Get Creative with Muffin Tops

muffin_topWe all know that the top of the muffin is the most delicious part. Whether coated in cinnamon sugar, caked with crumble, or deliciously crisped and brown, the muffin top gives the whole muffin that special something. Some people save the top for last while others don’t even bother baking the bottom half and use muffin top tins instead. So why not take it to the next level? Here are some ideas to make the muffin top even better….

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Bobby Flay’s Caramelized Pineapple FAGE Total Crème Brûlée with Blueberries

Fage Creme Brulee

Fage Crème Brûlée

Think yogurt is just for breakfast? It’s time to think outside the cup!

Our friends at Fage shared with us this elegant recipe developed by Chef Bobby Flay. So break out your blowtorch and get ready to impress your friends and family with this simple classic recipe with a twist!

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Cupcakes with a Purpose

Pink Ribbon Cupcakes

Pink Ribbon Cupcakes

Did you see those pretty pink cupcakes on FreshDirect this month? They’re the making, literally, of Susan Schreiber who works in the FreshDirect kitchen.

Susan thought it would be a great idea to whip up something tasty and pink and to help raise funds toward breast cancer research, as a way to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October….

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Do You Remember Your 10th Birthday?

Surprise Birthday cupcakes

10th Birthday cupcakes

When I turned 10 years old my parents threw me a birthday party and one of the games was pin the tail on the donkey. Remember that game? One of my friends spun another around insisting she was right on track to the donkey poster plastered on the door: “There! There! Pin it there!” she screeched. And so, my trusting friend pinned me on the shoulder with a paper tail and tape – I stood very still, looked at my mom in horror, and my troublemaker friend laughed. When my blindfolded friend removed her mask she was fuming mad.

Ten was a good year – what I’d give for those types of problems. A few minutes later we were off to some other game and later to giant slices of cake. I think Care Bears were the thing that year.

Well, as FreshDirect marks its ten year anniversary making deliveries I got to thinking about turning ten. I turned to my colleagues to see what they remember about their tenth birthdays. It seems ten is a definite milestone:…

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Make Your Own Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Ice Cream Sandwiches

DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches

I scream…you scream…we all scream for ice cream!

There’s nothing that screams summer more to me than ice cream! Sweet, creamy, and cold – name a flavor and chances are I’ve tried it!

A fun and easy ice cream dessert that brings me back to childhood is DIY Ice Cream Sandwiches. When I have friends or family over for dinner, I like to set up a whole DIY Ice Cream Sandwich buffet. All it takes is a few pints of your favorite ice cream flavors along with plates filled with cookies.

Here are some ideas for fun flavor combinations:…

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3 Easy Bite-Sized Dessert Ideas

Mini dessert

Mini desserts

Good things come in small packages, right?

Recently, our bakery department launched a new mini dessert category, featuring bite-sized versions of some of our favorite sugary treats—brownies, cookies, macaroons, banana bread

The mini sizes are great in lunch boxes, as an after-school treat, or as a moderate way to have a sweet fix after dinner without going overboard.

They also make party planning easy—get a pack of blondies, some double chocolate chunk cookies and assorted macaroons and make your own little party platter. (We also have our own mini platter coming soon—for the nights when you don’t have time to do it yourself.)

If you’re entertaining kids or a crowd with a sweet tooth, here are 3 fun mini dessert ideas:…

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And the Award Goes To…

Caviar

Our Caviar platter is perfect for an elegant awards-viewing party!

Getting your circle of movie critics together for the Academy Awards and secretly nervous you won’t make the nominees for best host this year? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

First – you’ll need a printable ballot listing all the nominees. You can find one on here:  http://oscar.go.com/nominees

Next, you’ll need some sort of prize. You could ask each guest who wants to participate to donate $5 toward a potluck prize – then whoever gets the most answers correct on their ballot wins the loot. Make sure to task someone with writing down all the right answers! Other prizes? You could find a small statue and make the winner give their own speech to receive their “golden” token but a gift certificate or a box of chocolates, work fine too.

Selecting your food is really easy with FreshDirect’s catering platters. Just click and unwrap, leave the messy prep work and schlepping of heavy drinks to us. Whether you’re looking for sophisticated appetizers or tasty finger foods, we’ve got it, ready to roll.

Here are some sample menu choices:…

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N’awlins-inspired Recipes for Mardi Gras

Gumbo

Shrimp Gumbo is a perfect dish to celebrate Mardi Gras!

Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)  February 21st marks Mardi Gras this year, but those who embrace the Carnival season celebrate from mid-January until midnight on the “Fat Tuesday” prior to Ash Wednesday… the dawn of Lent.

For me, I fell in love with New Orleans through her food. From spicy gumbo to addictive sweet beignets, there was so much to enjoy!

Mardi Gras is a great excuse to enjoy a Southern-style dinner, with N’awlins-inspired cuisine on the plate and a breezy cocktail in the glass.  Here are some recipes to help you bring a touch of New Orleans to your table!…

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Celebrate Mardi Gras with a Pancake Party

Vanilla Soy Pancakes

Vanilla Soy Pancakes

Mardi Gras (aka Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday) is upon us; if you’re gearing up for Lent, a good way to celebrate your last hoorah is with a pancake feast. I don’t personally need an excuse to eat pancakes, but it’s nice to know there is one available annually.

One of my favorite ways to eat pancakes is for dinner, so if you don’t have time for a Tuesday brunch, why not have people over for an evening pancake buffet? Starting with a basic recipe (such as these vanilla soy pancakes), you can churn out the homemade pancakes, and your family or guests can add their favorite toppings. It’s an easy way to have fun with the kids or bring out your friends’ inner children.

Chocolate chips and blueberries are always crowd favorites (inside or on top), but there are tons of other toppings, batter additions, and combinations thereof to help you start experimenting:…

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