Just Desserts*

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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Cooking Advice from Chef Floyd Cardoz

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: Nutritionists’ Look

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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A Trip to Altobelli Family Farms

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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Everyday Food magazine, now at FreshDirect

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.

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

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

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!… 

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Floyd Cardoz’s Watermelon Salad

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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5 Fun Recipes Using Zucchini (even in dessert!)

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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3 Hidden Gems in the Produce Aisle

Mangosteenr

Don't be scared! Mangosteens are both delicious and good for you too!

Apples, oranges, broccoli and carrots may all be good for you (they are!), but if these are your only go-to fruits and veggies, you may be missing out on discovering the tastes, textures, and health benefits of lesser known gems in the produce aisle.

Tickle your taste buds and give in to your fascination with food by getting to know mangosteen, pluots and fennel. Read more about them here, and then try them at home with quick and easy meal ideas.

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7 Party Tips for Kids with Food Allergies

Allergy Friendly Fruit

DIY ice pops are a good choice for kids who have one of the 8 most common food allergies.

I love to entertain – especially for kids.  My little nieces, nephews and cousins all get so excited when they see tables topped with colorful fruits, cupcakes and other goodies. Recently I attended a kids party and noticed all of the detailed food labels. The hostess told me that a handful of the kids had food allergies and this was one way to keep them safe.

Amongst my friends and family, it seems that food allergies in kids are on the rise. A recent study published by Pediatrics confirmed this observation. According to the FDA, the 8 most common food allergies are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g. almonds, cashews, walnuts), fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.

I asked my friend (whose son has a soy allergy) to share her 7 party tips for kids with food allergies:… 

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5 Cool & Soothing Summer Drinks

Our open letter to the summer heat wave from the blog team at FreshDirect.

Mint Julep

Mint Julep

Dear Summer Heat Wave,

We fought valiantly, but now we’re ready to surrender.

After so many days of sweltering streets, stifling subway platforms and sizzling sidewalks, we’d throw in the towel, but we really need it to wipe the sweat from our brows.

Heat Wave, can we interest you in sitting down to discuss a little clemency over a cool, refreshing drink? We’ve plucked out five rejuvenating summer drink options from our One-Click Recipe collection that sound like exactly what we need right about now. (See below.)… 

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