Gas Prices Create a Stir on The Road -- And in The Kitchen Skyrocketing Commodity Prices Force Consumers to Shop Smart And Get Organized

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A new cookbook offered by Organizing Dinner, 70 Meals -- One Trip to the Store, shows consumers how to shop smart and get organized to create the most bang for your buck in one trip to the grocery store.

… not to mention having the ingredients on hand. I feel like a success when I've prepared real food, rather than the Hot Dog/Mac 'n Cheese alternative.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Poll suggests that 72 percent of Americans surveyed have changed their lives due to sky-high gas prices. Tandem to the rising gas prices comes the higher cost of food, and many Americans are rerouting their lives to become more savvy and smart in the ways they drive, socialize and eat. Business owner Kelly Donlea of Organizing Dinner, resolves this dilemma in her newest cookbook, 70 Meals--One Trip To The Store. The book shows readers how to make one shopping trip go a long, long way at dinnertime.

"This cookbook has helped people organize their lives by eliminating excess trips to the store," Donlea says. "Most of the readers using this solution are tired of traversing the grocery store with screaming toddlers… or sick of running out at the eleventh hour for that one missing ingredient." And of course, wasting gas. Kelly Donlea's time-tested cookbook provides more than just delicious recipes. The Organizing Dinner plan eliminates stress by introducing a prepared kitchen, providing long-term and short-term shopping lists, and integrating a flexible meal plan. Donlea says that customer feedback "has been amazing."

"There's an overwhelming sense of peace in knowing that you have options," says Jean Masukevich-- Yoga instructor and mother-of-four, "… not to mention having the ingredients on hand. I feel like a success when I've prepared real food, rather than the Hot Dog/Mac 'n Cheese alternative."        

70 Meals--One Trip To The Store was born out of a friend's plea for help after the birth of her first child. "My friend Cindy called me in a panic when her first baby was a couple months old," Donlea says. "She realized that the time she had to make a homemade dinner was completely diminished and she was at a loss. 'How do I make dinner… with a baby?' she asked.'" Kelly taught her how she herself had boiled the entire cooking process down to an attainable system, thereby honing in on the essentials.

Since then, Organizing Dinner, online at has seen growth in many directions. With the release of her new book, 70 Meals-- One Trip To the Store, Kelly Donlea is doing more than just cooking up delicious dinners. Also offered are kitchen organization consultations, speaking engagements and cooking classes to incorporate everyone's personal twist on this time saving, fuel-efficient and cost-effective method.

If you'd like more information about this topic including an interview sheet, sample of the cookbook, or to schedule an interview with Kelly Donlea, please call Kelly directly at 847-302-1531 or e-mail

Sample recipe from 70 Meals-- One Trip To the Store:
The recipes in 70 Meals - One Trip to the Store all pull from the same pool of ingredients to make shopping more efficient and cost effective. Following is a sample recipe.

Chicken Strata

2 chicken breasts, cubed
6 slices of bread, or equivalent, cubed

4 Tablespoons butter
1 can mushroom

1 diced fresh tomato or 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
3 eggs beaten
1 cup milk

1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Line the bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2" buttered baking dish with the bread cubes. Top with chopped chicken. In a small frying pan, melt 2 tablespoons of 
the butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook until browned, 
3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add to baking dish. Top with 
cheese and tomatoes. In a large bowl, combine milk, eggs, salt and 
pepper. Mix until well blended. Pour over chicken. 

Bake 1 hour, until a toothpick comes out clean. Sprinkle on break crumbs;
 dot with slivers of remaining butter. Bake at 350° F for 
10 minutes, until crumbs are lightly browned.

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