Good Morning, Pumpkin!

Finn and smoothie

Everybody loves Pumpkin season!

Crisp air. Yellow and orange fallen leaves. Soft knit scarves. Pumpkin!  Between pumpkin lattes and pumpkin pie, the fall season has become synonymous with that gorgeous round squash. Armed with a fat, orange pumpkin or a big can of Libby’s, you can add pumpkin flare to almost anything.

Pumpkins are so versatile, you could break down pumpkin-y delights by category when looking for inspiration: there’s everything from soup, pasta, breads and muffins, dessert (including pie, of course), beer—even pumpkin dog treats.

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Glückliches Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest at home

Oktoberfest at home

Can’t make it to the festival in Munich this week? Let FreshDirect bring Oktoberfest to your door! We have an entire section on our website devoted to Oktoberfest essentials and favorites.

And although Oktoberfest is a celebration that technically lasts 16 days, from late September to the first weekend in October, in my kitchen, Oktoberfest is synonymous with autumn, and I celebrate it all October long!

To help you get into the Bavarian spirit, I’ve prepared some classic German dishes for you to try out on your own….

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Refreshing Fall Mocktails and Cocktails

Raz-Peary Refresher

Raz-Peary Refresher

One of the fun things about working at FreshDirect is that we get to meet a lot of passionate people.

From farmers to entrepreneurs, there are so many people who love food and we learn a lot from them.

One of these entrepreneurs is Ben Weiss who founded Bai Antioxidant Infusions. These drinks are based on the coffeefruit: the casing that surrounds a coffee bean. He found this out while sourcing coffee. So he started making drinks out of the coffeefruit in his kitchen and then sold them out of the trunk of his car.

We just started carrying these new products in the shop so to celebrate, his team came up with these fun mocktails and cocktails that are perfect to welcome the Fall season….

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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 Tips and Treats from Everyday Food Magazine

Beware! The witching hour approaches. Ghouls and goblins are gathering. Black cats and black bats stalk the dark corners.

Bedeviled Eggs

Bake a batch of bats and cats

But there’s no need to fear… you’ll be prepared for fiendish festivities and hungry hordes with a few great tricks (and treats!) from the team at Everyday Food magazine….

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Easy Tips for Autumn Veggies from Everyday Food Magazine

Pureed Butternut Squash Soup

Pureed Butternut Squash Soup

Now that the days are growing shorter and weather has become cooler, the selection of farm-fresh vegetables is becoming heartier.

As our thoughts turn back to the kitchen, our friends at Everyday Food magazine have provided a bounty of great tips for using and enjoying autumn’s most delicious in-season produce.

From warming soups to simple roasted vegetable side dishes, you’ll find great ideas to warm your kitchen with irresistible scents and delicious flavor.

Read on for inspiration!…

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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 Recipes for a Sweet & Prosperous New Year

This week marks Rosh Hashanah, the first of the High Holidays in the Jewish calendar, when families gather around meals that mark the new year.

Sliced Apples and Honey

Sliced Apples and Honey for a Sweet New Year

Many celebrations include foods that reflect a deep symbolic meaning, including apples and honey, to suggest a sweet new year, a round challah to indicate the cycle of the year and other symbolic ingredients, like pumpkins, leeks, pomegranates and beets. …

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