As a lifelong cook, Leigh Belanger's focus in the kitchen has shifted over the years. Before kids, she and her husband might have sat down to an elaborate meal at 9 p.m., gone out to eat, or nibbled on snacks and wine while working on a cooking project. These days, Leigh faces a much more straightforward task of feeding her two sons every night. But as she has discovered, there's little that's straightforward about it.
She knew she had to be smarter about dinner, so she began to map out recipes for the week, listing them on the chalkboard on the back of her kitchen door. Having a plan gave Leigh a sense of control over the process and she began to find small ways to get ahead. Now she is able to pull together simple, even elegant meals (ok, she doesn't hit elegance every night, but a girl's got to have goals).
With My Kitchen Chalkboard, Leigh Will share the bits of wisdom, tips, and strategies she's collected along the way, including the many added benefits of menu planning, such as saving the planet, saving time, saving money, and of course, your sanity.
Leigh is the food editor for Culture magazine. As a contributor to local newspapers and magazines, such as the Boston Globe and edibleBoston, she's written about whoopie pies, food policy, and cheesemaking chefs. From 2007 to 2012, she was program director for Chefs Collaborative. Her first book, The Boston Homegrown Cookbook, was published in 2012. She lives and cooks in Boston with her family.
Interested in learning more? Follow along on Instagram and Facebook as I test different recipes, gather ideas, and continue on my daily quest to get my three year old to eat something that is not beige.