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August 2010 "Chewin' the News" from Carol

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    August 2010 - My Fall Cooking Day! by Carol Santee _____ To read the complete newsletter on our website, click
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 27, 2010
      July 2005 Chewin' the News

      August 2010 - My Fall Cooking Day!

      by Carol Santee

      To read the complete newsletter on our website, click here.


      If the links in this newsletter don't work, please see the "NOTE:" at the bottom.



      In This Issue:






      Perfect Little Meatballs

      Strawberry Glazed Pork Chops





      Hello everyone! Wow! The summer has just flown by. It's hard to believe that it is almost September. Everyone is talking about going back to school and the change of the seasons. My boys start their second year of college in just a couple weeks. We are so proud of them!


      The change of the season always prompts me to do a cooking session. This summer I decided to stock up on meats as they went on sale all summer long. I stocked up on boneless skinless chicken breast (1.60 a pound), salmon (3.69 a pound), tilapia (2.99 a pound), and pork loin chops (1.49 a pound). I also got an incredible on day deal on ground beef. I always check the meat department when I stop into the grocery store - even if I am going there to purchase something totally different. You never know when you will run into a manager's sale that is not advertised.


      I shared my recipe lists on the 30 Day Gourmet Facebook® fan page as I had each cooking day. I also used the new version of the Advantage Cooking Software for this cooking day. I love the grocery list. It's great to take the list and go through your pantry to eliminate the items that you already have on hand. This can really save a lot of money on your cooking day. I also like the option of saving the grocery list as an Excel spreadsheet. Once you save it, it is very convenient to edit it before you go shopping.


      Here's the final tally of everything I have made for the next 3 months.



      • Hamburgers (3)

      • Lasagna Rollups (2) from BBOFC

      • Perfect Little Meatballs (2 - enough for 24 meatball sandwiches)

      • Meatloaf (2) from the Members area


      Pork and Fish:

      • Parmesan Crusted Tilapia (3) from BBOFC

      • Shrimp Carbonara (1) from BBOFC

      • Strawberry Glazed Pork Chops (2)

      • Sweet Apple Pork Chops (2) from the Slow Cooker Freezer Favorites eBook

      • Sweet and Simple Salmon Marinade (2) from BBOFC

      • Tilapia and Mango Salsa (3) from BBOFC




      Soups and Sandwiches:



      One of the best features of the software is the Recipe Inventory Worksheet that it creates for you. Just print it off after your cooking day and hang it on your freezer. As you remove recipes from the freezer check off the recipe on the list. Then you know exactly what you have on hand in the freezer. Click here to see a sample of my list from my last cooking session.


      My next step in the cooking process is to create my menu. I take the list of recipes from the Recipe Inventory Worksheet and lay out my 4 week rotation. If I only have one or two of a recipe, I pair it up with other recipes to last for three rotations of the menu. Here's what my fall menu looks like:


      RavioliParmesan Crusted TilapiaSweet Apple or Strawberry Glazed Pork ChopsChicken Cordon Bleu or Broccoli and Cheese ChickenHamburgersBBQ Chicken Pizza or Chicken QuesadillasBowtie Soup, Hamburger Soup or BBQ Beef
      Turkey and NoodlesSalmonSoft TacosParsley Parmesan ChickenLasagna Rollups or Shrimp CarbonaraChicken Cranberry Wreath
      Tuscan White Bean SoupTilapia with Mango SalsaChicken FingersChicken and Broccoli Lo MeinBreakfast Egg CasseroleMeatball Subs
      Italian Chicken

      Sloppy Joes

      Grilled Chicken ParmesanMeatloafChicken Florentine LasagnaOriental Sesame Chicken


      Want to get even more organized? Use the Advantage Cooking Software to create your base grocery shopping list for each week. Create a cooking day for each week in the menu rotation. From that, create a Grocery Report for "Serving Day Ingredients Only" and PRESTO you have a grocery list for the week. Cross off what you don't need and add additional items not from the menu. It's a great way to get organized!



      If you have been following us on the 30 Day Gourmet Facebook® fan page, you have seen some of the great questions that have been posted about 30 Day Gourmet, our recipes, and our new book, the Big Book of Freezer Cooking. I thought it would be great to share some of these questions with you.


      Q: I have the older "manual" that I bought about 10 yrs ago or so, does the new book have new recipes, or is it the same basic stuff. I have a few of the ebooks, so wondering if it's worth the $.


      A: The new book is totally different from the old book. Here are some of the changes that were made in the Big Book of Freezer Cooking:

      • The book uses concealed ring binding so it lies flat and is easier to use.

      • The cooking and assembly processes have been updated. We've added all new color photos of this process.

      • The Tally Sheet has been completely redone to make it easier to copy and use at home.

      • The book contains over 150 recipes - more than twice as many than were included in the Freezer Cooking Manual.

      • The majority of the recipes are new and have never been published in a prior version of our manual or on our website.

      • Every recipe includes a color photograph of the final product.

      • We also include nutritional analysis for every recipe.

      Q: Thighs and drumsticks are on sale for .99 a pound. I need help with some recipes to use for these. Cooking is something that doesn't "click" with me, so I don't know if I could use these instead of breasts in recipes. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


      A: When I buy thighs and drumsticks on sale, I usually end up cooking them in bulk in the crock pot. When they are done, I pull the meat off the bone and use it in any recipe that calls for cooked chicken such as Chicken Tetrazzini, Chicken/Turkey Patties, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken and Noodles, Chicken Quesadillas, etc. I just put 1/2 to 1 C. of water to the crock pot and sprinkle some seasonings on top - maybe garlic powder and either poultry seasoning or Italian Seasoning. I cook them with the skins on. Cook them until they are tender and the meat is falling off the bone (3 or 4 hours on high). Once they are done, take them out and remove the meat from the bone. I strain, defat and save the stock that is left in the bottom of the crock pot. This is great for soup.


      Keep asking questions! We love helping everyone!



      I know from experience that packing lunches and having homemade snacks on hand for after school can save you a lot of money. For the August Freezer Cook of the Month contest, we asked you to post your favorite lunch recipes, snack recipes, or back to school cooking day stories on the 30 Day Gourmet Facebook® fan page or on the Cook's Corner Message Board. The contest winner will receive a free copy of 30 Day Gourmet's Big Book of Freezer Cooking!

      And our Freezer Cook of the Month Contest winner for August is Lou! She had a great posting on the 30 Day Gourmet Facebook® fan page about her back to school cooking day. Let's hear from Lou:

      I just finished a back to school session making: Ham/turkey w/ cheese, peanut butter and choc spread sandwiches (cut out with a fun sandwich cutter), half a huge loaf of whole wheat bread for each flavor. I have also done 2 dozen bread roll sandwiches (freezer sandwiches from the web site for DH), 1 batch of whole wheat granola bars w/ choc chips and nuts double cut so the kids don't just eat that at lunch. I also made a double batch of zucchini bread and baked it in my mini loaf tray pans.  It made 13 loaves which I then sliced into mini slices; they then went 3 to a snack size bag and in the freezer - 76 slices in total! The fruit dip has been made and portioned into dip containers and frozen and 4 rolls of different cookie dough will be taken out the freezer today and made into mini cookies. Also 8 bags of macaroni and cheese either to be put into a thermos or for a quick after school dinner.

      I find mini 'tasters' of sweet stuff for lunch are best, that way they can have variety without filling up on dessert.


      Great ideas! Thanks for sharing, Lou.

      For some more helpful information on packing lunches, read the September 2004 newsletter, the September 2005 newsletter, the September 2008 newsletter, the Do's and Don'ts of Packed Lunches and my ebook Freezer Lunches To Go. Good luck this school year!

      You too can get in on the winning by posting your funny story, good deed, cooking tip, assembly day story, favorite recipe, etc. on the Cook's Corner Message Board under the appropriate category, on the 30 Day Gourmet Facebook® fan page, or email it to me at  carol@... to be entered in our contest. Next month we are looking for your favorite back to school recipes!

      Good luck, everyone!




      Perfect Little Meatballs

      Just like the recipe title says, these are the perfect little meatballs! I love how they stay together even after reheating on serving day. It's a very versatile recipe. I especially like to use them for meatball sandwiches. They are great for packing for lunch. Send them in a warmed thermos with some spaghetti sauce. Include a hotdog bun or a pita pocket and some shredded mozzarella cheese and you have a wonderful lunch!



      Click here to view/print this recipe!



      Strawberry Glazed Pork Chops

      This recipe makes the moistest pork chops you have ever tasted! I grilled the pork chops and they came out beautiful. The flavor is subtle and sweet. You can also bake them in the oven.




      Click here to view/print this recipe!




      I hope you enjoyed my fall cooking session. I would love to hear about yours. Post your stories and recipes on the Cook's Corner Message Board, on the 30 Day Gourmet Facebook fan page,  or email me at carol@...Or do you have any other topics that you would like me to cover? Email me at carol@.... I enjoy hearing from you!

      See you in August.






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