Wednesday, October 1, 2008


"I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate."
Julia Child

Today I'm introducing a new, regular feature here at Cora Cooks. Around the middle of every week, my optimistic plans for a more organized week are beginning to unravel. Whether I was hoping to eat out less, or invite guests over for dinner on the weekend, by mid-week I'm struggling to keep it together.

At various times, I have thought how nice it would be to have something or someone to help me out as I try to bring order to mealtime. An expert nutritionist who also prepares my meals would be nice, but I'm not Oprah or some rock star. There just has to be a easier way to plan, execute, and serve a satisfying meal at the end of a busy day.

Maybe a handy little notebook -- notebooks are good. I could keep a quick and easy reference of ready-made menus, for those times when the last thing I have time to do is plan ahead. Then I could grab my little menu notebook and come up with a week's worth of menus -- or even a perfect little dinner party for guests -- or something quick to pick up on the way home -- all on a moment's notice.

But, here's the catch -- and there's always a catch! When would I find the time or the resources to put such a handy notebook together in the first place?

Ta Da! Now Cora Cooks can help create that little notebook for you.

OK, you will have to get the notebook . . . and a printer . . . and maybe a hole punch. Am I going too fast here? Maybe just a folder to start with . . .yeah, that could work too . . .a folder. If you will prepare a folder, or notebook, to hold what I'm about to give you, then you're going to be so happy the next time your week has gone to pieces, and you're wondering what to do about dinner. Whether you shop the Wednesday or Sunday grocery specials, plan a week's meals at a time, or just want something different for family or friends, you can choose from a complete menu every week to help you with meals. And, as always, comments are always welcome.

So let's get started!

Glance over to the sidebar on the right side of this page. You'll see a new heading labeled Menu of the Week. With just one click on that label, you'll be whisked away to a place where all things are possible. There you will find complete menus, with recipes and a shopping list. Click to print and you'll have your very own copy of each of the recipes to use while cooking and a shopping list to take to the market. I might recommend checking the list against what you have on hand -- but only if you have time. The nice thing is, you'll be able to access all this on your computer at home or work, before you're headed to the market -- or from your iPhone while you're already at the market.


The individual recipes will be indexed, so you will be able to find recipes and menus in more than one way -- we don't all remember things in the same way, now do we? And menus will even be numbered for handy reference, so maybe the next time you hear the question -- "What's for dinner?" -- your answer can be as simple as, "Menu #3". Isn't that easy? Don't worry, they'll catch on soon enough, just like Pavlov's dog.

So, bottom line, -- I've got dinner all planned for you.

Check here every week and when you find something you like, just print it out and start your own organized life all over again, every Wednesday.

Cora Cooks has got your number!

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