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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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 Cool & Soothing Summer Drinks

Our open letter to the summer heat wave from the blog team at FreshDirect.

Mint Julep

Mint Julep

Dear Summer Heat Wave,

We fought valiantly, but now we’re ready to surrender.

After so many days of sweltering streets, stifling subway platforms and sizzling sidewalks, we’d throw in the towel, but we really need it to wipe the sweat from our brows.

Heat Wave, can we interest you in sitting down to discuss a little clemency over a cool, refreshing drink? We’ve plucked out five rejuvenating summer drink options from our One-Click Recipe collection that sound like exactly what we need right about now. (See below.)… 

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5 Delicious Vegetarian Cookout Recipes

For those who are vegetarian (or have vegetarian friends and family) summertime cookouts can be a creative challenge.

Lacking inspiration, many of us fall back to a reliable pack of veggie burgers or grilled vegetable kabobs.

Grilled Vegetable Assortment

Grilled Vegetable Assortment

Never fear! We have five delicious ideas for irresistible vegetarian recipes that will be right at home at your next backyard grill-fest…. 

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Family Road Trip Snack Tips

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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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Juicy Burger Tips from Pat LaFrieda

Where do you find the richest, juiciest, meatiest burgers in New York City?

Pat LaFrieda's Original Beef Hamburger

Pat LaFrieda's Original Beef Hamburger

Those in the know seek out Pat LaFrieda & Son, where they’ve been cutting and grinding top-quality meats for more than 90 years.

We wanted burger tips from the best in the business, so we tracked down Pat LaFrieda himself to learn about his approach…. 

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Burger Week: 5 Mouthwatering Recipes

It’s Burger Week at The FreshDirect Feed, and we’ll be celebrating America’s favorite sandwich all week long.

Slider Burgers with Pickles and Cheese

Slider Burgers with Pickles and Cheese

To kick off the party, we’ve selected five tantalizing recipe options from our One-Click Recipes section.

Though the word “burger” typically conjures a vision of beef patties sizzling on a grill or in a skillet, there are nearly endless possibilities for what goes between the buns.

From tuna burgers and lamb patties to burgers topped with blue cheese and pineapple relish, these five recipe selections show off a few inventive twists on the classic cookout favorite…. 

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Pick & Pair Luscious Spring Cheeses

When you’re a cheese wiz — like our cheese and specialty foods buyer, Ken Blanchette — late spring and early summer mean a delicious seasonal flavor shift for many fresh cheeses.

But you don’t have to be an expert to get excited about fresh spring cheeses!

Ken Blanchette, Cheese & Specialty Foods Buyer

Ken Blanchette, Cheese & Specialty Foods Buyer

Read on to learn about Ken’s early-summer cheese favorites (both local treats and imports), score two affordable wines for perfect spring-cheese pairings and learn a little more about why eating seasonal cheese is so exciting…. 

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