Everything tastes better when made from scratch

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I was still sitting in my PJ’s sipping coffee when FedEx dropped off the box with three unprepared dinners inside it. Boldly emblazoned on the side was “Everything tastes better when it is made from scratch”.  Yeah, I got sucked in by 1agreat marketing once again. But the idea that I could prepare a fresh, nutritious meal and not have to devote a lot of time meal planning was an inviting one.

I waited at the door until the traffic cleared, then dashed out to retrieve the box, and dashed back in. Only one speeding car going by caught me in flagrante delecto, so that is a plus. Usually when I try that something goes wrong, like tripping over a dog as I try to scramble back in. But I am sure the neighbors already think I am crazy, so it hardly surprises them.

I carried my prize in triumphantly and sat it down on the table and invited Snooks to have a look.  She was a bit underwhelmed, saying “you are going to get three meals out of that?”.

Yeah, there wasn’t much there for three meals. We eat pretty good sized portions at dinner.

“Well, the rice will swell up a little when it’s cooked.” I lamely offered.

“Does this mean you are cooking the next three dinners?” She asked, brightening.

“You don’t want to try one of these? Look at the pretty recipe cards!” I asked. She didn’t say anything, but I think the answer was no.

Anyway, I unpacked everything. There were little packages of cilantro, scallions, Asian mushrooms. A potato and a cucumber sat side by side. Two little pulp cartons each held an organic ranch egg. Each recipe had a ‘knick-knack’ package that I didn’t open. I think they contain salt, pepper and such.

Three frozen packages contained ground beef, chicken breasts, and cod fillets. Our main courses ..

I think I will do dinner tonight. It will be meatballs and tomato sauce with asparagus and creamy rice.

I can see it now. A romantic candle lit dinner with an Italian tenor singing in the background. Think Disney’s The Lady and the Tramp. Sans spaghetti.

I’ll let you know how it went.

4 thoughts on “Everything tastes better when made from scratch

    kateylb said:
    May 25, 2017 at 11:50 am

    ~ chuckling ~ Thank gawd you reviewed this before I ordered one of those.
    I just sat down at my desk with my homemade chef salad (meatless) and a lemonade minus any sweetener. I admit that right here on my to do list pad was to order these meals you have now so thoughtful reviewed. ***crosses that off the list ***

    As for running out to grab the package ~ hah hah hah ~ I am TAT neighbor in THIS neighborhood who in pj bottoms and raggy paint splattered shirt dashes out to grab boxes delivered and in fact I just did that earlier this morning as UPS delivered my new oil paints and supplies.

    Good Day. So great to read this. Thanks for sharing here.


    JOYCE WEED said:
    May 25, 2017 at 3:31 pm



    Catherine said:
    May 28, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Have you ever ordered steaks in a box from some beef company (the name slips my mind)? It looks good but so does the commercial for the Longhorn Steak restaurant. How was dinner?


    rustyarmor responded:
    May 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I used to get steaks from Omaha Steaks, then I found a butcher who has good meat and custom cuts it for his customers …


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