3 Hidden Gems in the Produce Aisle

Mangosteenr

Don't be scared! Mangosteens are both delicious and good for you too!

Apples, oranges, broccoli and carrots may all be good for you (they are!), but if these are your only go-to fruits and veggies, you may be missing out on discovering the tastes, textures, and health benefits of lesser known gems in the produce aisle.

Tickle your taste buds and give in to your fascination with food by getting to know mangosteen, pluots and fennel. Read more about them here, and then try them at home with quick and easy meal ideas.

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7 Party Tips for Kids with Food Allergies

Allergy Friendly Fruit

DIY ice pops are a good choice for kids who have one of the 8 most common food allergies.

I love to entertain – especially for kids.  My little nieces, nephews and cousins all get so excited when they see tables topped with colorful fruits, cupcakes and other goodies. Recently I attended a kids party and noticed all of the detailed food labels. The hostess told me that a handful of the kids had food allergies and this was one way to keep them safe.

Amongst my friends and family, it seems that food allergies in kids are on the rise. A recent study published by Pediatrics confirmed this observation. According to the FDA, the 8 most common food allergies are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g. almonds, cashews, walnuts), fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.

I asked my friend (whose son has a soy allergy) to share her 7 party tips for kids with food allergies:… 

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5 Cool & Soothing Summer Drinks

Our open letter to the summer heat wave from the blog team at FreshDirect.

Mint Julep

Mint Julep

Dear Summer Heat Wave,

We fought valiantly, but now we’re ready to surrender.

After so many days of sweltering streets, stifling subway platforms and sizzling sidewalks, we’d throw in the towel, but we really need it to wipe the sweat from our brows.

Heat Wave, can we interest you in sitting down to discuss a little clemency over a cool, refreshing drink? We’ve plucked out five rejuvenating summer drink options from our One-Click Recipe collection that sound like exactly what we need right about now. (See below.)… 

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Pop Quiz: Food Safety Smarts

Creamy Coleslaw

Safety first! Keep picnic foods like creamy salads in coolers filled with ice.

Not much could spoil an outdoor summer picnic or BBQ more than food poisoning. While it’s more common in the summer, the good news is that there are simple ways to keep food safe for enjoying al fresco on a sunny day. Test your food safety smarts with our 7-point quiz!

Why is it important? Keeping food safe to eat for you and your loved ones is especially important in the summer months, the time of year when foodborne illnesses peak. Most bacteria love warmth and moisture — and summer weather supplies both!… 

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5 Delicious Potato Salad Recipes

Simple, inexpensive, quick, portable and delicious… the potato salad is possibly summertime’s most versatile side dish. Add meat or fish, and it’s almost a meal unto itself.

Loaded Potato Salad

Loaded Potato Salad

We love the way you can dress up a potato salad or keep it casual, and it’s easy to double a recipe to satisfy a crowd at summertime picnics, clam bakes and cookouts.

Need ideas? We’ve selected five delicious potato salad recipes from our One-Click Recipe collection to fuel your your mealtime inspiration…. 

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What to Eat to Keep Your Cool

Watermelon to keep your cool

Watermelon is a great way to keep your cool!

Summer can be brutally hot! When it’s humid and there’s more water in the air than usual, the body has a harder time cooling itself down.

If the body over-heats, it can even be dangerous (always call your doctor or even 911 if you suspect heat stroke). Symptoms may include headache, nausea, high blood pressure, fatigue and fainting. At the very least, it can be uncomfortable.

The good news is that there are simple preventative things you can do to beat the heat!… 

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Step Away from the Stove! No-Cook Quickies

It’s officially hot — which means I need to officially avoid turning on my stove-top or oven to get dinner on the table.

Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Platter

Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Platter

For some reason, I’ve been clinging to the idea that I can handle cooking in my small-ish Brooklyn kitchen when it’s 80° outside — but the only things coming out of that kitchen right now are rushed, mediocre dinners and a very grumpy, sweaty me.

Well, I say “no more.”

I liberate myself from the need to personally poach, boil or broil the goodies that go on my dinner plate. I give myself the go-ahead to splurge on items that have been sautéed and roasted for me. I embrace the cold, the chilled and the room temperature. I love NOT cooking dinner! … 

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5 Delicious Vegetarian Cookout Recipes

For those who are vegetarian (or have vegetarian friends and family) summertime cookouts can be a creative challenge.

Lacking inspiration, many of us fall back to a reliable pack of veggie burgers or grilled vegetable kabobs.

Grilled Vegetable Assortment

Grilled Vegetable Assortment

Never fear! We have five delicious ideas for irresistible vegetarian recipes that will be right at home at your next backyard grill-fest…. 

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