One of the greatest challenges that we have faced since moving here is our kitchen. When I committed to the apt, I was stressed enough about the process that I wasn’t as detail-oriented as maybe I should have been and, as a result, I didn’t notice the small size of the kitchen, the lack of a dishwasher, and the total absence of a garbage disposal. Oops! (it must be said that Emily has been very gracious and has yet to lay any blame on me).
Anyway, as a result, we always have a pile of dirty dishes in the sink and find ourselves avoiding anything more involved than freezer-to-oven cooking (lots of frozen pizzas! ew!). One day, driving around, we noticed this place called Designed Dinners. We had heard of the concept before, but had never indulged our curiosity. In short, it’s a place that allows you to use their facilities and equipment to do your prep-work and then you take your raw food home in baggies for cooking later on.
As I’m sure you’ve guessed, in a fit of desperation, we decided to try it out. We visited their website and selected from the list of available recipes for the month. We had to choose a minimum of 16 servings of food, but that wasn’t a problem – everything looked so good and the potential payoff was worth the risk. The one difference, we found, is that the location in Belltown (the location near our apt) is a small hole-in-the-wall place. As a result, the only option is to have the cook do the assembly himself, freeze everything, and we can simply pick it all up in a box and take it home. So we put in our order, selected a day to pick up our food, and waited. A week later, our day came around and we wandered down to the storefront. Our food was conveniently all put into a single box, each meal separated into zip lock bags, ready to be defrosted and cooked – it all looked very good.
As indicated by the title of this piece, the food was great! Obviously some were better than others, but all in all, we have yet to hit a recipe that we haven’t liked to one degree or another. We’re even talking about making an appointment at the location in Capitol Hill to spend a little time doing the prep-work together. After all, what better way to learn to cook than under the watchful eye of somebody who preps everything to our total satisfaction? So…that said, if you ever find yourself making the same old junk day after day, give it a shot – what do you have to lose? There’s even a location in the Phoenix area!
Oh…and about our kitchen…we’ve come up with a plan for that…and it’s even working! Now we never go more than 2 days between doing loads of dishes!