Saturday, January 20, 2007

The next best thing since sliced bread

I have recently discovered the best thing ever when it comes to cooking. It's a new place called Your Secret Kitchen. I read Heather P's blog last month and heard her raving about it. It is a place that you can put together lots of yummy meals and all the prep work is done for you. They also do all the cleaning, so you get to simply have fun. There are franchises like Dream Dinners and Super Suppers, but this is wayyy better because it is a local Mom & Daughter operation. They use local fresh ingredients and preservatives are unheard of there. The trout that I made was so fresh that it was caught that very morning from a local source. Cool huh? Another awesome thing is that their sauces are all homemade.

I did the 12 meal session and then paid a little extra to have the entrees split in 2 since they are around 6 servings each. The portions are perfect for us. I love coming home with 24 ready-to-go meals. We are eating better food (non-processed/fresh/whole wheat tortillas and breads) and yet I am not making a complete mess of my kitchen. Mind you, I can turn the kitchen into a disaster beyond belief by making the kids a peanut butter sandwich, lol. Anyway, check out a few things that I made in January (cut/pasted from their website):

-Pan-Roasted Stuffed Chicken Breasts
This was a big hit last time. A filling of sun-dried tomato, fresh basil, garlic and mild goat cheese is placed under the skin then pan-roasted to perfection! Special enough for company but bring out the cloth napkins and serve it to your family anyway! Comes with Fresh Herb Couscous.

- Carolina Pecan Crusted Trout
Fresh trout direct from WNC. Delicious topped with a pecan-breadcrumb crust and drizzled with our brown butter sage sauce... YUMMY! Comes with New Potatoes.

- Chicken Confetti Quesadillas
Cilantro pesto, jack cheese, diced colored bell peppers and chunks of all-white meat chicken combine for a super tasty and quick meal. Leave chicken out for vegetarian version. Comes with Spanish Rice.

-Parmesan Chicken Fingers
An all-time kid favorite returns! We marinate the tenders in a seasoned buttermilk bath and then you make up the crumb mixture, dip and you are done! You might want to make two! Comes with Rice Pilaf.

-Four Cheese Vegetarian Lasagna
Wonderful rich flavor! This is a mouth tingling recipe with ricotta, feta, eggplant, tomato, pesto, pumpkin, parmesan and mozzarella. The pumpkin adds an extra creaminess... try it, we're sure you will love it!

-Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry-Chipotle BBQ sauce
Lean and tender pork is marinated in our own homemade Raspberry-Chipotle BBQ sauce. Leftover sauce is then turned into a dipping sauce for the cooked meat. Done in 30 minutes or less! Comes with Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes.

We were pleasantly surprised at how good everything is. It is so funny but the entrees that we were the most leary about turned out to be our favorites. For instance, we thought that the chicken fingers would be blah but they were soooo yummy. The lasagna sounded weird but was given a big thumbs up by all of us. The trout was a scary entree to try since Clayton and I prefer fish like mahi mahi and grouper, but it was my #1 favorite. It didn't taste fishy at all.

Anyhoo, if you live in the WNC area you should try them out. They provided us with our choice of wine plus numerous yummy appetizers while we put our meals together. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and will be going back on February 1st to do it all over again. They have all of their sessions and prices listed on their site. It cost me $215 for my 12 dinner session and that made each entree $17.90 with each serving being only $2.98. I did pay an extra $20 fee to have all of my meals split in 2, but that was well worth the expense.

Give them a try, I guarantee that you will love it. :)


Renae Burt said...

Very neat....I went to Super Suppers a couple of weeks ago and thought it was too cool, and soo yummy.

Angie said...

Sounds fantastic!