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Looking for assistance with specialized weekly menu planning

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Looking for assistance with specialized weekly menu planning

nsstampqueen | Sep 30, 2011 10:13 AM

I’ve decided to try something different for the month of October and maybe even November. I would like to try eating one cuisine from around the world for a whole week. I would like to start with either Italian or Chinese, then Mexican (which I could eat 24/7/365), maybe something from Latin America, Mediterranean, or …

What I would like are some suggestions for other peoples favourites from different cultures/cuisines. I have tons of cookbooks, but reading a recipe and it actually being something worth making can be two different things (as I’m sure most of you know). While I am a picky eater (I’m trying to be more adventurous) my hubby (the human garbage disposal) will eat anything and usually not complain.

So, I have everything you would pretty much need to make average to moderately complicated dishes. I have enough kitchenware to make do if something calls for a pan or dish that I may not have an exact match for. While I wouldn’t mind a complicated recipe or two (something that takes several hours would only be good for a Sunday) I’m looking for cultural favourites that would be new to me (is this asking for two much?? I am a very competent cook, however, have not been too adventurous in the past with recipes from other cultures – I have seriously gotten into Mexican cuisine lately but that only extends to things like soups, tacos, rices, a few sauces, etc.). I do not need recipes for Lasagne or Bolognese sauce – but different pasta dishes are welcome.

I’m doing this because I have started a new job with different hours so I have a little more time than before, it’s a bit of a stressful job so the planning/prepping/cooking, etc. will relax me, and I need to broaden my horizons for awhile I think. Any suggestions appreciated – recipes, links, etc. I really need inspiration if I’m going to come up with 6 dinners a week – especially in the ones I am unfamiliar with. Again, it doesn't have to be fancy, complicated stuff, comfort food more than welcome, and thanks!

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