cooking with friends

i am blessed with creative friends who like to cook, and really like to cook together. we recently had our second sunday girls’ cooking night, and i think it is an awesome solution to the dilemma that is dinner. this particular evening we were helping betsy get some food ready to freeze in preparation for the birth of her child. here’s what happens…

we gather at betsy’s house because she has the biggest kitchen with an island range and double oven. everyone brings their own ingredients and 4 aluminum loaf pans, 1 for each person cooking. we spend a few hours preparing our selected dishes together, catching up, and laughing a lot.

it is way more fun to cook with friends.

do you like these aprons? whitney makes them.
once the dishes are ready, everyone divides their dish among 4 loaf pans,
perfect for storing or freezing, then reheating in the oven.
the great thing is that everyone goes home with 4 pans full of deliciousness for the week.
this time we had real mac and cheese, penne pasta with ground turkey and vodka sauce, mini-meatloaf, and zucchini bread. the zucchini bread was gone at my house by the next morning, but we made the rest last for several meals throughout the week.
maybe next time we’ll have a few more folks, and a few more dishes to take home. so, if you are in desperate need of a girls’ night AND a dinner solution, invite your friends over to cook with you.

*i originally posted this as a guest post on tatertots and jello.

7 Comments on cooking with friends

  1. Cielo Azul Jewelry
    June 7, 2010 at 3:52 pm (5 years ago)

    This is so great for you girlfriend!!! She will need all these meals that are ready to go=0) Looks like you guys had a lovely time.

    Have a great day,

  2. Tami
    June 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm (5 years ago)

    What a wonderful fun idea!! Now if I can just meet some great friends here in our new state.

  3. Melanie
    June 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm (5 years ago)

    I love this idea! I just wish I lived somewhere long enough to have girlfriends to get together and do this with.

  4. Leslie, the Home Maker
    June 8, 2010 at 3:20 am (5 years ago)

    Wonderful! I used to do Once a month Cooking–all alone.
    This would have been way more fun!

  5. JDaniel4's Mom
    June 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm (5 years ago)

    This looks like so much fun! The meals sound great! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. The Pennington Point
    June 16, 2010 at 4:13 am (5 years ago)

    How fun! I was going to say the same thing Leslie said…I used to do that all by myself. Good for you! Lisa~

  7. Florida Girl Meets the Midwest
    June 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm (5 years ago)

    This is a great idea. I might mention this to my group of junior leaguers. I think they would love it.

    PS I hope you are loving your Paula Deen cookbook.


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