what’s cooking lately

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After starting classes at the Iron Yard, I’ve (for the first time in a long time) wanted to spend more time on my computer outside of the 9 – 5 doing programming things. Unfortunately, this has eaten into the time I normally spend after work shopping for groceries and making dinners. Luckily, my friend recommended Blue Apron which I had just started prior to class. The service sends you ingredients and recipes for three dinners per week for 2 or 4 people. The send everything but the oil, salt, and pepper! We have the 2 person plan and it works out to 2-4 servings / meal (depending on how hungry you are or if you choose to supplement with a salad). Using the service has allowed me to make dinner with the hubster in < 60 minutes without having to go to the store. No two recipes are repeated in the year which speaks to my irrational ‘I don’t like to eat the same thing twice’ philosophy and they have sent us a few things I have never heard of before. Hubby and I are in love with the food!

Here is one of the favorite meals we have had (that I got to photograph before inhaling)

Merguez Lamb Sausages with French Lentils, Mint, and Feta

recipe finished dish

We have decided to take a break from the service for a few weeks to make stuff we miss from our normal repertoire. I will definitely be posting recipes and pictures from the upcoming adventures from our menu this week which includes: Coconut braised chicken with chorizo and potatoes (Food & Wine), Spicy mustard greens and pork soup (Epicurious), Fingerling potato and kale hash with egg and cheddar (Blue Apron), and homemade Pork and cilantro dumplings (mix of a few recipes)

As a bonus here is a fried chicken recipe we attempted last weekend:

Buttermilk and Rosemary Fried Chicken

The recipe was unbelievably juicy and the rosemary flavor really came through well. Keeping the frying oil at the proper temp was very hard and as a result some pieces came out with more browned crust than others. Overall this was worth the extra brining time and we will be making it again!

Buttermilk Fried Chicken