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Old 03-22-2006, 12:31 PM   #1
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Trouble figuring out what to make for dinner

I am just curious if anyone else does this. I often times have trouble figuring out what I should make fo dinner. I go to the supermarket and start wandering around trying to find inspiration. I go to the meat and produce dept and look to see what looks good and hope that I get some ideas.

Does anyone else do this?

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Old 03-22-2006, 12:33 PM   #2
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I do this sometimes (and it makes me crazy). Something has to "sound good" or I won't make it for dinner. I hate it when I'm sitting at work at 3pm thinking "what am I going to make for dinner"....it drives me crazy! I try to plan my meals out in advance of the week so I dont get stuck ordering pizza (I order pizza when nothing sounds good).
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:41 PM   #3
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i do this every time i go food shopping. the next week's meals are based on a combination of what's on sale, what looks good/fresh/or seasonal, and finally what things i've learned or recipes from here that i want to try out.
unfortunately, i often shop when i'm hungry, or with my stomach as it were, so i frequently buy more than can be logistically made in a few days.
many times i have to freeze stuff just because there was no time to cook, and we end up getting take out. i need a few more hours in every day.
which admin do i see about that?
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:43 PM   #4
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Story of my life, I am terrible of planning the menu. I wish I could learn how to plan. We have friends, this couple, wife plans menu on Sunday morning for the whole week and then goes to store and buys everything strictly according to that menu. I don't even know what to make tonight.
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:48 PM   #5
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We actually make a menu for the forthcoming week, and base grocery shopping off it. Friday evening has been grocery time, but with a forthcoming (non culinary) job change for me, t'will likely change to Saturday AM. Sadly, that's when the rest of the world seems to want to shop as well . . . . .
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:57 PM   #6
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i've found tuesday or wednesday mornings, at about 8am, are the best times to go food shopping. the shelves are fully stocked after being restocked throughout the day on monday. also, deliveries of out of stock items have come in, so you get your pic of everything.
and outside of tough old ladies with low centers of gravity and good boxing skills, the stores are pretty much empty.
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Old 03-22-2006, 01:02 PM   #7
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For us (well, me) I like Saturday shopping. I hate the crowds, but at both the grocery store and Sam's Club, it's sample day! YUM!
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Old 03-22-2006, 01:09 PM   #8
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lol, i know about sample days at costco.

little cups of yogurt, fried fish, ravioli, burritos, quiche, fruit cups, candy, cheese steaks, breaded chicken, juice, and pie.

i send the wife for seconds of the good stuff!
i can't wait to teach my son to limp and cough, and with big sad eyes, ask the ladies for thirds...

who needs lunch?
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Old 03-22-2006, 01:19 PM   #9
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Supermarkets give me anxiety/panic attacks. I do my ordering on line. When and if I go into one, I always have/had a list. The list consists of the things I need/staples, basics - meat, poultry, veggies, etc., - and ingredients I want to try for a new dish from recipes that inspire me. I am very organized... so I make lists and plan ahead when I can. Without a plan/list, I find, I over buy - when I don't have a list - i.e. what looks good at the moment, or impulse purchases leads to overspending. Supermarkets are set up to attract the buyer into making unnecessary purchases - i.e. if you go in just for a carton of milk, it is placed at the back of the market -- stratagy being - one must pass thru all the aisles to the back to find what one needs/wants/staples & shoppers are enticed by other products.

I also get familiar with the aisles in a frequented favorite market, & don't go down aisles that are of no interest/ingredients not on the list. That leads to more impulse buying.

The checkout stand will also entice people with candy, magazines, etc., hoping you will buy buy buy. As much as I love the supemarket , I want to get in and out. Never go in hungry!
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Old 03-22-2006, 01:19 PM   #10
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I do get ideas from the market for dinner that night. It's an impulse thing for me. I also take note of what is in other shopping carts so I can see if I should go back and get that too.

As I said in here before, when contractors were here for an estimate on my kitchen floor, they looked inside the pantry and asked, "is this a kitchen store"? I could go for 14 years and never buy a thing more and still be able to make all of our meals from what I have on hand. But, it could taste a bit stale.
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