Dinner This Month’s own Peggy Odita-Hodel is also a professional interior designer with a reputation for listening to her client’s needs and respecting their budget. This year, Houzz has honored her with their Best of Houzz 2014 award for Customer Satisfaction! What could be more important, when hiring a design professional, than to know that they have a long list of satisfied customers! Check out Peggy’s profile on Houzz.com by CLICKING HERE. Way to go, Peggy! We are proud and honored to have you as part of the Dinner This Month Team. Congratulations!!!
There’s No Such Thing as a “Meal Breaker”
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, or customers get confused. Watch Carrie’s message to put your mind at ease. :)
At Dinner This Month, We’re blessed to live in a place where we have a lot of variety of ingredients available to us year round. However, we understand that in some areas certain produce or specialty items may be hard to come by. We’ve done our best to make sure that the recipes are seasonal, but if you can’t find an ingredient, keep calm.
As Peggy likes t o say, “There’s no such thing as a meal breaker.” Just substitute to the best of your ability, or leave that ingredient out. You can use the ingredient list to help you with substitutions. It will tell you which recipe the ingredient goes to, so you can decide what to substitute, or if you can leave it out all together. After all, it’s not rocket science … it’s just dinner. :) The recipe will likely still taste great! So far, we’ve only had one terrible mishap, and that was when someone forgot to add the meat to her meatballs!
Trust us, the food will taste great even if you can’t find the pineapple, avocado, bell peppers, or what-have-you.
There are four of us who run Dinner This Month. Skye and Tabetha were good cooks before we started meeting monthly. Carrie and Peggy… well, not so much! We’re GREAT cooks now, because of Dinner This Month!
Here’s what Peggy has to say about this month’ s menu, and how it can help to streamline your Thanksgiving:
Last year was the first time I had ever hosted my family’s Thanksgiving meal and I really can’t emphasize how “thankful” I was for Dinner This Month. I knew I had some great dishes all ready to be prepared from my freezer and all I had to do was add a Turkey!
This year you now have the opportunity to get together with a friend using Dinner This Months’ 2-person November Menu to help you create a fantastic spread for your Thanksgiving Day! I can’t wait to put together this year’s spread! Check out my enthusiastic post after last years’ successful Thanksgiving meal….
“Whew! All I can say is thank goodness for Dinner This Month! I hosted my first ever Thanksgiving meal and I was able to add the Twice Baked Potatoes, Crockpot Ham with Pineapple, Spinach Quiche and the Homestyle Mac N’ Cheese to my Thanksgiving menu and what a difference it made in time savings and stress-free preparation!
“It even gave me time to set a beautiful table which I wouldn’t have had time to do if I had to prepare these items from scratch! Thank you Dinner This Month for making me look like the Hostess With The Mostest!!!”
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A Message From Carrie
The 2 Person November menu consists of the following meals:
1. Apricot Pulled Pork Hoagies
2. Baked Red Snapper w/Garlic
3. Chicken Picatta
4. Crock Pot Enchiladas (turkey)
5. Crock Pot Ham w/Pineapple
6. Homestyle Mac & Cheese
7. Skye’s Chicken Pot Pie
8. Smokey Double Cheeseburgers
9. Spinach Quiche
10. Stuffed Bell Peppers
11. Teriyaki Chicken
12. Tortellini Soup
13. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
14. White Chicken Chili
You can purchase it for $14.99 by clicking below. You do not need a Paypal account to purchase.
Thanks, and ENJOY!!!
You have likely noticed that the shopping lists that we provide do not include the number of Ziploc freezer bags you will need. This is because that answer to this will always be”plenty”. Go ahead and buy a big bulk sized case of Ziploc gallon and quart freezer bags. You’ll also need at least a box of sandwich bags, and if you choose to bag your chicken separately from the other items in the bag (to avoid coating everything in chicken goo), you may also want to purchase regular resealable gallon bags too. You’ll definitely be using any left overs in the upcoming months, and if you are a group, you can track your Ziploc inventory with your pantry tracker, so you’ll know what you need to buy again next month. When in doubt, buy extra.
We do not get any endorsements of kickbacks from Ziploc, but trust us on this one. Its worth the few extra dollars to ensure that the bags you use are durable and seal well. We’ve tried the cheaper brands and paid the price. If you need to skimp on the sandwich bags, or chicken bags, be our guest, but use Ziploc where it counts.
We wish we had a hard and fast answer to this question but the truth is that it varies. It depends on where you live, where you shop, how many people are in in your group, and which brand items you buy. We can say this though: you will likely spend no more than you currently are (probably a lot less), AND you’ll have the convenience of ready-to cook meals in your freezer!
I saw this on Pinterest, and knew I needed to put it here on our blog.
It’s great to know these conversions!
One important thing to remember when bagging your Dinner This Month meals, is that your measurements don’t need to be perfect. However, there is a BIG difference between 1/4 tsp and 1/8 tsp when dealing with especially strong spices like cayenne pepper. :)
Well, there you go.
Happy bagging everyone.
The pantry consist of any and all ingredients that your group purchases and doesn’t completely use. It is cheaper in the long run to buy dry ingredients in bulk and store them in the pantry. Your group’s pantry may also include some of the following non-food items:
- Can openers
- Measuring cups (at least 4 sets)
- Be sure the measurements are engraved or etched into the cups. Paint will wear off with excessive use and washing.
- Measuring spoons
- Be sure the measurements are engraved or etched into the spoons. Paint will wear off with excessive use and washing.
- Cutting board
- Food processor
- Rubber gloves (for handling chicken)
- Plastic bins to house the pantry
- 1 case each Ziploc gallon and quart sized freezer bags
- 1 box sandwich bags
- Trash Bags
- First Aid Kit
It is not necessary to have all of these things in your pantry before your first meal assembly night, however, it really does make meal assembly night run smoothly when all the supplies necessary are in one location.
We hear this question a lot, and the short answer is “Sure”… but maybe not in the way you were thinking. Because our products are information only, it’s very easy to customize a menu to your (or your group’s) dietary restrictions or choices.
Simply make substitutions while shopping.
Dinner This Month provides a shopping and ingredient list with each menu, making it easy to evaluate what substitutions need to be made to customize a menu (or a particular recipe) to meet your needs or preferences.
Our menus can be made gluten free or dairy free simply by making different shopping choices. The same holds true for going organic… simply buy organic. Because you (or someone in your group) are doing the shopping, you have complete control over what goes into your Ziploc freezer bags, and eventually into your and your family’s bodies.
Dinner This Month is designed to make your life a little bit easier by offering a variety of delicious freezable menu items each month, but you have complete control over what you choose to buy. And if you are already living gluten free, dairy free, or totally organic, you’ll know which ingredients to substitute and what to buy instead.
So relax, and shop happy… you can buy what you want!