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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Happy New Year! A recommitment to cooking

Hello, This Week for Dinner friends! LONG time no talk. I know that I’ve been short of reliable since last summer in terms of planning meals and cooking. The blog has felt it, you have felt it and my family sure has felt it the most (holy eating-out-all-of-the-time 😳). Life has been in flux more than usual this past year. I am knocking on all of the wood as I say the following, but this week is the first time in a long time that feels normal-ish. And, after so many months of dinner uncertainty and eating out, I am beyond ready to get cooking again.

Carne Asada Salad served with Homemade Cilantro Crema Dressing

Carne Asada Salad with Cilantro Crema

With that, here is my food resolution for the year: cook. Cooking is such a lovely excuse at the end of a busy day to breathe. To listen to a podcast, music or audiobook. To spend time with a family member who also likes to cook. To prioritize our health as well as our enjoyment of food. 

Along with a recommitment to cooking, I will once again consistently post a weekly menu! It’s all a part of the same goal and that weekly check-in with you all here on the blog is incredibly helpful. I hope that you will continue to share your menus and recipes with us each week as well!

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Cilantro Sour Cream Enchiladas

That said, I’ve also found myself enjoying a few nights a week where I don’t have a plan, where I swing by the store and just grab a couple things for that night. I used to hate that. I think when the kids were younger and required more physical care there simply was no space for impromptu shopping and cooking. These days, however, there is a bit of room for spontaneity, a flexibility in what we cook and eat that I honestly haven’t felt in 19+ years. (Yep, Cate is 19 now!) I will still create a weekly plan, but I may or may not do weekly grocery shopping and I’m giving myself mental permission to mix the plan up when I feel like it!

Backlit side view of gluten-free buffalo chicken drumsticks with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing

Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken

One last thing…my cooking resolution also fits in well with the blog’s yearly resolution related to food and the environment. In terms of trash and food waste, cooking at home is automatically a huge improvement. In addition, when you cook at home you have more control over the ingredients and where they come from, making it easier to source local food as much as possible. So here’s to eating well and putting our own little drop in the bucket for Mother Earth.

I am looking forward to another year of planning, cooking, eating well and enjoying time in the kitchen! 


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    Erica McElhaney

    Just a word of encouragement! Your blog and weekly plan got me thinking and acting on menu planning a couple of years ago. Now it is normal for me, and very freeing. I plan several meals as I clean out the fridge/freezer and then grocery shop (order on line for pick up) so I have the staples needed. We are close to a warehouse store, so I go there for perishables (fruit, eggs, vegetables and some meats). Aldi and publix fill in, but I usually stagger my trips so I can continue to fill in and use up and be creative. Now I have a plan (or can come up with one quickly with what i have) and less waste and yummy meals. Thank you!

    • Erica, this is so sweet. Thank you! Love hearing your process, and love the idea of getting creative with what you have…that is something I have been trying to do the last few weeks more and more, it’s great!

      Aldi…we have one sort of close by and a friend was telling me about it…I need to go in!

      Anyway, THANK YOU. xo

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    Yay! I have the same resolution. I went to dream dinners and made some freezer meals. That hopefully will give us a good kick start. ❤️

  3. Welcome home! We missed you. I still checked the blog regularly and I saw you on IG so I knew you were ok. 🙂 The only positive to your hiatus is that I got to catch up a little to your “Week xxx Menu” count. 😉

    Sunday: Oven Chicken Wing (Smitten Kitchen) and roasted sweet potatoes for the Lions game!!
    Monday: Leftovers
    Tuesday: Beer-Brined Roast Chicken (ATK magazine) and roasted broccoli
    Wednesday: Baby Back Ribs in the slow cooker and green salad
    Thursday: Flash-Marinated Skirt Steaks and roasted cauliflower
    Friday: Pizza
    Saturday: Out before seeing Wicked!

    • haha! cannot believe I’m coming up on 800 menus…what in the world?!?!? Imagine if I had been posting every week? haha!

      you’re the best, thanks for checking in. Am always inspired by your menu planning as a fellow working parent.


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    John Anderson

    This last weekend, I passed a dream meal and realized I had forgotten about them! adore that what a fantastic start. Cheers to a prosperous new year!
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