On 2-hour delivery windows and killer green beans!

On the day of my first FreshDirect delivery, I was a bit wary of the two-hour window.

Erica's Impromptu Dinner Party!

Impromptu Dinner Party!

Nothing has a two-hour window. I’ve waited up to six hours for my couch, my cable and the gas man.

If coming to my house within a two-hour window is so easy, why doesn’t everyone do it?

Those were the thoughts running through my mind as I sat drinking coffee with my good friend Adrienne at Cocoa Bar, a cafe a few blocks away. And I think it must have been this bit of disbelief that kept me from checking my watch as frequently as I normally would if I had an appointment.

You can probably tell where this is going … 

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Emma’s Saucy Secrets

Want to know my not-so-secret secret? I often over-commit myself.

Last week, for example, I offered to host a dinner for seven people in honor of a friend who was visiting from out of town.

Penne with Spicy Vodka Sauce

Penne with Spicy Vodka Sauce

I immediately started polling the FreshDirect Research & Development team on what I should make (admittedly, I’m lucky enough to have insider access to their professional advice!), and they came up with the idea of using our own Marsala Wine & Mushroom Sauce — which is truly to die for.

The party was scheduled for Wednesday, and while I was sure it would take me all night Tuesday to prepare for our dinner party — instead, I just took their advice… and it was brilliant. I was able to prepare everything in less than 30 minutes. Here’s how I did it:… 

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Eat Green, Get Lean!

Happy Earth Month!

In addition to a month of homage to our shared planet, April also signals the turn of the season from winter to glorious spring — ripe with the promise of fairer weather and fresh foods.

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

What a perfect time to appreciate “eating green” by eating greens (and reds, blues, oranges, blues, and… you get the idea).

For the planet, eating green could be a great thing, since plant foods don’t typically require copious natural resources to grow.

For your health, eating green is consistent with the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommendation to eat a plant-based diet…. 

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My 1st Order, or, They Have *How Many* Different Kinds of Cheese?

If you read my first post, you know I’m not much of a chef — at least not yet.

Though I’m just beginning to appreciate the joys of cooking, one thing I’ve always loved is shopping. I love supermarkets. I love cruising up and down each aisle, from fruits and vegetables to frozen foods, seeing what’s new and what looks good (and what’s on sale).

Checking the Produce

My First Order

I have many friends who are devoted fans of FreshDirect, and I’ve always responded to their enthusiastic recommendations by reminding them of my affection for the grocery store. But now that I’ve completed my first order, I know the things they should have said to convince me:… 

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Two Irresistible April Fools

April fools? No trickery here!

Fruit Fools

Mixed Berry Fool & Apple-Quince Fool

The fruit fool is an old English dessert that was traditionally made with layered gooseberries and custard — very much like a trifle without the sponge cake layers.

Both delicious and easy to make, the fool is a light, fruity dessert that’s ideal for serving after a spring dinner…. 

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