If you’ve been around me lately, you’ve probably heard me raving about this book. A couple of months ago, Wes and I did some research on our freezer co-op and discovered we were really getting ripped off. We started buying everything at Costco, and we don’t go to the store any more than we did previously. This book has every recipe done by the tray-pack. For example, one Costco tray of chicken becomes 6 prepared meals in about 30 minutes, put into bags, and cooked up when we want them. It is amazing, and we have been eating out a lot less this month than usual (so that means we are down to like 1 time per month)! You can also get your friends in on it and each make something, and then swap so everyone ends up with a bag of something different. Our playgroup did this and we are all loving it. It’s also great for keeping meals on hand for helping people out – a friend who had a rough week with a sick baby got a meal, and another two friends with new or on-the-way babies got meals too, with minimal stress on my part!
Okay, who likes fresh bread? Oh, let’s see, everyone. Who has time to make it? No one. Not to mention that store-bought bread is pretty freaky (like how is it not moldy after 2 weeks? weird!) and expensive. My friend Sonja recommended this book and I just got it from the library. We have had fresh baguette the last two nights and it has been amazingly easy. Here’s the basic idea: mix up a big batch of dough – no kneading or yeast proofing required. Put it in a big tub. Let it sit out for a bit, then refrigerate it. When you want bread, just cut off a piece, shape it, let it rest while the oven heats, and bake it. Ohh, and it’s good bread. I have made many types of bread before and this is definitely the easiest, most fool-proof way to do it. It’s on my Amazon wishlist now (hey, my Birthday is coming up……). Wes loves the “bread bucket” method as well and I think we’re each gonna gain 10 pounds if we keep this up every night.