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Dinner At Your Door by Alex Davis, Andy Remeis, Diana Ellis

We love to cook. But every night? No way! On the other hand, we don't want to eat out or have frozen pizza. On the nights we don't cook, we want something delicious-a balanced meal with quality ingredients. Come to think of it, what we really want are home-cooked meals made by somebody else and delivered!

Welcome to co-op cooking, possibly the best idea since Pyrex with a lid. With the plan set up by Dinner at the Door, you cook one fabulous dinner a week and have two or three equally sensational meals delivered to your door, hot and ready to eat. If you love to cook but the pressure of doing it every night gets you down, a dinner co-op is for you. Instead of slamming together three or four 30-minute dinners a week, you can take your time crafting one superb weeknight meal and enjoy receiving the other meals automatically.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423602910
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A writer, a cook, and a bit of an entertainer, Alex Davis started at PBS and NPR stations in Atlanta. Senior copywriter at a successful Northwest advertising agency, Alex develops marketing strategies and winning copy for companies such as HP and Albertson's markets. Her writing has been recognized by the national ADDY awards, and Alex's client work has appeared in Bon Appetit, People, Business Week, and Sunset. Her co-op has been running since 2003.

Formally trained in culinary arts, Andy Remeis has over nine years experience in the restaurant world and cooks with uncommon exuberance and a "try-anything" attitude. She has a strong commitment to providing healthy food for her family, and has organized and participated in dinner co-ops since 2001.

Living in California during Alice Waters' influence, Diana Ellis served as managing chef of UC Davis' vegetarian line, where she elevated meal plan food into something marvelous. An energetic Junior High Science teacher and expert gardener, Diana feeds her dinner co-op families from her own vegetable garden, and has been in dinner co-ops since 1999.

Read an Excerpt

A dinner co-op is a geographically close circle of cooks who alternate preparing and delivering fresh, hot weeknight meals so you get more than you give. The goal is to feed three or four households with just a bit more effort than it takes to feed one-and to feed them well.

It's essentially a logistical trick to reduce your responsibility during the week without compromising the family dinner hour or the quality of the meals you serve.

Table of Contents

1 Why Start a Dinner Co-op 9
A life of leisure and gourmet cuisine

2 Finding Your Chefs 13
Identify a circle of great cooks, and the results will dazzle you

3 Ready, Set, Roast! 19
You've found your circle of chefs-now it's time to set the kitchen on fire

4 Communication the Co-op Way 31
Always communicate with kindness to keep morale high and the cuisine inspired

5 Make It Fit Your Life 35
Your dinner co-op is up and running-now tweak it so you'll never want to stop

6 Co-op as an Art Form 45
You're an experienced cook-now prepare to become a dinner co-op Master Chef

7 Recipes and Co-op Kitchen Tips 55


Salads 61

Soups 75

Meats 87

Fish and Seafood 95

Poultry 103

Vegetarian 115

Sandwiches and Pizzas 124

Vegetables 133

Grains and Rice 144

Quick Sides and Extras 152

Special Ingredients 155

Essential Tools 156

Recommended Reading 157

Forms and Worksheets 159

Acknowledgments 173

Index 174

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