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February 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Freezer pleasers — mine, and yours? Clafoutis too-dy

Maybe you read the news that last month was the warmest January on record. And perhaps you’ve noticed the city’s ornamental cherry trees are blooming pink. But let’s face it: the bloom is not yet off the rose. It’s still winter. And when we cook in winter, we often turn to our freezers for inspiration. I do, anyway. Though, as I’ve mentioned before, what I find in there isn’t always so inspiring. Today on “Food for Thought,” I had a chat with my radio sidekick Dick Stein about a handful of frozen fruit and vegetable must-haves taking up royal residence in my freezer, including these:

Frozen edamame (left) and a cup of mixed frozen berries — straight out of the supermarkets’ frozen foods-section.

Edamame in the pod aren’t just for sushi bars anymore. You can pop those soybeans right in the nuker (or blanch them, if you’d rather), sprinkle a little salt over the top and quick as you can say “Bob’s your uncle!” you’ve got a healthy and inexpensive treat. Those berries — which, as far as I’m concerned are the sale-of-the-century — came fresh-frozen from Carnation’s Remlinger Farms. I’ve seen them elsewhere, but I got those at Shoreline Central Market.

I hesitate to tell you about Remlinger’s “Berry Jubilee” (or the Montmorency cherries I snagged not too long ago) because they’ll probably be sold-out next time I look. But how can I not share that happy news: a three-pound mix of blackberries blueberries, strawberries and marion berries for less than $10? Just think of all the things — healthy, and not so — you can do with that.

Nate’s tweaked version of Julia Child’s clafoutis recipe: before — and after.

Of course there are plenty other frozen delights in my freezer, including but not limited to a bottle of Stoly and Trader Joe’s frozen steel-cut oatmeal (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it). And it got me wondering: What frozen “finds” are chillin’ in your freezer?

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