To make this a successful group and a rewarding experience (ie. to make all our lives easier), there are some rules:
*These meals are designed to be "homemade" and will be served to our families for dinner so please keep this in mind while choosing a recipe. Also, choose a recipe that you have tried before.. please don't experiment on the group!
*Since you DO have to complete ten meals, choose one that is fairly simple to prepare. We all have busier times in our lives so when a busy month comes along, choose an easier recipe, and then do an exceptionally awesome meal the next month. It all evens out in the end!!
*Each meal should feed six adults.
*Please prepare as much of the meal as possible... again. to make all our lives easier.
*Your meal is designed to be the main dish. You do not need to provide any other sides, but please provide any uncooked rice, pasta, or buns that are needed to complete the main dish.
*The budget/spending goal is $75. Give or take a little. If you find yourself under budget, you can always include a little something extra on the side, like chips, juice, or a pudding box.
*Because these meals should arrive FROZEN, please prepare the meal accordingly. For example, undercook pasta and rice; leave the ingredient that will not freeze well out (ie. sour cream or cream cheese) and give each member the package and directions to add later; and substitute such ingredients with others that will freeze well (ie. frozen hashbrowns for raw potatoes).
*Package the meal in a disposable container, such as a Frozen Ziploc Bag or Aluminum Casserole Pan covered with Aluminum Foil.
*Write on the packaging the Meal Title, Directions to cook from thawed, the Number of things that come with your dinner (ie. 1 of 4), and the Month/Year.
*Bring Frozen Meals in a basket, cooler, or large box to exchange on specified dates (see sidebar=>)... then leave with 10 DIFFERENT Frozen Meals to serve throughout the month :) Please arrive on time!
*If you cannot meet on the specified meeting date, you can make arrangement beforehand to hand-deliver the meals or provide you own substitute. Your substitute needs to be fully aware of all the directions and rules. (please notify Rachel of any problems/concerns/substitutes/changes.. she is pretty nice and understanding and is definitely willing to help!)
*If you decide that you would like to withdraw from the group, please let us know ON the meeting date that this will be your last month... this gives us plenty of time to find your replacement.
*We welcome any who are interested in joining, as the group is always evolving. If you are the person responsible for introducing the Dinner Club to a new member, please act as their teacher/mentor so they are aware of all the rules and have a smooth transition.
*E-mail the recipe the day we exchange. Include all ingredients and directions, any sides that will go well with the meal, and your name and phone number. The recipe will also be included on this blog.
*Please feel free to leave a helpful AnOnYmOuS comment on the blog. This blog is designed to keep us all informed and to improve on the recipes for future use. -none of us are perfect so please do not criticize or get offended at any suggestions :)
*ENJOY YOUR MEALS!!
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