I will try to make every one of Meta’s recipes in “The Modern Family Cook Book” preferably by following a full day’s menu on the day of the year that it is listed on. The rules I will abide by are as follows:
1) I will try to make each recipe as true to Meta’s original vision as possible (even when my ideas of personal taste conflict) so that I can experience each menu as close to the intended results as possible.
2) I will not make a substitution unless I am (to the best of my ability) unable to find an ingredient due to availability.
2b) It turns out that I will also make an substitution if I really feel like it.
3) I will make each recipe EXCEPT for any containing organ or other meat “sundries.” Everyone has a line and this is mine. Jellied anything, weird uses of mayo and foods not to my person tastes are still fair game.
3a) One more exception: I’m not going to can anything myself. It would add a layer of planning and complexity I’m not prepared for. I’ll make substitutions in the spirit of the project.
3b) Wait! Another exception: I have a bread maker and limited time so yeast bread recipes are going into the machine.
4) When Meta doesn’t specify the type of an ingredient, I will go with my preference in keeping the ingredients used in the book. (For example, if the menu calls for “bread” I will feel free to use wheat bread since it is used elsewhere in the book. Ditto for “cheese”; sometimes Meta specifies “American” but when she doesn’t I’ll use cheddar, Colby or some other common cheese type according to my preference).