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June, 13, 2014

In the Kitchen with Blue Apron…

Most of you know we just moved into our new home and I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am! After having half of our belongings packed away in storage for 8 months, I was more than ready to get organized and into the swing of our regular routine again, including making fresh and healthy dinners. I love to cook. However, while we were building, we ate out more often than not. Both Drew and I could feel it catching up with us and we just weren’t feeling energized like we usually do when we are able to eat a healthy home cooked meal. Since moving in, we’ve tried to eat at home as much as we can but I’m always surprised at how much food, especially fresh produce, is wasted because we can’t get through it before it goes bad.

Today, I want to introduce you to Blue Apron, a food service that delivers amazing recipes along with fresh ingredients, in the right amounts to your front door step weekly. I had heard great things about Blue Apron through one of my moms friends a few months ago so when they reached out to me to try their meals, I was totally on board! I’ll admit, I was a little nervous to cook the recipes because from the photos on the instruction cards, they seemed so gourmet but I was so surprised at how easy they were to make and how beautifully the finished meals turned out! Take a look!

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The three meals were so delicious and so fun to cook! I enjoyed cooking something totally new and totally outside my comfort zone. I’m looking forward to whipping up more Blue Apron meals for me and my hubby in the future.

If you’re interested in trying Blue Apron, the first 250 Pink Peonies readers to sign up will enjoy 2 free meals! There’s no commitment, you can cancel any time or skip meals. Click here to see if your home falls within the Blue Apron delivery zone (they ship to 80% of the U.S.)  Happy cooking!

xo, Rach

Thanks to Blue Apron for sponsoring this post.

  1. Mira says:

    The meals look so delicious. Love the photos :)

    xx Mira

  2. Love this!! Gorgeous photos and the food looks amazing!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  3. Katy says:

    Thats awesome! I love your sweater! Your home is BEAUTIFUL! xo

  4. Ana says:

    Wasted fresh food is one of the excuses I give myself for not cooking more. This sort of service would solve my problems. Hope they get to Europe soon.

    Ana x

  5. Deanna says:

    Great post Rach! The food looks delish as does your white & marble kitchen! I love your lifestyle posts :) Have an awesome weekend!


  6. Georgia says:

    Holy Moly, your kitchen is gorgeous! Can we have a tour please?

  7. Ally says:

    What a great way to make sure you’re eating fresh and healthy home cooked meals!

  8. MH says:

    I love your watch. Where is it from?

  9. Yum! This looks so great and I’m definitely going to order a couple of things and try it out. By the way, your kitchen is lovely! xo Nina

  10. Heidi says:

    YUM! My husband and I ate out more than we care to admit when we were renovating our kitchen and it certainly added to the grumpiness of not having a functioning kitchen. These meals look delicious, thanks for sharing.

  11. What a fun way to be organized while cooking! It’s great that they send all of the ingredients right to your door step.

  12. Libby Glaser says:

    The meals look so yummy!! And your kitchen is beautiful! Congrats on your new house!

    xo, Libby

  13. Love your lifestyle posts! Your kitchen is gorgeous. Would you mind sharing how PP readers can qualify for 2 free meals? Thank you!

  14. Ash says:

    Your kitchen is so pretty!!

    Xo Ash
    Sincerely Miss Ash

  15. Lyndsay says:

    The ratatouille filled zucchini sounds and looks amazing! I have been wanting to try making ratatouille lately and I think putting it over zucchini is such a great idea! Your kitchen is so beautiful by the way!

    prosecco in the park

  16. Natalil says:

    Mmmmm, all three recipe look so yummy!! Thanks for sharing these recipes, I’ll try them out :)

  17. I’ve heard of this and have been wanting to try it out–especially because I’m not that great in the kitchen! Thanks for sharing, your kitchen is beautiful!

    Brittany Blake

  18. Great pics! Those meals look super good and super healthy. They would really come in handy especially since I have a new baby, and not a ton of time to grocery shop :)


  19. Huong says:

    You KNOW I agree with this post, Rach! Healthy food is where it’s at! I’m glad to see someone like you notice how you physically feel when you eat differently. Most people don’t and just eat whatever they want.

    P.S. Vietnamese food is where it’s at! However, I haven’t seen a Vietnamese summer roll made with those ingredients so that was interesting to see. If you or your family are ever up to it, go to restaurants where the restaurant names are all Vietnamese like Phở Biên Hòa, you’re guaranteed authenticity! :)

  20. robyn says:

    Rach, you’re kitchen is as beautiful as you are! Soooo in love and inspired!

    Love from Montreal,
    Robyn xo

  21. Rosie says:

    Oh man they don’t deliver out here, I can’t wait for this to be available in TX!

  22. I don’t know if I’m more excited to see photos of that food or more photos of your kitchen! Both look great by the way!

  23. McKenna says:

    This is so cool! I have never heard of this company, but what a great idea! I’m gonna try!!

  24. Marine says:

    You have a very beautiful kitchen ! All these recipes look delicious as well !

    Pin-Up Jet

  25. arielle says:

    all of these meals look to die for. especially that zucchini ratatouille! and p.s. I love your kitchen to light and clean feeling.

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  26. I’ve done blue apron in the past as well! Such great meals and really it’s pretty affordable if you break it down! Love the marble and flooring of your new kitchen!

    Classy Chic & Chardonnay

  27. Emily says:

    Your kitchen is unreal! I love all the added touches to make it look glamorous yet homey at the same time (including the sparkling lemonade from TJ)!

  28. The first recipe looks so yummy!


  29. Emma says:

    Such a cool idea and they look really yummy!

    Emma | With A City Dream

  30. kelsey says:

    these photos are gorgeous!
    ladies in navy

  31. Taylor says:

    This sounds so amazing!! First, the pictures are stunning!! Second, that food looks so yummy!! Third, You look great!!!

    xo, Taylor

  32. M. Akua says:

    wow! what an amazing blog! just heard of it right now! I’m already a fan!
    following you on instagram :)


    M. Akua

  33. Angelina says:

    LOVE that you did a cooking post! So cute!


  34. Melissa says:

    Lovely photos and that looks delish!
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  35. Ashley says:

    Your kitchen is stunning!

  36. Eva says:

    These photos are so inspiring and the meals look amazing! xx

  37. Jennifer says:

    Love that and how yummy!

  38. Lauren says:

    We’ve been using blue apron for a couple months now and LOVE it! It’s so nice to have all the groceries you need to make a delicious dinner and I love not having to think about what we’re going to have for dinner a couple nights a week. Plus I’ve learned some new cooking skills!

    P.S. Your kitchen is stunning!

    P.P.S. Are you both vegetarians? I notice you had 3 veggie meals.

  39. Kirsten says:

    The food looks so delicious but I couldn’t help but focusing on your gorgeous kitchen!! It is to die for! I love the white marble with those hardwood floors. Totally swooning!

    xo, k

  40. yuka says:

    yummmm looks so good! im def gonna check them out!

  41. Alison says:

    How do you get your 2 free meals when signing up? Is there a code to use?

  42. Debbie Pinchot says:

    You’re kitchen is gorgeous. I really like you’re casual outfit. Actually prefer this to you’re dresser posts. Home cooking is always the best.

  43. nikki says:

    those rolls look so yummy!


  44. First off your kitchen is gorgeous! Your meals look great. Blue Apron sounds like a perfect idea.

    Stay Styled,


  45. Amanda says:

    Hi Rach! I have to say first that I LOVE your new home and your blog! I am a daily reader! :) I am recently engaged and have started the registering process for our November wedding. I absolutely love the stainless cookware pots, and pans (I was excited to see you have them!). My question is about the maintenance and if you would recommend them. I was worried how hard it would be to keep them looking all shiny and pretty! I’m sure you must be super busy but if you happen to see this I would love your advice! Hope to hear back from you! XOXO, Amanda

  46. Amanda says:

    Hi Rach! First of all, I LOVE your new home and your blog! I am a daily reader! :) I am recently engaged and have started the registering process for my wedding in November. I love the stainless pots and pans but was wondering how hard it is to keep them all shiny and pretty (I was so excited to see in today’s post that you have them!). I’m sure you’re super busy but if you happen to see this post I would love your advice on whether or not you would recommend them! Thank you so much!
    XOXO, Amanda

  47. Mary says:

    Hi Rachel, I’m curious what pots and pans you’re using. Are they All-Clad? How do you like them? Also, what knives do you use? I’m in need of a new set that will last a long time and handle lots of use. … I really enjoy your blog. Love the outfits you put together, especially those shoes of yours!

  48. Athena says:

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

  49. Kristi says:

    Yum! These look amazing! Fabulous kitchen, too!

    xx, Kristi

  50. Mel says:

    Love your kitchen!

    xo Mel
    turquoise blonde

  51. Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look
    of your site is great, as well as the content!

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  52. Great vegetarian recipes! Love vietnamese spring rolls and are perfect for the summer :)


  53. Sylvia says:

    Lovely post :) I really adore your blog you are such an inspiration to me! We had our boxes in a storage for 8 months too this year and we ate outside every time and I really ended up feeling so unhealthy :) I am glad I wasn’t the only one! Wonderful home can’t wait for a house tour on the blog and your cooking looks lovely I think I should visit SLC very soon ;)

    Xo Sylvia

  54. Leanne says:

    This is such a clever idea! It must have you so much time. I have to say, your kitchen looks like my ultimate dream come true!

    Love from South Africa

  55. Bethany Kate says:

    Blue Apron is such a good idea. Definitely going to look in to it myself! Beautiful kitchen too, your new home looks as though it was well worth the wait!

    Bethany Kate xo

  56. Kris says:

    Rach- what brand of kitchen faucets are in the photos – and what finish? Is it Rohl Tuscan Brass or Inca Brass – or something else? I love the patina. I am re-doing my kitchen now…. Is that carrara marble?

  57. Bridgette says:

    You have a gorgeous kitchen!

  58. Lindsay says:

    Just bought your sweater – wish I could buy your kitchen too :) Absolutely amazing, congrats!!

  59. Emily says:

    This is such a beautiful post — I can’t wait to sign up! Also, your kitchen is AMAZING. XO

  60. Joules says:

    Looks delicious! I love to cook–should definitely try some summer roles this summer.

    Style by Joules

  61. Mana says:

    I need to try this. I’ve been trying to eat healthier for a long time, but end up throwing away half the produce I buy too, this idea is genius.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  62. Jess says:

    Have loved following along your journey with the new house, Rach! It’s absolutely beautiful! Congrats! Love these fresh recipes too, will have to try them soon!



  63. Benedetta says:

    Mmmm so yummy!!!!!
    Be Happy with Fashion

  64. Angelica says:

    Do you have any tips for chopping onions without crying or having onion smell on your hands all day?


  65. Gorgeous post Rach! Love this idea. Is the first 250 still open? Would love to sign up! xo

  66. Janet Torres says:

    What material Was used for The backsplash? I really liike this!

  67. JP says:

    nice dishes! I might give them a try when I have time! :)

  68. Ailee says:

    Gorgeous kitchen! Random question, but is that carrera marble? If so, have you found that it stains easily?

  69. DeAnna says:

    Love love the Waterstone Faucets in your kitchen! Fashion and jewelry for your kitchen available in over 30 finishes.

  70. Lindsay says:

    I am in love with your blue and white dishes! Can you tell me where I can find them?

  71. Tatyana says:

    Hi Rachel, I’d like to model my kitchen after yours as it’s absolutely gorgeous! Is there any chance you could share the details on hardware (kitchen cabinets and sink) and the backsplash you used?

  72. Sarah says:

    Hi Rach,

    I’m working on renovating my kitchen and your’s is one of my inspiration kitchens that I’m modeling it after. Would you mind sharing where you got your kitchen knobs and pulls from and the name? Thanks!

  73. Jennifer says:

    What company did you go with for the cabinets??

Rach Parcell

In September of 2011 I created Pink Peonies as a place to document the things I loved. Since then, it has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style though daily outfits, beauty tips, home style and much more!

Ever since I was a little girl I've dreamed of creating my own line. After countless hours of working towards that dream, I've finally launched my first collection!

It's full of classic, feminine and romantic pieces that you'll keep in your closet for years to come and wear over and over again!