St. Patricks Day: Recipes That Go Beyond Green

For some, St. Patrick’s Day means parades, green beer and pub crawls.

But for those who don’t hit the bars, there’s also a rich tradition of Irish and Irish-American recipes that make St. Pat’s a great “stay home and cook” holiday… no food coloring necessary!

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Nearly everyone recognizes the classic Irish potato (though they were actually introduced to Ireland in the 16th century), but Irish cuisine has long relied on a wide variety of ingredients, including wild garlic, kale, scallions, geese and poultry, cured pork and sausages, lamb and mutton, barley, oats, wild berries, hazelnuts and varied aquaculture, ranging from lobsters, cockles and mussels to cod and rich salmon….

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Build the Perfect Cheese Board: Five Fast Tips

A cheese board can be a easy — and impressive — entertaining option for parties, but there are a few pitfalls on the path to glory.

To smooth the path to success, we got the lowdown on party dos (and don’ts!) from our own super-savvy specialty foods expert, Ken Blanchette.

Ewephoria Gouda, Great Hill Blue Cheese & Brie de Nangis

Ewephoria Gouda, Great Hill Blue Cheese & Brie de Nangis

After a successful career in specialty foods manufacturing, Ken brought his know-how to FreshDirect, where he oversees our selection of deli items, specialty products and artisanal cheeses, traveling the world to discover the most delectable goodies from near and far. (Can’t say we’re not jealous!)

Here are Ken’s top tips for showing off a tempting selection of cheeses at your next party….

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Introducing MyFD!

Introducing MyFD — a brand-new area at FreshDirect.com that’s dedicated to you!

MyFD at FreshDirect.com

Check out MyFD now!

At MyFD, you’ll see your favorite products, shopping lists and profile information at a glance.

We’d love for you to give us your thoughts in our weekly Quick Poll and connect with us at Facebook and Twitter.

Each week, we’ll serve up a selection of handy food facts, practical nutrition advice, new food trends and delicious recipes.

You’ll savor the season with timely usage information, read profiles of local chefs, farmers, fishermen and producers and find lots of easy ideas to help you feed your family right!

All this and more is in store. (Just wait ’til you see what we have up our sleeves!) Make sure you don’t miss a thing — add us to your blog reader now.

Every time you shop FreshDirect for grocery delivery straight to your door, be sure to stop by and see what’s new at MyFD: www.freshdirect.com/myfd

Weekend Project: Better Breakfasts

By now, we’re probably all aware that breakfast is good for us.

Banana-Nut Oatmeal

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Research indicates that a healthy breakfast offers a bunch of perks, ranging from improved concentration and performance to more strength and endurance for physical activities and some not-so-obvious benefits, like lower cholesterol levels.

But on the weekends, it’s sometimes fun to branch out from the quick and easy into other, more adventurous options.

We’ve gone through all the delicious breakfast/brunch recipes in our One-Click Recipes section and pulled out five tasty, easy options we think you’re going to love:

Explore our entire Brunch Recipes section to find something special for your winter weekend starters, and be sure to let us know at Facebook what you make!

Calling Young Artists!

Gather the kids and break out the art supplies! We’re issuing an invitation to young artists in our community to show everyone what it means to share a family meal.

Your Art Here!

To celebrate the launch of FreshDirect KidPower(TM) all-natural kids meals and support children’s art education and creativity, FreshDirect and The Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) have launched the FreshArt initiative: a call to young artists (grades three through six) to create works of art that express the positive experience of sharing a family meal.

This initiative will be launched in the FreshDirect delivery areas in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Three pieces of artwork — one from each of the participating states — will be selected to be featured large-scale on the sides of select FreshDirect delivery trucks. Also, a $1,500 monetary award will be donated to the schools designated by the parents or guardians of the creators of the selected art. (The designated schools must be located in the FreshDirect delivery areas.)

Download entry forms and contest details from:
http://www.freshdirect.com/FreshArt.

We’re hoping to share some terrific FreshArt entries right here, and we can’t wait to see what our community’s kids create!