I just received a review copy of Once-A-Month Cooking Family Favorites by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg. The good news is that I get to give this fantastic book away to one of my readers, so in order to win just leave a comment below and tell me:
1. Have you ever tried freezer cooking?
2. If yes- tell me your favorite freezer meal.
I will draw one name and notify the winner via email at the end of the month. If the winner does not claim their prize by replying to me with their address withing 72 hours, I will choose an alternative winner.
Like most freezer books I have read, this one does cover the basics of freezer cooking including how to get started, equipment you will need, information about freezing and thawing and lots of good recipes. What makes this one unique are some features I have not really seen elsewhere:
1. They help you determine your shopping lists by listing food in two or four week cycles so that you can simplify your shopping. Then, using these recipes tell you what order to slice, chop, cook and assemble the meals. This will make freezer cooking so much easier for the novice cook. Oh- I almost forgot to mention that the shopping lists were even broken down by store section so you are not running all over the store with your list.
2. I noticed that unlike other freezer cookbooks that focus solely on freezing entire entrees or meals ahead, this one does include quite a few recipes where you are only preparing parts of the entrees ahead for putting together as a full meal on cooking day. This may be a benefit for those who are concerned about food not tasting fresh when it comes from the freezer, or who have limited freezer space.
3. This book actually has a two-week cycle that is Gluten Free. That will be a huge benefit to some of my readers who have this issue in their family. The other cycles include a few regular cycles and a summer cycle and gourmet cycle. Fun! If you want to try out a FREE two- week cycle, you can go to their website and get one:
Now for the recipes:
This book has a very good mix of old-fashioned tried and true meals like meatloaf and Chicken Pot Pie, but it also has some of the new and popular dishes like Lemon Chicken, Fajitas, and Cranberry Pork Chops.
In my opinion, the method of teaching the reader the order in which to assemble the meals will make this an excellent book, especially for a person new to freezer cooking. The mix of recipes are varied and tasty enough to be a great resource, even once you have been freezer cooking for years.
If you would like to win a copy, just scroll to the bottom and answer the questions from above. I will draw the winner on October 30th.