Day 31: A Creative’s Proper Order for Planning Xmas Dinner

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Yesterday I bought all the ingredients. Today I figure out what to do with them.

Shopping without recipes and lists saves a lot of time.

  • Buy what looks good. No settling for wilted cilantro.
  • Be opportunistic. Without recipe restrictions, you can decide on those beautiful Brussels sprouts.
  • Focus on what’s in season, local, organic, fair trade, GMO-free, price – whatever is important to you.
  • Only buy what the store has. When using recipes I can remember driving to three stores to find sorrel or pink peppercorns before giving up.
  • Avoid the gridlock of grocery carts. You don’t need anything in that area.

This method requires in-store vision. Go-together ingredients pop out at you. You know whether you’ll have enough balance of vegetables and starches. What I do once home is really to decide whether the carrots will go with the roasted vegetables or into one of the other dishes. Will the…

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