I love the “Not Your Mother’s” cookbook series from Harvard Common Press. These amazing cookbooks make use of the appliances and techniques that our mothers used but in a way that caters to our palates of today (which generally means NO cream of whatever soups). I love my Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook and even Not Your Mother’s Microwave Cookbook — yes, real cooking in the microwave!
So when I was offered a copy of Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook for review, I was pretty sure that this would be another favored addition to my cookbook collection. Between my desire to do a little freezer cooking (usually doubling soup and stew and bean recipes or making a rare double batch of casseroles) and my confidence in the “Not Your Mother’s” brand, I couldn’t wait for this one.
I’ll admit that I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but I already have my first two sessions planned. I can’t wait to try recipes such as Chicken Bacon Subs (I don’t usually think of a sandwich as a meal, but these look great), Chicken Taquitos, and the Chicken Enchilada Bake with Green Chilies and Jalapenos. One way Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook is updated is by including international cuisine — Chinese, Mexican and even Indian — that are also family friendly.
In addition to the recipes, author Jessica Fisher explains the hows and whys of freezer cooking in a way that makes it seem manageable and worthwhile. For example, I knew that air could cause damage to frozen food, but I found out that quick freezing can prevent those dreaded ice-crystals as well, which is why it’s recommend to refrigerate food first so that it will freeze more quickly.
Instead of just all-day cooking marathon sessions that produce a month of meals (remember that?), Fisher offers several plans that only take two hours or three to four hours. There are also some day-long sessions, but they don’t seem nearly as complicated as the plans I’ve seen other places, and I plan on tackling one with my daughter, perhaps once I get my fridge cleaned out after the Thanksgiving extravaganza this week.
You can view a detailed table of contents and list of all the recipes HERE.
I am truly excited to give this cookbook a whirl, and just as happy to be able to offer a copy of Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook with one of you. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below to enter.
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