Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shopping List # 2

November means busy days are ahead. It's Picture Book Month, for starters, a time to celebrate kid lit and promote literacy.

Then for picture book authors, there's Picture Book Idea Month, a 30-day crash course in brainstorming and fostering ideas ideal for the 32 page story.

Writers of more hefty page counts can participate in National Novel Writing Month. 50,000 words in four weeks is the norm with this group.

For three years running, illustrator Linda Silvestri has hosted Sketch A Day Month. Artists of all skill levels sketch and post faithfully (or not) for the 30 days of November. (Just in case you needed more to do during the holiday season.)

So no matter which challenges you've set for yourself, you need a break from the kitchen to squeeze in a bit more writing time. That's why I've organized this Writers' Menu. No one should have to live on Ramen noodles and Frosted Flakes for 30 days straight.

Below you'll find the link to a Google doc shopping list for the week of October 20. It covers the ingredients for the next two make ahead-meals for November. Don't forget to check the list of basic kitchen staples found here. You'll need some of these for Tuesday's recipes.

Once A Month Meals Unstuffed Shells
On Tuesday, I'll post how to make and freeze these meals for the busy days of November. If you like, you can buy double the ingredients. You can make two batches: one to freeze for November, and one to eat now. Both recipes originally made enough for two meals. For the purposes of the Writers' Menu, I have cut them down to one.

The numbers in [] indicate which day the food will be used. That way, if you have eliminated any items from the Master Menu, you'll be able to cross those groceries off the list.

Shopping Prep, Oct 20
Shopping List

Dry Goods
2 cups medium pasta shells [12]
1 pkg dry onion soup mix [18]
Canned Goods
20 oz Spaghetti sauce [12]
1 can cream of celery soup [18]
1 can cream of mushroom soup [18]
1 cup chicken broth [18]
1 cup red cooking wine [18]
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (optional) [12]
1/2 pound Italian bulk sausage or ground beef [12]
3.5 lb chuck roast [18]
3 oz Cream cheese spread [12]
1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese [12]
3/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese [12]

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