Tag Archives: lentils

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Blue Apron Meals

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I’ve heard a lot about Blue Apron Meals. Joy is a big fan, and was kind enough to gift me with a box.

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Three vegetarian-friendly meals arrived, packed on ice…

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…complete with step-by-step instructions.

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While the ingredients are all measured out, you still have to clean/prep them…

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…which does wind up taking a bit of time…

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…but I love that I don’t have to figure out what to do with all my leftover herbs/spices.

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Packaging-wise, there’s a lot of plastic…

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…but the results are quite good, and stunning too! This is the Fresh Beet Pasta, and above is the Louisiana-Style Red Lentils (<—click for recipes).

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Still have yet to make the last dish. Overall, the results are great and I love the concept – I just wish there was a way to customize dietary preferences/order just one meal a week, rather than the required 3 – for a food blogger who eats out almost every meal, finding time to stay home/cook is challenging. My friend Emily recently did a very thorough, detailed review which included the meat options – she has a link for 2 free meals on her site, as well.

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Newmami Burger

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Oh, Umami Burger – it’s been too long – far too long!

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There are some new things on the menu since our last visit in September, including a new vegetarian option – “The Sloppy Mami,” a vegetarian take on the Sloppy Joe with lentils, mushrooms, tomatoes, cream, cheddar, onion, and jalapeños. Delicious, and indeed MESSY.

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On the side – their “Smushed Potatoes” – double fried creamer variety served with roasted garlic aioli.

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I’ve never actually made Jacques Pepin’s Potatoes, but this is what I imagine them tasting like?  Tracy has a recipe on her site now too!

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What’s New Pussycat

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Things have been busy again. I want my fellow actors – those of you who are cuckoo with auditions and those of you are like “What’s a pilot season?” – to know that you’re not alone. I feel you. I get you. I’ve been on both sides (several times, in just the last month) and neither is fun. One day it’s “Shoot me now and put me out of my misery my brain is gonna explode” and the next it’s “I WISH I had something to prepare for to drive me that crazy, what’s wrong with me that I don’t?” Both make you question why you chose to do this for a living, and then sometimes you realize, “Hey, wait a sec – I’m not even making a living off of this!” You know what’s been helpful? Watching these SAG Foundation LifeRaft videos that are FREE and so informative. Here’s the Audition Technique for Pilot Season one…

…I’ve studied with two of the four teachers and what they said pretty much sums up what I remember the most.

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The above (and below) are the work of my latest inspiration, Ann Shen.

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You need to follow her on Instagram – she posts gorgeous food pix too!

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Speaking of nom-worthy photos, there haven’t been too many lately. But this lentil patty I had at lunch with my Yes We’re Open leading man Parry the other day was pretty n unique.

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FYI – Parry’s currently on General Hospital, and his movie Unidentified just came out too!

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And one more friend plug – my longtime buddy Anthony’s Freestyle Love Supreme premiers today on Pivot. I remember when they were workshopping this show in NYC (and Abe was their DJ!) so it’s incredible to see how far it has come. FLS also stars our fellow Wesleyan grad Lin Manuel!

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P.S. HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY.