Friday, March 31, 2017

Blue Apron... You Let Me Down!

Remember when I was talking about the awesome chicken meatballs I made earlier this week from Blue Apron? 

Yeah, those were great! They really set the tone for this Blue Apron box that I didn't initially want. 

I was excited to try the Green Garlic Pesto Pasta with Butter Lettuce Salad and Creamy Lemon Dressing. Before I started cooking, I remembered that I got an email from Blue Apron a day or two before receiving the box saying that they would be sending me garlic chives in place of the green garlic. They said in the email that because they "source fresh, seasonal ingredients from our community of artisans and suppliers, we had to make some adjustments this week," and apparently the green chives could be cooked very similarly to the green garlic.

I like chives, but I definitely like garlic more!!!!

The directions were easy to follow once again and everything was super fresh.

The end result was... Blah. 

I was disappointed. 

John took it for lunch the next day and texted me saying "Sorry babe.. lunch wasn't my favorite."

The picture on the recipe card looks so good and I know I followed the directions correctly. 

Every part of the dish just seemed like it was missing something.

Overall, there was nothing BAD about the dish. The dressing for the salad was nice and tangy... I did enjoy that. I think I was just super disappointed in what looked like it was going to be an awesome pasta.

Oh well... they all can't be winners!

"Welcome to the Bates Motel"

I really love finding an awesome TV show that I fall into, connect to the characters and just want to keep watching. The latest show that sucked me in was Bates Motel on A&E.

I watch A&E all the time (I love The First 48!) and have seen previews and commercials for Bates Motel for years but for some reason or another I just never got around to watching it.

Fast forward to maybe 2 1/2 weeks ago, John (boyfriend) and I were trying to figure out what to watch one night and decided to try it out. Besides one very graphic scene, I really liked the premise and wanted to continue watching. John didn't seem as interested so I went on a Netflix-binge one the last 2 weeks and just got up to date yesterday. 

Basically, the show centers around Norma (mom) and Norman (son) Bates. Norma buys a motel in a new (to them) town after her husband dies. The show is about the EXTREMELY close relationship the two of them have and the people in the town they moved to. The show is inspired by the 1960's horror film "Psycho" and how the bond with his mother helped to transform Norman into a serial killer. 

As a bonus the show includes two actors from on of my favorite shows EVER, Sons of Anarchy. Ryan Hurst (left) who played Opie on SOA plays Chick Hogan on Bates Motel, and Kenny Johnson (right) who played Kozik on SOA and plays Caleb Calhoun on Bates Motel. They are both awesome of course!

Unfortunately for me, and I am assuming a ton of other people, this 5th season is the last and I think there are maybe 3 or 4 episodes left. I sure do plan to keep watching on Monday nights!!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Delicious Mistake!

Last week I received a notification from Blue Apron regarding a new order that would be shipped and arriving this past Sunday. I was irritated because I had totally forgot to check the menu and/or skip to the next week but I had initially used a promotion code that made the price $20 for 3 meals for 2 people, so I wasn't too upset. Oh well!

The 3 meals I received weren't necessarily meals I would have selected, BUT for the price it was no big deal. The meals this week are:

  •  Katsu-Style Catfish with Black Garlic Mayonnaise & Jasmine Rice
  • Green Garlic Pesto Pasta with Butter Lettuce Salad & Creamy Lemon Dressing
  • Chicken Meatballs & Fregola Salad

Last night I decided to make the Chicken Meatball dish. As you can see, Blue Apron really lays it all out for you- easy recipe card with step-by-step instructions and individually packaged ingredients to make life even easier.

The first steps were to cook the pasta and kale with garlic & lemon (smelled SO GOOD!) and combine those together with mascarpone cheese.

Raisins have come with a few Blue Apron packages... If you know me, you know I will OMIT these EVERY TIME.

Next came the easy assembling and cooking of the chicken meatballs. Once the meatballs were browned, I added the tomato sauce and capers. NOTE: I was totally shocked at how much I liked the capers in this dish! It added a salty bite that was so good! I already added it to my grocery list for next grocery visit. The meatballs and sauce simmered for a few minutes until the meatballs were cooked all the way through. 

Finally, I assembled the plate by putting the kale and pasta mixture on the plate and then adding the meatballs and yummy caper/tomato sauce on top. 

The end result was delicious! I was surprised! I will definitely make this recipe on my own for sure. 

I really like Blue Apron for trying new things but it really is only cost effective for us (me and boyfriend) when I can get a great deal like I did this week. 

I plan to make the Green Garlic Pasta this evening- I'll let you know how it turns out!

I'm Back!

I am back at it!!!

After a few weeks of going back and forth and thinking about it, I am re-committing myself to my site.

Last week I began writing down possible topics and ideas in a notebook and after brainstorming, I think I am ready!

Hope you enjoy!