"What a neat idea," I thought, "and only $1/mth, for this site? I'd give that too them anyway for the recipes I've gotten here." I am sure one or two of us have stories of taking a dish they've found on here over to some party, or maybe something less
formal and yet more intensive like cooking for the family and having them all just thinking it -- and you -- are the bomb (now if I can just train them right to clean up for the chef afterwards).
Anyway, the examples of the menu planner looked awesome. For myself, I was already doing this "to-the-t" by hand every time I'd plan for however many days of groceries to buy. There was no difference in the process, and to see it all just already laid
out in computer digital form for a nerd like me to use, I mean, what can I say, it was a must.
Once becoming a supporting member (something we should have been doing for quite some time anyway), I started to play around w/the menu planner. The menu planner seems fairly strait forward, for the most part. If you don't have any recipes in your recipe
box yet, it will kinda make it difficult, but you can search while building your menus. It was fairly strait forward for me, but took a few minutes to really grasp what was going on and how to build menus. With coffee in hand, I probably spent 90 minutes
learning how to build, modify, and save menus.
After saving the menu, a shopping list can be built from it. If you know your grocery store (why don't you if you are the cook), then the shopping list allows you to just go in, grab where everything is, and leave. Most stuff is listed in the right place,
but not all of it on the shopping list (at least for my area). I am sure it is slightly different for every part of the country.
What made yesterday's Japanese Dinner a total failure you ask? The international sections at both local grocers did not have three key ingredients I needed, and the international market was so broke down that they could not take any cards :/
Hopefully day two will be better, we will see :)