Graham Cracker and Pumpkin Dip Graveyard

Don’t go around the cemetery on All Hallow’s Eve… Unless it’s made of FOOD. In which case, dig in! Using FreshDirect’s own graham crackers and a decadent pumpkin dip, we made a sweet treat that will chill your Halloween party guests to the bone. After the jump, you’ll find the easy step-by-step instructions.

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Good Morning, Pumpkin!

Finn and smoothie

Everybody loves Pumpkin season!

Crisp air. Yellow and orange fallen leaves. Soft knit scarves. Pumpkin!  Between pumpkin lattes and pumpkin pie, the fall season has become synonymous with that gorgeous round squash. Armed with a fat, orange pumpkin or a big can of Libby’s, you can add pumpkin flare to almost anything.

Pumpkins are so versatile, you could break down pumpkin-y delights by category when looking for inspiration: there’s everything from soup, pasta, breads and muffins, dessert (including pie, of course), beer—even pumpkin dog treats.

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Spooky Tips for Your Halloween Party

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Shrimp look eerie on a black pot filled with ice.

Halloween is right around the corner — are you ready? There are so many fun Halloween traditions. Do you take the kids out trick-or-treating? (More importantly, do you dress them up in food costumes?) Or do you dress up and have everyone over for a costume party at your place?

Whichever way you decide to spend your Halloween night, we hope you have tons of great food around! Here are a few easy ways to add some chills to your Halloween spread.

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Join FreshDirect for Boo at the Zoo

Trees DisplayThis fall, we’re celebrating the spookiest of holidays with Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo. If you’re in the area, stop by and join the fun: the event takes place every weekend in October, Halloween (Friday, October 31), Columbus Day, and November 1 and 2.

FreshDirect will be providing the mini pumpkins from local farms for kids to decorate at the zoo. Click through for more details!…

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Beet, Walnut, and Herb Dip Recipe from Love Beets

beetwalnutdipOur friends over at Love Beets sent us this recipe to serve at your next party.

Beet, Walnut, and Herb dip

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:
• 8.8 oz vacuum-packed beets
• 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
• 1 small bunch each of cilantro and parsley
• 2 oz shelled walnuts
• 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
• Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Roughly chop the beets and herbs and put in a food processor with the walnuts and garlic and process until you have a course paste.
  2. Add the oil and vinegar and season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Taste to check the seasoning — you may need to add a little more vinegar if the beets are particularly sweet.
  3. Serve with pita chips, crackers, etc.