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Blue Apron Taught Me a Little Bit About Cooking

My cooking skills are pretty limited. I’m sure I could be a decent cook if I tried, but by the time I get home from work, cooking for one person, cooking some elaborate meal is not a priority. Eating immediately is.

Most of my meals are so, so simple: some sort of protein, some sort of healthy-ish starch and some sort of veggie. Whatever. It works.

I’d heard of Blue Apron, and it sounded super-fancy, expensive and way beyond my basic cooking skills. It’s a delivery service where all the ingredients are delivered straight to you for three meals that serve two people for $60. One of my coworkers is friends with one of the Blue Apron people, and she had some free meals to give out, so I thought it was totally worth a try.

I got a box before the holidays, and made the Mexican meal because it was the easiest, and my favorite, and froze the rest.

Another box came the other day, and once again, I went for the Mexican. If you are what you eat, I am a taco. This dish was a Mexican tortilla soup. I was sick; it was Mexican. Perfect.

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Each meal comes with these handy-dandy recipe cards. (I threw out the recipe cards with my first box, and if you do that, you can still access the recipes on their website.)

 

Also, their social media person is ON POINT.

It’s really hard to not just eat the cheese, you know?

 

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They give you really easy-to-follow directions, illustrated at each major step.

I like that the service teaches you new techniques and ideas, as well as gives you plating and styling ideas. 99% of the time I’m cooking for myself, but these are still good things to know.

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I’m happy with how the finished product turned out. I’ll never be a food blogger, but I made something tasty, and it really wasn’t that hard. Also, there is avocado in it. It is hard to go wrong with avocado. They said it was two portions, but I’ve already had two servings, and there is plenty left for a third…even after snacking on some of it on tortilla chips. And I don’t have a dainty appetite, so it’s impressive how filling it is.

I actually won’t be continuing with the service just because it’s pretty rare for me to have time in a week to make three pretty involved meals like this, but it’s a really cool idea. What I’m not crazy about is that you sign up and are automatically renewed every week, rather than opting into it when you want it. I get it from a business perspective, but I’m not ready to commit to it yet. #commitmentissues

They ship to all of the East and West Coasts, and some of the states in the middle, but not all of them. (Sorry, guys.)

Would you try a service like this? How comfortable are you in the kitchen? (How did you learn to cook?)

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Thankful For Turkey… and Sales

Happy belated Thanksgiving! I’ve had a really busy weekend of sitting in my PJs and shopping online, getting my nails done and getting my hair done. Priorities, people.

But I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family and some of my mom’s friends, so I just wanted to share a few pictures.

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My contribution to the meal was Brussels sprouts. My mom told her friends that I was really into health and fitness…so I made them Brussels sprouts with butter, maple syrup and bacon.

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My mom made deviled eggs.

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Antipasto. (My dad did not crack his yearly “I’m pro pasta” joke, though.)

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And spaghetti and meatballs, because a holiday without them is like a day without sunshine.

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And here’s the lovely turkey.

I know not everyone can get home (or even wants to get home) for Thanksgiving, so I’m particularly thankful to live near my parents and to want to see them on Thanksgiving. A good friend lost her father just before Thanksgiving, so you better believe I hugged my parents a little closer this year and implored them to take good care of themselves so that they would be around for many more Thanksgivings. (And then I served them those Brussels. Oops.)

On a lighter note, here are some of my favorite sales I’ve been perusing this weekend:

Lilly Pulitzer: I know it surprises nobody I’ve been scouring this site even more than usual. They’re not doing any sales, but they are doing free gifts with purchase, such as limited edition totes or bangles.

J. Crew: 30% off with the code HOLIDAY. I’ve always loved J. Crew but usually avoid the accessories in the middle so that I don’t spend $100 without thinking about it picking up little tchotchkes, but they have a million little accessories now that would make for really good small gifts.

J. Crew Factory: This is LEGIT. 50% off everything with the code HOLIDAY50.

Kate Spade: This is always my favorite Black Friday sale. A few years ago, I got a really nice laptop bag that usually retails for $300+ for $150.

Sephora: No percentage off sitewide, but lots of deals on the site.

C. Wonder: 30% off with code GIFTS30.

Madewell: 25% off with code FEAST25

Target: A whole bunch of buy-one-get-one-50% off stuff on men’s and women’s clothes

New Balance: 15% off sitewide

Oiselle: 20% off orders of $150 or more + free shipping on everything

Road Runner Sports: 20% off with code FUN2013

How was your Thanksgiving? What are your favorite Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales?

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