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A Cookbook Update, Must-Do Make Aheads, & June Freezer Cooking Days
Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 3, 2011 @ 11:05 am In Freezer Cooking | 14 Comments
We’re getting into the homestretch right now with The Cookbook . I turn in my manuscript at the end of this month. What a wild ride it has been!
In case you didn’t know, this is a real bookstore book. Like one that you can go buy at Barnes and Noble or Borders. It was so exciting to see the other books in the Not Your Mother’s series  all lined up at Costco.
Next year! My name! On the book table at Costco! Very surreal….
This cookbook will have 200 recipes, suitable for freezing. And more than half of them are recipes you’ve never seen before. It’s been such fun to dream, cook, and test all these new creations. Our freezer is just bursting. We’ll be “eating from the pantry/freezer” in July; that is for sure!
Since a lot of my work in the kitchen has been creative in nature, I haven’t done my freezer cooking sessions the same way I have in the past. I’ve made use of mini-sessions  mostly, spending blocks of time once or twice a week to prepare new recipes and stash them in the freezer. We’re growing fat over here.
But, I’ve realized that even amidst all the new creations, there are some must-haves in my freezer to help my meal times go more smoothly. Here’s the short list:
These are items that really help me with quick breakfasts and lunches. If I have a stash of these to rely on, life goes much more smoothly. At least where mealtimes are concerned.
Make ahead and freeze meals have been a tremendous help to me over the years. You don’t have to Crazy Woman and cook all day. Even if you just spend an hour  or double tonight’s dinner, you can find simple ways to fill your freezer. 
Here are some tips to get you started:
This month, I’m spending a few hours a week to prep things for the freezer with some of our must-haves as well as some final new creations.
Share your freezer cooking plan (or link) in the comments. Throughout the weekend, we’ll be talking about all things on ice. Sorta. And on Monday, sharing some cooking results. I hope you’ll join us!
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 I’ve made use of mini-sessions: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/03/mini-freezer-cooking-sessions.html
 Instant Oatmeal Packets: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/frugal-friday-making-my-own-instant-oatmeal.html
 Baking Mixes: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/07/make-your-own-mixes/
 Seasoned Taco Meat: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/pinto-beans-taco-meat-and-roasted-garlic-mashed-potatoes.html
 Scones: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/08/lemon-blueberry-scones/
 Frozen Burritos: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/07/freezer-cooking-lunches-and-frozen-burritos.html
 just spend an hour: http://moneysavingmom.com/2011/05/freezer-cooking-in-an-hour-chocolate-chip-pancakes-breakfast-burritos-chicken-and-southwest-rollups.html
 simple ways to fill your freezer.: http://thehappyhousewife.com/5-simple-ways-to-fill-your-freezer/
 Freezer Cooking Basics: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/02/freezer-cooking-basics.html
 How to Create a Freezer Cooking Plan: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/04/how-to-create-a-freezer-cooking-plan.html
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