Soon You’ll Be Able to Have a Top Chef Meal Delivered To Your Home

10/10/2014 at 01:03 PM ET

Top Chef Blue Apron Recipes
Tommy Garcia for Bravo; Courtesy Blue Apron

Ever wanted to magically transport yourself into a Top Chef episode and start cooking or tasting? As the show enters its 12th season in Boston next week, Blue Apron is trying to bring fans one step closer to their wish.

Unfortunately the DIY meal-delivery service can’t help anyone transcend the space-time continuum. But here’s how to score your cheftestant cred: After the Top Chef season premiere on Oct. 15, Blue Apron subscribers will be able to order the ingredients and instructions for making the winning recipe at home. (And if you’re feeling commitment-phobic about signing up, there’s no minimum subscription length—so you can join for Top Chef week only.)

Food will be delivered during the week of Oct. 27, and since each order includes three meals, you’ll get to choose two more creative-sounding dishes from the site, like curried tofu, chile-dusted chicken or a beef ramen bowl (shown above).

One serious perk of this arrangement? You’ll be spared the intense scrutiny and dramatic challenges — and the only knives you’ll have to draw will be your own.

—Lexi Dwyer

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Megan on

I’ve made that boy apron ramen and it is to die for. It’s my boyfriends fav thing I cook. Their cookbook is phenomenal!!!

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