The folks at Cook! SF recently sent me one of their dinners to try. It's different from other meal services in that part of the meal is uncooked, but it's delivered "ready to cook." It's prepped and ready to go into the pan or oven, but you still have to cook it. The meal I was sent was the Tandoori Chicken dinner with an Indian-scented basmati rice, fresh mango salsa (or chutney), and fruit tarts with homemade whipped cream. It was packed on ice in a cooler bag and delivered right to my front door. This is the perfect service for people who love to cook but don't always love prepping each and every meal. The food tasted like something I would make--it was "gourmet" without being fussy. If we could afford it, I would sign up for this service once a week. As it stands, I may use it once or twice a month for when I need to catch a break. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, I highly recommend this service. Thank you, Cook! SF!
What I liked about it: The items are fresh, locally-sourced and organic. The chicken was wonderfully-flavored, the rice was delicious, and the mango salsa was perfectly spiced. I also liked that it was plenty of food for the price. It fed my family of four for two meals, dinner and then lunch the next day. It was a great value. My kids loved it.
What I didn't like about it: Nit-picky stuff: Directions for cooking the chicken and reheating the items normally included with every order were absent with mine. I am an experienced cook so it wasn't hard for me to figure out, but less-experienced cooks may have been a little lost without the instructions. When I emailed Cook! SF to let them know, they were very responsive and emailed the directions to me. You do have to cook, so if you are looking for a straight heat-eat meal, this may not be the service for you.
Cost to you: $50 (includes generous portions of main dish, side dishes and dessert)
Cost to me: FREE
For more photos of what the meal looked like before and after, click the "read more" link below.
The nifty freezer bag:
Packed with plenty of ice packs:
Two containers of rice (one would have been fine for my family):
Four tarts plus four whipped creams:
The package of uncooked chicken:
I put the chicken into a baking dish and cooked them myself:
And I reheated the rice in the microwave, easy!: