Conquer Your Thanksgiving!

  • FD ThanksTrivia! A Fun-Fact Holiday Infographic
  • What to Do with All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers, Part II
  • Make a Perfect Leftover Turkey Wrap

Cran-Mallow Sweet Potatoes Recipe from Modern Farmer

We invited our friends from Modern Farmer to our first-annual Friendsgiving. Modern Farmer’s community relations director, Sarah, took two classic #Thanksgiving dishes, cranberries and sweet potato casserole, and brought them together in this delectable #FDFriendsgiving mashup. Check out the recipe after the jump!

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FreshDirect’s First Annual #FDFriendsgiving

Thanksgiving is all about giving gratitude, breaking bread, and passing the gravy! This year, we wanted to share one of our favorite holidays with our friends at Food52, Tasting Table, Modern Farmer, DailyBurn and @NYC. While we can celebrate heartily on our own, it’s always more fun with your pals. We asked each friend to bring their favorite dish to our #FDriendsgiving and then share the recipe so that we can share it with all of you!

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Fresh Adventure: Watch the Video on How We Sourced 2014’s Olio Novello

Our team of sourcing experts just got back from Sicily, where they celebrated the first harvest and press of the season, hand-picking our own custom blend of olives to make a unique olio novello (new oil) exclusive to FreshDirect. Ken, our specialty merchant, described this ready-to-use oil as “fresh, vibrant, and luscious.” This limited-time delicacy is blended, pressed, and shipped from Italy within a week, meaning it’s as fresh and tasty as can be. Pairing ideas and videos on how we sourced our olio novello after the jump!

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DIY Fall Apple and Pear Place Settings

Feeling crafty? We have a fun and easy idea to help you create beautiful seasonal place settings for your Thanksgiving table. Get the kids involved with this fresh take on table settings, and you’ll have one thing crossed off your holiday to-do list:

-Make the table fancy in no time flat.

Done! Instructions after the jump!

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Make Your Own Pumpkin Ice Bucket

No bucket? No problem. We used a large pumpkin to make an ice bucket for one of our favorite white wines, and it made us wonder how we didn’t think of it sooner. While it serves its primary purpose — to keep your wine cold — it also makes a fantastic Halloween or Thanksgiving centerpiece. You can even create a virgin version filled with soda cans for the kids table.

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Our Trip to a Local Cranberry Bog

It’s always such a joy to join the merchant teams on their #freshadventures, where they meet amazing farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and producers. Just recently, I had the thrill of joining the produce team on their visit to Pine Barrens Native Fruits, a fifth-generation cranberry farm in southern New Jersey.

Brenda, the bog’s owner, and Tom, the bog’s right-hand-man, gave us an extensive tour of the farm, which has been in the family since the mid-1800s and was founded by Brenda’s husband’s Great-Aunt Lizzy White.

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What to Do with All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers, Part II

Is there anything better than a fridge full of leftovers? Turkey Day is fun and all, but a next-day sandwich — now that’s the stuff. As for the rest of your leftover fare, click through for tips from Chef Tina Bourbeau on how to use ‘em up (as well as what we used to make this amazing sandwich).

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How to Use a Pumpkin for a Festive Floral Centerpiece

Looking to add a fresh and fragrant touch to your Thanksgiving table? Our floral merchant, Saralyn, carved up a beautiful pumpkin and flower centerpiece, and wrote up tips on how to make your own at home. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect — the more rustic, the better. You could even devise a fun game (pin the feathers on the turkey, perhaps) for your guests to play; winner gets the centerpiece! Click through to find instructions from Saralyn.

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#HomeCookHero Instagram Winners

During the month of October, FreshDirect partnered with DailyBurn on our #HomeCookHero Instagram sweepstakes. We asked our social following to take pictures of their home-cooked meals, upload on Instagram, and include @freshdirect, @dailyburn, and #HomeCookHero in the caption. Each week we picked a random winner, and each winner was awarded a one-year subscription to DailyBurn and a box of seasonal produce from FreshDirect. See all the winners after the jump!

Week 1 Winner: @arkay3030

Busy with twin babies, Ruthie impressed us with her version of a Thanksgiving sandwich!

Busy with twin babies, Ruthie impressed us with her version of a Thanksgiving sandwich!

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Make a Perfect Leftover Turkey Wrap

Have you mastered the post-Thanksgiving wrap? It’s an essential (but easy) skill. Using some of our FreshDirect side shortcuts and fresh ingredients, you can wrap up a phenomenal leftover meal in no time. Click through for ingredients and steps.

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Fun and Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

You’ve got your pies and sides in order, now it’s time for some fun! These cute Thanksgiving turkey cookies will help get the kids involved and add some homemade character to your spread. Click through for ingredients, instructions, and to see our turkey adventure come to life!

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Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

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Choose sides like Brussels sprouts for a healthier Thanksgiving.

If 3,000 sounds like a lot of calories for one meal, that’s because it is.  Yet many holiday meals bust straight on through to the other side of a whole day’s calories in one sitting.

Now for the good news: you can still enjoy your holiday traditions. Read on for some practical tips, and a few less than practical (but highly effective) ones.

First, let’s take a closer look at exactly what we’re talking about here.

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Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas from Chef Tina Bourbeau

Leftovers are a conundrum for me. I’m not a fan, but I hate to waste food. If there were ever an opportunity to enjoy leftovers though, Thanksgiving is it. It’s a great opportunity to double-utilize some really beautiful food.

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Got leftovers? Chef Tina has some great ideas on what to recreate with them!

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