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Meet and Greet with Chef Tina Bourbeau

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Chef Tina Bourbeau

Here at the FreshDirect headquarters, we’re lucky to work with many interesting people who share our passion for food.

One great example is Chef Tina Bourbeau, Executive Chef/Senior Director of Research and Development here at FreshDirect.

I sat down with Tina to find out why she went into the food business in the first place.

FD: What was the inspiration to make food your business?

TB: Cooking is the only profession I’ve ever had, and I am grateful that I get paid to do what I love and am deeply passionate about — anything else seems like torture.

FD: What was the road that led you to FreshDirect?

TB: After studying at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now I.C.E.), I started cooking my way through various NYC kitchens. My first job was at Oceana – while still in school. This was when anything less than a 6-day work-week wasn’t even a consideration. I was the first woman to work in that kitchen (boy, times have changed!)…. 

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Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas from Chef Tina Bourbeau

Thanksgiving sides

Got leftovers? Chef Tina has some great ideas on what to recreate with them!

Leftovers are a conundrum for me. I’m not a fan, but I hate to waste food. If there were ever an opportunity to enjoy leftovers though, Thanksgiving is it. It’s a great opportunity to double-utilize some really beautiful food.

Haricots verts work beautifully with a fresh dose of olive oil and lemon juice to top up a frisee salad.  Take the chill off the beans, re-season them to taste, then dress some frisee with more of that olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

If you really want a treat, dice and render some of that leftover bacon and cook up a few sunny-side-up farm-fresh eggs in the bacon fat. Toss your dressed frisee with shaved Parmesangreen beans and bacon. Add the eggs on the top and voila-la!  You have a lovely brunch on-hand. (Croutons optional)…. 

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Easy Weekday Meal Ideas from Chef Tina Bourbeau

Fruit and Yogurt

Easy weekday meals for a family can be made by adding protein to just one of our 4-minute meals.

I have three requirements when I make dinner for myself at the end of a busy day (already spent in the kitchen!). 1) Preparations must be fast 2) It should be pretty healthy 3) Ingredients must be great.

It’s the last requirement which really allows me to keep things simple. If you have great ingredients, less is more. And I don’t like leftovers but also hate wasting food, so rarely do I over-produce, which allows me to keep portions manageable.

Normally I’ll make a salad or some mixed grain and greens and then top up with a cooked protein – which I cook à la minute. So where most of the components are a quick mix, a chop or a stir, the only real cooking is a simple hunk of protein. From my recently launched line of vegetarian meals, I frequently use their components within them in broader and newly combined ways, particularly the grains. Let me explain….

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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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Chef Bourbeau on the Secrets of Amazing Sandwiches

Turkey Toastie

Turkey Toastie

Having just launched the new FreshDirect Sandwich Shop, Chef Tina Bourbeau chats with us about eating her way through Philadelphia’s legendary sandwich shops, developing the FreshDirect line and what it takes to go from a good sandwich to a great sandwich…. 

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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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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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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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What’s the Best Way to Top a Burger?

Ask 7 different food fanatics what the best way to make a burger is… and you might come up with 14 different answers. At least that’s what happened to us!

Burger with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Burger with Blue Cheese and Bacon

In honor of Burger Week at the FreshDirect blog, we asked some of our on-site experts to tell us: “How do you top your burger?”

Read on for their tantalizing ideas. Then tell us about YOUR ideal burger at the FreshDirect Facebook Wall…. 

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