Screen shot 2011-05-11 at 10.43.11 AMI think I’ve briefly mentioned my cooking club to you all before.

Every Monday morning (well, probably a little closer to afternoon than morning), I meet with some friends (usually 4 or 5 of us total) for cooking club. We all pick a house, a time (then, mentally set the time back a 1/2 hour or more), and a recipe that serves 4.

We all share our chosen recipe through email, usually Sunday night–sometimes Monday morning, then tell each person whether we want their meal or not.

I tally up my partakers, and set out shopping for my recipes ingredients multiplied by however many people want my meal.
For instance, if 3 people responded yes to my recipe–I shop for 4 times that recipe (myself, plus the 3 others). 

I keep my receipt, of course, then divide my total cost by 4 (or however many people I shopped for)–and that’s how much each person owes me! It ends up coming out to $7-$12 per meal–although this week, I got a fantastic $2 meal!

With this system–I don’t really have to go grocery shopping ever, I don’t have to make dinner, we have TONS of food (plus leftovers!), and it only costs around $40 a week (for 4 meals–l usually only end up getting 1 or 2 meals since there are only 2 of us–which brings it to under $20 a week for us!)

Get it?

We meet at the designated house on Monday morning afternoon, at the designated time (that’s been mentally pushed back at least a half hour by all), and we all cook our designated chosen recipes.

We all bring containers (which I usually forget, oops!) for the meals we’ve ordered from everyone, for easy transport back home.

It’s genius, really.

That way, if I’ve chosen to get everyones recipe, I end up with 4-5 meals and I don’t have to cook for the rest of the week! It’s sort of like a I have my own personal chefs.
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We even have time while our meals are cooling to do fun activities… Like go to a greenhouse and pick out lots of pretty flowers and plants!
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With all the fun we have, you’d think we never had any time to get cooking done.
But we do.
We sure do.
And it’s delicious!
It’s fun to see what other people normally have for dinners, and to experience their cooking. It’s fun to try things you never would have thought to make yourself.
I’ll try to share at least one recipe a week from cooking club…Maybe I’ll make a Cooking Club Monday post every week.
Yes. I will. I will dub every Monday as Cooking Club Monday. 
But this week, and this week only, it will be Cooking Club Wednesday.
This week I have for you:

Sausage Tortellini Soup

This recipe was made at cooking club, so these are the only steps I had to take at home in preparing the meal = Excuse for lack of pictures.


I told you I’d show you a picture of my pretty blue pot with its pretty blue lid.


See? Pretty.