October 21, 2009

Creamy broccoli mushroom bake / veganmofo 2009

Bear with me here. I'm going to start with one thing and end with another but it really will all tie together in the end, you'll see. And all of it involves food. It all started with an email from my son asking if I knew about AmazonFresh. Well, no, I didn't, but soon after the email arrived I was on my way to placing my first-ever delivered-grocery order. Said son had a coupon code for 25% off the first order and we both decided to try it out of curiosity. Naturally, I was overcome with guilt about ordering from a subsidiary of giant Amazon instead of shopping at the local coop, but I used weird logic to calm my nerves. The delivery service is associated with Amazon but separate from it and operates only in Seattle - not even the whole of Seattle. The organic veggies I was looking at were from Washington and Oregon. Still. Is this OK? We went to the farmers market AND the coop in addition to the order, but still.

So I went online and made up a shopping list. I chose a pre-dawn delivery time for Sunday morning and waited in suspense. The next morning there was a stack of plastic bins on the porch, filled with our food. All we had to do was put it away. We felt very strange about this but kind of liked it too.

In addition to food and other items usually found at a grocery store, you can add certain other things usually found at Amazon - need a CD with your groceries? A pedometer, maybe? A cookbook? A cookbook. Well, actually, Vegan Yum Yum had been in my Amazon cart for quite a while, and it just happened to be available at AmazonFresh. So I added it to the list. And that brings me to the next part of the post. When the food was delivered, so was the cookbook. It's a gorgeous cookbook filled with wonderful food pictures, and tonight we tried one of the recipes. My husband made creamy broccoli mushroom bake. All I can say is, "yum yum."


  1. It is still local, and considering what a benefit Amazon is to small authors, I can only imagine that it is beneficial for local farmers too! I'm definitely not a fan of big corp, but that particular one is helpful for giving the little guys room to compete with the big guys (same with the grocery I believe).

    I wish they had it in our area! Thanks for the heads up on Vegan Yum Yum too!

  2. I never heard of AmazonFresh before, but it's a cool idea. It'd probably be really great for people who can't go out and do their own grocery shopping.

    That broccoli-mushroom bake sounds delicious. You're tempting me into buying ANOTHER cookbook, lol.

  3. I think Amazon Fresh sounds wonderful! And the mushroom broccoli bake maeks me want to buy Vegan Yum Yum right now.

  4. Alisa,
    Thanks for the info on Amazon and authors. It's nice to read something positive.

    My husband was wondering if they deliver in snow storms. :)

    I always want to buy cookbooks so I'd better stay away from the book list on AmazonFresh!

  5. I think it sounds like a great service! And you are still supporting your local market as well. .. Vegan Yum Yum is on my to-buy list as well. Can't wait to get it!

  6. Ricki,
    Yes, we still shop at the local coop. I'm not sure we'll actually shop online regularly but it's tempting.


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