Saturday, Oct 20, 2018

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A review from

Michelle from Favorite Freezer contacted me a few months ago and asked for a copy of my Fabulous Freezer Meal cookbooks so she could try out my ideas and write a review about it on her website.   The review is now live on her website!  She has reviews for just about every freezer meal cookbook out there.  It is wonderful to hear what she thinks about the other cook books.  I’m always on the look out for new recipes.  Some are good, and some are not.


Favorite Freezer Foods is a guide to freezing food, freezer cooking and meal planning with recipes, instructions and community.

Fabulous Freezer Meals Review

Part of Jenny Stangers inspiration for this recipe book comes from disliking once a month cooking.

She tried OAMC and quit, but instead of giving up on freezer cooking she adapted it to fit her lifestyle.

This book teaches you how stock your freezer with some basics made in bulk and with recipes that make enough to feed your family two or three times so you can cook once, have dinner ready tonight and get one or two more freezer meals stocked up for later. Every recipe has the yield at the top so you’ll know exactly how much it makes before you start cooking.

The recipes have a good balance between from scratch and shortcut recipes with timesaving prepared ingredients. My favorite aspect of the book is the Emergency Substitutions in case you run out of something or you are the make-everything-from-scratch type.

There are some recipes that call for prepared ingredients, like cream of soups or cake mix, not listed in the emergency substitutions but, if you’re so inspired, you can just google them and make them from scratch too.

These recipes also make use of your crock pot more than any other freezer recipe book I’ve seen so far. And using the crock pot means you can get other things done while dinner is cooking.

Included in the directions for preparing these fabulous freezer meals Jenny also tells you how to wrap and label the dish. I would suggest including the name of your freezer meal with her label suggestions so you don’t have to guess which meal your pulling out.

There are also call out boxes with great tips that help make life in the kitchen tastier, like always marinating meat before cooking, and easier, like putting onions in the freezer for 15 minutes so they don’t make you cry when cutting them.

The book starts with a chapter on Freezer Recipe Basics, with info on what freezes well and what doesn’t, storage times, packaging, organizing your freezer, supplies and defrosting and refreezing safety.

After that there is a chapter of “bulk recipes” to stock your freezer with which Jenny also uses as building block for meals. Some of these are super simple like cubed ham and chicken, browned ground beef, and cooked rice designed to save time when cooking and others make great sides like Refried Beans, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Onion Rings and Sweet Shredded Pork.

The Muffins and Breads chapter has a Mix-and-Match Muffin Mix Recipe that you can flavor to your hearts desire with directions to freeze them raw and bake them fresh. Other recipes include the gourmet Cherry Cheesecake Muffins and Chocolate-Chunk Pumpkin Bread and staples such as Wheat Bread, White Bread and Pizza Dough.

Fabulous Freezer Meals also has chapters on Drinks and Popsicles and Ice Cream Cakes which leaves me wondering why this info isn’t in every freezer cooking book. Jenny makes it easy to have homemade Fudge Pops and Jelly-Roll Ice Cream Cake instead of running off to the store. On top of that there’s still another chapter devoted to desserts.

You’ll also find recipes for breakfast, main dishes, school lunches, soups, salads and sides.

The index is sorted by both recipe names and ingredients and the book includes Emergency Substitutions and Alcohol Substitutions, both of which are great reference tools.

Don’t clear any space on your bookshelf, this is the kind of cookbook you actually keep in the kitchen.

The Dating Divas date night on the cheap

12 darling ladies called the “Dating Divas” were on KSL’s Studio 5 this morning sharing fun date ideas to do with your spouse.     One of the ideas highlighted on this video clip is to go to a book store where  Tara and her husband picked up my two new books and decided to have a cook off!   Her husband is a huge U of U fan and she is a  BYU fan.  You will have to watch this clip and visit Dating Divas to get new fun date night ideas on the cheap.

I love their motto:

The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s the choice you make – not just on your wedding day, but over and over again –and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife. -Barbara De Angelis

Cookbook face-off: Cougars vs. Utes

This article was printed today in the Daily Universe.  I will be on campus at BYU on August 19th from 4-6pm to sign books at the BYU Bookstore during Education Week.  Please come stop by and visit with me if you are in the area.

Photo is by Zac Williams from the Brigham Young University Cougars Cookbook reprinted with permission from Gibbs Smith.

Cookbook Faceoff: Cougars vs. Utes

By Amanda Taylor

The rivalry has made it to the kitchen. Thanks to two new cookbooks, Cougars and Utes alike can create themed snacks to support their team for the next big throw-down.

Frozen Meals are Frozen Assets.

This arcitle, written by Sharon Haddock, was in the Mormon Times yesterday.  Included are a few of my all time favorite recipes.  Thank you Sharon for writing such an incredible article highlighting my ideas on how to save time and money with freezer meals.

ELWOOD, Utah — Jenny Ahlstrom Stanger didn’t become a freezer-meal expert overnight.

The Mormon mom and cookbook author learned the secrets of good freezing one dish at a time.

Today, she has 207 foolproof, freezer recipes to share — healthy recipes that can save a busy wife and mother not only time but dollars as well (up to $300 per month for the average family).

Freezer Meals are Frozen Assets

This article is in the Mormon Times today!  The author, Sharon Haddock from the Deseret News, called me two weeks ago and met with me last week for the interview.   It can be intimidating to talk with a journalist, but Sharon made me feel at ease like I was talking with an old friend.   This article wasn’t supposed to be out until July, but she pushed to have it published online this week.  You will see it in print in July.  Thank you Sharon.