Family Menu

I’m a full-time working mom of two teenagers. After a couple months of cooking the same recipes in a cycle of about 2 weeks, our whole family is bored. But when I try new recipes, they complain that I’m “experimenting” and won’t eat the leftovers. Now I grab all my issues of the magazine and tell them to mark three or four recipes in each one. I buy all the ingredients for these recipes, so I can make foolproof dinners. They all eat heartily without complaint because they chose the menu, not me. —Tineke Switzer, Altadena, California