tattered and torn are the pages of my most beloved cook books. gone are the days of burning toast and over cooking the pasta. surfer guy is italian, pasta is required to be Al dente. i remember when i was told i could and would cook, yet, i had no idea how to. he took me to barnes and noble and we picked out a few cookbooks together. into the kitchen i went with a teaspoonful of spite and bushels of optimism – i read the recipes and directions and, wow, it worked. not only was the surfer guy right, he was also lucky :)
i have never been an expert and cooking wasn’t a big deal on my side of the family. however, i like to eat, to experiment, and to be creative so it’s usually to my family’s benefit. they have their favorites that mom makes that’s for sure. and now my little Francesca loves to cook. just last week she made herb bread, pizza, biscuts, and blueberry muffins.
so for the planning most of the time i stand in trader joe’s and list dinner ideas through my head and grab and go. this is stressful with a toddler and one or two begging tweenagers at my sides. my ideal menu planning consists of a few simple steps.
flipping through my cook books or the internet and writing down favorites and new dinners i would like to make, then typing them into the computer. from here i can copy and paste them into ical, and even set up email reminders from ical telling me what is for dinner each day.
do you like to cook?
how do you plan meals?
how do you involve the kiddos?