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HelloFresh Meal Two

Back again to report on the second of three meals delivered for my first week of HelloFresh. The first was a success. Delicious, well rounded, and simple to prepare. Let’s take a look at the next shall we?

HelloFresh: Seared Steak and Nectarine Salad

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Flavor: 3 | Ease: 5 | Dirty Dishes: 3 | Price for first week: $29

This was the meal I was most excited about but unfortunately the flavor fell a little flat. My favorite bites were the ones that had the sweet nectarine, but the vinaigrette was overpowering and the steak was a bit chewy.

Having said that, I think that the idea was good and the recipe could be improved with a bit of tweaking. I will say that I am starting to get used to the neatly packaged and perfectly portioned ingredients.

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HelloFresh Meal One

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I am extremely susceptible to marketing schemes. And lately, my facebook feed has been flooded with HelloFresh, Blue Apron, HomeChef, and so on and so on. Apparently this is the new way to cook dinner! The reason that this appeals to me is because grocery shopping appropriately for two people is actually quite difficult. I despise freezing food and I don’t like buying meat or fish more than 2 days before I’m going to cook it so I end up at HEB nearly every other day.

Having said that, I don’t have a really compelling reason to try any of these services EXCEPT that they are all offering crazy discounts for your first week! So I have decided to do an experiment for my benefit and for all of you out there that are curious about these offerings. I’m going to get a heavily discounted first week for several of these meal plans and report out on my findings. Week 1: HelloFresh!

HelloFresh: Pan-Seared Chicken

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Flavor: 5 | Ease: 5 | Dirty Dishes: 4 | Price for first week: $29

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Eating Our Way Through Texas

We had our very first guests in the new house just a few weeks ago. I’ll refrain from showing pictures of the guest room because let’s just say it’s lacking in the decor department. I will however share our weekend of eating because in my opinion that is one of the most important duties of a good hostess; making sure your guests are well fed.

Stop #1: B&B Butchers

When you have out-of-towners coming to Texas, a steakhouse is a must. I decided to take them to B&B Butchers.

The menu has a mouthwatering combination of steaks, sides, and things like oysters, crabcakes and even some bacon dishes. In the end we all ordered 8oz filets with all different sauces. Mine was topped with a red wine reduction and foie gras, one of my guests had truffle butter, the other au poivre, and my husband had it plain. Honestly, it didn’t matter how it was prepared, it was all delicious and cooked perfectly (a rare warm for me).

The crabcakes were divine, the onion rings delightful, and my warm carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, delicious.
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I recently discovered what is called “Magic Cake”. From what I’ve gathered, it is called this because one batter goes into a pan, and three completely different layers come out. I can confirm that this occurred. The bottom layer was almost like a gelatin, the middle a custard, and the top something similar to a sponge cake.

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My magic cake recipe happened to call for matcha. Ever since my husband and I went to Morimoto’s restaurant in Maui, we have been obsessed with matcha desserts. Theirs is called ‘Road to Matcha’. And it is with that dish in mind that I created my first restaurant style dessert.
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