreshed all summer long! Check out our catalog below.

Shop Ice Cold Drinks!

Happy National Refreshment Day!

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Are You Ready For Your Summer Getaway?

Mia Teal

E-Commerce Marketing Intern

Nothing says summer like a nice, relaxing vacation with friends and family. Whether you are a lake or a beach person, Price Chopper and Market 32 want to make sure you have everything you need for your trip! If you are looking for new places to vacation this summer, you are in luck. Check out some great getaway spots below!

Lake George (Lake George, NY): Located in Upstate New York, Lake George has a variety of fun options. Whether you want to lounge by the beach, challenge your athletic abilities at Adirondack Extreme, or take a boat cruise of the lake, Lake George has an option for everyone!

Cape Cod (Cape Cod, MA): Cape Cod is booming with things to do, which makes this location a very popular destination in the summertime. Be sure to try out some amazing lobster rolls and other seafood restaurants while you are there!

Crystal Lake (Barton, VT): Located in the beautiful state of Vermont, Crystal Lake is three miles long and one mile in width. This destination has a variety of “outdoorsy” activities ranging  from boating, paddle boarding, picnicking, and fishing.

duBois Beach (Stonington, CT): Located right outside of Mystic, Connecticut, duBois Beach is perfect for your family. You will find that this beach is in close proximity to the downtown shops and restaurants. While you are here, don’t forget to watch the sunset. It will take your breath away!

Hampton Beach (Hampton, NH): Hampton Beach is a family-friendly beach with many different activities. You can rent a cabin or campfire right online! Make sure to pack your marshmallows!

Lake Wallenpaupack (Stroudsburg, PA): Lake Wallenpaupack is a gorgeous, 13-mile-long lake in Pennsylvania. Whether you want to hangout in the sand, play a round of miniature golf, or visit Costa’s Family Fun Park, this lake is perfect for your next trip!

Wondering what to pack for lunch and snacks while by the water? Check out some of our favorites below. Just make sure you don’t forget the ice when packing your cooler! 

Chicken Salad Wrap 

Ultimate Ham and Cheese Sliders

Granola Bites

Citrus-Glazed Fruit Salad

Watermelon-Blueberry Pops

Last but certainly not least, bug spray and sunscreen are a must! Check out Price Chopper and Market 32’s collection below to find exactly what you need for your big trip.

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Quick & Easy Grilling Solutions

You don’t have to be a grill master to create super-simple grilled favorites. This summer, take advantage of your grill and experiment with basic cuts that offer quick, easy and satisfying solutions. Utilize less extravagant, familiar meats that are easy to prep and deliver smoky, mouthwatering meals.

Beef sirloin steak is an excellent entry-level cut that’s easy to grill. For a hearty entrée, prepare rib-eye or strip steaks with your favorite spice rub and grill to perfection! These cuts can typically feed a crowd; grill, slice, and serve them family-style. Add sirloin steak to salads or these light and flavorful Summertime Steak Lettuce Wraps. For a fun, interactive meal, grill seasoned cubes of strip steak on skewers alternated with chunks of red and green peppers, onions and cherry tomatoes.

Bone-in or boneless chicken breasts and thighs are grilling favorites that are also easy to work with. Pack a punch of flavor with spice rubs or marinades; refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to penetrate. Try a smoky, tangy teriyaki marinade, as seen in this Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Thighs recipe. For a simple dish accented with bright seasonal flavors, grill chicken breasts marinated in onion-poppy seed dressing and serve them over romaine and baby spinach in this Grilled Chicken Strawberry Salad. Chicken wings are also a grilled classic. Ready in minutes, this Grilled Tex-Mex Wings recipe is a perfect dinner solution for any casual or special occasion.

Cooking quickly and easily, pork shoulder steaks are an extremely underrated cut. They are half the price of traditional pork chops, and many believe them to be twice as delicious! And since they’re quite thin, they don’t take long to grill. Baste pork shoulder steaks with BBQ sauce or your favorite dressing during the last few minutes of grilling, and you’ll have a tender, hearty centerpiece.

Looking for more grilling inspiration? Find grilled recipes, videos, tips and more here!

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