Meal Plans

Alice Waters writes,

Here are a few practices I employ to help me plan a menu, think it through, and cook it.  These are critical for large gatherings and complex events , but they are useful for simple dinners, too.  Once you have decided on the menu, make a game plan.  First write out the menu and draft a shopping list.  If, when you make the shopping list, you discover that the shopping, not to mention the cooking, is too complicated, go back and revise the menu-or see if anyone can help.  Shop far enough in advance that you don’t arrive at home laden with shopping bags without enough time to cook – a recipe for a very frazzled cook.

Who will you be cooking with this Christmas?  How’s the planning taking shape so far?  Any revisions so far?



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