Thursday, May 11, 2006

Supper Swapping Book Give Away

Scott Somerville recently asked a group of homeschoolers the question. "If Jesus returned tomorrow which part of homeschooling would you give up?" If I had been in the audience I wouldn't have given the answer a second thought.


Now some may balk at my answer and say, cooking isn't really part of homeschooling. (Not you homesteaders, of course!) But that's not true around here. Just try teaching your son biology while every cell in his body is craving food. No, my sister said it best, "Homeschooling would be a lot more fun if I didn't have to constantly feed them." (She's a homeschooling mom of 7.)

It's not that I don't enjoy cooking. I do. But with everything going on some days, I just don't want to think about "what's for dinner?" Susan Thacker is aiming to fix that. She's written a new book called Supper Swapping.

Supper Swapping is defined as an arrangement to trade fresh meals with one friend for the benefit of two households...

Each person selects one cooking day a week. On that day the assigned cook delivers two meals to the recipient. By the end of the school/work week, you will each have four meals with typically enough leftovers for one day.

The theory sounds simple enough. It's the practical application that needs a little refining for us. After all, cooking enough for a family of 8 has its own set of rules. Susan has those covered in the a section called "Exploring Variations of Supper Swapping." She suggests co-op cooking. That's what my friend and I are planning on doing. She's just built a new home with a large gourmet kitchen. Between the two of us and our daughters we're hoping to eliminate meal prep for a few meals each week.

Susan's book also provides recipes by master chef's from around the country. Some of the recipes were a bit much for my taste. But I do enjoy the challenge of a new recipe and ingredients occassionally. Most receipes were quite doable. My 12 year old daughter made the Grilled Lemon Rosemary Chicken (page 132) and we all gave it two thumbs up. She's eager to try out even more of the recipes as well.

So even if I can't give up cooking completely, it's nice to know there are women out there like Susan who are thinking of ways to make it more manageable. As soon as my friend get's her kitchen in order, I'll let you know how our swap goes.

In the meantime, I'd love to hear your suggestions for meal planning, quick lunches, or funny food stories. If you have any favorite websites to share pass those along as well.

I don't plan on turning this blog into a recipe blog. But I love new cookbooks. Susan graciously provided her book to me for review and I couldn't pass it up.

She'd also like me to give another one away to a reader. So I'll select one commenter at random to win a copy of Susan's new book. I'll pick a winner tomorrow evening. Even if you don't have a tip to share, go ahead and leave a comment to enter the contest.

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