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How to Cook With Kids (Or Inspite of Them) During a Big Cooking Day

Those who know us well know that the FishFam loves to eat. Everyone in the family loves good food and all enjoy cooking. My home is full of little chefs. Case in point: Saturday afternoon FishBoy7 surprised us all with a HUGE platter of PB&J — on sourdough — about an hour before dinner. At first […]

Meal Planning: Reaping the Fruit of My OAMC Labor

‘Member last week how I cooked up a whole mess of stuff to freeze? Well, this week, it’s time to put my feet up. It’s not that dinnertime will be completely devoid of work. I’ll still need to heat up main dishes and prepare sides, but the bulk of the cooking is already done for […]

Make-Ahead Meals are Cool!

Seems like the blogosphere has exploded with cooking and baking ahead this week. Twitter’s been hopping with different bloggers’ updates. Like I mentioned on Sunday, my plan was to double and triple some big batches of dinners to stash away in my freezer. Well, I went to Costco after that post and well, I went […]

Meal Planning: Double Batch Cooking

One of the things that happens to me during the Fall is that I get overcome by this urge to “squirrel away” food! It must hearken back to my pioneer genes or something, but I love to put up food for winter, as our great-grandmothers must have done. This summer I made jam for the […]

Homemade Pie Crust – A Finer Thing

Some members of the FishFam have distinctly different tastes than I do. Many prefer cake to pie. But, me? Mmmm. I’ll take pie anyday, savory like Chicken Pot Pie or sweet, like Cherry Pie. It seemed appropriate to give you the low-down on homemade pie crust, for several reasons: 1. It tastes better than store […]

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie is a sure-fire favorite at my house. Flaky, buttery crust surrounds chicken, vegetables, and a delectable homemade gravy for delicious comfort food. Years ago when I had my second baby I was surrounded by good cooks who spoiled me once the baby was born. This Chicken Pot Pie was the first homemade […]

Freezer Meal Q & A

Over the past few weeks I’ve really enjoyed peeking in the freezer to find out what’s for dinner. It doesn’t take much thinking – it’s already prepared! I spent one morning last month cooking up a storm, followed up by a few triple batches of other nights’ dinners. A little pre-prep resulted in meatloaves, meatballs, […]

Frugal Friday: Frozen Assets

This is part of an extensive series on Freezer Cooking. Be sure to read the archives here and on my food blog Good Cheap Eats for the complete 411 on how to save money by “make-ahead and freeze” tactics. Or just buy my book. Without a doubt, convenience food items are well, convenient. They make “life as MOM” a little bit […]