Eat Well to Stay Well (or Feel Better)

Citrus

Citrus fruits are packed with immune-boosting Vitamin C.

Have you ever come down with a cold while your office mate stays perfectly healthy? Here’s why: Even though you may have come in contact with the same germs, your body’s ability to protect itself depends on the power of your immune system.

Healthy living and a balanced diet is your best defense. That means reducing stress, getting enough rest, working out, and eating right. The nutrients that are best known for their immunity-boosting power are vitamins A, C and E and zinc. Read on for how these key nutrients boost the body’s immune system, with ideas for seasonal foods that fit the bill for these health-promoting vitamins and minerals.

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5 Easy Dishes to Make with Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Every Thanksgiving, there are traditions that I love. Getting together with friends and family and watching the Macy’s parade go by are amongst my favorites.

But my absolute favorite part about Thanksgiving is the food and especially the leftovers! (It’s like having Thanksgiving all over again!)

Chef Floyd Cardoz enjoys making turkey stock and a turkey casserole with his Thanksgiving leftovers.  I keep it simple and make sandwiches to take to work….

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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Tips from Everyday Food Magazine

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, so there’s no better time to pick up a few last-minute ideas to make the preparation easy for the feast of Thanksgiving sides, desserts and drinks.

Today, the experts at Everyday Food magazine offer a bounty of helpful tips for “everything but the bird.”

Mushroom Stuffing

More great Thanksgiving tips from Everyday Food Magazine.

Still need a little help to prepare the main course? See their list of foolproof Thanksgiving Turkey Tips, featured last week.

And don’t miss the holiday-ready Everyday Food recipes in our One-Click Recipe Thanksgiving section….

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Serve with a Side of Friends

Sides Party

The Turkey Party filled with Sides

For close to a decade, my dear friends Toph and Josslynne Welch open their home every November and host a pre-Thanksgiving potluck. The premise is simple: the hosts cook the turkey (plus some appetizers, a few sides, a couple desserts…) and the guests bring everything else. Josslynne says, “New York is a transient city, we created this party almost 10 years ago when we realized all of our friends scattered for the holidays; it is a wonderful opportunity to gather around a table to share the food and the people we love before the holiday crunch.”

This annual event, affectionately known as The Turkey Party, occupies a most-revered spot on my social calendar. It is a chance for friends to come together, celebrate the advent of the holidays and, best of all, feed each other delicious food.

In the early years, we stuck pretty closely to standard Thanksgiving fare and family recipes, impressing each other (and ourselves) with our burgeoning dinner party skills. Now that we’re older, wiser and much more comfortable in the kitchen, the Turkey Party has become a great excuse to try a new recipe or reinvent a family classic. Our hosts generously encourage us to try new things, “We want the flavors of each dish to be reminiscent of something mom made, but nothing you’ll find at her table three weeks later when the real deal rolls around.”…

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Fall Cocktails

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Warm up with these Cocktails – still perfect for after Thanksgiving!

Holidays means two things for most of us: feasting and family! As far as feasting, the panoply of dishes at the holiday table usually has hosts and guests alike wondering what they should offer to drink.

While I believe wine is best for the meal (and all your wine concerns can be quelled with one of our holiday six-packs….merciless plug, I know!), following are two cocktails that will certainly make cocktail hour and dessert a delicious success.

As far as family is concerned, these offerings should put a smile on the faces of friends and family alike and calm the nerves so often associated with entertaining for the holidays! Both the Gingered Apple and Kentucky Toddy can be served before or after your holiday dinner.

“The Gingered Apple” brings together the sweeter tones of Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur and Red Jacket Orchards All Natural Apple Cider with the savory elements of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Dolin Dry Vermouth, and Regan’s Orange Bitters. The resultant cocktail is a balanced expression of autumnal yumminess! If you’re looking for a lighter expression of the ingredients it is best to shake in your cocktail shaker. If a stronger drink is desired, simply add ingredients to shaker, fill with ice, and stir instead of shaking to avoid dilution….

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Ideas, Recipes and Tips

Veg Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is filled with vegetarian dishes - like our Cranberry and Herb stuffing.

When you come to think about it, outside of the turkey, Thanksgiving can be very vegetarian-friendly.

From appetizers to soups to (my favorite) the sides, there’s plenty for your vegetarian guests to enjoy.

When I get together with my friends and family for Thanksgiving, I also make sure that there’s a vegetarian main option. Instead of turkey, you can go the Tofurky route. I tend to make a vegetarian lasagna because it’s hearty and filled with seasonal vegetables. Two recipes I enjoy are this Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash lasagna recipe and this Artichoke and Eggplant lasagna recipe.

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Turkey Tips from Everyday Food Magazine

The countdown to Thanksgiving is underway. Are you ready to tackle the turkey, submit the stuffing and declare victory over the hors d’ouvres?

With so many guests and different seasonal dishes (and just one oven), this is a holiday that causes pre-show jitters even for veteran cooks. But a little preparation in advance can help you identify issues now and lay the groundwork for a flawless feast.

Turkey Tips

Turkey Tips from Everyday Food Magazine

Read on for a collection of turkey tips from the pros at Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Magazine to help you get through the big meal in style….

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ThanksTrivia! Check out our Thanksgiving Fun Facts!

Thanksgiving Pie

How many football fields do you think we could surround with all of the pies our FreshDirect fans enjoyed last Thanksgiving?

We know our customers love food. But would you believe that, last Thanksgiving, our customers ordered so many cans of pumpkin that we could have made a giant tower out of them?

How tall you ask? Well, if we stacked them, one on top of the other, the tower would be taller than the Lady Liberty…actually it would be taller than 5 Statues of Liberty! (That’s a lot of Vitamin A consumed!)

Check out this cute photo below for more of our fun Thanksgiving facts! And search for #ThanksgivingTips on Twitter (@FreshDirect) (or just click on this link) to see more of our fun facts and great recipe ideas for a healthy holiday!

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Thanksgiving Confessions of a FreshDirect Chef

Thanksgiving sides

Chef Tina embraced the challenge of creating this year's offerings of Thanksgiving Sides. Don't they look good?

Thanksgiving Dinner can take so much time to prepare. As a chef, I end up experimenting a lot: adding on, doing more, trying X to get it just right.

Luckily, I’ve already cooked Thanksgiving dinner here at FreshDirect. I created our Thanksgiving offerings around a few different ideals: tradition (different for everyone, yes, but there are definite common threads), desire (what do I crave with my bird) and overall mass appeal (you’d be surprised by how many people love Brussels sprouts). I know I will never be able to please everybody. (But I try my best!)

It made sense for me to offer two stuffings: one vegetarian, one not. Our vegetable offering runs the gambit from lightly steamed to covered in yum: maple, butter AND marshmallow. The potato offerings are pretty straightforward. I’ve learned not to mess with the mash. And then there are the wild cards like peas with pesto butter and baked macaroni with gruyere cheese. My instincts wouldn’t naturally lead me to the latter two when I think of turkey or Thanksgiving, but both are delicious and we sell zillions so we must be doing something right.

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Back to Basics. Bill Niman Talks Turkey

At this country’s first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims were eating a very different turkey from the holiday bird that sits on modern Thanksgiving tables.

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BN Ranch Heritage Turkeys: Now at FreshDirect

According to rancher Bill Niman, the great majority of turkeys grown in the US are the “Broad-Breasted White” breed, a bird that’s grown for… you guessed it: broad breasts.

On Niman’s ranch, his small staff is raising heritage-breed birds that are a lot closer to the turkeys our nation’s founders would have recognized.

Bill Niman is the rancher that The New York Times called a “pioneer of the ‘good meat’ movement,” and he took some time to chat with us about his BN Ranch Heritage-Breed Turkeys, which FreshDirect is selling this holiday season….

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