For those new to the Kitchen, I link recipes that are linkable in my Monday post, but always post the recipe the day it is made and when I can, post a picture as well as my review of it in the comments. So if you are intrigued by a dinner, come on back to see what we thought!
Also, not every day is a new recipe. On days where I’m cooking something we already know and love, I try to link to the original post so that you can still try it, but I pose a Question of the Day that I would love feedback on. On days where we are doing Fend For Yourself (FFY) Buffet, I post something that I “covet” for your review and commentary.
Monday – easy polenta lasagna
Tuesday – Navajo Tacos
Wednesday – salisbury steak
Thursday – FFY Buffet…long overdue appointment at the salon…I can’t wait.
Friday – maple dijon pork tenderloin (repeat recipe)
Saturday – no dinner, big party tonight (it’s a surprise, so I can’t speak further. Suffice to say that I am cooking those pork dumplings for the cocktail hour and my maple dijon pork tenderloin for an entree as my contribution!)
Sunday – recovering from cooking. It’s a breakfast for dinner night fo’ sho! TBD, though.
MGCK started as a New Year's resolution for 2009. I wanted to start trying menu planning, a concept that I had stumbled across while looking for dinner ideas online. I dove into it with energy and saw success immediately. The success only made me more interested in how I could improve, what new recipes I could find, etc. I started using my family blog for menu planning posts and it kind of started to take over. So, I decided to give my culinary fumblings their own home- and MGCK was born.
Why "my grand central kitchen?" Well, I have three young children (a third grader, a first grader and an infant). I am a Girl Scout troop leader, a nursing student at night. Cooking is a hobby for me. So you could say that aside from the playroom, the kitchen is the busiest room in my house and usually looks it, especially with the way my home is designed...you have to go through it to get anywhere! It feels a bit like Grand Central, especially between 4 and 7 pm.
There's four of us eating in the Kitchen at the moment (although our third child will eventually join us), and we all have different tastes and preferences. My oldest has some sensory food issues that we're working through, which throws a bigger wrench into an already challenging menu plan preparation. But every week, we're making progress. And some nights, we are on the run with activities and I'm not on duty. Leftovers are always worked in! And PB&Js or grilled cheeses DO happen. I'm not trying to be Martha Stewart, here. I can't be. However, menu planning saves all kinds of time and sanity for me.
I hope that this blog gives me even more inspiration for my own home and the ability to inspire others in the kitchen, as well. I'll be posting not just menu planning and recipe links, but also interesting things I find online, things on my wishlist and recommendations, when I have the time. I try to post the bimonthly meal plans on time, but it rarely happens although I have the best of intentions. ;)
I certainly hope you enjoy the read.