Cocktails for Easter Brunch

The Yellow Chickie Martini

The Yellow Chickie Martini

Celebrating Easter with friends and family usually involves that Sunday sporting event many of us know so well: Brunching!

The Bloody Mary, Mimosa, and Bellini all come into play at the table whether it’s at a restaurant or at home.

Beyond these staples, many enjoy a nice cocktail as well so I present one of each for your imbibing pleasure: The Bronxville Bloody Mary (a version I enjoyed at an Easter party and consider one of the best) and The Yellow Chickie Martini (a Springtime cocktail that can be used as an aperitif for Brunch or the hot meal served later in the day).

The Bloody Mary has several incarnations and people will always tell you, much like their mother’s meatloaf, that their version is the best. This is not my version so I think I’m off the hook there….

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From Brisket to Kugel: Passover Recipes

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Indulge in our Flourless Chocolate Cake for Passover

Do you have your Passover Seder dinner already planned?

If not, don’t worry! We’ve put together some great recipes below including our hearty, homey kugel. (It’s just sweet enough to eat as a dessert, but it would also be right at home as a side dish or brunch option).

There’s also a nice recipe for Matzoh balls, which soak up the rich bouquet of deep amber chicken soup.

Plan ahead and make beef brisket – it is wonderful the day it is made, but even better on succeeding days—hot or cold. And it freezes well, with no loss of flavor. Lastly, the Passover brownies, baked at a high temperature and cooled quickly in ice water, are crusty on the outside but smooth and creamy within.

Any of these 5 recipes would be perfect for your Seder dinner:…

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Quiche with Spring Veggies for Easter Brunch

Quiche

Quiche is an easy addition to Easter Brunch.

Whether for Easter or a warm-weather get-together, Spring is the perfect time for brunch with friends.

We’ve recently added three easy quiche recipes created by Chef Tina Bourbeau to our One-Click Recipe section using our pre-made quiche shells and some of our favorite Spring produce. When packed with fresh, quality ingredients, quiche is the perfect item to bring to a pot-luck brunch. It really doesn’t get any easier…or tastier!

In case you haven’t checked it out before, our easy-to-navigate recipe section offers a wide variety of holiday-, ingredient- and diet-specific recipes. In addition to our FreshDirect original recipes, we also feature recipes from famous cookbooks, as well as Everyday Food® and Real Simple® magazine. Underneath each recipe, there is a section where you can add the items (with amounts specific to the recipe) directly to your cart in one click. Talk about a time-saver….

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Susan’s Favorite Passover Seder Picks

Charoset

Susan loves piling on our Charoset on matzo.

Gather friends and family and raise a glass before a table of delicious holiday foods. From charoset to  homemade dark chocolate and caramel-covered matzo, we have a few menu ideas for your seder table.

Susan Schreiber, Director of Catering, Bakery & Pastry at FreshDirect, gives us an inside look at the inspiration behind this year’s holiday happenings.

“Many people own their own Seder plate but many people don’t,” explains Susan. “So, just in case, we wanted to provide the plate and once again make everything — and then some.”…

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Spring Clean Your Pantry: What to Toss, What to Stock

Oil and vinegar

A healthy, well-stocked pantry includes extra virgin olive oil and red wine or apple cider vinegar

Spring is upon us, and if you partake in the seasonal ritual of cleaning house, don’t forget the kitchen pantry.

Seize this opportunity to dump the junk, and upgrade your pantry staples because they can be the backbone of healthy cooking for you and your family.

Weed out items that are past their prime, and don’t be afraid to toss out nutrient-poor foods with empty calories you can’t afford in a healthy diet (soda, cookies, cake mixes, instant noodles, white pasta, and chips – I’m looking at you). Read on for what to toss and what to stock….

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Fun Easter and Passover Recipes for Kids (and Kids at Heart!)

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Are you getting together with family and friends for Easter or Passover? If so, we’ve put together some fun recipes to enjoy before or after your Easter egg hunt (decorated deviled eggs) or at the Seder table (tuna boats).

For Easter, how about decorating eggs – on the inside? With our “Mild Mannered Deviled Eggs” recipe below, you and the kids can have fun making bunnies, funny faces, and more. If you don’t mind colored egg whites, you can even use up your excess Easter eggs.

Keep this activity child-safe by having the adults do the knife work while the kids can have fun piping the yolk mixture into the egg halves, applying the decorations, and using floss or thread to ‘cut’ the egg in half. …

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Recipes and Menu Ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration

St. Patrick's Day cupcakes

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these Festive Cupcakes.

More than just cabbage and potatoes, Irish cuisine has long relied on a wealth of wild garlic, kale, scallions, barley, oats, sausages, lamb and a varied aquaculture ranging from cockles and mussels to rich cod and salmon.

So whether you’re entertaining or just want to add a little “green” to your dinner menu, we’ve gathered together some Irish-influenced favorites along with a few bright-green Spring selections for your St. Patty’s day feasting. Slainte Mhath! (In other words, to your good health!)…

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Slainte! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Cocktails

Jameson Manhattan

Slainte! Enjoy The Jameson Manhattan this St. Patrick's Day!

Everyone’s Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day! Armed with green garb and greener beer, many spend their St. Patty’s Day bar-hopping from pub to pub with a steady regiment of shots and Irish Car Bombs.

What about those who decide that gallons of beer and whiskey aren’t for them? How about a duo of easily prepared cocktails for a relaxed take on March 17th?

Following are two cocktails with rather different expressions. Both use Irish Whiskey and are suitable any time of the day and will pair easily with the typical fare of corned beef and cabbage, soda bread, and bangers and mash….

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Testing Recipes with Chef Tina for Your #FreshDirectParty

Chef Tina

Chef Tina tests out her recipes (including salsa verde) for your #FreshDirectParty

FreshDirect is getting ready for HouseParty! While thousands of people are still signing up (you can too – click here) to be selected to host a gourmet meal at home with friends (on us!), we’re busy in the kitchen, whipping up recipes and testing each one to make sure they’re easy to make and taste absolutely delicious.

Chef Tina Bourbeau is going above and beyond, stretching tastebuds and playing with ingredients, while keeping fun party themes in mind. There’s been some trial and error as we measured a teaspoon of this and a cup of that but practice makes perfect and we’re clocking a lot of hours into making sure your get-together will be top notch.

Some of you may kind of know Tina already. She makes your 4-Minute Meals and other fresh foods and you’ve probably seen her photo on our FreshDirect packaging. She’s a culinary powerhouse, fully loaded with information. Some colleagues and I recently jotted down notes frantically, as Tina created recipes from scratch and shared some really useful tips:…

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