Saturday, October 25, 2008

Apple Day

I had off the past two days from my teaching job and I returned to my summer ways of domesticity. Lets just say that I've been cooking up a storm. In my freezer I have 4 meals of sloppy joes, 3 meals of Whiskey chicken, 3 meals of chicken cordon bleu, 4 meals of seafood stuffed shells, and 12 pans of apple crisp.

Yesterday was spent with my friend, Jen. We had two bushels of apples between us and we went after then in full force. We made 22 pans of apple crisp and I canned 9 quarts of apple butter for the first time. Both of us thought it was a lot easier to tackle a big project with the help of a friend, especially when you are questioning the "why" behind what you are doing.

The majority of my recipes came from, Cooking Among Friends. A big batch cookbook, written by a couple of local gals who also happen to sell the tin foil pans by the case. I purchased a case of 500 six years ago, and I'm finally getting low. I did divide up the tins with some other women - they freeze well, stack well, cook in them then throw them in your recycling bin (for easy clean up!)

The other inspiration for a lot of my recipes (especially the apple butter) are from the website. She is great and so inspirational with her ministry of cooking and hospitality.

By the way, I'm not pregnant! I'm just sticking out my gut! I don't want to start the rumor mills!


Bradi said...

Okay,next time you get the urge to "big batch cook" I want to sign up to be that "other person" with you in the kitchen!! That sounds AWESOME!

Brenda said...

Ohhh...I'm jealous of your mass cooking! It is priceless to be able to 'thumb' thru your freezer to determine what is for dinner.

Brenda said...

on a side looks like Bradi and I should be talking and organizing our OWN mass cooking day :)