I don’t know about you, but our freezer is sort of a black hole. I’m not exactly sure how it happens, but something will be placed in there, and get sucked into the void that is our freezer. It sits quietly in the back until one day the entire contents of the freezer explode into an avalanche of mildly frost-bitten foodstuffs. An over-sized bag with a lone fish stick, a pint of ice cream with a mere spoonful left, something brown and unidentifiable that causes Brendan and I to look at each other with raised eyebrows and a hint of concern… Anyway, during my freezer’s latest purge I discovered a bag of shredded zucchini remaining from last summer’s CSA haul. And since our CSA is due to start up again any time now I figured it was probably a good idea to use up the last of the remaining goodies from 2014.
I share a lot of recipes on this blog. I know that, and I choose to believe that’s why you awesome readers keep coming back. The recipes I share tend to be my latest culinary experiments: new ideas I’ve had, or things I’ve stumbled across while perusing Pinterest. Yet, there are many things I make that are tried and true staples, things I don’t need a recipe for, the flavors of my childhood. For whatever reason, these meals never really cross my mind to share with you. I guess I think of them as sort of mundane and everyday. However, they are some of my favorite foods. And this ratatouille is definitely on that list!
Last week, I made a dinner inspired by the movie Elf. This week, I decided to keep up with the holiday spirit and create another Christmas inspired meal. As I’m sure most of you know, there was this Grinch who had a heart that was two sizes too small. And he hated Christmas…the whole Christmas season (please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason). This Grinch, well, he decided to steal Christmas. After sneaking down to Who-ville, he stole everything…why that Grinch even took the last can of who-hash! Fortunately, the Grinch came to his senses and decided to return his haul to the Who’s. But even if he hadn’t, I wasn’t too worried about the who-hash; you see, I have a recipe for a homemade version!
As I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely love Christmas movies. My whole family does. The other day over breakfast, we actually sat and analyzed the merits of various Christmas movies and specials, rating them as good, bad, or craptastic (so bad they are good). Some movies we all agreed on: The Santa Clause was good, The Santa Clause 2 was craptastic, and The Santa Clause 3 was just bad. Others, such as Holiday Inn and pretty much all of the ABC Family movies, caused some controversy. One movie, though, was universally and unequivocally loved: Elf.