Blue Apron Meal Service – My Thoughts

Two weeks ago I received my first delivery of Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com) and I wanted to share my thoughts.

For $60 a week a box is delivered to my front porch every Friday full of enough fresh ingredients to make three meals for two people.  For me that works out to 3 dinners and 3 lunches a week.  All the meals so far have taken 20 – 45 mins to prepare utilizing my moderate cooking skills.

My first impression . . . the food is great!!  I started with a Beef Lo Mein and since then discovered cooked Kale and leaned how to make a great simple red cabbage slaw.  Next I’m going to try catfish for the first time.  Here’s the description of the meal from the Blue Apron website.

Crispy Buttermilk Catfish

with Roasted Delicata Squash

To achieve the deliciously crispy crust on tonight’s Southern-style catfish, we’re coating our fillets three times: first, in a zesty blend of paprika, coriander, flour, and more, then in buttermilk, then once more in the spice blend. The catfish makes a fitting centerpiece for sides of roasted delicata squash and sautéed kale—yours may be dark green lacinato, green curly, or red. A creamy sauce sweetened with a touch of pickle relish is perfect for drizzling over the catfish and squash.

I can tell you that the first six meals have all been amazing.  I’ve included a slideshow of finished products and recipe cards below.  I highly recommend you try it out!

On that note, if you are interested in a free first week click the contact link at the top of the page and send me a message.  I have five promo codes that came with my account that I am giving away.  (this is not a sponsor post, just me sharing the yum).

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Podcasting . . . I Give It A Try

For over ten years I’ve been listening to podcasts like twit.tv, revision3 (back in the day), and more recently Reply All. In a particular episode of Reply All (#36 “Today’s the Day”) the hosts decide to scrap their regular programming and take the microphones into downtown New York. The best part of the episode for me was the background sounds at Coney Island and an abandoned building they “visited” and I got the idea that maybe I could do something interesting. I turned immediately to the internet and searched for good, reasonably priced audio recorders.

The result . . . Echo Boxing . . . my new podcast about real sounds in the real world.  Basically I’m recording background sounds from life and sharing them with everyone. I’m just getting started but I invite you to have a listen at www.echoboxing.com and let me know what you think.  You can also find the podcast on iTunes and Google Play Music.

No Words

There are no words that can describe the amount of musical talent Kevin “K.O.” Olusola has.  This is his most recent YouTube video and it’s instantly my new favorite.  Enjoy!