I love to cook. I find it fun, relaxing, and a small price to pay to enjoy my favorite activity, eating. However, with a full-time job, a blog, and regular freelance gigs, I don’t have a ton of time to get as creative as I’d like to in the kitchen. I tend to rotate though the same 10 or so recipes, a routine that allows me to go to the grocery store and whip up dinner while on auto-pilot. So, I was pretty excited when I learned about the prospect of mixing things up in the kitchen without having to do the work of researching recipes, planning a menu, and shopping for new ingredients. The solve: A new subscription box-style service called Just Add Cooking. The name essentially explains it all. You pick out three recipes online from their rotating weekly selection, and everything you need to create them is delivered to your doorstep the following Sunday. And I mean everything. The recipe directions, plus labeled packages of ingredients, down to tablespoons of white wine, peeled cloves of garlic, and sprigs of fresh herbs. The cost: $79, which isn’t all that bad considering what it would cost to purchase each of the ingredients in the store on their own. We tried Just Add Cooking at my house last week. The three meals we chose were: Mediterranean Fish (haddock wrapped in Pancetta), Pork with Sweet & Sour Peppers (a take on sausage and peppers), and Egglant and Tomato Linguine with a radish an fennel salad. All three things I never would have come up with or attempted on my own, and all three of which pushed my culinary skills a bit (i.e., I broke out my food processor for the first time ever, and my potato masher for the first time ever on a weeknight), while still being easy and fun. I almost felt like I was in a cooking class. Surprisingly, even though I was cooking things I’d never made before, everything turned out great! The dinners made the average weeknight feel special, and it was awesome not to not have to have the “what do you want for dinner this week?” “I don’t care, whatever you want,” conversation with my husband last week. All in all, if you’re a busy lady who loves to cook, like I am, this is a great way to try new things, and make your week a little easier. Also, hello great gift idea!