Feb 14, 2014

Batch Cooking {Mini-Version}

My pal HB convinced me to tackle another cooking day.  It's been a long time since we've cooked together (over a year!) so we decided to start small.  {Two years ago we had a major marathon cooking day.}  We started messing up the kitchen at 9:45am and were finished with lunch by noon.  My baby naps from 9-11am so we were trying to get 'r done while he was sleeping.

We made two recipes.  Finished product was 5 chicken pot pies (CPP) and 30 beef and bean burritos.  It's the first time we made crusts on cooking day.  Both families are eating CPP tonight.  I froze one in a 9x13 dish and HB took two CPPs home in freezer bags and one crust to freeze.
In advance, for the first time, we each made 8 cups of cream of mushroom soup .  Making the soup in advance made the work easier today.  We just had to mix the ingredients and divide portions.  I quickly sautéed more onions since HB hadn't used onions in her soup.  We didn't cook the celery or carrots; chicken was cooked and chopped in advance.  Recipe here.

For the burritos I crammed 2 giant semi-frozen roasts (6-7 pounds?) in my crock pot last night at 9pm, along with a jar of salsa and a huge onion, diced.  The roasts weren't quite falling apart at 6:30am as I'd expected them to be but they were fine by the time we started assembling the burritos. 
This morning I roasted (at 450*) a gallon freezer bag of peppers that were frozen from last summer.  In two batches, I caramelized about 2 pounds of onions.
HB prepared in advance one pound of pinto beans (with a ham bone!) and 1cup brown rice (cooked in in broth and rotel) to add to the burritos.  She mixed everything in a bowl minus the shredded cheese to make for quicker burrito assembly.  Ingredient recap: beef, beans, rice, peppers, onions and cheese.  We tasted and it needed a bit more kick.  So to taste, we added chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Here's how to roll and package.
Play-doh did not make it into burritos.  Or at least I don't think it did.  

Let's not forget the cherubs, shall we?
Our big boys are at the 4-H center today doing a science enrichment program.  The little boys texted each other.
 Caroline approved of the burritos.  It's what we had for lunch.
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