Ideas for a Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home

Fondue

Chocolate Fondue is an easy and fun Valentine's Day dessert.

Looking to avoid cramped restaurants, predictable menus, and make this Valentine’s Day a truly memorable event? Then you’ll have to create a special meal with stellar ambiance at home. Fortunately, that’s easy.

For starters, you’ll have to set the mood. Dim the lights or replace your bulbs with lower wattage. You can also simply light some candles. A strategically-placed strand of holiday lights can also create a whimsical feel to any room.

Next, you’ll need to make your usual dining spot look like a romantic nook. Ever consider moving your table to a different part of your living room or apartment? Even turning the table to a slight angle can create a whole new look. Then find a solid color table cloth to give your placemat-friendly eating spot a facelift. If you have a lace tablecloth or runner, place it over your solid table cloth for an extra special touch. A few freshly cut flowers can instantly complete a look.

Now – the food. This is where it gets tricky, right? Wrong. Whether it’s a full meal or simply tantalizing dessert, we’ve got you covered….

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Make Comfort Food Lighter: Tips from Everyday Food Magazine

When you have to eat right but you can’t resist the pull of nostalgic foods that don’t generally make the “healthy foods” list, go for lighter versions of the classics.

Healthier Meat Lasagna

Healthier Meat Lasagna from Everyday Food magazine

The editors at Everyday Food magazine have a few great tips for how to substitute some ingredients, cut back on a few others and still come out with a delicious result that’s sure to please the whole family.

Read on for cooking tips and recipes to help lighten everything from entrées to dessert….

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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 Heritage Chicken Recipes to Enjoy with the Family

Heritage Chicken

Heritage Chicken is the perfect ingredient for roast chicken recipes!

Over here in the FreshDirect offices, there’s much ado about Heritage Chicken and the truth is — every word is true.

We’ve grown fond of the Weaver family, who raise these chickens on their family farm in nearby PA.

I’ve also learned that there’s a reason Heritage Chicken, aka Pollo Buono, is so hard to find. It’s a rare bird and it’s absolutely delicious. Here are some ideas on how to prepare this Heritage Chicken at home to share with your family.

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Easy Weekday Meal Ideas from Chef Tina Bourbeau

Fruit and Yogurt

Easy weekday meals for a family can be made by adding protein to just one of our 4-minute meals.

I have three requirements when I make dinner for myself at the end of a busy day (already spent in the kitchen!). 1) Preparations must be fast 2) It should be pretty healthy 3) Ingredients must be great.

It’s the last requirement which really allows me to keep things simple. If you have great ingredients, less is more. And I don’t like leftovers but also hate wasting food, so rarely do I over-produce, which allows me to keep portions manageable.

Normally I’ll make a salad or some mixed grain and greens and then top up with a cooked protein – which I cook à la minute. So where most of the components are a quick mix, a chop or a stir, the only real cooking is a simple hunk of protein. From my recently launched line of vegetarian meals, I frequently use their components within them in broader and newly combined ways, particularly the grains. Let me explain….

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Everyday Food magazine, now at FreshDirect

Today FreshDirect is launching an exciting new partnership with Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food® magazine!

From simple weeknight dinners to accessible entertaining ideas, we love the ease, quality and delicious flavors that Everyday Food brings to the table, so we’re thrilled to bring that know-how to the MyFD section.

Arugula Salad with Grilled Chicken, Corn, Tomatoes, and Blue Cheese

Arugula Salad with Grilled Chicken, Corn, Tomatoes, and Blue Cheese

What does this mean for you? Delicious new food and cooking content each month. Look for Everyday Food recipes, cooking tips, recipe contests, sweepstakes and more!…

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5 Delicious Potato Salad Recipes

Simple, inexpensive, quick, portable and delicious… the potato salad is possibly summertime’s most versatile side dish. Add meat or fish, and it’s almost a meal unto itself.

Loaded Potato Salad

Loaded Potato Salad

We love the way you can dress up a potato salad or keep it casual, and it’s easy to double a recipe to satisfy a crowd at summertime picnics, clam bakes and cookouts.

Need ideas? We’ve selected five delicious potato salad recipes from our One-Click Recipe collection to fuel your your mealtime inspiration….

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Step Away from the Stove! No-Cook Quickies

It’s officially hot — which means I need to officially avoid turning on my stove-top or oven to get dinner on the table.

Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Platter

Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Platter

For some reason, I’ve been clinging to the idea that I can handle cooking in my small-ish Brooklyn kitchen when it’s 80° outside — but the only things coming out of that kitchen right now are rushed, mediocre dinners and a very grumpy, sweaty me.

Well, I say “no more.”

I liberate myself from the need to personally poach, boil or broil the goodies that go on my dinner plate. I give myself the go-ahead to splurge on items that have been sautéed and roasted for me. I embrace the cold, the chilled and the room temperature. I love NOT cooking dinner! …

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The One-Day Fresh Food Challenge

I challenge any willing takers to prove to yourself and those around you (I’m looking at all you role models out there!) that eating healthfully is possible, delicious and feels great.

Choose a meal-sized salad

Choose a meal-sized salad

Keep reading for the reasons why a One-Day Fresh Food Challenge is important, and my meal and snack ideas to get you started.

Why am I asking you to focus on just one day? As sure as a journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step, the diet to get to 100 years starts with a single bite.

Most of us need to make changes to the way we eat; many of us want to; and change is hard. So simply getting started is a big part of the battle!…

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