Bringing Home The Bacon From Price Chopper

by Sandra Foyt on March 17, 2010

cook's_ham2 I did end up attending the Cook’s Ham Inaugural Blogger Conference, and it was a blast.  But It was my first blogging conference, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

When I arrived, late as usual, I found a group of women seated in front of a display of Cook’s Ham, about to be regaled with various ways that the product could be used to make family meals.  I sat there like a deer in the headlights, wondering what they were talking about.  Cooking demonstrations might as well be in Mandarin Chinese as far as I’m concerned.  My only experience with “cooking” ham is to follow the heating instructions on the Honey Baked Ham package, and that only happens once in a blue moon, possibly less.

Eventually, the cooking demonstration started to make sense.  I ended up learning quite a lot about Cook’s Ham, Price Chopper, and I even discovered a fun cooking program for kids.

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The cooking demonstration was followed by a sampling of the recipes, which I was able to do with ease.  I have to admit, the ham was pretty tasty, and not as salty as some I’ve had in the past.  I’m not a big fan of ham, or any meat, usually preferring the honey baked ham glaze to the actual ham; but this was delicious.

I don’t know if I would purchase these ham products myself.  After watching Food, Inc., my family is trying to be more careful about what we eat.  Certainly, we’d consider adding Cook’s Ham products to our shopping list if we could be certain that the pork product came from pigs that are farmed humanely.

I have to admit, I don’t do my family’s grocery shopping, and I’m a virtual idiot when it comes to figuring out how to choose healthy food products.  However, I was impressed with Price Chopper’s commitment to bringing organic and healthful products into their stores.  In the next month, they will be unrolling a new program where they will be selling grass-fed, cage-free meats and poultry.  I look forward to hearing more about that!

For Albany Kids, the best part of this event was learning about the Price Chopper’s Kids Cooking Club.  A few years back, my Girl Scout troop had a great time at a Healthy Foods Badge Program put on by the East Greenbush Price Chopper.  They learned how to make healthy smoothies, read food labels, shop on a budget, and run a mock restaurant.  Now, Price Chopper has a virtual club where kids receive monthly recipes, and live programs with mom and chef, Jodie Fitz.  Some lucky kids are even selected to appear on the local news cooking segment.

I’ll keep you posted on the Kids Cooking Club events.  This week, Jodie is scheduled to appear at the following locations:

Friday, March 19, 4 – 7 pm
Clay Price Chopper
3863 State St.
Liverpool, NY

Saturday, March 20, 10am – 1 pm
Erie Blvd. Price Chopper
2515 Erie Blvd.
Syracuse, NY

Personally, I was somewhat intimidated by the Cook’s Ham program.  After tasting the food samples, we were each given the task of coming up with three menus using ham.  To win the contest, each mommy blogger ran around the store filling their shopping carts with all the ingredients needed to make these meals.  We had a $100 limit, but we could keep anything we put in the cart.

There was no chance of my winning this contest.  I’m the world’s slowest shopper and I never do any grocery shopping without a list.  And, I can’t even make a grocery list without a a stack of cookbooks and Internet access.  Truly, I was out of my league, but this was the kind of contest where there are no losers.

Not only did I get to keep the groceries and a beautiful floral arrangement, I also got to discover a bunch of lovely mommy bloggers who are as gifted in the kitchen as I’m not.  You should have heard them whipping out those ideas, and then filling their carts to the brim because they sure know how to create frugal and delicious meals.

Cook’s Ham Giveaway

Since I was so lucky, even as a loser in the Cook’s Ham Shopping Challenge, I thought I’d share my good fortune with my readers.  I have a gift certificate for $30.00 worth of Cook’s Ham products, redeemable wherever these products are sold, that I will give to the commenter with the most appealing kid’s lunch suggestion.

You have until Friday, March 26, 2010 to post a comment, and the best suggestion will be determined by an impartial panel of kids.  The winning entry will be announced by Sunday, March 28, 2010.

Update 3/18/10

I meant to post links from the other mommy bloggers but I ran out of time.  But, hey, I live by the better late than never motto, so here they are as I find them:

P.P.S.  Albany Kid Disclosure Policy

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Vickie Bartlett March 18, 2010 at 11:56 am

Not very original, but macaroni & cheese with cubed ham is a good lunch

TheAngelForever March 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm

It was great meeting with you and chatting about our hubby’s cooking and schools. Looking forward to networking with you again. Off to work on a new post with linky love to everyone at the event and your posts.

Heather March 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm

My kids are big fans of grilled cheese and I love how it’s a great meal that you can adapt for kids and parents alike. Here’s my take on a kid friendly lunch that would appeal to moms and dads too:

1. Heat a can of tomato soup with a can of milk in a sauce pan. Sprinkle in 2 tsp of sugar and melt 1 small pat of butter into the soup to take away some of the acidity.
2. Saute red and green peppers in some melted butter in a small frying pan.
3. Dish out a small bowl of soup for the kiddos so it can start to cool while you’re making the sandwiches.
4. Put peppers/onions in the soup for mom and dad to add a little pizzaz.
5. Make grilled ham and cheese sandwiches in the pan you used to saute the veggies and the drippings will help to flavor the sandwiches a little bit.
I like to change it up a bit, so sometimes we have provolone, swiss, sharp cheddar, etc. When we go to a friends house sometimes I’ll spread a bunch of kaiser rolls with just a tiny bit of mayo or butter and top with a slice of colby and some ham, wrap them in foil and stick them in a crockpot to cook. That way, lunch is ready whenever everybody wants to eat–it’s a nice, easy lunch to have ready when everybody comes in from sledding or taking a walk.
Cheers!

Sharon Rooney March 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm

My kids love homemade potato soup with ham. It a great way to get them to eat meat and the extra milk doesn’t hurt. I also take left over ham and grind it up in the food processor and make ham salad. I just add a little chopped onion, chopped hard boiled eggs, a little sweet pickle relish and mayo. It makes great sandwiches and also good on crackers.

sandrafoyt March 28, 2010 at 8:04 pm

The kids have ruled! Although they would be happy with any of these lunch menus, the tomato soup and grilled ham and cheese sandwich won them over. They liked the idea of adding sugar and butter to the soup, and I appreciated the parent-friendly addition of peppers. Thank you, Heather! I’ll contact you to send you your gift certificate.

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