What's the next best thing since jeggings, you ask? Well, it could just be a calendar that answers the world's most asked question: What's for supper?
An artist friend of mine, Jennifer Boudewyn, and her friend Jodi Steinberg, a chef, have come up with an ingenious product: Jen and Jodi's Friendly Kitchen Calendar and Recipes.
This calendar suggests menus for supper Monday to Friday of every week of the upcoming year, complete with recipes, side dish suggestions and...get this...a grocery list for shopping for everything you need! AND, they assure us that it will NOT mean cooking every night of the week since some dishes are cooked in bulk, frozen and used later (they tell us when).
The calendars are illustrated by Jennifer, a most talented artist with a bright, beautiful and happy flair. The cooking talent comes from Jodi, a chef with her own catering company who also prepares the meals for a government daycare on Montreal's McGill University campus (beside John Abbott College). The recipes are described as nutritious, flavourful, kid-tested, and made with foods that are in-season.
The cost of the calendar is $25, taxes included. They will ship to you if you'd like, at an extra cost. I'm picking mine up tomorrow here in Montreal's West Island. I ordered 5, one for me, one each for my sister and brothers, and one for a certain neighbour who makes the best blasted Lazy Daisy cake on the planet.
Bon appetit, my friends.