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What do you cook when you have extra time?

Recently I found myself with some free time during the day. I slow roasted two pork roasts - one for a roast pork dinner and one for pulled pork sandwiches. I made a double batch of barbeque sauce and then I made two quarts of yogurt.

What would you cook if you had some unscheduled free time?

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  1. Just this week I made lentil soup. I was thwarted halfway by a power outage, but finished up the next day. I'm eating some now.

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    1. re: mojoeater

      Stocks, chicken, beef, veal and then freeze them flat in ziplocs. Marinara sauce, same thing, freeze it.

      1. re: mojoeater

        Where do you live? We were thwarted as well this weekend---in the middle of braising a brisket!

        1. re: nissenpa

          Our power went out at about 6:00 AM and wasn't back on until 8:30 PM. Eating out was our only option.

      2. Restock the freezer and ref with pre-prepped stuff. Last time: 6 liters of French carrot soup, 6 liters of yogurt, 4 liters of black beans, a batch of pasta for pasta salads, four large bowls of fish stew (to be cooked in the microwave over the next two days), two batches of quick vegetable pickles, and teriyaki merinaded smoked beef lung for later in the week.

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        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          holy moly.

          wait, you can freeze yoghurt?

          1. Next time it's going to be my barbecue sauce. Summer is coming, and I'm OUT!

            1. A big pot of pasta sauce to freeze

              1. I wouldn't cook, I would bake, and I would make the Breton Biscuits and the Torta Sbrisolona from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook! How's that for specific?! ;-)