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Once-A-Month Cooking Family Favorites: More Great Recipes That Save You Time and Money from the Inventors of the Ultimate Do-Ahead Dinnertime Method Paperback – September 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 8.2.2009 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312534043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312534042
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MIMI WILSON and MARY BETH LAGERBORG are authors and inventors of the Once-a-Month Cooking (TM) system. Both live in Colorado and have written other books.

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Once-A-Month Cooking Family Favorites
Take the family on an international journey with delicious dishes from the American Southwest, Asia, and Africa. Sweet Mustard-Glazed Salmon Fillets and Lime-Grilled Mahi Mahi Steaks give a delicious snatch of catches from rivers and oceans.
Herbs and Spices
Basil leaves: 3 teaspoons
Bay leaves: 4 leaves
Cayenne pepper: ¼ teaspoon
Celery salt: 2 teaspoons
Chili powder: 5 teaspoons
Cinnamon: ¼ teaspoon
Coriander, ground: 31/2 teaspoons
Cumin, ground: 6¼ teaspoons
Curry powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Dry mustard: 21/2 teaspoons
Fennel seed: 2 teaspoons
Garlic powder: 1/8 teaspoon
Ginger, ground: 2 teaspoons
Italian seasoning: 1 tablespoon
Marjoram: 1/2 teaspoon
Oregano leaves: 41/2 teaspoons
Paprika: 1 tablespoon*
Red pepper, crushed: 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
Thyme: ¼ teaspoon
Turmeric: 1/2 teaspoon
Barbecue sauce: 2 tablespoons
Breadcrumbs, dry: 11/2 cups (¾ cup*)
Brown sugar: 1/2 cup
Cornstarch: 1 tablespoon
Cooking spray
Butter: 1/2 cup (1 stick) (¼ cup*)
Eggs: 10 eggs
Evaporated milk: 1/3 cup
Flour: 2/3 cup (¼ cup*)
Honey: 1/2 cup
Ketchup: 21/2 cups
Lemon juice: 1 cup
Lime juice: ¾ cup
Mayonnaise: 1¼ cups
Milk: 2 cups
Mustard, Dijon: 7 teaspoons
Mustard, prepared: 2 tablespoons
Oatmeal, quick-cooking: 2 tablespoons
Olive oil: 11/8 cups (1 tablespoon*)
Orange juice: 1/3 cup
Peanut butter, creamy: 1/2 cup
Red wine vinegar: 1/2 cup
Soy sauce: 11/2 cups
Sugar: ¾ cup
Tabasco sauce
Vegetable oil: 2¼ cups (3 tablespoons*)
Vinegar, apple cider: 1/2 cup
Vinegar, white: 1/2 cup
White wine: ¼ cup (optional)*
Worcestershire sauce: 51/2 tablespoons
Freezing Supplies
20 1-gallon Ziploc freezer bags
8 1-quart Ziploc freezer bags
8 Ziploc sandwich bags
1 9-inch pie plate
1 9×9×2-inch baking dish
2 medium round pizza pans
3 13×9×2-inch baking dishes
1 12-cup Ziploc freezer container
1 10-cup Ziploc freezer container
1 8-cup Ziploc freezer container
Heavy-duty aluminum foil
Wax paper
Indelible marking pen
Freezer tape
ONCE-A-MONTH COOKING FAMILY FAVORITES. Copyright © 2009 by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. For information, address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.

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All in all, the 4 or 5 recipes we've tried so far have been quite good.
J. Spencer
I also love that it lays out shopping lists, pantry items, and a step by step method to cook all the recipes in the most efficient way.
This would be a great book to purchase if you want to save money, eat wonderful meals and save time in the kitchen after work.
Gary & Sue

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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Bre Garcia on October 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I originally bought this book for one or two recipes that was inside of it. My husband saw the Title and practically begged me to give it a go since this month (October) is our busiest month (I work a full time job, own another business and volunteer at a haunted house 4 nights a week) and he HATES cooking for just him and my daughter. SO, we started reading the "directions" on how to cook Once A Month - MAN! Let me tell you how super simple they have made everything!! Not only do they give you the shopping list, a staples list, AND several plans to choose from, they also tell you what ORDER to prepare them in! We decided to start with the two week plan just to see if it was for us!

This past weekend, my husband and I spent 1/2 the day TOGETHER in the kitchen, cooking as a TEAM and were able to turn out 14 meals!! We had a BLAST and even my 6 year old daughter got to help! So many new recipes (so far all have been truly amazing)- it was like discovering our kitchen all over again!

SO EASY - nothing complicated about preparation or cooking any of the foods - all basic skills and ingredients, save for a few spices that have now been incorporated to our cabinets.

We've really enjoyed being able to rush home after all of our crazy schedules and being able to have dinner on the table quickly instead of trying to figure out what to eat or where to grab something. I am definitely converting over to the OAMC club!
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By T. Williams on September 26, 2009
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Wow! I purchased the original OAMC book by the same authors several years ago, and almost didn't buy this one because I thought it would just be a re-hash of the same recipes. Man, was I wrong! Great recipes that have variety and spice, but not so "out there" ingredients-wise that your younger kids will turn up their noses...and several meal plans to choose from. I prepared "cycle A" two days after I received this book and will do "cycle B" in October. Also plan on buying several more copies for Christmas gifts.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jamie McArdle on April 10, 2011
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A neighbor and I did the 2-week gluten-free cycle together (not because of dietary needs, but because the recipes sounded good) a few days ago, doubling all quantities so we could each have the whole cycle, and with careful preparation the night before (the book tells you how to prep your kitchen), we were done AND cleaned up in 4 hours flat. We've eaten two of the meals so far, and my VERY picky kids have even eaten them! (One motivator for my doing this "project" was to get my kids to try more new foods by being able to tell them, "I KNOW you only like three foods in the whole world, but we have 14 meals in the freezer and THIS one is dinner TONIGHT, so like it or lump it, pick up your fork!" But instead, though we got the usual grimaces and stirring things around the plate, once they actually tasted the meals, they ate them! Huzzah!) My friend has only prepared one of her meals yet, but she said it was delicious too.

It was very fun indeed to cook with my friend, exceedingly satisfying to look into my full freezer and see all those meals lined up, downright miraculous to load empty dishes into the dishwasher, and exciting to be able to tell my husband, "While I'm at church, please, look on the menu list behind the cabinet door and pick what you'd like for dinner tonight, and get it defrosting." (Yes, we should've done that last night and defrosted in the fridge, but we're new!)

Hints for first-timers from a going-on-second-timer: read EVERYTHING ahead of time. Photocopy the recipe pages so you can lay them flat (this book ought to be in a spiral binding, if not a 3-ring - so far this is my one "con"). Follow the "how to get ready" instructions carefully; they cut LOADS of time.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Giangrande on February 14, 2010
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I bought this cookbook when pregnant with my second. I thought I'd get some meals in the freezer before he arrived and it would save some sanity in the beginning. I never got around to it, but a little bit after going back to work, I was finding it difficult and stressful to get dinner on the table in a timely fashion each night. So, I waited until we really needed to go shopping (I suggest doing this as some stuff is cooked and frozen, and other meals are prepared and frozen and defrosting and re-freezing is a no-no). The lists are already in the book, from the items you will likely have on hand, to the things you'll need to get, to the types of storage containers you'll need! It also maps out your prep/cook order for each cycle. i.e. chop 5 onions, slice two...while browning meat, prepare X, etc. I found it really useful. I looked into other bulk cooking books, but it seemed as though you had to pick your meals, compile a list, figure out the prep order, etc (too much work for me!) I will say, though, it's not for the faint of heart! It was EXHAUSTING to do, and I've only done 14 meal cycles. I was wiped at the end of the day, but the payoff of being able to pop something in the oven when I got home is great. Even if the cooking time may be 45 minutes, I don't have to do any of the prep, so I get that time back to spend with my boys. So far, we've liked all of the recipes, even my picky 5 year old is eating them (a feat in itself!) Some of the recipes even leave us with enough as leftovers for lunch the next day. I would highly recommend and am planning to cook this way more often!
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