Sometimes when I’m staring at a near-empty fridge at dinnertime, or struggling with ideas for how to celebrate my daughter’s birthday, or grappling with life’s great existential questions in general, I ask myself: What would giofrankie do? giofrankie, astute readers may recall, is the instagram handle for my friend Jen Aaronson, one-time food director at Martha Stewart, and now at the helm of the weekly meal delivery service called Marley Spoon. Everything on Jen’s feed seems to elicit the hashtag #genius or #canIbeYou. Every dish she turns out in her kitchen, it seems, strikes the perfect balance between inspirational and “Hey, I think I can actually make that.” Head over to Marley Spoon’s weekly menu plan to see what I’m talking about — Chicken Paillard with Pickled Peach and Arugula Salad, Soy-Miso Beef Burgers, Grilled Tuna Sandwiches with Salsa Fresca. They’ve got giofrankie fingerprints all over them.
Except maybe that last recipe — it’s a classic DALS dinner and in exchange for contributing a recipe to their site, Jen & Co have offered a special discount code for DALS readers should you decide to sign up. (Enter DINNERLOVE at checkout to get $40 off your first box.) All of their recipes are designed for busy parents and all of them come with the exact amount of market-fresh ingredients required, plus super simple instructions for how to put it all together. Check it out and thanks Marley Spoon!
Details: Dishes start at $8.90 per meal, including delivery, and you can skip a week anytime free of charge. Currently, they deliver to most zip codes in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.
The Catfish with Dilly Cucumbers and Grits (shown way up top) will be available on Marley Spoon during the week of July 13. For those who choose to do their own shopping, you can also find the recipe on page 108 (fish) and 161 (cucumbers) of Dinner: The Playbook. (You’re on your own for the grits. Sorry!)