Chef Bourbeau on the Secrets of Amazing Sandwiches

Turkey Toastie

Turkey Toastie

Having just launched the new FreshDirect Sandwich Shop, Chef Tina Bourbeau chats with us about eating her way through Philadelphia’s legendary sandwich shops, developing the FreshDirect line and what it takes to go from a good sandwich to a great sandwich…. 

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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 & 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.

3 Different Meal Ideas for our Marinated Roasted Half Chicken

Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken

With the temperature rising, one way that I beat the heat is order our ready-made Marinated Roasted Half Chicken and microwave it when I’m ready for dinner.  (During the hot summer months, the steamy oven is not my friend!)

What I love about roasted chicken is that it’s so versatile that I can make several different dishes with it.

One way is to serve the roasted chicken as is with a nice side dish. Our Facebook fans had some great suggestions (click here to read them all!) including:… 

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Weeknight Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Wings

Making Chicken Parmesan at home was a snap with FD's pre-breaded cutlets!

In winter (even warm ones), I like making meals that remind me of home, especially classic favorites like chicken Parmesan. Is there anything better than hearty sauce and fresh mozzarella on a cold winter’s night? (If your answer is “yes,” please let me in on your secret immediately!)

When I’m cooking for friends, I pull out all the stops—no jarred sauces. But when cooking for myself I don’t always have the already-made sauce in the freezer (or the hours to spend over the stove).

Now that I work at FreshDirect, I’ve been cutting a lot of corners to save time on weeknight meals, mostly in the form of precooked items. So this time I wanted to try combining some of our ready-to-cook/precooked components to make an easy, healthier version of one of my favorite meals…. 

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What’s Cooking? Food for the 4th!

Where will you be when the fireworks go up… and more importantly, what will you be eating?

Roasted-Garlic Marinated Half-Chicken

Roasted-Garlic Marinated Half-Chicken

Thankfully, Independence Day falls on July 4th every year, otherwise, we might have had to create a national summer picnic holiday instead.

While we stop to mark our nation’s birthday, we can also celebrate this moment when the real summer bounty begins to appear.

Fresh local herbs and greens make salads exciting. New crops of zucchini and berries add pizzazz to mealtime. And who can resist the lure of a crisp, sweet slice of watermelon?

We’ve gathered five delicious inspirations for your weekend festivities: enjoy picnic-ready salads, an easy grilling favorite and a classic chocolate indulgence for dessert…. 

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Family Road Trip Snack Tips

Road-Trip-Snack-Tips

Cut Vegetables and Dip

School’s out, summer’s here and the open road awaits. For thousands of families, that can mean only one thing: ROAD TRIP!

So many of my friends are new parents, and they’re always looking for ways to feed and entertain their kids on the road.

So I asked a few moms, “In addition to hand wipes and sunscreen, what else should be packed on a family road trip?” Here are some of my favorite tips:… 

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Six Quick Ideas for Peak-Season Berries

Having grown up in Oregon, a state famous for its prodigious berry selection, I learned early on that the best thing you can do with a berry is to (drum roll) just. eat. it. However, that would make this blog post rather uninspiring, so…

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Strawberries

Most folks showcase berries’ goodness in muffins, cobbler and pie, but I’ll be honest with you — I don’t really do a whole lot of baking with fresh summer berries. Peak-season berries are pretty much perfection as they are and, honestly, the last thing I’m thinking about doing on an 80°-plus day is turning on my oven.

Besides, baking is just NOT my strong point (you could do serious damage with good aim and one of my cakes), so I’m always interested in tips that don’t require careful measurement and a gentle touch…. 

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Two Perfect Picnic Dips

Yes, I’m still talking about bean dips… I can’t help it.

White Bean & Caramelized Onion Dip

White Bean & Caramelized Onion Dip

Picnic season is upon us and bean dips make an excellent addition to the blanket — they’re easy to make, are best served at room temperature and can be taken pretty much anywhere since they don’t rely on mayonnaise for a rich, creamy texture.

Even better? These two tasty dips easily double as spreads for al fresco sandwich-making. The white bean dip is fantastic on crusty sourdough with marinated artichokes and roasted peppers; the green pea dip is divine with ham on pumpernickel…. 

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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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Further Adventures in 4-Minute Meals

In an earlier post, I tried Chef Terrance Brennan’s Fettucine with Shrimp, Tomato Confit & Creamy Pesto — and it changed my life. I’m not even exaggerating.

Rosa Mexicano Chicken Enchiladas

Rosa Mexicano Chicken Enchiladas

That one dish was so delicious that it forever altered my perception of what a microwave meal can be.

So the next time I sat down to do a FreshDirect order, I was super excited to try some of the other 4-Minute Meals. They had to be just as good, right?… 

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