Inspiration for Your Spring Celebrations!

  • Build Your Own Mimosa Bar
  • Make a Simple Party Sandwich Spread
  • Mexican Fruit Cups
  • The Ultimate Hangover Sandwich
  • How to Build a Dessert Table at Home
  • On-the-Go Snack Inspiration for Any Outdoor Activity

Cornmeal-Crusted Soft-Shell Crab Recipe

Cornmeal-crusted soft-shell crab

Soft-shell crabs are back in season! Here our Seafood Merchant, Michael Kanter, shares his cornmeal-crusted soft-shell crab recipe. And if that doesn't sound delicious enough already, Mike's paired it with his special spring vegetable slaw and ravishing ramp pesto. Is anybody else drooling over their keyboard? ...

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Spring Zing! Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich Recipe

Soft-shell crab sandwich

Some people are a little hesitant to try soft-shell crab because you can eat the whole thing (minus the lungs and eyes of course), but our Seafood Merchant, Michael Kanter, knows a thing or two about yummy crustaceans and the soft-shell crab is one of his favorites. And although they can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, Mike thinks the best way to enjoy them is in a sandwich with a little spicy mayo. ...

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Build Your Own Mimosa Bar

DIY Mimosas

If Bloody Marys are the brunch must-have of the decade, mimosas are its slightly classier counterpart. (I mean, who could resist those bubbles?) But don't stop at just OJ and champagne. There are literally dozens of sweet and savory combinations—yes, savory paired with a bit of bubbly works, too—to take your mimosa to the next level. ...

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Make a Simple Party Sandwich Spread

Sandwich Spread

If there's one thing we like about graduation parties (well, any party for that matter) is that there's a good chance there will be a full spread of sandwiches, dips, and probably a cold beer or two. And good thing, too, because there's nothing like a good 'ol sandwich to bring distant relatives and school chums together. And just think—the better the spread, the more $$ your grad might get. Double win! ...

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Mexican Fruit Cups

Fruit Cups

There's a reason why spicy and sweet go together like...spicy and sweet. "Ensalada de Frutas con Chile"—or fruit salad with chili—is the perfect combo of both. Better yet, you can sub in your favorite fruits and add a sprinkle of salt for an unexpected snack. It's flavorful, juicy, and the ideal pre-drink snack on Cinco de Mayo. It doesn't hurt that it's bright and cheery, too. ...

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The Ultimate Hangover Sandwich

Hangover Sandwich

Get a little too happy during last night's Cinco celebrations? We don't blame you. And if filling up on coconut water and aspirin isn't enough, we guarantee that this greasy, cheesy sammie can help cure even the gnarliest of Seis de Mayo hangovers. And if it doesn't, at least your taste buds will thank you. ...

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How to Build a Dessert Table at Home

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Don't mind us, we'll just be in the corner ooing and aahing over this gorgeous dessert table. I mean, really, it's almost too pretty to eat. Almost. And while we think this pretty setup is great as a new Mother's Day classic (goodbye, boring breakfast in bed!), but can work for brunches, showers, and basically any time you want to entertain with a whole lot of the sweets. ...

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On-the-Go Snack Inspiration for Any Outdoor Activity

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The weather is warm and the sun has come out to play—finally!—so it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether it’s a romantic excursion for two or a day out for the whole family, check out our handy guide to make sure you’re never a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic. ...

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Recipe: Make a Bai Coconut Mocktail or Two

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One satisfying sip on a coconut flavored mocktail can transport you straight to a tropical paradise where your days are spent relaxing in the sun and the biggest decision you have to make is whether you should take a dip in the pool or the ocean. There's no deadlines to meet, no meetings to take, no targets to hit. Our friends at Bai sent us a taste of this good life with these coconut mocktail recipes that are simply bursting with flavor to go co ...

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Melon & Avocado Dip with Prosciutto Recipe

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Melon, avocado, and prosciutto are three of our favorite things. So imagine our delight when our friends at Ziploc® sent us this delicious dip recipe. We think it's at its very best eaten outdoors with a crispy baguette on a sunny afternoon, but the truth is we'd eat it any time, anywhere. ...

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Spring Produce: What’s Good this Season?

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Spring is finally here, and that means warmer climes, longer days, and a fresh crop of vegetables from which to choose. Eating seasonally means you're cooking with the best, freshest, tastiest produce around. And nothing tastes better than that. Here are some of our favorite spring veggies with tips on how to use them: ...

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Make a Very Berry Grapefruit Smoothie

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Why settle for a lone piece of fruit when you can have a whole glass full of sweet, fresh berries? Easily prepped ahead of time, this smoothie is perfect when you’re craving a quick, fresh, delightful smoothie break. Brightly colored strawberries and raspberries take a whirl in the blender with tart grapefruit juice. It’s almost too pretty to drink! ...

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Tasting Notes from Oyster Expert Julie Qiu

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Whether you’re an aficionado or newbie, oysters make a sophisticated addition to any dinner party. And while the essence of an oyster varies depending on where and how it’s grown, here are some general tasting notes from Julie Qiu, founder and author of In A Half Shell, a website dedicated to international oyster appreciation. ...

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Creamy Avocado Hummus Recipe

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Yes, you read that correctly. And yes, creamy avocado hummus is as delicious as it sounds. Our friends at Ziploc® opened our eyes to this recipe—and it's not an understatement to say that it's one of the most amazing things that's ever happened (it's also a tasty way to get some of your daily fruit intake). So without further ado, this is what happens when hummus meets party-ready guacamole. ...

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Minted Carrot & Cabbage Slaw Recipe from Blue Hill

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One of our new favorite local products is Blue Hill yogurt. These savory treats are made using milk from 100% grass-fed cows from small family-owned farms in the Northeast. The festival of vegetable flavors includes unexpected varieties such as beet, sweet potato, tomato, carrot, butternut squash, and parsnip. They’re great on their own, customized with fruit and nuts, or even as ingredients in recipes. After the jump, learn how to use the carrot ...

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Sweet Potato Cheesecake Recipe from Blue Hill

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One of our new favorite local products is Blue Hill yogurt. These savory treats are made using milk from 100% grass-fed cows from small family-owned farms in the Northeast. The festival of vegetable flavors includes unexpected varieties such as beet, sweet potato, tomato, carrot, butternut squash, and parsnip. They’re great on their own, customized with fruit and nuts, or even as ingredients in recipes. After the jump, learn how to use the sweet p ...

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Farro & Cherry Tomato Salad Recipe from Blue Hill

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One of our new favorite local products is Blue Hill yogurt. These savory treats are made using milk from 100% grass-fed cows from small family-owned farms in the Northeast. The festival of vegetable flavors includes unexpected varieties such as beet, sweet potato, tomato, carrot, butternut squash, and parsnip. They’re great on their own, customized with fruit and nuts, or even as ingredients in recipes. After the jump, learn how to whip up a t ...

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