Start Your Year with a Lunch Challenge

Looking to cook more in the new year? It’s a great way to save money and know exactly what you’re eating. If you work in an area with lots of food and restaurants at your disposal, lunch can be the most tempting meal of the day. Here at FreshDirect HQ, we started a lunch challenge for our Marketing group and got amazing results. Get tips from our journey after the jump!

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Chef Joseph Johnson’s Braised Lamb Shank Recipe

Looking for something a little different to elevate your holiday dinner this year? Our partners at Sanpellegrino® connected us with Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson, Executive Chef of Harlem’s own Minton’s and The Cecil, New York City’s first Afro-Asian-American restaurant. Chef JJ shared a deliciously rich lamb recipe (try it out using our 100% grass-fed local lamb), perfect for pairing with a glass of Sanpellegrino® sparkling natural mineral water (find out why after the jump!).

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4 New Ways to Use Sparkling Water

Here at our FreshDirect office, we are absolute sparkling water enthusiasts. Having a little sparkle, bubble, and natural flavor in your water makes it easy to stay hydrated—there’s a variety of Poland Spring sparkling water flavors to choose from for everyday enjoyment. We (and our customers!) drink so much of it, Poland Spring wanted to help keep our love fresh and exciting! After the jump, we gathered some ideas to up your sparkling water game.

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Il Grande Clementina Cocktail (and Mocktail!) Recipe

We love that the start of citrus season coincides with the holiday season—a perfect pairing. Our friends at Sanpellegrino® shared this cocktail recipe that highlights both fresh citrus and their bright, refreshing Sanpellegrino® clementine flavor; it’s an awesome alternative to soda-based cocktails this holiday party season. Check out the recipe after the jump!

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Get a New Freebie Every Week in December

Surprise! Every week in December we’re giving away a different delicious product for FREE. Consider it a random act of freshness. Just visit freshdirect.com every Monday, and on the homepage you’ll find a link to our freebie page with the item of that week. Add the item to your cart and place your order of $100 or more for delivery Tuesday through Friday of that week and voila: free fresh stuff.

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Chocolate and Pistachio Dipped Tangerine Slices

Citrus fruits make healthy snacks during the cold winter months. In this easy recipe, we used extra-sweet tangerine segments (in this case, super-seasonal and delicious Satsuma tangerines) and added decadent chocolate and salty pistachios to kick them up a notch. They’re a fun dessert to prepare with your kids and make a great party snack!

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Fresh Adventure: Watch the Video on How We Source Olio Novello

Our team of sourcing experts just got back from Sicily, where they celebrated the first harvest and press of the 2015 season, hand-picking our own custom blend of olives to make a unique olio novello (new oil) exclusive to FreshDirect. Ken, our specialty merchant, described this ready-to-use oil as “fresh, vibrant, and luscious.” This limited-time delicacy is blended, pressed, and shipped from Italy within a week, meaning it’s as fresh and tasty as can be. Pairing ideas and videos on how we sourced our olio novello after the jump!

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Get a New Freebie Every Week in November

Surprise! Every week in November we’re giving away a different delicious product for FREE. Consider it a random act of freshness. Just visit freshdirect.com on the dates below, and on the homepage you’ll find a link to our freebie page with the item of that week. Add the item to your cart and place your order of $100 or more for delivery Tuesday through Friday of that week (Sunday through Tuesday for the Saturday, November 21 item) and voila: free fresh stuff.

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10 Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ideas for Every Occasion

Grilled cheese: the king of easy weeknight dinners; the blank slate of culinary goodness, upon which we pile our hopes, dreams, and favorite cheeses; the gooey, warm, golden, and delicious answer to whatever ails us.

Did I oversell it? That’s impossible! Like the burger or the omelet, grilled cheese has an endless amount of permutations, making it accessible, crowd-pleasing, and never boring. Recently, I used our easy, frozen Pullman loaves (defrost the slices as you need them and the rest stays in the freezer) to make a few different sandwiches, one to fit each of my grilled cheese moods.

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Get Creative with Muffin Tops

We all know that the top of the muffin is the most delicious part. Whether coated in cinnamon sugar, caked with crumble, or deliciously crisped and brown, the muffin top gives the whole muffin that special something. Some people save the top for last while others don’t even bother baking the bottom half and use muffin top tins instead. So why not take it to the next level? Here are some ideas to make the muffin top even better.

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