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Freezer Surprises: Surprising Foods That Freeze Well

Here are a few ideas of everyday, practical foods that just might surprise you how well they freeze. I don't mean the frozen vegetables or frozen chicken breasts many cooks stock in freezers. I do mean useful foods (lemons?! limes?!) that freeze surprisingly well, a great way to save money, avoid food waste and special trips to the grocery and, best of all, cook (or bake!) on a whim. Practical Kitchen Organization Ideas, the Latest Addition to How to Save Money on Groceries .

Seasonal Sundays (Week 9) Late February

It's a week for recipes – Friday fish, anyone? and do grab a rotisserie chicken, so many good ways to turn five bucks into a quick dinner. Plus the twinned occasions of the pandemic's one-year mark and this week's catastrophes in Texas have me thinking about family emergency plans.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 8) Mid February

Hey, All. Recipes for the win. Anyone need a last-minute chocolate idea? Recipes for a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday pancakes? Easy February-friendly dinner recipes? And more, naturally, including my first book recommendation in a year and a fun way to mark the beginning of Lent on Wednesday with children.

Orange & Avocado Salad

A simple but sumptuous salad, a living combination of bright, sweet orange and soft, creamy avocado, bound with a lime vinaigrette spiked with a tiny touch of hot sauce. Fresh & Seasonal. A Mid-Winter Classic. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real .

Seasonal Sundays (Week 7) Mid February

Hey all, this week is all about recipes for the big week ahead, bookended by today's SuperBowl and next weekend's Valentine's. Plus, here's one breakup that might well lighten your life: Facebook.

Crockpot Chili with Spicy Sausage

The favorite chili recipe from our family cookbook, made with simple but beautifully balanced ingredients. The technique is simple too, just brown the ground beef and spicy pork sausage, dump everything else in, then cook slowly. A cousin calls my sister's sausage chili recipe “magnificent"! I agree – it's now my own go-to recipe for hearty, man-friendly meaty chili. Real Food, Fresh & Family-Tested. Hearty & Filling. Budget Friendly. Great for Meal Prep. How to Feed a Crowd. Potluck & Party Friendly. Low Carb. High Protein. Naturally Gluten Free.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 6) Early February

Hey all, tis nearly February, how can that be? Today I've gathered together some February-friendly recipes, oranges for Vitamin C, hot appetizers for the Superbowl next Sunday, some mid-winter comfort food dinners. And more, of course. C'mon in ...

Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables

Longing for a mid-winter taste of summer? I hear you. And my friend Karen's new cookbook Family Style: Shared Plates for Casual Feasts delivers one idea after another, including a big platter of barely roasted vegetables like eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini and onion that takes advantage of summer vegetables easily available during the cold months. And that's just the beginning ... Real Food, Fresh & Family-Tested. Hearty & Filling. Budget Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Great for Meal Prep. Scales from Small Plates to Large Platters. Low Carb. Low Fat. Weight Watchers Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real . Naturally Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly.

Seasonal Sundays (Week 4) Late January

For the very first time, a big collection of "concept recipes" ("master" recipes?) that so easily adjust to what's in season, what sounds good, what you have on hand, never turning out the same way twice except, well, delicious.

Quick Jalapeño Pickles

How to "pickle" jalapeños, no canning required, all it takes is five minutes and five ingredients and you'll have these cute little rings of pickled jalapeños. These are "quick" pickles, that means they're kept in the refrigerator and still keep for weeks, even months. And lucky day, that means the jalapeños are always on hand for tacos, nachos or wherever you usually pile on some jalapeños. Better still? Use pickled jalapeños a few rings at a time, whenever a recipe calls for a bit of minced fresh jalapeño. Budget-Friendly Mexican Meal Prep. Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real .