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dream dinners update
That was FUN!  And so quick -- in an hour and a half, I prepared eleven meals (four split entrees -- eight meals -- and a split dessert, plus a pork roast), and I didn't have to shop, I didn't have to buy ingredients for the marinades, I didn't have to plan, and I didn't have clean up!  Now I have a freezer full of yummy food, and it was so quick!

One thing I realized, as I was measuring and dumping ingredients into ziploc bags, was that there were a lot of ingredients that I never really would have purchased, and that if I'd had to buy a bottle of this and a bottle of that, not only would have no place to store it, but I'd have spent a fortune.  Also, chopping veg is NOT my idea of a fun afternoon.  Everything was ready for me to spoon into the bags.  Then I toss the meat in, freeze, and when it thaws, it marinates.  Yum. 

I'm really excited -- I'll pull something out to thaw for tomorrow when we leave for my cousin's wedding today, and then tomorrow, we can see how we like it!  Yay food!  (I'm thinking it may have to be the Maple Thyme Pork Chops -- those intrigue me.)

i feel: hungry hungry

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ladymorgaine From: ladymorgaine Date: June 10th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh that sounds wonderful and easy! I really need to try that. I know we have a couple of those places around here, I have been meaning to check into it. Let me know if they're yummy!!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 10th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I definitely will.
skorzy From: skorzy Date: June 10th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Contrary to you, I LOVE cooking. Chopping vegetables and ALL of that. I get a Zen experience out of it. But, I rarely have enough people to cook for, as buying the ingredients and cooking *just* for myself is expensive and wasteful (I detest leftovers). Also, cooking demands some sort of chef's compliment to motivate me to keep doing it.. or an honest rebuke about hanging up my chef's apron... :) (.. can you say, I need a girlfriend?? :D

Though, you nailed the number one reason kitchen creativity is limited for me: The requirement of buying extraneous ingredients and spices that I will probably only use once. I hate that. I have bottles of spices laying around that I've not used SINCE that one time in the kitchen.

There's time too, and that's everyone's valid excuse!

Maple..thyme.. *thinks* .. that does sound intriguing. I can almost imagine the compliment of flavors there.

Once I am willing to commit to the up front expense and have the time to do such a thing, I am still interested in trying out the one in Irvine. I think my parents would be very impressed, as they've never been culinary experimentive.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 10th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I didn't say i didn't like it. I prefer baking. I made my first loaves of bread, by myself, when I was about ten. But my kitchen is a nightmare for cooking in, and yes, I do hate chopping vegetables.

Really, the trade off in time and convenience is worth the (very small, IMO) extra expense to me.
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: June 10th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Sounds yummy! :)
kathrynt From: kathrynt Date: June 10th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC) (base camp)
How much did those eleven meals run you again? I may look into something like that for the weeks after the Sprout is born.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 10th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC) (base camp)
It's 5 entrees and a dessert, and I split almost everything in half (except the roast), and it was $120 for the food and a $17 surcharge because I didn't get 12 meals.
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