FOR PEOPLE WHO F’IN HATE FIGURING OUT WHAT TO MAKE FOR DINNER.

Karen-Bertelsen I’ll warn you now.  Food porn ahead so get a kleenex (to wipe your mouth).

First up I’d like to tell you something about you and your food.  You’re in a rut.  How do I know this?  Because at this very moment, I have shrunk down to the size of an amoeba and am running through your brain.

Also, I know this because most people are in a food rut.

We make the same 5 meals over and over again because 1) we know where those items are in the grocery store so it makes shopping for them faster and 2) we can cook things we’re familiar with faster than things we aren’t familiar with. So the goal for cooking with most people is fast.

Fast and easy.  I love cooking but even I want to make things that are relatively fast and easy on weeknights. Which is kind of stupid, because I’m a blogger which means I work on weekends too but I still feel like weekends are for special things like homemade pasta and  wearing the same outfit for 48 hours.  And yes, that includes sleeping in it.

 

 

Blue-Apron-2 Here’s another thing about your food rut.  You need to get out of it.

I need to tell you right now about the amount of sponsored food posts I’ve refused in the past 6 years.

I won’t name companies, but I’ve refused posts that involve instant food, frozen food, and delightful edible oil products.  Even though I do eat and use those things sometimes they just weren’t something I’d do a sponsored post on.

I have never once done a sponsored food post. Then Blue Apron called.

Actually their PR person emailed.  Would I like to partner on a post with them.  I had no idea what Blue Apron was because I’m Canadian and Blue Apron isn’t available here, only in the States, so I said I’d do some research and get back to them.

Turns out Blue Apron is exactly the sort of thing I’d do a sponsored post on.  And this is that sponsored post which includes How to Get out of Your Food Rut and a Jamaican Chili Recipe to start you on your I WANT OUT OF MY FOOD RUT venture.

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Blue Apron is fast food for people who LOVE to cook and LOVE to eat. I think this text message exchange between me and my niece after I sent her a picture of the Blue Apron vegetarian chili I made explains it best …

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Yup.  Blue Apron. ” For people who f’in hate thinking about what to make. ”

So what is it? Blue Apron delivers pre-measured ingredients to your door in a refrigerated box along with a recipe. All the ingredients are locally sourced.  You can go online and check out the recipes for the upcoming weeks and if they look like something you’re into, you’re good to go.

If you think, meh … I don’t really feel like eating Crispy Brown Butter Gnocchi (because it also has brussels sprouts), you can decline delivery that week.

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So that right there takes care of the fast and easy.  Your recipe is already picked out, the groceries are bought and pre-measured and dropped off at your door.  You just have to grab the container dump the ingredients on the counter and start cooking.

None of the recipes take more than 40 minutes to make from start to finish.

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Wanna know if they have the kind of recipes you’d like?  Browse ’em.  All their recipes for upcoming weeks are online.

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I figured I couldn’t talk about Blue Apron without trying a recipe so I did.  What I’m making here is their Vegetarian Jamaican Curry Chili. Why vegetarian when I’m not a vegetarian?  Because even though I’m a meat eater I only eat meat 2 or 3 times a week.  Which is all you should be eating of it as well.

The other meals should be filled with plant stuffs.  Or not.  I don’t really care what you do as long as you eat.

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Yes, I know. You love the ring. Got it on Etsy.

  The chili is filled with sweet potatoes, onion, purple top turnip, collard greens, chick peas and a whole lot of spices.  A few other things too.

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I realized right away one of the advantages to having your ingredients pre-proportioned.  You only get enough Collard Greens (or whatever else) for your meal. So you don’t have half a bunch of Collard Greens rotting and weeping on the bottom of your vegetable keeper a month later.

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You still have to prep them so it doesn’t take all the fun out of cooking.  You’re still cooking. It’s just way less time consuming.

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Chopping-Sweet-Potatoes   I started to wonder how useful this would be for a single person.  Blue Apron offers meals for 2 or 4 people.  Not singles.

It costs $59.94 for 3 meals a week (for 2 people).  That’s a total of 6 meals.

So if you’re a single person and you buy the 2 person plan for yourself, you’d get all but one meal for the week out of that!  You’d make the meal, and have the leftover portion for dinner the next night.  And so on.  That’s $240 for all your meals for the month. Plus if you aren’t at the grocery store you aren’t sucked into the dangerous world of impulse buying.

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The recipe called for parsley so I went out, brushed some snow aside, gave Mother Nature a simultaneous thank you and stink eye, then grabbed some greens.

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The spices.  In case you aren’t familiar with things like … spices.

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The Jamaican Chili recipe really just involved a bunch of peeling and chopping, then everything gets cooked in one pot. Only one pot to wash. And yes.  That’s my Rough Linen pinafore.  I live in it.  I’m trying to convince Tricia from Rough Linen to contact Blue Apron to make blue linen aprons for them.

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And here it is.  The Blue Apron meal.

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Jamaican Curry Chili with pita croutons.

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I made the full recipe for 2 people but there was so much I checked back to make sure I hadn’t made a meal for 4 by accident.  I did not. I had this big bowl for dinner, a small cup  of it while I was taking the photos, gave a bowl away to that vegetarian niece of mine in the text message above and had a small (tiny really) bowl for lunch the next day.

spoon     If it were me, and Blue Apron was available in Canada I’d order the plan for 2 and use the meals the whole week.  I’d also definitely order the vegetarian meals because it’s a great way for someone who isn’t a vegetarian to be introduced to different vegetarian meals and ingredients.

Plus you don’t have to commit to a year. Or even 6 months.  Or even 2 months.  You order it by the week so if you want you can just do it once a month. No big whoop.

That’s the other thing I meant to mention.  It makes weird and wonderful ingredients available to you. Things you might not be able to find in your local grocery store.  Like purple potatoes (which as you know I grow myself).  Or amaranth, watermelon radishes and pink lemons.  Fun stuff. All delivered to your door with a recipe.

If you’re interested but you want to learn more about Blue Apron, look here.

If you’re interested but want to try out a recipe or two first, look here.

And if you’re convinced, order here.  (First 50 people to sign up get their first 2 meals free, that’s 33% off the price on your first order if you’re a family of 4, or 25% off the price of your first order if you’re ordering the 2 person plan).

And even if you don’t sign up for Blue Apron, do me a favour?  Get out of your food rut.  This week I want you to go through some new recipes (either from Blue Apron or a cookbook you bought but never use) and TRY something new.  Anything.

Then take a picture of it, send it to me at karen@theartofdoingstuff.com and tell me how it went.  The best of the best will be featured in an upcoming post on allllll the new foods you tried.

Like I said, Blue Apron delivery is only available in the U.S. but if you’re Canadian or English or Scottish or Australian or South African or Mexican or whatever else you migth be,  you can still use their recipes.

None of which, as far as I can see contain “edible oil products”.

this post was sponsored by Blue Apron.  Obviously.

 

120 Comments

  1. You cut right on your marble countertops? Are you’re knives magic and made of diamonds and never dull?

    • Karen says:

      Yes, lol, I have magic knives. 😉 No. Although I LOVE my knife. (I only own one good knife. A Wusthof chef’s knife. I got it as a gift YEARS ago from my sister. I’ve dropped it, cut on marble with it, hacked apart turkey’s with it, pried apart frozen food with it and it’s still as good as new. I keep it sharp with a cheap little orange sharpener from Lee Valley which I also love and a honing steel. Having said all that, I mostly chop on my butcher block counter top, but the odd time I cut on the marble if my actual counter is too messy to cut on, lol. ~ karen!

      • whitequeen96 says:

        *GASP!* Over $107 USD for that knife! Yikes!
        But it certainly sounds as if it’s worth it, if you can do all the terrible things you do with it and it’s still in good shape years later.

        • Karen says:

          Yup. It’s a high end knife. I love it and like I say I’ve had it for years. If you cook, buying a good chef’s knife is something you’ll forever be happy you did! (if you can get it as a Christmas present even better, lol) ~ karen!

  2. Cynthia Jones says:

    I was about to leap into accusations of you having a secret boyfriend.

    The evidence being the wide-eyed sparkly blues, the red lipstick and fabulous Mr T gold chain, then I calmed down and realised you went the extra mile to charm the viewers of the shared post.

    No offence, but we sometimes get you with some chook poop on your T shirt and a feather stuck to your left eyebrow.

    We love that about you.

    Fabulous post, beautiful styling, great colour photography and yummy juicy meal. The snow around the parsley looks magical.

    • Karen says:

      LOL, no, I do clean up the odd time. In fact I start most days lookin’ O.K. It’s as the day wears on and … well … you know. Chickens, dirt, gardens, lol. ~ k!

  3. Cynthia Jones says:

    Tell me you had a glass of wine or a Diet Coke out of camera range to put you in the mood.

  4. Brandy Ballard says:

    I never used to cook before those videos of food being made started popping up all over social media. I am now the proud owner of a food processor, four (yes four) crock pots, a pressure cooker, and a multitude of pots and pans and gadgetry for the kitchen. I always thought of cooking as this impossible and mystifying thing…now I can make a cheese sauce with the best of them!!! 🙂 Not a gourmet chef, mind you, but I have managed to kick myself out of the food rut of frozen/prepared meals!!

  5. MissChris SA says:

    Now that is one very smart idea!
    Going to check out the recipes now.

  6. maria-to says:

    for those who may be interested in a cdn version here is a link to a great site that offers meals or groceries and a lot of their produce is organic – https://www.freshcityfarms.com by the way i like the design of your apron – total coverage and no ties!

    • brenda says:

      I’m flying solo too here in Toronto and use fresh city farm meals for two sometimes too – and also found a little goes a long way – very impressive and fun to make somethings I’d have never ever made. ALL GOOD and perfectly spiced up and it lands on your doorstep all measured out and ready to chop & cook.

      This whole post made me think of them 😉

    • Grammy says:

      Maria, click on the Rough Linen ad here on Karen’s site — that’s where the pinafore comes from. I got one and I almost never use any other apron any more.

  7. robert says:

    What in heavens name is this edible oil product??? Technically I know what they can be but don’t know why anyone would call them that.
    btw I did the homemade hamburgers Your way My way last week and they turned out so wonderfully I also made them into meatballs for your spaghetti and meatballs recipe

  8. violet says:

    You look real pretty in your red lipstick and matching nails! Also, love the hair. I know this wasn’t about how you look, bu us gals like to be told when we look extra smashing.
    The food looks good too.
    Xx

    • Karen says:

      That’s very true Violet, lol. 🙂 Everyone likes to be told once in a while they’re lookin’ good. Thanks Violet. 🙂 ~ karen!

  9. Paula says:

    I have to say that this sounds awesome, however; considering I live in Canada and you live in Canada but you are plugging a product that is only available in the States, it is a useless post. Sure I can use the recipes but you can get good recipes anywhere, it is the concept of the service that makes it great.

    It is frustrating when there are so many blogs that show great products but they are all in the U.S. and as such, I always have to temper my excitement unless I want to pay through the nose (which I have done for Tricia’s products which are great by the way).

    You mentioned that there are similar Canadian companies but you didn’t mention them, I can only assume that you will now wait for them to contact you before you tell us their names?

    • Paula says:

      Thanks Maria-TO

    • Tracey says:

      I live in Canada as well. Ottawa to be exact. My sister is in vancouver…cousins in Montreal and Sudbury. If I think this is a good idea, I can google it to find a company local to me, my family in other parts can do the same.
      I don’t expect Karen to google search every city and town in Canada to supply me with a name of a similar company, but I can tell you they are popping up all over the major cities. Unfortunately in Canada we don’t have the population to support a company like Blue Apron that delivers Country wide.
      This post was very useful for me. I’m in a rut, and with family illnesses and not enough time to shop, and cook, I will look up locally to see if I can find a similar service.

    • Allison says:

      Paula,
      Karen actually has quite a few US readers, myself for example. I’ve heard lots about Blue Apron, but knowing that Karen likes it may actually be enough to get me to try it out.

      • Alicia says:

        I’ve been a Blue Apron subscriber for about 2 months, and think it is FABULOUS for all of the reasons Karen states. I found I was in a food rut and often throwing away that other half of a mushy collard greens. I pick and choose which weeks I want and you have some choice in the menu options. My daughter who lives on her own is now a subscriber too and loves it. She has leftovers to take to lunch that are healthy and varied.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, the reason for that is most Canadian companies won’t pay bloggers to advertise/promote them. They want to “trade product”. Which is why Canadian bloggers sometimes find it harder to make a living than their US counterparts. So if I say no to Blue Apron because I’m Canadian I have to close up shop. Also even though I’m Canadian, 70% of my readers believe it or not are American. So, by far, the majority of my audience. A quick Google and you’ll find lots of Canadian counterparts. I just didn’t have time to add them into my post which was already getting veryyyyyy long. ~ karen!

      • Paula says:

        Thanks for your reply, Karen. I have to remember that your blog is your ‘business’ after all and you must go where the money is, I get it. It is just frustrating for Canadian blog readers sometimes; I am sure you have experienced this yourself at times.
        Cheers,
        Paula

        • Elaine says:

          I know how frustrated you are, Paula. I drool over many USA decor blogs where the blogger shows say, a gorgeous three-tiered stand she just got at some local inexpensive shop (or outlet) or shows items her readers can buy & get (free delivery too) for $20. In fact, I investigated one the other day and it was going to be approx. $80 by the time it arrived here in southern Ontario. This Blue Apron idea sounds fabulous! I will try to Google something similar but not even sure what “words” to enter in my Search box!! Wish me luck. NOTE: if any of you ladies read this and know of a Hamilton/Dundas based site, please share!

          • whitequeen96 says:

            Yes, but we Americans have to put up with our Presidential elections and people like Trump! You definitely got the better deal!
            Oh God, in soooo many ways! Free health care, affordable pharmaceuticals, I could go on and on! (sob!)

  10. Bobbles says:

    The first thing I looked for was your nails, because I’m a manicure junkie and its the equilivent of looking at slasher films when I see yours! Then I looked where to find the apron! I love it!

  11. Kathleen says:

    Nice concept.
    Strangely enough I bought the ingredients this weekend for a dish I used to make years ago and my family loved it. I haven’t made it in ages because, yes… I am in a food-rut! I decided mid-week last week to get myself out of it! 🙂

  12. Sherry in Alaska says:

    I was so hoping you were going to magically solve the ancient problem of “What to eat tonight?” Sadly this doesn’t help me. Not available in Alaska…
    Great idea for Tricia @ Rough Linen to hook up with Blue Apron! She already has the indigo pinafores.

    • brenda says:

      that’s what I thought too … indigo is my next one (I’ve got the black one) … then the neutral one …

      also yes Karen you look smashing in this post … great kleenex tip off 😉

    • Karen says:

      Just use the recipes Sherry! Honestly, just go in, look for something interesting and try it. Also, try to do what I do, which is make up a menu for the whole week on Sunday night so you’re not thinking about it all week. ~ karen!

  13. I am on my 4th week of ordering the exact equivalent from a company called Hello Fresh in the UK! The way it works is exactly the same as the one you describe – we get the meals for 4/5 people for 4 days (expecting delivery some time this morning)…
    I hate the drudgery of everyday meals for us and was in a real rut – it is a brilliant idea, and my husband and children are even helping prepare. They also seem less likely to complain if it is something they haven’t eaten before, because I didn’t choose it, Hello Fresh did!
    Julia x

    • You also don’t have to be in when it is delivered – it is wrapped in recyclable materials that will stay cold for several hours (including loosely felted sheep’s wool that can be composted, but I’m trying to think of some more creative way to use it!)

      • brenda says:

        my 93 year old Mom uses the felted sheep’s wool to stuff in her slippers and between her toes because her feet get cold and she likes to keep her toes separate when she walks around now (she goes out walking for 25 minutes a day and does yoga, plays bridge and loves to walk ‘n shop) haha – she would love to have the felted sheep’s wool delivered daily with her meals (but she would also want someone to cook them for her now, too).

        i think you can make cute little animals and dolls with the felt, too

        • I do already use wool roving for making things Brenda – this is a little more unprocessed and still has a distinct odour of sheep and feel of lanolin! It’s probably the sweepings from the shearing pen…
          I was thinking of somehow creating an animal ‘trophy’ type head!! ???

    • Karen says:

      So you like it? It really does seem like a great concept for people who like to cook and like eating good food but just don’t have the time. ~ karen!

      • Or even those of us who have confess to having the time, but don’t enjoy supermarkets (grocery stores) or the planning!!
        My box arrived this morning – Chicken Yakitori, ‘Proffessional’ Fisherman’s Pie, Pancetta and Mushroom Risotto and Herby Stuffed Chicken Breast this week…
        Jx

  14. Mandy says:

    Karen, I’m in a pickle and I can’t work it out.
    I ruddy love your apron (but live in the UK so not going to be getting my hands on one of those babies too easily!

    How the heck do you put it on?! I have just spent ten minutes scrolling up and down the page to see the front… then back… then front etc. I just can’t get my frazzled brain around it. Please put a girl out of her misery!

    • Dana says:

      I did the same thing!

    • cbblue says:

      You put it over your head like a t shirt. It’s a little confusing at first but they are the most comfortable thing to wear. It makes me look like I know my way around the kitchen; even though I totally don’t!

      • Mandy says:

        Ahhhhhhh that makes sense
        Thank you so much – I may be able to get some work done now!!

      • brenda says:

        if you lay it out flat you can see 3 holes … you put your head in the middle one and your arms in the other two on either side (the trick is laying it out flat and then tossing it up and squiggling in like a worm (with your arms up)

    • christine says:

      They are super simple to make and I believe Simplicity has a pattern.

      • Liz says:

        I was wondering too! haha. ps the Etsy link isn’t working and there is a repeat paragraph at the end of the post ;p

        Karen would you share what kind of shampoo you use to keep your blonde from yellowing? blue? toners? treatments?

        • Karen says:

          Oop. Try this link to the ring. I use whatever blue/purple shampoo I can find. It used to be special stuff I ordered from England, but now I just whatever I can find that has a really strong pigment. Right now it’s John Frieda Color Renew shampoo and conditioner. I’ve also started to put my toning shampoo on my DRY hair. So no water added to it which means you use a helluvalot of shampoo. But that way you aren’t diluting the toning properties and it absorbs into your hair better when it’s dry. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • Mandy says:

        Ahhhhhh…….. You see… I should have just asked my seven year old!
        I may have to whip one of these up for myself now. If it works, guess what everyone is getting for Christmas this year?!

  15. Edith says:

    There are similar companies in Germany, too, but no matter which country or continent: they are way too expensive. Even if you count in the gas your car uses, going to the grocery store, buying everything there (and taking just the amount you need!) and a new cookbook is way cheaper, even if you buy organic. If you have a garden and grow at least some of your vegetable, what is the sence in ordering prepacked ingredients? There are so many courses you can go to in order to learn something new about cooking, which even includes getting to know new people.
    Get out of your food rut, but not like that.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, but if people don’t have time to cook, they generally don’t have time to go to courses, lol. Also, I did the math and it actually isn’t far more expensive than buying the ingredients at the store. It’s slightly more, yes, but not far more. And to me, the bit more you’re paying for the convenience is worth it. And that’s also the point of this. They deliver the amount you need. So you get 1 pita, not 5. Whereas I had to buy 5. You save money on the spices alone. Many recipes call for 1/4 tsp of a spice that you’ll only use 5 times in a year, yet you have to buy a whole bag or bottle of it for $7. So, you may not like the idea, but I have to say it really isn’t more expensive. Not in the US/Canada anyway. ~ karen!

      • Deb says:

        I just signed up for Hello Fresh here in the US and I think it is very reasonable for all the reasons you have already mentioned…specifically the portioning, not throwing away the rest of whatever ingredient you need. I love to cook and am nowhere near a rut, we rarely eat the same thing twice! But, I LOVE the idea of new ingredients, new ideas and just the right amount to make the meal – no more waste! I am expecting my first box tomorrow and will be standing at the door with my nose pushed in waiting impatiently for the UPS man…LOL Was excited to see your article about Blue Apron and will likely try them as well so I can compare…

  16. judy says:

    The cost of this might not be the same as me purchasing it in the store but it has other aspects to recommend it. I am 75 and my Husband is 79 and out of boredom we go to the grocery store where I have a tendency to buy as though I am still feeding three sons all over 6’2″ and Hungry! The excess goes home with the youngest-single and hates grocery shopping plus my store is..Ta Da! free? Why is that? If the word Dumb immediately snapped into your brain receptors..remember I am very old and he is the “baby” of the Family. Also it would keep me away from the candy aisle and the day old dessert rack at 1/2 price. I desperately need to keep away from that stuff cause with my husband slipping away with Alzheimer’s it has become my soothing “drug ” of choice, I wished I liked wine but I’m probably better off with the chocolate. I’m going to try this and see if it cuts down on the grocery bills. And it looks very pretty and tasty.

    • Jane S says:

      Don’t discount the benefit of the grocery store for human interaction for you and stimulation for your husband. Plus the extra food ensures that your son visits often.

  17. Dina says:

    The second last paragraph in your post appears twice.

    I’ve noticed that blue apron has hit the blogosphere over the last couple of years. And while they seem great they’re not Canadian and don’t deliver to Canada. So how did they get their ingredients delivered to my favourite Canadian blogger? Can’t they do that for the rest of the country?

    If not how do you feel about testing out one of those similar Canadian companies? Huh?

    • Karen says:

      I’m happy to test them out but I can’t do it for free I’m afraid, lol. My posts are now worth a lot of money so I can’t charge one company and not another. I actually offered to go and buy all the ingredients myself to make a few of their recipes Dina so I didn’t get them delivered. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • In a rut in New Brunswick! says:

        Maybe you could do it for your readers. We Canadians may only make up 30% of your readers, but I’m thinking a higher percentage of our population follows you! We do what we can! I have read about Blue Apron previously and have wished I could try it. I would love to find a similar service in Canada.

    • Karen says:

      OH! And I’ll go look to check on my paragraphs. Thanks! ~ karen

  18. Sandra Lea says:

    I’ve been toying with the idea of trying Hello Fresh and now will check out Blue Apron too. When you’re cooking for one I think it makes sense financially. I waste so much food each week, mainly fresh vegetables because I don’t want to eat the same thing everyday for a week and they don’t last long enough not too.

    • Hello Fresh is good Sandra
      Even with the shopping I have to do for the rest of the week, I think I am actually spending less over all… The not having to plan anything is worth a huge amount too!

  19. Okay, so first I want that bowl on your wall and I’ll take that rockin’ pinafore too. I’ve seen the ads for Blue Apron and the food looks f’in delicious! I have another idea for you and your groupies but don’t want to take away any of BA’s thunder. I’ll save it for another food post!

  20. Meagan says:

    We’ve been doing the Pulse Pledge this year (now THEY need to contact you to do a sponsored post! That’s an American AND Canadian initiative that so far I’ve only seen mentioned on American bloggers blogs) and wow it has been a wonderful way for our family of four to try new meals! We have always eaten a large variety of healthy, homemade foods but being “challenged” to add in more pulses to our diet has been a fun and relatively easy way to branch out. I’m completely on board with the initiative for both the health and environmental reasons. The Pulse Pledge website as well as lentils.ca (and other sites and sources) have a wealth of recipes to try!

  21. Katharyn Rouse says:

    Hi Karen, check out Chef’s Plate. A relatively new company from Ontario, I believe. Very similar concept. Just heard about it myself.

  22. Tigersmom says:

    You know me so well! The first thing I noticed in that pic was the gold and turquoise ring and I thought to myself, “Hmm, I bet she found that on Etsy.” Nailed it!

    I hadn’t thought about trying these companies, but now that you have shamed me for the food rut I am so deeply in…..

  23. danni says:

    Single person here!
    They better compensate you, you talked me into it. I’ve seen the commercials but assumed it was pricey and indulgent. Your arguments are spot on and I can relate to all of them. I’ll go in through the link on your site… later. Right now I’m supposed to be doing payroll.
    \_(ツ)_/¯

    • Karen says:

      Ha! I think that’s where this blog is most popular. In the offices around North America while people avoid work for a moment or two. ~ karen!

  24. Erin says:

    So glad you could find your parsley! Mine is still buried under the snow. Stinkeye for sure.

    I thought about ordering Blue Apron for family members in the States as an alternative birthday/anniversary present. Then if they like it, they can continue. At the very least, they get introduced to some new recipes.

  25. Jenny Brandon says:

    I believe Blue Apron will have a spike in orders. I know I’m signing up. I’ve considered it for a while, but with YOUR endorsement . . . well, gotta order. BTW, the paint sprayer works GREAT! Not on food, on furniture. I wonder if you loaded it with a nice light oil and vinegar you could spray an enormous salad. Betcha could. I digress. Thanks for the recommendation!

  26. Mary W says:

    I’m single, love to cook for others, HATE to cook for just me, so cold cereal visits lots of time for supper. BUT, I live in a mother-in-law-suite with my daughter and her family and eat with them. IF I was still on my own, I would immediately order from Blue Apron and I know I would love it. It is the perfect answer for me – hate to shop, local stores don’t carry a lot of what I like, big batches would go to waste and variety is the spice of life. I think the market is there for them and the food looks so good on the website. Love the organic and no antibiotic fed animals. Hope they do well so that the people who get their food this way continue with this great product. Thanks Karen for posting it.

  27. Mary McCabe says:

    LOVE Blue Apron! I have been using their service for about 6 weeks and most meals are more than enough for the two of us. It is fun to try new ingredients, I just have to have the meal made before my suspicious husband comes in and freaks out about “strange” vegetables!

  28. Bwright says:

    I live in the states and we subscribe to hello freash, same concept, same price different company. We LOVE it. 3 days a week I dont have to meal plan! We eat out 1 to 2 times a week so that leaves only 2 meals a week I have to plan. It has saved us alot of money because I don’t waste as much as we use to. My husband likes that he can pick what he wants from the menu cards and is never suprised by what is on the table. His favorite meal has been the dijion pork chops! YUMMM!

  29. Suzanne says:

    I LOVE that you cook wearing jewelry. You’re a girl after my own heart. Unless, or course, you were aware that it was being documented and that you were being photographed……Thanks for being so great <3

  30. Judi wigren says:

    Alright, now I will try Blue Apron. You may take the credit Karen. But why does your Rough Linen pinafore fit you so well? Mine is huge on me and I would wear it more often but for that. Plus I can’t see how to take it in easily. I thought they came one size. I am 5’7″ and about 130 so I’m not tiny but a true medium. I suppose I should write the linen company but I wanted you to also know how good it looks on YOU. And I like whining.

    • Karen says:

      I’m not sure Judi. This is one of Tricia’s very first aprons so maybe she’s changed the sizing? Or perhaps it’s a petite. Check with her, she’ll fill you in. I have a black one as well that is a bit bigger for some reason but it might be as I said. Maybe my natural one is a petite. ~ karen!

  31. Lynne says:

    One of our daughters lives in Berlin (Germany) and uses a similar service, she says it has been a life saver! With two little ones to pick up from daycare after work, a very small refrigerator in their apartment and being in a food rut shopping daily was a challenge.
    Her husband and children enjoy the variety, she loves the ease of meal prep and there are often leftovers for work lunches. This service saves them time and money weekly due to many, if not all of the reasons you mentioned.
    I live in a small Canadian community so there is nothing like this here but I will happily check out the recipes 🙂

  32. Jody says:

    Yes, I am in a food rut. I’m so looking forward to real spring and summer so I’ll be cooking different recipes again including more salads. I guess I really don’t need to wait until spring/summer to try out new recipes. Righty then, I’ll try something new this coming weekend.
    I too have a Rough Linen pinafore and love it. I think I need a new one since mine is well worn daily and now is stained and has tears. Think I may go for the indigo this time.

  33. Marti says:

    Never noticed you wearing that shade of lipstick before. Am I blind… or is that the new “secret code” for THIS IS A SPONSORED POST days?

    I was worried about your knives, too, but now that I know you have only one good one that mostly slices and dices on the wood butcher block, I feel better. Although I would say that a set of those food-grade plastic cutting sheets would be a good investment, as well as being a lot convenient for moving cut veggies and other debris to cooking pots.

    Rough blue linen pinafores? What could be better? I bet that little teaming would sell ka-jillions to subscribers of all sides.

  34. Katie Schneider says:

    I just canceled my blue apron service, but not because they aren’t tasty or convenient…but because they aren’t organic (for those prices, i feel lije ut shoukd be organic! The meats seem to be high quality, though: wild caught fish, happy chicken, etc.) AND because my anti-establishment streak was ironically resentful when this delicious food showed up on my doorstep and locked me into making these foods for 4 dinners/week. HAH! That was part of the reason I’d sign ed up in the first place!
    Anyways, i found a new service that delivers the organic, local version of BluevApron in my area…for the same price!! (ACME, if you’re in the Portland/Seattle area.) We’ll see how my attitude adjusts, lol.

  35. Marion says:

    I’ve heard a lot about Blue Apron from some friends and a few other bloggers but have never signed up for it. We’re moving into a new house this coming weekend and having food delivered to our door next week will be super helpful, not to mention healthier for us and our wallets over eating out! Thanks for the discount code!

  36. Ruth says:

    This Jamaican vegetarian is sitting over here in her tiny island home pondering the whereabouts of the Jamaican-ness in this recipe. If I needed to try this, I would need to import all but the sweet potatoes… and spices, which are not uniquely Jamaican either (except the pimento aka allspice).

    I’m all about that pinafore though…

    • Karen says:

      LOL, I was wondering if you’d chime in Ruth. I think it’s the fact that the spices are Jamaican flavour as opposed to typical Texan/Mexican flavours that chili usually has. Like just chili powder and cumin. The allspice really hits it. No collard greens or kale there? That sucks. ~ karen!

      • Ruth says:

        Is chili powder the same as cayenne/red pepper? Or is that a different creature entirely?

        I tried growing kale from ‘smuggled’ seeds and every insect in the neighbourhood descended for a meal of sprouts once they germinated. I wish they could have told me what it tasted like because I got none. (I’ll try again indoors when another vacationer brings me seeds) If I knew what it tasted like – texture, etc. – I could probably find a substitute.

  37. Linda says:

    But how did it taste? Meh, okay, good, great, or awesome?

    Also, do you get supplies for whole week’s meals in one shipment?

    And, is there much waste in the shipping materials?

    One more question, just kidding. No more questions unless I think of one.

    • Karen says:

      Hey Linda! Good question. I would classify it as really good. It wasn’t like “I’m going to invite every single person I know over to eat this”, but it was really good enough that I ate it all and looked forward to it every time I ate it. Does that make sense, lol? ~ karen!

  38. Jill says:

    What a great deal! Thank you! I signed up.
    I’ve always wanted to try food delivery of this type, we’ll see how it goes.

    Love your blog!

    • Karen says:

      Let me know how it goes Jill! Since I can’t get delivery myself I want to make sure it all goes smoothly. ~ karen!

  39. Sia says:

    Seriously? THAT APRON!! I’d wear it as a dress…
    Hospital gown butt… Nothing a nice pair of tights couldn’t fix.
    Wow.

  40. Rosiland Ball says:

    Love, love, love the pinafore. I need a pattern to make one! Can’t justify $85. Any connections?

  41. Stephanie says:

    Karen,

    Thanks for doing the promo and getting us $20 off! I’ve just signed up with your discount. 🙂

  42. Lynn Lagimoniere says:

    Karen you look so cute in your linen apron. I am not in a food rut sorry to say , matter of a fact I have not been able to look at food with out at least giggling for close to 2 weeks . My hubby found a movie clip on Utube for a movie coming out for adults that is animated it is called (Sausage Party) . It is funny my husband he laughs so hard each time he plays it he cry’s. Then when it is time to cook we are both laughing as we handle the food.
    He has it marked on his calendar so he will not miss the release .
    It is not a movie for kids if you watch the i think they call it a trailer you will understand. I just had to tell you about it though.

  43. Susan says:

    Thank you for not giving in to edible oil product sponsorship. I was shocked when an Canadian version of a popular cooking contest show featured edible oil products on this week’s show.

  44. Shauna says:

    We haven’t tried Blue Apron yet (still plan on it), but we do use Hello Fresh – same exact concept. It has been especially useful during my broken ankle time so that my husband has 3 good meals he can make for us without having to think about it. I’d like to try Blue Apron on a week that maybe I’m not thrilled with my HelloFresh choices. There are usually 5 things to choose from including a vegetarian option. It’s been great.

  45. Kari says:

    I’ve been lurking their site for a while and that is a very good deal for one person!

  46. Ana says:

    I’ve tried Blue Apron and LOVED it. I especially liked the laminated recipe cards they use with step by step pictures of the prep and cooking process. We got the Thai Chicken Burgers recipe and still make them now that we have the recipe. And my guy loves that the recipe is easy enough for him to follow.

  47. DanniS says:

    I signed up immediately. Anything that helps me out of my rut I have to try. We shall see if hubby and the kids enjoy it as much as I know I will :).

  48. Bethany Jones says:

    Ok, I’m convinced! I joined up and get my first delivery next Tuesday. I’m so excited!

  49. Kelly says:

    Just had to comment that I made the crispy brown butter gnocchi and it was incredible. My partner, who stoutly refuses brussel sprouts in any form, loved every bite and I actually kept the recipe so we can do it again!

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I *hate* brussels sprouts in any form too! I’m glad to hear the recipe was good. Really glad. 🙂 ~ karen!

  50. Eve--Marie Bordeleau says:

    Chef’s Plate is the Ontario equivalent. Its awesome. http://www.chefsplate.com/

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