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Growing up I have fond memories of helping my mom make chocolate chip cookies. She joked that she could only have two kids because she only had two beaters to share among us. No one remind her there is also a spatula involved that is the real prize. Looking back, I wish I would have helped out more often beyond cookies because the kitchen is now my happy place.
The kitchen really is the heart of the home, isn’t it? I love nothing more than an aromatic, noisy kitchen filled with conversation, flowing wine and giggles from little ones. Something about preparing food brings people together in a convivial fashion, which makes for my favorite kind of memories.
However nowadays, many of us are so busy that the idea of the family creating a meal together feels far fetched. There are meals to plan, ingredients to go buy and spending a luxurious couple hours in the kitchen just isn’t feasible. My mom and I often joke about ‘if only making dinner was more like a cooking show.’ You know, how everything on TV is set out and ready to go so the host can just do the fun part, cooking it!
This past week I had the opportunity to try Blue Apron, and my mom and I laughed that our wish had finally been granted.
Cooking show in a box? Score! Let me explain.
Have you heard of Blue Apron? Blue Apron is a service that delivers fresh ingredients right to your door, along with detailed menu cards outlining the simple steps necessary to create delicious chef-designed recipes at home.
I loved how each ingredient was clearly labeled and was pleasantly surprised that they did, indeed, arrive fresh, even the herbs.
Blue Apron offers two options. There is a two-person meal plan which sets you up with three (two-person) meals a week for $9.99 a meal. They also offer a family plan, which I chose, that includes two (four-person) meals to be served family style for $8.74 per meal. Shipping is always free and there is a wide selection of recipes, with new ones being added every week.
The real treat is that we all could be involved, making the process of making dinner a lot of fun.
The meal we made was Chinese Five Spice Shrimp with Coconut Rice. Sounds delicious right?? Since Asian dishes intimidate me, I was really looking forward to trying a completely different kind of meal than I was used to. Exploring the ingredients was fun. I couldn’t stop sniffing the Chinese Five Spice while Hailey was into sampling everything.
In fact, we almost didn’t have enough pineapple left to put into the dish!
But that is what made it amusing. Without stressing if we had everything we needed or how long dinner would take (all recipes are ready in less than 40 minutes), we were able to focus on just being together. There may or may not have been dancing involved (no worries mom, I left that picture out!)
Hailey loved helping. There were so many steps she could do on her own and I reveled in watching her explore the new tastes and smells. She really was so into it.
Being so intricately involved in the process, she was excited to try the final product.
Though she worked around the bok choy, she enjoyed her meal, and she wasn’t the only one…
We all sat together to enjoy the fruits of our labor, which mom and I both felt were restaurant quality.
The experience was truly wonderful. Having all the details taken care of by Blue Apron, we were able to focus solely on the together time.
I hope that one day when my girls are grown, they’ll have many fond memories of us all being together in the kitchen. I certainly have plenty of mental snapshots that I know I’ll always treasure of these times we’ve spent together cooking.
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Did you help in the kitchen growing up?
Do you enjoy a bustling kitchen?
What is your favorite thing to make with your friends/husband/kids?