May 092013

A Week in the Kitchen with Carol

Welcome Spring!! Spring is one of my favorite seasons. It is great to spend more time outside and fire up the grill for the first time. I am looking forward to making Flatbread Pizza!

First, I would like to say how much I appreciate the emails and messages I have received from all of you concerning the newsletter. It’s nice to know that it has been missed. Hopefully that will change and I can get back to bringing you news and recipes from my kitchen every month.

MarineMomLife at my house (and in my kitchen) has been crazy for over a year now. One of my sons joined the Marines last year and we have been helping our daughter-in-law take care of our grandson while my son has been away. We have attended several graduation ceremonies as my son moved from school to school (and state to state) to complete his training for his job. We are quickly approaching the end of his training and are so excited that his family can finally be reunited! We have enjoyed every moment that we have spent with our grandson over the past eleven months. He is such a joy! We will miss them once they move to their permanent duty station.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12. What recipes do you like to make for your Mom’s special Mother’s Day brunch? Or what would you like your family to make for you? Here are some of my favorites:


Glorious Morning Muffins


Broccoli and Ham Frittata


Chocolate Chip Zucchini Loaf


Pumpkin Pancakes


Brown Sugar Cinnamon Coffee Cake


Whatever Scones

If you are not hosting or you are looking for a great gift idea for Mom, try putting together a gift basket as a Mother’s Day gift. The Brown Sugar Cinnamon Coffee Cake can be packaged as a gift mix. Click here for the instructions. The muffins, bread, and scones make great gifts as well. Package them with some flavored butters, honey, jams, a new coffee mug, and some flavored coffees or teas. Voilà – a great gift from your kitchen!

Bonus Recipes

VeggieLasagnaGarden Vegetable Lasagna

This is a recipe that gets better with time in the freezer. This is our new favorite white lasagna recipe. It’s very moist and you can change the vegetables to suit your family’s taste.


OrangeBeefStirFryOrange Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry

This recipe uses lots of fresh vegetables in the stir-fry mix. Feel free to swap out vegetables – just make sure you end up with 5 cups of your favorites. Asparagus is a great spring vegetable to throw in the mix. If you are short on time, you can use a frozen mix instead of the fresh vegetables. Just make sure you do not overcook them.

Closing Comments from Carol

Enjoy the recipes! Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms 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 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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