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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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Ideas, Recipes and Tips

Veg Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is filled with vegetarian dishes - like our Cranberry and Herb stuffing.

When you come to think about it, outside of the turkey, Thanksgiving can be very vegetarian-friendly.

From appetizers to soups to (my favorite) the sides, there’s plenty for your vegetarian guests to enjoy.

When I get together with my friends and family for Thanksgiving, I also make sure that there’s a vegetarian main option. Instead of turkey, you can go the Tofurky route. I tend to make a vegetarian lasagna because it’s hearty and filled with seasonal vegetables. Two recipes I enjoy are this Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash lasagna recipe and this Artichoke and Eggplant lasagna recipe.

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5 Tailgating Recipes to Make for the Big Game

Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are a staple at any Tailgating party!

The boys of summer are heading into the playoffs while football season has just begun.

If your household’s like mine, you know that Sundays are big game days.

Since my husband usually has his friends over for beer and munchies, I always make sure our fridge/pantry is well stocked with cheese, crackers, hummus, chips, veggies (carrots and celery), nuts and other easy-to-serve snacks.

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5 Recipes for a Sweet & Prosperous New Year

This week marks Rosh Hashanah, the first of the High Holidays in the Jewish calendar, when families gather around meals that mark the new year.

Sliced Apples and Honey

Sliced Apples and Honey for a Sweet New Year

Many celebrations include foods that reflect a deep symbolic meaning, including apples and honey, to suggest a sweet new year, a round challah to indicate the cycle of the year and other symbolic ingredients, like pumpkins, leeks, pomegranates and beets. …

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5 Heritage Chicken Recipes to Enjoy with the Family

Heritage Chicken

Heritage Chicken is the perfect ingredient for roast chicken recipes!

Over here in the FreshDirect offices, there’s much ado about Heritage Chicken and the truth is — every word is true.

We’ve grown fond of the Weaver family, who raise these chickens on their family farm in nearby PA.

I’ve also learned that there’s a reason Heritage Chicken, aka Pollo Buono, is so hard to find. It’s a rare bird and it’s absolutely delicious. Here are some ideas on how to prepare this Heritage Chicken at home to share with your family.

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