Hey Cleveland, how’s your week going? Where did these cooler temps come from? I mean, I think we still have many a beach day left but the early morning chills feel like fall for sure. I pulled out a handful of sweatshirts and jeans last night just to have on hand these next few days. As you may know…I LOVE fall, fall fashion, fall food…it is honestly my favorite time of the year. However, for now we need to hold onto summer…so let’s bring back the warmer temps for the next few weeks and then slowly layer in those sweatshirts when it makes more sense…ahhh
Onto today’s story…My recent relationship with Blue Apron.
Have you heard about the delivery meal service called Blue Apron? I feel like many of my Cleveland friends have been subscribing to this service for a handful of months and I am late to the game. After many evenings of coming home to “what are we making for dinner tonight?” I decided it was time to try it out. I got all signed up, choose my weekly delivery preferences and waited eagerly. When the first meal arrived I was thrilled to know exactly what we were having for dinner, amazing greek-inspired meatballs with a squash salad and garlic toasts, sounded delicious, right?
Well friends, after about an hour of cooking, ten different dirty pots and pans and a toddler running around wreaking havoc during what was supposed to be a relaxing, no-fuss meal prep evening, I decided maybe I am not the right buyer…not right now in the phase of life we are in. You see while many of my friends love the service because it is like having a date night in, I felt as if Mr. C. and I were almost more separated as I had to focus on the recipe rather than just whipping up a quick quesadilla or the like. We would take turns eating this slightly more fancy weeknight meal so one of us could eye on the roaming toddler and then there was the clean up…like I said before, I am currently not their audience. Honestly, I kinda was bumming about it as I kept hearing everyone rave about it but more so because I had ordered another week…now what???
Enter my genius friends (and lovers of Blue Apron) and their idea to have a “Blue Apron POTLUCK PARTY” for 6 people!!! So Saturday night, I hauled over my box of goodies along with Mr. C, Baby Ninja and a few bottles of Rosé for an evening of prepping, cooking with friends and enjoying our feast on a rooftop patio. I have to say, it was the BEST way to use the meals, to have a great evening of exploring new recipes together and most importantly I now have a great new love of the service!
We split up the three meals, each of us went to town prepping, chopping, sautéing and simmering. We stepped in to help one another when there were recipe questions or when I had to rock little fella to sleep (that is a whole process unto itself!) We tried our best to clean up as we went so our hostess with the mostess didn’t have a days worth of cleaning the next morning. The men folk pitched in and helped bring everything up onto the roof so we could all kick back and enjoy our cooking and summertime views of our city. Seriously ladies, that potluck was such a great idea! This might just be a new use for the Blue Apron service…packaged up potlucks…don’t you think?
So, to those of you who may have struggled to find the beauty in this service…and even to those of you who LOVE it, this is adjust a creative new way to think about potlucks in general. So while I might not be the every-week type of customer, next time I’m thinking about a cooking party (or when Baby Ninja is going to college)…I might just sign myself up again. You never know? Cheers!
Thanks to Danielle, Suzanne and our men friends for being willing to eat chicken, pork and fish in one sit down meal. And extra Thanks to Danielle for hosting our dinner party at her home. Love you both!