Join Date: May 2006
Location: Middle Tennessee
I have kind of a routine that I work with.
I have a 3 ring binder with page protectors. When I spot an online recipe that I think sounds really yum, I will copy it off and place the recipe inside of the page protector.
That way I can see the recipe and the protectors help to keep the recipes clean, while reading them in or around my cooking area. If you drop or splatter anything on them all you need to do is to take a damp sponge and wipe them off.
Now as far as menu planning. I like to have a 2 week rotation. I make sure that I have everything needed for each recipe, except fresh ingredients, I buy those on a weekly basis.
That way I know that I will have everything that I need to make 2 weeks worth of meals, I don't necessarily have a plan as to which recipe that I will be using that night, but I know that I have 14 different recipes to pick from and have an idea of what I'll be making that week.
That way when I make my weekly run to the store I can pick up whatever fresh veggies that I'll need.
So I just figure out what everybody is in the mood for that night and that's what I'll cook.
I know it sounds obsessive but really it's not.
With this system I know that I won't have to run out to the grocery store to pick up one ingredient that I may not have in the pantry.
Chrilynhawk, I, too, love to grocery shop, but I've found over the years that the less amount of trips that I make, the less impulse buying I do.
So for me, I have to keep it down to about once a week or I'll go waaaay over my grocery budget.
Grocery shopping to me, is way funner than clothes shopping.
Yes, I'm weird like that.