Plan It!: Feeding Your House Guest
Amanda and I had a fantastic weekend! We ran around all over the city and just had a ball.
Much of the weekend’s success was due to effective meal planning. We are both on a budget so I new it would be best to eat in as much as possible, put it allowed us to save our money for a dinner out on Saturday night. Planning for a fun and memorable weekend is easy once you break it down:
Step 1: What meals do you need to make?
Think about when you will eat out vs. eat in. If you plan to eat in you are much more likely to do so!
Step 2: What does your guest eat?
You don’t want to end up serving gooey, cheesy nachos to someone who is lactose intolerant. Get a heads up on allergies or particular needs.
Step 3: Plan meals you can rock.
Like I said on Friday, simple = star meal. The new cheese souffle from Gourmet magazine = disaster. Trust me on this.
Step 4: Shop
Stop and Shop isn’t a city landmark. Shop ahead of time so you don’t have to drag your guest along. Make a list to be quick and efficient.
Step 5: Cook ahead
It’s not fun for your guest to sit around for hours while you are cooking. What can you make ahead of time?
Step 6: Know your plan
There is nothing worse than having a meal planned, coming home, and not knowing where to begin! Write yourself a short to-do list for once your guest arrives. You will be less flustered, and your guest won’t think you’re nuts.
Step 7: Have a backup plan
There is always a possibility of a total cooking disaster, but nothing a little cheese, veggies, and pate can’t fix! Be ready with some back up goodies and you can amazingly pull off an elegant French style meal in a snap.
I have never had a weekend run so smoothly, and we had time to see all the sites around Boston. It just goes to show that planners might have something right 🙂