10th Anniversary Giveaway #6: Twelve-Month Membership to the Stonesoup e-Cooking School

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of C&Z, I am hosting 10 giveaways throughout the month of October. Keep checking back for chances to win wonderful products I’ve discovered and loved over the past decade!

Our sixth giveaway prize is a 12-month membership to Jules Clancy’s Stonesoup Virtual Cookery School. I have told you about Jules before when her wonderful 5 Ingredients 10 Minutes cookbook came out*: she’s the Australian author of the blog The Stonesoup, a talented food writer and entrepreneur who specializes in minimalist cooking.

For a while now she has been running a successful e-cooking school that gives you online access to carefully crafted programs on different themes (meal planning, stress-free entertaining, simple bread-making…) with tools, techniques, email motivators, recipes, and e-books, all designed to boost your confidence in the kitchen and strengthen your culinary skills. Jules’ approach is a rare mix of the practical and the inspiring, appealing to the budding as to the seasoned cook, and I am delighted that she has agreed to offer a one-year membership for this giveaway.

To participate, leave a comment below (in English or in French) sharing with us the biggest challenge you face in your everyday cooking. And if you’re on Facebook, please consider liking the Stonesoup page (and the C&Z page, too!).

You have until Thursday, October 24, midnight Paris time to enter; I will then draw one entry randomly and announce it here. Jules’ school welcomes students from all around the world (note: all classes and material are in English), so you can play regardless of your location. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck! And check back on Monday for a new giveaway.


I have drawn an entry at random using random.org (see screen capture below), and I am pleased to announce the winner is Ivana, who wrote: “My biggest challenge is getting fresh, good-quality fruit and vegetables for cooking throughout the week. Farmers’ markets here are only open on the weekends, and I haven’t managed to find a way to keep the stuff I buy during the weekend fresh all the way through Friday. And the supermarket fruit and veg is all “plastic”, even when it is marked organic.”

Congratulations Ivana, and thank you all for entering!

Stonesoup draw

* And don’t miss the incredible collection of 140 five-ingredient recipes you came up with then!

  • susan steigman

    my biggest challenge is time!!!! i arrive home from work at 7pm and i want something healthy and fast!


    This sounds like a perfect solution for me.

    thank you

  • Emily

    My biggest challenge is finding ways to use what I already have, I always hear of people who are able to just pull anything out of the fridge and prepare a nice meal. I want to be that person!

  • My biggest challege on weekdays is time–by the time I get home from work, I’m hungry and want something that’s ready in a hurry. Since we eat a mostly vegetarian diet, pasta with whatever vegetables are in season is our go-to meal, but I’d love to branch out.

  • margie s

    Every night dinner that’s not the same old thing. I’m actually good with the special occasion stuff; it’s the night after night that taxes me.

  • Katherine

    Time and planning ahead! We love to cook and try new things, but it’s hard to get home and be motivated to cook when we could just walk to a restaurant down the street.

  • Monika Jankowiak

    The biggest challenge is making sure everything is done and ready to go at the same time. That’s why I have a weakness for one-pot meals or ones where you can prep stuff the night before.

  • Kathryn

    My biggest challenge is deciding what to cook — I get home and want to munch and nibble, rather than cooking dinner. I know — I need to plan my meals!

  • Amy

    One of my biggest challenges is figuring out what to make with the ingredients that I already have. I have a hard time peeking into the fridge and pantry and coming up with something delicious without a recipe.

  • Kathy

    My biggest challenge is a tiny kitchen with virtually no shelf space. I live in New York City and my kitchen is the size of a closet, which can make preparing and cooking complex meals almost impossible.

  • Jennifer

    My biggest challenge is getting my husband to leave the kitchen so that I have a chance to cook.

  • Jennifer

    My biggest challenge is cooking for one. I have always made wonderful meals for my family now that they kids are grown and it’s just me I still want to eat good meals but I make far too much.

  • My biggest challenge is doing the dinner in the little time that I have left while I have to do the rest of the housework!!

  • My biggest challenge is making meals that everyone in the family will eat!

  • Mon plus gros challenge est d’avoir l’idee de quoi manger !! Je suis a court d’idee tres souvent car je n’ai pas envie de manger tout le temps la meme chose !!

  • Gail

    My biggest challenge is making sure large quantities of herbs get used before they go bad. I don’t have many recipes that will use several cups of cilantro for example :/ but the bunches of it I get from the grocery store are fresh, cheap, and huge.

  • Jennifer

    Sometimes I don’t have all the right ingredients so I have to omit or substitute something…and I don’t always know what to substitute!

  • Stephanie

    My biggest challenge? Making dinner in under 30 minutes that a.) my toddler will eat, and b.) I can accomplish with him underfoot in the kitchen!

  • my biggest challenge tends to be inspiration. a close second is my current kitchen space.

    if my blood sugar drops too low it feels like everything is impossible.

  • PlumGaga

    My biggest challenge is making interesting meals for one. It often leads me to inviting friends at the last minute to share something that can’t be scaled down as far as I might otherwise want.

  • Wow, I didn’t even know online cooking schools existed, sounds awesome!

    My biggest challenge is getting fresh, good-quality fruit and vegetables for cooking throughout the week. Farmers’ markets here are only open on the weekends, and I haven’t managed to find a way to keep the stuff I buy during the weekend fresh all the way through Friday. And the supermarket fruit and veg is all “plastic”, even when it is marked organic… :(

  • I’m lucky. My biggest challenge is that the store is 2 minutes from my house, so I keep little on my shelves and cook by craving. I’ve really started missing planning for big, complicated recipes, but I’ve really started to emulate Jules in many respects. Darn Grad School!

  • Trish

    It’s so easy to get into a rut with weeknight cooking. I feel like I cook the same 5 chicken dishes over and over again! I don’t have the confidence to whip together something delicious from what I have on hand…

  • Sara C.

    Being attracted to complicated recipes, but having no time to cook them — my partner hates eating dinner at 9!

  • Franko

    my biggest challenges are working more quickly (although i don’t want to be stressed, since i feel cooking should be entirely enjoyable and the food tastes better when the cooking process is enjoyed), and also timing — getting things all done at the same time.

  • Judy

    I’d like to be more creative and try new things – but sometimes even making an old standby seems like too much work. I need some inspiration!

  • Sandy M.

    My biggest challenge is finding variety when we entertain, particularly during the week when we have little prep time.

  • Jojo

    Timing! I never correctly guess how long something is going to take, which is okay if I’m making a one-pot thing, but so troublesome when I’m making a bunch of dishes and trying to have them ready at the same time.

  • Amy C.

    My biggest challenge is squeezing the time to cook a tasty and healthy dinner into my weeknights.

  • Miss UK

    I guess my biggest challenge is the lack of time, I would love to be able to spend the whole day in the kitchen but it’s not really possible. Another one is assessing how long things are going to take; I often plan to prepare a lot of things and always end up rushing and finishing just on time and/or struggling to have everything ready at the same time (for example meat/fish + side dish(es))

  • Sylvie

    My biggest challenge is my children… a 2 year-old and a 2 month-old. I cook everything from scratch as I think it is healthier, tastier and also because I enjoy it. But it is a challenge with two young children requiring so much attention.

  • Dax

    My biggest challenge is gravy! We don’t have it every day, so I never seem to get any better! But I keep trying every chance I get.

  • Lisa

    My biggest challenge is that my husband has ulcerative colitis and so he can’t have alot of red meat, so we have alot of chicken. I some times run out of interesting chicken dishes. :)

  • C.Michol

    My biggest challenge is finding ways to cook for just one or two people when everything comes in huge packets and most recipes make way too much. I don’t want leftovers for weeks every time I cook.

  • PK

    Brunch for 40 people with no dish washer, no sink after the sink overflowed and disposal clogged from potato peels while prepping hash browns. No plumber available because it was Mother’s Day.
    Fun times.

  • Kaye

    Biggest challenge? Probably to use everything up. Too many herbs and veggies go bad before I think to deal with them.

  • Ruth

    My biggest challenge is most definitely my own laziness in cutting up veg!

  • oxalis

    Th biggest challenge is making tasty and healthy meals at the same time which will please each…

  • Mary

    My biggest challenge is overcoming my lack of confidence; I love baking and I feel good about combining flavors and textures in that realm, but once I move to culinary, I am lost.

  • Jennifer Dorr

    My biggest challenge is incorporating variety into my cooking. I always tend to reach for the same veggies, the same spices and the same sources of protein and my go-to options are fairly limited. As a child, I always resented my mom’s 5 day meal rotation, and as an adult I sympathize. I never quite feel adventurous enough to branch out, but meal time always feels like groundhog day!

  • Christiana

    Figuring out what to make! I hate repeating recipes and I have to get over that since it takes too much time to plan meals!

  • Irene Rapoport

    My biggest challenge is cooking in a small and dark kitchen (no natural light). I love cooking but doing so in such a space makes it quite hard for me.

  • It’s probably universal with parents but….time! With a 10 month old bubba,
    Making sure we all eat well and on a budget is certainly challenging!

  • Kathy

    My biggest challenge in cooking is that it all disappears so quickly… and then there’s dishes, decidedly the least fun part.

  • Gillian

    My biggest challenge is indulging my love of new recipes, with cooking for a child with Aspergers, who is extremely resistant to new textures, flavours, and of course, ingredients. It requires a lot of creativity, adaptaptation, and of course, sneakiness.

  • Vikki

    My biggest challenge is planning meals, especially for entertaining — what goes with what

  • Noel

    my biggest challenge is making meals that are both quick and healthy on weeknights. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • The biggest challenge I face is planning ahead. I struggle with making time to prepare for the week ahead and keeping the pantry + fridge stocked with all the things we need to make last minute meals.

  • Tanya

    My biggest challenge is cleaning up afterwards!

  • Delly

    I love fish but I’m not very good at cooking it. I’m never sure when it’s done and I tend to overcook it.

  • Deborah

    Time is, of course a challenge. Additionally, we have celiac, so have to eat gluten-free. Oh, and I’m vegan… I could use some new ideas.

  • Crystal Conway

    I think my biggest challenge in everyday cooking is inspiration.

  • Heather

    My biggest challenge in cooking is meal planning and lack of time during the week. Trying to decide what I’ll make for the week, what meat I need to pull out of the freezer to thaw the night before, and trying to cook everything so it’s done at the same time.

  • Patricia

    I love variety, but don’t have the required creativity in meal planning to match…but probably my number one challenge is synchronizing what I buy with what we want to eat.

  • Sarah B

    as a graduate student on a tight budget, I’d love to learn some ways to cook creatively with what’s in my pantry

  • My biggest challenge to cooking right now is just being able to get it done while my two youngest babes hang on my legs and demand my attention or fall apart. Minimalist sounds pretty good right now! I need short and simple for a season.

  • Mieke

    My biggest challenge is finding ways to keep kids happy to stay out of the kitchen or get them involved in ways that are actually helpful.

  • Danielle E.

    Biggest challenge in everyday cooking? Cooking. I am horrible in the kitchen – I don’t know how to hold a knife, how to tell when things are done, when things are ripe to use, etc. But I love reading about cooking! Someday it will seep in and I will better understand…

  • Pollyanna

    My biggest challenge is adapting recipes for different eaters at the table – meat lovers, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian. Sometimes I interpret and defy the rules of science, only to find that my experiment looks like one…

  • Stacy

    My biggest challenge is finding time and motivation (I don’t like having to clean the kitchen!).

  • Magdalena Wong

    My greatest challenge is to find season and fresh ingredients here in HK as the variety here is limited or it’s super pricey at the fancy supermarkets. I’m also challenged to cook great tasty food that is super nutritious :)

  • Christine Teo

    My biggest challenge will be last minute cooking as my husband doesn’t know whether he’s coming home for dinner until the eleventh hour because of the nature of his job.

    Thank goodness I’m pretty fast and is able to whip out something pretty quickly = )

  • vt

    I find it challenging to find the time and energy to cook for only myself, especially on week nights.

  • Clau

    My biggest challenge is making interesting meals, with a 12 month old I find that we eat the same most of the time.

  • My biggest challenge is cleaning up after all the cooking – washing the utensils, sweeping, mopping the kitchen..arghh!!

  • My biggest challenge is my tiny Parisian kitchen! I have an oven now finally, but still not very much work/storage space :(

  • My biggest challenge would be my 3 year old, who will only eat plain noodles with cheese and (horrors!) ketchup, or plain rice, or fast food (not homemade) fries, or pizza for dinner. Carrots and avocados are his only vegetables (well, avos are more fruits really), apples and bananas are his main fruits of choice and he thankfully will eat yoghurt, dried fruit and vegemite sandwiches. It means cooking at least 2, if not 3 different meals many nights as I try to feed my family of five. Sigh!

  • Adrienne

    My biggest challenge is making lunch and dinner for my family, while also taking care of two little boys who are 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 years old. It’s tough to multi-task while watching them, so I try to prepare during nap time or prepare in advance. Mais ce n’est pas toujours evident! I need quick, healthy, organic recipes with ingredients that are easy to find in my small town near Lyon.
    merci beaucoup,

  • solange

    At the moment, my biggest challenge is cooking one handed. A baby brings a whole new dimension to making dinner.

  • anja Strubbe

    My biggest challenge is cooking a fresh and healthy meal in a short time for my three kids (6y, 4y, 10m) , husband and myself we can eat toghether as a family. I run my own company and raise my kids without help from a nanny or housekeeper. Time to shop is limited, time to plan is limited, time to prepare the meal must be limited in favor of time together at the table. A few (pre-prepared) bases to start from would be a welcome addition to the quick pasta with fresh tomato sauce.

  • My biggest challenge is a combination of making to much or not enough food and not getting everything ready at the same time :)

    Many greetings,

  • Jo

    My biggest challenge is find the necessary ingredients. I currently live in Egypt and I can not get access to many of the ingredients that I like to cook with. Plus the quality of the food that you find in the shops is quite poor as they have not been properly stored.

  • Ornella

    My biggest challenge is making new, easy, healthy but tasty food for my kids. I keep making the same recipes all the time ;(

  • Felix

    my biggest challenge is making stone soup. wrecked so many blenders already…

  • Liisi

    Biggest challenge is to find time to plan and experiment with different recipes after the work day is over.

  • Perrine

    My biggest challenge is to accept that sometimes, when you like trying new things from scratch, it just doesn’t taste as good as you would have thought!

  • My biggest challenge is that I just moved to Mongolia, where all they seem to eat is meat! I’ve never liked meat — I’m a vegetable & fish person. It’s hard to find good quality versions of what I want to cook and eat. Help!

  • Kim A

    My biggest challenge with cooking is that I get stuck in a rut and cook the same things over and over. Mostly because my hubby doesn’t want to try new things, or he thinks he won’t like them.

  • Le plus gros challenge dans la cuisine de tous les jours ? Ouh lalala vaste programme mais disons que concilier les envies des 3 membres de la maison, les produits dispo dans le trio placard/frigo/congélateur avec mes régimes permanents le tout dans la joie et la bonne humeur en surveillant le bain, la routine, quoi!
    Très bon week end!

  • I am always looking for more nutritious and natural ingredients to make like-minded dishes with. It is a slow process for me because I am challenged by being unfamiliar with many ingredients and foods that fall into that category.

  • Iz

    My biggest challenge is cooking vegetable-based seasonal food in limited time to a sometimes reluctant food audience i.e. they just want ketchup on everything…

  • My biggest challenge is finding the time to prepare lunch. I work full time, and prepare a fresh meal each night, but I never seem to have time to make lunch. I don’t want to cook again after dinner time, and the mornings are busy with the kids. How does anyone else manage? I am fed up with second-rate salads.

  • Linds

    Finding quality ingredients. I hate spending so much time and effort on cooking to have a tomato or potato component taste blah.

  • Megan Jirschele

    Planning definetly

  • Nora

    My biggest cooking challenge is make-ahead dishes. I don’t have a lot of time to cook during the week, so I am always looking for a satisfying, vegetarian dish that sits well in the refrigerator or freezer.

  • Lisbeth

    I love to cook! And used to do it multiple times a day… But my moving to Paris has presented a huge challenge, since I now live in a dorm at Cité U, and therefore share a less (to say the least!) than well-equipped kitchen with around 30 other people… So this prize would be a very welcome treat to cure my cooking withdrawal symptoms ;)

  • My biggest challenge, as for so many of us, is thinking up new and tasty recipes each week. We eat little meat, and at least two nights a week seem to end up eating a vegetable casserole with beans. At least they can be infinitely varied….

  • msue

    My biggest challenge is preparing dinner after a particularly hard day at work. For those times, I’m exhausted and just want to take to bed with a good book. My strategy is to freeze dinner-sized portions of whatever I make, so that they can be thawed on those too-tired nights. Soups are a particularly perfect freezer item.

  • Deanna

    coming up with meals for one that are interesting, nutritious and not a repeat of what I’ve eaten the previous 2 or 3 days.

  • Meghan

    At 7 months pregnant, the biggest challenge I face making dinner these days is exhaustion! I hear it’s only going to get worse. :)

  • My biggest challenge is cooking for one for the entire week while I’m in school.

  • Juli


    My challenge is getting enough protein and avoiding sugar and carbs.

    I would welcome the opportunity to have more in my arsenal so that my body literally doesn’t “go hungry” for real food. Thanks!

  • pao

    My biggest challenge is time — specially during the week when I get home from work and I’m starving and tired. It’s particularly important to me to eat healthy now that I’m pregnant, and it will keep getting more and more important as my son is born and starts eating food along with us.

  • terri

    My biggest challenge is timing–how to make sure the salad/vegetable is ready at the same time as the main dish, etc.

  • Mihaela

    Time, a one year old baby, another one on the way, too many good recipes, not knowing how to just put things together in the spur of the moment. This prize would be a nice way to organize myself into a better cook:-)

  • rose

    I eat a vegetarian diet and find I eat the same things over and over again. I eat organic and or local and in season. I also don’t eat GMOs or artificial anything. Recipes that included what was in season and vegetarian would be great.

  • Katelyn

    My biggest challenge is not knowing what foods to put together for a complete meal that compliments each other. I also having trouble choosing healthier options with flavor. I’ve heard healthy doesn’t have to be flavorless but it’s hard to learn to cook that way. I think this prize would be a great way to help me become more successful in the kitchen!

  • Elizabeth

    My biggest challenge is to cook some more simple vegetarian meals.

  • florence

    My biggest challenge may be buying some odd ingredient for a particular dish, and having trouble using up the rest of it, leaving me with three quarters of a pack of many odd ingredients!

  • Sarita

    My biggest cooking challenge is cleaning up afterwards… *grin*

  • kanadelf

    Ah super! C’est bien ici que j’avais découvert Stonesoup, et j’ai acheté 2 de ses e-books récemment.
    Mon plus gros challenge? Faire à la cuisine avec ma fille de 2 ans qui tient à participer :-)
    Nous avons un tout petit plan de travail, alors il faut préparer sans lui couper un doigt, la surveiller pour ne pas qu’elle se brûle à la gazinière… pas évident!

  • marie

    my biggest challenge is trying to make meals that I love that are low in fat and taste good. I love to eat but also want what I eat to be good for me and my family

  • Gathe

    Mon plus grand défi en cuisine… c’est cuisiner quand je suis seule, c’est dur de se motiver quand on ne va pas partager son repas ensuite…!

  • Jenn Mac

    Variety is my biggest challenge. The meal rotation could use an overhaul.

  • Eva

    My biggest challenge is a combination of time- having something good to eat before I have to get my youngest to bed and keeping it interesting- having ideas of what to make.

  • Cassi

    My biggest challenge is cooking for my husband who has celiacs, as well as allergies to dairy, corn, and soy.

  • My biggest challenge is my sink!
    I have a very tiny kitche under the roof, where, if I stand in the middle, I can extend my arms and almost touch everywhere. I make do with that, but then when the ustensiles pile up in my small sink, then I get depressed because cleaning up is twice as long because of the shrotage of space!
    But well, I’ll still make brioch tomorrow I think…

    Have a nice week-end all of you.

  • Raluca

    I simply love your granola recipe! I’ve made it dozens of times with all sorts of nuts and spices – it’s my go to breakfast with some yogurt and berries. My colleagues at work started making it also! Thank you :)

  • Rose Marie

    My biggest challenge is finding the motivation to cook when I am only cooking for myself. Which also leads to the problem of excessive leftovers!

  • Aoife Collins

    My biggest challenge is definitely getting the timing right. I constantly get my timings wrong so that, for example, the vegetables are cooked but the meat is still underdone. I would love to be able to overcome this issue.

  • I need inspiration! Also the energy to make a meal at home after cooking all day at work.

  • Susanne

    Having every component of the meal ready at the same time is difficult for me – and havíng it ready at the planned time even more so.

  • Anna G.

    My biggest challenge is by far trying to come up with lowfat vegan recipes (sans beans) that are either quick to prepare after a long day at work or perfect for the slow cooker.

  • I usually get home too late to cook on week nights … my husband will eat things I cook on the weekends all week (casseroles, soups, stews), but I tire after a second night. I need to find more things I can cook and freeze for me. SmilynStef at aol dot com

  • Betsy

    My biggest challenge would be time. There’s just never enough of it! Variety is also an issue. Sometimes, I just get tired of eating the same old every day

  • My biggest challenging is incorporating the wants of a plant eater and an omnivore in one satisfying, easy quick dinner. Both have discerning palates and like celebratory meals.

  • Mary

    Keeping everyone in the family well-nourished and reasonably happy about mealtime (a family this size, I just don’t even aim for 100% happy, ain’t gonna happen–but 78% or so is nice . . . )

  • Marry

    I’m actually quite spoiled when it comes to cooking. I live near a great farmers market and Whole Foods market. The internet has virtually replaced my Mom with answers to all my cooking questions. I guess my biggest challenge is finding the time to plan my meals. My farmers market is on Wed. and my first day off work is Tues. Sometimes by late Tues. night I’m lost in cooking blogs and don’t have a list for the Wed. market. Tough life right?

  • Stine

    I need help to adapt! Having just relocated from Oslo in Norway to New York, I need help finding my way around both the grocery store and the kitchen. As a result of having been raised in my mother’s kitchen on a tiny island south of Oslo, I’m used to electric stoves, Celsius degrees, deciliters and doing grocery shopping in local grocery stores where the owner knows you by your first name and where both the grocery selection and the use of additives is limited. Suddenly, I find myself in a kitchen with a fridge that could fit two grown men (!) and a huge gas stove which I suspect could blow up any minute, using cups and Fahrenheit as measurements, doing my grocery shopping in stores the size of football fields where the selection seem endless – as does the use of artificial additives. After some (lets me be honest: disastrous) attempts in the kitchen, I realize that I need to learn how to shop for and cook healthy and natural food in America – before I blow up the building or start ordering take away from McDonalds..

  • Rebecca Drew

    My biggest challenge is coming up with meals that all the family likes – my husband and two children all have strong dislikes, so finding a meal that everyone loves is like winning the lottery!

  • My biggest challenge is breaking away from recipes and creating my own flavour combos.

  • Amy H

    Planning and sticking to a meal plan. I tend to get lazy and go back to old, easy favorites.

  • greyfavorite

    Congratulations on 10 years! Awesome.

    My biggest challenge is finding food that is both nutritionally sound and satisfying – I am always looking for the balance of good protein and fiber but still great flavor.

  • Mélanie

    My biggest challenge is to find enough time to cook what I want while taking care of my 18-month daughter. Your series ‘parents who cook´ does provide some helpful tips.

  • My daily challenge over the past 2 years has been to cook French recipes & meals I was used to cook in France while Im now living in the Netherlands. It’s really hard to find the ingredients Im looking for sometimes so I had to accomodate a lot of recipes with what I could find in the shops in here. That’s what Im talking about in my blog online.

  • jared

    Biggest challenge? “cooking” selectively .i.e. reheating, from leftovers to make an interesting meal.

  • Lisa

    My biggest challenge is confidence and time. I can follow a recipe but am not comfortable cooking off the cuff.

  • ALicia K

    Time is definitely the biggest challenge due to a heavy work schedule.

  • Living alone its too easy to not bother and its hard dealing with recipies designed for lots of people. I’m resigned to lots of left overs!!

  • marie

    Working hard to avoid the pasta rap every day.

  • sarah

    I was about to blame my underfoot children–ages 2 and 4–as my biggest challenges while cooking in the kitchen, but want to know the TRUTH? My real problem is nibbling on too much bread and olive oil while preparing an otherwise balanced dinner for my family. Sigh.

  • Rendell

    My biggest challenge is time and healthy cooking.

  • Abby

    My biggest challenge is the sinkfull of dishes left by my roommates!

  • Connie

    My heavy load of responsibilities crowds fun things–like cooking and baking–out. It’s a matter of focus and priority!

  • Charley Suggs

    My biggest challenge is cooking small and inexpensively. There are two of us and I seem to always make three gallons of X or twelve servings of Y. Meat seems to be packaged for families of six or eight. My freezer is full of extra portions of Gumbo and the last eight pork chops from the package of ten. I can buy two pork chops but they cost twice as much each as the ones from the ten pack. Even farm market produce has become more expensive. What to do what to do.

  • Tara

    Absolutely time and exhaustion. The more tired I am, the less I’m able to judge the time involved in a recipe, so we tend to eat supper very, veery late on week nights. I suppose that means the real issue is my own lack of common sense.

  • My biggest challenge is getting dinner on the table on time – especially when it’s been a stressful or long day.

  • Suzan

    My biggest challenges are using up all of the food that I buy, and finding the time to make meals before and after work.

  • I guess part of my biggest challenge is developing cooking habits that will allow me to eat more healthy.

  • daphne

    My biggest challenge is to be able to always cook something different every day that is nutritional and tasty. Also to be able to get the serving proportions right.

  • Katie

    Time is always the biggest issue!

  • kim

    i get into a rut so this would be a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills.

  • Sarah

    My biggest challenge in the kitchen is cooking healthy on a budget !

  • Suzanne

    Meal planning and making sure I use up all the food I buy. That’s the hardest part for me. So finding quick but tasty meals is the hardest part for me.

  • Cassie S

    My biggest challenge is making enough food. Or really, I guess the challenge is meal planning versus dish planning. I plan a great main dish, but we often can’t eat enough of it to be full. Need to stop forgetting to add some quick veggie sides with every meal.

  • I think my biggest challenge is striking a balance between the decadent and indulgent recipes and ingredients i like, the healthy and fresh ingredients my body needs and the sometimes minimal amount of time i have available to prepare either. Constant war of wills!

  • Caroline Bacquet

    mi biggest challenge is finding the inspiration to cook for myself (when I happen to be on my own) and not always making fried eggs, toast and green salad…

  • kcc

    my biggest challenge is motivation. i am tired of meat dishes, but know that my husband won’t be happy without it, or else just won’t like the meatless meal. pasta is out, he doesn’t care for it. is my husband the challenge?

  • Claire

    Parmi les nombreux challenges auxquels je fais face, il y a les courses et parfois mon manque d’imagination. Je ne sais pas très souvent de quoi j’ai envie…

  • My biggest challenge is in fact the subject of the next give-away; trying not to throw away food. I do my best and I think I do pretty well, but still, I think I could improve. And no, not by buying ‘left-over cookbooks’, the most ridiculous idea ever – why would I have exactly those ingredients ‘left over’ ?

  • Joel

    Our biggest challenge is putting together a menu and shopping plan. Having those definitely makes our meals more diverse and healthy.

  • Elizabeth O’Connor

    Biggest challenge when it comes to everyday cooking is finding healthy and tasty dishes that my entire family will enjoy, including my kids. We don’t eat much meat, so finding new and tasty vegetarian meals is a hunt I am constantly on.

  • Amy K.

    Time is my biggest challenge. Working full time, going to grad school full time, and training for marathons full time leaves very little space in my schedule for anything else. I try to dedicate part of my Sundays to my kitchen preparing “healthy”, easy to pop in the oven/eat straight from the fridge meals for the week. That doesn’t always happen though.

  • Karen

    My biggest challenge is trying to find quick dinners that feel filling but are not rich, and are satisfying while continuing to reduce my reliance on animal proteins.

  • Hazel

    How not to overcook vegetables!

  • Anna

    My biggest challenge is cooking itself. On weekdays I’m often too hungry and too tired to cook properly, so it’s tempting to consume whatever I have in the fridge. That’s why I like planning ahead for weekend meals.

  • Constance

    My biggest challenge is chopping veggies. Seriously. Diced? Cubed? Sliced? Minced? They always come out the same size and it takes forever. Would love to learn some good knife skills.

  • Peter

    C&Z and F&F are both about good taste and sustainability. We use and enjoy them both.

  • Not losing track of time when it says “stir occasionally.” Far easier for me if it were to say “stir continuously” because otherwise I get lost in a book and remember my food when the burnt smell permeates my reading!

  • My biggest challenge is variety – I end up cooking the same things we like over and over. I would like to come up with new things, which is one reason I come to blogs like this (thank you for your recipes)

  • Shavonne

    Flavorful sauces are the hardest part for me.

  • Patricia

    My biggest challenge is creating interesting and flavorful meals respecting my husband’s sensitivity to salt and my own (and recently diagnosed) need to cut out sugar. it is a challenge to create something tasty that we both can enjoy.

  • Lynn Christensen

    My biggest challenge is learning to time the cooking so that the courses are on the table on time and I am not frazzled.

  • Katherine

    Not getting stuck in a rut! It can be so easy to rely on a handful of easy, reliable recipes. Sometimes I need inspiration to try something new.

  • Stine

    My biggest challenge is to keep ny kitchen tidy and clean so I can start cooking at once instead of having to start with cleaning.

  • Bailey S

    My biggest challenge is cooking for myself when my husband is away. He does most of the cooking, and I do a few things I especially enjoy creating as well as help him chop and prep and clean. But when he’s gone I end up eating random raw things from the cupboards and fridge or having spaghetti with cheese and herbs. I may cook biscuits or bread or some experimental dish while he’s gone, but it’s hard for me to get the gumption to make something just for me to eat tonight when there’s no one else to feed!

  • Emilye

    How to compose a healthy meal that is nutritionally balanced and not time-consuming.

  • Helen kennedy

    Time is my biggest challenge.

  • Heather

    Meal planning! I do so well when I have a plan for each day. It all goes out the window and is more stressful when I don’t- which is more often than not these days…

  • Carolina

    My biggest challenge is to try to cook different meals with the ingredients I have available!

  • Ritika

    The biggest challenge I face is finding ways to use up leftovers and veggies before they go bad.

  • Melanie

    My biggest challenge is cooking for one, especially when I’m tired!

  • My biggest challenge is coming up with ideas! I was meal planning for awhile but I lost my mojo lately.

  • Regina Connolly

    For me the biggest challenge is lack of tools/space. I recently moved overseas and have a pretty spare assortment of kitchen things so I need to be careful with which recipes I try to be sure I have enough pots or bowls :)

  • Jonathan Hopkinson

    Keeping up with my wife!

  • lesley

    my challenge is cooking for just two (not four or more) and doing it in the time restraints once we both get home from a long day.

  • Magdalena

    Thank you Clotilde for this giveaway ! My biggest challenge is time! I see below that is not only my concern. In a daily life its ok I cook fresh, simple dishes mostly vegetarian.The issue beginns during dinner with invitations! This is a big art to plan when to start cooking pasta to have it al dente just in a right moment and to turn on the oven with fish inside to have perfect juicy meet in a perfect moment – when the gust are already eaten pasta but had enough time to digest a little and have a taste for a fish!And fish take aprox.40 minutes to have it done. Even if already done it lot of times before I am always curious if I will manage!THANK YOU for the opportunity to win!

  • Christy

    Keeping a well-stocked pantry!

  • Christy

    Having a properly-stocked pantry!

  • thisisthekat

    As a single parent my biggest challenge is finding recipes that will appeal to the kids but not leave me wishing I had someone else to cook for! I’m working and going to school, so of course time is at a premium, but mostly I regret that my cooking has become so uninspired. Help! :)

  • Jennie Hollister

    I would love to know which ingredients I could throw together to make something spectacular.

  • Renee B

    Everyone is always so busy that I’m the idea of being able to enroll at the last minute is extremely popular. And, who doesn’t like virtual encouragement? Please count me in!

  • Amanda Madigan

    Time & organization!

  • Andrea

    I would like to do more meat free main dishes more effortlessly…my automatic thought when I think “dinner” is the image of a piece of meat/fish on the plate. How do I get comfortable with non-meat entrees that are quick and easy?

  • Being able to buy a small amount of produce for small batches…How to buy a single carrot, several mushrooms (often must buy at least a pound in a sealed package).

  • Maresa

    Loving my waistline and my food.

  • Donna M. Jackson

    Challenge has always been money—so shop sales and mark downs (50%) from markets and plan meals from that. Plus Senior Sack food giveaways twice a month. Least its only me and my Zennie (9 Terrier). She has good food and snacks and her weight has not changed in 6 years. Wish I knew how she does it.

  • Pooxy

    Aucun défi quotidien pour moi en semaine je rentre tard du travail et donc c’est mon mari qui cuisine et je prends le relais le WE… Mais je participe qd même hein ? Parce que tous les WE je me décarcasse à faire de bons petits plats ;)

  • The giveaway is now closed, and comments beyond this one can’t be considered. Thank you so much for entering! The results will be announced later today in the post above.

  • Michaela

    Planning and starting to cook before I get hungry–Once I get hungry it’s all over :P

  • famke

    My challenge: baking! I am very much a bit of and a bit of that cooking person. Any recipe I cook I adapt a little to my own ideas and mood of that moment. E.g. a bit of cardamom or ginger in the rice pudding, why not add a little bit of my muscat wine to the fruit, and by lack of old brown beer (a very Dutch ingrediënt when making beef stew) adding cider instead, etc.
    But when baking it is all about following the recipe and instructions. And no matter how hard I try, my meringue is never like the ones I see in the shops or on tv, my cakes tend to stay low and compact, my breads don’t florish like I would like them too.
    So yes, there is my challenge!

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