Blue Apron, a new food delivery service based out of New York, takes the ready-to-cook concept to the next level. Rather than buying your food in a kit at the supermarket, they deliver meal kits straight to your front door. All you have to do is open them and start cooking. Available in either vegetarian or meat-based service plans, the recipes are all relatively healthy, modern-looking, and tasty. At least on paper. We decided to test them out and ordered both a meat and a vegetarian kit.
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Milanos have always seemed somehow more adult than other grocery store cookies. Now the Pepperidge Farm folks have made Milano Melts, a gooey version of the classic. When you bite into the cookie, chocolate oozes out (and threatens to get all over your lips and chin.) It's somewhere between ganache and cake frosting.
When my mother-in-law emailed me a link to the Demy site and asked if I wanted one for my birthday, I couldn't say YES fast enough. I'm a lazy recipe organizer. I've got recipes squirreled away in many different formats—cookbooks, pages cut from magazines, email, docs and text files, 3-by-5 cards, etc. Makes it hard to remember what I've got when I'm looking for something different to make. Then along comes the Demy.
I sampled every brand in my grocery store, along with batches of the homemade stuff and Mark Bittman's ten-minute wonder broth for comparison.