Meal two from Sunbasket was another resounding success! And I tried rainbow chard for the first time. Kind of a cross between raw potato and greens. Interesting. Unfortunately, I oversalted (I swear I went light but also went sea instead of kosher so maybe that’s why) so I couldn’t finish it but it was all very delicious.
Before we get back to dinner, let me tell you about my day. I didn’t have any visits on my calendar today. I did have some work calls (a lot of my job is unpaid time on the phone but it serves the greater good) but then devoted my time and attention to The Comfort Hub. If you don’t know what The Comfort Hub is, go here.
I started with Amazon.com to see if, on their business side, they can be my products AND my distribution. The answer is yes and no. As a business buyer, I can get the products discounted at no charge per month. As a business seller, I turn around and sell those things and pay Amazon $40/month to distribute for me. But I do have to buy them first. It can’t be direct-purchase from the consumer with markup already in place and my cut coming to me. Plus, even though the business side is free, it requires a legit business with a tax ID, which of course I don’t have yet because I have no idea what I’m doing. It wasn’t the answer I was hoping for, but it was an answer.
Next. I received a contact for sex-trafficking rescue from an old childhood friend of mine. The contact is located in my hometown in Wisconsin, but that was fine with me. Midwesterners are super friendly and I knew she wouldn’t mind me calling her. And she didn’t. It was the first time I was able to run this idea passed someone already involved in ST rescue. She said she thought it was a wonderful and generous idea, YAY!! She also loved the eCommerce part since she has a daughter in college and would be all about sending her a comfort box if said comfort box and said site actually existed. She gave me a lot of information (most of which is very sad and, unfortunately, limiting). It turns out there are no centralized shelters for these victims. Every local area handles it differently. They have only recently been able to get CPS involved because sex trafficking of minors has only recently been classified as child abuse! WHAT?!? Insane. So some are returned home immediately while others go to shelters or CPS, i.e. back into the system. I find this unacceptable but one hurdle at a time, right? So she thought it would be better if I start locally when honestly, I want to start like “Ellen” big. She did give me another contact of someone who handles a larger area. And she said she thinks Dallas is doing some really big things so I have a little guidance there. And a lot of encouragement.
I then reached out to SCORE which is a collection of retired folks who act as mentors, matched up to mentees (me) to give business advice. Maybe I’ll luck out and get some ex-pat Silicon Valley retiree who knows all about eCommerce! I’m waiting to hear back.
Then I searched high and low for email addresses for David Heath and Randy Goldberg (founders of Bomba…you know, the sock guys). LinkedIn claimed to have it if I want to upgrade my membership to $50/month (I don’t). So I hit the Bomba site and used the customer service interface and wrote them a letter. I figured they’ve already done the eCommerce/charity thing and I’m certainly not interested in recreating the wheel. We’ll see.
Lastly, I emailed author Bob Goff to update him. He was kind enough to read and respond to an email I sent him a couple of weeks ago and asked for a progress report. He wrote the book Love Does and broke the privacy barrier by publishing his personal cell number in his book. For anyone. Anytime. If you haven’t read this book, you should. If you haven’t thought about the contribution you are or are not making to the world, you should.
So that’s what I managed to accomplish today. Please share this blog so word gets out. Maybe it will make its way to the sock guys!
Back to dinner. Ok, I really screwed up here. Not dinner. I did a great job on that if I say so myself. Here’s the deal with this dinner delivery service thing. If you already a cook, this will feel like heavenly cheating. If you don’t cook, this is the perfect stepping off point. So easy. Recipes already made up and everything you need except the most basic of basics (like oil and salt and pepper). Where I screwed up is in hunger. We were so hungry! I started taking pictures like I always do and then suddenly our plates were clean and I had stopped pictures at steak searing. And I’m super bummed because it was so pretty!
Dinner tonight was steaks with chimichurri and harissa-roasted sweet potatoes. I peeled and cut some sweet potatoes. Tossed in oil and provided spices and in the oven at 400. Easy. Chopped the provided herbs, minced the provided garlic and tossed with provided lime and oil and salt and pepper. Behold, chimichurri!
Then I dried the provided steaks, and salt and peppered them. I think the times here were way off. They said to sear 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. With steaks like these (1 inch NY strip), it’s more like a minute and a half per side and then rest, rest, rest.
While they rested, I stripped the rainbow chard, chopped the stems and sauteed them in the steak pan. Now I needed to deglaze a bit because there were some real goodies at the bottom of that pan from the steaks. I didn’t think wine would go with the greens but red wine vinegar would, as well as provide the acid necessary to deglaze. So I threw a little in there and got it all stirred up. Then I chopped the greens that I stripped, added them until they wilted and dinner was ready! Seared steak with harissa sweet potatoes and rainbow chard. Again, portions were plentiful and balanced. Flavor was spot on. And pictures stopped after the searing of the steak. Here’s my empty plate if that’s helpful??
So we’re 2 for 2. Still very happy with Sunbasket. And still trying to get those sweet babies off the street. So share, like, whatever…just help me help them. Even if that’s your only “intention” this year.
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