Recently I got in into my head that I should start making dinner every night. You know, because I've got nothing else going on. Or really because Truman is too tired and hungry at night to deal with a restaurant and I was excessively tired of jparks and I debating for 20 minutes each night over what kind of take out we were going to order. So I cracked open my cookbook cabinet and set to work on a meal plan. Actually the first week I tried this experiment I didn't make a meal plan and by Tuesday I was standing at the hot counter in Whole Foods picking up dinner for us. But this week, week two, I made a meal plan and success!
This week's recipes come from these sources
I swear I'm so proud of myself you would think I've cured cancer and AIDS right in my kitchen. Nope, I'm just doing what all those cooking bloggers do every day.
So here's the thing, a lot of the recipes I'm using come back issues of Everyday Food, which I have an abundance of:
That's a small selection of all my copies and they are slowly taking over my cabinet. The issue (ha, pun!) is that I hate to get rid of them because right now I have no good way to store the recipes. Same thing goes with a few of my cookbooks. Most of the ones I own I love and use for a variety of recipes, but a few I only use for one or two things. Why keep the whole book for such a small selection of recipes? Is there a way to store recipes that you love? Should I just rip the recipes out and stick them in a folder? Does that get too overwhelming to flip through for creating a weekly meal plan? Do you keep a collection of core recipes separate? Things you know everyone will eat and love? Am I making this way too damn complicated?
And because I'm feeling rather triumphant as a parent right now, here's a picture of my kid eating Moroccan chicken with chickpeas and couscous. I win! Take that chicken nuggets and hot dogs!