Friday, November 28, 2008

For Which I Am Thankful

It took a while, but we finally convinced ourselves to buy that little waist-high chest freezer and stash it in an unobtrusive corner of the dining room. Garage = icky. Dining room = close by. Thankful.
We ordered it from Sears on the Internet, and it instantly became available for pickup at our local outlet. Funny, because our local outlet seems to be the only Sears in the Bay Area that had the freezer on the premises. Thankful.
It was really inexpensive. Thankful.
And it works. Thankful! It's already hella cold, plugged into a stupid normal electric thingie.
We are gradually moving "storage" items out of the refrigerator freezer, like tomato sauce and vegetable broth. The refrigerator freezer is now going to be useful, in that ice cube, bacon, dippy leftovers sort of way. Thankful.
Today we simmered up a huge pot of turkey stock, which is headed for the new freezer as soon as it cools down. Way, way thankful.
Just thought I might show you the "stuffing" we cooked yesterday. It's from a recipe in the New York Times, and it's inspired by the fabulous bread salad that accompanies the wood-fire roasted chicken at Zuni Cafe in San Francisco. Yep, vinegar and black pepper. Awesome.
Thankful.

25 comments:

kudzu said...

Congratulations, oh grateful one! Just think of the wonders you can store in that white sarcophagus.....

The stuffing seems made for the two of you, with all your favorite flavors and attributes. Must have been a fine feast.

cookiecrumb said...

Kudzu: We got King Tut in there!
Seriously, we are flattered by your recognition of the tastes we love. And our peppery attributes.

Heather said...

That is a gorgeous photo of stuffing. Really. My savory bread pudding was not note-worthy, and I missed real stuffing. :(

I want a chest freezer so bad! I can almost justify the electricity, too.

cookiecrumb said...

Heather: I would never post a photo of ugly old bread stuffing, if it hadn't been SO gorgeous. By accident. And I bought a D90 today, but haven't opened the box yet. Thankful.
Chest freezer electricity = $26 a year! You Scrooge.

Kalyn said...

Yaay for freezers. I have a small upright freezer that fits into a corner of my kitchen. Yes, I am seriously thankful for my freezer too, and mine has turkey stock too.

Your stuffing looks amazing.

Tuatha242 said...

A freezer..so jealous:) Hi..It's Michele (sold you the camera at Wolf camera)..my online name is Tuath242...

You can find my photos and art here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tuatha242/

my journal (which i am very bad at writing in this year) is here
http://tuatha242.livejournal.com/

and the link to my etsy..which is empty til Jan probably is reimagined.com.

i'm saving your journal to my daily reads bookmarks..

Sweet Bird said...

oh my gawd I so want to be you right now. My parents had huge freezers and I miss them dearly...the freezers...OK, and my parents a little bit too.

Brittany said...

If only I had room for one of those...my poor little freezer is 'at capacity'.

Mmmm, yummy looking stuffing...

dancingmorganmouse said...

Oh you win! What a magnificent beast.
I'm thankful for the built-in wine rack in the fridge :)

ohhh word verification is anymor!

Kel said...

whitegoods as furniture- its the new black. its dinner time here and that stuffing looks waaay good. hell, word veri is locav...

peter said...

I have almost bought one of those so many times, but I just know that as soon as it's full there will be a power failure during a summer storm and that will be that. I had to clean a rotten bison heart out of a freezer that died a couple of summers ago, and it scarred me for life.

the italian dish said...

I burst out laughing when I read you put it in your dining room! You go, girl!

el said...

I am so PROUD of you and your purchase!!!!!!!

Seriously, you can forgo the pressure canner purchase for another year yet now. I *adore* my freezers despite the fact that they're quite hidden in the cold comfort of the basement. You will be quite happy with your new baby. Fill it with jugs of water until you get it filled with comestibles; it'll save you some $$.

cookiecrumb said...

Kalyn: There's not an inch of space in our kitchen for it, so it's over there in the corner by the window. :)

Tuatha242: Howdy, Michele! I'm so glad you found your way here.
Thanks for the links. It's NICE to make your acquaintance.

Sweet Bird: My parents had a huge freezer for a while, too. I stuck my tongue to the inner door. Yeeks.

Brittany: The pure luxury of this one (it's small) is being able to separate "daily" freezer stuff from long-term freezer stuff like stocks and sauces.

Morgan: Anymor. I'm loving word verifications these days; they're cute.
Wine rack! You win.

Kel: Locav! That's bordering on downright eerie! You win!
This thing is so white you don't even see it. Well you do, but (to quote Marisa Tomei) it blends!

Peter: We get power outages too, but I figure anything in there would last up to two days.

Italian Dish: Cranky wanted to place a mat and a vase on top of it! I said it would draw too much attention then.

El: It's already half full, and Cranky is currently stuffing the turkey stock in. Thanks for being proud of me; it makes me feel good.
Yup, gonna stall on the canner until next warm season.

Michelle said...

Congrats on your new baby! They're awesome - I loved ours so much I wanted to store it at my parent's house when we moved, but LB said no, we would buy another one some day. I still miss it! That stuffing sounds amazing. Maybe I'll add that to my belated Thanksgiving list...

Chilebrown said...

I have some ground Elk you can stash away.

The Spiteful Chef said...

I'd be thankful if you'd send one of those my way, sweet Mizz Cookie.

Anna Haight said...

Oh, you beat me to it! I've been longing for a small one of those, but need to seriously clean out a space in my garage for it. In one of our houses growing up, my parents had a large chest freezer, plus an old ice cream freezer, plus an upright freezer!

Zoomie said...

Congratulations on your expanded freezing abilities - I'm sure wonders will ensue!

Era said...

Oh my gosh!! M and I were *just* fantasizing about when we would buy one of these and put yummy delicious soups and summer foods in it for the winter. We even saw it at Lowe's and I thought "surely I have enough money for this right now." But we're waiting. I guess I can live vicariously through you. Congrats on the purchase!

cookiecrumb said...

Michelle: I sorry you got all dependent on yours, and then mean LB said "Forget it." Wahhh.
Here's to your new freezer, whenever it happens!

ChileBrown: Don't ALL freezers have a pound of elk meat, shriveling away in its wrapper? Sheesh, I've got a pound of frozen goatburger I've got to get to!.

Spitey: Spend your own stimulus package!! Or put it on your gift registry. ;)

Anna: So you're all familiar with the economy and efficiency. Get in that there garage, now!

Zoomie: Just this morning we were swooning because we'll be able to freeze cooked beans now. The freezer doesn't seem to lend itself to snooty dishes, but I seldom eat snooty. Maybe some puff pastry. ;)

Era: It would depend on whether you're still harvesting summer produce, or buying it cheap at farmers markets. If not, I guess you'll be fine skipping it for the season. But everybody we talk to is so enthusiastic about it.

Kailyn said...

The things I could do with a freezer...

cook eat FRET said...

thankful to know you my blogger friend.

so now i have freezer envy.

i like the sound of that stuffing...

cook eat FRET said...

a D90... you're gonna be dangerous. your photos are so beautiful as it is...

cookiecrumb said...

Kailyn: All you need, really, is a place to put it. Other than that, it's a no brainer. :)

Claudia: I've always harbored a suspicion that the camera I'm currently using is haunted. It had to go into the shop the first day I tried using it, and then again a few months later. I hope this new baby vaults me past my inhibitions. But thanks, dollie!
Now, if you have a couple hundred bux (actually, just under) and a two-foot-square spot near an electric outlet, go get organized!! Good luck, it's so worth it.