It's not secret that I have an unhealthy obsession with cooking and food. The term 'foodie' gets thrown around a lot these days and has gained an unwanted reputation for being a cliche title for people who walk around taking Instagram pictures of their meals at restaurants and fairs. I take an obscene amount of photos of food- but often food I have actually cooked, or new and exciting ingredients I hope to work with. For me, being a foodie is being open to new culinary experiences, whether out and about or at home. This could be playing with new takes on a classic recipe (chicken sushi), pairing bold flavors (pomegranate and garlic), or playing with texture and color to create a visually exciting dish. For me, food is an adventure, and the very sound of my wok heating on my stove excites me.
I spend a lot of my media time watching competitive cooking, or baking, shows where contestants are provided a box of random ingredients and are asked to create an original dish. Any woman who has ever tried to feed her family with the leftover watermelon, macaroni, and hot dogs in the fridge knows this mighty challenge. It's not a feeling I wish to encounter day-to-day when trying to feed my family, but, cooking for two, it can often feel like that. When it's just Jay and I, we often rely on smaller grocery trips and less fresh ingredients (which can be expensive if not bought in bulk, and wasteful if not all used). Naturally, when I discovered a program that would foster my culinary skills, and do all the footwork for 3 meals each week, I was intrigued.
I love that the recipe card has precise ingredient measurements, so I can recreate the dish in the future with my own ingredients. The card is water resistant, and perfect for filing away- my only suggestion here? Add hole punches, or re-size the cards, to fit a recipe book. Even better, pair a 'blue apron' with a recipe binder for new customers to preserve their recipes, and grow as a home chef. Keep an eye out for the remaining 2 meals we prepared with Blue Apron, and log on to the Blue Apron website to print out these recipes, and more (or sign up for weekly recipes in your inbox), absolutely free! Follow along with Blue Apron on Facebook for customer photos and a sneak peek at upcoming recipes.
What Daughter Says: Experience new techniques and ingredients in the controlled environment of your home, with hand picked ingredients and recipe cards, thanks to Blue Apron.