Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook (Giveaway)

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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Comments

  1. Anne Lehnick says

    We don’t consistently do it, but we make double batches of things like enchiladas or mac n cheese with ham. Otherwise, we are no good at making meals ahead.

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      Special discount for thanksgiving!! Enjoy it with your family friends. Its just a click away http://www.packersave.com/seasonal-coupons.html.
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  2. Natalie Finch says

    I have about four things that I will make ahead. Usually when I make meat loaf, I will do two and freeze one. Or if I do meatballs, I’ll do a double batch and free half etc.

  3. Susan P. says

    When the girls were younger I would make enough of different casseroles to freeze some for later meals but haven’t done it lately.

  4. Lauren Smith says

    I have a few recipes that I double up on and freeze one while we eat the other for dinner. I LOVE the idea of this cookbook. I work two jobs and do all the cooking for my family. This looks like the perfect helper for me. My favorite cookbook that I use often is called, “Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence” by author Holly Clegg. This a how to book on cooking, which includes tools, tips and recipes for anyone who wants to learn how to improve their cooking. The book is for any stage in life when you want to start cooking to the busy person who doesn’t have time to cook yet wants to prepare a healthier meal. http://www.hollyclegg.com

  5. says

    Starting small with this, too. Easy on Sundays to make double batches. Learning to prep right after hitting the grocery store also takes dicipline in creating a menu. It helps me to have some wine in this process.

  6. says

    When I was pregnant, a lot of us got together at mom’s house to make meals all day. At the end of the (very long) day, we each had 33 meals, plus desserts, etc. It really came in handy during that 1st month after our daughter was born!

  7. Katie says

    Looks good! I’d definitely like to add this to my cookbook shelf! I need to make more casseroles, esp. for days I don’t want to cook!

  8. amy says

    I have frozen ‘doubled’ meals or cooked ahead – usually before babies arrive. But never have done so on a regular basis.

  9. jen thompson says

    I am not really good with prep cooking, but I love it when I think ahead and put something in the crockpot. Makes for a great start to the day

  10. Tami says

    I really want this book, but even more, I’d love to give it to my lovely sister in law for Christmas. She is the freezer party queen. This would be sanawesome gift as she is always looking for new ideas to share.

  11. Kim e says

    I love Jessica’s blogs and would a chance to win her new freezer cookbook. We just made her coffee cake this morning! :)

  12. Kim says

    I like to freeze meal components or sometimes crock pot ready meals in a bag. :). It’s sometimes as much work ahead as day of with our large family though. 😉

  13. Allison says

    I have browned ground beef and put it in the freezer, or frozen extra pizza dough, or sauce. But remembering to thaw things (or giving them enough time to thaw) seems to be my biggest issue. Not fun to pull something out of the fridge the next day to find it STILL FROZEN.

  14. Charlene says

    I do advanced prep sometimes, and always find it makes mealtime go so much easier. Why don’t I do it more often??? Good question!

  15. deb says

    Only on a small scale and for when i know i wont b able to cool. like surgery. it sure would make life a lot easier if i did it more often

  16. says

    I’ve tried doing this a couple times, but have been thinking I need to get into a habit of doing it more often. Would love to win this book and try it! :)

  17. says

    I have done many forms of Freezer Cooking and the hardest part is the planning/making the most of your recipes and prep time without too much duplication. This book appears to have solved both challenges!

  18. says

    This book looks like just what I need! I’m trying my hand at freezer meals right now as I am 8 months pregnant w/ my first child…definitely want to be ready for the months to come!

  19. says

    I rarely make meals ahead of time. I have a few meals, lasagna and a bologna we sauce that I creat and half the portions and freeze. I have not tried this approach with other recipes yet. I do however cut my meat up ahead of time for meal so I dealing with one less step during the craziness of dinner.

  20. Milly B says

    The crock pot is sort of advance… :) I’ve made a little bit of freezer food before when I’m about to have a baby, to make things easier with the new baby transition, but I haven’t done a whole lot of it. This cookbook looks great!

  21. says

    Planning ahead would work well with my family of 6. (We are a family of 9 but we have college kids that are away now). But it would be good meals for the kids that don’t live at home anymore. At least I know they are eating well once a week. :)

  22. Lawanna says

    When we have freezer space I will brown lots of beef, freeze meatballs, and freeze lots of pans of lasagna. It works well. I just need a clean freezer :).

  23. Justine says

    This looks like a great book! I just recently went back to work after having my first baby. I would like to be more prepared on the dinner front.

  24. Anita Yancey says

    I sometimes do some things ahead of time. Like when I fix spaghetti, I fix the meatbals and sauce ahead of time and put in the frig then I just have to warm them up.

  25. ACMommy3 says

    Yes, I like to keep diced, cooked meats and cooked beans in the freezer, but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten, so this book sounds wonderful!

  26. Dani says

    I have tried the monthly cooking approach a few times. It worked out pretty well, but was a lot of work at once. I’d love to try this modified approach.

  27. Nicole B says

    I try to do it every so often. I need to get better at it because it would really be helpful and save me lots of time if I’d do it.

  28. Brittany says

    I haven’t tried this although I always think it would be a good idea, we have a small freezer, so one day I will make several meals ahead and then freeze the rest. Thanks for the giveaway

  29. Kerrie Mayans says

    Yes when I was pregnant with my fourth, I made a bunch of freezer meals from a Dream Dinner cookbook I had so that it would be easy to prepare meals right after she was born. I made four of each meal and there were about 10 different meals. Some were great and we looked forward to eating them again but some were pretty bad and it wasn’t good having to eat the yucky meal 3 more times after my family had decided it wasn’t good.

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