Anyone else up late cooking?
I’m working my way down my list of things to prepare for today (and finishing up a few stragglers from yesterday). So far today, I’ve finished making:
- Carrot soup – to serve at lunch on Thursday, plus another batch that I’ve frozen for Sukkot (yay, freezer cooking!)
- Carrot “muffins” — It’s just a cakey kugel that I pour into cupcake liners and bake as muffins. I made 2 dozen, so I’ll serve half on Thursday for dinner, and I froze the other half for later in the month.
- Carrot spice cake – Sensing a theme? I’m all about the simanim, I tell you! I still need to make the orange frosting, but that may have to wait until tomorrow.
- Vegetable kugel – Light on the eggs, heavy on the vegetables, I hope this one tastes as good as it looks. I totally made it up on the fly.
- Apple pies (2) and apple crisp (1) – Same apple mixture, one was poured into ready-made pie crusts and topped with streusel and the other got topped with crispy stuff! I followed Life as Mom’s apple pie recipe, although she makes her own crust (over-achiever!).
Still to do tonight (yes, I’m a night owl):
- Pumpkin strudel – I’m toying with the idea of baking this in a 9×13 pan rather than rolling individual ones. Faster that way, and I’m starting to lose steam.
Tomorrow, I will just need to cook the brisket, make the chicken soup, roast the potatoes, bake the apple challahs (I just took them out of the freezer to rise… please let them rise), set the table and make the spinach salad. Easy peasy!
Can I confide in you a totally unfrugal thing I did? I bought all those disposable tins you see in the pictures at Costco today. As I was doing it, I felt a bit foolish about the $13 I was blowing on two different sizes of tins. But as queen of rationalization, I’ve decided it’s okay because (a) it saves me time in clean up, (b) I can freeze food right in them, and (c) I do wash them out to be recycled.
What little splurges do you allow yourself during the holidays? And how are your cooking plans and other chores coming along?