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.

Cooking: My Five Favorite Food Apps

Recently, Cristina and I jumped back on the fitness band wagon. We did well until the half-marathon and slowly succumbed back to our old ways. It’s not the food we write about on here that got us out of shape; it’s the food we don’t write about that hurt us. This weekend we did a pantry cleanse and said goodbye to (most) processed foods. Some we just have to exercise moderation.

Yet, we need help. Technology to the rescue. So these are my top five food apps.

  1. My Fitness Pal: My Fitness Pal is at its heart a food diary. You keep track of your food, and it breaks it down by calories, sodium, protein, fat, etc. This is the rare app that actually does the job better than its corresponding website, at least with the food diary. However, My Fitness Pal should be named My Fitness Pals. What separates it from the other food diaries out there is that it has a social networking component. You can provide encouragement to your friends. This is what truly makes it a great app.
  2. Fooducate: Let’s face it, sometimes we don’t know if a food is healthy. Words like natural and multigrain are not regulated so any food company can label their foods with those words. Fooducate does the work for you. Scan the code and you are given a grade on your food. That healthy Kashi we bought a couple of weeks back was given a grade of C+. Not horrible but too much sugar. The fact that app also gives you suggestions for healthier alternatives pushes the app to a must have if you are interested in what is in the food you are eating.
  3. How to Cook Everything: See this blog for more details. For my meat shunning friends, he does have a How to Cook Everything Vegetarian as well.
  4. Seafood Watch: Food safety is important. So is sustainability. I know too many good local fishermen who don’t need to suffer because we want to import in cheap and possibly dangerous seafood. This app lets you know if the fish you are choosing is safe to eat according to its place of origin.
  5. Open Table: This app has nothing to do with dieting. This makes going out to eat easy. Calling on your smartphone to make a reservation? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Actually, you probably do, but why when this app makes it easy. Just like on the phone, you can give all your information the restaurant needs about your party. Unlike on the phone, this app shows you what times are available. Best part of this app: you can change your reservations on the fly.

Family-ing: The Menu for the Captain’s Lady Cafe

My mom decided that running a food truck was more fun than having a brick and mortar store, so this menu is not accurate anymore; however, she does continue to run the Captain’s Lady Streetcar Cafe food truck around Panama City! Check out their Facebook for upcoming events! – Cristina

A couple of posts back, I talked about how menus give way more information about what kind of food a restaurant serves.  I also talked about how my students were designing a menu for mother in law’s new breakfast and lunch cafe in Panama City, Florida.  The restaurant opened yesterday.  Here is the menu design she choose to go with (a combination of a couple of designs):

Front and Back Cover of Captain's Lady Cafe Menu

Inside of Captain's Lady Cafe Menu

Inside of Captain’s Lady Cafe Menu

Remember if you are in Panama City around breakfast or lunch, go to Captain’s Lady Cafe!