Fruit and Yogurt

Brighten up a rainy day with comforting macaroni and cheese.

Rain, rain, go away! Are you stuck inside because dark clouds are suggesting that a summer thunderstorm is coming your way?

When it’s rainy outside, I love to hide indoors with my loved ones, watch a movie or play board games and nosh on comfort foods.

Here are 5 tried and true recipes that are perfect to make when the weather outside is less than perfect:

What are you favorite rainy day recipes? Let us know on the FreshDirect Facebook page or via Twitter (@FreshDirect).

Water

Drink water during your workouts to keep yourself alert and hydrated.


If you’ve ever felt sluggish, tired, hungry or distracted, you might just be dehydrated. As you can imagine, working out in the summer heat dehydrates the body even more quickly.

Plus, dehydration lowers performance. Since working out feels great and comes with so many benefits, it’s important to find ways to stay hydrated and be active.

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08/17/2011 by in Eat Right Here - Comments are closed
cherries

Stone fruits, like cherries, pair well with cheese. They can also be cooked down in red wine and served with your favorite meats.

Ever run out of ideas on what to make for dinner? Late summer is the best time of year for light and delicious seasonal treats.

“There are more choices right now than during any other season,” says FreshDirect Chef Tina Bourbeau. Below are some easy ideas to get you going in the right direction. Rule of thumb: “It’s hard to go wrong with your favorite cheese and your favorite stone fruit,” she says.

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08/15/2011 by in Savor the Season - Comments are closed
Fruit and Yogurt

Adding fruit to yogurt makes an easy summer dessert

We’re wired to enjoy the sweet life. Nature knows this. Her answer: Sweet summer fruit. While it’s in season and in peak form, why look anywhere else to satisfy your sweet tooth?

People have long cherished the treasures of summer. Long before poet T.S. Eliot mused, “Do I dare to eat a peach?”; and long before poet William Carlos Williams wrote “I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast. Forgive me they were delicious – so sweet and so cold.” Read on for some of my favorites, plus a few stellar suggestions from chef Tina Bourbeau.

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08/11/2011 by in Eat Right Here - Comments are closed
Floyd Cardoz

Chef Floyd Cardoz loves cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients - especially from his garden!

Long before he was a Top Chef Masters winner, Chef Floyd Cardoz was a fan favorite of mine. In addition to creating the tasty Tabla dishes for FreshDirect (his favorite’s the Tabla Banana-Leaf Wrapped Salmon), Floyd is a father based in Verona, NJ who loves to garden and cook for his family.

I was excited to have the opportunity to chat with him about what he learned from winning Top Chef Masters and his cooking advice for both parents and those who say they don’t know how to cook.

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Diet Books

Diet books should promote healthy, balanced meals (like this salmon dish with vegetables).

In a departure from my usual focus on food, this week I’d like to shed light on popular diet books. After all, maybe you’re looking for a late-summer read. Or maybe you’re thinking about losing those last 5 pounds for Labor Day festivities. Or maybe you’re thinking ahead to September, and getting a jump start on putting your healthy habits back on track. Or maybe you’re simply fascinated by diet books! Whatever the reason may be for perusing the diet book aisle (whether in store or on-line), be armed with a professional opinion on some of the most popular choices.

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08/08/2011 by in Eat Right Here - Comments are closed
Altobelli Corn

John shows us some of his family's corn crop.

Fresh corn is, to me, the ultimate summertime treat. Nothing quite captures the season like biting into a hot ear of just-cooked sweet corn, dressed with a little butter and a sprinkle of salt. So when I was asked to visit Altobelli Family Farms, our main supplier of local corn, I was all ears…

The produce team and I traveled up the Hudson Valley, into the Berkshires and ended up in Kinderhook, NY where the Altobelli family welcomed us into their home and onto their fields. We spent a lovely afternoon snacking on fresh-picked corn (naturally), wandering down rows of lovely vegetables and flowers, and chatting with John Altobelli about farming.
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08/06/2011 by in Behind the Scenes - Comments are closed
Arugula Salad with Grilled Chicken, Corn, Tomatoes, and Blue Cheese

Arugula Salad with Grilled Chicken, Corn, Tomatoes, and Blue Cheese

Today FreshDirect is launching an exciting new partnership with Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food® magazine!

From simple weeknight dinners to accessible entertaining ideas, we love the ease, quality and delicious flavors that Everyday Food brings to the table, so we’re thrilled to bring that know-how to the MyFD section.

What does this mean for you? Delicious new food and cooking content each month. Look for Everyday Food recipes, cooking tips, recipe contests, sweepstakes and more! (More…)

08/04/2011 by in FreshDirect News - Comments are closed
Watermelon Salad

Floyd Cardoz's Watermelon Salad is a perfect salad for summer!

Were you as happy as we were when Floyd Cardoz won Top Chef Masters? We were ecstatic when the chef behind our Tabla meals became the Season 3 winner.

So to celebrate National Watermelon Day (today!), he sent us this fresh, vibrant watermelon salad recipe to share with you! This salad pairs especially well with Chef Cardoz’s Spicy Black Pepper Shrimp.
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Golden Zucchini

Golden and regular green zucchinis

Summertime means that zucchinis are in abundance. Because they are in season, zucchinis are both tasty and very affordable right now.

Usually I love to stir-fry zucchinis with other seasonal vegetables or make ratatouille with crusty bread and salad.

In search of new ideas, I found these 5 great recipes that helped me get creative with cooking zucchini:

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