Different Dippers

I don’t know if it’s the salt, the crunch, or the grease, but I cannot resist a good chip. And if there’s dip… well you better watch out, because I’m gonna dip that whole bag. If you’re like me and have no willpower when it comes to chips, you may be on the lookout for dipping alternatives. …

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Elegant Fruit Salads

Fruit Salad

Elegant Fruit Salads

With picnics, potluck dinners, and BBQs galore this summer, I usually bring a fruit salad.

Fruit salads are easy, healthy, and require no cooking at all (which is perfect when the weather outside is steamy!). You might think that a fruit salad is fairly plain, but when you mix fresh, seasonal fruit with complementary homemade dressings, they become an elegant dish.

I put together a couple of my favorite recipes below. Many of your favorite fruits will work in these recipes. The pièce de résistance is in the dressing….

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Cinco de Mayo Cemitas Celebración!

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated for 2 reasons? For those in the United States, it is a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. In Mexico, it is the celebration of the victory at the Battle of Puebla. This year, I decided to have a celebración that high-lighted the best both worlds.

Chicken cemitas- Cinco de Mayo

Non-Traditional Chicken Cemitas

For my fiesta I had a “Make Your Own Cemitas” bar! I prepared all the ingredients earlier (with a lot of help from the FreshDirect Heat & Eat Department), leaving me with plenty of time to enjoy the fiesta stress free. I gave my guests the option of creating a traditional cemitas (by leaving a recipe card on the table) or allowing them to go for something a little bit more inspirado….

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One-Pan Recipe: Sausage and Potato Bake

Sausage and Potato Bake

While I enjoy sausage, I don’t cook it at home very often. So when our meat department revamped our FreshDirect sausage line, the sausage was so good that I wanted to find an easy way to rotate a new meal into my routine.

Personally, my favorite recipes can be cooked in one pan or pot. This sausage bake is no exception. I borrowed my dad’s recipe as a base and then added my own twists from there, which I encourage others to do with any easy recipe. Substitute in what you like, remove what you don’t!…

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Three Easy and Cheesy Bites

Goat Cheese and Apple Tartlets

Goat Cheese and Apple Tartlets

Thanksgiving crept up on me really quickly, and I was completely unprepared for the holiday. Well, not this time!

With those other holidays coming up (anyone else notice that the 25 days of Christmas have already started?), I decided to put together three easy & cheesy bites to help alleviate the stress and prep of holiday entertaining.

Goat Cheese & Apple Tartlets
These are a light and flaky treat that will delight your guests, and leave you with plenty of time to enjoy happy hour.

Do You Remember Your 10th Birthday?

Surprise Birthday cupcakes

10th Birthday cupcakes

When I turned 10 years old my parents threw me a birthday party and one of the games was pin the tail on the donkey. Remember that game? One of my friends spun another around insisting she was right on track to the donkey poster plastered on the door: “There! There! Pin it there!” she screeched. And so, my trusting friend pinned me on the shoulder with a paper tail and tape – I stood very still, looked at my mom in horror, and my troublemaker friend laughed. When my blindfolded friend removed her mask she was fuming mad.

Ten was a good year – what I’d give for those types of problems. A few minutes later we were off to some other game and later to giant slices of cake. I think Care Bears were the thing that year.

Well, as FreshDirect marks its ten year anniversary making deliveries I got to thinking about turning ten. I turned to my colleagues to see what they remember about their tenth birthdays. It seems ten is a definite milestone:…

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