Being Italian, I tend to cook in large portions. This is something that has always baffled my husband. I rarely make a meal that couldn’t feed at least 4 and leave ample leftovers.
In the last few years, I have learned to embrace the family size portions and even exaggerate the meal heft a bit more to feed us later. I have discovered freezing. At first I thought this would be barbaric and an insult to “real” cooking, but the truth is that certain dishes freeze exceptionally well. Here are some of my freezables:
- Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (with meat)
- Soups (all that I have tried work well)
- Leftover turkey from Thanksgiving (sans bones and skin)
- Homemade Pesto
These frozen homemade meals, make weeknight dinners a cinch.
Do you freeze?
Well, I am a California gal for sure. We spent the day walking around the frigid city of Chicago, 24 degrees about the average temp. I must say these people that live here must be hardened by years of the freezing winds lashing at their faces. I had to laugh at all of the babies bundled up, blinking and wrinkling their brows at the unbelievable temps. I am not sure how people live here, I am sure you get used to it or learn how to protect yourself from the cold, but I am not there yet.
I have learned a few things:
1. Hats are our friends.
2. If a hat doesn’t cover your ears, it is useless.
3. If your scarf is not wrapped around your neck or face, it is useless.
4. Anyone wearing a scarf on the outside of their collar has never experienced the cold.
5. Gloves, like hats, are our friends.