I’m expecting to give birth in the next couple weeks, so I have really kicked the cooking into high gear lately. I feel fortunate to have the time to stock my freezer with some of my favorite foods and try a new dish or two as well.
So far I have made my father’s sugo bolognese (for only true lovers of meat). I have already declared that it’s not as good as dad’s, but I know I couldn’t have gone too far wrong with it. I also made meatballs and sauce. You can’t go wrong there. There are some individually wrapped frozen burritos somewhere in the freezer. I kept it simple – beans, rice, seasoned pork and cheese. After leaving Chuck to fend for lunch on his own a couple weeks ago, he has declared that they are a success.
My friend Jamaica brought us some delicious squash and portabella lasagna. I know it’s delicious because I already ate some. Shhh! I hadn’t thought of putting portabellas in in lasagna, but this was a real winner of a dish. I can hardly wait until I can eat it again!
My mother is making carnitas and enchiladas. They were on my list to make, but I would just be using mom’s recipes, so her contribution is more than welcome.
A few days ago I made 50 gyoza – 25 chicken and shrimp and 25 chicken, pork and chive.
I was planning to make manicotti. I made the pasta rounds for it, but this was my first attempt at “mannigot,” as Chuck calls it. Growing up in a big Italian family full of fantastic cooks, I can’t really see how I could go astray with this, so I’m not worried. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, the manicotti is going to have to wait a while, but I have some of the components waiting in the freezer.
And with that, my freezer will be pretty full. And I will keep waiting for my baby. Impatiently.