Nostalgic Favorite: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese

Sharp Cheddar and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese: the king of easy weeknight dinners; the blank slate of culinary goodness, upon which we pile our hopes, dreams, and favorite cheeses; the gooey, warm, golden, and delicious answer to whatever ails us.

Did I oversell it? That’s impossible! Like the burger or the omelet, grilled cheese has an endless amount of permutations, making it accessible, crowd-pleasing, and never boring.

Recently, I used our easy, frozen Pullman loaves (defrost the slices as you need them and the rest stays in the freezer) to make a few different sandwiches, one to fit each of my grilled cheese moods….

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Staying Cool with 3 No-Cook Recipes

Tuna

Tuna Pita Sandwiches

I tend to be a bit delusional when it comes to summer. All winter long, I think, “This would be so much easier if it were summer. I can’t wait until it’s warm.”

And then summer comes and I remember that extreme heat makes every chore more arduous, and I end up counting the minutes until I’m in an air-conditioned room as soon as I step outside. In other words, I’m a whiny baby all year long.

So it’s hard to save money in sweltering months because my instinct is to keep the stove off and eat out instead. To resist the urge, I have some go-to, easy favorites that are cool, tasty, and more about compiling than actually cooking. Since they’re cold, they’re also great to make on Sunday and bring to work during the week….

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Mixing Things Up: Summer Drinks

Strawberry Bellini

Strawberry Bellini

We’re back delivering to the Hamptons and Memorial Day is coming up, kicking off the start of summer. That means our favorite time of year is back: cocktail hour with friends and drinks by the pool (or, in my case, drinks on a Brooklyn roof while imagining drinks by the pool). Experimenting with cocktail recipes is the most fun you can have with a blender, and the best part is: they’re almost impossible to mess up. Seasonal fruit, juice, and quality wine—where can you go wrong?

So in anticipation of the season, I ordered our freshest fruits and my favorite wines, invited a friend with discerning tastes (just kidding, he’ll drink anything), and started mixing things up in the kitchen!

I’m not really one to follow recipes closely—which I think stems from a problem with authority, even in the form of recipe directions—so I added basic drinks to our One-Click Recipe section and new Facebook Recipe Finder. That way you can get some ideas while substituting your fruit and alcohol faves….

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From Brisket to Kugel: Passover Recipes

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Indulge in our Flourless Chocolate Cake for Passover

Do you have your Passover Seder dinner already planned?

If not, don’t worry! We’ve put together some great recipes below including our hearty, homey kugel. (It’s just sweet enough to eat as a dessert, but it would also be right at home as a side dish or brunch option).

There’s also a nice recipe for Matzoh balls, which soak up the rich bouquet of deep amber chicken soup.

Plan ahead and make beef brisket – it is wonderful the day it is made, but even better on succeeding days—hot or cold. And it freezes well, with no loss of flavor. Lastly, the Passover brownies, baked at a high temperature and cooled quickly in ice water, are crusty on the outside but smooth and creamy within.

Any of these 5 recipes would be perfect for your Seder dinner:…

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Fun Easter and Passover Recipes for Kids (and Kids at Heart!)

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Are you getting together with family and friends for Easter or Passover? If so, we’ve put together some fun recipes to enjoy before or after your Easter egg hunt (decorated deviled eggs) or at the Seder table (tuna boats).

For Easter, how about decorating eggs – on the inside? With our “Mild Mannered Deviled Eggs” recipe below, you and the kids can have fun making bunnies, funny faces, and more. If you don’t mind colored egg whites, you can even use up your excess Easter eggs.

Keep this activity child-safe by having the adults do the knife work while the kids can have fun piping the yolk mixture into the egg halves, applying the decorations, and using floss or thread to ‘cut’ the egg in half. …

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Recipes and Menu Ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration

St. Patrick's Day cupcakes

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these Festive Cupcakes.

More than just cabbage and potatoes, Irish cuisine has long relied on a wealth of wild garlic, kale, scallions, barley, oats, sausages, lamb and a varied aquaculture ranging from cockles and mussels to rich cod and salmon.

So whether you’re entertaining or just want to add a little “green” to your dinner menu, we’ve gathered together some Irish-influenced favorites along with a few bright-green Spring selections for your St. Patty’s day feasting. Slainte Mhath! (In other words, to your good health!)…

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Testing Recipes with Chef Tina for Your #FreshDirectParty

Chef Tina

Chef Tina tests out her recipes (including salsa verde) for your #FreshDirectParty

FreshDirect is getting ready for HouseParty! While thousands of people are still signing up (you can too – click here) to be selected to host a gourmet meal at home with friends (on us!), we’re busy in the kitchen, whipping up recipes and testing each one to make sure they’re easy to make and taste absolutely delicious.

Chef Tina Bourbeau is going above and beyond, stretching tastebuds and playing with ingredients, while keeping fun party themes in mind. There’s been some trial and error as we measured a teaspoon of this and a cup of that but practice makes perfect and we’re clocking a lot of hours into making sure your get-together will be top notch.

Some of you may kind of know Tina already. She makes your 4-Minute Meals and other fresh foods and you’ve probably seen her photo on our FreshDirect packaging. She’s a culinary powerhouse, fully loaded with information. Some colleagues and I recently jotted down notes frantically, as Tina created recipes from scratch and shared some really useful tips:…

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Kid-Safe Seafood (with Recipes!)

Verlasso Salmon

Verlasso salmon is both kid-safe and tasty too!

You know seafood is good for you and your family, but you want to make the absolute best choices when it comes to the kids. Truth is – for most adults the health benefits of eating a variety of seafood outweigh the risks of occasionally eating fish that contain contaminants.1 But for growing children, the best choices will be low in contaminants and high in omega-3s.

That’s why I was thrilled to learn more about a non-profit group called KidsSafe Seafood, who highlight the best seafood for kids to eat to support their growth and development, while being low in contaminants, and ocean-friendly, too! They shared their best seafood choices for kids’ health, and some family-friendly recipes with me, so that I could share them with you!…

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Delicious New Year’s Resolutions in Under 30 Minutes!

Chicken and shaved Brussels sprouts with blueberries

Chicken and Brussels sprouts with blueberries

Eat healthy food. Lose weight. Get fit. Manage stress. Quit smoking. Sound familiar? These popular (and admirable) New Year’s resolutions have one thing in common: They all improve your quality of life and sense of well-being. That’s worth working for – for you and for your loved ones!

Now, changing the way we behave takes a will, a way, and some inspiration along the way to stay motivated!

As far as healthy eating goes, I hear from people that they want to eat healthy but they’re short on time or ideas. So I spent this past weekend thinking about quick and simple healthy meal and snack ideas, all with the busy home cook in mind. Take a look at my pictures and recipes of what I came up with! Each dish took me 30 minutes or less to cook!…

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Holiday Recipe Makeover

Endive salad

This beautiful crab salad placed on endive leaves makes for a healthy alternative.

Is it weird that the holiday season makes me look forward to spending some quality time in the kitchen? If that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right. I tend to prefer fresh flavors, bright colors, and foods that won’t make me feel heavy or comatose after eating. Enjoy the holiday season without suffering food hangovers. It’s easier than you think to make crowd-pleasing dishes that you won’t regret in the morning.

If you can make something taste delicious and shave off a hundred calories here and there, isn’t that better than letting those extra calories add up, leading to weight gain and health concerns? Save yourself from the all-or-nothing mentality and make some smarter choices this holiday season!…

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