FreshDirect Summer Solution: 6 Easy Ways to Shop for Your Summer Share

Shopping for 12 and splitting the bill?  Feeding a share house can be rough. Just one evening’s meal can require a day’s worth of errands – picking up the seafood, picking out produce, and lugging cases of beer – meaning you miss precious poolside time. And then there’s the dreaded splitting of the tab, which usually requires you to have a math degree to figure out.

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Summer Squash Blossoms

Squash blossoms are the quintessential summer dish in my house because my mom used to make them in August, when they first appeared in the markets. So I thought it would be a great idea to share our family’s favorite stuffed squash blossoms, and my own non traditional recipe, squash blossom pasta, while the season is just getting started.  … 

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Beer Cocktails

Beer Cocktails

Beer Cocktails

Have you ever been stuck deciding what to drink on a hot summer day? Struggling to choose from a classy cocktail or a refreshing brew? Recently, I decided I can have the best of both worlds, and tried my hand at the Beer Cocktail.

Despite featuring beer as the main ingredient, these cocktails pack an unexpected punch. They will cool, refresh, and impress you on those hot summer days. (The men in your life will love them too!)

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Cheers to the long weekend!

Water

The Tot & Tonic

Memorial Day welcomes us into the summer season with backyard barbeques, poolside parties, and get-togethers galore! Be prepared to welcome your guests with a couple of easy cocktails perfect for summer sipping.

We find our spirits in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at New York Distilling Company. The distillery produces two brilliant gins that will highlight your cocktail hour- Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin and Dorothy Parker American Gin. Different botanicals and alcoholic strengths separate these gins stylistically while they share an artisan spirit of New York City’s fascinating historical culture…. 

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Warm-Weather Cocktails Inspired by Vita Coco

With warm weather on my mind (I’m dreaming of my Caribbean vacation), I decided to start summer early by creating signature summer cocktails. These light and bright drinks, inspired by Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water, will transport you to a sunny and warm beach even in the coldest of seasons. Warning! Tiny drink umbrellas are not included.

Mango MimosaMango Mimosa: This is perfect for those summer brunches on the patio in the morning sun and is officially my new brunch go-to…. 

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Ice Cream Sundae Gets a Makeover

Sundae

What's on your favorite Sundae?

Rev up your spoons, grab your sprinkles, and get ready to deck your bowls, this summer, to give your ice cream sundae a whole new look.

Sure, by now we’ve all mastered the art of piling up fresh strawberries and banana bits, adding fluffy pockets of whipped cream, and sprinkling chopped nuts over drizzled caramel and flavored syrups. It’s all very delicious. But where have all the ice cream wizards gone? You know, the confectionery aficionados, the culinary brave hearts who mix flavors and insist it’s absolutely fabulous way before the spoon hits their lips?

I think I found some. I poked and prodded looking for adventuresome sundae-creators. I discovered they have no formula, no real filter, and sometimes no shopping list. They start with ice cream and often open the fridge or the cupboard and survey their surroundings for what’s good. Here are some of the better concoctions you may want to give a whirl:… 

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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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What’s Your Favorite Burger Topping?

Chicken Wings

Burgers

I remember growing up there were several summers where my dad would grill burgers by the pool.

My brother and I would race to see who would pick toppings first. I’d toss to Dad some cheese (yellow American) so he could melt mine right on the burger itself, then I’d assemble the rest of the toppings on the bun.

My brother didn’t care – he was off building a mountain of goodies, complete with stacks of onions, tomato, lettuce and mustard, which he used to refer to as “the glue,” between each layer.

Ahh, memory lane. As we head full swing into summer, I thought I’d ask some colleagues at FreshDirect what toppings they like on their burgers. Sure enough, whenever I stopped to ask one person, others perked up. Apparently, toppings are a topic of interest.

Here are some office favorites:… 

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Dining al fresco: It’s Picnic season!

Picnic

Grab a basket with fresh fruits and head outdoors for a picnic meal!

Forget cramped restaurants, crowded sidewalk bistros, and hoping to score a reservation.

Instead, this summer take “eating out” at its worth — grab a basket, fresh fruits, and head out for a savory do-it-yourself adventure, picnic-style.

Not sure where to start? Here are some quick ways to build a picnic basket:… 

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