Friday, December 4, 2009

Once a Month cooking synopsis

If you've been following, you know I've been on this Once a Month Cooking Journey.  I have to say I am incredibly BORED!  It was a challenge to make 14 meals in one day, which actually was not how I did it due to circumstances that changed my plans. I ended up making the meals in 2 different stages.  That was still a challenge.  However, I have to say the recipes themselves have not been spectacular.  So, overall, I'm not really impressed.  There are several OAMC books, but the one I used was Once-a-Month Cooking by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg.  The good thing about this book is that most of the ingredients you'll find in your pantry.  There's not a whole lot of unusual types of herbs/spices, etc.  If you want easy, staple items it's great.  Also, it shows you exactly how to prep for your cooking day.  It includes a meal plan, grocery list, what to do before your big cooking day, even suggestions for types of containers to use.  On the flip side, I think someone forgot to edit this book!  I found many mistakes which made it confusing at points.  For example, a recipe would call for cooked chicken, then tell you to cook it.  Or there was a meal on the planner, but no recipe for it.  And that's only 2 of about 10 mistakes I found. 

I am in a cooking group (which desperately needs a name) and it is a great way to do freezer meals!  I look forward to posting recipes from that.  I just made 3 meals that look fantastic!  I guess I'm just partial to food that is extraordinarily good.  Not that there's anything wrong with those staple items in your pantry, but I like creativity, more flavor, etc.  When you're making 14 meals, or even 30 for your freezer in one day, that is probably not going to happen.  You need more time to be more creative.  So, I'm giving this book about 2 1/2 stars out of 5.  Also, I'm done posting recipes from it unless something is very enjoyable.  I do still have several meals left in my freezer.  But if I'm boring myself, I must be boring you, yes you, all 4 followers that I have, and 1 cyber stalker--you know who you are--haha!  Who knows, maybe there are more. 

Looking Ahead:
  • I hope to be more consistant in the future with my posts.  Hmm, maybe this is a New Years Resolution.
  • Fun holiday treats
  • Cranberry Chicken, Spinach Lasagna Roll ups, and Thai peanut chicken
  • Eggplant Parmesean, which I promised in early November.  (they were actually out of eggplants!  I could post the recipe, but I really wanted a picture for this one.)


  1. I wondered if you might update last night while you were scappin! So glad you did. You made me smile this morning. I have to tease you'll notice my status has moved up from mere cyberstalker to all out foodie and follower!!! Aren't you proud of me? Can't wait to play next week. I have some free coupons for bowling. What do you think?

  2. You crack me up....(you got 5 foodies now)...The basil Ziti for ckclub turned out fantastic...Im scared that it is too...stapely...but hey its got Basil in that makes it more than just staple ziti!!!