I know that many of you have been following my journey since last year as I attempt to choose the Delicious Dozen list of favorite recipes for my family. I’m sure you’ve stood by me for a variety of reasons, which might include: our relationship outside of this blog; a relationship developed over the years even if we don’t have regular contact now; or merely a curiosity similar to the impulse we have to stare at car wrecks on the side of the road – “What the heck is that Donna going to try to serve her poor family next?” My guess is that there are MANY of you that fall into this last category. I don’t think I’ve disappointed you, having served many train wreck dinners as far as my kids were concerned. “Yeah, lentils and bulgur, that’s a real winner, Mom – NOT!” (See photo above.)
What I’m hoping, however, is that my journey has inspired you to work to develop your own Delicious Dozen list of favorite recipes for your family. Why? Because I care about you and there are many good reasons for doing this, including:
1. It saves you time and money at the supermarket. If you know what you’re cooking, you can make a beeline for the ingredients without too many impulse purchases or buying things that you later have no idea how to use.
2. You have a collection of meals that you can expect your family will like, saving you the grump faces, yukky comments, and wasted food.
3. It will save you planning time if you’re in the habit, like me, of putting together your weekly menu before you head out shopping.
4. You have a group of pre-selected recipes based on your preferences for family dinners whether that means you can cook them in under fifteen minutes, they’re gluten-free, vegan, or some other criteria which will vary from family to family.
5. You will avoid the fall-back approach, on busy nights, of hitting the drive-through since you had nothing planned for dinner, with no ingredients on hand.
6. You will have pre-tested dishes you know will be successful if someone asks you to bring a dish to a potluck.
7. Finally, you will develop a reputation as a goddess in your family for preparing meals they will love now and in the future. At least, that’s my dream.
Since I’m a mind reader – did I ever share that with you, readers? – I bet I can guess the next question many of you have. How does one go about choosing their family’s Delicious Dozen recipes? I’m so glad you asked. But you’ll have to wait for the next post where I share my thoughts on how you might want to approach this challenge.