My Survival Kit for New Parents

My husband and I recently had the pleasure of meeting our close friends’ newborn. The new parents were glowing and proud, but also exhausted, a little delirious, and largely housebound (heavily nesting, by choice).

FreshDirect Box of Vegetables

Vegetables: Nutrition & Hydration

In a surge of maternal feelings of my own, I very much wanted to take care of our friends and help them navigate their way in taking care of their newborn son.

They had more than enough to handle at home with the newborn, mom recovering, nonna staying in the spare room, and a regular stream of well-wishers visiting, so I crafted a special FreshDirect delivery of my favorite foods custom-picked for them….

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Further Adventures in 4-Minute Meals

In an earlier post, I tried Chef Terrance Brennan’s Fettucine with Shrimp, Tomato Confit & Creamy Pesto — and it changed my life. I’m not even exaggerating.

Rosa Mexicano Chicken Enchiladas

Rosa Mexicano Chicken Enchiladas

That one dish was so delicious that it forever altered my perception of what a microwave meal can be.

So the next time I sat down to do a FreshDirect order, I was super excited to try some of the other 4-Minute Meals. They had to be just as good, right?…

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Cocktail 101: A Start-Up Guide to Great Mixology!

Most imbibers leave the mixing to the bartenders and mixologists, and with good reason.

Summer Cocktails

Summer Cocktails

We city-dwellers are spoiled by having some the most creative minds in the world masterminding cocktail recipes at the city’s finest establishments.

That doesn’t mean cocktail enthusiasts can’t take a few tips from the pros and create surprisingly dashing and delicious drinks at home! …

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Slim Down for Summer: 7 Tips

With Memorial Day Weekend around the corner — and with it, the unofficial start of summer — now’s the time to really step up your slim-down-for-summer efforts!

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

While the following advice is not as sexy as what you might find in {insert latest fad diet here}, the simple truth is this: in order to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take in.

To maximize the health benefits so that you take care of your body’s nutrient needs and feel great while losing weight, those calories-in should be as nutrient-rich as possible….

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Ichthyophobia! Facing the Fear of Fish

No longer a FreshDirect Newbie, our blogger Erica continues sharing her FreshDirect food adventures as “The Cautious Cook.”

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Now that I’ve gotten used to using FreshDirect, I’ve decided it’s time to try to conquer some of my biggest cooking fears. First up: fish.

Seared Tuna and Couscous Salad

Seared Tuna and Couscous Salad

I’ve been around fish my entire life. I grew up in a Brooklyn neighborhood called Sheepshead Bay where boats dock day and night. I remember that my dad went out on the bay and on Long Island Sound nearly every weekend, and I have hazy memories of my shoes squishing against the wet floors of our local fish store, Jordan’s.

But aside from an occasional tuna salad sandwich, I never ate any of it! …

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Exploring the Mysteries of Mushrooms

Modern Farms Mushrooms

Modern Farms Mushrooms

Mushrooms are one of those vegetables that are always available, but you rarely get to see them growing. It’s not like you’re ever going to pass by rolling mushroom fields or ranches on your way to the Catskills.

I recently had the opportunity to see for myself where the magic happens. Alongside our Produce team, I visited two of the biggest mushroom farms in the Tri-State area: Phillips Mushroom Farms and Modern Farms Mushrooms.

I left with a head full of fun facts, a bag full of delicious mushroom treats and a real understanding of how mushrooms go from the earth to my kitchen.

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Three Crave-Worthy Spring Veggies

Wild Ramps

Wild Ramps

I’ve never met a vegetable I didn’t like, and that was true even before I was more or less professionally bound to say such things by virtue of being a card-carrying Commission on Dietetics registered dietitian (RD).

And it’s an exciting time to love veggies, because the spring season’s bounty is here. Delicate, first of the season, limited-availability vegetables have finally arrived, just as my palate is ready to come out of hibernation, too.

While there are a number of exciting spring vegetables to explore, three of my favorites that have me daydreaming about getting into the kitchen are wild fiddlehead ferns, baby purple artichokes and wild ramps….

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Master of the Microwave!

Back when I was a picky eater, I spent a lot of time feeling guilty about not eating enough vegetables.

Terrance Brennan Fettuccini w/ Shrimp, Tomato Confit & Creamy Pesto

Terrance Brennan Fettuccini w/ Shrimp

I knew they were good for me, and I even knew I’d feel better when I ate them, but I just couldn’t do much more than eat a salad once or twice a week.

Now that I’ve welcomed the wonders of vegetables into my life (Brussels sprouts! Cucumbers!), my guilt has shifted.

Now it’s not bringing my lunch to work that makes me feel a tiny bit like a failure. …

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Tour a Vietnam Fishery with our Seafood Buyer

Nha Trang, Australis Aquaculture HQ in Vietnam

Nha Trang, Australis Aquaculture HQ in Vietnam

As part of the new FreshDirect Sustainable Seafood Ratings Program, Jeff Ludwin, our seafood category manager and buyer, was tasked with finding delicious new sustainable fish as alternatives to some less ocean-friendly items, such as farmed salmon.

Follow along on Jeff’s tour of Australis Aquaculture in Vietnam — one of our “best practice” vendors who demonstrate eco-friendly fish farming and produce fresh, delicious and sustainable barramundi fillets….

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Delicious Drinks for Derby Day!

Derby Day is a time for big bets, bigger hats and tasty cocktails. Fashion is high and the expectation of a derby-themed cocktail is higher.

Cocktails for the Kentucky Derby!

Cocktails for the Kentucky Derby!

Here is a duo that should cover your bases for a party scenario that often encompasses an array of taste preferences.

First, we tip our hat to a perennial all-star: The Mint Julep is the quintessence of Derby Day imbibing with a permanent place in America’s liquid history. …

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