Plum Cornbread Recipe with Chef Anne Burrell [Video]

Be prepared to knock your own socks off. Made in a cast iron skillet and topped with a scoop of ice cream, this just may be your new favorite dessert. Don’t love plums? Substitute with your favorite fruit! Check out Chef Anne Burrell’s recipe and how-to video after the jump.

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Hail to the Kale Caesar Salad Recipe with Chef Anne Burrell [Video]

Kale salad with homemade dressing and croutons?! This recipe will seriously up your kale game. Serve this as a side to your lobster or for non-lobster lovers, simply add rotisserie chicken, salmon, or steak to make this salad a meal. Check out Chef Anne Burrell’s recipe and how-to video after the jump.
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Grilled Corn, Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes, and Chile Crostini Recipe with Chef Anne Burrell [Video]

Bacon makes everything taste better and this combo is no exception. This is perfect as an appetizer served on top of grilled bread, or forget the bread and enjoy as a side dish. Check out Chef Anne Burrell’s recipe and how-to video after the jump.
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Girl Chef’s Grilled Lobster Recipe with Chef Anne Burrell [Video]

Want to up your lobster fireworks factor? This is the recipe for you. Simple to make and insanely delicious to eat, this grilled lobster stuffed with shrimp, corn, and tomatoes will wow your crowd. Check out Chef Anne Burrell’s recipe and how-to video after the jump.
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Seafood Cooking Tips from Top Chefs

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Keep it simple when it comes to cooking salmon.

Do you sometimes feel like your home cooked seafood dishes aren’t quite as good as the ones prepared at your favorite restaurants.

Ever wonder what their secrets are to that perfect char and texture? We asked a few top chefs and restaurateurs to share their top secret tips for preparing seafood at home…. 

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Sustainable Swordfish

Sustainable swordfish

Sustainable Swordfish: Perfect for outdoor grilling

As the Seafood Merchant at FreshDirect, it’s important for me to bring our customers not only great-tasting, fresh seafood but also sustainable ones too.

We just got our first batch of sustainably caught swordfish in the shop. These fish come to us from Nova Scotia and from the first swordfish fishery to be certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Here fishermen use a traditional fishing method, harpooning, where swordfish are identified one fish at a time and then target them with a harpoon attached a line. This fishing method assures that fisherman only catch larger mature swordfish while eliminating non-targeted species or by-catch…. 

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Chef Bourbeau on the Secrets of Amazing Sandwiches

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Having just launched the new FreshDirect Sandwich Shop, Chef Tina Bourbeau chats with us about eating her way through Philadelphia’s legendary sandwich shops, developing the FreshDirect line and what it takes to go from a good sandwich to a great sandwich…. 

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Perfect Food Pairs: These Flavors Are Even Better Together

Peanut butter + Jelly. Both ingredients are great alone, but they’re a little more special when they’re together.

In honor of the Valentine’s Day holiday, we asked the food experts around FreshDirect to share a few of their favorite combinations. What’s great on its own, but amazing when it’s paired?

Let’s start with a few of my own perfect pairs…… 

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Exploring Our Specialty Citrus

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A basket of citrus!

Calamondin! Gesundheit! No, no! Calamondin, a cross between a kumquat and a sour mandarin, is just one of the many specialty citrus products that FreshDirect offers. Many of our customers know that we sell carrots and apples and cucumbers—but many may not know about our extensive specialty produce selection. And right now, it’s citrus season!

In addition to calamondin, which is often used for its high acid content in cooking, we sell kumquats, etrog, pink lemons and finger limes! Kumquats? Etrog? FINGER LIMES? Yes—these are all real items and proudly featured at the top of the citrus category!

With a sweet peel and tart flesh, the kumquat is the inverse of a mini-orange. What’s more, you can pop these little gems like candy for easy eating!

Etrog, a lemon-like fruit originating from Israel, is still an important component of the Jewish holiday Sukkot. It has a thick rind and very little flesh. Because of its hardy skin, those familiar with the fruit use the rind to make jams and candies.

Finger limes… What?! Originating in Australia and very new to the produce scene, finger limes are making a splash in cocktails, seafood dishes and salads. The tiny pearls are grown by the Shanley Family in Morro Bay, California. I recommend using finger limes to adorn your fish tacos, using them whenever you would use a lemon or lime as a garnish, and sprinkling them in your favorite citrus-friendly cocktail.

FreshDirect offers many perks to its customer—quality products, great prices and convenience—but we also offer off-the-beaten paths products that are just waiting for your trial. I encourage you to step out of your foodie box and give one of these delicious, specialty citrus varieties a try. Join me in my New Year’s resolution: make 2013 taste better!

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