March – Frozen Food Month

March is “Frozen Foods” Month. I am the “loves to cook more than needed and freeze the extra” sort of person. On nights when I don’t feel like cooking, I pull open the freezer and there, just waiting for me, is a delicious “left over” – it feels like Christmas morning!

Well wrapped room temperature food (homemade or store bought) seals in the flavor and keeps items fresh, and makes them freezer ready. (There are some foods and sweets that can not be frozen, but these are few). Once in the habit, this is a great saver! Bagels, for example, freeze beautifully. You can buy several – in many places you have discounts at certain quantities, and wrap them individually; once wrapped place them all in a freezer -grade ziptop bag, pop in the freezer. When ready, just take one out, slice, place in your toaster oven or toaster, on a medium toast setting.

When you’re trying to make something last, like banana bread, and you only want a portion out: Cut the banana bread into quarters or thirds. Wrap one protion for fridge storage and then individually tightly wrap the other portions and once again, to ensure they will not get frost bite, zip them up in an airtight freezer bag.

When ready, take your frozen item out of the freezer and let come to room temperature. (If you’re in a hurry a microwave can shorten the defrost time. Just use it cautiously; start at 10 second intervals. Or let thaw a little and then pop in the toaster / toaster oven until warmed). Enjoy!

Thawing of Winter/Budding of Spring Cake Blog

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For the East Coast it has been a very long, very white winter. As March begins, so does the thawing and the change of putting on snow boots to rain boots. Gone is the white landscape to a now muddy one. There are cold days and there are warm days. And there are lots of children and dogs and cats with muddy feet and paws! As “our own back yard” is frequently our source of inspiration – the muddy shoes and paws and the thoughts of springtime planting were all there when this cake took ‘shape’.

Thawing of Spring

Thawing of Winter / Budding of Spring Cake

We turned a basic chocolate cake into a ‘mound’ then we covered it in various types of chocolate ‘dirt’, and finally adorned it with a simple little gum paste flower. This cake always makes me smile and serves as a reminder that spring and Easter are just around the corner…!