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These Halloween Cocktails are perfect for pre and post Trick-or-Treating!

With Summer in the rear view and the chill of Autumn slowly creeping in, our cocktails, along with food and wine, take a turn for the heartier. And as the first of our Fall “holidays” approaches, I present two Halloween cocktails for the occasion: both treats with no bartending tricks necessary.

Whether you are a seasoned Trick-or-Treater who refuses to give up the tradition or are gearing up to take the kids around, these concoctions should add autumnal flair to the evening and throughout the season. (More…)

Dark Chocolate fondue

Yes, this Dark Chocolate fondue is good for you...in moderation and shared with others!

Even if you’ve heard the news about chocolate and heart-health before, it still sounds almost too good to be true, right?

Halloween is near, and as our collective thoughts turn to sweets, it’s nice to know there are sweet treats out there that can also boost health.

Before we all get too excited, keep in mind 2 big caveats in order to truly reap the benefits of enjoying chocolate for health:

  1. Adding chocolate to your diet must be done isocalorically (a fancy way of saying, “without increasing how many calories you eat for the entire day”).
  2. Choose dark chocolate (sorry, but the milk, sugar, and other fats in some varieties cancel out possible benefits).

Now that that’s out of the way, on the to the good stuff. (More…)

10/20/2011 by in Eat Right Here - Comments are closed
shrimp

Shrimp look eerie hanging on a black pot filled with ice.

What’s your Halloween ritual? Do you take your kids out trick-or-treating? Or do you dress up and have everyone over for a costume party?

Whichever way you decide to spend your Halloween night, there’s sure to be good food around! Here are a few easy ways to add some ‘chills’ to your Halloween spread:
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Pureed Butternut Squash Soup

Pureed Butternut Squash Soup

Now that the days are growing shorter and weather has become cooler, the selection of farm-fresh vegetables is becoming heartier.

As our thoughts turn back to the kitchen, our friends at Everyday Food magazine have provided a bounty of great tips for using and enjoying autumn’s most delicious in-season produce.

From warming soups to simple roasted vegetable side dishes, you’ll find great ideas to warm your kitchen with irresistible scents and delicious flavor.

Read on for inspiration! (More…)

10/13/2011 by in Everyday Food magazine - Comments are closed
Quark dip

Entertain with ease by making a quick dip of Fromage blanc, Quark or goat cheese with herbs.

There are many times when I realize I love my job. Sometimes it’s when a co-worker will offer me a cupcake (or two) to try. Other times it’s when I get to interview food enthusiasts like Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz.

Recently it was when work involved trying lots and lots of delicious cheeses, butters and other products from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery.

Cheesemaker Adeline Druart walked us through all of the tasty products whose ingredients are sourced from local family farms. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about these artisanal dairy products crafted in the European style.

The cheeses and butters are great on their own with crusty bread. But to amp up your breakfast, entertain with ease, elevate your dinners or whip up a sweet treat, check out these easy tips and ideas: (More…)

Sustainable Salmon

Sustainable Salmon: Good for you and the environment!

If you’ve ever been confused about making the right seafood choices for you and your family, you’re not alone. Among the competing concerns out there are: health benefits vs. sustainability issues vs. mercury levels. And if you’ve grown to love the taste of farmed salmon, you may be especially conflicted, because on the one-hand, it’s a heart-healthy fish with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and selenium that is also low in mercury; but on the other hand, it’s gotten a bad wrap for being a poor choice when it comes to sustainability. (More…)

10/06/2011 by in Eat Right Here - Comments are closed
Roasted Potatoes

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes are one of my go-to, easy-to-make Autumn dishes.

I love Autumn. The leaves turn from green to brilliant shades of yellow, red and orange. The weather is cooler. And I can happily turn on the oven to make hearty dishes my family will enjoy.

From rich squashes to crisp apples and savory sausages, Fall’s bounty fills my home with warm, welcoming scents.

Usually I like to keep dinner dishes simple and just roast chicken along with root vegetables (like potatoes, butternut squashes, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc.) in the oven. It’s so easy to toss the chopped vegetables with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and a few herbs (rosemary, Herbes de Provence, and oregano are some of my favorites) and then roast them in the oven. (More…)

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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Mobile App

Now Android users can download our mobile app and shop on-the-go!

Now busy parents can stock up their home refrigerators using the new FreshDirect Android app from just about anywhere, just like users of FreshDirect’s iPhone app. And when we say anywhere; we mean just about  everywhere.

“We took a dolphin watch boat ride in the Galveston harbor (Texas) when I realized I’d be returning home the next day and forgot to order my groceries. The app worked great (even on a boat) and I had everything delivered a few hours after I returned home to New York,” says Kim, a Williamsburg resident.

Kim says she uses her phone app pretty consistently. “I will start my order on a computer and add things as I realize I need them. It’s nice, because I don’t have to write it down, and then add it to my list when I get home. I rarely forget to order anything because of the app,” she says.

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09/27/2011 by in FreshDirect News - Comments are closed
Sliced Apples and Honey

Sliced Apples and Honey for a Sweet 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.

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. (More…)

09/26/2011 by in One-Click Recipes - Comments are closed