I very rarely do this but it's so fun when I do get around to it: Making chutneys, breads, pickles, tarts, etc. ahead of time, to fill a freezer/refrigerator/pantry -- though truth be told I've never actually made "real" preserved food like could go into a pantry. My grandmother used to fill her cellar with canned fruits and vegetables from their acres of fruit trees and their many fields. This looks just like their cellar! minus the maid-type person!
......Back to 2014. This week I've gotten a nice start on making these for people arriving after an overseas trip, both as a welcome and to make for easy suppers!
...an olive-rosemary bread
...an amazing tapanade-tomato tart I'll post about soon
...mini frittattas made in custard cups
...homemade granola or muesli (someday I'll post favorite recipes for that)
...beans-butternut squash-bacon dish (making tonight)
...ploughman's chutney (yet to try)