I am now at the point in my pregnancy where I’m preparing freezer meals for after the baby is born. Usually this consists of spaghetti sauce and chicken enchilada casserole. last week however, while at Costco, I noticed a new cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen. The book is called,The Best Make Ahead Recipe , and it’s full of wonderful things that can be frozen for future use. For those of you who don’t love America’s Test Kitchen the way that Amy F., Jessica S. and I do, let me just tell you about it. It’s all good. These are the people who publish Cook’s Illustrated which is kind of like the Consumer’s Digest for cooking. They don’t accept any advertising and so their recommendations don’t have any strings attached. Also, their recipe for lemon pound cake is to die for. It’s not in my new cookbook, but I believe it’s in their huge Family cookbook, which is also available at Costco. I don’t mean to plug Costco so much, but if you’re going to buy a book, you might as well go to the cheapest place for books.
The other night I made creamy chicken penne with mushrooms. I don’t know how it tastes yet, because I froze both servings, but it looks good. As a side note, the recipe called for white wine. Normally I don’t use wine for cooking, but after I read Taylor’s risotto comments (check out the Feed your family link), and now that I don’t have to go to the state liquor store, I thought I’d give it a whirl. Just a word of caution for those of you who might want to cook with wine, but don’t drink: a corkscrew comes in handy! I used to have a whole supply of corkscrews when I worked at the hotel, but that was many a year ago, and now all I have is a missing Swiss Army Knife. Doug wasn’t impressed to see the full bottle of wine just sitting on the counter, and my only reply was how Taylor said we weren’t really living if we didn’t cook with wine (I don’t know if that just applied to the Risotto recipe, but I figured I could take creative license). Anyway, heads up: buy a corkscrew, or get a bottle with a screw top!
p.s. Doug is very worried about the appearance of evil, and so I want to make sure that you all know that we’re still active in the church!!