I'm no chef, but Blue Apron sure made me feel like one. Blue Apron was kind enough to send over a box with three meals, and I'm now essentially a 5 star chef. I mean, not really, but look at the photos- that's some serious cooking!
So by this point, you're probably wondering What's Blue Apron? I wanna be a chef, Susan! Have no fear- I got ya. Blue Apron is "the leading fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service in the United States. By delivering step-by-step recipes and seasonal, pre-portioned ingredients sourced directly from farms and suppliers, Blue Apron makes it fun and easy to cook incredible meals at home." They're not kidding. Everything arrives in a big refrigerated box. You'll begin to unpack and pull out fresh ingredient after fresh ingredient, and start to question just how easy it can be to make Pork Chops and Spicy Chow Chow, or Basque-Style Cod, or Seared Chicken and Caramelized Vegetables. Don't question it. It really is that easy.
Blue Apron provides recipe cards, with clear step-by-step directions, nice photos, if you follow them, you'll know exactly what you're doing. There was a point when my chicken was seared, my veggies were in the pan caramelizing, I had a pot of mashed potatoes, and I had tomatoes and thyme in the oven roasting, that I truly, completely believed I was on The Food Network. I was a pro. I was completely in control. I was literally and metaphorically managing multiple pots on multiple burners. It was a beautiful moment.
Below is a photo journal of my Blue Apron journey, and if the photos aren't enough, let me just tell you that they're fairly reasonably priced, pretty quick (under half an hour), and even offer wine options too. If you're still not sold, note that "We call our company Blue Apron because chefs around the world wear blue aprons when learning to cook, and the blue apron has become a symbol of lifelong learning in cooking. We encourage this lifelong learning by introducing customers to new ingredients, flavors and cooking techniques with every recipe we create." How cute is that! I'm just like those beginning chefs! Not really, but kinda!
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The first recipe, and my favorite, was Basque-Style Cod with sweet pepper-tomato sauce and freekeh. It turned out great, the portions were generous, and everything was delicious. The pepper-tomato sauce was really great, the cod was fresh, and the almond garnish was very yummy. This was also my first introduction to freekeh, and it was cool to try a new grain!
The second recipe was Pork Cops and Spicy Chow Chow with a sweet potato salad. The pork chops were great, and I liked the idea of a sweet potato salad a lot. The spicy Chow Chow was delicious and I really liked how the corn and jalapeño played together.
Finally, the last recipe was Seared Chicken and Caramelized Vegetables with roasted cherry tomatoes and mashed potatoes. I also really liked this, and it felt very hearty. The mashed potatoes were great, I loved the seared chicken, and the caramelization added great flavor to everything.