Perfect Food Pairs: These Flavors Are Even Better Together

Peanut butter + Jelly. Both ingredients are great alone, but they’re a little more special when they’re together.

In honor of the Valentine’s Day holiday, we asked the food experts around FreshDirect to share a few of their favorite combinations. What’s great on its own, but amazing when it’s paired?

Let’s start with a few of my own perfect pairs……

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Three Easy and Cheesy Bites

Goat Cheese and Apple Tartlets

Goat Cheese and Apple Tartlets

Thanksgiving crept up on me really quickly, and I was completely unprepared for the holiday. Well, not this time!

With those other holidays coming up (anyone else notice that the 25 days of Christmas have already started?), I decided to put together three easy and cheesy bites to help alleviate the stress and prep of holiday entertaining.

Goat Cheese & Apple Tartlets
These are a light and flaky treat that will delight your guests, and leave you with plenty of time to enjoy happy hour.

Ingredients:
2 Tart Apples (I used granny smith)
1 1/2 oz. Chevre Goat Cheese
1 lb (1 package) Puff Pastry Dough at room temperature
Honey (optional)
1 Egg
1 tbsp Milk
Makes approximately 24 tartlets

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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 Rainy Day Recipes

Fruit and Yogurt

Brighten up a rainy day with comforting macaroni and cheese.

Rain, rain, go away! Are you stuck inside because dark clouds are suggesting that a summer thunderstorm is coming your way?

When it’s rainy outside, I love to hide indoors with my loved ones, watch a movie or play board games and nosh on comfort foods.

Here are 5 tried and true recipes that are perfect to make when the weather outside is less than perfect:

What are you favorite rainy day recipes? Let us know on the FreshDirect Facebook page or via Twitter (@FreshDirect).

Pick & Pair Luscious Spring Cheeses

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!

Ken Blanchette, Cheese & Specialty Foods Buyer

Ken Blanchette, Cheese & Specialty Foods Buyer

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….

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My Survival Kit for New Parents

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).

FreshDirect Box of Vegetables

Vegetables: Nutrition & Hydration

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….

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Grilled Cheese? Yes, Please!

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month?

Chef Brenanan's Cheddar, Apple & Bacon Sandwich

Chef Brenanan's Cheddar, Apple & Bacon Sandwich

Why? No idea. But I’m not going to argue with any available reason to eat a grilled cheese sandwich.

Aside from the unassailable classic pairing (grilled cheese sandwiches cut diagonally and served with a bowl of tomato soup, of course), there are so many delicious ways to jazz up a melted cheese sandwich, I could probably list a new one for each day of the month.

Instead, I’m going to link you to five terrific (and easy) grilled cheese recipes from the treasure trove of tempting One-Click Recipes here at the FreshDirect website. …

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Build the Perfect Cheese Board: Five Fast Tips

A cheese board can be a easy — and impressive — entertaining option for parties, but there are a few pitfalls on the path to glory.

To smooth the path to success, we got the lowdown on party dos (and don’ts!) from our own super-savvy specialty foods expert, Ken Blanchette.

Ewephoria Gouda, Great Hill Blue Cheese & Brie de Nangis

Ewephoria Gouda, Great Hill Blue Cheese & Brie de Nangis

After a successful career in specialty foods manufacturing, Ken brought his know-how to FreshDirect, where he oversees our selection of deli items, specialty products and artisanal cheeses, traveling the world to discover the most delectable goodies from near and far. (Can’t say we’re not jealous!)

Here are Ken’s top tips for showing off a tempting selection of cheeses at your next party….

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