Getting Ready for the Holiday Cookie Swap!

Holiday Cookies

Holiday Cookies

I love the holiday season.  After all, it’s the season for giving and I love baking sweet treats to give away!

The cookie swap is one of my favorite reasons to get-together. Whether it’s with friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors, it’s a great excuse to bake my favorite cookies and come home with so much more!

When we asked on our Facebook page for our fans’ favorite cookie recipes, one fan mentioned Jam Thumbprints (a classic). I always bake sugar cookies for my nieces and nephews because they love all the decorations (like sprinkles) I add to them.

Here are 5 more simple and delicious cookie ideas for your holiday cookie swap:… 

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5 Easy Dishes to Make with Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Turkey Wrap

Thanksgiving is all wrapped up - which means it's time for leftovers!

Every Thanksgiving, there are traditions that I love. Getting together with friends and family and watching the Macy’s parade go by are amongst my favorites.

But my absolute favorite part about Thanksgiving is the food and especially the leftovers! (It’s like having Thanksgiving all over again!)

Chef Floyd Cardoz enjoys making turkey stock and a turkey casserole with his Thanksgiving leftovers.  I keep it simple and make sandwiches to take to work…. 

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Ideas, Recipes and Tips

Veg Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is filled with vegetarian dishes - like our Cranberry and Herb stuffing.

When you come to think about it, outside of the turkey, Thanksgiving can be very vegetarian-friendly.

From appetizers to soups to (my favorite) the sides, there’s plenty for your vegetarian guests to enjoy.

When I get together with my friends and family for Thanksgiving, I also make sure that there’s a vegetarian main option. Instead of turkey, you can go the Tofurky route. I tend to make a vegetarian lasagna because it’s hearty and filled with seasonal vegetables. Two recipes I enjoy are this Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash lasagna recipe and this Artichoke and Eggplant lasagna recipe.

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ThanksTrivia! Check out our Thanksgiving Fun Facts!

Thanksgiving Pie

How many football fields do you think we could surround with all of the pies our FreshDirect fans enjoyed last Thanksgiving?

We know our customers love food. But would you believe that, last Thanksgiving, our customers ordered so many cans of pumpkin that we could have made a giant tower out of them?

How tall you ask? Well, if we stacked them, one on top of the other, the tower would be taller than the Lady Liberty…actually it would be taller than 5 Statues of Liberty! (That’s a lot of Vitamin A consumed!)

Check out this cute photo below for more of our fun Thanksgiving facts! And search for #ThanksgivingTips on Twitter (@FreshDirect) (or just click on this link) to see more of our fun facts and great recipe ideas for a healthy holiday!

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Chef Floyd Cardoz Shares His Thanksgiving Traditions

Turkey

Chef Floyd Cardoz loves making Thanksgiving feasts with a twist!

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? For Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz, Thanksgiving means getting together with family, watching football, and cooking a Thanksgiving feast that’s traditional with a twist.

I chatted with the chef, who created our popular Tabla meals, about what Thanksgiving means to him:… 

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Seasonal Dishes by Chef Donatella Arpaia

Roasted Veg

Roasted Root Vegetables

With November upon us, our thoughts quickly turn to the upcoming holiday season (especially Thanksgiving!)

Celebrity Chef, Restauranteur, brand new mom (of a 1 month old baby boy!), and frequent Iron Chef America/The Next Iron Chef judge Donatella Arpaia knows a thing or two about entertaining.

So we were excited when she sent us these two seasonal recipes. They’re great for casual or formal get-togethers.

The aromatic soup is perfect for chilly evenings. The blend of cloves, star anise and peppercorns, perfectly fragrances the butternut squash. The roasted root vegetables is simple and quick. It also represents Fall produce at its best…. 

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Spooky and Fun Halloween Food Ideas

shrimp

Shrimp look eerie hanging on a black pot filled with ice.

What’s your Halloween ritual? Do you take your kids out trick-or-treating? Or do you dress up and have everyone over for a costume party?

Whichever way you decide to spend your Halloween night, there’s sure to be good food around! Here are a few easy ways to add some ‘chills’ to your Halloween spread:
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Easy Meal Ideas from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery

Quark dip

Entertain with ease by making a quick dip of Fromage blanc, Quark or goat cheese with herbs.

There are many times when I realize I love my job. Sometimes it’s when a co-worker will offer me a cupcake (or two) to try. Other times it’s when I get to interview food enthusiasts like Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz.

Recently it was when work involved trying lots and lots of delicious cheeses, butters and other products from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery.

Cheesemaker Adeline Druart walked us through all of the tasty products whose ingredients are sourced from local family farms. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about these artisanal dairy products crafted in the European style.

The cheeses and butters are great on their own with crusty bread. But to amp up your breakfast, entertain with ease, elevate your dinners or whip up a sweet treat, check out these easy tips and ideas:… 

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5 Easy Fall Recipes

Roasted Potatoes

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes are one of my go-to, easy-to-make Autumn dishes.

I love Autumn. The leaves turn from green to brilliant shades of yellow, red and orange. The weather is cooler. And I can happily turn on the oven to make hearty dishes my family will enjoy.

From rich squashes to crisp apples and savory sausages, Fall’s bounty fills my home with warm, welcoming scents.

Usually I like to keep dinner dishes simple and just roast chicken along with root vegetables (like potatoes, butternut squashes, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc.) in the oven. It’s so easy to toss the chopped vegetables with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and a few herbs (rosemary, Herbes de Provence, and oregano are some of my favorites) and then roast them in the oven…. 

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5 Tailgating Recipes to Make for the Big Game

Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are a staple at any Tailgating party!

The boys of summer are heading into the playoffs while football season has just begun.

If your household’s like mine, you know that Sundays are big game days.

Since my husband usually has his friends over for beer and munchies, I always make sure our fridge/pantry is well stocked with cheese, crackers, hummus, chips, veggies (carrots and celery), nuts and other easy-to-serve snacks.

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