Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sarah Cooks the Books Box

I had every intention of posting the one recipe from the last cookbook that I enjoyed, as opposed to the other two that I did not, but I ultimately decided that it wasn't really worth the time.  It was a good recipe (an enchilada bake of sorts), but it's been done a hundred times, and there wasn't anything special about it.  It was good, but not worth its own week.

In short, I'm going to add that book to the list of books I've done and call it a day.

This week, I've got something completely different for you.  I came across a service called Hello Fresh a couple of months ago.  The gist of it is that you choose three meals from a list of 5 (or, you get a specific three meals if you're ordering the vegetarian version) and they send you all the ingredients for those meals in a box, right to your front door. 

Except for salt, pepper, and olive oil (which a lot of people have in their kitchen anyway), Hello Fresh includes everything in the box, nicely separated by recipe.

I got three recipes, two of which I'll share this week.  The first one was a burger with caramelized onions and bacon, and it was. . .just OK.  It fell to the dreaded Lemonpalooza Disease.  The taste of lemon kind of overpowered everything else, and it was disappointing.  But the other two were wonderful, and I'll post those.

One thing I did for this was a box opening.  I'd never heard of these until pretty recently, when Dennis told me that people video themselves opening new gadgets they've received and post their reactions, etc.  People also do this if they receive makeup sample boxes like Ipsy or Julep. 

Dennis has recently added YouTube video production to the list of things his business provides, so I was a pretty good guinea pig.  He produced the video for me, so thanks to him for that.  I should also note that I did this like two months ago, so my outfit doesn't necessarily match the weather outside.  So this is my first attempt at a video entry. 

Stay tuned for Hello Fresh Recipes, coming later in the week!

Note:  I was not compensated in any way for using Hello Fresh.  I did find a coupon code to get some money off, and I used it, because it's kind of an expensive service, but they don't know who I am and they didn't give me anything for this series.

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