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Last week, a mighty pyramid was toppled by the humble dinner plate.

For nearly a century (since 1916), the USDA has provided nutrition and food guidance to Americans, and the food guide pyramid has been a big part of that for the better part of the last 20 years.

After fiddling around with flow-charts, food wheels, brochures, and pyramids, USDA nutrition guidance looks to be coming back to the dinner table. (More…)

Ken Blanchette, Cheese & Specialty Foods Buyer

Ken Blanchette, Cheese & Specialty Foods Buyer

When you’re a cheese wiz — like our cheese and specialty foods buyer, Ken Blanchette — late spring and early summer mean a delicious seasonal flavor shift for many fresh cheeses.

But you don’t have to be an expert to get excited about fresh spring cheeses!

Read on to learn about Ken’s early-summer cheese favorites (both local treats and imports), score two affordable wines for perfect spring-cheese pairings and learn a little more about why eating seasonal cheese is so exciting. (More…)

06/07/2011 by in What the Pros Know - Comments are closed
Salmon & Vegetable Kabobs

Salmon & Vegetable Kabobs

Summertime means it’s time to get out the grill.

If you keep charring to a minimum (and therefore, the harmful chemicals formed in the charring process), grilling is one of the healthiest ways to prepare meals. For delicious, seasonal meals that also nourish the body for good health, Go Fish!

Get seafood on the grill for a meal that tastes great and is good for you, your friends and your family. (More…)

06/02/2011 by in Eat Right Here - Comments are closed
Erica's Baking Triumph

Erica's Baking Triumph

Of all my various food fears, there’s one that I thought I’d never conquer: baking.

In my entire life, I have baked one cake — and it was from a mix. All I’ve ever heard from baking friends is that it’s easy. Easy, that is, unless you mess up one tiny measurement. Then a cupcake explodes in your oven and you cry.

Another reason I stayed away was that I’m not a sweets person. Give me a handful of potato chips over a piece of cake any day.

But when I do find a dessert I like, I tend to love it passionately. Tiramisu. The custard at Shake Shack. And recently, it was the banana chocolate chip muffins at a cafe near my apartment. (More…)

06/01/2011 by in The Cautious Cook - Comments are closed
FreshDirect Box of Vegetables

Vegetables: Nutrition & Hydration

My husband and I recently had the pleasure of meeting our close friends’ newborn. The new parents were glowing and proud, but also exhausted, a little delirious, and largely housebound (heavily nesting, by choice).

In a surge of maternal feelings of my own, I very much wanted to take care of our friends and help them navigate their way in taking care of their newborn son.

They had more than enough to handle at home with the newborn, mom recovering, nonna staying in the spare room, and a regular stream of well-wishers visiting, so I crafted a special FreshDirect delivery of my favorite foods custom-picked for them. (More…)

05/25/2011 by in Eat Right Here - Comments are closed
Rosa Mexicano Chicken Enchiladas

Rosa Mexicano Chicken Enchiladas

In an earlier post, I tried Chef Terrance Brennan’s Fettucine with Shrimp, Tomato Confit & Creamy Pesto — and it changed my life. I’m not even exaggerating.

That one dish was so delicious that it forever altered my perception of what a microwave meal can be.

So the next time I sat down to do a FreshDirect order, I was super excited to try some of the other 4-Minute Meals. They had to be just as good, right? (More…)

05/24/2011 by in The Cautious Cook - Comments are closed
Summer Cocktails

Summer Cocktails

Most imbibers leave the mixing to the bartenders and mixologists, and with good reason.

We city-dwellers are spoiled by having some the most creative minds in the world masterminding cocktail recipes at the city’s finest establishments.

That doesn’t mean cocktail enthusiasts can’t take a few tips from the pros and create surprisingly dashing and delicious drinks at home! (More…)

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

With Memorial Day Weekend around the corner — and with it, the unofficial start of summer — now’s the time to really step up your slim-down-for-summer efforts!

While the following advice is not as sexy as what you might find in {insert latest fad diet here}, the simple truth is this: in order to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take in.

To maximize the health benefits so that you take care of your body’s nutrient needs and feel great while losing weight, those calories-in should be as nutrient-rich as possible. (More…)

05/19/2011 by in Eat Right Here - Comments are closed
Seared Tuna and Couscous Salad

Seared Tuna and Couscous Salad

No longer a FreshDirect Newbie, our blogger Erica continues sharing her FreshDirect food adventures as “The Cautious Cook.”

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Now that I’ve gotten used to using FreshDirect, I’ve decided it’s time to try to conquer some of my biggest cooking fears. First up: fish.

I’ve been around fish my entire life. I grew up in a Brooklyn neighborhood called Sheepshead Bay where boats dock day and night. I remember that my dad went out on the bay and on Long Island Sound nearly every weekend, and I have hazy memories of my shoes squishing against the wet floors of our local fish store, Jordan’s.

But aside from an occasional tuna salad sandwich, I never ate any of it! (More…)

05/17/2011 by in The Cautious Cook - Comments are closed
Modern Farms Mushrooms

Modern Farms Mushrooms

Mushrooms are one of those vegetables that are always available, but you rarely get to see them growing. It’s not like you’re ever going to pass by rolling mushroom fields or ranches on your way to the Catskills.

I recently had the opportunity to see for myself where the magic happens. Alongside our Produce team, I visited two of the biggest mushroom farms in the Tri-State area: Phillips Mushroom Farms and Modern Farms Mushrooms.

I left with a head full of fun facts, a bag full of delicious mushroom treats and a real understanding of how mushrooms go from the earth to my kitchen.
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05/16/2011 by in Behind the Scenes - Comments are closed