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Food for Thaw

I am often amazed at what cleaning out the freezer can do in the way of providing the just right ingredients for supper, so bright and early before anyone was up I was taking inventory, discarding stuff too old to use and delighting in those foods for thaw way back in the freezer that had long been forgotten.
I had a half container of squid, some baby Maine shrimp, some kale, corn that I had diligently taken off the cob last summer, a piece of pancetta and some parsley. Looked like a fish chowder coming on to me. In the fridge I had a half an onion, some hot red pepper paste and some celery and carrots that were going limp.

I got to work sauteing the onion in the pancetta that I diced along with 2 diced carrots, ditto on the celery and added a tablespoon of that red pepper paste. I cut the squid into thin rings so they would cook fast and added them, then the kale, corn and frozen fish stock that I always have on hand. I let this go for about 5 minute over low heat then added those baby Maine shrimp, parsley and two cups of light cream, but milk works ok too, just won't be as rich. I added the chives last and let everything just snooze on simmer for a few minutes. Who knew dinner could be ready on Sunday morning from a much needed clean out of the freezer.


  1. Rose Formato's avatar

    Rose Formato

    I just LOVE your show & I was trying to find out when your episode is on TV today & came upon this "Food for Thaw" article which really interested me as I had a problem with my freezer & had the Electrician over & had to remove everything from my freezer & found 4 Veal Shanks (you know how expensive they are!) the date was 9/20/12 & I do't want to discard them. Do you think I could still use them?? Rose

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