When You Love the Idea of Cooking


My mom was going to make chili for our family at our house the other night. Turned out she had to be somewhere that evening, but instead of postponing, she brought all the ingredients to my house and I made the chili. It was the most delightful dinner I ever had the pleasure of cooking.


Because I didn’t have to plan the menu, write the grocery list, go to the store, consider the options, load the groceries, unload the groceries, put the groceries away, remember what I planned to make and then, finally, actually make the meal while trying to remember the recipe I’m too lazy to look up–all while I wipe my glowing, furrowed brow.

Basically, I didn’t have to think.

I got to do what I consider to be the fun part of cooking–actually cooking!

civil wars & wine

So when Blue Apron contacted me about trying out their service and then, if I liked it, telling you. I was on board. Because Blue Apron is like your mom dropping off all the ingredients at your door–pre-measured–you place your order online and then it gets delivered to your door, in a box that will keep your food all cold and fresh. You get to do the fun part and then take all the credit. Insert happy tears of joy here. The mother who came up with this concept is brilliant.


Sometimes I just need someone to boss me. Someone to say, “This is what you are making for dinner, here are the ingredients, pour yourself a glass of wine, turn on the Civil Wars and start chopping, honey.”

I LOVE cooking dinner. I just am really bad at the planning part. And the grocery shopping part. And the measuring part. But I SO enjoy having cooked, and I love trying new things. For me, cooking a delicious meal is one of the most rewarding parts of my day.

ready to go

salmon burgers

That’s what Blue Apron is, it’s a push in a fun direction, a reminder of something new to make and a way to be creative that benefits your whole family.

guardian of the salmonguardian of the salmon

Each meal is like a mini cooking class–for introverts. Each delivery is worth far more than the meal itself, they are a hands on lesson –a new recipe complete with a spill proof recipe guide–it’s front and back with color photos. Have I cooked salmon before? YES. But I never knew what to do with the leftovers besides just heating them over–now I know how to make salmon-burgers and my kids went insane for them.

I just learned a new, rewarding skill–in the privacy of my own home, and when I was done my family got to eat it.

Everybody wins.

salmon burgerssalmon burgers with hoisin mayo & asian pear cabbage slaw (y’all it was great & here’s the recipe)

pork tenderloin

I’ve said before that when I have meals planned, my week goes so much more smoothly. You can judge the state of chaotic-ness in our family by one thing alone: meals. Well, you can also tell by the state of my purse, but that’s another post.

And yes, I like to eat out, but more often I like to stay home. I want to cook, it’s just SO MUCH WORK what with the planning and the getting in the car and now it is 4:55 and everyone is starving and I have been working all day and what in the world should I make?

With Blue Apron, I get to try lots of new dishes and ingredients without purchasing three bottles of different ingredients just for the sauce that cost $7 each just so we can try a new recipe that we might not ever want again.

saladarugula, walnut & goat cheese salad with granny smith apples? every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner please

dinner!smashed potatoes with roast pork and that salad :: recipe here

Y’all, I learned a brand new way to cook potatoes! Boil, smash open, then roast–it was so easy, how did I not know this?! And now I have a new favorite salad, really, ordering a meal is worth more than the meal itself.


And of course we have a special offer for Nesting Place readers:

2 meals

First 100 readers will get two free meals with their first Blue Apron order–just click here

More about Blue Apron:

  • ingredients are incredibly fresh and sources from quality local suppliers and artisans
  • there’s no commitment –skip or cancel at any time
  • lots of recipes (I’m all about the lamb gyros & chinese five spice shrimp)
  • all meals can be prepared in 40 minutes or less
  • always free shipping







  1. What a great idea! I love to prepare the meal, but by the time I’ve figured out something to make, gone to the store and bought the ingredient, the fun is gone. Especially since I’ve been doing this for 45 years! Everything in your pictures looked so delicious too.

  2. Um. No. I totally would have thought this was a brilliant idea until I really started watching our food budget. This falls into the arena I’ve dubbed “rationalized convenience” and it’s a budget killer. Sure planning meals and shopping takes effort and I know everyone says “time is money” but truth is, money is time too. Besides, I have teenagers who can vacuum up food at mind numbing speeds. I think I’ll keep planning, shopping and cooking because with six of us, that’d be $52.44 per meal, ouch!

  3. Yes, how did you not know about the smashed potatoes?? LOL I find tons of recipes on Pinterest. I love cooking. I don’t mind the meal planning, but I do not like grocery shopping. HOWEVER, while it is a good concept, I’m too picky about what we eat to not pick out my own food. I don’t want someone else picking out my produce and my meats, especially. And seeing what Jennifer said above, I know I can do better price wise. Fortunate to have a good grocery store nearby and so looking forward to local produce – soon!! Really, once you get into the habit of planning your meals and making a grocery list – it’s not too bad. I just need the occasional push. LOL

  4. Sometimes it’s nice to give yourself a fun gift, to do something maybe out of the ordinary in order to jump-start a rhythm you hope for. That’s what this feels like to me and exactly why I just signed up :) What a fun idea to try!

  5. I think I might finally try this!!! I keep reading about it and it looks so fun! My husband has recently started cooking a good bit more because he is now working a few nights a week and wants to be able to eat with us. But he doesn’t have a lot of experience cooking and it’s A LOT of work for me to plan the meals, do the shopping, and explain to him how to cook something. So we’ve been in a rut… mashed potatoes, fish sticks, frozen foods…. it’s getting old. I think we will give this a try so that we can have some fresh meals AND teach him to cook in the process! (He wants to learn!)

  6. This service is perfect for me because I feel exactly the same way – I love to cook, but not to shop or plan the meals…at the end of the day, I’m tired & I just want to cook something flavorful & healthy.

    Unfortunately, although I keep checking, Blue Apron doesn’t serve the Minneapolis area. Boo!

  7. After reading about Blue Apron on several blogs and discussing it with my husband, we were ready to give it a go. Even just one meal being planned a week would be a welcome change of pace for our busy schedules. I was so excited, started the process…and then found out they don’t deliver to my area. What a bummer! The meals all look super yummy!

  8. I got a trial of this for my little brother (the Manhattan bachelor who just learned how to turn on a stove in 2014) for Christmas. He apparently really enjoyed it (well, he USED it, which speaks volumes. I received pictures of food that he made). I was thinking he was the target demographic, since I actually really enjoy grocery shopping and couldn’t imagine it would appeal to anyone like me. (Well, clearly, it wouldn’t appeal to anyone like me in that respect.) But I must admit I don’t cook every night – maybe once a week. So I don’t get an idea for a meal at 3PM and then have to make a list, shop, prep, and cook by 6PM. I stockpile food when it’s on sale, and then, when I need to make food, I have to come up with something that works from what I have – a lovely culinary limitation, if you will :). (I do sometimes decide I want to make something particular and bring it somewhere, and for that I have to remember extra ingredients a good ten days in advance. But I like to think about future cooking as I wander the grocery store. Maybe that’s not normal.)

  9. The title of this post made me laugh. Because it’s totally true. :) Sounds like a fun service that I’d like to try!

  10. I would love to try this service, but they don’t deliver to my area! :( maybe in the future they will, one can only hope!

  11. I signed up for Blue Apron after falling in love with the idea of someone shipping me all the ingredients and a recipe. We have had 4 meals delivered so far and I’m super bummed. While the food is pretty good and the convenience is AMAZING, the portions (I have two teen age boys and a husband who likes to eat) are ridiculously small compared to the cost. $69 for two meals and men who are still hungry does not go over well in my house.

  12. I AM SO EXCITED! This is a brilliant idea! I’m so glad you told us about this. I’m with you – planning and shopping gets pushed down on the list of priorities. After I do ALL the things day to day, it will be nice to have something new and yummy to cook for my family.

  13. Just joined and can’t wait. Thanks!

  14. I had my first Blue Apron order a few weeks ago and did a post after. It was so much fun! I love to cook but I really did learn some new tips and made two things I wouldn’t have normally made. One of the meals that came was not my taste so I took all the ingredients over to a friends’ home and they loved it.
    Also, I’ve never seen such well packaged items in my life!

  15. Leigh Ann says

    Following your beautiful blog at the advice of Kristen Strong.

  16. This seems like a really neat stay-home date night idea. There is definitely value to this kind of service even though it doesn’t necessarily seem like the most budget-friendly way to feed a family. I’ll keep this in mind :)

  17. I have to admit I love this idea. The picture recipe cards, getting packages of food…it’d be like Christmas every day! :) My husband jokes that my love language is food. :) My question is…. I also have three boys so we don’t neatly fit into the “family of 4” category. If we used the “family category”, I’m pretty sure my husband and I wouldn’t be able to eat because the boys would have eaten everything. With three boys, what did you order to get enough to feed them?!

  18. I haven’t had the pleasure of cooking for my family since my massive stroke two years ago (I was only 45 learn the signs of stroke ). It’s okay, I wasn’t a good cook anyway. Now, I do menu planning and make the grocery list and my husband cooks every night After work. He’s the best.

  19. Whoa, this sounds amazing!! I wonder if they have something similar in Canada?!

  20. love the kitty pic. perfect! :)

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