For Christmas, I'm considering making my mom and step-father, as well as my inlaws, a bunch of dishes for the freezer... things that they can pull out with minimal planning, and still have a great homemade meal. I'd like some combination of hors d'oeuvres (maybe appropriate for serving company) and main course dishes. Assuming that they have enough space in their respective freezers, I thought this would be a unique gift (and appropriate, since I'm broke, I like to cook and I'll have a few days to spare before Christmas).
My family is kind of meat and potatoes, but my in-laws are less so (and a little more adventurous).
On the list of maybes:
Marcella Hazan's bolognese sauce
butternut squash soup
cinnamon curried chicken (and spiced lentil mash)*
lamb tajine with plums and honey*
mini leek pies*
* Would these freeze well?
And what kind of appetizer things would you recommend? I've heard that puff pastry cheese straws might work, but I don't really know what they are. It's occurred to me that spanikopita, mini crab cakes and spiced nuts might fit the bill here.