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Sunday, November 20th, 2016

We’re going to New York to have Thanksgiving on the actual day with Crockett’s fam, so we had Thanksgiving with my parents in Colorado today.

They left a little while ago, I’ve changed into a gigantic flannel shirt, and we’re watching the David Blaine thing that’s new on Netflix. Basically, it’s super bedtime, although it’s actually 5:56. Are we doing this wrong? This is how my Thanksgiving ends every year – with me so full I can feel the volume of food in my rib cage, not just my stomach area. Is that how it’s supposed to go?

On a related note, are two Thanksgiving dinners going to make it so I am no longer satisfied with a normal volume of food? I’ll be like a snake! (Or my old roommate!) One big, delicious meal every 24 hours (and a bottle of liquor if you’re the roommate) and done?

I need a nap. A ten hour one, probably. If you love yourself and sour things, make this pie.

 

coooOOOOOOkie crisp

Friday, November 11th, 2016

I made all of the desserts for our wedding.

I like, super wanted to. The amount of control I felt that it was necessary to exert over the desserts actually seems a little crazy in retrospect, considering we turned the food over totally to a caterer (with only one tasting and forty+ emails from me). We tried really hard to give every person a lot of choices for every course, regardless of their dietary restrictions, and I’m super proud of that, but I think our caterer found it … challenging.

Actually, guys? I’m going to list what we ate, because it makes me happy and it’s my blog.

Apps (literally all gluten free):
Popchip with elk jalapeno sausage and blueberry compote (I did get to eat one!)
Samosas (Potatoes and .. I don’t know, these were vegan and I did not get to eat one :()
Cornbread with barbecue sauce and smoked salmon (I did ALSO not get to eat one)

Dinner (tortillas and buns all had GF option):
Blackened fish or korean pork kimchi taco, with sprouts and slaw and sesame seeds and pickled cucumbers
Buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese and celery slaw
Actual buffalo sliders with cheddar cheese, onion jam, and dill pickles
Cilantro lime marinated veggie kabobs

Salad (this was controversial but based on my tastebuds turned out super delicious AND they were all easily vegan and gluten free because we were like hey don’t put anchovies in the dressing y’all that’s nuts):
Southwestern Caesar (you know, beans and corn and spicy stuff … dunno, it was super)
Tuscan Kale Caesar (just regular caesar but v tasty)
Summer salad with jicama, cherries, pears, candied pecans, and lemon thyme vinaigrette

DESSERT THAT I MADE MYSELF:
Chocolate chip cookies (vegan)
Citrus sandwich cookies with matcha buttercream filling
Graham cracker sandwich cookies with cheesecake filling (gluten free)
Chocolate pistachio meringue cookies (gluten free)

It was a pretty solid place to eat dinner, is what I’m trying to say. I ate alllll the dinner choices and … ok, to be fair. I actually don’t remember what I’ve eaten at other weddings, so people probably don’t remember our fun taco/slider bar. Therefore it’s not fair for me to say ours was the best ever, right?

;)

 

 

greenie weenie chefaleenie

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

We’ve only ordered from Green Chef twice, and it’s most the expensive, and I haven’t liked all of the meals, but it’s kind of my favorite. That is possibly because I think things that cost more money are better? OTHERWISE WHY WOULD THEY COST MORE? HUH?

Everything comes in a tiny little labeled bag or brown paper box of it’s own. Some things are chopped up for you. It’s adorable.

Our favorite meal from Green Chef so far: Yellowfin Tuna Melt with lemon coleslaw, caper remoulade, and pickled shallots.

Our least favorite meal from Green Chef so far: Spice-Crusted Steak with spinach & green bean “tabbouleh,” and harissa chèvre.

the apron ’tis blue

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Blue Apron is fine. Whatever. There are lots of choices but you can’t make them all – like I said yesterday, they have some weird algorithm. They throw the vegetables and proteins into the delivery box all willy nilly, but they put all the little meal accessories like tiny bottles of vinegar and sesame seeds into a paper bag labeled ‘knick knacks’. It’s cute.

Best meal we’ve had from them: Brie & Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Brussels Sprout, Arugula & Hazelnut Salad.

Worst meal we’ve had from them: Spiced Turkey & Chickpea Chili with Chermoula, Labneh & Pita Croutons.

That’s it, y’all. Blue Apron is fine.

box o’ food

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Crockett and I have been doing those food delivery thingies.

Like, where you pick some recipes and then get a box full of the ingredients necessary to make them.

Those food delivery thingies.

I just finished the third dinner of our sixth week, and I am ready to offer opinions, but this is fucking nablopomo, my darlings. There will be no premature trigger pulling.

Here’s how it works. We’ve subscribed to Green Chef, Blue Apron, and Hello Fresh, and every week I add all of the available recipes from each service to our shared google doc and we decide which one to order from. That gives us ~15 meals to choose from (but only in one of 19 3-meal combinations, because various maths). Should you choose to emulate us in this, be forewarned – you gotta turn this shit off. The default is ON, and you might end up with more meals than you want. We haven’t ended up with double deliveries yet, and we’ve coincidentally ordered from each place twice.

Each of these services delivers enough food for three dinners, two servings each, every Thursday. (In our area, obviously. Your weekday may vary, but all deliveries are on weekdays.)

Each of these dinners is between 500 and 800 calories, which means many of the meals will feed Crockett once and me twice if we portion them correctly.

Not gunna lie, they’re expensive.

  • Green Chef is the priciest, at $80.94/week. The upside to Green Chef is that everything that can be organic is organic. The default plan (at the above price) gets you one seafood based meal, one meat based meal, and one vegetarian meal. You can go all veggie for cheaper or all meat for more. There are no meal selections here – you either take the meals in your plan or you don’t.
  • Hello Chef is $69/wk. Upside: locally sourced, I think. There are always five meals, and you choose three.
  • Blue Apron is $59/wk and the most famous. We’re actually getting our delivery from them this week too, which means they’re pulling ahead. It’s not because they’re better, necessarily, but they offer six meals from which you choose three. However, you can’t choose ANY three meals. There’s definitely some cost saving algorithm at work – if you choose the steak dish, you can no longer have the pork dish. It’s not quite that simple though, I haven’t figured it out.

Tonight I made something I from Blue Apron that I picked without Crockett’s input: Spicy Korean Chicken Wings with Rice Cakes & Baby Bok Choy. The rice cakes were little boiled pasta-y thingies and I super wanted to try them, and they were good. 

I was going to use that example for pricing, but here’s the thing: it had a soy glaze, the weird rice cakes, and Gochujang, a Korean chile paste. Those things were probably not expensive, but I got the correct amount of each one of them they aren’t things I necessarily would have found in a grocery store on my own. (Ok, the chile paste and soy glaze are def at Whole Foods. Still, I would have had to buy a bunch of each. And the rice cakes are a total fucking mystery to me.) I’m guessing it was 8 or 9 dollars worth of actual food, based on my many, many years of grocery shopping. That means tonight I paid a 100% markup, give or take, for having things delivered. That’s rough, but also I like to cook and this is one of the less valuable examples. Two weeks ago we had 10 oz of pretty amazing steak (from … not Blue Apron) and it was probably worth $12 on it’s own. Still, it would very, definitely, completely, without a doubt be cheaper to pick recipes and go shopping.

But it would also be hard for two people to have a weekly menu that didn’t use anything twice. And it would require a lot of shopping.

Anyway, tomorrow: Blue Apron! Meals, thoughts, pictures…. so much to look forward to. A happy nablopomo to us all!