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Once A Month Cooking Whether you cook for a month or just double your dinners, this is the place to share ideas.

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Old 08-01-2007, 03:10 AM
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Oh, this sounds wonderful! Thank you so much! I will find my recipes and post them in the new thread when you get it going, but it won't be today probably. I have a couple of devotionals I need to get written today. I finished one up last night and sent it off to the publisher this morn, now have another to do for my online newsletter, and another article to get done for a friend's website! Sooo...not much chance today unless I get myself in gear here. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-01-2007, 06:38 AM
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Okay, now I'm awake & it makes perfect sense! lol

I'm game for this. We can decide on the categories & then everyone can share their recipes. After we've eaten the meal we can also share our reviews of the meal (how did it freeze, any adjustments to make the next time, was it worth making again, etc.).

What types of soups do you like to make to freeze? I've made chili, white chili, & cuban black bean soup. They all froze really well. I'm not sure if I'd make 3 soups in one cooking session just because we don't eat a lot of soup. It would be nice to have them during the winter though.

When I did the entree exchange we only prepared entrees, it would be great to have some side dishes in the freezer also though. We usually did our categories like this:
chicken
beef
pork
mexican
soup or vegetarian
pasta

Maybe we can add 1 or 2 side dishes to our list of categories.

I like making casseroles & easy to prepare meals (few ingredients, quick prep time). When I made 6 of each thing for the exchange I would set up a little assembly line & it worked great. Sometimes I was able to double or triple the recipe so that I just had to go through the motions 2 or 3 times. One recipe I make is Mexican Cheesy Chicken w/ Rice. I have a huge roaster oven & I was able to make all 6 entrees at once w/ this. It worked great.

Let me know when you want to try this. Sounds like a great idea! I can't wait to get some suggestions & new recipes.
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:22 AM
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Does anyone know if it would work if I blanch some fresh green beans, add some bacon bits and use my food saver to bag it if it would freeze okay? Then I would only have to thaw, add some butter & cook them. Let me know what you think. Thanks!
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:55 PM
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Sounds to me like it would work fine.
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Old 08-01-2007, 04:55 PM
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Barb, thanks for the reply. My Dad keeps getting beans from a friend and I want to take some but I don't want them to go to waste. I'll have to let Mom know I want some to freeze.
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Old 08-01-2007, 05:15 PM
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Oh, I made 2 more casseroles tonight. One was a tator tot casserole & the other was a cheesy potato hamburger casserole. I think I'm making the tator tot cass tomorrow so it isn't going to last long but at least it's made. I was going to make it for dinner tonight but time slipped away from me so we ended up having manwich. I browned 3 lbs of gr beef, used one in the manwich & I used the other 2 in the casseroles for the freezer. They're both easy casseroles to throw together so it didn't take much time. That's the type of freezer meal I like to make.
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Old 08-02-2007, 04:09 AM
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I double chili when I make it to have some to put in the freezer. I liked having raw meatloaf mix in the freezer to thaw and bake fresh.

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Old 08-02-2007, 07:55 AM
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I like to double the meatloaf recipe so that I can stick 2 in the freezer w/out any extra work. I'm waiting to go to Costco this weekend to get more gr. beef.

I need to search for some good chicken recipes since that's the only type of meat I have in the freezer right now. I might stick some in a ziploc bag w/ marinade and take it when we go camping the next time.
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My sister and were just talking last night. She said she has a place where she lives (CO) where you can pay so many $ and go one evening a month and prepare 8 meals. they provide everything you need including the meat. If you were really pressed for time they could make the meals for for and extra charge. I am not sure of the pricing, but she thought it was about as much as a week of groveries would cost her.
I use to do OAMC, but lately I seem to be having a hard time to find enough time to do that. I know it sure easier if I can have a couple a meals a week made ahead.
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We have a place called Supper Thyme where you can pay and go prepare the meals. They do the grocery shopping & prep all the ingredients. My friend & I want to go try it sometime but I know this one is more expensive than it would be for me to buy my own groceries. It would be nice not to have to wash & chop everything though.
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