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Iron Chef America - Zakarian's debut (SPOILERS)

Wtg Zakarian on a perfect score, however I cringed to see that Alex was his sous chef. We are not exactly a household of Alex fans over here lol..... That spoiled it a little for us, especially with all the face time on camera they gave her.

Dec 26, 2011
Senkimekia in Food Media & News

Weekly menu planning, how do you go about it?

Oh nice, I love your idea of keeping track of your recipes by season, great idea. I'm pretty bad about remembering what is what at times, so I think I will adopt your idea where you keep a past record of seasonal recipes so you can go back and check and also already have a repertoire for each season ready to draw from. Thanks!

Nov 21, 2011
Senkimekia in Home Cooking

Weekly menu planning, how do you go about it?

LOVE the idea of buying one giant pack of chicken but flavoring them in various ways- that will be added to my methodology on the weeks where I work a lot of hours and won't have time to make something complicated every night. I love the concept of batch cooking, but I like variety and that takes care of it nicely.

Nov 21, 2011
Senkimekia in Home Cooking

Weekly menu planning, how do you go about it?

I like your suggestion about freezing this and that so there's some variety to choose from. You nail it right on the head when you said poor planning leads to poor choices, this is a big reason why I want to start planning. You said you made sandwiches this a.m. for the week, you make them all the same day? I've tried making them all at once for my hubby but they got a little icky sitting prepared, any advice there?

Nov 21, 2011
Senkimekia in Home Cooking

Weekly menu planning, how do you go about it?

Hello all at CH this is my first official post after lurking forever and ever, I just love this site! I've finally broke out of my shell enough to make this post because I am desperate for input lol.

I know some of you do weekly meal planning and it is something I've been wanting to get started for quite some time now. I was just looking to see how some of you do it and hopefully gleam good tips from people that know the ins and outs of meal planning. I want to know your thought processes that go behind planning your meals, how do you utilize your books and online media, do you have tools such as software or a notebook to help you plan it out, what are your main go to resources, what factors have an impact on the menu you plan, do you ever incorporate themes, do you plan once a week or more, how often do you deviate from your plan, etc. I will take any info you're willing to share! My menu planning will consist of a hybrid of make ahead batch meals and individual nightly meals depending on my schedule. I expect to be getting less hours this time of year so I should have time to cook more (and desire to). I'm a decent (average) cook but I've reached a point where I want to expand my horizons and step it up to the next level. I am looking for an organized way to track my plan week by week so very curious to see what you all use to track yours, wether it be software, an app, paper, notebook, calendar, word doc, or a combination of more than one. What is your system and how does it work for you?

Also, I've amassed a lot of cookbooks in the past year (is this a diagnosable illness? Lol) and where I used to have like 20 cookbooks I am now approaching 200. Any chowhounders out there with some advice/tips on how I can incorporate them more into my menu planning? I know it sounds a little odd, but I just feel like I have so many now in such a short amount of time I don't even know where to begin.... I did join EYB (learned that from a discussion on this site as well :D ) but I just need a kick to go from just browsing my books to actually USING THEM.

Thanks again in advance!

Nov 21, 2011
Senkimekia in Home Cooking