Cook One New Thing This Week

June 24th, 2014 · 11 Comments · Dinner: The Playbook, Uncategorized

By now, everyone who officially entered the Dinner: The Playbook Challenge should have been notified about their status. Once again, thank you all for such a wonderful response. And if you weren’t one of the fifty selected, it certainly doesn’t mean you can’t play along. For those of you reading about the challenge for the first time, here is the summary, but the basic idea is to bust out of our collective dinner ruts, and cook at least three brand new meals this week. Brand new to you as a cook, and brand new to the kids as eaters.

Or, hey, just one new recipe is fine, too! Whatever you got in you!

So go ahead and pick something you’ve never tried before from my Recipe Index or my What to Cook Tonight page or just scroll down on this page for some super-summery, super-easy ideas. I’m guessing your kids are out of school (or maybe even away at camp?) so hopefully you have a little more time to get organized. (She says optimistically.) And definitely keep everyone posted with your progress on twitterinstagram and Facebook using the hashtag #DinnerPlaybook. We have quite a community out there sharing ideas already and it’s inspiring to say the least. Thanks everyone.

Dinner: The Playbook will be published in August and is available for pre-order from all the usual suspects: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 macacagravaporcima // Jun 24, 2014 at 10:29 am

    i just did, last night…
    i cooked what we in portuguese call “esmagada de batata”: boiled potatos (no skin), and then fried in a frie pan with olive oil and (lots of) garlic ’till they are so tender, almost smashed, and sprinkled with thyme

  • 2 brooker // Jun 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I am totally doing this! Been looking for an excuse to try your tandoori chicken burgers and I think this is the one. Thanks Jenny.

  • 3 Awads // Jun 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    i think my family finally burned out on the spicy grilled salmon (they requested we return to the royal salmon with yogurt/dill sauce). will be perusing for new recipes, pronto! hitting a farmers’ market today, too.

  • 4 Elizabeth // Jun 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Cooking my first dinner from The Playbook tonight! So excited to try the potato bar! :)

  • 5 Kim@Cookwith2Chicks // Jun 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Today we completed our fourth item for lunch (Kale Cobb Salad). We are loving every minute of this experience. Tomorrow we are diving into two dinners. Thanks Jenny for allowing us to have extra “work days” in the kitchen this week!

  • 6 Jessica // Jun 25, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Tonight I made the Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwiches, Sandwich Slaw and Asparagus with Vinaigrette. All so good! I’m loving the challenge!

  • 7 Catherine @ Chocolate & Vegetables // Jun 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I tried a new (to me) pizza last night–carmelized onion, sweet potato, and feta. I know playing around with pizza toppings is barely experimental, but it did feel “new” and was pretty tasty to boot!

  • 8 Jess. // Jun 25, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I finally got around to making the mint/pea spread last night, and we all loved it! Honestly, I thought my kids would resist unknown green “goop” on their bread. They ate it without hesitation. It is so delicious and fresh and wonderful. I served it with polish sausage, on naan. I would have had corn on the cob, too, if it hadn’t been so $$$ at the one store I could make it to before suppertime.

    Thank you for so many great recipes and such cheering for supper. Hopefully salad pizza will also happen this week! xox

  • 9 Traci // Jun 25, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    This looks awesome!

  • 10 Awads // Jun 30, 2014 at 8:01 am

    I made the Adobo Pork with polenta last night and it was super easy and delicious. Clean plates all around! I seared the pork on the stovetop, but then put it in the slow-cooker, as it was a sunday and I knew we would be out all day doing summer stuff. Came out beautifully, as did the polenta (hands off on the stovetop!!). I don’t need a “playbook,” but I am going to buy this book for more delicious recipes!

  • 11 Melissa // Jul 1, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Any change of knowing when any book tour dates will be announced? I am an Australian who will just so open to be in the US in early August and I would pretty much move heaven and earth to get to a reading or similar.

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