Christmas and Hanukkah Food Traditions

When I was small, I got to have two Christmas dinners; one was classic American, with ham and all the traditional sides, and one was an Italian version. I’m always fascinated by other people’s food traditions; after all, the food makes the holiday. I asked around the office to find out what my co-workers and their families eat for Christmas and Hanukkah.

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Fresh Adventure: Watch the Video on How We Sourced 2014’s Olio Novello

Our team of sourcing experts just got back from Sicily, where they celebrated the first harvest and press of the 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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DIY Fall Apple and Pear Place Settings

Feeling crafty? We have a fun and easy idea to help you create beautiful seasonal place settings for your Thanksgiving table. Get the kids involved with this fresh take on table settings, and you’ll have one thing crossed off your holiday to-do list:

-Make the table fancy in no time flat.

Done! Instructions after the jump!

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Make Your Own Pumpkin Ice Bucket

No bucket? No problem. We used a large pumpkin to make an ice bucket for one of our favorite white wines, and it made us wonder how we didn’t think of it sooner. While it serves its primary purpose — to keep your wine cold — it also makes a fantastic Halloween or Thanksgiving centerpiece. You can even create a virgin version filled with soda cans for the kids table.

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What to Do with All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers, Part II

Is there anything better than a fridge full of leftovers? Turkey Day is fun and all, but a next-day sandwich — now that’s the stuff. As for the rest of your leftover fare, click through for tips from Chef Tina Bourbeau on how to use ‘em up (as well as what we used to make this amazing sandwich).

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