Monday, March 11, 2013

Fix it & Freeze it - Heat it & Eat it Cookbook Review

Fix it & Freeze it - Heat it & Eat it Cookbook from Southern Living, a quick-cook guide to more than 200 make-ahead dishes, with freezing and reheating instructions.

Fix it & Freeze it - Heat it & Eat it Cookbook

Southern Living has been coming out with a great range of category driven cookbooks in the past few years and I've had the privilege of being able to both review and share some of them with Deep South Dish readers. If you're a cook who enjoys the reward of having prepared, made-ahead meals in the freezer or making meals that serve double duty, I think you will really enjoy Southern Living's Fix it & Freeze it, Heat it & Eat it Cookbook.

Starting with some basic freezer essentials, like how and what to freeze and how long foods keep, the book then moves into more than 200 make-ahead recipes, each with photographs, and beginning with a chapter called Jump Starts, with tools for rubs and marinades, base sauces and pestos, chutneys, jams, doughs and pastry recipes. The book is organized in chapters called Double DutyDinner Express, Crowd Pleasers and Kid Cravings, covering everything from casseroles to stews, jambalaya and gumbo, chili, breads, sides, and yes... there even a chapter on Do-Ahead Desserts!

Every recipe can be prepared to eat right away, of course, but each also includes instructions on how to properly freeze them. Included are sidebar extras, like Make it a Meal serving suggestions with ideas for sides dishes and add-on items to complete the meal. There are alsoTest Kitchen Tip tidbits and Shortcut Secrets scattered around to help you with preparation and to save more time.
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Double Duty

French Onion Pot Roast
In the Double Duty chapter, you'll find recipes like Sloppy Joes that transform into a Sloppy Joe Shepherd's Pie, a Ragu alla Bolognese that becomes Florentine Lasagna Rolls, Barbecued Chicken to Brunswick Stew and a Brown Sugar Tenderloin that becomes delicious Pork Fajitas - just to name a few. I made the French Onion Pot Roast above, that later turned into these French Dip Sandwiches.

French Dip Sandwiches

Dinner Express

Cheesy Sausage and Tomato Manicotti
In Dinner Express you'll find recipes like Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna, Chunky Vegetable Soup, Tex Mex Lasagna, Okra and Corn Maque Choux, Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken and the Cheesy Sausage and Tomato Manicotti pictured above.

Crowd Pleasers

Crowder Pea Succotash
Some of the recipes from the Crowd Pleasers section include bite-sized Taco Teasers, Hurry-Up Homemade Crescent Rolls, Black-Eyed Pea Cornbread, Kentucky Burgoo, Beef Wellingtons and the Crowder Pea Succotash pictured above.

Kid Cravings

Kid Cravings brings you recipes like Frozen Fruit Salad, Pizza Scones, Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes, Beef Lombardi, Pizza Spaghetti Casserole, Crunchy Ranch Tortilla Chicken, Creamy Peanut Butter Jammies and the Mini-Cinnis pictured above.

Do-Ahead Desserts

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream Cake
The Do-Ahead Desserts section includes recipes for White Fruit Cake, Two-Step Pound Cake, Apple Bundt Cake, Chocolate Ice Box Pie, Orange Cream Pie, White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies, Cherry Bourbon Ice Cream and the Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream Cake pictured above.

And remember... not only do all of these recipes come with color photographs but they all also include instructions on how to make ahead and prepare them for the freezer, the type of storage to use, and includes both thawing and re-heating instructions. If you enjoy prepping meals ahead of time to save time, this is a cookbook that I think you will really enjoy. Look for it at online retailers like Amazon, or in your favorite bookstores.

Update: Congratulations to Kathie who wrote:
 "Would LOVE to have this book! My daughter is expecting another little one and this would be so handy for her! Enter me, please! Kathie...kat**** Thanks! LOVE your recipes!"
Your name came up in the random draw - please contact me at before midnight on Monday, March 18, 2013, and provide your full name, mailing address & phone number to claim your cookbook. Thanks to everybody for participating and stay tuned for future cookbook reviews and giveaways! Special thanks to the publisher.

UPDATE: Giveaway is CLOSED! Thanks for entering and check back for the winner announcement in the next couple of days!

The publisher has agreed to provide ONE additional copy of the Fix it & Freeze it - Heat it & Eat it cookbook for me to give to one lucky Deep South Dish reader free! Simply comment below to enter for a chance to win.

To enter, leave a comment on this post (Please comment only once!), but if you post anonymous, please leave a first name and last initial to identify yourself. This giveaway closes on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at midnight CST. One winner will be selected at random from the comments and will be announced within 2 to 3 days on the site at this post. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim the cookbook. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only please.

Thanks for reading and good luck!

Disclosure: I received one free copy plus another copy of Fix it & Freeze it - Heat it & Eat it Cookbook to review and giveaway.
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