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Entries from February 2016

Blog: Hello Fresh Meal Delivery

February 23rd, 2016 · Comments

Care for some chicken or pasta?  I made it myself!   I had not committed to a meal delivery service before a friend recommended Hello Fresh to me.    I took him up on it.   Hello Fresh is an easy to cook series of boxed dinners.  You get fresh ingredients all categorized and put into boxes designated for a specific dish.  This includes fresh meats in vacuum packs.  Finally you get a recipe card with directions for cooking each dish.  You get 7 days to cook all three meals before it goes bad.  So!  I'll share with you the entire process of Hello Fresh.



It starts with the delivery.  The food comes in an ice packed box.  Open the box, then refrigerate all the pieces.  Even if you don't open it right away, the food can stay fresh up to 24 hours after delivery.

Here are the ingredient boxes inside the box, each one is designated for one of the three meals Hello Fresh designed for the week.


In this example, I'll cook the Fussiloni al Forno: it's a baked fussiloni dish with ricotta cheese, sauteed spinach, ground beef, crushed tomatoes and mozzarella on the top.  First I cooked the pasta.



While that was cooking, I started to wash the spniach.  I know it was pre-washed but I washed it again as a precaution.


While I washed the spniach, I cooked the ground beef, seasoning, and an onion/olive oil/garlic mixture.  I chopped each one beforehand per the instructions.  Later I added the spinach and ricotta cheese to this combined mixture to create the "filling".  It all got mixed in this medium bowl.



Once that's set you take the same pan you used for the ground beef, then you put in the crushed tomatoes from the packet and simmer it for a few minutes.


As that completes, I combined all the ingredients together in a baking dish.   Pasta first, then sauce.


Lastly, add the filling and top with the mozzarella and bake for several minutes.   Here's the finished pasta bake:


Ohhhhhh so good my friends!   What's really wild is that the recipe says this dish above accounts for two servings.  If that's true, these are enormous servings, and not surprisingly, half the dish is over 950 calories.    It can be stretched to four or even six meals easily.  I took 1/4, no, it might have been 1/6 of the pasta and it filled my plate.   This was a great recipe.

The recipe cards are very nice and intended to keep with other recipes.  We will be able to re-create the dish with our own ingredients in the future.

Hello Fresh is pretty awesome.   My biggest problem trying to cook myself is assembling the appropriate amount of ingredients.   These packages take the guess work out of it.  Thanks to my buddy for the recommendation.  The next blog won't be such a blatant infomercial, but meal delivery services are great -- less time at the grocery store and finished meals that are fairly close to those of fancy restaurants.  On the second day I cooked the Mozza Encrusted chicken and I was blown away by the freshness of the chicken.  It was so juicy and the chicken crust was on point.

I can't deicde yet whether to order every week or bi weekly or monthly yet.  It's monthly right now, but if I feel like I can swing the costs I can go more frequently.  I feel healthier eating these meals thus far.  A good time to be had, check out hellofresh.com if you want to give it a go yourself.

Til next time... buen provecho!

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Podcast: Warriors’ Quest for 73, NBA Trade Deadline, Gerry in Piscataway (02-17-16)

February 17th, 2016 · Comments

Gerry in Piscataway joins Dave to chat NBA Trade Deadline and the Warriors' incredibly good season so far.  Can the Golden State Warriors win at least 73 games this year and break the 1996 Bulls' 72-10 record 20 years later?  Plus we ask Cap RANDOM QUESTIONS.

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Blog: Super Blog Sunday (No Podcast Tonight)

February 10th, 2016 · Comments

Super Bowl 50!   Good buildup, good tributes to the 50 years of Super Bowls... the game?   Not so good.   However, I thought it was a great display of great defense on both ends of the field.


I'm not doing a podcast tonight, so I want to share my thoughts of the game here.  First of all, what a run for Peyton Manning.   He honestly did nothing in the game, but he played well *enough* to keep the Broncos in it.  Zero offensive touchdowns, until the very end but a great defense and a defensive score got the job done.  I was impressed at that Broncos defense.  The pass rush was sharp and Von Miller was all over the field.  DeMarcus Ware, I remember him, he was big time.   Roby and co. were KILLING IT in the pass coverage.

Having said that, what were the Panthers doing?   My goodness, whether it was Cam inexplicably not diving for a fumble late, or Ron Rivera literally making ZERO halftime adjustments.  None.   It was so obvious that the running game was not working... you gotta get away from that and try something else.  Nothing... Rivera just kept running the same tired old ineffective running plays.  What was Cam doing staying in the pocked.  I thought they should have worked him out of the pocket way more. I realize the passh rush was not giving the team time to move left OR right, but you gotta do something.

My friends, incluing Kids Club panelist Ron in NJ were calling for screen passes in the 2nd half.  This would have been great strategy.  It would at least keep the rest of the defense honest.   Just staying with the plodding pocket offense played right into Denver's hands.   I was very disappointed at the Panthers' play in Super Bowl 50.

Cam also was disappoitning.. after all the years and the strides he made, to go into that and not own your mistakes was unfortunate.   I heard about him walking out on the presser afterward.  Now, the media is ridiculous so I won't leave them blame-less, but being gracious in losing does wonders for PR.   I understand being a sore loser, but it does seem odd he was not taking more ownership of how ineffective he was... and he was ineffective - from the first pass which sailed way over a receivers head.  I also saw some dropped passes too, but he had a tough day.  I don't think thats so egregous... even the greatest QB's ever had tough days.  I think all most people wanted was for him to own up to it.

Cam's got a great career going and more of the same ahead of him.  It reminds me of LeBron when he lost in the finals... he won most of his life, losing can be a tough thing to respond to, and LeBron was just as bad in the pressers.  Remember his "Well at least I have a nice house and a nice life" speech?  Not so good.

Similarly, I think Cam is just so amazing that his moment will come.  Manning looked just as bad in supe rbowls, hell, he looked pretty bad THIS year but he had a great team around him to pick him up.  --but it was tough to defense his general lack of poise in the face of the big moment.  He did shake Peyton's hand and congratulate him to be fair, so that part I don't really harp on.

That puts it in the books!   Another NFL season come and gone.  I hope for bigger things next year.  I feel really good about my own team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, having a big year.  More people will be healthy.   They really need to draft defensive backs this year.   That's got to be a priority.  Not sure what will be available that low on the draft board but we shall see what they do.   2016 will be a big NFL year methinks.

That's it for the moment.   Now -- its time to catch up on College Basketball and food and all the good things.  Hope life is good to you all, 'til next time...

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Podcast: Super Bowl Week pt III: Prop Bets & Predictions (02-03-16)

February 3rd, 2016 · Comments

On our third edition of the three part Super Bowl Podcast series, Tom in Northern Virginia and Dave break down the Prop Bets for Super Bowl 50.  We'll cover zany props and some traditional props including the predicted winning gatorade bath color!  Join us for this plus our Super Bowl 50 predictions between the Panthers and Broncos.

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Podcast: Super Bowl Week pt II: Panthers vs Broncos - Legacy of Manning (02-02-16)

February 2nd, 2016 · Comments

On part 2 of our 3 part Super Bowl Podcast Series, Tom in NJ & Andy in Seattle join Dave to discuss the Legacy of Peyton Manning in what we believe is his last NFL game.  Can he make one last stand and do enough to will the Broncos to victory?  Or -- will the young gun Cam Newton dazzle the crowd with his play and collaborate with a very good Panthers defense to win the Super Bowl instead.   More matchup talk, plus some coverage of Media Day and other Super Bowl fun facts!

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Podcast: Super Bowl Week Pt I: Panthers vs Broncos (02-01-16)

February 1st, 2016 · Comments

Part I of our Super Bowl Week Podcasts in the City.  Jacob Rosales joins Dave to chat about the Panthers' great defense vs a similarly strong Broncos Defense.  This edition we cover the X's and O's of the matchup, and what Panthers QB Cam Newton can do against the Broncos while Peyton Manning, QB for the Broncos, tries to match up against Coleman, Kuechly, and Allen. Plus: an announcement regarding Kevin on the Cape.

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