This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.


If you have read this blog for five minutes.

You know, that you know, that you know….

….I don’t really cook.

I paint and distress and sew and create and glitter and glue and shop and decorate and dance and tell jokes and dance the lawnmower in front of my house.

But cooking?

Ummm….not so much.

That’s why when Blue Apron approached me and asked me if I would try out their order-it-online-and-have-it-delivered-to-your-house meal plan….

….I was understandably nervous.

apple and lemon

But it sounded so easy.

And looked so fancy (my favorite).

And I read that the recipes would be chef-designed and there would be instructions with photographs.

So I ordered a few meals to try out.

And then these showed up at my house.


Farm-fresh ingredients that arrived just like I had bought them at the grocery store.

Arugula and apple and lemon and potatoes and chives and pork roast and goat cheese.

My refrigerator did a double-take.

blue apron

The first recipe I tried was Roast Pork & Smashed Potatoes with Apple, Walnut & Goat Cheese Salad.

See what I mean?

Wonderfully, delightfully, fancy.

arugala salad

I followed the instructions to the letter.

I made the pork recipe and the potatoes and gravy and the salad.

And for the first time…I seared.

I’ve never seared before.

I’ve seen them sear on Top Chef before and I’ve wanted to be a searer, but I didn’t know how.

smashed potatoes

And the best part?

It tasted even better than it looks.

And I made it in under 40 minutes from the first potato to the last piece of goat cheese.

blue apron cooking

So thanks Blue Apron.

You’re amazing.

My kitchen (and my family) are so happy we met.

Blue Apron Recipe

(here’s an example of the recipe card)

(it’s so easy to follow and gives you the calories, too)

PS  You can order Blue Apron on a family plan or a 2-person plan.  And Blue Apron is giving away two free meals to the first 100 readers who sign up!  Just click here for details.

PPS  You can read all about Blue Apron….here and while you’re there be sure and check out the recipe I just showed you, Roast Pork and Smashed Potatoes and some other amazing recipes like Roasted Butter Nut Squash and Three Cheese Cannelloni.

disclosure:  I was compensated for the post by Blue Apron, but all opinions on meals and kitchens and fresh ingredients are my own.

Please see my disclosure page for more information.


  1. Image for Stacey Stacey

    I do cook, as does my husband and we use Blue Apron. At first I fought it, "I can do that, buy that and maybe cheaper". But............the beauty of it is not only the very fresh ingredients, in just the perfect amounts, in oh such charming packaging. The beauty of it is that I don't have to THINK about it. I don't have to wonder what to make for dinner (2 nights) a week! The recipes keep you on track. They are delicious and usually something that I would never think of making. We don't choose, but rather let them choose for us. It's always a surprise when I open the box. I totally recommend this service. And who knows, this may be just the perfect way for you to become just as good at cooking as you are at everything else!

  2. Image for Peg Peg

    "I've wanted to be a searer, but I didn't know how!" You crack me your writing. Food looks awesome! I think you always had it in you! : )

  3. Image for Beth W. Beth W.

    I just signed up! Thanks for trying this out and for the review. (And for the discount!) I've seen Blue Apron mentioned so many times, went over to the website a few times and looked around, but never got further than that. This will be a fun way to feed our family and ensure more home-cooked meals.

  4. Image for Mary Mary

    I had never heard about them until last night. Now CNN and your post. Sadly they do not deliver in my neck of the woods yet, but it seems wonderful!

    1. Image for Debbie Debbie

      Instead of having Blue Apron deliver a meal seven days...can a subscription be reduced to one or two days out of a week???

  5. Image for Diane Diane

    My daughter introduced them to me as I am not a cook and now that we are empty nesters it seems harder to organize a shopping trip and meal...easier to go out! But we were very pleased with the quality and taste and I liked feeling like a REAL chef with all the chopping, separting etc. Have used them several times and particularly like the fact that you can skip a week if you dont like the menu, are going to be out of town etc.

  6. Image for Donnie Donnie

    Good going! I noticed the cake stand from Magnolia in one of the photos. After reading your blog I went on the website, now am hooked on the show! Thanks...

  7. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    And not a head of raw broccoli in sight!!!!!!! Wow!! I want to hear about your adventures in the kitchen. . . . I bet the stories will abound. I travel with a red apron -- in fact I have two. They were my dad's when he worked in a grocery store. I didn't realize my mamma still had them sixteen years after he passed away. When she went to be with him I found them neatly folded in her treasured items. I use them daily in my kitchen and when we travel I take them with us.

  8. Image for Lynn Lynn

    Hi, I just signed up a few days ago - can't wait to try it and I hope I have as much success as you! Always enjoy your stories and your photos!

  9. Image for Candie Candie

    Personally, I can't imagine life without Blue Apron! So flavorful and different. My husband is actually eating cucumbers now.

  10. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    I actually have used another meal service that my daughter and family gifted to me for my birthday and again on Mother's Day ... and we LOVE the concept!!! I will have to try Blue Apron, tho' ~ esp. if you recommend it! Sounds a bit more like "home cooking" ... Even tho' I've done LOTS of cooking in the past ~ with four girls, friends, boyfriends, then their husbands, now big families in/out, I love trying the chefs' new foods, recipes for two! And I'm always happy to find a "new to us" choice! Lovin' that! Thanks for your pictures, and opinion ...

  11. Image for Cindy Cindy

    I've never heard of this before...but it's sounds divine! I'm not a fan of cooking either, but maybe this will inspire me. Thank you for sharing this!

  12. Image for Cheryl @ Artzzle Cheryl @ Artzzle

    Well ... I'd be the perfect candidate for this as ... cookin's not my thing either. Alas, I live in the middle of nowhere and it's not out here yet. Interesting post though. Have a great weekend.

  13. Image for Brandy Low Brandy Low

    I am in the process of repairing the inside of my house. Would you be willing to share your exact wall colors (cream and white) as well the color of your cottage door? Your kitchen makes me so happy!! I have yet to find light fixtures that I am absolutely in love with and will dream about at night.... But I just found them in your kitchen!! I wish we were neighbors!! I'd cook and bake for ya all the time in hopes that I could glean some of your decorating and painting wisdom!! So glad I found you on here! Brandy in Tx!!

  14. Image for Donna Smith Donna Smith

    I love your writing your stories I never seared before was funny Who knows if I sear I might have and not known it! love you Kari

  15. Image for Mary Alice Kenley Mary Alice Kenley

    We did something like this before I retired, and it saved our hineys more times than one! I have learned that in some fancy European homes there are two kitchens--one just for show!!! What a cool idea. I'd like that, because I like the look of kitchens. Then we could have something in the basement that contains a microwave, paper plates, a small fridge and a coffee pot. How totally could that would be!

  16. Image for Nancy Nancy

    I have tried Blue Apron and I think it is wonderful. My daughter-in-law is subscribing for her family. She lives in a frozen and six-feet of snow area and this keeps her grocery trips to a minimum while providing FRESH ingredients for her family's meals. Great idea!

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