Bake, Baby, Bake!

Of all my various food fears, there’s one that I thought I’d never conquer: baking.

Erica's Baking Triumph

Erica's Baking Triumph

In my entire life, I have baked one cake — and it was from a mix. All I’ve ever heard from baking friends is that it’s easy. Easy, that is, unless you mess up one tiny measurement. Then a cupcake explodes in your oven and you cry.

Another reason I stayed away was that I’m not a sweets person. Give me a handful of potato chips over a piece of cake any day.

But when I do find a dessert I like, I tend to love it passionately. Tiramisu. The custard at Shake Shack. And recently, it was the banana chocolate chip muffins at a cafe near my apartment. …

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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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Ichthyophobia! Facing the Fear of Fish

No longer a FreshDirect Newbie, our blogger Erica continues sharing her FreshDirect food adventures as “The Cautious Cook.”

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Now that I’ve gotten used to using FreshDirect, I’ve decided it’s time to try to conquer some of my biggest cooking fears. First up: fish.

Seared Tuna and Couscous Salad

Seared Tuna and Couscous Salad

I’ve been around fish my entire life. I grew up in a Brooklyn neighborhood called Sheepshead Bay where boats dock day and night. I remember that my dad went out on the bay and on Long Island Sound nearly every weekend, and I have hazy memories of my shoes squishing against the wet floors of our local fish store, Jordan’s.

But aside from an occasional tuna salad sandwich, I never ate any of it! …

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