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

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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 […]

How to Make Your Own TV Dinners Gourmet Meals for the Freezer


No doubt about it – having a few meals stashed in your freezer is extrememly helpful on busy nights when you’re too tired to cook or your meal plan has flown the coop. How can you swing that? You could stock up on Hungry Man and Stouffer’s or you could do some “bulk cooking” and […]

Make Your Own Freezer Meals

Freezer Meals You Can Give as Gifts casserole

Bulk cooking has been a periodic practice of mine for about twelve years now. I was pregnant with my first born when I first heard about the book, Once a Month Cooking. My friend Jessika and I spent two-three days shopping and cooking and had a freezer full of food. I have great memories of […]

Budget Living: Make Your Own Chicken Stock


You’ve probably heard it said again and again how you can save money by making your own ______________ (fill in the blank). From baked goods to birthday cakes, cooking from scratch generally is the less expensive road to travel. One of the easiest things to make yourself (and it tastes better, too) is chicken stock. […]