Summer Vegetable Paella

October 29, 2014
by Kristine

Plated Dinner Kits: A Vegetarian’s Review

Are you in a rut when it comes to dinner? I know I am. So for the past few months I’ve been trying out different dinner kit services to mix things up a bit. First I tried Blue Apron, which you can read about here. Today I’m going to share my experience with Plated, and next in my series will be a local Bellingham company ACME Farms + Kitchen.

That’s right, I said dinner kits. Some nice person somewhere will suggest recipes that match your preferences, get the requisite groceries, measure stuff out, pack it all up in a box, and mail it to you. So awfully handy. Continue Reading →

VN DPG main page

October 15, 2014
by Kristine

5 Trusted Online Nutrition Resources

How do you know that cauliflower is good for you? Why did you decide to start adding more beans to your meals or cooking with olive oil? In other words, where do you get your nutrition information? If you’re like most Americans…it’s from watching TV. After that, according to a survey by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, we pick up our food and health tidbits from magazines, the internet, newspapers, and doctors…in that order. (This latest data is from a couple of years ago, so maybe newspapers not so much anymore.) But how do those sources stack up in terms of accuracy? Continue Reading →

Theo Chocolate Fig, Fennel and Almond Bar

October 1, 2014
by Kristine

10 Favorite Food Finds from the 2014 IFBC Conference

Seattle has a pretty hip food scene, which may be why the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) keeps showing up there. (Seattle also has a lot of hipsters. Coincidence?) Portland was my first experience with IFBC in 2012, but the conference is on a roll in Seattle for 2013-2015.  I keep going back because I always learn something new, the eating opportunities are fantastic, and I can sort of justify the cost because it’s in my neck of the woods. (If you’re a history buff, you can read about my past IFBC adventures here.) Continue Reading →

Kale and Blueberry Salad Bento

September 17, 2014
by Kristine

5 Easy Bento Lunches

Since I don’t have kids of my own, I probably shouldn’t give out too much advice about packing lunches; for children anyway. But on occasion I do pull together lunches for myself and the other adult in our family, and my new favorite tool is a bento box-style lunch container. Continue Reading →

Summer Saute ingredients

September 4, 2014
by Kristine
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Blue Apron Dinner Kits: A Vegetarian’s Review

I love to meal plan, but I think I’m in the minority on that one. And most of the time I enjoy strolling through the store loading my cart with groceries for the week. But, since most people consider these time-consuming, unfun chores, a handful of new companies have found a market: they’ll deliver a box to your door with everything you need to make a meal. Or several meals. Virtually all the measuring is done, you just have to do a little chopping and cooking and dinner’s on the table. Voila!

I recently signed up for discount offers to trial three of these services: Blue Apron, Plated, and my local option, ACME Farms + Kitchen. Today I’m talking about my experience with Blue Apron, but watch for posts on the other two options to follow. Continue Reading →