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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Master of the Microwave!

Back when I was a picky eater, I spent a lot of time feeling guilty about not eating enough vegetables.

Terrance Brennan Fettuccini w/ Shrimp, Tomato Confit & Creamy Pesto

Terrance Brennan Fettuccini w/ Shrimp

I knew they were good for me, and I even knew I’d feel better when I ate them, but I just couldn’t do much more than eat a salad once or twice a week.

Now that I’ve welcomed the wonders of vegetables into my life (Brussels sprouts! Cucumbers!), my guilt has shifted.

Now it’s not bringing my lunch to work that makes me feel a tiny bit like a failure. …

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A Lot Can Happen in One Click (Part 2)

In my last post, I began my journey into the world of FreshDirect One-Click Recipes — a journey that for me was far more nerve-wracking than it probably is for most people.

Erica's One-Click Recipes

Erica's One-Click Recipes

But when my ingredients for Pasta with Ricotta, Herbs, and Lemon and White Bean, Red Onion, and Tomato Salad arrived this past Saturday (along with my grocery staples like orange juice, garlic, and arugula), all clearly labeled and smelling wonderful, I began to look forward to my recipe adventure….

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Spring into Shape! 3 Smart Ways to Fuel Fitness

Well friends, if recent weather is any indication, it seems that it’s starting to feel a lot like Spring (finally)! And if winter’s lingering melancholy weather kept you out of the parks and out of the gym (and who could blame you), then welcome to a new day!

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

The sunshine and kinder temperatures are perfect for jogging, rekindling a relationship with a hula hoop or jump rope or simply skipping across a field.

Along with a balanced diet, regular exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy weight, strong muscles, joints, and bones and for lowering your risk of the big three chronic diseases in America: heart disease, cancer and stroke. (Plus, it just feels good!)…

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Just Desserts: Pat’s Fast & Fancy Fruit Tarts

I can’t wait for my meal to end. I don’t want my guests to leave — I just want dessert.

Golden Delicious Apples

Golden Delicious Apples

Serve up prime rib and my mind is craving cookies. Give me baked potatoes and I’m daydreaming about créme brulee.

In fact, if I could skip the entire meal and munch my way from muffins to pound cake, I would be in heaven. But some people, (my husband and son) actually like eating the entire meal.

With our family’s busy schedule, any dessert to be enjoyed has to be quick and easy, but decadent enough to pass my rigorous crave test. Behold the wonder of frozen puff pastry! …

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A Lot Can Happen in One Click… (Part 1)

It’s time for another confession: I don’t make shopping lists.

There are lots of reasons for this. There’s a large supermarket around the corner from my apartment, so forgetting something is never a tragedy.

Stack of Cookbooks

One-Click Recipes at FreshDirect

I also enjoy going up and down every aisle, seeing what’s in stock and getting ideas. But there are two main factors in my lack of list-making: I don’t use recipes, and I’m lazy.

Recipes scare me. They’re supposed to make cooking easier, but they just make me panic. …

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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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On 2-hour delivery windows and killer green beans!

On the day of my first FreshDirect delivery, I was a bit wary of the two-hour window.

Erica's Impromptu Dinner Party!

Impromptu Dinner Party!

Nothing has a two-hour window. I’ve waited up to six hours for my couch, my cable and the gas man.

If coming to my house within a two-hour window is so easy, why doesn’t everyone do it?

Those were the thoughts running through my mind as I sat drinking coffee with my good friend Adrienne at Cocoa Bar, a cafe a few blocks away. And I think it must have been this bit of disbelief that kept me from checking my watch as frequently as I normally would if I had an appointment.

You can probably tell where this is going …

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