5 Reasons to Continue Prepared Meal Services Post-Pandemic

Life changed on a dime for all of us, and it doesn’t look like it’s going back to normal anytime soon.

With 42% of us working from home, and studies predicting a need for a degree of social distancing into 2022, prepared meal delivery services will continue as a viable option for busy households.


#1. Your personal chef cares about you and your family.


Because of COVID, many families experienced their first taste of prepared meal services from a personal chef. If one of those families was yours, you know the joy and convenience of a delicious, custom-designed meal explicitly matched to your family’s preferences.

Creating a meal with ingredients and flavors you love is only possible through clear, ongoing communication and feedback. And that feedback doesn’t just ensure you keep returning for more and more delectable dishes. It also allows us to get to know you and your family better.

And it means we make it our responsibility to avoid ingredients that trigger your daughter’s allergies or your partner’s food sensitivities. It also means we remember how much you liked the local herb-grilled summer squash, but next time you’d prefer that we hold the feta cheese.

Cooking is personal.

Over the last few months, families like yours trusted personal chefs like us to safely feed them through all the hurdles of social-distancing, not to mention the stressors of sourcing healthy meals in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.

You opened your home to us, and in return, we provided exceptional care, being diligent in delivering great tasting food in the safest way possible.

Unlike fast-food franchises or large chain restaurants, personal chefs intentionally build relationships, which means we will continue investing personally to keep you well-fed, healthy, and safe.


#2. Your personal chef sources healthy ingredients (even when your grocery store’s shelves are empty).


If there is one thing COVID made abundantly clear, it was that safe, easy access to healthy food is something we take for granted.

While the U.S. Department of Agriculture assured us there was no shortage of food in the United States, a quick peek down your grocery store aisles made obvious there was considerable, unanticipated disruptions in the food supply chain.

It’s inconvenient (and uncomfortable) to substitute your Cottonelle toilet paper with a generic brand. You’re looking at another level of anxiety altogether when purchasing your essential grocery list requires the skills of a military tactician.

Thankfully, sourcing food is always a top priority for personal chefs.

Many of us have spent years developing relationships with a blend of global, regional, and local suppliers. This allows us to buy in-season produce locally while sourcing other produce from vendors outside our region.

When supplies run thin, a personal chef will have multiple resources, which means there may be a slight menu shift, but your prepared meal services continue.

And that’s important, especially during a pandemic when the kind of food you eat either strengthens or diminishes your body’s ability to fight anything that comes its way.


#3. Your personal chef makes dining in a more relaxing and satisfying experience than dining out.


While 39% of U.S. adults said they are comfortable dining out right now, the experience they seek may prove difficult for restaurants to provide for the near future, at least.

When you go to a restaurant, you want to feel relaxed, taken care of, pampered even.

Unfortunately, because of mandatory safety regulations and social distancing, the luxuries, ambiance, and service you desire is no longer available.

Restaurants limit staff interactions with customers as much as possible, reducing the human connection that makes dining out unique.

  • Gone are the menus, now you scan a QR code to access a digital menu.
  • Gone are quick payments, now your post-meal activity is wrestling a Ziosk or other annoying third-party payment processor.
  • Gone is the ability to hear your waiter make menu recommendations. Why? Because there are no physical menus. And next, because you can’t hear his voice from behind his mask 6-feet away.

When you dine-in on food prepared by your chef, you get to set the tone.

There are no wobbly tables, no loud music, and the only misbehaving kids might be your own (but you can send them to another room if you want).

Comfortable in your favorite leisurewear, you pull your most requested dish, perhaps the Pan-Seared Redfish, from the fridge, heat it per the directions, and plate it just like a chef.

It’s an easy win.

The exact opposite of what you can expect from prepared meal services is declining service, rising food costs, reservation hassles, limited capacity, and reduced customer experience.

Beautiful, high-end food that tastes as good as you feel is an alternative worth considering.


#4. Your personal chef maintains the highest safety standards in their commercial kitchen.


Food safety is of utmost importance to those serving in the food industry, and personal chefs are no different.

The extra precautions initiated by the CDC and WHO during the pandemic emphasized the future of food safety. As a result, many personal chefs took this time to tighten up their commercial kitchen’s standard operating procedures.

Our commitment to maintaining the highest measure of food safety standard possible in our commercial kitchen means we’ve reinforced personal hygiene practices, initiated more strategic food prep, and stepped-up our handling and packaging protocols. We’ve also created more in-depth cleaning/sanitizing practices to ensure the kitchen and delivery chains remain as safe as possible.

You can also request “contact-free” delivery to your building or door for your weekly prepared meal services for your added peace of mind.


#5. Your personal chef allows you to feel good about outsourcing yours and your family’s meals.


Even before the pandemic, you were pressed for time and juggling a busy family schedule.

Now that things are a little less crazy, you don’t have to compromise on your food choices for you or your family.

Hiring a personal chef alleviates the stress of planning, shopping for, prepping and cooking meals. Instead, you can tick off the “Serve up healthy delicious, immune-boosting meals to my family” check box in your daily bullet journal.

Choosing to outsource 3 comforting, healthy meals a week is not just budget-friendly, but it removes the fast-food option from the equation and sets up a pattern of eating for optimal health.

There has never been a better time to get started customizing a weekly plan that works for you and your family.

Staying Healthy in a Post Covid World

“Quarantine 15” doesn’t just rhyme; as we all obeyed our shelter-in-place orders for the better part of 2 months many people have emerged with slightly tighter pants. It’s not that surprising; the uncertain times have been perpetually unsettling at best, leading to a lot of anxiety and stress. When we’re stressed, we reach for comfort foods. High-fat, high-sugar (or starch) foods give us a jolt of energy and have a bit of a tranquilizing effect that can alleviate some of that anxiety, albeit only temporarily. Add to that the complete disruption of our routines, which for many also meant a disruption in our exercise routines. Gyms, parks, even some state and national parks remained closed months.

So here we are. As communities open up we emerge like plump little butterflies. Except we don’t want to be plump. Most of us just want to get back to where we were when this whole thing started. Here are our tips for staying healthy in body, mind and community.

Ditch the Comfort Foods

We think it goes without saying to do your best to bring your daily eating routine back to where it was before COVID-19. This means eliminating junk food, sugar and practicing a little more moderation with those simple starches, like white rice and pasta. At least to the effect you were already doing so pre-pandemic.

Move More

Returning to your prior exercise regimen may not be possible depending on the availability of open gyms, operating sports teams/centers, or your level of comfort in going to them or participating in team sports. However, exercise not only helps you maintain a healthy weight, but it can also help alleviate some of that anxiety that had you stress eating in the first place. The strategy here is routine. If you can’t participate in your old one, build a new one.

Maintain Healthy Sleep Hygiene

Let’s face it – we know you’re not out partying these days. Now is a great time to focus on sleep hygiene. Adequate sleep is important for both physical and mental health as well as for maintaining a healthy immune system. Key takeaways are to establish a bedtime routine, keep it consistent and avoid drinking too much alcohol, particularly right before bed (Yes, we know. The struggle is real but you will sleep so much better.)

Buy Local

No, locally produced food doesn’t have fewer calories necessarily than something commercially produced. The point here is to embrace the community around you. Support your local businesses, artisans and suppliers. Not only will you be helping your local economy, but you’ll also likely build some new relationships. Community is important, especially right now.

Let Us Help You

Do you know what makes healthy-eating easy as pie? Personal chef services. We create a custom menu just for you and deliver healthy, chef-prepared meals every week. Our prepared meal delivery comes with all kinds of perks like no contact delivery, limited grocery store outings (we provide all shopping and can even supplement our clients with grocery staples), and a custom menu. We also utilize as many local vendors as possible so you know you’re supporting the central Texas community. If you’re ready for custom, chef-prepared meals to help you kick start or continue your health journey, fill out our food profile to get started!

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. For more information on coping during the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC also has valuable recommendations.

Tips for Creating the Perfect Intimate Dinner at Home

There’s a difference between staying in to “Netflix and chill” and creating a wonderful night out at home. You can take your weekend at-home evenings beyond snuggles and popcorn with just a little extra effort. While a special occasion often begs going out, staying in can be just as special, whether you’re getting over a cold and don’t want to head out into public or simply don’t want to book a babysitter.

Create Your Own Ambiance

There’s no reason you can’t snazz up your patio or dining room into a space with ambiance and flair. Break out the tablecloths, candles and that fine china you almost never use to create a restaurant feel at home. And our biggest tip: properly set the table to give your dinner an air of fancy! You can even leave the kids to their own devices indoors while you create a bistro on the patio. (Note: we mean electronic devices…)

Plan a Special Menu

If you don’t want to deal with cooking and cleaning, consider reaching out to a personal chef for a “dinner for two.” A personal chef is more than happy to come cook for you in your home. Often they’ll even deliver a 3-course menu. Don’t forget to procure a special bottle of wine to pair with your dinner, or ask your preferred meal delivery service if they can deliver wine, too!

Start with an Aperitif

Every great night out starts with a cocktail. Put on a little music and shake up a craft cocktail (or mocktail) to start the evening off right! The best part is this can last as long as you want – there’s no hostess disrupting your pre-dinner drink to let you know the table’s ready, so take advantage and take a leisurely approach!

Don’t Forget Dessert

Dessert is often put aside when dining at home, but a special night calls for a little something sweet at the end of your meal. It doesn’t have to be big or elaborate. Consider sharing a piece of cake or pie a la mode! If you don’t have a sweet tooth or if you subscribe to a keto or other low-carb dietary plan, do dessert like the French and have a small cheese board.

Include the Kids

One of the advantages of a night out at home is not having to get a sitter. While your options may vary depending on the age of your kids, consider including them in your fancy dinner! Set the table for everyone, ask for their input on a centerpiece, or even get them some sparkling cider to put in a wine glass. They will have just as much fun as you will, and you’re creating a family experience to remember.

Staying in doesn’t mean you have to have a buffet-style, casual affair every time. Whether you have a special occasion or your reason is no reason at all, we can help! We have a special Date Night Delivered package featuring a 3-course meal delivered to your doorstep. Contact us for more information on how we can help you create an in-home dining experience to remember, or order our Date Night Delivered™ online!

How to Plate Like a Personal Chef

Plate at Home Like a Personal Chef

When it comes to any dining experience, we feast with our eyes before even picking up a fork. There’s nothing better than when the server sets down a perfectly plated dish and getting that “wow” effect right before you dig in. While you may not have honed your own technique with foams or sauce drizzles, there are a few things you can do to dress up your mealtimes at home. This is especially fun for our personal chef clients in Austin that get our prepared meal delivery services. We take a lot of care in curating your weekly menus, and while we carefully “plate” them in your containers, just a little thought and effort goes a long way into creating that restaurant-style experience in your home. Practicing your plating skills regularly also makes for an impressive presentation when you have dinner guests.

Here are a few simple tips and tricks we use that you can play around with at home!

Use White Plates

Have you ever noticed that most restaurants serve their food on white plates? Using white plates is one of the oldest chef tricks in the book. Everything from colorful vegetables to a perfectly seared piece of meat really pops on a bright white background.

Noodles plated by personal chef

Embrace Negative Space

Your entrée needs a little bit of breathing room. People often tend to grab a plate and fill it up, particularly when eating at home. “Negative space” is the artistic term for the blank space around the subject. Think about the plate as your canvas and the different food components as your paint. Does the dish just beg to be centered, or a little bit askew? Consider how the blank part of the plate plays into the whole presentation.

Utilize Height

Layering and stacking ingredients can add another element of interest to your dish. Consider putting that purée under your protein, or stacking and leaning the ingredients against each other. Sauces can also be used as a base layer of color instead of being drizzled on top.

Stacked pork loin plated by a personal chef

Thoughtfully Garnish

A garnish always helps a dish pop, particularly if your main entrée is a bit monotoned and/or brown (like meat). Always garnish. However, garnish thoughtfully. Less is more. It’s also worth a mention to consider your dish and complementary flavors when garnishing. Don’t just throw some red pepper on there for a color pop unless it will actually lend itself to the flavor of the dish.

We think meal times are special. Gathering around the table (be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner) is a time to connect, reflect and take a breather from our busy day-to-day. Whether you’re experimenting as your own chef at home or taking advantage of our prepared meal delivery services, putting a little time and care into your weekly meal routine makes every meal a special occasion.

To learn more about our personal chef delivery services, fill out our contact form and we’ll be in touch shortly!

The Ultimate Personal Chef Experience in Austin

Soon, over 600,000 people will be flocking to the Capital City to attend Austin City Limits Festival, Formula 1, and Austin Film Festival to name a few popular annual events. If you’re visiting, perhaps you just booked a house on Lake Austin with Airbnb that has an amazing outdoor dining area.  Or maybe it’s a trendy SoCo condo with a gourmet kitchen. Is your company hosting an annual retreat or strategic planning gathering downtown?  

You could buy a heap of groceries and spend your time cooking, or you could try to find a restaurant that doesn’t have a two hour wait—but you would miss the amazing house you rented. May we suggest the convenience of having high quality, gourmet meals prepared for you by hiring The Austin Artisan Personal Chef!  

Our passion for outstanding food, genuine hospitality, and culinary entertainment is the heartbeat of The Austin Artisan. We remove all the hassle of planning meals while you’re enjoying ATX.  Here’s a few options that might be a perfect solutions while you’re enjoying Austin.

Your Own Private Chef:  Imagine gathering your friends at your vacation rental and topping off an amazing day with an intimate gathering centered around an unparalleled fine-dining experience! Our private dining options are interactive, with food prepared onsite, and attendees are invited to experience every aspect of the meal’s creation, from sourcing to construction.  The Austin Artisan private chef experience allows you to select your menus so we can craft a culinary adventure that will be an unforgettable evening of indulgent details from food to wine to great conversations.  Let’s get started…

Meal Delivery Service:  With fresh, quality, in-season ingredients and ever-changing options, you can enjoy our chef-prepared meals delivered right to your Airbnb or VBRO! No shopping, prepping or know-how needed. With no pre-set menus or predetermined delivery days, each meal plan is individually crafted by your personal chef to accommodate your flavor preferences and nutritional needs. We will deliver your fresh chef-prepared meals directly to your fridge, so you have more time to enjoy Austin and all the fun activities planned for the day. It’s that simple! Let’s craft your custom menu here…

Plan an Unforgettable Event:  Many companies choose Austin as a central hub for corporate meeting and retreats.  If you’re planning a big event—and want to impress your business colleagues, employees, clients, and prospective clients, count on The Austin Artisan to help you plan a unique and unforgettable dining event.  You will immediately experience the distinct difference from working with a caterer and a personal chef. The Austin Artisans aren’t just interested in feeding people; we’re interested in providing an intimate experience. We specialize in catering small events and providing the opportunity to craft plated, multi-course, progressive dinners or even custom cocktail parties. From molecular gastronomy to infused oils, we offer the true upscale dining and chef experience that you and your guests will remember for years to come. Let’s plan your party….

Contact The Austin Artisan for boutique catering, personal chef, and meal delivery services today.

Autumn Vegetables to Delight Your Dinners

Autumn in Texas arrives with a tremendous welcome.  It brings the long-awaited respite from a heat-scorched summer, and a season filled with excitement for what’s ahead.  Football, cool mornings, turning leaves, and for me—anticipating the bounty of fall vegetables that The Austin Artisan uses in our meal delivery services: okra, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, beets, patty pan squash, Brussels sprouts, and eggplant, to name a few.  

What’s On Your Fall Dinner Menu?


What fall produce do you like to indulge in? Have you experimented with turnips, squash or figs?  From butternut squash stew and pumpkin risotto to honey roasted carrots, fall vegetables are versatile and bursting with comforting flavors. When planning your fall dinners, incorporate in-season produce. It is fresher, tastier and more nutritious than food consumed out of season.

The Austin Artisan loves to indulge in fall vegetables whether it involves a quick roast in the oven or sautéing with spices and olive oil. We are dedicated to making your meals as fresh as possible—which means emphasizing local foods and supporting nearby farmers and distributors. That’s why our menus constantly change to include fresh, seasonal ingredients originating 150 miles or closer to Austin, Texas. Preparing our meals with fall produce means you can enjoy a greater variety of foods (and maybe introduce some new favorites to your palate!)

Need Help with Fall Meal Planning?

Meal planning can seem a bit overwhelming, especially when you’re just starting a new routine, like back to school. That’s why we offer Personal Chef and Meal Delivery services—to eliminate the stress of planning and make it easier for you to have fresh, healthy meals on the table every night. Visit our Personal Chef page  for more information and to get started!

Here’s a quick list of fall vegetables:

Acorn Squash
Belgian Endive
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Butter Lettuce
Butternut Squash
Cactus Pear
Cauliflower
Endive
Feijoa
Garlic
Ginger
Hearts of Palm
Mushrooms
Ong Choy Spinach
Pumpkin
Quince
Radicchio
Sweet Potatoes
Swiss Chard
Turnips

Kick-Start Your Fall with Personalized, Chef-Style Meal Delivery Services!

Its August and that means summer is winding down, school is starting up soon and the line-up of after school activities is ready to commence.  When life gets hectic and crazy, it’s a constant struggle for families to make time for dinners that are healthy—and stress free.  

Have you considered a meal delivery service?   Get ready to say goodbye to the grocery store, and bon appétit!

Whether you are a busy family of five or a couple juggling demanding careers, meal delivery services are the most convenient way to eat nutritious meals, full of a wide variety of delicious options, that make dinnertime enjoyable.

So many options…
The good news, you have a lot of options when it comes to meal delivery.  Just a quick search online, chances are a dozen names will pop up from Plated to Blue Apron to Hello Fresh. Many of these programs will send you recipes and pre-portioned ingredients each week.  However, these services are “cookie-cutter” and not customized to you.  More so, you will still have to spend about 20-45 minutes cooking the meal—and then you have to wash dishes. Chances are, you want a service that caters to your palate, using only fresh and local ingredients and food that you can heat and eat.   No hassle, recipe cards to follow or a pile of dishes to wash.

Enter The Austin Artisan meal delivery service!
Simply put, there is no sautéing, blending, chopping required or recipe cards to follow.  You simply turn on your oven and heat your meal. In 5-15 minutes, your meal is ready, and you haven’t dirtied a single pot or pan!

The Austin Artisan’s personal chef-style meal delivery service is dedicated to making your meals as fresh as possible from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Each meal is personalized to your flavor and dietary  preferences.   Any meal can also be modified to be vegan, paleo or without coconut, mushrooms or other ingredients you don’t like. All meals are customized for you!  

Eating at home can be a luxury for those with hectic schedules. The Austin Artisan can transform your evening routine into a memorable and enjoyable dinning experience. With fresh, quality, in-season ingredients and ever-changing options, you can enjoy the convenience of plate inspired, chef-prepared meals. No shopping, prepping or know-how needed. Your meals are individually crafted to accommodate your flavor preferences and nutritional needs, and you decide when and how often we deliver your meals. 

Meal delivery services from The Austin Artisan will turn dinnertime into the best part of your family’s day in just 3 simple steps:

1. Fill Out a Food Profile

2. We Craft Your Custom Menu

3. We Deliver Directly to Your Fridge
Let’s get started.
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Why Family Dinnertime is More Important Than Ever

Growing up, did your mom put dinner on the table five or six nights a week, complete with a salad, place mats and ironed cloth napkins? 

Times have changed.

Today, with working parents, long commutes, and children’s sports and homework that stretch into evening – there is not always a simple recipe for making family dinners work.

In the midst of our hectic lives, numerous studies show that one activity that really unites busy families is dinner time. This precious time together provides families with a break from their fast-pace lives, time to talk, laugh and re-connect after a long day.  Researchers have discovered important science-backed reasons why we need to limit meals on the run and schedule more family dinners at home.

Kids who eat with their families on a regular basis, have been shown to have higher self-esteem, better grade-point averages and larger vocabularies, and lower rates of obesity, eating disorders, and depression.

Family meals offer parents a chance to be role models. They can set an example of healthy eating and polite table manners. Time around the dinner table provide the perfect opportunity for parents to expose children to different foods and expand their tastes. When families eat together, children are less likely to be overweight and obese because they are taught portion control, and how to eat nutritious, balanced meals.

Another advantage of family dinners at home is cost savings.  In 2017 the average spent on food away from home was $4,200. Even more, the average restaurant meal has as much as 60% more calories than a homemade meal. 

If making family dinners seems like another chore on your to-do list, The Austin Artisan provides a perfect solution! Our personal chef-style meal delivery service requires  no sautéing, blending or chopping. Simply turn on your oven and insert your meal. In 5-15 minutes your meal is ready, and you haven’t dirtied a single pot or pan!

The Artisans cook your meals in our certified commercial kitchen and deliver delicious “reheat and eat” foods right to your refrigerator. It really couldn’t be easier. Not only are we dedicated to making your meals as fresh as possible from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, we personalize each meal to your flavor and dietary preferences. The Artisans pride ourselves on our ability to provide healthy meals to those busy families.  We’re ready to help you reignite family time around your dinner table.

Contact us to complete your flavor profile and get started with The Austin Artisan’s personal chef meal service.

Eat What’s In Season!

In spite of some remaining chilly Texas weather forecasts, spring is just around the corner, and with it comes a whole new selection of colorful, in-season fruits and vegetables. Asparagus, avocado, greens of all kinds, red radishes and strawberries, purple carrots and tri-color beets will soon add a rainbow of color to the produce section of your favorite market.

But wait – hasn’t a lot of this stuff been in grocery stores for months?

Just because many of these fruits and veggies are available year ‘round, doesn’t mean they’re in season, which is when they’re most plentiful, most cost effective, and at peak texture and flavor.

Produce grown out of season, generally relies on the assistance of “modern agricultural practices” like pesticides, waxes and preservatives to not only allow them to grow in their off season, but maintain a fresh in-season appearance. For obvious reasons, these techniques don’t always line up with our efforts to eat clean.

Research shows that the nutritional content of a food can vary depending on the season in which it is grown and actually decrease the longer it sits after harvest. Long transport times across the country (or further) from in season locations to local markets can mean your healthy food choices may not be as nutrient dense as you think.

Seasonal fruits and vegetables, especially when grown close to home, retain more of their nutrients and antioxidants making them the naturally healthier choice.

At Austin Artisan we believe that eating with nature’s cycles is not only healthier, better for the environment and more supportive of our local farmers, it allows us to offer our clients seasonal variety in their meals.

We pride ourselves on preparing and delivering healthy meals comprised of the freshest in-season produce available from local vendors who practice sustainable farming. In fact we strive to ensure our foods come from within 150 miles of Austin to bring you nutrient-dense produce harvested at the peak of freshness. We shop from many of the same Hill Country growers and farmers that supply our wonderful ATX farmers markets with sustainably grown fruits and vegetables and humanely raised meat options and dairy products.

If you would like to serve healthy meals made from locally grown, in season produce, but don’t have the time to shop, chop and cook, let Austin Artisan take the hassle out of weekday meal prep. Our delivery service can help you eat better, and save money and time. Contact us to get started.

Fresh Family Meals Straight from Your Spring Garden

Springtime is finally here, and I couldn’t be more excited! Not only are the days longer and warmer, but early spring is a perfect time to kick-start your garden to create fresh and healthy meals for your family. Food-wise, I must say, that few things bring as much joy than serving a meal straight from my garden.

Easy gardening does exist. With some basic knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment, a plot of land can be transformed into a beautiful garden—and  A rewarding hobby. Here’s a list of my top picks of what to plant in springtime that are easy to grow and maintain.

Arugula
A peppery addition to any plate, arugula grows quickly — in a few week’s time. Arugula doesn’t love hot weather and gets quite bitter if grown when it’s steaming hot outside. Plant arugula as danger of frost is over, and begin to sow once a week or every two weeks to keep a constant supply.

Tomatoes
There’s nothing like a freshly picked, ripe tomato from your garden. Gardeners can grow a variety of small- and large-fruited tomatoes. They do require large, sturdy cages and fruit over a long period of time. Enjoy your fresh tomatoes in salads, on sandwiches and sliced or cooked and added to countless fresh meals for your family.

Cucumbers
Enjoyed fresh in a salad or preserved as pickles, cucumbers mature quickly and are best suited to larger gardens. They can also be grown in small areas if the plants are caged or trellised.

Eggplant
Glossy, purple skin is the hallmark of this crop. The incredibly versatile eggplant works in everything from Italian to Asian recipes. Try growing eggplants in raised beds, which heat up quickly in spring. Plants given plenty of room are healthier and more productive,

Peppers
Peppers are a warm-season crop that will grow in most Texas areas. Peppers are good raw or cooked. Eat them as a snack, use them to decorate food, or add them to salads and casseroles.

Strawberries
While strawberries can be grown for several years, they perform best when grown as an annual plant. Spring-bearing varieties are the best adapted for most regions of Texas. Ever-bearing strawberry varieties do not fruit well under hot summer conditions.

And don’t forget to plant fresh herbs!  Herbs are what makes a dish sing. Top an ordinary steak with Basil-Mint Chimichurri and you’ve turned a weekend BBQ into a 5-star experience. Check out my list of top herbs to plant in your garden this spring:

Basil
Cilantro
Mexican Mint
Oregano
Rosemary
Sage
Thyme

Crafting fresh meals for your family is our passion. Imagine coming home after a busy day with fresh-prepared meals for you and your family! At Austin Artisan, we cook your meals in our certified commercial kitchen and deliver your food right to your refrigerator. That’s about as convenient as it gets. You don’t have to stop by our kitchen after work or remember to place your order. Once you’ve filled out a Food Questionnaire and set up your delivery, you can leave the rest to us and enjoy fresh, local, seasonal produced!