September 23, 2012

My love story with Dinner, A Love Story

I have followed the blog, Dinner, A Love Story for a while now and I recently read my friend, Ada's review of the Dinner, A Love Story cookbook on her blog, Spark!. After reading her review, I decided to add Dinner: A Love Story: It all begin as the family table to my cookbook collection. Not since 50 Shades of Grey (yes I read all three books), have I turned the pages of a book so quickly. The author, Jenny keeps a dinner diary and has since 1998. This book is the story of how Jenny and her husband, Andy started cooking and serving dinner every night for their family and what they learned along the way. It is filled with real advice on working parents trying to get meals on the table. Added bonus...they also have a picky eater that reminds me of Clyde. I am really excited about the new ideas and recipes I have uncovered in the book.

My old method for capturing our weekly menus!

I have had a dinner diary of sorts for a while now with my menu planners but most weeks they are scribbled in an old notebook or on post-its. Dinner: A Love Story has inspired me to start an actual dinner diary. I have a nicely bound red notebook that was a Christmas gift from a co-worker years ago. I have yet to write the first word in the book but it will now become my diary. I think it will be neat to look back and get inspiration from previous meals and see how things change year after year. I am also hoping to incorporate some of the meals into dinners that everyone in the family actually eats. Right now, Michael and I are eating one dish and Camille and Clyde something else but we are eating together. Oh and sometimes Clyde is naked or only in his underwear at dinner and one night he cried on the floor under his chair for most of the time the rest of us were eating. We are trying!  Baby steps, right? 

Here goes with our first dinner diary entry.

Monday - Whole Roasted Chicken in the Crockpot, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
Tuesday - Taco Soup from Dinner: A Love Story (using leftover chicken from night before)
Wednesday - Buttermilk Oven Friend Chicken with Rainbow Salad from Dinner: A Love Story going to try to get Camille & Clyde to eat. Fingers crossed!
Thursday - Kickin' Mini Meatloafs with Beans & Rice, Corn
Friday - Chicken Parmesan Burgers with French Fries


  1. Hooray! I am so glad that you loved the book as much as I did. I related so much to every word. I am cooking my way through it from start to finish. We will have to compare notes. Your weekly menu looks delish!

  2. Thanks for sharing!