How To Make Your Own Convenience Food

If you're wondering how many entrées and sides I actually produced in that one day, there it is above. Eight entrées and four sides. Though I could easily have divided the sides into six packages. (We had leftovers from the first one I re-heated.) And it didn't take much longer than making a single meal from scratch. I'm definitely calling this experiment a success. So let's see ... rice with broccoli and cheese ... mashed potatoes ... ooh, roasted asparagus will work well ... fettuccine … [Read more...]

How To Make (a whole mess of) Meatoaf

Yesterday I introduced my new "Cook for a day, eat for a week" plan, with a side of potatoes au gratin. Today is the entrée: meatloaf. This is pretty much the same recipe as the last time I did meatloaf, with just a few differences. First, multiply all the ingredients by four. (I'm lucky I changed my mind. I was originally going to do six but ... well, you'll see.) Second, instead of buttermilk I used yogurt. Pretty much any dairy you have will work. Yes, I've used sour cream. Tastes fine. … [Read more...]

How To Make Potatoes au Gratin

With the holidays coming up, it's going to be pretty hectic around here for the next couple of months. So I'm trying out an idea to make it easier to stick with home-cooked meals, even when we're in a hurry and want something quick. There's a movement starting to catch on with the tag line, "Cook for a day, eat for a month." They get super-organized for one day and stock the freezer with a month's worth of dinners. I'm not that organized. So what I'm trying is for the next couple of weeks, … [Read more...]