Jun 272012

A Week in the Kitchen with Carol

CarolandsonWow! Welcome to summer! This time of the year is great for family gatherings, celebrations, and vacations. Mother’ Day, Father’s Day, baby showers, graduations, weddings, births, and I’ve experienced them all over the last month. It was such a whirlwind of activity. To top it off, next week is the Fourth of July. It’s another great opportunity to get together with family and friends. There’s just something about sharing a great meal, playing games in the back yard or going to the community pool, and then watching fireworks together. Isn’t summer the greatest?!

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I’ve also posted several recipes that I have been testing on the 30 Day Gourmet Facebook® fan page. Make sure you check out the Notes area if you want to try some of the recipes yourself before they are officially published on our web site.


Mango Lime Pork Chops

I’ve never tried Caribbean Citrus Seasoning before. It was very good on pork chops. It’s spicy but we really enjoyed the flavor. Give it a try! (The seasoning is also very good on salmon.)



Southwestern Black Bean Salad

Summer is great and I love corn cooked on the grill. It’s so easy and it tastes so good! This recipe is a fun way to use left over corn (or frozen corn will work in a pinch!). I serve it on a bed of lettuce with grilled chicken. You can also serve it with chicken quesadillas.

Product News

Nanci and I are pleased to announce that all of 30 Day Gourmet ebooks are now available for the Kindle and the Nook!  All of our ebooks are available for download at www.Amazon.com  and www.BarnesandNoble.com for $2.99 each. We are still offering the Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF) versions of the ebook on our website for $6.95. What’s the difference between the Kindle/Nook format and the PDF format? The major difference is the ability to print out the ebooks. The PDF format allows for printing while the PC/Mac versions of Kindle/Nook do NOT allow you to print the content of the ebook. Here’s a list of our ebooks:


Holiday Freezer Cooking



Freezer Cooking on a Budget



Freezer Lunches to Go



Freezer Desserts to Die For!



Freezer Cooking for Daycare Providers and Busy Parents



Healthy Freezer Cooking



Vegetarian Freezer Cooking



Co-op Cuisine



Souper Freezer Soups



Slow Cooker Freezer Favorites


Bonus Recipes

t has been so HOT here so far this summer! They are predicting high 90’s for today and over 100 degrees for the next several days. That’s just too hot for me and too hot to cook in the kitchen. I’ve been trying to make as meals as possible on the grill, in the microwave, or in the slow cooker.

Some of my favorites are grilled corn on the cob, grilled fresh vegetables, grill fries, and Flatbread Pizza. Here two of my new favorites that we have added to our summer menu. Enjoy!

FishTacosFish Tacos

This is a delicious recipe! The recipe calls for Southwest seasoning. I used Penzeys but you could also try Pampered ChefMcCormick, or Mrs. Dash. It was spicy but not too spicy. I served it on flour tortillas with cheddar cheese, salsa, tomatoes, lettuce.

SweetPotatoFriesSweet Potato Fries Seasoning Mix

It’s great to have homemade seasoning mixes on hand. This recipe is wonderful! One recipe will make enough seasoning mix for 3 lbs. of sweet potatoes. One pound of sweet potatoes will serve 3 to 4 people. Use about 4-1/2 t. of seasoning mix per pound of sweet potatoes.

Closing Comments from Carol

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 30 Day Gourmet Facebook® fan page or click here to send me an email. Or do you have any other topics that you would like me to cover? Click here to send me an email. I enjoy hearing from you!

Have fun in your kitchen!





Carol Santee

Carol is the co-author of the Big Book of Freezer Cooking and the author of 30 Day Gourmet’s Slow Cooker Freezer Favorites, Freezer Lunches To Go and Healthy Freezer Cooking eBooks. She is a computer information specialist and works for a computer software company.

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