March 4, 2010

Freezer's Getting Full!

I'm still making deposits to the freezer bank and I'm just about done with everything that can be made in advance. As I've written, I'm expecting company at our house for my grandmother's 100th birthday celebration. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone and I want the time to be about visiting with one another and not about standing in the kitchen every couple of hours, cooking and making messes! From the Once a Month Cooking cookbook, I made twice-baked potatoes, which have lots of goodies like cheese and spinach mixed in. I knew you could buy these in the freezer section of the grocery store, so I was really happy to find the method in this cookbook. The author has done a lot of work to find out what freezes well, and what doesn't. The other dish pictured here is called a Farmer's Casserole, and it's just layers of hash browns, ham, cheese and green onions covered with a milk and egg mixture. How nice it will be to pull these from the freezer, thaw them out, and pop them in the oven. It did occur to me today that I'll have to keep myself organized so I don't forget to thaw them!

This is a cake made according to a recipe in The Cake Mix Doctor Returns! The complete recipe instructs you to bake this in three round pans, and then they are layered with fresh strawberries and a whipped cream/sweetened sour cream filling. I thought it would be a great base for a more straightforward strawberry shortcake, so this too is baked and in the freezer. I sure hope that strawberries are good by the end of March, which they usually are. What a fresh taste of Spring this will be at the end of an Easter-style dinner!

Our most current issue of Cooking Light had a recipe for Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes. It's in the very back in their Hall of Fame section. I decided to make it into a do-ahead project by mixing all the dry ingredients together, including using powdered buttermilk instead of fresh. We buy powdered buttermilk and regular milk in bulk from our food club and keep it in the fridge. I seem to come across so many recipes that call for buttermilk, but I find that it's hard to keep on hand. Keeping the dry buttermilk powder solves the problem nicely. For this pancake mix, I wrote the wet ingredients that need to be added on the front of the bag, so we won't even have to dig out the recipe when we make them. And, for another taste of Spring, I'll make a rhubarb sauce for the pancakes, but that will have to wait for a couple of weeks.

I do realize that March can be a very snowy month, but the fact that Easter is coming just after this party, has moved my mind forward to warmer weather thinking, and that's a good thing! And by the way, something in a big planter, which has been out in our garage all winter, knows what the calendar says too. My now famous, never-dies-no-matter-what mum... has started greening up again! How does it know?!

1 comment :

  1. The cake sounds delicious. I love cake with strawberries.