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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Pop Quiz: Food Safety Smarts

Creamy Coleslaw

Safety first! Keep picnic foods like creamy salads in coolers filled with ice.

Not much could spoil an outdoor summer picnic or BBQ more than food poisoning. While it’s more common in the summer, the good news is that there are simple ways to keep food safe for enjoying al fresco on a sunny day. Test your food safety smarts with our 7-point quiz!

Why is it important? Keeping food safe to eat for you and your loved ones is especially important in the summer months, the time of year when foodborne illnesses peak. Most bacteria love warmth and moisture — and summer weather supplies both!… 

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5 Delicious Potato Salad Recipes

Simple, inexpensive, quick, portable and delicious… the potato salad is possibly summertime’s most versatile side dish. Add meat or fish, and it’s almost a meal unto itself.

Loaded Potato Salad

Loaded Potato Salad

We love the way you can dress up a potato salad or keep it casual, and it’s easy to double a recipe to satisfy a crowd at summertime picnics, clam bakes and cookouts.

Need ideas? We’ve selected five delicious potato salad recipes from our One-Click Recipe collection to fuel your your mealtime inspiration…. 

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What to Eat to Keep Your Cool

Watermelon to keep your cool

Watermelon is a great way to keep your cool!

Summer can be brutally hot! When it’s humid and there’s more water in the air than usual, the body has a harder time cooling itself down.

If the body over-heats, it can even be dangerous (always call your doctor or even 911 if you suspect heat stroke). Symptoms may include headache, nausea, high blood pressure, fatigue and fainting. At the very least, it can be uncomfortable.

The good news is that there are simple preventative things you can do to beat the heat!… 

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Step Away from the Stove! No-Cook Quickies

It’s officially hot — which means I need to officially avoid turning on my stove-top or oven to get dinner on the table.

Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Platter

Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Platter

For some reason, I’ve been clinging to the idea that I can handle cooking in my small-ish Brooklyn kitchen when it’s 80° outside — but the only things coming out of that kitchen right now are rushed, mediocre dinners and a very grumpy, sweaty me.

Well, I say “no more.”

I liberate myself from the need to personally poach, boil or broil the goodies that go on my dinner plate. I give myself the go-ahead to splurge on items that have been sautéed and roasted for me. I embrace the cold, the chilled and the room temperature. I love NOT cooking dinner! … 

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5 Delicious Vegetarian Cookout Recipes

For those who are vegetarian (or have vegetarian friends and family) summertime cookouts can be a creative challenge.

Lacking inspiration, many of us fall back to a reliable pack of veggie burgers or grilled vegetable kabobs.

Grilled Vegetable Assortment

Grilled Vegetable Assortment

Never fear! We have five delicious ideas for irresistible vegetarian recipes that will be right at home at your next backyard grill-fest…. 

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The One-Day Fresh Food Challenge

I challenge any willing takers to prove to yourself and those around you (I’m looking at all you role models out there!) that eating healthfully is possible, delicious and feels great.

Choose a meal-sized salad

Choose a meal-sized salad

Keep reading for the reasons why a One-Day Fresh Food Challenge is important, and my meal and snack ideas to get you started.

Why am I asking you to focus on just one day? As sure as a journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step, the diet to get to 100 years starts with a single bite.

Most of us need to make changes to the way we eat; many of us want to; and change is hard. So simply getting started is a big part of the battle!… 

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What’s Cooking? Food for the 4th!

Where will you be when the fireworks go up… and more importantly, what will you be eating?

Roasted-Garlic Marinated Half-Chicken

Roasted-Garlic Marinated Half-Chicken

Thankfully, Independence Day falls on July 4th every year, otherwise, we might have had to create a national summer picnic holiday instead.

While we stop to mark our nation’s birthday, we can also celebrate this moment when the real summer bounty begins to appear.

Fresh local herbs and greens make salads exciting. New crops of zucchini and berries add pizzazz to mealtime. And who can resist the lure of a crisp, sweet slice of watermelon?

We’ve gathered five delicious inspirations for your weekend festivities: enjoy picnic-ready salads, an easy grilling favorite and a classic chocolate indulgence for dessert…. 

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Family Road Trip Snack Tips

Road-Trip-Snack-Tips

Cut Vegetables and Dip

School’s out, summer’s here and the open road awaits. For thousands of families, that can mean only one thing: ROAD TRIP!

So many of my friends are new parents, and they’re always looking for ways to feed and entertain their kids on the road.

So I asked a few moms, “In addition to hand wipes and sunscreen, what else should be packed on a family road trip?” Here are some of my favorite tips:… 

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Six Quick Ideas for Peak-Season Berries

Having grown up in Oregon, a state famous for its prodigious berry selection, I learned early on that the best thing you can do with a berry is to (drum roll) just. eat. it. However, that would make this blog post rather uninspiring, so…

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Strawberries

Most folks showcase berries’ goodness in muffins, cobbler and pie, but I’ll be honest with you — I don’t really do a whole lot of baking with fresh summer berries. Peak-season berries are pretty much perfection as they are and, honestly, the last thing I’m thinking about doing on an 80°-plus day is turning on my oven.

Besides, baking is just NOT my strong point (you could do serious damage with good aim and one of my cakes), so I’m always interested in tips that don’t require careful measurement and a gentle touch…. 

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