Meal Planning

Get organized. Give your best meal planning tips, and find out how other Chowhounds organize their meals from recipe planning to grocery shopping.

How To Meal Prep On a Budget

Tired of circling the Whole Foods hot bar on your lunch break? More importantly, isn’t your wallet tired? There’s only one way to solve this first world problem and it’s made up of two words: meal prep...

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Make ahead breakfasts for a crowd?

by corpkid 5 years ago

Having about 12 people over memorial day weekend staying with us. I basically need 3 days of breakfasts, preferably that can be made the night before. I'm thinking stratas/casseroles/frittatas/et...

What goes with Coconut-Crusted Halibut?

by chezron 5 years ago

I am serving Coconut-Crusted Halibut with Mango Salsa, Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Vinaigrette, and I need someting else. Do you have any suggestions?

Vegetable Sides Cookbook

by Titus0327 5 years ago

I'm looking for a good cookbook that features only side dishes using vegetables. I'm not looking for a vegetarian cookbook as those seem to be focused more on vegetables as a main dish. It seems I ...

What are your HOLY GRAIL recipes?

by EAH 5 years ago

You know, those recipes so good that you aren't even tempted to try the newer "hotter" version? One of mine ( by way of example) is Dorie Greenspans Chocolate Chip Cookies from Baking FMHtY. I a...

February 2016 COTM Reporting Thread: PHOENIX CLAWS and JADE TREES by Kian Lam Kho

by herby 5 years ago

We have chosen an intriguing cookbook to cook from in February. This is what amazon.com has to say: Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees offers a unique introduction to Chinese home cooking, demystifying ...

Catering my vow renewal

by aliciav22 5 years ago

Hi all! This is my first time posting here. You all always have such great ideas I am hoping you can help me. I am planning on catering my own vow renewal in October of next year. Our theme is "til...

Weekly Menu Plans - February 2016

by MidwesternerTT 5 years ago

Planning for February meals already? Will you be cooking for Valentine's Day, or making reservations? Planning may be in progress for those who are reporting their menu plans for the up-coming wee...

Weekly Menu Plans - March 2016

by MidwesternerTT 5 years ago

First day of Spring, Easter holiday and March Madness (basketball tournaments, not kitchen worries). Let's use this thread to share concise weekly dinner menus for each week of March. It's helpful ...

Vacuum sealing food on plates or bowls

by pulled pork 5 years ago

I am preparing food for a sick relative. Everything needs to be sanitary as heck. Thinking about sanitizing a bowl, putting the cooked food in it and then vacuum sealing it with a food saver unit...

Family reunion at the beach — How to handle the food?

by work2eat 5 years ago

Hi Chowhounds, I've managed a large family group in the past, but this time around the group is larger and more diverse in ages and tastes. It's been at least 12 years since we've done this. We wil...

How do you scale recipes that contain whole and ground spices 4x?

by katie.beginner 5 years ago

I am trying to make butter chicken for 7 people at my office. My favourite recipe typically works for 2, so I have to scale it up to 4 times to accommodate everyone. Preparing and cooking the chick...

Dinner for 18

by offtoanywhere 5 years ago

I'm cooking for 18 (including 3 kids) on Saturday night. I have a 7 1/2 lb pork loin I plan to grill and for sides I'm making 3 9x13 pans of mac & cheese, 5 lbs of oven roasted carrots, a mixed gre...

"Unconventional" Holiday Dinners

by munchkin1 5 years ago

Hi, fellow Chowhounders! I am interested in reading your stories. My family was traditional and never deviated. . .Thanksgiving turkey at. al. Christmas Eve ham, and. . .Christmas Day Dinner Turke...

Cookbook for a Teenager

by DonShirer 5 years ago

My wife made sure our three boys had at least the rudiments of cooking before they left for college, but in one case that hasn't percolated through to the next generation. One grandson is just lea...

Easter ham

by stan319 5 years ago

I live in southeastern PA and want to get a ham for Easter, but the store has a lot of choices. I live alone, so, I cannot use a whole ham. I want enough left over for Ham and String beans. Ar...

Veal meatballs with added sausage?

by jackfredi 5 years ago

I have a pound of ground veal, but no beef or pork. I was thinking of making meatballs with the veal and some Italian sausage removed form the casing. Any opinions/suggestions?

Dramatic dish for a dinner party

by jlix 5 years ago

I'm looking for something new-- i've done beautiful 12 to 20 hour pork shoulders, fantastic 7 hour leg of lambs-- i LOVE a long braise, i just want some new ideas! for this sunday please....

Wine to pair with rutabaga caponata

by valadelphia 5 years ago

I made this lovely dish http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Rutabaga-Caponata but I have no idea what wine to drink with it. Rutabaga is hard enough, but when you add the vinegar, etc., I a ma a ...

Anyone want to critique my Texan Easter brunch?

by espressoiloveyou 5 years ago

Having friends over for Easter Brunch. About 12 people. Here's the menu: Smoked Pork Ribs Smoked Bacon Spring Succatash (roasted corn, herbs, zucchini, tomato) Maple glazed roasted brussel...

Beef Themed Menu

by cleopatra999 5 years ago

I am hosting a wine tasting/dinner club. One of the participants is visiting from overseas and is in awe of our Canadian Beef. I was thinking to highlight this ingredient. My budget is $40pp includ...

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