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New England Life + Just Add Cooking Box Review

So first off we have a new series on the blog! As we settle into New England life, I thought it would be fun to start this so if you’re from the area or visiting you can find everything in one easy category!

Last week Thursday I went to my first ever blogger event here in Boston for Just Add Cooking at the Boston Public Market. We made dinner, talked about where our food comes from, and drank wine! I had so much fun and met so many fun bloggers. I’ll be sure to let you know what Instagrams and pages to follow! We also got a free box of three recipes to make for a week which we just did this week. Matt and I really enjoy cooking together so this was really fun, and it’s also really fun to support local businesses. First I’m going to tell you about the blogging event and share photos, then I’ll tell you about our box experience which will have a great little treat for you at the end!


Just Add Cooking Blogging Event at The Boston Public Market

This was my first blogger event here in Boston, and it was so much fun! I met a lot of great bloggers and got to eat great food. We made an Irish Haddock Chowder and had some butternut squash soup with a delicious Parmesan and chocolate crisp. Here’s the recipe:

Boston Blogger Event at the Boston Public Market with Just Add Cooking

It was really great to meet the team for Just Add Cooking, and get to know more about their process. As many ingredients as possible are sourced from New England businesses and farms. As someone who comes from a small business family, I think it’s extra important to support local businesses. I’m generally not that worried about if something is organic or not (just not my thing) but I do like to pay just a little extra to support a local business sometimes.

Anyway, we got to make the Irish Haddock Chowder, and I teamed up with Brittany, Nikki and Elizabeth to make it! It was really fun, and I made some new friends.

Irish Haddock Chowder

Butternut Squash Soup

The directions were really easy to follow, and the ingredients were easy to cook. The people from Just Add Cooking were so sweet, and answered all our questions!

I took some chowder back for myself, and it was so good the next day heated up! I had it all to myself since Matt isn’t a big fan of anything that at some point in time lived in the water.

Just Add Cooking Box

#BadBlogger I didn’t take any photos of our meals, but they were all really great! Thankfully Just Add Cooking gave me some of theirs so you know just how delicious these meals look!  Honestly we were so hungry once we were done that we just started eating right away. One thing Matt and I thought of is the cooking is much easier than Blue Apron. We’ve gotten Blue Apron a couple of times before and sometimes the chopping and cooking techniques were a lot. We’ve had to improvise quite a bit, but didn’t have to as much with Just Add Cooking. We don’t have a cheese grater so inside of using that to shred some cheese, Matt used a knife.

They give you a recommended recipe order, but we literally ignored that. Since my new work schedule isn’t your normal 9-5, we made the chowder first, than the paneer, and finally the turkey and zucchini. The paneer was not my favorite, but I’ve never had paneer before. If you like paneer, than it would be a really good dish. Both Matt and I really liked the chowder and dumplings, as well as the turkey and zucchini. Dumplings are a big comfort food for me, so I have to say that we will most definitely be recreating this recipe.

The instructions are easy to read and accurate. Since there is two of us, it went pretty fast! The turkey took longer than expected to cook, and the stew just takes a little longer because it’s stew. But the food was definitely worth the wait. I love that they give you the recipes on the website so you can try to recreate them. I really want to recreate the poblano pork and dumpling soup like I said, and would definitely at least double the recipe!

The ingredients themselves were fresh and really good (I tend to eat as I cook). I enjoyed that we got to pick whatever recipes we wanted, and weren’t limited. The next time we order a box like this I would definitely get Just Add Cooking again!


Poblano Pork & Dumpling Stew


Paneer, Bulgur and Cranberries

Turkey Cutlet with Pan Seared Zucchini

To reward you for getting through this long post, Just Add Cooking is offering my readers a $30 discount on their first box! Other first customers normally get $10, so y’all are extra special and get $30 off! Click here or use BLOG30 at the check out!

Have y’all tried any other local cooking boxes? If you have please leave it in the comments and I’ll add them to the bottom of the post for people to check out!

What is your favorite meal to cook? Have you tried a cooking box before? Let me know in the comments!




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  • Katie Gibbons

    Awesome review! This is such a cool idea! I am a college student so this would be great for saving me time 🙂


    Katie Gibbons / The Kalon Blog

  • Elly Leavitt

    the event sounds like fun and the box is such a good idea for people who are working and too busy to cook themselves every night! hope you’re enjoying new england so far 🙂

  • This sounds like my kind of event! Well, anything with food is my kind of event. I’ve been thinking about giving cooking boxes a try. PS – I love the New England area!!

  • Wow what a fun event! I love a simple meal so I’ll need to check this out. Thanks!

  • The recipes look so good!! I love seafood chowder and that haddock one sounds amazing!

  • This event sounds great.I am a huge foodie so I tend to always cook from starch at home. don’t think boxed food is for my family but for busy families I bet its super helpful!

  • sofieyah l

    Omg, the food looks a-mazing!!!

    I need to visit Boston more… — tsd

  • What a fun event! I cook every night but I love the idea of simplified meals. We have something similar in San Diego, but I forgot what it’s called. My friend used it and loved it. 🙂

  • I keep wanting to try one of these food delivery services but can never get around to doing the proper research. I think it would be super helpful once our little one arrives.

  • Courtney Drew

    I have been wating to try one of those delivery services, but I am such a picky eater so i dont know if I would LOVE everything that is sent. I am also from Boston and I see you were in my sister Brittanys group for this event! I was supposed to go actually! Small world!

  • Sara Holt

    That food looks yummy. Food delivery services always worry me!

  • Macarena Ferreira

    This is such an amazing service! I just bought butternut squash soup in a box haha so I’m sure it will not be the same.

    xo //