Cooking: An Early Look at Home Chef

Home Chef is a food delivery service.  You pick the number of meals you want from a variety of choices each week and they are delivered to your front doorstep.  Cristina’s sister, and Nola Nerd Couple guest blogger Cara, has been doing it for awhile now and loves it.  Each meal comes out to about $9.99 per person. This really isn’t that bad. In fact, on a recent road trip, I paid the same price for a crappy hamburger, fries, and coke.  This is much better than fast food.


I consider myself a fairly competent cook. I can take a recipe and follow it. Home Chef makes this easy especially since they send a binder with recipe cards that are very easy to read and contain plenty of pictures.  Some people will find value in that, but I find the value in the food delivery service.

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The Juicy Lucy from Home Chef with some WowWee sauce.  Came out delicious!

Now, yes I can go purchase most of these things at the store and save some money. So why do it?  Because when you cook for two, quite a bit goes to waste.  The first meal we cooked was “Juicy Lucy” stuffed hamburgers.  We rarely eat hamburgers, because we would only eat one.  That means we would have six other buns in a pack.  Now some people would say freeze it.  However, we have limited freezer space especially since we got the Big Green Egg.  I’m always looking for cheap meats to slow and low. So my only other option is to eat things on buns for at least four meals before they go bad. This means they usually go bad.

Another example of why I like this menu is that we did a meal called Grains of Paradise Crusted Sirloin Steaks.  This came with a sauce which was tasty and made the steaks different from how I usually cook them.  These are the ingredients I wouldn’t normally have on hand and would not pay for me to have for regular cooking: two green onions (I would probably have to buy more), sherry, veal demi-glace. Do I need those ingredients for this dish? Not really, but it is nice to have it and to have it only the amount I will use.

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Berbere Chicken Thighs with apricot-almond couscous and green beens.

This isn’t a service for everyone.  Larger families, it would probably make more sense to do the shopping themselves.  For a family of two it is perfect. We get to try new meals without throwing away unused portions of ingredients.

If you want to try it out, please use our link right here to get a $30 credit. You could easily get one meal for under that price just to try it out.

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