Meals This Week

Since I will be cooking up a storm this week, we’re going to have lots of choices on our plate, literally. So, here’s my dinner plan. We’ll see if I actually follow it. * simple pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil and salad* Pizza with friends, bringing salad and dessert* Pasta with meat and tomato […]

Whole Lot of Cookin’ Goin’ On

This week I’m going in. Cover me. Yep, that’s right. Going to do some “once a month cooking.” If you’ve never tried it before, it’s definitely worth your while, even if yours is a small family. I’ve been cooking this way a few times a year for the last 11 years, and it is always […]

Making Do Menus

I have mentioned how I’m gearing up for a big Once-A-Month Cooking Bash in preparation for FishBaby’s arrival. Part of that is using up what we have in the deep freeze so that I can defrost and clean it. I was pleased to find out that I had quite enough to make dinners for this […]

OAMC: Phase 1A, cont’d

I mentioned before that I’m getting ready for a two-day cooking bash so that when FishChick arrives, my freezer is full and I can put my feet up. Phase 1A consists of cleaning, organizing, and inventorying the pantry and freezers. I took care of the pantry and the refrig/freezer over the weekend. Well, the pantry […]

A Bean Quartet

Pinto Beans

Jenn@frugalupstate is hosting a frugal foods series. Each week she hosts a carnival of recipes featuring a frugal ingredient. So far, she’s covered eggs and tuna. This week features beans. Beans are a great source of protein and fiber. They are also a great bargain, so far. (Who knows what the commodities market will do […]

Le Menu Chez Moi

I wish I could say that we were having exotic French cuisine at my maison this week. But, FishPapa’s going out of town for two days, so things are going to be simple around here. But, truth be told, the food I ate in France, back when I was une jeune fille americaine, was pretty […]

OAMC: Phase 1A

Since I brought home a big load of groceries on Thursday and Friday, I was motivated to organize the pantry. Here is the before: Here is the after. I even labeled the shelves with my cool lime green sharpie in the hopes that my little minions will know where things go and actually put them […]

Meal Planning: On My Way to Once a Month Cooking

Full freezer

Years ago I made “once a month cooking” a regular practice. Every 4-6 weeks, I would spend 2-3 days shopping, planning, and cooking so that I could save hours of time, volumes of stress, and a few pennies by making many meals at one time. Every year I’ve done this about once or twice in […]