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Smart Way Cooking Review by Christine Hindle

Heidi Johnson
HJ Resources
59 W. Main Street
Greenwich, OH 44837

This resource is a great downloadable e-book that you can buy via PayPal for only 9.95. The author has devised a method to save time and relieve stress cooking for a busy homeschool family. The first part of the book explains her method, and the second part contains her recipes. However, she is quite happy for you to use your own recipes with her method; she has just included hers for those who want to try them. Her method involves a system for preparing, freezing, cataloguing, and shopping for meals. She estimates that once you get embroiled in this method, you will only have to cook twice a week. As she points out, if you cook 4 lbs of hamburger when you need only 1 for your current recipe, you can freeze the other three in Ziploc containers and have only used 1 set of cookware to prepare 4 meals instead of 4 sets. You can also chop enough onions, celery, etc. at once to take care of several different recipes and freeze them in recipe-sized portions. Entire meals can be prepared x 4 and stored away for quick preparation another day. Her cataloguing method helps you keep track of what you have on hand and also provides a handy guide for final preparation and even for shopping. I am all for things being easier, with less stress and one-fourth as many dishes to wash. In my opinion, 9.95 is a small price to pay for this much stress reduction. I recommend this resource to any homeschool mom who is feeling a little frantic about getting everything done for her busy family.

Product review by Christine Hindle, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November 2010