Thursday, April 23, 2009

It's all about the plan

My habit of weekly menu-planning was inspired by
1) time-management concerns related to the imminent arrival of my second child (can't serve cereal every night now, can I?) and
2) an article in the NYTimes about menu planning that helped me understand that the key isn't finding recipes, it's taking the time to plan.

For weeknight cooking, things are pretty practical. I try to appeal to the tastes and needs of very young children, as well as a spouse who longs for the days when we could cook for a few hours together each night, experimenting with a wide range of tastes and techniques. Parenthood has changed things a bit, for now at least.


  1. What a great idea, look forward to more!

  2. I LOVE this. Now I can use your menu plan instead of trying to think of my own! I managed to plan Mon - Wed this week and then fell apart. While we enjoyed a delicious dinner out to celebrate our anniversary tonight, we left grandma and grandpa with leftover pizza and tator tot hotdish to feast on with the kids. Nice!

    You MUST add the "Big Yellow Cookbook" to your list. We've never been disappointed. (FYI: The real name of the book is "How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman.)

    Looking forward to more posts! :)

  3. You rock Nicole! Greg and I are impressed!
    Keelyn :)