It's been tricky lately with a taking a new job and making new work pals, transitioning away from a long-time and well-loved job (yes, that's you Black Star Club!), yoga, volleyball, running (OK, NOT-running), and the general mundane but essential workings of life (SLEEP, determining which fall-season TV shows to follow, grocery shopping, dry-cleaning, doctor's appointments, kid drop-off/retrieval, Halloween candy).
Enter Sunday afternoon cooking. A great mind-clearer and occasional-birdie-bonding experience. This has allowed us to keep our sit-down-at-the-table dinner ritual as well as maintain my mind-clearing yoga schedule, and the only change is that dinner is admittedly much later in the evening then when the children were younger. The conversation is, thankfully, much livelier and challenging.
So here's what's in our freezer.
Laurie and the Jars Spaghetti Sauce. While I have been making homemade tomato sauce pretty regularly now, the jars are convenient. What I have learned is that jar sauce can be Very Very Salty compared to when you make your own. So don't add salt, even to the pasta, when using this version. Also doubled down on the veggies--lots of zukes, red peppers, onions and mushrooms.
Portuguese Sausage Jambalaya. Because there was no Andouille sausage in the freezer, and just so you know, this works quite well as a substitution. This one didn't make it to the freezer, but was eaten this week.
Any Kine Quiche, Variation #4. This version was artichoke hearts, red peppers, zukes, onions, and pepper jack cheese. One for the week and one for the freezer.
Japanese Chicken Curry. I LOVE House and Vermont brand curry blocks. A double recipe means a weekly meal and a frozen one.
Wonton, chicken and broccoli slaw variation. 67 of them, because one of my birdies would want to know the EXACT number made.
Spaghetti meatballs and homemade pork sausage. These were made awhile ago and will be consumed out in the next couple of weeks.
Three batches of Homemade Tomato Sauce. The base for simple spaghetti sauce, chili, chicken tortilla soup for a weekday if we need it. Probably the last batch unless we get a warm spell.
So now you know whose freezer to go for trick-or-treating. Happy Halloween all!