Monday, December 01, 2008

The Unveiling

Here it is...VerWaynian Delicacies: Fall/Winter edition.

Let me give you a few pointers/disclaimers before you dive in.

Since having Evan, my cooking has significantly decreased in it's level of difficulty, and that's evident in this cookbook. I take a lot of shortcuts now, like instant mashed potatoes (my former chef-self would have died before using these,) and frozen onions or jarred garlic instead of chopping my own - all huge time savers. I also pick much simpler recipes, because I find that Evan makes cooking complicated enough!

I had a really hard time translating some of our favorite dishes into written recipes because I usually alter a recipe as I'm cooking it. Of course, I never write down the alterations, so I can't fully guarantee the accuracy of each ingredient amount (or pretty much anything else in the cookbook.)

As I said in my previous post, I tried very hard to structure each week of meals in such a way as to cook something once and use it twice. Almost each week has one or two ingredients that you'll make more of than you need on Monday so that you can use it again on Tuesday or Thursday. Hopefully that means prep time gets shorter as the week goes on.

Most of the meals I included are meant to serve 4-6 people, but by all means you can half or double as you see fit. Or, do what I'd do if I had a bigger freezer - freeze half of each casserole for next time. My husband (reluctantly so) and I, take leftovers to work for lunch on a regular basis, so we make the most of those 6 servings.

To allow for more flexibility, each week has it's own shopping list and can usually stand alone, but I would obviously recommend shopping for a few weeks at a time, and freezing what you won't need until later.

Also, remember that each of these thirteen weeks only contains 3 full meals. That means Wednesday is a leftover day and the weekends are fend for yourself (or in our house frozen pizza and take-out.)

This is the Fall/Winter issue so you'll see the usual suspects: chili, soups, pot roast, etc...I hope to do another one for the Spring/Summer...Enjoy!

VerWaynian Delicacies

(This link will take you to our public iDisk folder. There are two zip files. One is the menus and recipes, and the other is the shopping lists. They're meant to be one complete document, but we separated and zipped them for easier downloading. Please let me know if you're having any problem accessing them!)


Kelly said...


Phillips said...

You are my super best friend for publishing this :) As you know I share your love of cooking but I detest setting down on Sunday nights and making a grocery list and planning out meals. I can't wait to try all these new recipes.

Holly said...

All I can say is WOW. Oh my goodness WOW! You should be selling this - looks good and it's oh so pretty :)


Maya said...

I'm totally saving this once I get home. you do need to publish this or something!!!

Debbie said...

Wow! I'm so impressed!

Travis said...

How did I know there would be a disclaimer at the beginning?

Chantal said...

Holly sent me over here and I have to say - YOU are now my new BEST FRIEND. Honestly. My husband just went back to a 9-6 job (he used to have afternoons off and cooked for me). I have been struggling with cooking (I even posted asking for suggestions) and here you are, like an angel from heaven, giving me a whole seasons worth of cooking. YOU ROCK!!!!