I have a confession. There’s one thing that really freaks me out about being a mother. Don’t laugh, please, but I’m overwhelmed at the thought of cooking three meals a day for the next 18 years. Gulp. The truth is I’d rather cook a gourmet meal for 20 than dinner for a toddler.
When Maisie was first eating solids, I made all of her baby food, a la Annabel Karmel’s recipes, and it was actually quite simple. You make the food, grind it up, freeze it in ice-cube trays, and then store it in plastic bags. Maisie ate everything. That’s because homemade baby food tastes much better than that jarred crap—and it was far cheaper, too. Karmel’s recipes use such ingredients as onions and leeks. Thanks to her “early tongue training,” Maisie still has a really wide palette for a toddler.
But now I’m a bit overwhelmed. She eats what we eat. That means we can no longer eat the junk we ate for the eight years of our marriage before she came along. Sigh. l also seem to need to go to the grocery store on a daily basis. I’m just not organized enough to plan out a week’s worth of meals. Plus, I find it incredibly hard to lug a bunch of groceries in the house with a toddler anxious to run into the street as I unload.
But wait. . .do you hear it? The Hallelujah Chorus!
Why? Because Fresh Direct is coming to (more towns in) Westchester County. Wahoo!
Fresh Direct, a grocery-delivery service with—yes!—quality produce. It has fabulous meats, kosher food, organic food, local food—the whole kit and kaboodle. There are ready-to-eat meals, four-minute meals, heat-and-eat meals. And most of it is healthy. The food is a bit pricier than your local grocery, but, to me, the quality and convenience is definitely worth it. You simply go online, pick out what you want and a delivery time and voila! It’s that simple.
To be clear, Fresh Direct was in a few spots in Westchester before—to see if it’d be as popular here as it is in the five boroughs of New York. It is. So in April, it expanded to 21 communities including Ardsley, Bronxville, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Harrison, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Pelham, Port Chester, Purchase, Rye, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe, West Harrison, White Plains, and Yonkers.
Am I still wigged out at the thought of cooking every day for the rest of Maisie’s time at home? You bet. But at least I’ve got a little help.