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I avoided meal services for a really long time. Not only did I avoid them, but for a while, I was completely against them. I sometimes love meal planning and cooking, and even at my busiest, getting into the kitchen is stress relief. I thought ordering a pre-measured meal service was lazy and wasteful and creativity-robbing.

And then I had the opportunity last week to try Just Add Cooking for a review on the blog and I loved it. Loved loved loved it. I wish that I had discovered it this past summer when I was too busy to cook and too tired to eat and lived on tortilla chips and takeout for days.

justaddcooking Just Add Cooking provides customers with three or more delicious meals each week. The menu changes weekly, and orders placed on Wednesday are delivered on Sunday or Monday, depending on location.

We chose Coq au Vin, Pork Stroganoff, and Chana Saag for our three meals, and on Sunday afternoon, the box of food arrived. I was so excited! One really great upside of Just Add Cooking is that it is based in Boston and food is sourced locally, so food is packed and delivered same-day via courier.

I got to unpacking right away and noted that there was very little packaging compared to what I have heard about from other services. The packaging was one of the main reasons I shied away from ordering a meal service like this, and I was really pleased the way this was packaged. I also loved that the order had everything I needed for the meals except for oil, salt, and pepper.

Just Add Cooking

An envelope containing spices and recipes also contained a welcome note that listed where all of the ingredients came from, mostly New England. I loved that the food was sourced from small farms.

Just Add Cooking

Just Add Cooking   Just Add Cooking

On our first night we made the Coq au Vin, and it couldn’t have been easier. The recipe was simple to follow, and it was amazing that everything was portioned and measured for me. It made it easy for my husband, who isn’t super comfortable cooking on his own, to feel confident making dinner. This service is really perfect for those who don’t have much cooking experience. And if, like me, you love to cook and feel great doing it, it’s a nice rest to not have to think about anything; it’s all there!

recipe chopping veggies The Coq au Vin wasn’t very pretty, but it was delicious! My only gripes about this meal is that I wish there had been more of it and I wish it contained more veggies. I would add carrots next time to bump up the nutritional value. This came out exactly to two servings, which we devoured. The two other meals came out to about four servings, and left us plenty for lunch.

coq au vin I didn’t expect to love the Pork Stroganoff, but it was incredible, a lightly creamy stew over rice. Both the chicken and pork we had in our order were stellar, tender cuts of meat and clearly really high quality, some of the best meat we have ever had at home.

port stroganoff

I missed photographing our final meal, the Chana Saag, but it was a coconutty-curry with kale and chickpeas over jasmine rice, and it was incredible, especially topped with the supplied chutney and cilantro. I also added some coconut from home to make it even more flavorful.

The spices in each dish were perfectly measured and balanced making the meals flavorful and really enjoyable. I’ve been busy and stressed, and I really enjoyed knowing what we were having for dinner and almost being able to go on auto-pilot to get dinner on the table each day. Three meals for two people is $68, which is a lot less than a lot of the takeout we get, in it was much better knowing where our food came from and what exactly went into it.

And now the best news. . .

Just Add Cooking is offering boxes starting at $39 for a 2-person, 3-meal box (normally $69) and $69 for a 4-person, 3-meal box (normally $109). This is for the first box for new customers and the price will be automatically applied to your first purchase if you visit and register by clicking “Get Cooking.”

Thank you to Just Add Cooking for the complimentary meals!

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Charleston is really just one of the most delicious places I have ever been, and on our last trip to South Carolina, though we didn’t have much time, we made a point of getting in two meals there. The first was lunch at Hominy Grill, which was recommended by several former Charleston residents, and brunch at 82 Queen, which you can read about here.

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As soon as we landed in Charleston I put Hominy Grill into the GPS, and we were off. It only took about 20 minutes to get there, and we received a warm welcome before being seated in the bustling restaurant. It’s always good to see a place that busy!

Our table had beautiful flowers, and our server was very sweet. We were on a mini vacation, so we started with cocktails. The South makes me think of bourbon so I had an Old Fashioned.

Hominy Grill Charleston Old Fashioned

Complimentary boiled peanuts kept our mouths full until our food came. As we often do, we ordered a few plates to share. I had a mental checklist of the Southern fare I wanted to indulge in, and Hominy Grill helped us to cover many of them.

boiled peanutspimiento cheese platePicnic Sampler pimento cheese, shaved country ham, pickled eggs, okra pickles & garlic toasts

The Picnic Sampler got me the pimiento cheese and okra that I was craving. I can’t get enough pickled okra!


fried green tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes with ranch dressing

Fried Green Tomatoes are a favorite; I’ve even made my own healthier version. The tomatoes at Hominy Grill were better.

fried chicken

Fried Chicken Basket with pickles & pepper relish

Fried chicken is another must-have in the South, and this was buttery and flaky and juicy with perfect pickles and a tangy pepper relish.


chocolate cake

Because we hadn’t chowed down quite enough, we went for two desserts, the chocolate cake and the buttermilk pie, which is a decadent, buttery, heavenly treat.

buttermilk pieWe left stuffed and delighted with the Southern hospitality and phenomenal food we enjoyed for lunch. If you are visiting Charleston, a visit to Hominy Grill should be on your list.

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Fall Fun

Do you have a long weekend this weekend? I initially was supposed to be running the Chicago Marathon, which I deferred due to injury, but I am taking a long weekend anyway.

The weather has been gorgeous, and while fall is not my favorite season, I have to fully admit that I love my fall recipes. . . a lot. I also love long fall weekends and New England in the fall, so maybe I am coming around to the change of seasons. Just don’t show me winter.

Since I haven’t been cooking anything too exciting, but I love fall cooking, I figured I would share some old favorites. Sound good? Feel free to share your favorite recipes, drinks, fall outings, etc. in the comments. Happy weekend!


Pork with Apples and Gewurztraminer


Butternut Squash Lasagna with White Bean Puree

butternut squash lasagna

Pumpkin Spice Brownies

pumpkin spice brownies


Brussels Sprout and Bacon Mac and Cheese (also known as heavenly comfort food)

bacon Brussels sprouts macaroni and cheese


Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad

Brussels sprouts

And of course, if you are looking for fall day trips from Boston, look no further than Belkin Lookout Farm. Spend the afternoon in beautiful orchards under blue skies, then cozy up at the cider taproom!

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