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September 2008 "Chewin' the News" from Carol

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    September 2008 - Back to School Planning and More! by Carol Santee _____ To read the complete newsletter on our website, click
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      July 2005 Chewin' the News

      September 2008 -  Back to School Planning and More!

      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:




      Stacked Enchiladas

      Teriyaki Sliders






      Back to School

      I hope everyone enjoyed their summer. Can you believe that autumn officially began this week? Wow! Summer went by so fast! This is my favorite time of the year. I like watching the leaves change color, the cool crisp mornings and warm afternoons, fresh apple cider and pumpkin donuts. What a great season!


      For me, the reality of back to school strikes every morning when I get up to pack lunches for my sons and husband. Packing lunches is a real money saver for my family so I know that it is definitely worth the effort. So, you don't think you have time to make lunch for everyone? With a little planning I can pack a delicious and nutritious lunch with minimal effort. I have a list of fruits and vegetables that I serve every week including baby carrots, celery sticks, cucumber and green pepper slices, bananas, apples, mandarin oranges, and pineapple chunks. Many of these can be packaged the night before. I keep a "snack box" that has individual servings of snack items that I just grab and place in the lunch box. Here are some of my favorite snack recipes:


      Gingersnaps Chocolate Chip Cookies
      Granola BarsSnickerdoodles
      Peanut Butter MuffinsFruit and Oat Bars
      Double Chocolate MuffinsZucchini Carrot Muffins



      All that is left is to work on is the main dish. That is where freezer cooking makes my life easier! There are so many great recipes that can be adapted for lunches. Here are some of our favorites:


      Of course I also pack turkey or ham sandwiches, bologna, or a good old fashioned PB&J. Leftovers also work well. My husband's favorite is to take left over chicken fajita filling (meat, rice, etc.) and make a "deluxe" salad.



      Stacked Enchiladas

      In preparation for the new slow cooker ebook I thought I would share my recipe with you. I make this in the slow cooker. It is so easy to make and very good. It has quickly become a family favorite. The recipe uses the Gringo Enchilada Sauce submitted by the Freezer Cook of the Month below. Her sauce recipe is great!


      Click here to view/print this recipe!


      Teriyaki Sliders

      If you go to almost any restaurant you will find some sort of slider on the menu. They are small sandwiches and there are usually 2 or 3 for a serving. When I first saw them I thought they would be the perfect size for lunches. The patties fit perfectly inside a warmed thermos. The family raved about them the first time I sent them for lunch. They will definitely be a permanent addition to our lunch menu.


      Click here to view/print this recipe!



      Freezer Cook of the Month Winner

      Our Freezer Cook of the Month  is Cathi from Franklin, PA. She posted a recipe on the Cooks' Corner Message Boards for Gringo Enchilada Sauce. I used this recipe for the Stacked Enchilada recipe above. My family just raved about the sauce! They said it was wonderful.


      Let's hear her story:  

      I purchased the original 30 Day Gourmet book back when I saw Nanci and Tara on the Home and Family show. Was that the early 1990's??? I cook differently now than I did back when I had children at home. Back then I cooked for the convenience. I had places to be with the kids nearly every night of the week. So I planned a complete menu for 3 months and used one weekend to prepare that menu. I rotated the plans seasonally so we could have grilled dishes in the summer time and soups and stews in the winter. Now that the kids have both graduated from college and out on their own, I cook for cost savings. When the store has a good sale on a particular meat, I plan meals around that meat. So, if chickens are on sale I make all chicken dishes. I usually have a good variety to chose from in the freezer as the sales rotate fairly frequently.

      I still cook with my Mom and Sister. Only on a smaller scale. My step-father passed away a couple years ago, so it is just Mom. It's nice for her to have individual servings to pull out. My Sister has divorced her husband and one of her sons has gone away to college. She also gets individual servings at her house as her other son is in alot of activities and eats at odd hours. My house gets two-serving portions since it is just hubby and I at home now.

      In my spare time I enjoy quilting and knitting. 30 Day Gourmet has afforded me the time to spend on my crafts and money to be able to buy more supplies for my crafts.


      Click here to view/print this recipe!


      Thanks for the great posting and recipe. To enter our contests, please post your stories on our message boards or e-mail them to me at carol@....



      Thanks for all the posts on the message boards for the new ebook. They all look wonderful. We will be making our selection in October and we hope to publish the new ebook in November.


      Next month we will be having a guest writer. She will be sharing some of her large gathering recipes that could be used for family get-togethers or tailgating parties this fall! I know you all will enjoy hearing from our guest.


      Do you have any other topics that you would like to cover? Do you have any nagging questions that need to be answered? Email me at carol@.... I enjoy hearing from you!





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