With the nice weather approaching, the FMP will wait until September before hosting our next Cook-In. So, we declare April as “DO-It-Yourself Month” Spring is a perfect time to host simple Cook-Ins from your home, church, park or community kitchen. Here are some ideas for keeping your first one simple, short and fun.
To get started, ask a relative, friend or close neighbor to help organize it. Two working together will make it more fun and relieve the pressure. We suggest you visit Who said you can’t host a cook in? for cook-in ideas. Here is the short version:
- Make a simple game plan: location, recipe list, who buys ingredients, cookware, utensils, a fun activity, packaging?
- Modify the plan if needed
- Invite family, friends, neighbors or co-workers.
- Cook up a storm
- Cool & package “planned-overs” to take home
- Share some of the food during a relaxing dinner.
- Have discussion starters or games ready to start conversations if needed.
Here are some recipe and activity resources:
The Greater Boston Food Bank will match your ingredients with their data base called “Click n Cook.”
Cooking Light, one of our favorites has a “recipe finder” for easy affordable meals.
The Family Dinner Project has a downloadable guide to plan a neighborhood family dinner. They also offer recipes and conversation starter activities.
Just Remember..It’s all about food fun and conversation. If you take care of the planning and prep, the people attending will bring a wealth of experience and ideas so the cooking part will be fine. Relax and enjoy the moment.