Aimée’s big batch Chicken Noodle Soup recipe

It’s currently a white-out on the homestead, as the first big storm of winter is blanketing the place in powder. I’m thrilled at the prospect of a white Christmas – and even happier that I have a stash of homemade chicken soup in the freezer for snowed-in suppers like tonight.

I always make an enormous batch of this simple soup before the holidays as it seems like a necessary antidote to all the rich food and sweets to come. I also simmer it in hopes that it will help us combat the seasonal maladies that are always going around. This nourishing soup is such a well-rounded family meal, and that certainly aids my intentions to eat better this month.

In addition, is there anything more comforting than a bowl of chicken noodle soup? Mine uses fennel alongside celery for a fragrant mirepoix and occasionally has a grating of ginger in the broth (and/or turmeric) to help fight colds. I think this soup is special, it’s certainly practical, and today I’m sharing my method for making a nice big batch.

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Common sense summertime batch cooking

In my kitchen, batch cooking comes to the rescue time and time again, no matter the season.

We tend to think of cooking in big batches as a fall and winter time-saving trick – great cauldrons of chili, pots of soup and applesauce – but it is just as applicable in the warm weather months as well. It won’t be hearty stews and deep-dish lasagnas, but everyday basics that help give us a jump-start on dinner or dessert.

Batch cooking can help simplify summertime eating, even if it is just a big jar of salad dressing shaken together ahead of time. If planning ahead means you can stay an extra hour at the beach, then why not implement a few double or triple recipes into your menu plan?

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How to freeze a big batch of homemade waffles

Now that the holidays are over, don’t give up entirely on bestowing homemade edible gifts. You never know when the simple gesture might make someone’s day and there is nearly always a need in communities for sympathy meals.

A jar or two of homemade waffle mix is a great gift, complete with instructions for preparation on a tag. Better yet, make a big batch of waffles yourself, freeze them, and deliver them in person.

Today I’m bringing a virtual box of these homemade buttermilk waffles over to Jamie of My Baking Addiction, who is expecting a wee little addition to the family very soon. Post-partum hunger is fierce, and these waffles make the perfect grab and go snack, breakfast, or midnight nibble. I like to have them on hand in the freezer for after school treats and lazy weekend brunches. Or, ahem, Mother’s Day breakfast in bed served up by my children.

Read on for my best tips on batch cooking and freezing waffles (works for pancakes, too) and a round-up of delicious baby shower treats from a stellar group of girls.

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