Rah! Rah! Winter!

Chicken Stock

It’s a hard sell, I know, when the sky is falling and you’ve eaten enough kale to turn your fingernails green. But really: some of winter is worth saving.

So you heard me? Talking about freezing stock, soups, cookies, and crisp topping for the perfect summer freezer, on KUOW?

Here are the recipes I discussed with Megan Sukys (all PDFs):
Chicken Stock
Carrot-Lemongrass Soup
Onion Fennel Jam
Cinnamon-Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Ultimate Crisp Topping (Big Batch)
Whole Grain Cranberry-Walnut Biscotti

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13 responses to “Rah! Rah! Winter!

  1. One of the things you mentioned was getting ready for a new baby this spring. What sorts of foods are you stocking in the freezer for the easy and nutritious cooking needed for a new mom? I too am getting my freezer full and I could use some ideas!

  2. Jenne:

    I’ve also been freezing meals my husband (or neighbor, or whoever’s around) can heat up easily: Minestrone soup, lasagna, chili, etc. I’m the type of person that can’t eat the same thing many meals in a row, so for me, the clincher is freezing in smaller containers. I also build in some variation – make one minestrone soup, for example, but stir one kind of beans into half of it, and another kind of beans, pasta, and spinach into the other half. I’ll post a recipe for spinach-stuffed pasta shells here soon…

    I’m also cooking my simpler meals when my husband is home on the early side, and he’s doing more to help – I have every confidence that he’ll come through when I’m (literally) off my feet…

  3. Those cookies are my kryptonite. I’m been meaning to leave a comment since you first posted the recipe to thank you for the recipe (I think). I’ve finally learned to only bake one at a time because I will eat every.single.one I cook. Without fail.

    Except that I have 2 currently baking in the oven. Oops!

  4. I loved the interview! I especially like the idea of freezing crisp topping, and look forward to trying your recipes. If I only had a chest freezer…

  5. I loved hearing you yesterday on KUOW and was completely inspired. I can’t wait to try these recipes and freeze these and more items for summer. Great ideas. Thank you!

  6. I have 38 cups of homemade vegetable stock in the freezer right now and it makes me smile every time I see that written on the whiteboard on my freezer (I keep an inventory).

    I am very much intrigued by the onion-fennel jam. I start my maternity leave soon (4 weeks before my baby is due) and that sounds like a fun little afternoon project.

    I am also starting to prepare foods to freeze before our little one is born. This weekend I am making butternut squash triangles (recipe is here: http://www.mendolo.com/2000/01/01/butternut-squash-triangles/)

  7. Wow, Gina, a white board? SO impressed…

  8. Darla

    I’m a PacNoWe’er who has relocated to Philadelphia. I heard you today on KUOW’s internet stream. What a great show! My question is: How do you freeze your food? I’m a little freaked about freezing things in plastic these days, but haven’t found a great alternative. All the glass storage options have plastic lids that seem to buckle in the freezer, and metal seems to leave a funny taste. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  9. Great question, Darla! I typically do freeze in plastic… and I agree, I get a little freaked out. For liquids, I usually re-use big yogurt containers. But for bakeable meals, like lasagna, etc., I usually freeze in glass or ceramic without a plastic lid – I made my own lid by wrapping first in foil (so I can leave the foil on in the oven), then in plastic wrap. . .

    Here’s a great story on wrapping foods that might help more:

    http://www.culinate.com/search/q,vt=top,q=nancy+schatz+alton/75701

  10. Gary

    I’m starting the Onion-Fennel jam right now! I’m not afraid, much . . .
    Chop, Chop

  11. anne

    Hi Jess, I’ve been reading your blog for months now but have never commented. However, the recipe you just posted for walnut biscotti demand a comment. They are AMAZING. My sister and I made them this weekend and we are both obsessed. We are going to make a quadruple batch this week so we can freeze them. Thank you so much. It’s a wonderful recipe!!!

  12. I made your carrot soup tonight to freeze. It is delicious and I can’t wait to eat it cold on a hot summer day. It will be hard to freeze it and not gobble it up in the next few days though.

    Thank you for the idea and the recipe!

    Next on my list is making those cookies to freeze. And thanks to Anne’s comment, now I have to try the walnut biscotti.

    Keep the great recipes coming!

  13. Ozylia

    First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

    —————————-
    Are you tension? panic?

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