Cook Day 2. #3 The one that really is about Cook Day 2. I hope.

by - January 10, 2014

Sooooooo.....I got a little distract not once, but twice while trying to explain to you the awesome that happened in our kitchen over the break...

Cook Day 2 took a good three nights and much coordination to complete...and by coordination I mean a trip to Costco to buy some bulk everything and then a call to Grandma Park to clarify which chicken dish was the one that I could still taste and therefore wanted to freeze.
And then when I had talked to Grams, I decided that my meal freezing adventures this round should be dedicated to my two lovely Grandmothers.  One of whom is no longer with us.  When I can recreate a dish she had perfected, you can bet she is there with me in the kitchen.

So my first adventure was chicken.  I bought bulk chicken thighs and only had to make the homemade BBQ sauce.  I made the two versions that appear in the cookbook my Grams made me of her favourites- which, by the way, was stellarist of gifts I have ever received.  Thanks, Grams.

Once the chicken, 4 times over, was happily cooking away, I put together some of my mom's awesome banana chocolate chip cookies- turned muffins.  These are currently sitting in the freezer and being randomly eaten by my children, but mostly Dan.  I also threw together some Saskatoon Berry Oatmeal muffins- not as popular with the kids.

Day 2 was an hommage to my Gramma Diehl.  Her home-made meatballs were the epitome of Christmas Eve supper and a taste I will remember for the rest of my life.  Luckily, I have multiple copies of her recipe on hand and made 4 batches.

While I had hamburger out, I decided to continue on with some of Gramma Diehl's recipes and made her hamburger soup which I LOVE!  Renee had put together a cookbook of family recipes for my wedding shower and it is something I have been going back to frequently when I want to find some great tastes.

The seriously smells so good when it brews all day on a cold winter's day!

Lastly, I made cookies.  First I made Gramma Diehl's Chocolate Chip cookies which taste best frozen (because that's how we'd steal them at her house) and therefore will stay in our freezer in a white huge margarine container (because that's how she stored them) so my kids can steal them.

I also made some gingerbread cookies, which were given to me by a most lovely student.  They are also frozen.  And finally, 2 loaves of pumpkin banana bread.

So...finally....CookDay 2 is complete and my freezer is stocked with meals that will be easily warmed up for the days that are ultra busy when Willis is doing speed skating and piano.

Have a fantastically lovely winter not so cold weeekend

Also? Jordan emailed me this picture I must have sent her when I was trying to figure out what to do with all the tomatoes....

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Have a lovely day!