Marley Spoon: Tamari-Miso Beef Burgers & Indonesian Chicken Kebobs + $30 Off & Martha’s Thanksgiving Box!

So today we’re heading back to the kitchen with one of my Marley Spoon reviews. If you’d like to try it out this weekly meal subscription service for yourself, use the coupon code COOKSMART for $30 off.

My meal plan is for a weekly delivery of 2 meals (2 portions each), which costs $48.

But before we get into the recipes, I have some news from Marley Spoon.  They are now offering a Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving Box.
There are two box offerings each for 8 to 10 people:
Martha’s Thanksgiving Feast
martha-stewart-turkey
Price:
$179.00
Includes: 1 turkey, 3 sides & 1 Pie

Thanksgiving Sides & Desserts
martha-sides-dessert
Price:
$119.00
Includes: 3 sides & 1 Pie
Recipes and Ingredients for:
Martha Stewart’s Turkey 101 with Gravy—only in “Martha’s Thanksgiving Feast” Box
Classic Stuffing with fresh herbs and dried cherries
Big Martha’s Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes a favorite from Martha’s mother
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with pomegranate & warm apple cider vinaigrette
An All-American Brown Butter Apple Pie
Included with your purchase is a 1 year (10 issue) subscription to Martha Stewart Living! See full magazine offer details in your Thanksgiving Day Box.

If I were hosting Thanksgiving, I’d definitely consider grabbing one of these boxes.  It would be wonderful to have all the Thanksgiving shopping just show up on time at my front door.  And I’ve made Martha Stewart’s mashed potatoes and I can attest that they are quite tasty.

Now onto the recipes!

Tamari-Miso Beef Burgers with Japanese-Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries
Download the recipe here.
Who can resist a burger?
burger-recipe
Our usual fresh ingredients:
burger-ingredients
We start with lots of chopping.  Sweet potatoes get turned into fries, tossed with oil, seasoned and roasted in the oven.  When they are finished they get sprinkled with furikaki.   Cucumbers get sliced while beef, scallions, panko, miso and salt are mixed to create two patties.
burger-chopped patties
We sear the burgers, then add cucumbers and mirin.  We make a tamari mixture then add that to the skillet, making sure to coat the patties with sauce.
burger-sauce cooking-cucumbers patties-cooked
We top the burgers with the cucumbers, tamari sauce and lettuce with our fries on the side.
ms-burger
Taste: Love!
I couldn’t believe how tasty these burgers were.  The cooking technique on them made them so juicy and delicious.  This was a pretty straightforward recipe as well. No too much chopping or too many pans or steps.  If I can find these ingredients again I would definitely make this in a heartbeat.  The only downside to point out is that the Japanese seasoning didn’t really adhere to the fries all that well and for me the taste wasn’t all that strong.  It was still quite good though.
Portion Size: Excellent
Good for Entertaining?: Yes.  I’d make this as part of a global pub style menu.  For an appetizer I’d serve a beer cheese dip with soft pretzels.  I’d probably also add some regular potatoes and do a mix of sweet and normal potatoes for the side dish.  Dessert would feature a boozy cupcake like these Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream Buttercream.  Drinks would include an assortment of beer and hard cider along soft drinks.

Indonesian Chicken Kebabs with Pickled Cucumber and Coconut
Download the recipe here.
Who can say no to meat on a stick?  Plus I really wanted to try the rice that featured peanuts and coconut.

kebab-recipe
More fresh ingredients:
kebab-ingredients
Unfortunately, I was missing one very important ingredient: the Indonesian curry powder.  I’m not sure what type of seasoning makes up an Indonesian curry so I opted not to try to substitute anything and just make the recipe without it.  I figured I could always add some type of seasoning later if it needed it.
So first we cut up our chicken and marinate it in soy sauce, salt, pepper and oil.
marinated-chicken
Meanwhile we chop up our onion and garlic and cook our rice.  The curry powder is supposed to go into the rice, but ours will just end up with salt for now.
chopped-onions marinated-cucumbers
Meanwhile we add vinegar and soy sauce to a bowl and let the cucumbers marinate.
We toast the peanuts and the coconuts in a small skillet and then after 2 minutes transfer them to a bowl.
chopped-nuts-coconut toasted-nuts-coconut
We skewer the chicken and broil them in the oven.
raw-kebabs
We mix half the coconut peanut mixture in with our rice and then reserve the remainder to top the kebobs.
When we are done, we have this:
ms-chicken-kebab
Taste: Love!
I don’t know how the curry powder would have transformed this dish, but I thought it was delicious on it’s own.  I couldn’t stop eating the coconut and peanut rice, and I will definitely try that as a side dish for other meals.  The prep on this wasn’t too difficult but it did have quite a few steps.  Personally I’d probably have marinated whole chicken breasts and grilled them, as I don’t think skewering them added much to the dish (except prep time).  The pickles weren’t too sour and added a lot of freshness.  This was well-balanced and healthy.  Another winner!
Portion Size: Excellent with extra rice
Good for Entertaining?: Yes, but I’d be sure marinate and prep the skewers well in advance, so I could toss them in the oven right when guests arrive.  For an appetizer, I’d make shrimp summer rolls with a peanut dipping sauce, and add on a fresh green salad with lemon dressing as a side.  Dessert would feature a coconut cake and drinks would include a spiked tropical punch and a passionfruit iced tea.

OVERALL
Verdict:
Love!
I think this is my favorite Marley Spoon box to date.  I picked up techniques and recipes that I can use at other times and both were delicious and not too difficult to prepare.  The only downside to this box was the omission of the curry powder, but the rice didn’t suffer without it so I’m not complaining.

Have you tried any food subscriptions?
If so which one, and what did you think?

THE BACKSTORY
Marley Spoon creates delicious, easy to follow recipes.
They deliver fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and you select your recipes from their changing weekly menu.

They are dedicated to sourcing organic and sustainable whenever possible. Building relationships with environmentally aware farms and producers ensures that the highest quality ingredients arrive at your door each week.

Using trusted delivery partners, your Marley Spoon boxes come insulated and chilled, staying cool for 30 hours! After delivery, all the ingredients are guaranteed to stay fresh for up to 4 days – allowing you to decide when to cook.

Marley’s Spoon donates any leftover ingredients to City Harvest. City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

Each week you’ll automatically receive great dishes, but as a flexible subscription, you can skip a week or pause your subscription anytime. You can also change delivery frequency, recipes, and the number of portions you’d like to receive.

Marley’ Spoon delivers to the mid Atlantic and New England regions: most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
Check here for the configuration of your choice

COUPON CODE: COOKSMART

Marley Spoon: Grilled Romaine Steak Salad & Honey-Mustard Chicken + $30 Off

So today we’re heading back to the kitchen with one of my Marley Spoon reviews. If you’d like to try it out this weekly meal subscription service for yourself, use the coupon code COOKSMART for $30 off.
My meal plan is for a weekly delivery of 2 meals (2 portions each), which costs $48.
I also discovered the link to download the recipes cards.  So you too can now attempt these recipes at home!
Grilled Romaine & Steak Salad with Lemon-Grana Padano Dressing
steak-salad-recipe
Download the recipe here.
Marley Spoon always has excellent quality beef and I’ve never grilled romaine before so I thought I’d give this one a shot.

Our usual fresh ingredients:
steak-ingredients
We need to season the romaine and then we grill it.  Unfortunately, I feel like the grill time was a bit too long since I ended up with very little romaine.  I really don’t think there’s enough to account for two salads.
lettuce
The steak gets grilled, while we make the dressing.
steak-cooking dressing
The romaine and steak gets sliced.  This is all the romaine I had with just one of the steaks sliced.  I just don’t think there was enough romaine for two salads.  Thankfully my boyfriend wanted to use his steak and cheese to make a sandwich so all the romaine went to my portion.
chopped-steak-greens
In the end this was my salad – using half of all the other ingredients and all of the romaine.
grilled-romaine-steak-salad
Taste: Like
This had a nice taste although the dressing was a bit strong on the lemon flavor.  While the dressing had cheese, it wasn’t particularly creamy and I think a touch of something like greek  yogurt would have added another element to the dish.  This recipe was easy to put together, the ingredients were excellent quality and I did find the process of grilling romaine interesting.
Portion Size: Problematic.  Plenty of steak, cheese and dressing. Not enough greens.
Good for Entertaining?: No.  I just don’t think the salad is interesting enough for entertaining and this isn’t something I could make ahead.
Honey-Mustard Chicken with Potato, Celery, and Apple Salad
honey-mustard-chicken-recipe
Download the recipe here.
Marley Spoon always has excellent quality beef and I’ve never grilled romaine before so I thought I’d give this one a shot.

More fresh ingredients:
chicken-ingredients
So we start by making some honey mustard and then marinating the chicken in half of it.
marinating-chicken
We boil the potatoes and prep the other produce for our potato salad.  The chicken grills and we periodically baste it with the extra money mustard.
cooking-chicken marinade
The salad comes together will potatoes, celery, dill, apple, mayo, vinegar, potatoes, olive oil and salt and pepper.
potato-salad
When all is said and done this is our chicken:
honey-mustard-chicken
Taste: Love!
I’ve had a lot of honey mustard, but the marinade on this one was awesome–whatever mustard Marley Spoon is sending is just amazing.  There were some issues with the chicken – having two cuts of chicken meant they cooked at different speeds.  It would have been much better to have all one cut.  Personally, I’d have opted for boneless chicken thighs.  No fuss or muss and lots of flavor.  As for the salad, I was initially concerned about how these flavors would pair but it was delicious and refreshing.  The dill really married well with the apples and complimented the chicken nicely.
Portion Size: Adequate for Chicken, Generous for Potato Salad
Good for Entertaining?: Yes!  I’d definitely use this for a barbecue with dishes served family style, and just make some small modifications.  I’d opt to do boneless chicken thighs and while I liked the salad, I’m not sure it would be as popular at a party so I’d sub the apple in the recipe for hard-boiled egg.  For additional mains, I’d serve chicken and beef hotdogs and sausages with rolls and tons of toppings.  Additional sides would include a corn salad and a tortellini pasta salad.  For drinks I’d have an assortment of beer, brewed iced tea, and white peach sangria. For appetizers, I’d include  roasted shrimp cocktail and a simple and tasty spinach dip with an assortment of chips and veggies for dipping.  Dessert would feature a fruit salad, cheesecake brownies and apple pie streusel bars.

OVERALL
Verdict:
Like!
Both recipes had appealing flavors that offered me techniques and ideas I could use in my recipes and entertaining.  My only issue with this box are the practical problems of not having quite enough romaine and the different chicken cuts requiring different cooking times, which is why it didn’t get a higher rating.

Have you tried any food subscriptions?
If so which one, and what did you think?

THE BACKSTORY
Marley Spoon creates delicious, easy to follow recipes.
They deliver fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and you select your recipes from their changing weekly menu.

They are dedicated to sourcing organic and sustainable whenever possible. Building relationships with environmentally aware farms and producers ensures that the highest quality ingredients arrive at your door each week.

Using trusted delivery partners, your Marley Spoon boxes come insulated and chilled, staying cool for 30 hours! After delivery, all the ingredients are guaranteed to stay fresh for up to 4 days – allowing you to decide when to cook.

Marley’s Spoon donates any leftover ingredients to City Harvest. City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

Each week you’ll automatically receive great dishes, but as a flexible subscription, you can skip a week or pause your subscription anytime. You can also change delivery frequency, recipes, and the number of portions you’d like to receive.

Marley’ Spoon delivers to the mid Atlantic and New England regions: most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
Check here for the configuration of your choice

COUPON CODE: COOKSMART

Marley Spoon: Chipotle Chicken Chowder & Cumin Steak + $30 Off

So today I’m going with a Foodie Friday theme and pulling out one of my Marley Spoon reviews. If you’d like to try it out this weekly meal subscription service for yourself, use the coupon code COOKSMART for $30 off.
My meal plan is for a weekly delivery of 2 meals (2 portions each), which costs $48.
I also discovered the link to download the recipes cards.  So you too can now attempt these recipes at home!

Cumin Steak & Roasted carrots with Cilantro, Raisins, and Cashews
Download the recipe here.
While I hate cumin, I love everything else in this recipe so I figured I’d give it a shot and just omit the cumin.  I’ve also never cooked with “sumac” and I was intrigued.
cumin-steak-recipe
Our usual fresh ingredients:
cumin-steak-ingredients
We wash and cut some carrots and put them on a baking sheet to roast in the oven.
prepped-carrots littlest-carrot
And as I’m cutting them I find the absolute cutest baby carrot in the world.  Seriously so adorable.  I feel guilty eating it.  I mean I still will, but I’ll totally feel bad about it.
sumac-sauce
Meanwhile, we take the raisins, vinegar and sumac in a small pot and simmer over medium heat.  They get removed from heat and the raisins are left to soak while the carrots cook. The sumac sauce looks a little questionable, but there’s no looking back now.  The carrots get removed from the oven and we add our simmered sumac sauce (say that fast 3 times) over it.
yogurt-sauce
Next we make the yogurt sauce just by mixing a little water, salt & pepper to make a sauce.

The steaks are supposed to have cumin, salt and pepper, but I just add my own steak seasoning instead and cook them in a cast iron skillet.
raw-steak
chopped-ingredients-cumin-steak
We top them with our nuts & parsley and then have this:
cumin-steak
Taste: Hit!
I was so pleasantly surprised that the carrot dish tasted lovely.  It kind of had a Moroccan vibe that was delicious.  The steak was excellent quality and paired well with the yogurt sauce and carrot side.  This one was super easy to prepare as well.  I wish they were all this simple.
Portion Size: Excellent.  Good portion of steak, plenty of carrots.
Good for Entertaining?: Yes.  The steak recipe is pretty basic, but the carrot dish is really interesting and definitely something I’d add to a dinner party menu. I’d serve the carrot side dish with a Middle Eastern inspired menu.  For the main I’d feature a Moroccan lamb stew, with the carrots and Persian jeweled rice for sides.  The appetizer would be something fun like these Sambousek egg rolls.  Beverages would highlight rosewater and include a rosewater lemonade and a Raspberry Rosewater Martini.  Dessert would be something like a Greek Honey Pie and fresh fruit.

Chipotle Chicken Chowder with Corn Bacon and Potatoes
Download the recipe here.
I’m a sucker for Chipotle, add bacon to that and well, I just couldn’t say no.
chowder-recipe

More fresh ingredients:
chowder-ingredients
Lots of chopping for this one, including shucking corn and cutting kernels off.  I cannot fully explain how much I suck at cutting kernels off a raw ear of corn.  They just go everywhere.  Please Marley Spoon, do this prep for me.  Send me a damn bag of pre-cut raw corn. No one wants to spend their weekend searching for lost corn kernels beneath their fridge and kitchen island.
chopped-ingredients-chowder chowder-chopped-meat
Next we’re cooking up some bacon until it’s crispy and removing it form the pot.  We add in the veggies we’ve chopped, then it’s Chipotle, chicken broth and water.
We cut up the chicken and add it to our pot, then let it cook some more.
cooking-bacon cooked-bacon chowder-cooking-ingredients
Then, we get the fun of picking thyme leaves from their stems because no Marley Spoon box can be complete without us having to pull tiny leaves off something.
We add some cream and salt and pepper.  The bowls get topped with bacon and we have this:
chipotle-chowder
Taste: Okay, but a touch chunky and thin
Portion Size: Generous
Putting aside the annoying meal prep, the flavors in this soup were good, but I really wanted the potatoes to be cut smaller and for the soup to be just a touch thicker and creamier.  While I know it’s a chowder, the size of the potatoes really made it fall more toward a stew.
Good for Entertaining?: Probably not.  The prep is annoying and I’d need to play with the recipe to get it where I wanted.

OVERALL
Verdict:
Like!
Both recipes had good flavors and the Steak recipe taught me a new and really interesting side dish.  I’d love to see some more unusual ingredients (like the sumac) pop up in future boxes.

Have you ever cooked with Sumac?
Do you like to try unusual ingredients?
Dish!

THE BACKSTORY
Marley Spoon creates delicious, easy to follow recipes.
They deliver fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and you select your recipes from their changing weekly menu.

They are dedicated to sourcing organic and sustainable whenever possible. Building relationships with environmentally aware farms and producers ensures that the highest quality ingredients arrive at your door each week.

Using trusted delivery partners, your Marley Spoon boxes come insulated and chilled, staying cool for 30 hours! After delivery, all the ingredients are guaranteed to stay fresh for up to 4 days – allowing you to decide when to cook.

Marley’s Spoon donates any leftover ingredients to City Harvest. City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

Each week you’ll automatically receive great dishes, but as a flexible subscription, you can skip a week or pause your subscription anytime. You can also change delivery frequency, recipes, and the number of portions you’d like to receive.

Marley’ Spoon delivers to the mid Atlantic and New England regions: most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
Check here for the configuration of your choice

COUPON CODE: COOKSMART

Marley Spoon: Steamed Salmon with Herb Mayo & Avogolemono Soup + $30 Off

For Throw Back Thursday we’re going to head into the kitchen with one of my past Marley Spoon boxes that I hadn’t gotten a chance to review for you yet.  If you’d like to try it out this weekly meal subscription service for yourself, use the coupon code COOKSMART for $30 off. 
My meal plan is for a weekly delivery of 2 meals (2 portions each), which costs $48.
Salmon Recipe
Steamed Salmon with Herb Mayonnaise and Roasted Vegetables
I’ve really enjoyed the Salmon dishes I’ve tried from Marley spoon and this one looked super fresh and easy.

Our usual fresh ingredients:
Salmon Ingredients

Potatoes Asparagus
We start by roasting some potatoes on a cookie sheet for 15 minutes then we add in asparagus and roast again for about another r10.
Packet
Meanwhile we season our salmon with salt and pepper, and make an aluminum foil packet.
Soup Ingredients ChoppedSauce
We prep our scallions, capers, dill, parsley and lemon then make our green mayonnaise.
When we’re done, the dish looks like this:
Herbed SalmonTaste: Fabulous!
This dish was easy, delicious and super fresh.  I thought the mayo would be too heavy but the sauce was perfect with the fish.   You could easily make this on a casual weeknight or for a dinner party.  This one was a winner.
Portion Size: Good. Excellent size on the salmon, but we could have used a few more potatoes.
Good for Entertaining?: Yes, but I’d probably turn use Greek yogurt in lieu of the mayo.  As a side I’d go with a Mediterranean spin and do a feta and orzo salad.  For cocktails I’d go with something light, like a white wine spritzer.  For an appetizer, I’d make some kind of fancy hummus, like this amazing looking Farmer’s Market Hummus from Spoon Fork Bacon.  Dessert would be a lemon tart with fresh raspberries.

 Soup Recipe
Avgolemono Soup with Orzo and Meatballs
I’m always on the hunt for new and interesting soup recipes and this one featured meatballs so I had to try it out.
(Plus I always feel extra proud when I manage to successfully prepare a recipe that I can’t properly pronounce.)

More fresh ingredients:
Soup Ingredients
Scallions
Vegetable prepping time.  We also start some chicken broth and water boiling, and soak some panko. (Why does “soak some panko” sound vaguely dirty?  Like it’s code word for weird Japanese porn.)
Next we combine our beef, scallion whites, soaked panko and seasoning then get to rolling some balls (Well, that one’s a little more obvious.)
We throw some orzo into our broth, then we add the meatballs.
Meatballs Cooking
We make a mixture of eggs and lemon juice, then we temper it by mixing in some hot broth. We remove the soup from the heat, slowly add in the egg mixture.  Season it to taste and we’ve got our hard-to-pronounce Greek soup.
Soup in Pot
The salad is just some thinly sliced romaine with scallion greens and a dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Salad
Our finished ballsy soup:
Soup
Taste: Good, but a touch sour
Portion Size: Generous
I liked this soup, while my boyfriend found it to be too sour.  I did agree that a lighter touch with the lemon would have made the soup much tastier.  The salad seemed pretty unexciting and like a bit of an afterthought.  Some tomatoes or feta would have made it feel more like a more satisfying side dish.  This soup was certainly not a terrible dish, but it would have definitely benefited from some tweaking.
Good for Entertaining?: Probably not.  The soup wasn’t compelling enough for entertaining and there just wasn’t much to the side salad.

OVERALL
Verdict:
Like!
I adored the salmon recipe.  It was exactly the kind of recipe I want from this subscription – fresh, fast and easy to make again.  The soup wasn’t a huge hit, but it wasn’t bad either and since I’ve never made a Greek soup before it was a fun thing to try out.

Have you ever tried a fresh meal subscription service?  If so, what did you think?

THE BACKSTORY
Marley Spoon creates delicious, easy to follow recipes.
They deliver fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and you select your recipes from their changing weekly menu.

They are dedicated to sourcing organic and sustainable whenever possible. Building relationships with environmentally aware farms and producers ensures that the highest quality ingredients arrive at your door each week.

Using trusted delivery partners, your Marley Spoon boxes come insulated and chilled, staying cool for 30 hours! After delivery, all the ingredients are guaranteed to stay fresh for up to 4 days – allowing you to decide when to cook.

Marley’s Spoon donates any leftover ingredients to City Harvest. City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

Each week you’ll automatically receive great dishes, but as a flexible subscription, you can skip a week or pause your subscription anytime. You can also change delivery frequency, recipes, and the number of portions you’d like to receive.

Marley’ Spoon delivers to the mid Atlantic and New England regions: most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
Check here for the configuration of your choice

COUPON CODE: COOKSMART

Marley Spoon: Pineapple-Soy Marinated Steak & Thai Herb Pork Salad Plus $30 Coupon Code

You ever been so stressed your body just starts getting mad at you?  I spent all of Sunday with my left eye twitching.  Ever had your eye twitch for an entire day?  If Gypsy curses were real, I swear that’s what they’d do t you.  So today, I figure I’ll feature something super comforting—food, so let’s head back to the kitchen for a review of my weekly Marley Spoon subscription boxIf you’d like to try it out yourself, use the coupon code COOKSMART for $30 off.
My meal plan is for a weekly delivery of 2 meals (2 portions each), which costs $48.

Pineapple Steak Recipe
Pineapple Soy Marinated Steak with Sesame Beets

Marley Spoon always sends amazing meat and a pineapple marinade sounded great so I opted to give this one a shot.

Our usual fresh ingredients:
Pineapple Steak Ingredients
We marinate the steak, then chop and slice a lot of ginger.
Steak Marinating Ginger
We also need to rinse the beets including the greens, and slice them up.
Prepped Beets Dressing
While the beets and greens steam, we make a dressing using vinegar, sesame oil, salt & pepper and half the ginger.
The steak is done marinating so we cook it up, then allow it to rest and slice it.
Steak Cooking Sliced Steak
When we’re done, the dish looks like this:
Pineapple Soy Steak
Taste: Good
I liked the marinade on the steak and I thought it was very tasty with just a hint of the pineapple flavor.  Unfortunately, the side dish of beets not as appealing.  I feel like roasting the beets would have brought out more flavor and the greens shrunk down so much there just wasn’t enough of them in there.
Portion Size: Very good.  Enough steak per person and way more beets then you need.
Good for Entertaining?: Yes, but only the steak portion.  I’d make the steak again and serve it with a side of coconut rice and a mango black bean salad.  For a cocktail, I’d go with piña coladas to match the hint of pineapple in the steak.  Appetizers would be something fresh, like a shrimp summer roll.  Dessert would highlight a tropical fruit like a mango cheesecake.

Pork Salad Recipe
Thai Herb & Pork Salad with Radish and Carrots

I don’t cook pork that often – particularly ground pork, so I thought I’d give this a try.
More fresh ingredients:
Pork Salad Ingredients
We prep the vegetables and then brown our pork.
Salad Prep Cooked Pork
We stir in fish sauce and half the lime juice, and this is where it gets…stinky.  My boyfriend actually shouted.  “What is that stench!”  When I replied that it’s fish sauce, he answered, “Why does it stink that bad!  Open a window!”
Honestly, it really did smell like feet and death.
Next we make the salad and serve it on a giant platter.  We have to pick mint and basil leaves from stems, because no Marley Spoon box is complete without a really tedious task.
Our giant, stinky salad:
Thai Pork Salad
Taste: Meh
Thankfully this tasted better than it smelled, but it just wasn’t all that compelling.  I think it would have benefited from some peanuts or a tropical fruit like pineapple or mango.  Just something to punch up the flavor and interest.
Portion Size: Very Generous
Good for Entertaining?: Nope. It’s not interesting and cooking it would stink up the house.

OVERALL
Verdict:
Boring
Let’s start with the positives – the steak was lovely, all the ingredients were fresh, and neither of these recipes were particularly complicated.  Unfortunately, I found the side dish on the steak to be rather lackluster and the pork dish to be unremarkable.  I feel like if you’re going to feature a salad for a main dinner in a meal sub, it really needs to be something special. I’ve gotten a bit pickier with skipping weeks for recipes that don’t thrill me so we’ll see if those are more to my taste.

Have you ever tried a fresh meal subscription service?  If so, what did you think?

THE BACKSTORY
Marley Spoon creates delicious, easy to follow recipes.
They deliver fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and you select your recipes from their changing weekly menu.

They are dedicated to sourcing organic and sustainable whenever possible. Building relationships with environmentally aware farms and producers ensures that the highest quality ingredients arrive at your door each week.

Using trusted delivery partners, your Marley Spoon boxes come insulated and chilled, staying cool for 30 hours! After delivery, all the ingredients are guaranteed to stay fresh for up to 4 days – allowing you to decide when to cook.

Marley’s Spoon donates any leftover ingredients to City Harvest. City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

Each week you’ll automatically receive great dishes, but as a flexible subscription, you can skip a week or pause your subscription anytime. You can also change delivery frequency, recipes, and the number of portions you’d like to receive.

Marley’ Spoon delivers to the mid Atlantic and New England regions: most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
Check here for the configuration of your choice

COUPON CODE: COOKSMART

Marley Spoon: Cod & Orange Braised Fennel & Spring Herb Chicken Pot Pie Plus $30 Coupon Code

It’s Foodie Friday here at Subscription Therapy, as I head back to the kitchen for a review of my weekly Marley Spoon subscription boxIf you’d like to try it out yourself, use the coupon code COOKSMART for $30 off.

My meal plan is for a weekly delivery of 2 meals (2 portions each), which costs $48.

Cod & Orange Braised Fennel with Parmesan Asparagus Fries
One of the main reasons I love Marley Spoon is it gets me to try out fish recipes that I find otherwise intimidating.
Cod Recipe
Our usual fresh ingredients:
Cod Ingredients
Another Marley Spoon recipe, another call for a “breading station”.  Conveniently, the photo on the recipe card shows like 8 stalks of asparagus that we need to dredge and bread.  But my bag came with approximately 5 million.  I almost cried in the middle, these damn things took me so long to finish.  Once they were breaded, they went into the oven for 15 to 17 minutes.
Breading Station Asparagus Breading Station Asparagus Before
Once I’d turned 85 and finished the asparagus, I had to slice fennel –which I’ve never done before.  Normally I’m pretty good with the word “slice” but fennel is not exactly the easiest vegetable to cut.  I think the recipe card should have offered some instruction or visual on how best to attack it.  With no instructions, my slicing went about as well as you could imagine.  Once I had my oddly shaped fennel slice, I browned them in butter, then simmered them with orange juice until the sauce reduced.  I topped it with the cod (which seemed a bit smaller than most fish portions I’d received before) and baked.
Fennel Cod Cooking
In the end, I got this:
Braised Cod
Taste: No Bueno
The best thing about this dish was the asparagus and they were so time consuming to prepare that I’d reserve them for times when the main dish is very easy, (like when you just dump a bunch of stuff in the slow cooker).  I was super generous with the pepper and the cod was still alarmingly bland.  The fennel and orange juice just didn’t work and the ratio of fennel to fish was way off.  I don’t know too many people who could eat that much fennel, but I also don’t know how to cut fennel so maybe I’m  not the best reference point.
Portion Size: Lots of asparagus and fennel – very little fish.
Good for Entertaining?: No.  The asparagus is tasty but way too labor intensive for a party/guests.

Spring Herb & Chicken Pot Pie with Asparagus
If it comes with puff pastry, I’ll probably choose it.
Pot Pie Recipe
More fresh ingredients:
Pot Pie Ingredients
So Marley Spoon included extra puff pastry and said we could just save it for later use.  I opted to cook the extra portions so if someone wanted more pastry with the pot pie they could have it.
Pot Pie Dough
This recipe called for some basic prep of slicing veggie sand chopping chicken.
Pot Pie Ingredients Chopped Chopped Chicken
You brown the chicken in a pot, remove it when browned, add in scallions celery and garlic then throw the chicken back in with flour.
Cooking Filling
After a minute, we add in Dijon mustard, broth and water.  After another 5 minutes are asparagus goes into simmer for another five and then are filling is done.

Cooked Pastry
We bake the puff pastry and then build are deconstructed pot pie.
Chicken Pot Pie
Taste:
Like!
This had a nice fresh taste and I loved the ease of the recipe.  We cooked the majority of the recipe in one pot and prep was really straightforward.  The concept of a lighter chicken pot pie for sSpring was a very good one.  The recipe was thoughtful and appropriate for the season.  I’d love to see more recipes like this one in my boxes.
Portion Size: Very Generous, we were able to have seconds.
Good for Entertaining?: Not really.  I think this is a great weeknight recipe, but I don’t think it’s interesting enough for guests.

OVERALL
Verdict:
  A mixed bag
Two recipes and two wildly different experiences.  It’s not just in the flavors, but in the thought behind the recipes and the effort required to make them.  The cod was probably one of the worst recipes I’ve received from Marley Spoon to date and the portion of the fish felt far stingier than other fish dishes from them.  The chicken pot pie was tasty, light and just the type of weeknight meal I think most subscribers are looking for.  I think Marley Spoon should work on a consistency with the type of recipes they offer.

Have you ever tried a fresh meal subscription service?  If so, what did you think?

THE BACKSTORY
Marley Spoon creates delicious, easy to follow recipes.
They deliver fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and you select your recipes from their changing weekly menu.

They are dedicated to sourcing organic and sustainable whenever possible. Building relationships with environmentally aware farms and producers ensures that the highest quality ingredients arrive at your door each week.

Using trusted delivery partners, your Marley Spoon boxes come insulated and chilled, staying cool for 30 hours! After delivery, all the ingredients are guaranteed to stay fresh for up to 4 days – allowing you to decide when to cook.

Marley’s Spoon donates any leftover ingredients to City Harvest. City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

Each week you’ll automatically receive great dishes, but as a flexible subscription, you can skip a week or pause your subscription anytime. You can also change delivery frequency, recipes, and the number of portions you’d like to receive.

Marley’ Spoon delivers to the mid Atlantic and New England regions: most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
Check here for the configuration of your choice

COUPON CODE: COOKSMART

Marley Spoon: Bucatini Puttanesca with Shrimp & Fried Chicken Sandwiches Plus $30 Coupon Code

It’s Tuesdays with Marley as I head back to the kitchen for a review of my weekly Marley Spoon subscription boxIf you’d like to try it out yourself, use the coupon code COOKSMART for $30 off.

Now to start there is some big news over at Marley Spoon –
“Martha Stewart and Marley Spoon have come together to bring Martha’s celebrated recipes and smart cooking techniques to your kitchen. Delivered and designed with easy weeknight cooking in mind, recipes reflect Martha’s love for seasonal ingredients and delicious flavors.”

I absolutely love Martha Stewart.  I mean she built an empire teaching people how to to do stuff like make candles out of hazelnuts.  An EMPIRE.  That’s a level of genius I can’t begin to understand.  Plus she went to jail, came out and ended up more successful.  That’s just a level of badassery that you can’t help but admire.

I actually also love most of her recipes – although I’ve found the online ones to be much more accurate than the cookbooks.  So save your money and just go to her website.

In any case, I’m excited (can’t you tell) to see what changes Martha brings to the recipes.  I’m hoping it’s less chopping coriander seeds and more one pot cooking.

My meal plan is for a weekly delivery of 2 meals (2 portions each), which costs $48.
Bucatini Puttanesca with Shrimp
I’ve never made a puttanesca and I loved Shrimp so I figured I’d try this out even though olives aren’t my most favorite thing.
Shrimp Puttanesca Recipe

Our usual fresh ingredients:
Shrimp Ingredients
This is a pretty straightforward recipe.

Olives capers
We prep our capers, olives and garlic.
While the pasta boils, we sauté some shrimp with garlic amd crushed red pepper flake in some olive oil.
Shrimp cooking
We take out the shrimp and make some sauce by adding our canned tomatoes, breaking them up and adding in our chopped ingredients.
Sauce
To finish we add pasta and reserved pasta water to the pan, return the cooked shrimp to it and add in oregano leaves we picked from their stems.  (It’s just not a Marley Spoon recipe if we don’t pick tiny leaves off of herbs).
In Pan
The finished product looks like this:
Shrimp Puttanesca
Taste: Not for me
The shrimp was fresh and the ingredients were lovely, but the finished dish was just too briny and olive-y for my taste.  I think Puttanesca is supposed to taste this way so the recipe was successful, it’s just my personal palate doesn’t agree with it.  This was quite easy to make and I’m sure someone who loves briny flavors would enjoy this.  As a note, if you leave it in the fridge, it gets hella strong.  I ended up just eating the shrimp out of the leftovers because the pasta was just too much for me.
Portion Size: Generous
Good for Entertaining?: For someone who really loves olive flavors it would be a nice dish to serve family style or at a dinner party.

Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Root Vegetable Fries
Who can say no to Fried Chicken?
Fried Chicken Recipe

More fresh ingredients:
Fried Chicken Ingredients
So first I had to prep my ingredients, which led me to realizing that I need to sharpen my knives.
Prepped Veggie Fries
While the vegetables roasted, I made the sauce for the sandwiches.
Sauce - Chicken
Then it was the fun that is breading chicken.  I was a little too generous with one breast, so the other had a bit less coating.
Cooking Chicken Chicken Draining
I fried it up and while some breading fell off, I still thought they looked pretty good.

Then it was time to build our sandwiches.
Now I love potato bread, but these buns were kind of sad and tiny – especially in comparison to the chicken.  I think we needed rolls that were a bit bigger.
Sad Buns
When all was said and done, here’s what we ended up with:
Fried Chicken Sandwich
Taste: Hit!
These were tasty and the mayonnaise sauce had a lovely dill flavor.  I loved the root vegetable fries and I thought they were a nice alternative for traditional potato fries.  The only real downside was that the bun was a bit small.
Portion Size: Good
Good for Entertaining?: Yes, for a fun laid back menu.
I’d do a take on chicken cordon bleu by adding swiss cheese, ham and mustard (in lieu of the herbed mayo and pickles).  For the veggie fries, I’d add in some sweet potatoes and serve them with some homemade ranch sauce for dipping.  As an appetizer, I’d do some kind of flavored popcorn mix with nuts and Bourbon mint Iced Tea for a cocktail.  For dessert I think I’d go with a Strawberry Tiramisu.

OVERALL
Verdict:
  Like!
I didn’t care for the taste of the shrimp recipe but that’s more about me and less about the ingredients.  I liked that it was an easy recipe that you could actually complete on a weeknight.  The chicken was delicious and I’ll definitely be trying out root veggie fries with other dishes.  All the ingredients were fresh and I feel like I learned something new, which is my goal with this sub, so I’m taking this one as a win.

Have you ever tried a fresh meal subscription service?  If so, what did you think?

THE BACKSTORY
Marley Spoon creates delicious, easy to follow recipes.
They deliver fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and you select your recipes from their changing weekly menu.

They are dedicated to sourcing organic and sustainable whenever possible. Building relationships with environmentally aware farms and producers ensures that the highest quality ingredients arrive at your door each week.

Using trusted delivery partners, your Marley Spoon boxes come insulated and chilled, staying cool for 30 hours! After delivery, all the ingredients are guaranteed to stay fresh for up to 4 days – allowing you to decide when to cook.

Marley’s Spoon donates any leftover ingredients to City Harvest. City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

Each week you’ll automatically receive great dishes, but as a flexible subscription, you can skip a week or pause your subscription anytime. You can also change delivery frequency, recipes, and the number of portions you’d like to receive.

Marley’ Spoon delivers to the mid Atlantic and New England regions: most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
Check here for the configuration of your choice

COUPON CODE for $30 Off: COOKSMART

Marley Spoon: Leek & Cabbage Tart & Lamb & Spicy Sweet Potatoes Plus $30 Coupon Code

Today we’re back in the kitchen with my weekly Marley Spoon subscription boxIf you’d like to try it out yourself, use the coupon code COOKSMART for $30 off.
My meal plan is for a weekly delivery of 2 meals (2 portions each), which costs $48.
LeeksTart Recipe
Savory Leek & Cabbage Tart with Cheese and Arugula Salad

I’ve never made a savory tart with puff pastry so I had to give this one a try.
Our usual fresh ingredients:
Tart Ingredients
The recipe isn’t too difficult but it does have quite a few steps – mostly involving the pastry.
First you prep the pastry by rolling it out and scoring the edges.
Rolling Dough Dough in Pan
Then you spread Dijon mustard over it and sprinkle it with grated Parmesan, then par-bake it.
Dough with Mustard Dough with Cheese Cooked Crust
While that goes down you clean the leeks and cabbage, chop them up and give them a sauté.
Leeks Sauteed Leeks
Next you spread the leek cabbage mixture over the tart and bake.
Cooked Veggies
While that goes down you cut up the brie and make the arugula salad.
Cheese Dressing Side Salad
After the tart is finished you top it with the cheese and let it melt.
Add Cheese
When all is said and done, you have this gorgeousness:
Savory Leek & Cabbage Tart
Taste: Love!
This box arrived right before Easter weekend so I thought I’d make this as part of my contribution to dinner.  It was tasty, light and perfectly suited for Spring.  The richness of the brie paired perfectly with the light pastry and roasted veggies. The arugula salad was simple and a nice compliment.  This is definitely one of my favorite Marley Spoon recipes.
Portion Size: Huge
Good for Entertaining?: Absolutely.  I would definitely make this again.  It’s perfect for a ladies who lunch type of event – like a garden party, tea, baby or bridal shower.  I’d serve this alongside a fancy chicken salad with a spiked fruity iced tea. Dessert would include fruit salad and adorable petite fours.

Lamb Recipe
Lamb & Spicy Sweet Potatoes with Lime Yogurt

I love lamb and Marley Spoon always sends amazing meat so this one was a no brainer.
More fresh ingredients:
Lamb Ingredients
So the first step is to cut up the sweet potatoes, toss them with olive oil, crushed red pepper and salt, then roast them. This endeavor makes me realize that I need to sharpen my knives posthaste.  Once I butcher, uh, cut the potatoes and get them in the oven, I move on to making the yogurt sauce.
Cooked Sweet Potatoes Sauce
It combines cilantro, lime zest and juice, plus salt & pepper.
We sear the steak and finish it off with some scallions.
Lamb Lamb Cooking Lamb & Scallions
Then we slice up the steak, pile it on the plate over some yogurt sauce and drape the scallions on the side.  Then we have this:
MS Lamb & Spicy Sweet Potatoes
Taste: Great with a few tweaks
I really liked the flavor of the yogurt sauce and the lamb.  Marley spoon included 3 packets of crushed red pepper which seems like a mistake.  I only used two packets, but that was still overpowering. I like spicy foods, but I don’t think the red pepper flake works in this case.  I’d use a finer spice that can more evenly coat the potatoes.  The scallions taste good but are slightly awkward to eat.
Portion Size: Good
Good for Entertaining?: Yes for a dinner party menu but with a few small tweaks.  I’d season the sweet potatoes with chipotle powder, smoked paprika and the tiniest bit of cinnamon.  I’d also slice the scallions at least in half before serving.  For this menu, I’d serve some fig & blue cheese tarts with honey as a starter and red wine sangria as the cocktail.  Dessert would feature cinnamon and I’d probably go with an fresh apple cake topped with cinnamon frosting.

OVERALL
Verdict:
  Love!
Both these recipes were tasty and while the tart had a few steps they were straightforward.  I felt like I got some great new culinary ideas from this box which one of my goals for this subscription.  This one was definitely a win!

Have you ever tried a fresh meal subscription service?  If so, what did you think?

THE BACKSTORY
Marley Spoon creates delicious, easy to follow recipes.
They deliver fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and you select your recipes from their changing weekly menu.

They are dedicated to sourcing organic and sustainable whenever possible. Building relationships with environmentally aware farms and producers ensures that the highest quality ingredients arrive at your door each week.

Using trusted delivery partners, your Marley Spoon boxes come insulated and chilled, staying cool for 30 hours! After delivery, all the ingredients are guaranteed to stay fresh for up to 4 days – allowing you to decide when to cook.

Marley’s Spoon donates any leftover ingredients to City Harvest. City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

Each week you’ll automatically receive great dishes, but as a flexible subscription, you can skip a week or pause your subscription anytime. You can also change delivery frequency, recipes, and the number of portions you’d like to receive.

Marley’ Spoon delivers to the mid Atlantic and New England regions: most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
Check here for the configuration of your choice

COUPON CODE: COOKSMART

Marley Spoon: Crispy Skinned Salmon with Coriander Carrot Salad Plus $30 Coupon Code

Welcome to another Foodie Friday, with my review of my Marley Spoon subscription box.
If you’d like to try it out yourself, use the coupon code COOKSMART for $30 off.

My meal plan is for a weekly delivery of 2 meals (2 portions each), which costs $48.

Normally you’d see two recipes, but I opted for the Lamb Flatbreads, as one of my choices and that happened to be a repeat. You can check out my review of that one, here.

Crispy Skinned Salmon with Coriander Carrot Salad
Recipe

Marley Spoon always has the freshest fish so I like to grab that option whenever I can.

Our usual fresh ingredients:
Ingredients
This recipe started with a bit of prep.
You cook some Quinoa, toast some pistachios, then chop some carrots and cilantro. You have to warm coriander seeds in a pan and then chop them.
Quinoa Nuts Coriander
For the record, no one, (I mean no one), needs to be chopping coriander seeds on a weekday, or possibly ever. They are round little pods. Now just imagine trying to chop them up. Are you envisioning little balls rolling over your kitchen? Ding Ding! Let me tell me what you’ve won!  – Extra time vacuuming your floor.
Seriously Marley Spoon, just chop these for us. Please.

Next you’re steaming carrots while the salmon cooks.
Cooking Salmon
One salmon came out perfectly and the other had a bit of a skin malfunction, but hey, if it can happen to Janet Jackson, why should salmon be immune?
Crispy Salmon
The carrots get mixed up with the dressing, cilantro and nuts to make the salad.
Dressing Chopped Salad
When we are finished we get this lovely plate:
Marley Spoon Crispy Skinned Salmon with Coriander Carrot Salad
Taste: Hit!
I shared this with my Mom, since my boyfriend isn’t a huge salmon fan. She loved the quality of the fish and said she enjoyed it. Typically I am anti-quinoa, but in this application I thought it worked really well. The carrot salad was a nice counterpoint to the quinoa texture. I thought the flavors were really nice and fresh.  The skin was crispy and the salmon was flaky and not remotely fishy.  The recipe was a little fussy what with the coriander seed issue, but other than that it was pretty straightforward (although you do end up using quite a few pots and pans).
Portion Size: Good
Good for Entertaining?: Yes, but for a Dinner Party.
This dish has a nice fresh, refined quality to it so I’d pair it some fancier offerings. For a drink, I’d go with a sweet white (like a Riesling) and an appetizer I could make ahead, like a zucchini goat cheese tart (or some other savory tart). For dessert, something lemon – there’s a lemon almond cake recipe I’ve been eyeing, so I’d probably give that one a whirl.

Have you ever tried a fresh meal subscription service? If so, what did you think?

THE BACKSTORY
Marley Spoon creates delicious, easy to follow recipes.
They deliver fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and you select your recipes from their changing weekly menu.

They are dedicated to sourcing organic and sustainable whenever possible. Building relationships with environmentally aware farms and producers ensures that the highest quality ingredients arrive at your door each week.

Using trusted delivery partners, your Marley Spoon boxes come insulated and chilled, staying cool for 30 hours! After delivery, all the ingredients are guaranteed to stay fresh for up to 4 days – allowing you to decide when to cook.

Marley’s Spoon donates any leftover ingredients to City Harvest. City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

Each week you’ll automatically receive great dishes, but as a flexible subscription, you can skip a week or pause your subscription anytime. You can also change delivery frequency, recipes, and the number of portions you’d like to receive.

Marley’ Spoon delivers to the mid Atlantic and New England regions: most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
Check here for the configuration of your choice

COUPON CODE: COOKSMART

Marley Spoon: Caramel Chicken with Bok Choy & Flat Iron Steak Plus $30 Coupon Code

For Sunday, we’re going to have some fun with food as I review my weekly Marley Spoon subscription boxIf you’d like to try it out yourself, use the coupon code COOKSMART for $30 off.

My meal plan is for a weekly delivery of 2 meals (2 portions each), which costs $48.

Caramel Chicken with Steamed Bok Choy and Rice
Chicken is the go to protein in my household and the caramel sounded intriguing.
Caramel Chicken Recipe

Our usual fresh ingredients:
Caramel Chicken Ingredients
This recipe was relatively simple.  We cook the rice, clean the bok choy and chop up some garlic and scallions.
Garlic & Scallions
Then we brown our chicken, remove it from the pain, make the sauce then finish the chicken in the pan, while we steam the bok choy.
Searing ChickenSteam Bok Choy
The sauce gets reduced to something syrup and caramel-like and
voila:
Caramel Chicken with Steamed Bok Choy
Taste: Hit!
I liked the simplicity of this recipe and the flavors were quite good.  I’ve never made bok choy myself and I found it easy to work with and quite tasty.  Despite the name, the chicken sauce isn’t too sweet.  I think this is a great weeknight recipe. Not overly fussy and a well rounded meal.
Portion Size: Good
Good for Entertaining?: Not really.  It wasn’t special enough for entertaining.

Flat Iron Steak with Oven Fires and Blistered Potatoes
Marley Spoon always delivers amazing meat so when they offer steak I usually grab it.
Flat Iron Steak Recipe

More fresh ingredients:
Flat Iron Steak Ingredients
So we slice up some potatoes and peppers, drop some garlic on the aforementioned peppers and toss them in the oven on a baking sheet. We mix up some mayo with garlic and set that aside.
Peppers & Potatoes
Meanwhile we sear the steak and remove it from the pan.  We add some thyme springs and butter and the steak back in and finish it off.
Cooked Steak
Now we need to finish off the vegetables in the broiler, and this is where it gets tricky for me.  My oven is very old and the broiler is a drawer at the bottom with a tiny tiny square shape.  I can’t fit a standard cookie sheet in there (nor can I control the temperate).  So I pile all our vegetables into a tiny square baking dish and hope for the best.
Shallots
While the vegetables burn cook, I sauté some shallots, add in water, red vinegar, salt and pepper, then create the sauce.
Broiled
We grab the vegetables from the broiler, unevenly cooked, but thankfully not charred and our finished plate looks like this:
Flat Iron Steak wiht Oven Fries & Blistered Peppers
Taste: Excellent, except the mayo
Portion Size: Problematic
I didn’t get the mayo at all.  We already have butter for richness and I didn’t know if the mayo was for the steak or the vegetables (or both).  It didn’t add anything special to the dish.  I also didn’t care for dealing with the giant pieces of pepper on my plate. The steak itself tasted great and the sauce was simple but not too heavy.
Good for Entertaining?: Yes, with tweaking. I’d change the mayo sauce to a chipotle sauce using either sour cream or Greek yogurt as the base.  I’d turn the peppers into more of salad by slicing them thinly after cooking and mixing them up with the shallots.  For entertaining, I’d serve this in more of a dinner party setting.  So I’d probably start with a wild mushroom soup served with some fresh bread and end with chocolate lava cakes and fresh berries.  For alcohol I’d probably go with a cabernet.

OVERALL
Verdict:
  Hit!
I thought both of these recipes had great flavors and my issues with the steak dish were very minor so they didn’t sway my overall opinion too much.  The meat that came with the box was very high quality and I can really taste the difference from the Marley Spoon meat versus what I pick up from my grocery store.

Have you ever tried a fresh meal subscription service?  If so, what did you think?

THE BACKSTORY

Marley’s Spoon creates delicious, easy to follow recipes.
They deliver fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and you select your recipes from their changing weekly menu.

They are dedicated to sourcing organic and sustainable whenever possible. Building relationships with environmentally aware farms and producers ensures that the highest quality ingredients arrive at your door each week.

Using trusted delivery partners, your Marley Spoon boxes come insulated and chilled, staying cool for 30 hours! After delivery, all the ingredients are guaranteed to stay fresh for up to 4 days – allowing you to decide when to cook.

Marley’s Spoon donates any leftover ingredients to City Harvest. City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.

Each week you’ll automatically receive great dishes, but as a flexible subscription, you can skip a week or pause your subscription anytime. You can also change delivery frequency, recipes, and the number of portions you’d like to receive.

Marley’ Spoon delivers to the mid Atlantic and New England regions: most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Monthly Cost:
Varies by number of servings and number of meals.
Check here for the configuration of your choice

COUPON CODE: COOKSMART