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Things I have Eaten, Things I Will Eat
Cornmeal crusted chicken with jalapeno popper sauce - So, so excellent. Pound the chicken thin to help with tenderness and cooking evenly. I always serve it with waffles (crack black pepper into the batter). Micah made a genius breakfast sandwich out of the leftovers.
Korean BBQ beef with broccoli - Basic, adaptable recipe. Super quick and flavorful. Do NOT cook everything as long as it says unless you love flaccid broccoli…I add mine at the very end and serve the whole thing over rice.
Hearty black bean quesadillas - You’re simply the best, better than all the rest, better than anyone….
Massaged kale caesar - The other love of my life. I can’t wait until our kale plants grow so we can eat this 2x/week.
- Buffalo chicken quesadillas (no recipe, just leftover pulled chicken, buffalo sauce, red onion, monterey jack cheese, and blue cheese dressing)
- Dijon and cognac beef stew
Talk to me about essential oils?
I’ve been seeing and hearing some things and am always open to holistic/alternative/possible bullshit/crunchy fads.
Followup question: What’s the best way to order a simple starter kit type thing? Some of these sites involve memberships and are slightly intimidating in terms of price/commitment. I am not trying to be a granola Avon lady, I just want to try a few.
I have eaten more popcorn in the 4 months since I left a job at a movie theatre chain than I did during the 5.5 years I worked for a movie theatre chain.
Blue Apron, Reviewed
I tried Blue Apron a couple of weeks ago - it’s a delivery service that provides all of the ingredients (yep, like even the butter and stuff) and recipes to make however many meals you choose. A friend was kind enough to extend one of her invites to me, and figuring free groceries for a week I jumped right on board, signed up, and clicked that I’d be feeding 4 people (we like hearty portions this is Amurrica).
I got my delivery, issue-free. Everything looked fresh and pretty decent.
((even Maeby was excited))
I was impressed with the thoroughness of the supply kits; the only thing used that wasn’t provided was a couple sploshes of olive oil. This is nice especially if you’re like me and sometimes skip fresh herbs and other garnishes because you don’t feel like paying for them knowing you’ll use a sprig and leave the rest to have a birthday in the crisper.
I was whelmed with the recipes; I ended up with chicken quesadillas, stuffed cabbage rolls, and roasted fennel linguine. All were very tasty, but as a person who cooks regularly none were anything I couldn’t or wouldn’t have made anyway (or found a better recipe had I searched on my own). The quesadillas took the least amount of time at 20 minutes. I thought the instructions asked you to dirty an excessive amount of dishes (you don’t need to mix everything in a glass bowl before putting them in the pan, promise). I did not really like that I couldn’t pick what meals we’d receive. At least I couldn’t see anything that would’ve let me pick.
So we ate and were satisfied with our experience…until I saw that my credit card had been charged $60. Interesting, did I not redeem the invite correctly? I emailed customer service, who told me that the free trials are only for 2 person portion sizes and since I had chosen 4, I was charged for the second box. Okay, I guess that’s fair, but I don’t remember seeing any alert that I’d be charged when I checked out and just didn’t really appreciate the surprise charge. I wasn’t planning on renewing or continuing my subscription, but definitely not after that.
In summary, would I recommend the service? Eh. I think it’s for a specific subset of people who consider grocery shopping and planning out meals a hassle and are willing to pay a premium to avoid it. I have no problem doing those things, and at around $60 per week (for 3 meals, mind you) I just don’t think it’s a great value. Plus the fact that I didn’t read properly/they didn’t offer any sort of refund didn’t sit well. To end on a good note, I did think the food turned out great!
I see you, Amazon
Taking all kinds of items off of subscribe & save, cutting the discount down to 5%…..
Week in Food: 3/24 Menu
Monday: leftover stuffed cabbage I made from Blue Apron (review to come!)
Tuesday: working late
Wednesday: some fennel linguine thing, the last remaining Blue Apron meal
Thursday: cornbread crusted chicken with jalapeno popper sauce and waffles (trust me on that)
Friday: korean beef with broccoli and rice because duh
The LiLo reality show on OWN you guys