America has decided to dedicate a whole month to frozen food. While I enjoy the convenience I hardly think frozen food deserves an entire month of attention. So I am hereby declaring March to now be Cook-Something-For-Yourself month!
While I am very lucky in that I get to cook dinner three to four times a week I understand that not everyone is as driven or privileged. This month, though, I want you all to make a concerted effort to prepare and enjoy a meal made from scratch all for you! Here are a couple resources to get you inspired and perhaps carried away (I almost said curried away! ; } )
America's Test Kitchen is a great resource, offers chef-tested recipes with neat explanations behind techniques, for the nerd in all of us. They have cookbooks, DVDs, and magazines! Talk about having your bases covered.
Stirring the Pot by Tyler Florence: Tyler Florence, TV Chef extraordinaire, makes cooking approachable. While he is not my favorite personality he does have a way of making recipes seem straight forward.
The Mix-it-up Cookbook: while its target audience is children, doesn't everyone want to know how to make more than 100 dishes from 18 basic recipes!? I know I do!
Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast: With 250 quick recipes from the minds at Martha Stewart this book is guaranteed to bring in rave reviews from diners.
Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express: Mark Bittman, cooking maverick, brings hundreds of recipes that can be brought to the table in twenty minutes or less. Written in a unique prose style the recipes may throw you off, so for newbies this may not be your book, but if you have conquered basic cooking and feel confident going forward without measurements check out this book, it offers great quick meals by season.
Let me know what you made!
And for your viewing enjoyment here's a little bit of this!
DPL also has some great books to help you cook your own meals & freeze them yourself for thoseX days when you don't have time to cook. One of my recent favorites is Don't Panic: More Dinner's in the Freezer by Susie Martinez. You can use these & other similar cookbooks to combine making your own meals with celebrating frozen food month.
Thanks for the post. I really need to get back into the cooking game. I've fallen back on the same old things for expedience sake (kid's homework, chores, general post-work exhaustion). But with planning and saving leftovers, it may help me get back on track.
Frozen foods are more than a convenience! I suspect Emily is not old enough to remember the days when fresh vegetables were only available for a few months and the rest of the time you were stuck with Canned, with all the life boiled or steamed out of them.
I don't know if any of this has to do with being driven or privileged. I cook 7 nights out of the week and often add frozen veggies and rice to my meal. You know, the kind you steam in the microwave. Frozen food has come a long way and I'd celebrate a whole year as long as I can zap some fresh peas in 4 minutes!
what a lively discussion, i love it! i want you to know that i am not disparaging frozen vegetables so much as those overly processed high fat sodium saturated "convenience" foods. i do eat them myself every week. and frozen peas are almost better than fresh, well they are certainly better in that you do not have to shuck them yourself whew! that is more than a time saver! Peas are my very favorite frozen food, YUM!!