An advertising copywriter, Davis’ client work has appeared in Bon Appétit, People, BusinessWeek, and Sunset. Her dinner co-op has been running since 2003.
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The bad news keeps on coming. I should feel chastened, anxiously death-gripping my wallet, only to splurge on a vat of marked-down peanut butter or perhaps a head of cabbage. But instead, the terrible economic news seems to inspire a certain defiance in me. When it comes to food, sacrifice is not my specialty.
Enter the dinner co-op, a tried-and-true life strategy that can ensure that you eat like a king on a pauper’s pittance. A dinner co-op is a small, geographically close circle of cooks who alternate cooking and delivering weeknight meals. You cook only once a week, but in exchange, you receive dinner two or three other nights.
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What a blessing and responsibility to be the weeknight cook in your family. On a good night, you’re inspired — you’ve got fabulous ingredients and are ready to rock the kitchen with a certain meal you know everyone loves. But when the fridge is empty and you’re out of ideas, it’s a whole other story.
Wait a minute! You’re a great cook. A crafty, engaged food shopper. You love recipes, grow your own herbs, and care about nutrition. So why do you run out of steam around midweek? Your problem isn’t weeknight cooking. It’s TOO MUCH weeknight cooking.
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It was five years ago. I stood sipping my wine at my book club, enjoying a reprieve from my new life with a toddler and nursing infant. I was surrounded by neighborhood women I adore, and who, I was beginning to notice, all happen to be stellar cooks.
Then it happened. As Liz was urging me to “Sip the wine, THEN take a bite of goat cheese WITH the fig,” Diana’s voice lilted over the others. She was explaining to someone that she’s in a dinner co-op: “We take turns cooking and delivering dinner during the week. We’ve been cooking this way for years.”
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