What's for dinner?

This morning, after staring into the refrigerator and trying to make a shopping list, I made everybody choose a cookbook, grabbed some sticky notes and a pen, and took us all out to breakfast before grocery shopping.

The idea was that each of us was to pick a recipe that we would be willing to cook for the family this coming week. The waitress brought us coffee and tea and we dove into the cookbooks. It was quite fun as the girls poured over their pasta cookbooks while Nels and I talked about Mark Bittman's book which we are enjoying.

Lou has chosen to make "spaghetti with egg and bacon" -- of course. Hels choose a dish with asparagus, portobello mushrooms, and a boursin sauce.

We added what ingredients we needed to "the list," sipped the rest of our coffee, and headed to the grocery store.

I'm really hoping that we end up with some new dishes we like and two girls eager to do a bit more cooking.

Tammy  – (April 4, 2009 at 4:31 PM)  

I agree with Sarah...marvelous idea!!!

Lisa Anne  – (April 4, 2009 at 6:38 PM)  

Jerome is in the kitchen making dinner RIGHT now, I am so hungry everything sounds so yummy. Amelia very seldom makes dinner but I would love her to get involved more.

Anonymous –   – (April 4, 2009 at 11:42 PM)  

Great idea...I can't wait for my kids to be old enough to do this!

Linda  – (April 5, 2009 at 1:32 AM)  

This is such a great idea, we are all tired of eating the same or similar dishes each week with just a slight variation. Everyone will be so excited when I tell them about your idea. Thanks for sharing... Have a great week.

Dawn  – (April 5, 2009 at 10:34 AM)  

I love this idea! I usually make the menu up by myself, asking everyone what they want for dinner this week, and the answer is usually..."whatever". :)

galant  – (April 5, 2009 at 12:55 PM)  

This is the first time I've seen your blog and I was intriged to see the making of maple syrup. We have golden syrup over here in the UK, which is a by-product of the sugar refining process, and not from trees like American/Canadian maple syrup. But it was lovely to see the trees being tapped and the end product which looked wonderful!
Margaret Powling

Angela  – (April 6, 2009 at 6:37 AM)  

I'm stealing this one! What a great way to get them involved in the process...picking their own recipes! Brilliant!

Maribeth  – (April 6, 2009 at 10:51 AM)  

Mark Bittman's book is on my to-read list. My plan, once I get through the busy preparations for Passover this week, is to map out some weekly dinner menus. Life is much smoother and tastier when I do that.

Anonymous –   – (April 9, 2009 at 7:44 AM)  

this is brilliant sarah! not only am i using it, but i will most certainly tell every busy mama i know about it, thank you!

Anonymous –   – (April 15, 2009 at 11:37 AM)  

i love mark bittman.

what a fantastic idea. we usually talk about it at the table, but off the top of their heads we always get the same responses.

and I DEFINITELY need a list like that. STEALING the list idea.

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