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Scrapbook Your Food Story: Your Food Execution

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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This is the third day we’ve been talking about scrapbooking our food stories. Have I convinced you that you do have a compelling food story to tell?

So far we’ve answered these two questions:

Now it’s time for the third question…

What’s Your Planning, Shopping, and Cooking Method?

This story is already in progress. I have some memorabilia and I used it to determine the size and a mini-book (pictures of mini-in-progress below). Now I’m in the story + picture gathering stage.

Below are some questions to consider along with my own answers to the ones that apply, which will go in my mini-book.

  • How do you go about deciding your meals?
  • Do you plan a menu?
  • Do you see what is available at the farmer’s market or your CSA and cook from there?
  • Do you only shop at one standard grocery store or do you shop around with coupons for different store deals?
  • Do you rotate the same 7 meals every week and wing it when dinner time comes?
  • Do you prep food head of time or make it all at once?

For many years I chose about five new recipes a week, simultaneously listing the ingredients I needed. I had my menu and my grocery lists altogether on one piece of paper. I usually started a list as I realized I needed something from the store and over a week’s time it would accumulate items, the names and sources of new recipes to try (my menu), and lots and lots of doodles.

There are certain things I bought at the regular grocery store and other things I got at Sprouts, so I actually had two lists on one scrap of paper.

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This year I’ve kept our regular menu very simple. We go to either the Farmer’s Market or Sprouts and see what’s in season and looks good, and we buy it. Then we make things up from there. I look forward to a time when I can do a bit more planning and try more recipes, but this is working for our lives right now.

Mesa Farmer's Market

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May 21

The Mini-book:
Here’s what I have so far…

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Story-gathering Tip

Save a few grocery lists and menus! In the future you and others will find it fascinating. I have three lists from two years ago and I already love looking at them!

This is the end of a three-post series on telling the story about your food! I always have more to say on any given subject than normal people, so don’t feel bad if you think your story will only fill a single layout. That’s cool too!