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    Post #1 - November 5th, 2020, 8:38 pm
    Post #1 - November 5th, 2020, 8:38 pm Post #1 - November 5th, 2020, 8:38 pm
    This seems to be something new. You subscribe to a package that gives you 4 dinners for 2 or 4 on Fridays (skipping Thanksgiving week). You can pick them up at various locations. Since we live in the Northern burbs, the Northbrook location worked for us (some are sold out). The four meals provide a dinner from Avec, Big Star, Publican and then a Paul Kahan Market Dinner.
    More info: https://www.oneoffathome.com/northbrook-supper-series

    It's a commitment, no doubt, but the menus were too enticing, and the pickup location too convenient, for me to not sign up.
  • Post #2 - November 5th, 2020, 10:33 pm
    Post #2 - November 5th, 2020, 10:33 pm Post #2 - November 5th, 2020, 10:33 pm
    Wow, sounds great, I'm in.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #3 - November 13th, 2020, 8:37 pm
    Post #3 - November 13th, 2020, 8:37 pm Post #3 - November 13th, 2020, 8:37 pm
    Week 1: Avec
    Menu and cooking/reheating (bacon wrapped dates were raw)
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    What's in the box:
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    Plated salad, bread, and tagine with couscous and sesame yogurt
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    Bacon-wrapped, chorizo-stuffed dates in piquillo pepper sauce (in a hand-forged copper pan we picked up in Athens)
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    Verdict: great meal, plenty of food for two. I'd have liked a little more salad, but on the other hand, the piece of lamb in the tagine was massive, perfectly tender. The dessert was described as an oat pie, it was more of a whoopie pie made from two big oatmeal cookies. Not a disappointment, just not described accurately.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #4 - November 14th, 2020, 12:00 am
    Post #4 - November 14th, 2020, 12:00 am Post #4 - November 14th, 2020, 12:00 am
    Thanks for the pics, Joel. We subscribed to the 4-week plan (now that it's started, they're also offering 3-week plans) and also had this on Friday night. As you said, a fine meal. It was one of only a few instances during the pandemic when I didn't cook dinner two nights in a row. And after the really busy week I had, it was extremely well timed.

    Also, I have to say that after the brutally executed meal pick-up we got from another restaurant earlier in the week, it was a pleasure to pull up during our designated 15-minute window and have our order placed in the car and checked almost instantly. We were driving back home with dinner no more than 2 minutes after we arrived. Total professionals.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #5 - November 14th, 2020, 1:56 pm
    Post #5 - November 14th, 2020, 1:56 pm Post #5 - November 14th, 2020, 1:56 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:... it was a pleasure to pull up during our designated 15-minute window and have our order placed in the car and checked almost instantly. We were driving back home with dinner no more than 2 minutes after we arrived. Total professionals.

    =R=

    The only thing that would have helped would be a note "hey, we'll be at the east end of the construction site". Coming from the west, we pulled in at the other end and they weren't visible, we wandered around for a bit.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #6 - November 14th, 2020, 2:00 pm
    Post #6 - November 14th, 2020, 2:00 pm Post #6 - November 14th, 2020, 2:00 pm
    JoelF wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:... it was a pleasure to pull up during our designated 15-minute window and have our order placed in the car and checked almost instantly. We were driving back home with dinner no more than 2 minutes after we arrived. Total professionals.

    The only thing that would have helped would be a note "hey, we'll be at the east end of the construction site". Coming from the west, we pulled in at the other end and they weren't visible, we wandered around for a bit.

    Yeah, it's just a trailer in a parking lot but when we got there (from the east), the Big Star van was parked there, so we figured that must be the right place.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #7 - November 16th, 2020, 10:48 am
    Post #7 - November 16th, 2020, 10:48 am Post #7 - November 16th, 2020, 10:48 am
    We signed up for the three week session since we did the avec / All Clad dinner on November 12.
    -Mary
  • Post #8 - November 16th, 2020, 2:15 pm
    Post #8 - November 16th, 2020, 2:15 pm Post #8 - November 16th, 2020, 2:15 pm
    I just signed up for the 3 week version at Northbrook. An email from One Off got my attention since they are now offering a slightly different version for pick up in Wilmette, plus it comes with a "free" $25 gift card to Backyard BBQ (site of the pick up). But the meal kit is conveniently $25 more than the kit for pick up in Northbrook...coincidence?

    Regardless, I liked the sound of the Northbrook package a bit more anyway so pulled the trigger on it (today is the last day to order for the Northbrook pick up, by the way) and am looking forward to Friday!
  • Post #9 - November 16th, 2020, 2:48 pm
    Post #9 - November 16th, 2020, 2:48 pm Post #9 - November 16th, 2020, 2:48 pm
    DClose wrote:pick up in Wilmette, plus it comes with a "free" $25 gift card to Backyard BBQ (site of the pick up).

    I adore Backyard BBQ in Wilmette, its the best BBQ grill, smoker, accessory, everything you need in the general area and beyond.

    That said, a $25 gift card for there is simply an invitation to spend $500 or more. :)
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #10 - November 16th, 2020, 4:54 pm
    Post #10 - November 16th, 2020, 4:54 pm Post #10 - November 16th, 2020, 4:54 pm
    Re oatmeal cream pie: sounds like they were channeling the snack pie, made famous by Little Debbie and others. E.g. as seen here.
  • Post #11 - November 16th, 2020, 5:02 pm
    Post #11 - November 16th, 2020, 5:02 pm Post #11 - November 16th, 2020, 5:02 pm
    Bok Choy Jr wrote:Re oatmeal cream pie: sounds like they were channeling the snack pie, made famous by Little Debbie and others. E.g. as seen here.

    Yes, similar architecture. Very well made. I detected quite a bit of orange zest flavor in the cream filling, which didn't really work for me. My family loved them, though.

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #12 - November 20th, 2020, 10:44 pm
    Post #12 - November 20th, 2020, 10:44 pm Post #12 - November 20th, 2020, 10:44 pm
    Week 2 is Big Star Tacos
    Very good, but not as impressed as the Avec meal, mainly considering the cost. I could have gotten similar from Monica's for under $30 (well, they don't make horchata rice krispie treats), but I won't compare it to the $5 Street Taco kit at Costco.

    The queso fundido, pastor and pollo mole Veracruzano were all very good, but the salsas were a little dull - more chile, more garlic, or more lime or vinegar would have helped. The tortillas were a little gummy, I've had better.

    But the horchata RTKs were wonderful. Not too sweet, great texture, good creamy cinnamon flavor.

    Menu / Reheating Instructions
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    Chips, Salsas, Condiments and RKTs - Middle row is onions, cilantro, queso fresco, grilled pineapple
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    The Warm Stuff - Clockwise from top Queso Fundido, Tortillas, Al Pastor, Pollo de Mole Veracruzano
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    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #13 - December 9th, 2020, 6:27 pm
    Post #13 - December 9th, 2020, 6:27 pm Post #13 - December 9th, 2020, 6:27 pm
    Week 3 was a big hit. Since it was my birthday weekend, we splurged on the $30 upgrade for charcuterie and cheese, and a loaf of oatmeal porridge bread.

    I forgot pix of the bread, it was a big round loaf with oat flakes on top, a great sour, nice crisp crust and open crumb.

    Menu/reheat instructions:
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    Potatoes, Carrots and Chicken to reheat:
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    Dessert and condiments (creamy herb dressing and pecans for the carrots)
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    Little gem salad with buttermilk dressing, radish, fennel and breadcrumbs. I still think they're a little stingy on salads, but we had plenty to eat overall.
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    Charcuterie/Cheese As Delivered. The bread looks commercial, but it's a very tasty loaf. It did benefit from a brief toasting.
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    Assembled Charcuterie/Cheese Platter:
    This was a very generous set of stuff. The yellow pickle is a gherkin-flavored cauliflower (disappointing SueF, who isn't a fan of brassicas). There was no info card for the meats and cheeses; the rilletes was outclassed by the other two meats (but still tasty) -- nice ham/prosciutto, and very porky pate (or is that their headcheese?). The cheeses I could not identify other than one being a blue. Even the strawberry jam was top-notch.
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    Basically at this point, we could have stopped eating, but wait, there's more!

    Carrots, dressed:
    I hadn't realized how nicely pecans go with carrots, that's going in my flavor arsenal.
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    Chicken, potatoes, jus, and summer sausage:
    It was a half chicken, decent sized (on view is the breast quarter), but we were both pretty full and most of this went into other meals in different form. When the menu said "summer sausage" I was expecting shavings crisped up or stuffed under the skin, I didn't expect two slabs of about 3-4oz each. Great flavor, nice grilling.
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    One more pickup to go!
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #14 - December 10th, 2020, 8:54 am
    Post #14 - December 10th, 2020, 8:54 am Post #14 - December 10th, 2020, 8:54 am
    This looks super good!

    As both a baker myself, and a PQM obsessive (when I miss time my own, or am feeling lazy) I can tell you that the bread is the PQM Sourdough Pullman Loaf. Not as good as the boule, but still solid.

    I often make those carrots myself. and they are an obscene amount of work, though often one of my favorite dishes.

    Thanks for the pics!
  • Post #15 - December 10th, 2020, 9:12 am
    Post #15 - December 10th, 2020, 9:12 am Post #15 - December 10th, 2020, 9:12 am
    Joel-

    We did the same meal on Saturday night. I was pleasantly surprised by the carrots. I'm not a huge cooked carrot fan, but these had a nice flavor with the spicing and were complemented by the creamy herb dressing. I don't like pecans so I left those off. The potatoes were a miss for us in this meal. Some of them weren't cooked through, which made for an unpleasant bite. They were much better diced up in a hash the next day with leftover carrots and some onion and garlic.

    I'm looking forward to the final meal.
    -Mary
  • Post #16 - December 14th, 2020, 9:00 am
    Post #16 - December 14th, 2020, 9:00 am Post #16 - December 14th, 2020, 9:00 am
    The last night was very good - perhaps not as much À la recherche du temps perdu as the Avec meal, but great start to finish.

    Out of the Box Everything they sent us. It seemed like fewer packages for a change, but there were little tubs in a couple of the containers.
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    Butternut Squash Romesco and Root Veg Salad
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    The romesco was very smoky, outstanding. Squash purees make great hummos-like dips, the one in Ottolenghi's Jerusalem with lots of tahini is one of my favorites. The pita is light and puffy, I'm thinking it's a least part whole wheat.

    The salad was very tasty, but the only root veg appeared to be sweet potato. A smoked yogurt went down first, then the salad, then an herb-packed vinaigrette.

    Main Course - Pork Shoulder, Garlic Sausage, Greens
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    Absolutely delicious. I still don't know why I love greens so much, my family never made them, but these were perfect: tender, broth-y, succulent. The sausage was very much in the kielbasa zone, nice fine-grained garlicky goodness. The pork itself was a wee bit overcooked, but really good.

    Dessert - Basque Cheesecake with Caramelized Quince
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    Great finish: wonderful texture to the mini cheesecakes, and the tartness of the fruit (which included cranberries) was a nice foil to the rich cheesecake. (note, pairsforlife's version is better)
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #17 - January 6th, 2021, 10:51 am
    Post #17 - January 6th, 2021, 10:51 am Post #17 - January 6th, 2021, 10:51 am
    Several new suburban series for January were announced by email earlier today . . .

    One Off Suburban Supper Clubs, January 2021

    =R=
    By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you'll only destroy yourself. --Kambei Shimada

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

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