January 2006 - Soup Recipes, Freezer Contest Winners, and More! by Carol Santee _____ To read the complete newsletter on our website,Jan 12, 2006 1 of 1View Source
January 2006 - Soup Recipes, Freezer Contest Winners, and More!
by Carol Santee
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KITCHEN FUN WITH CAROL
Italian Meatball Soup
Potato and Ham Soup
Recipe of the Month Contest
Freezer Cook of the Month
CLOSING COMMENTS FROM CAROL
Happy New Year, everyone! It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by so quickly. Where does all the time go? It sure gives you a dose of perspective on your life and where it is headed. I’m not normally one to set New Year’s resolutions but the older I get the more important it seems set goals for where you are headed. This year I have decided to set some long-term goals for myself. In the past I’ve learned that goals need to be something that is very important in your life. I’ve also learned that changes in habits can take a while to “take hold” and you have to be patient (patience is something I’m always working on!). Here are some of the areas that I am going to work on this year:
Diet: I really believe it is important to eat properly but it is hard sometimes! I love anything chocolate and sometimes it is so hard to resist those treats in the house that were made for the kids. My goal for the year is to make changes little by little to the foods that we eat to make them healthier. This means a lot of work redoing recipes and having what we call “experimental dinner” nights. I am also going to try to eat more whole grain foods, fresh fish, fruits and vegetables.
Driving: Over Christmas break we took my twin boys to get their temporary driving licenses, otherwise known as their learner’s permit. So you can imagine what I will be doing once the snow and ice disappear! I’ll be teaching my two boys to drive and taking them to driver’s education classes. What an exciting time!
Exercise: It’s easy to exercise in the warm months but the winter is hard for me. Maggie, our family dog, practically begs to be taken on a walk every night once it warms up. She will go and stare at her leash hanging up on the peg in the laundry room and cries. It is so pathetic that you can’t help but take her out for a walk. The winter is a different story. She is almost 14 and likes the snow but her bones do not appreciate the cold. I certainly understand her feelings! My bones don’t appreciate it either. My goal is to find an enjoyable physical activity for the winter months.
Mind: Last summer I joined a book club called the Page Turners. We meet on a monthly basis and talk about a book that we have read. My goal is to follow through and read the assigned book so that I can actively participate in the discussions. It’s all a matter of prioritizing my schedule. Here’s some of the books I will be reading this year: Captivating by John & Stacy Eldredge, Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston, In His Steps by Charles Sheldon, The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks, and Deadline by Randy Alcorn.
Last month I mentioned that I was going to focus on comfort foods in this month’s newsletter. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but a lot of comfort foods are full of carbohydrates and fat. This will not work with a goal of eating healthier in the New Year. There is one food that I think qualifies as a comfort food on a cold winter’s night. How about a hot bowl of soup, a hearty salad and some fresh baked bread? When planning my winter menu I always include a soup and salad night. It's once of my favorite dinners of the week.
This issue of Chewin’ the News brings you two great soup recipes. Read more about them in the Bonus Recipes Section.
This soup is one of my family's favorite soups. One of our local grocery stores will occasionally have precooked meatballs for seventy-five cents a pound. You cannot make homemade meat balls for that price! And it makes this recipe even easier to make. The broth is rich and thick and full of vegetables. Give it a try!
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My mom and Dad have a large vegetable garden and they gave us a whole box of extra potatoes. I created this recipe to use up some of the potatoes so they would not go to waste. I'm also going to try some Twice Baked Potatoes. There are some great ideas on the Cook's Corner and Shelley's recipe from the October 2005 Chewin' the News newsletter. We also love Loaded Baked Potato Soup for lunches.
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January Recipe of the Month... Oriental Sesame Chicken Strips
Our winner this month is Zanne from Port Townsend, WA, with her recipe for Oriental Sesame Chicken Strips. My whole family loved this recipe. I had chicken breast tenders that I bought on sale. That made the recipe even easier to make. If you don't want to broil them, you can cook them in a skillet on the stove instead. This method works great!
Let's hear from Zanne:
"I am married, live in Washington state with my husband, his elderly parents who have dementia, and our six cats. My husband and I both work full time as well as caring for his parents. I found 30 Day Gourmet about a year and a half ago, and have been using it since we moved my in-laws in with us in October of 2004. It has been such a blessing to come home after a busy day of work to know that the majority of the work of getting dinner on the table is already done. When my in-laws were were living on their own we were always worried that they were eating well. Now everyone is thrilled about the variety of meals I serve, and I know exactly what they are getting - healthy, home cooked meals that also save me money on the grocery bill!"
Click here to view/print the January recipe of the Month.
Congratulations Zanne! Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe. You too can get in on the winning! Just post your favorite freeze-able recipe on the message boards.
Our winner this month is Kim from Surprise, AZ. Read how 30 Day Gourmet has helped make her life simpler and gave her more free time with her family.
Kim says:"I have loved freezer cooking for many years, almost fifteen- which is almost as old as my oldest son. I also have an 11 year old daughter, an 18 month old daughter, and a 4 month old son...quite a handful of children at times...I never could get up enough courage to do a one month session until this past September, and then I actually did 33 meals! What a sense of accomplishment! And the recipes were so easy to adjust to my famished family! The food was delicious, fresh, and best of all- homemade. I shopped and cooked for three full days, and was exhausted by the end of the third day, but I have been a happy camper for the past month and a half knowing I have ready made meals and free evenings with my husband and children. Thank you for making life simple- I cant wait to get back into the kitchen before the holidays so that I can be fully prepared for company this year!"
We are glad you got up the courage to try a one month cooking session. It can be a challenge but it is well worth the effort.
So, how do you make 30 Day Gourmet work for you? How do you use it to help you deal with a challenge in your life? How do you use it to help others? Do you have a funny cooking story to share? Email me at carol@... to be entered in our contest.
I hope you enjoy the soup recipes! There is nothing like a steaming hot bowl of soup on a cold winter's night. Add a tossed salad and warm, fresh bread and you have a wonderful, homey meal. That's the best in comfort food!
Calling all cooks...I'm looking for your favorite recipes so post them on our message board, the Cook's Corner. Any recipe posting will be considered for the Recipe of the Month contest and a chance to win $25 cash or merchandise from the 30 Day Gourmet store. Just post it under the appropriate category on the message boards. Be sure to include freezing directions! I look forward to hearing what you have to share.
Email me at carol@... with any questions, ideas, suggestions or problems. I enjoy hearing from you!
Best wishes to you and your family this New Year!
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