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June 2013 Chewin' the News from Carol

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    June 2013 - My Summer 2013 Cooking Days! by Carol Santee _____ To read the complete newsletter on our website,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 17, 2013

      June 2013 - My Summer 2013 Cooking Days!

      by Carol Santee

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      In This Issue:









      A Week in the Kitchen with Carol

      Moving Day!


      Hello everyone! A lot has happened at my house over the last month. Moving day finally came for my son and his family! The moving truck arrived and they began their cross country move from the west coast to the east coast. Now my house is a little emptier but my heart is filled with happiness because my son gets to finally be with his family!


      Moving really puts things in perspective. As I watched the movers pack my son's possessions, it inspired me to go through and get rid of the stuff we don't use. I gave some of the small kitchen appliances and pots/pans to the kids to use in their new household. We have also donated other items we don't use. It feels good to eliminate some of the clutter.


      Memorial Day weekend we hosted a First Birthday Party for my grandson/Goodbye Party for my son and his family. We served the standard cookout dishes:

      But the best part of the celebration was the cake! I thought this was a great idea for a birthday cake. It's made from 24 cupcakes and was very easy to serve. You just grab a cupcake and go! And of course my grandson had is own personal "smash" cake.


      We had a great time! It was wonderful to spend time with the kids before they moved.


      My Summer Cooking Day(s)

      It's hard to believe but we now have kids on three coasts - east, west, and gulf! Now my husband and I are true empty nesters. We're still adjusting. We are changing the way we cook and the way we eat. We eat more fruits and vegetables and we've cut out a lot of the high calorie/high fat snacks.

      I chose more grill, stir-fry, and salad recipes for my summer cooking day. I also used high fiber or multi-grain pasta instead of plain white pasta. We only use brown rice. It tastes great and is more filling than white rice.

      I split my big freezer cooking into two separate days this summer. Sometimes it's easier to do it this way when you are cooking alone or if specific meats go one sale in your area at different times. That is how the meat sales usually run in our area. I usually wait for the Aldi sale for my chicken cooking day. They will run boneless skinless chicken breast on sale for $1.69 a pound. What a deal!

      Here's what I made this summer. Cooking Day #1 recipes:

      Cooking Day #2 recipes:

      The freezer is full and we're ready for summer. Are you?








      Sometimes when I am testing recipes, I'll post the test version on Facebook in the Notes section so you can test it too. Here's the latest recipe I've been testing:

      Slow Cooker Oatmeal Mix

      Cooking Day Ingredients:
      1/4 C. brown sugar
      1-1/2 t. cinnamon
      1/4 t. salt
      2 C. rough cut or steel cut oats
      1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries (optional)

      On Hand Ingredients:
      2 apples, cored and sliced
      2 C. milk
      2 C. water

      Assembly Directions:
      Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, oats, and raisins/dried cranberries (if using) in a freezer bag or storage container. Store in the freezer or in the pantry.

      Serving Directions:
      Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Place apple slices in bottom of slow cooker. Add mix on top of apples. Do not stir. Pour in milk and water. Do not stir. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
      Serve and enjoy!

      The recipes below are ones that have passed the freezer test and are ready for "prime time". Both these recipes are part of my summer recipe collection. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

      Grown-Up Mac and Cheese

      This is our new favorite Mac and Cheese recipe. I served to the my kids when they were home and I can report that it is grandson tested and approved! If you want to make it more kid friendly, just leave out the tomatoes and spinach. The chicken and onion in the sauce give it a more robust complex flavor.


      Smokey Chicken Marinade

      I have been making this recipe for a couple of years. It's my "go to" recipe for fajitas and chicken for Southwestern Black Bean Salad. The liquid smoke combined with the lime and spices gives it a very unique flavor. The chicken always comes out very moist when grilled.







      Enjoy the recipes! Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!


      Do you have any recipes that you would like to share? I'd love to try and share them with everyone. You can post your 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!


      Have fun in your kitchen!









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