Last week I received my copy of a must-have kitchen toolkit, Once-a-Month Cooking by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg. If you liked the original version, you’ll really enjoy this new Family Favorites edition.
I know there are plenty of talented folks who really LOVE to cook – culinary gurus who think it actually helps them de-stress to slice onions with one hand and whack a black iron pot around in the other, all while the kids climb the walls. But if you’re like me, cooking on a daily basis feels more like a stressful chore than a relaxing, enjoyable treat. Especially when my kitchen is filled with whirling dirvishes and homework havoc. I often have less than thirty minutes to prepare dinner, and the smoke alarm almost always goes off when I cook.
But — and this is a big one — I believe very much in the importance of sitting together as a family around the table during mealtime, and I want to offer my family something a tad bit better than mystery fish sticks and Kraft Mac-n-Cheese (even though both of my kids would probably choose that as their favorite meal of all time!).
With Once-a-Month Cooking, I have everything I need to feed my family a month’s worth of nutritious meals – all with only one day of real work. I don’t know about you, but I like the sound of that.
If you think it’s too good to be true, I admit — I also wondered if it would be too much trouble to spend a whole day in the kitchen, not to mention the prepwork and enormous grocery trip involved. Thankfully, Lagerborg and Wilson have painstakingly included every single step of the process in the book, including menus, nutritional analyses, and shopping lists — right down to the number and size of freezer bags needed for each meal. What is usually the most stressful part of cooking (deciding WHAT to cook and managing to complete a recipe without bumming missing ingredients from the neighbors), has already been taken care of for me. All I really have to do is follow the instructions. Even I can do that!
I also really like that this new edition includes a two-week option (a nice baby step for someone like me who is new to the whole bulk freezing method). Plus, they’ve added a gourmet section (my personal preference) and a full menu for those on a gluten-free diet.
Want to know more? Visit once-a-monthcooking.com for a free one-week cooking cycle—which will give you all the information you need for a trial run. You can also network with other bloggers and frugalistas on facebook. Simply search for “Once-a-month Cooking.”
Don’t forget, I’ve got a copy of the book to share. To register for the cookbook giveaway, leave your comment here or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). 22 people have already entered, and the winner will be announced on Friday, October 16.