Heritage Chickens: From Our Family to Yours

Heritage Chicken farmer

The Weaver Family: Marlin and Darla with their kids: Eric, Emily, Zachary, Joshua, twins Jonathan & Caleb, Jacob and one on the way!

Would you leave your office job for a life working on a farm? Two years ago, that’s exactly what Marlin Weaver did and it changed his life.

Though his wife grew up on a farm, Marlin was new to farming. He was, however, very passionate about food – especially sustainability and how food is raised.

So when he and his wife had the opportunity to take over his wife’s family farm, he left his suit and tie lifestyle for a more rural one. For him, the change meant he could happily work together with his family everyday raising chickens that he felt were the best quality for his family (and yours!).

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5 Back to School Snack Ideas

Dumplings

For hungrier kids, our new Kids Meals (like our Chicken Teriyaki Dunk-Lings) can be enjoyed as a meal or shared as a snack.

Back to school means back to snacking… Hungry kids home from school tend to head straight to the refrigerator. Preempting their eating habits with a few fun and delicious snacks is an easy way to get them on the path to healthy eating this calendar year. But when stomach growls drown out patience, you’ll have to have key ingredients front-and-center.

Below are some foods that require next-to-no waiting, no real cooking, and usually no convincing. Find out your child’s food preference then make it easy to snack-and-go….

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10 Easy Grilling Tips from Everyday Food magazine

Craving burgers or kebabs? Hosting a summer patio party? Planning a big cookout for Labor Day?

Tips for easy grilling

Tips for Easy Grilling

If you’ve ever accidentally incinerated your supper over the flames of the grill, never fear!

Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine is here to help with ten smart grilling tips that’ll save your dinner and make you the envy of your neighborhood block party. …

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Visiting the Pastured Hens of Lancaster, PA

Capturing the Nature's Yoke hens on video

Capturing the Nature's Yoke hens on video

Which came first? For most of us city folks, it’s the eggs.

Every week, I get a FreshDirect delivery of a dozen perfect ovals nestled in a cozy cardboard box. At breakfast time, while I wait for the pan to heat up, I sometimes read the package for my Nature’s Yoke Pastured Eggs, which describes family farms, fresh air and happy hens.

I buy pastured eggs for their rich yellow yolks and firm shells, but if you’re anything like me, you might also wonder how much of the package promises are true and how much is exaggeration. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to travel with a small FreshDirect team to visit Westfield Egg Farms, the producers of Nature’s Yoke eggs….

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5 Rainy Day Recipes

Fruit and Yogurt

Brighten up a rainy day with comforting macaroni and cheese.

Rain, rain, go away! Are you stuck inside because dark clouds are suggesting that a summer thunderstorm is coming your way?

When it’s rainy outside, I love to hide indoors with my loved ones, watch a movie or play board games and nosh on comfort foods.

Here are 5 tried and true recipes that are perfect to make when the weather outside is less than perfect:

What are you favorite rainy day recipes? Let us know on the FreshDirect Facebook page or via Twitter (@FreshDirect).

Water + Exercise = Happy Bodies

Water

Drink water during your workouts to keep yourself alert and hydrated.


If you’ve ever felt sluggish, tired, hungry or distracted, you might just be dehydrated. As you can imagine, working out in the summer heat dehydrates the body even more quickly.

Plus, dehydration lowers performance. Since working out feels great and comes with so many benefits, it’s important to find ways to stay hydrated and be active.

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Late Summer Cooking Inspiration from Chef Tina Bourbeau

cherries

Stone fruits, like cherries, pair well with cheese. They can also be cooked down in red wine and served with your favorite meats.

Ever run out of ideas on what to make for dinner? Late summer is the best time of year for light and delicious seasonal treats.

“There are more choices right now than during any other season,” says FreshDirect Chef Tina Bourbeau. Below are some easy ideas to get you going in the right direction. Rule of thumb: “It’s hard to go wrong with your favorite cheese and your favorite stone fruit,” she says.

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Just Desserts*

Fruit and Yogurt

Adding fruit to yogurt makes an easy summer dessert

We’re wired to enjoy the sweet life. Nature knows this. Her answer: Sweet summer fruit. While it’s in season and in peak form, why look anywhere else to satisfy your sweet tooth?

People have long cherished the treasures of summer. Long before poet T.S. Eliot mused, “Do I dare to eat a peach?”; and long before poet William Carlos Williams wrote “I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast. Forgive me they were delicious – so sweet and so cold.” Read on for some of my favorites, plus a few stellar suggestions from chef Tina Bourbeau.

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Cooking Advice from Chef Floyd Cardoz

Floyd Cardoz

Chef Floyd Cardoz loves cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients - especially from his garden!

Long before he was a Top Chef Masters winner, Chef Floyd Cardoz was a fan favorite of mine. In addition to creating the tasty Tabla dishes for FreshDirect (his favorite’s the Tabla Banana-Leaf Wrapped Salmon), Floyd is a father based in Verona, NJ who loves to garden and cook for his family.

I was excited to have the opportunity to chat with him about what he learned from winning Top Chef Masters and his cooking advice for both parents and those who say they don’t know how to cook.

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Diet Books: Nutritionists’ Look

Diet Books

Diet books should promote healthy, balanced meals (like this salmon dish with vegetables).

In a departure from my usual focus on food, this week I’d like to shed light on popular diet books. After all, maybe you’re looking for a late-summer read. Or maybe you’re thinking about losing those last 5 pounds for Labor Day festivities. Or maybe you’re thinking ahead to September, and getting a jump start on putting your healthy habits back on track. Or maybe you’re simply fascinated by diet books! Whatever the reason may be for perusing the diet book aisle (whether in store or on-line), be armed with a professional opinion on some of the most popular choices.

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