BlueApron.com/Cook – You Can Get 2 Free Meals

You can get 2 free meals from blueapron.com/cook to make dinner time extra special. We all are in that same boat every night.  We get the same question over and over.  Mom, what’s for dinner? You not only have to be a cook, you have to be a chef to come up with a nightly menu that your family will like.  Yes, you have a few favorite, simple standbys, but most of the time it’s a challenge.  Well the good news is that it does not have to be anymore.  There is a great solution to make your life as parent and a cook easier; than become a blue apron cook.

If you are like me, you are tired of grocery shopping for dinner.  I go there to do my weekly shopping, but when it comes to dinner time, I think I have everything on my list, but I don’t.  Then, when I have the dinner started, I soon realize that I don’t have all the ingredients.  Moreover, I’m not sure how exactly my mother made the same dish.  She says a dash of this and a cup of that, but, unfortunately, that does not help me.  I struggle to figure things out and soon everything is on hold until I go back to the grocery store to get a vegetable or protein I forgot.

What if you didn’t have to deal with this stress?  Well, there is a way.  Explore the offerings on the www.blueapron.com/cook site and consider signing up. The concept is so novel and well executed.  They create all these great recipes that, like me, you will probably enjoy.  Then, you get to look over options and select preferences.  I like having choices, as my family is picky.  My little one is going through a phase where he can’t eat green stuff. Thus, as you can imagine, meal time can be difficult.  Thus, if you have to deal with things like this or maybe you have certain dietary considerations, you will like the ability to pick what you want to eat. 

Then, this is where it gets good.  The dinner fixings are sent to you.  That means I won’t be running to the grocery store with recipe card in hand going up and down the aisle looking for specific ingredients I don’t have in my pantry.  That stress is taken away.  Moreover, it gives me time back.  This is the secret of the blueapron.com cook site. How many times have you gone to the grocery store to get all the preparations for the meal and by the time you found them, checked out, went home, and then unpacked, you found you were too tired or too hungry to cook.  This happens all the time and, before you know it, you have a cranky, hungry family.  The next thing you do is order a pizza and call it a day.  But when a box comes to the door with all the things you need to prepare the meal, then it’s like your saving all that time and energy.

Another thing I like about the blue apron approach is that they give you the things you need in the box.  I hate it when I find recipes I like and then I realize that I need to buy two spices for the meal that I don’t have.  I then locate them in the grocery store and realize that I have to buy this huge container just for a small pinch of each.  Not only are these expensive, but I also don’t have places to store them.  Eventually, they sit there a long time and get discarded.  The blue apron approach does away with this nonsense in my opinion. 

The other benefits and yet another reason to explore the www.blueapron.com/cook page is that the recipes are easy to follow compared to my mother’s cook book.  I know exactly what I am supposed to do.  It’s easy to comprehend and you don’t have to be a master chef to figure it out.  Thus, if you haven’t ever really cooked, this might be a good way to get yourself in the kitchen on a regular basis.

I must confess, this is a perfect way to cook for others.  I am often asked to host others and I don’t consider myself a great chef.  But when you have a tried and true recipe and you get everything you need sent to you, you can truly come across as a hero.  More importantly, you may not worry like I used to about how it was going to turn out. 

Another thing I like is that it is relatively fast to cook.  I think its about an average of thirty five minutes to prepare the meals.  This is really important to me.  If I come home from work and it is going to take longer to cook, I immediately start binge eating on the junk food.  The other family members do the same and the meal time gets delayed.  But with short preparation times, dinner can be on the table quickly.  That is a big stress reliever for me.  More over, I like the calorie content associated with the dishes they offer. 

Let’s face it, is important to count calories and they help me do it.  I first learned about the blue apron approach from a friend when I commented how stressed out I got every night when it came to fixing dinner.  He shared his secret and now I am sharing it with you.  You will want to explore the two meal offer being provided.  As with any offer, make sure that you fully explore all of the terms and conditions before proceeding. That is always a good practice to follow.  If you are not sure, I feel the offer is a good way to give it a try.  This could also make a great gift for a couple that is recently married.  Or, even better, you might get a box for a date night.  Make sure that you both agree on what you are cooking in advance.  It could be fun to cook something together one night.

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How To Brine A Turkey – Turkey Brining Made Easy

How To Brine A Turkey – Turkey Brining Made Easy

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may want to start thinking about Thanksgiving dinner. When making the turkey, brining the turkey is important. If you are wondering how to do it, it is not really that difficult. There are some great recipes for doing this on the All Recipes website at ttp://allrecipes.com/howto/brining-turkey/. If you do not know how to brine a turky, what you need first is a pot that is large enough to submerge the turkey. However you must make sure that your pot will fit in your refrigerator. A stock pot might work for this. You can also try a roasting pan. However if your roasting pan is shallow, you will have to turn your turkey.

The amount of salt you add to the water is very important when you brine the turkey. You do not want to over brine the turkey. So how much salt you put in the water and how much water you have is important. The rule of thumb mentioned on the website at ttp://allrecipes.com/howto/brining-turkey/ is to put two cups of salt for two gallons of water. You can also add some other ingredients if you want. Some people add sweeteners. Some others add something acidic. One thing you have to remember is to dissolve the salt first before you add it to the water. You can dissolve the slat in some hot water.

If you are buying the turkey from the grocery store, make sure that you remove the giblets and the neck. You will find this in the body cavity of the turkey. So make sure you stick your hand in and pull out the giblets and the neck. One of my friends actually roasted the turkey with the giblets and the neck. She sure did get a surprise when she started carving the turkey. The giblets and the neck are usually place in a small paper pouch in the body of the turkey. Once you have done that, you can then immerse the turkey in the brining liquid and place the pot or roasting pan with the turkey and the brining liquid in the refrigerator. Good Luck!

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Food Network Green Bean Casserole Recipe – Paula Deen

Food Network Green Bean Casserole Recipe – Paula Deen

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Many people are already thinking about the Thanksgiving dinner. You may have recipes passed down from generation to generation. If that sounds like your family then you are very lucky as those recipes are the best. However, if you wanted a new recipe or if your family does not have a recipe to pass on to you, then you can always turn to the Food Network channel at www.foodnetwork.com for all the recipes that you need for Thanksgiving. One of the recipes many of you may be looking for is the Green Bean Casserole Recipe.

The Food Network Paula Deen Green Bean Casserole Recipe is a pretty good one. It will take you about 30 minutes to make this. Prep time is 10 minutes and cook time is 20 minutes. You will be able to serve 6 people with this recipe. The ingredients for this includes butter, onions, fresh mushrooms, sliced green beans, chicken broth, cream of mushroom soup, French-fried onion rings, Pinch House Seasoning, grated Cheddar. You can get the specific ingredients and how to directions to make it at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/green-bean-casserole-recipe/index.html.

This is a much better recipe than the one that I have. I usually use canned green beans. Fresh is always better so I am going to try this recipe this year. I also do not use fresh mushrooms. I just use cream of mushroom soup. So this will definitely be different. All those who are used to my casserole are going to get a totally different Green Bean Casserole Recipe. Won’t they be surprised. I am sure excited about this recipe and can’t wait to get started. It sounds more complicated than it actually is. So if you are looking for one good recipe, this just might be a good one for you. You can always substitute the butter for something lighter and healthier. Of course that will change the taste a little but I do not think that it will take anything away from it.

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FoodNetwork.com Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey Recipes – Print Or Share

FoodNetwork.com Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey Recipes – Print Or Share

You can get the Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey Recipes at the FoodNetwork.com website. There are many recipes there that you can choose from at the website. The Good Eats Roast Turkey is a pretty good one. This is the recipe by Alton Brown. Of course anytime that you cook a whole turkey, it will take some time. So be prepared for that. For this recipe, it will take you 9 hours and 45 minutes. Prep time is only 15 minutes. So that is good. Cook time is only 2 hours 30 min. However the inactive time is 7 hours. This is for brining the turkey. This is really an easy recipe to make. So if you are looking for a simple recipe, you should definitely try this one. You will be able to print out the recipe or even share it with your friends.

For this simple Roasted Turkey Recipe, you will need salt, light brown sugar, vegetable stock, black peppercorns, allspice berries, candied ginger and iced water. You will also need red apple, onion, cinnamon stick, water, rosemary, sage and canola oil. You can get the exact amount at the website.  I am always looking for a good recipe for turkey and I think this one will work for me.

If this is not the recipe that you want, there are many others that you can choose from at the FoodNetwork.com website. You can even search by Chef if you know one that you would like to follow. If you are not sure, just search for Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes. There are some by Ina Garten and Emeril Lagasse.  You know that these recipes are good. Just make sure you follow the recipe correctly. Each one of them is slightly different so you have to decide which ingredients you like better. You might want to think about whether you want to roast an entire turkey or just a turkey breast. If you have never roasted a whole turkey before and you do not have too many people to cook for, then you might want to try just the turkey breast. There are some great recipes for that.

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