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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.

Easing Back In With Blue Apron.

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  Thanks for your continued support of Daily Garnish!

Last week was our first week back from our Florida vacation, and it was perfect timing for a Blue Apron box!  I wasn’t quite ready to dive back into massive meal prep or creative cooking, so I was happy to let someone else do the leg work for me.

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Blue Apron and I go way back – we’ve been using it for almost two years now!  We tend to get a box once each month when we have a busy week ahead or just need to mix things up.  I love that there is no commitment, and that every week is different!

If you are new to Blue Apron – or maybe just haven’t used it for a while – here are a few new features that I feel are worth highlighting:

  • Blue Apron helps you learn to make new recipes and cuisines, and teaches new cooking techniques along the way! It a great, healthy alternative to takeout or highly processed prepared foods.
  • Blue Apron is working to develop a sustainable food system and use high quality ingredients. You can check out their mission page here!
  • Blue Apron now offers a recycling program!  You can learn more about how to recycle your packaging here.
  • There’s no commitment – you can skip weeks (or months!) or cancel the service at any time!

If you are new to Blue Apron and want to try it yourself – the first 25 readers will get two free meals in their first box when you click here!

Just as I did last time, I ate all three meals myself this week.  Casey has been eating a lower carb diet recently, and he’s also been working some off-hours, so it was easier for me to just eat and prep the meals myself!

The first dish I made from last week’s box was the Spicy Peanut Noodles with Snow Peas, Pea Tips & Garlic Peanuts.  I always pick what sounds tastiest to make first, and I am such a sucker for anything with peanut sauce.  This one did not disappoint!

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I jumped into cooking as soon as I got home from a Pilates class, and I was starving from minute one.  Prep was pretty simple and easy, and required very few dishes – my kind of meal.

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I loved that they used this Wild Friends peanut butter in the sauce.  I remember seeing them on Shark Tank forever ago!  I love that Blue Apron uses a lot of smaller companies and food retailers to partner with, instead of just the big names.

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I have had black rice pasta before, but never angel hair – so I was really excited to try this.  Even though I planned to eat half that night and half the next day, I went ahead and just cooked it all at once.

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Once I was finished cooking, I plated it into two dishes – one for dinner, and one for tomorrow’s lunch.  It looked incredible, and I was tempted to eat both right then and there.

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I am obsessed with snap peas, so this was right up my alley.  I take a bag of snack peas in my purse a few mornings each week and snack out of it all day long.  Along with the peanuts, they added the perfect crunch on top of the creamy peanut-y pasta.  Delish!

I stuck the other bowl straight into the fridge and covered it until the next day.

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And then I enjoyed my pasta dinner on the couch watching Survivor with Casey.  Wild and crazy!

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Even though it doesn’t feel as exciting to essentially cook for leftovers the next day, it is SUPER exciting each time I come home and remember that I have a ready-to-go delicious meal waiting in the fridge for me for lunch.  I reheated the whole dish in the microwave, and it was just as tasty the next day.

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Served along side some green tea kombucha, while plugging away at work and my always-looming inbox.

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My second Blue Apron meal of the week was the Vadouvan Chickpea Burgers.  We make a lot of homemade veggie burgers at our house, so I was interested to see what would make these different!

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Almost immediately, I messed up the instructions.  I was supposed to add the curry spice blend to the onions and garlic I was sautéing, and accidentally added it to the yogurt sauce instead – OOPS!

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I scooped as much out as I could, but I figured it would be okay to have a spicier dipping sauce – too late to fix it!  The patties were formed from a mixture of cooked onions and garlic, smashed chickpeas, chickpea flour, and parmesan cheese.  I was really surprised at how well it came together without any egg or added oils.

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I ended up deciding to scrap the buns since I felt like there were enough carbs offered between the bean burgers and the side of roasted sweet potatoes.  I never like when bread overwhelms a sandwich!

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I plated up serving number one into a Pyrex and stored it in the refrigerator for the next day.

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And the rest was left for me for dinner!  The roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas were perfectly cooked and lightly seasoned with a curry sprinkle – so good!

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And I was really, really impressed with how well the burger held together.  With so few ingredients, and all things we tend to have on hand anyway, I’ll definitely be making these again soon.

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The next day it was lunch al fresco – delicious leftovers to help me refuel after a busy morning out with the kids.

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Our weather has been amazing these last few weeks, and we’ve been eating outside for almost every meal.  It was heaven, and this totally hit the spot.

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The third and final meal of the Blue Apron box was the Zucchini & Parmesan Quiches with Red Leaf Lettuce Salad!

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I never, ever make quiche because I usually find the crust to be heavy and intimidating, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this.  I was very pleasantly surprised though, because it was DELICIOUS.

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The crust was very light and not overwhelming at all, and there was a ton of lemon zest in the filling that really brought some complexity to the dish.  I will definitely use lemon in eggs again – such a tasty combo!

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As for the salad on the side, I didn’t feel like keeping a salad overnight since they tend to get wilted and soggy, so I just ate the whole thing for dinner myself.  There is no such thing as too much salad, right?

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Eaten outside as the sun set over our twinkly patio.  Can you tell how much I love summer time?

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To reheat the extra quiche the next day, I just popped it back into the oven for about 10 minutes on 350 degrees.  It felt so fancy to be eating quiche at lunch time on a weekday!

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It tasted just as fresh as it had the night before.  Using the oven is such a great way to reheat things without losing the original texture of the dish.

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Since I’d eaten the whole salad the night before, I made myself a new one the next day out of simple spring mix, balsamic, and blue cheese crumbles (current obsession).

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It was another delicious week, and a great way to east back into cooking after coming home from our vacation.  This week we finally dusted off our grill, and we’re ready for outdoor cooking season!

Here’s a sweet deal if you are new to Blue Apron and want to try it yourself – the first 25 readers will get two free meals in their first box!  Many thanks to Blue Apron for a tasty week of dinners and lunches – looking forward to seeing their new summer recipes in the coming months.

This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  Thanks for your continued support of Daily Garnish!

Garden Glory.

Happy Monday!  Last week totally got way from me, but more on that at the bottom.  I’m still catching up on pictures from last weekend!  Summer has come early to Seattle, and we’ve had 80 degree temps and glorious sunshine for a while now.  Can’t complain about that – it is heaven.

Last weekend was the Seattle Tilth Edible Plant sale, which I look forward to every spring.  I had originally planned for us to all go together on Saturday after Cullen’s t-ball game, but melting down children required some rescheduling.  So I decided to brave it myself the next day (while Casey worked at the Fremont farmers market selling kombucha!). 

It was super crowded and pure chaos, and it was quite the feat to keep eyes on both kids and carefully select all the plants for our boxes.  And even though it was madness, I was so glad I’d waited and gone when the kids could enjoy it.  We had a BLAST, and they couldn’t wait to garden when we got home.


But before we could get to gardening, we hard to fill up our boxes with the good stuff.  On Saturday, I had Casey take his truck to a local garden supply spot and get a big haul of organic veggie compost mix.  They ended up taking a backhoe and literally filling his entire truck bed with dirt.  It was waaaaay more than we could have ever needed!  It took us an hour just to shovel it out of the truck and onto a tarp on the driveway.  Later that afternoon, I took countless wheelbarrow loads down to the veggie boxes and filled them up with as much as I could.  But we still had a ton leftover! 

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I ended up posting a listing for the extra dirt on my local Buy Nothing group on Facebook, and neighbors came by all afternoon to scoop and shovel dirt and haul it away to their own gardens.  If you aren’t part of a Buy Nothing group in your area, you could check to see if you have one!  It’s such a nice way to give back and connect with the people in your neighborhood.

Before we planted the actual beds themselves, we got everything else prepped and ready, and cleaned up what was left from last year.  I finally got some new hanging baskets for our shepherd’s hooks, and set out all the patio cushions on our seating area. 

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I’m hoping these petunias can handle the summer heat this year, and last for a long time!  I’m loving the purple color, which we also have in our outdoor throw pillows.

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The first thing we planted was our Huey Tree.  We picked out this planted right after he died, and it makes me smile every time I see it.  It’s dark brown with some hints of lighter brown and gold – just like Huey boy – and we planted a sun-loving perennial inside because there was nothing he loved more than curling up in a sunny patch.  It’s been almost two months since he died, and I still think about him every day.

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With our special pot all planted, we concentrated on our herb garden first.  Our sage plant thrived during our mild, rainy winter, and we have more than we could ever need now for this year!

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And I’m so glad I planted our mint in a pot, as I know it would have taken over the yard by now.  The kids love to sit on the step and eat mint leaves. 

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I think it’s going to be a good year for strawberries!  We have tons of little white flowers, and I cleaned up all the old dead leaves and debris. 

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We added some fresh compost and potting soil, and I have high hopes for these this year.  As much as I miss him, Huey ate all the strawberries as soon as they ripened in past years, so it will be interesting to see if we actually get any this summer. 

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Our other herb planter box had some rosemary remaining – this stuff is so hardy!

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The kids and I got everything stacked up on the table and ready to plant.  And they only snapped one basil and half a tomato plant in the process!

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I’ve found that they key to getting the kids excited about gardening is to give them gear.  Mini garden gloves and tiny tools made all the difference!

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Watching the boys help me was such a treat, as their approach to gardening was so in line with their individual personalities.  Cullen was methodical and careful, slowly lowering each herb into the holes and then gently smoothing the dirt all around. 

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Graham went at it just as he does everything else – with no hesitation, total confidence, and always just teetering on the edge of seeing what will break. 

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I know that they aren’t going to be excited about gardening with mom forever, and so I soak up what little time I have left that they still think I am cool.  I’ve heard a lot of sad stories lately about sick mamas, sick kiddos, and other things that leave me with so many questions.  And so I’ve tried really hard recently to cherish all these little moments and opportunities I am so lucky to have with them.

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With all the herbs planted, it was time to water.  Mini watering cans make everything much more fun!

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Here are our finished herb boxes, in all their glory!  From left to right we have:  cilantro, oregano, lemon thyme, flat-leave parsley, and rosemary. 

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And in our other box, I did something different this year – just basil!  In the past, my basil has never survived, and even if it did it was never enough!  We cook with tons of it in the summer, so I knew this year I wanted a lot.  I planted two sweet basil plants, one purple Thai basil, and then we had a third sweet basil that got snapped off in transport.  Oops.

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I planted the broken stem anyway to see if it would grow back, but it’s looking pretty brown.  We will probably replace this sooner than later!

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Only got pictures of the final product down in the garden beds, since my hands were covered in dirt and I was frantically trying to keep the tomato plants from being snapped in half.  But everything survived and made it into the ground!

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I’m doing lots of salad greens this year – butter lettuce, romaine, and a spring mix.  We’ve been eating tons of salad lately, and I had big success with greens the past two years, so I’m hopeful. 

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I only did two big tomato plants this year, as they have never really grown that well for me, and they take up a lot of room.  Last year all my full sized tomato plants got a weird rot, and I ended up pulling them all out.  Fingers crossed for better luck this year.

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Also in that bed, I did cucumbers (which still need a trellis added), yellow squash, and zucchini.  We did cucumbers and yellow squash last year and both did REALLY well.  I had them in the other bed last year though, so hopefully they do as well on the other side.  I assume if yellow squash did well then zucchini will too – we will see!  These got ENORMOUS last year, so I tried to leave a lot of room. 

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Our other garden bed is taken up mostly by cherry tomato plants – I’m planting five different types this year!  Yellow, orange, and juicy red – we’ve had big success with these and the kids (and dogs) and I just love eating them straight out of the garden.  I think it’s going to be another very hot summer, so hopefully these will thrive!

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I’m trying two new things this summer – fennel and celery.  I let Cullen pick these out at the plant sale, and he’s excited to see if they work.  If nothing else we will use their tasty leaves!

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The cutest, tiniest little fennel!

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So there it is – our garden so far!

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We still have some space left, so it’s nice to know we can add a few more things.  One thing I’ve decided to do without this year is kale.  Honestly, I don’t love kale anyway, and ours have gotten really gross aphids the past two years in a row.  No thank you. 

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The most exciting part of all the gardening was of course – getting to use the hose!

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Eventually the hose got turned around the kids took turns running through the showers.  Have I mentioned how much I LOVE SUMMMER!?

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A few other outdoor things worth talking about.  We had a big windstorm at the end of march that knocked down an entire section of our fence – OUCH.  We’ve been getting estimates from fence companies these past few weeks, and finally just settled on one.  In the meantime, we’ve had this lovely pallet patch between our houses (to keep Indy in the yard).

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The kids love it, because there are two little girls next door who are almost the same ages, and they all just stand at the open fence area and talk and watch each other play.  Cullen was so upset when I told him it was going to be fixed soon!

And out front, the exiting update is that I finally got a porch swing!  I’ve been wanting one forever, and I finally just bit the bullet and got one.  It brings me an alarming amount of happiness!

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I sit out there during lots of nap times and read a book or catch up on phone calls if the time change works out.  It is the perfect fit and even has cup holders.  Indy likes to sit on the porch with me and keep watch over the neighborhood.  It is amazing the effect all this sunshine has had on all of our happiness!

Okay, there is more to share but that’s enough for Monday.  More to come this week – hope your week is off to a great start!

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