Options for Making Tasty Dishes at Home

Wild Alaskan Company offers monthly boxes of wild-caught flash-frozen filets of salmon and white fish.

By Wini Moranville

Here are a few more resources to help keep cooking and mealtimes fresh and gratifying:

Family Pantry Items from Table 128: Since the beginning of the crisis, chef Lynn Pritchard has been dealing with it in creative ways that keep his lights on and his customers well fed. While you can continue to order selected items from his à la carte menu, just last week he started offering weekly Family Pantry Kits. The week’s package brought one pint each of Bolognese Sauce and Alfredo Sauce, with fresh pasta, a salad kit and a baguette, all to serve six to eight diners.

A little like meal kits from Hello Fresh or Blue Apron (except much more local!), these bundles require some simple assembly at home. “It’s a fun, family activity, but you won’t tear your hair out in the kitchen for eight hours,”  Pritchard says. On the menu for the current week: A crawfish boil. Possible kits for upcoming weeks: stir-fry and ramen kits. Find the week’s menu on GiftRocker.com.

Meat from Wallace Farms: Here’s how to turn recent news reports of possible meat shortages into a lifestyle change for the better: Commit to sourcing sustainably raised meats from grass-fed animals. Wallace Farms makes it so easy that there’s no excuse not to at least give it a try. Their website is a one-stop shop for just about every kind of animal protein: pork, poultry, seafood and beef, in all kinds of cuts – from chicken breasts, pork chops and roasts to offbeat items, like chicken backs and beef marrow bones. They  sell pet food, too.  Orders can be picked up in either Johnston or West Des Moines. See the Wallace Farms website for details.

Great Fish from the Wild Alaskan Company: I recently signed up to receive monthly boxes of wild-caught, sustainably raised, flash-frozen fish from this company, and I’m hooked! A box of 12 individually wrapped frozen filets arrives every month. You can choose from all salmon (a mix of Coho and Sockeye), a combo pack (salmon and white fish) or all white fish. It’s not cheap ($11 per 6-ounce filet), but it’s a top-quality product, and I’ve been very pleased with every cut so far. Find out more on the Wild Alaskan Company website.

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