Thursday, March 3, 2011

The "we really need to get you a freezer" menu

My wonderful husband called me from the hospital tonight.

"Guess what?!" Cheerful husband?  On call?  What is wrong?

"What?" Apprehensive about the cheerfulness.

"Favorite Friend is in from Israel!  If I invite him for lunch, will that be too much for you?"

This is why I love my husband.  We really aren't having so many people for lunch.  And this person is a very special friend (that never comes to visit).  Even if it were a lot, I would insist on having him.  But DH will always make sure that it won't be too much.  Now you know why I am putting up with residency.  And it gets better:

"No worries.  Everything is basically made-- just needs to go in the oven straight from the freezer."  I detailed my plans for this Shabbos. 

"Wow.  We really need to get you a real freezer."  Sigh.  I feel understood!  I feel validated!  I feel like I am going to get a freezer!

And so we have the "we really need to get you a freezer" Shabbos menu.  This menu, if successful, will prove that a freezer will be a wise investment-- saving my sanity, making this experiment doable, solving the debt crisis, and achieving world peace. 

We will be having dinner at shul.  For lunch, we will be around 8 and 2 3-year olds.  The menu is pretty standard Shabbos fare, but I am not REALLY making anything.  To quote DS's wonderful teacher, "You are cheating."  Maybe.  But I will be so chilled out doing it, that I really won't care. 

Here it goes (and yeah, there is a lot of food.  I am sure some will be cut.):

  • Challah-- DONE
    •  Queen Lieberfolk (the best downstairs neighbor ever) is donating challah her mother in law made while here post-baby
  • Gefilte Fish
  • Hummus
  • Guacamole-- DONE
  • Egg Salad
  • -----
  • Cholent-- throw together before school on Friday. 
    • Debating whether I should put a kishka in.
    • I know I said I don't do cholent after January, but I need to make DD some more baby food and she LOVES the stuff.
  • Deli Roll-- DONE-- Assembled and ready to bake straight from freezer
  • Broccoli Kugel--DONE-- Prepped and ready to bake straight from freezer
    • From Spice & Spirit-- Broccoli Kugel #2 with fried onions on top
  • Lieberkugel--DONE
    • Queen Lieberfolk's MIL was VERY busy cooking when she was here.  They have a lot of potato kugel to eat before Pesach.  Glad to help with the effort (especially because this is VERY SPECIAL potato kugel).
  • Broccoli Salad
  • Corn & avocado salad
    • From Quick & Kosher-- the one with the ume vinegar
Brownies with berries and whipped cream

We are going to have a great crowd this week.  I can't wait!


  1. OOOhh - sounds yummy!! I'm coming too!! Check out Home Depot, that's where we got our freezer and we got a great deal!

  2. Thanks, Chaia! I will have to keep my eye out at Home Depot!

  3. Sounds delicious!

  4. I love theme Shabbats! But I have never thought of "pulled from the freezer" theme before!! Love it!!

  5. The best part about this theme: all I have left is a few saladd and brownies. LOVE IT! I will happily give up closet space for more freezer space!