Leek and Mascarpone Bites Recipe

For the holiday season, it’s always good to have a few simple appetizer recipes in your back pocket for when friends pop over unexpectedly or you’re entertaining with lots of bubbly. Find out how some ideas for dressing up this easy recipe after the jump.

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Beyond Your Basic Salad

Power Greens Pizza

Power Greens Pizza

Putting together a quick salad is easy with Earthbound salad blends.  I usually place a couple of containers in my order (especially when they’re on sale!).

So when our friends over at Earthbound Farm suggested that I can make meals beyond my basic salad, I was intrigued. Here are three recipes that are just as easy to make:…

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From Brisket to Kugel: Passover Recipes

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Indulge in our Flourless Chocolate Cake for Passover

Do you have your Passover Seder dinner already planned?

If not, don’t worry! We’ve put together some great recipes below including our hearty, homey kugel. (It’s just sweet enough to eat as a dessert, but it would also be right at home as a side dish or brunch option).

There’s also a nice recipe for Matzoh balls, which soak up the rich bouquet of deep amber chicken soup.

Plan ahead and make beef brisket – it is wonderful the day it is made, but even better on succeeding days—hot or cold. And it freezes well, with no loss of flavor. Lastly, the Passover brownies, baked at a high temperature and cooled quickly in ice water, are crusty on the outside but smooth and creamy within.

Any of these 5 recipes would be perfect for your Seder dinner:…

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Quiche with Spring Veggies for Easter Brunch

Quiche

Quiche is an easy addition to Easter Brunch.

Whether for Easter or a warm-weather get-together, Spring is the perfect time for brunch with friends.

We’ve recently added three easy quiche recipes created by Chef Tina Bourbeau to our One-Click Recipe section using our pre-made quiche shells and some of our favorite Spring produce. When packed with fresh, quality ingredients, quiche is the perfect item to bring to a pot-luck brunch. It really doesn’t get any easier…or tastier!

In case you haven’t checked it out before, our easy-to-navigate recipe section offers a wide variety of holiday-, ingredient- and diet-specific recipes. In addition to our FreshDirect original recipes, we also feature recipes from famous cookbooks, as well as Everyday Food® and Real Simple® magazine. Underneath each recipe, there is a section where you can add the items (with amounts specific to the recipe) directly to your cart in one click. Talk about a time-saver….

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Recipes and Menu Ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration

St. Patrick's Day cupcakes

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these Festive Cupcakes.

More than just cabbage and potatoes, Irish cuisine has long relied on a wealth of wild garlic, kale, scallions, barley, oats, sausages, lamb and a varied aquaculture ranging from cockles and mussels to rich cod and salmon.

So whether you’re entertaining or just want to add a little “green” to your dinner menu, we’ve gathered together some Irish-influenced favorites along with a few bright-green Spring selections for your St. Patty’s day feasting. Slainte Mhath! (In other words, to your good health!)…

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5 Vegetarian Winter Dishes

Pesto Pasta

Pesto Pasta with Green Beans and Potatoes

A few times each week, I try to make vegetarian dishes for my family. Though it’s a tad more challenging in the cooler Winter months, I like discovering seasonal and hearty dishes.

Winter vegetables like kale and root vegetables (squashes, parsnips, carrots, yams, potatoes) have become my staple this time of year. Add in legumes (beans, lentils), nuts, and grains (whole-wheat pasta and brown rice) and dishes become rich and satisfying.

Here are 5 vegetarian recipes that can be served (from soup to nuts) in one lovely 5-course dinner or made and enjoyed throughout the week:

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N’awlins-inspired Recipes for Mardi Gras

Gumbo

Shrimp Gumbo is a perfect dish to celebrate Mardi Gras!

Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)  February 21st marks Mardi Gras this year, but those who embrace the Carnival season celebrate from mid-January until midnight on the “Fat Tuesday” prior to Ash Wednesday… the dawn of Lent.

For me, I fell in love with New Orleans through her food. From spicy gumbo to addictive sweet beignets, there was so much to enjoy!

Mardi Gras is a great excuse to enjoy a Southern-style dinner, with N’awlins-inspired cuisine on the plate and a breezy cocktail in the glass.  Here are some recipes to help you bring a touch of New Orleans to your table!…

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5 Super Game Day Recipes

Super Bowl Recipes

What are you serving this Super Bowl Sunday?

Fluff the couch cushions and bust out the dips! It’s time to settle into the sofa and cheer on the gladiators of the modern era.

Whether you’re cheering on Big Blue (New York Giants) or the Pats (New England Patriots), we’ve compiled a great list of recipes to help you feed anyone from a dynamic duo to a whole mob of hungry fans….

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Festive Holiday Drinks

Champagne

For a holiday party, you can't go wrong with Champagne!

Can you believe we’re already a week into December? With the holiday season already upon us, I’m sure you’ll be serving (and enjoying!) a drink or two.

When I have a party, I always have a favorite red and white wine on hand, a bottle of bubbly, and one signature cocktail and mocktail. I also love to have apple cider and eggnog on hand because the taste and smell just evokes memories of the holiday.

For cocktails, I loved these ones developed by Tom Smith of Union Square Wines: The Gingered Apple and The Kentucky Toddy. They were perfect for Thanksgiving and are still wonderful now in the colder months.

Here are a few more beverages that are sure to make you the toast of the party!…

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5 Easy Dishes to Make with Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Every Thanksgiving, there are traditions that I love. Getting together with friends and family and watching the Macy’s parade go by are amongst my favorites.

But my absolute favorite part about Thanksgiving is the food and especially the leftovers! (It’s like having Thanksgiving all over again!)

Chef Floyd Cardoz enjoys making turkey stock and a turkey casserole with his Thanksgiving leftovers.  I keep it simple and make sandwiches to take to work….

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