Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Easy Peasy

Don't lie and tell me you haven't noticed the quality of my photos have taken a drastic turn for the worse. It's depresses me; who wants bad pictures of food? It just looks like bad food.

I wanted to give you a whole month of Thanksgiving desserts, but instead you only got 1 week. I wanted to give you German Chocolate Pie, Pumpkin Shortbread, Egg Nog Ice Cream, Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Pie, Peppermint Bars, Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, Gingerbread Brownies, Pumpkin Ice Cream, Candied Cookies, Creamy Lemon Tart, Peppermint Ice Cream, Layered Orange Shortbread with Cranberry Mousse; but I went and dropped my camera down an embankment and into a waterfall and it eventually quit on me. (I know! You are sick of hearing about it - well I'm sick of living it!)

What I can give you, however, is a review.

Dream Dinners
845 N. 100. W #105
Orem, UT   84057
Hours By Appointment

The concept of Dream Dinners is a modern answer to the dinner time dilema.

  • Step 1: Once a month make an appointment, or even better, once a year make an appointment for a revolving date for 12 months.
  • Step 2: Hang out at Dream Dinners for a few hours and simply prepare meals for an entire month.
  • Step 3: Seal them in a plastic ziploc, adhere a plastic recipe tag, and take them home to store in your freezer.
  • Step 4: Once a week transfer all your weeks meals to the fridge to thaw
  • Step 5: Each night - pull a meal out of your fridge, cook, serve, enjoy
Dream Dinners has all the ingredients, spices and items you need to make all your meals right there in their kitchen with easy to read recipes and instructions. By the time you leave you will have all the dinners you need for the whole month ready to go in your freezer, and in just a few minutes at home you can present your family with a delicious dinner.

Danielle Mahoney and Jean Colarusso were great hostesses. They sent me home with three meals to test out: Kentucky Pork Chops, Lemon Chicken Piccata, and Savory Honey Grilled Chicken with Sesame Honey Butter - the Honey Grilled Chicken was my favorite. Each meal was simple to prepare, equally easy to store, and fabulously convenient.

While I do recommend Dream Dinners the prices were a bit steep for me, personally. My three meals, three servings each, retail at $30 for entrée only. Adding the convenience and ease, in conjuction with the peace of mind knowing that dinner is always taken care of is something that definitely offsets the price, but naturally would have to be evaluated by each individual. Consider also that while you are preparing the meals in the Dream Dinners Kitchen, you are cooking them at home - so while you escape the mess of prep, you can not avoid the mess of cooking or eventual cleanup.

One of the perks, is that Dream Dinners has a Menu Launch Party each month for customers to preview eight dishes on the menu before blindly deciding on meals, a service that is free provided by the kitchen. Upcoming launch is Wednesday, December 2 @ 4:00 pm.

Another great perk is that the menu offers a veritable selection of choices, not to mention changes each month so you aren't eating repetitively. Also, because the kitchen is open by appointment only, you aren't sharing the kitchen with strangers whose habits you don't know. Moreover you can get together with friends and prepare your meals together for the whole month; something I was able to do on our review night which I can attest is a lot of fun!

The best news is that you can win a Session Sampler, valued at $75, by visiting the Orem Dream Dinners blog! (Contest was scheduled to be up on the 24th, so keep checking in!) If you don't win, or can't wait for the annoucement, mention Fahrenheit 350° and get 5% off your first order.

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