Saturday, May 30, 2015

PLATED.COM Eating Well Made Easy

I've subscribed to which is a service that "delivers everything you need to create chef-designed recipes, making it simpler and more fun to cook at home."  Each week I receive a well-packed, well-insulated box with three different meals (6 portions).

This has put the fun back into cooking for me.  No shopping needed.  Here's how it works:
A weekly box of fresh and seasonal ingredients, pre-portioned for the recipes you choose, so you can create great food with less effort.

You can select your menus for each shipment or let ship you a surprise.

Last night we had Sautéed Shrimp with Tomato-Bacon Gravy over Creamy Grits.  It was perfect.    Very quick and easy to make.

The meals range from $12/plate-$24/plate depending on what you order.

Other recent winners were Balsamic-Glazed Sirloin with Pesto Potatoes, Charred Leeks, and Mustard Aioli; Cedar-Wrapped Salmon with Shiitake Slaw and Graffiti Eggplant; Orecchiette with Spinach Pesto, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and edible flowers, to name a few.

Each meal arrives with all ingredients wrapped in a plastic bag.   Everything needed to make the dish is included with the exception of salt and pepper, olive oil and cooking utensils.  The recipes tend to be relatively easy considering they are unique with unusual sometime exotic ingredients.  The bulk of the time to prepare the meals is the preparation of the vegetables (dicing, mincing, etc). Each menu has a letter-size recipe card with color (see photo) photos and thorough preparation and cooking instructions.

There are at least two other online competitors but I haven't tried. literally and figuratively spices up your life.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

NEW Manhattan Residential SKYSCRAPER: 56 Leonard
Herzog & de Meuron have designed an iconic tower in the New York skyline. 56 Leonard is a 60-story vertical glass expression of sculpted surfaces, cantilevers and sparkling glass.

This “new generation” of glamorous sky high towers taking over the Manhattan skyline is a jenga-inspired building that will stand at approximately 821 feet tall.

It will be TriBeCa's tallest tower and the top ten floors are penthouses.