Yesterday was an exhausting but productive cookfest round one. I’d been preparing for the day for a couple of weeks so I was raring to go.
First up was shopping for supplies. This is why I did that chore early Friday morning…
…at 6AM it was pretty much just me and the stock people. YAY!
Saturday morning began with me plugging in Fritz the freezer. He was so happy to be void of frost and happy to be refreezing so he could be filled with goodies! Nest up was emptying the dishwasher that had run overnight and hand-washing the dishes that still needed to be washed and put away. Do you know that I hate to wash dishes (and that even includes emptying the dishwasher)?!?!
After all the dishes were put away all the supplies needed for the cookfest were stacked on the counter. And there were lots of them. One stock pot, two pots for cooking pasta, one pan for frying, two crock pots, two lasagna pans and five cooling racks! Then there were mixing bowls, utensils, measuring supplies and storage containers. YIKES! All of those things and I haven’t even mentioned ingredients!!!
First up was turkey soup using the stock I made this past winter. I added some bouillon, one can of diced tomatoes, one bag of uncooked pasta and one bag of frozen veggies. Everything else had to be cut up before being added – carrots, celery, onion, broccoli and turkey (also frozen since this past winter). The stock pot was full to within an inch of the top!
While that was simmering I cut up more turkey and cooked that with the tomato based ingredients for lasagna, then compiled the lasagna. That sat in one baking pan while I repeated the process but using a chunk of the ham that I had gotten from work for Christmas (a 5-lb ham that I cut into 10 blocks and froze). The ham needed to go through the blender first so that it would be shredded and therefore easy to spread.
Once both lasagnas were in the oven I turned my attention to the beef stew. I cut up stew beef into smaller chunks, peeled and cut two potatoes and one butternut squash, chopped some onion, celery, broccoli and carrots, then poured in a bag of frozen corn, a bag of frozen peas, two cans of kidney beans, two cans of diced tomatoes (one with green chilies) and a can of tomato soup. A few spices later the lid was on the crock pot, it was plugged in and turned on.
As you can imagine from the four meals now cooking away, the counter was pretty full of dirty dishes. Yep, I stopped and hand washed the dishes. Have I told you how much I hate washing dishes?
By the time the dish chore was done the lasagnas were done and I deemed the soup done as well. I ladled the soup into 22 containers and placed them and the lasagnas on cooling racks to…well…cool!
Time to hand wash the stock pot then refill it with ingredients. This time it was with split peas, onion, carrots, shredded ham and water.
My attention then turned to crock pot number two. Elbow pasta cooked al-dente filled the crock just over halfway, and after adding evaporated milk, shredded cheese, whole milk, butter, white pepper, salt, frozen peas and Parmesan cheese this crock was turned on as well.
With the last three meals underway I covered the containers of turkey soup and moved them all to Fritz. The two lasagnas were then cut, each piece wrapped in foil, foiled pieces put into labeled freezer bags and bags put in the freezer.
After a couple of hours of relaxing and occasionally stirring the stew and soup, I divided the last the meals into individual containers and while they cooled I hand washed the dishes…again.
You do remember how much I hate washing dishes, right?
If you heard a really loud noise late yesterday afternoon that would have been me. Why?
I forgot to wash these guys! And they don’t go in the dishwasher!! :-(
Final tally for yesterday is 62 meals — 22 turkey soup, 9 ham lasagna, 9 turkey lasagna, 7 beef stew, 6 macaroni and cheese (counting the serving I ate for dinner) and 9 pea soup. Fritz is soooo happy now (even though he worked hard all day freezing everything).
I wanted to make my Mom’s spaghetti sauce but discovered that I hadn’t bought enough tomato paste. I also wanted to make next week’s jumbo salads but I used some of the ingredients for the meals. In order for the cookfest to continue on Monday, this morning I made a quick trip to the food store to get the missing ingredients and was handsomely rewarded for my efforts! Look what jumped into my cart — at 18 cents each!
As for today, it’s all about ME! I’m going to get some chicken breasts marinating in a Judy experimental marinade (crushed ginger snap cookies, apple juice, garlic and olive oil) then sit back and enjoy the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 while knitting!
I’ll finish these red gem socks and then start a new pair.
And to think there’s still one more day to this weekend! HAPPY DANCE! :-)