Monday, June 28, 2010

A Book Review and a Giveaway

Summer is perhaps the time of year that I love freezer cooking the best. It keeps me out of the kitchen and prevents me from having to have the oven on every day since much of what I make can be reheated in the microwave.

This summer I'm actually working my way through a new freezer cookbook given to me by the author herself. Nancy Slagle (aka The 30 Day Gourmet) is a co-worker of my husband and one of the original freezer cooking ladies. I remember seeing her presentation at a local library in the mid 90s and falling in love with the concept of cooking in bulk.

Let me just tell you that I LOVE this new cookbook!! It is perfectly arranged in such a way to take all of the work out of freezer cooking (well, at least the planning part). Each recipe is multiplied out several times. The instructions are specific to the freezing and reheating of each recipe. And (my favorite) the nutritional information is provided. If you are new to freezer cooking, there are great tips, pictures and step by step instructions throughout to get you started.

We've tried about twelve of these recipes so far and have really liked each one. I appreciate the variety that this cookbook provides. It really does steer away from the common casseroles and provides a great variety of recipes from appetizers to soups to desserts to entrees.

That being said, I'm offering a giveaway of my new favorite cookbook, 30 Day Gourmet's Big Book of Freezer Cooking. Check out this website for sample recipes. You can put your name in by just leaving a comment. If you link this giveaway on your blog, just let me know and I'll enter your name a second time. I'll close the entrees on July 4th.

I'm off the Wyoming this week and excited to try some delicious home cooking that I don't have to make. Hopefully, I'll come back with some new ideas and recipes to share.

19 comments:

terrah said...

I'm a big fan of freezer cooking and would LOVE some new recipes!

Joan said...

I'm new to freezer cooking and this book looks fantastic. Bet it could get my creative juices flowing. Thanks.
joosbornenc@yahoo.com

Gene and Annie said...

I've wanted to try freezer cooking for a while so I would love this book! It sounds so helpful!!
Geneandannie@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I have had my eye on this cookbook for a while. I am glad to see that you like it. I will hold of from buying it, just maybe I will win it. :)

Elizabeth @ farisfamily@gmail.com

Lisa said...

I am always wishing I knew the right way to cook extra, freeze half, and enjoy later. This would be perfect!!

SentimentsbyDenise said...

How fun! I didn't know Nancy had a cookbook out!
I love stocking my freezer with all kinds of goodies - produce from my garden, bulk cooking, etc.
Have fun in Wyoming!

Anonymous said...

I miss our days of freezer cooking together. Thanks for the good memories.
Beth

Tif said...

Please me into the running. So, can this work for gluten-free people? I'm curious how you make freezer cooking GF?

Duckygirl said...

I browsed through this book awhile ago at a friends house...I'd LOVE to own my own copy!!

Awesome giveaway prize :O)

~Laura

Melissa said...

Looks like a great book! missynicky_79atyahoodotcom

Anonymous said...

I use to work with Nanci at CPC many long years ago - before she started doing this line of cooking, when it was still in the idea stage. She's a great woman. I haven't seen this book, just her earlier one.

Ginny E

April in CT said...

I love being able to pull something out of the freezer so I don't even have to think about a meal plan! This looks like a great book.

Tisha said...

Thanks for doing this giveaway... do I get another entry for brown nosing? :)
HAVE A GREAT TIME OUT WEST!!!!! I am so excited for your family. :) I can't wait to hear about every detail...

Heather L. said...

Sounds like a great book!

Saralyn said...

Sounds wonderful! Now all I need is your freezer cooking party!

Jen said...

I've already tried to incorporate a little of your freezer cooking sense into what I do...would love to do better! Thanks for the tip on the cookbook, even if I don't win, I might look at getting it.

Have fun in Wyoming, you guys. Can't wait to hear about the trip.

Jen_shufran@yahoo.com

Jen said...

I've already tried to incorporate a little of your freezer cooking sense into what I do...would love to do better! Thanks for the tip on the cookbook, even if I don't win, I might look at getting it.

Have fun in Wyoming, you guys. Can't wait to hear about the trip.

Jen_shufran@yahoo.com

Missy @ finding bright spots said...

Freezer cooking is one thing I've always been very interested in, but never tried much. Our family is expanding (we're adopting two babies!) : ) and I'm really open to learning new and easy ways to prepare healthy meals!

The Baroness said...

So... if you haven't picked a winner yet I would love to enter! I am a huge 30 Day Gourmet fan!