My First Experience with Blue Apron

I must be a real Millennial, because I am getting SO INTO subscription services. Dear readers, you are probably already familiar with my undying love for Stitchfix. I actually don’t even enjoy shopping in stores anymore (for clothes anyway) because getting clothes shipped to me that are already my style and size is so much more comfortable. Also, I like pretending I’m super rich and have a personal shopper/stylist who does this for me all the time.

Something that lots of my mom friends (okay, two of my mom friends and lots of mom bloggers whom I happen to read) have been doing for their sanity is having their groceries delivered. This is something I’ve been thinking about for awhile, because as a full-time working/grad school-attending mom, the whole meal planning, grocery store shopping routine monopolizes my time more than I’d like. Well, there aren’t a lot of good options for grocery delivery in my area, but during my search, I stumbled across services like Blue Apron over and over.

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Book Review: My Irish Table

Screen shot 2014-07-21 at 4.53.24 PMOkay, you guys should know by now that I have a deep, intense love for cookbooks and for food. I also have Celtic roots. What better way to combine the two than with a cookbook by an Irish chef?

This book is about so much more than the recipes. In fact, my very favorite part of the book was the first section. It contains Armstrong’s (the chef’s) backstory and some really interesting little tidbits – Julia Child included, y’all. The photography is also beautiful. And maybe this is only me, because I’m a writer working with print publications, but the quality of the printed book is really, really high. I would definitely buy this book in print over an ebook. It’s just gorgeous to look at.

The recipes themselves are super interesting. I didn’t have a very good concept of what Irish food was (you know, outside of the potatoes). I feel much more educated now. There are some really, really delectable-looking recipes for special occasions, such as Easter and Christmas. However, I need to say that the majority of the recipes are quite complicated. Definitely not an everyday cookbook, but I think that once the holidays roll around again, I’ll be whipping up something fromĀ My Irish Table.

I selected a brussels sprouts recipe to try. It was amazing and delicious, because, duh, bacon. My photo doesn’t do it justice, but here it is anyway:

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Anyone out there an Irish cook? What sorts of food do you make for your everyday fare?

Note: I receivedĀ My Irish Table from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. If you’re a blogger, check them out!