MeEveryday Banquet is pure and simple, a meal planning blog. This blog comes about after years of collecting recipes and organizing weekly meals for my family. Sure, meal planning is a chore, but for me it has always been a challenge – both to try something new and to tap into my love for organization. I realize not everyone is like me… So, this is a place, I hope, where readers who want to cook more or even love to cook, but are super busy, can find inspiration and practical guidance.

On Fridays, I post four to five dinners and a grocery list to help you shop and prepare for the coming week; meals should feed about four adults. The best part is that my family has already enjoyed these meals, usually the week before, so along with recipes and/or links to recipes I share my advice and insight from having already prepared the meals. Throughout the week I also include posts about recipes, ingredients or markets that inspire me.

About me

Welcome! I’m Kelly Verel and I live in Brooklyn with my husband Patrick and our beautiful daughter Eliza who eats nothing but carbs (living the dream!). Over ten years ago, I had an epiphany after reading Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and moved from my parent’s house on Long Island to western Massachusetts where I became an apprentice farmer at the Farm School. I lived in a tent, despite my hatred of camping, worked 10-12 hour days and sold produce at a Boston farmers market. After the farm, I worked at Greenmarket, a network of farmers markets in New York City, and am now working at a non-profit helping to develop and revitalize farmers markets across the US and Canada.

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xoxo, Kelly