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You may have had a delicious chicken soup before but this Zuppa Mariata is the most delicious and comforting soup I’ve ever had! The recipe makes 4-6 servings. The first step in making this recipe is to make the Chicken Balls. They need to have some time to chill before they can be cooked.Zuppa Mariata


Zuppa Mariata




1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms

½ cup chopped onions

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp. Lemon juice

¼ tsp. Salt

¼ tsp. Oregano

¼ tsp. Pepper

8 cups chicken broth (preferably homemade)

3 ounces egg pastina (3/4 cup)

40 chicken balls (recipe below)

2 egg yolks

1 cup light cream

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt, pepper and oregano to taste.




Before starting the soup make your chicken balls (recipe below). Then proceed with the soup recipe.


Sauté mushrooms and onions in oil in a skillet until tender. Sprinkle lemon juice, alt, oregano and pepper while cooking.


Meanwhile, heat the chicken stock to boiling. And the mushroom mixture and pastina. Boil 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken balls and continue cooking until the chicken balls are done. Turn off the heat and combine yolks, cream and cheese. Blend well and whisk into the hot soup. Season with salt, pepper and additional oregano, to taste. Serve immediately. Garnish with chopped parsley if you like.Zuppa Mariata


Chicken Balls


(makes about 40)




1 cup ground, chicken (can use ground turkey as well)

2 Tbsp. Chopped parsley

2 egg whites

½ cup dry bread crumbs

1 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan cheese

¼ tsp. Salt

¼ tsp. Pepper




Combine all ingredients and blend very well. Chill until firm enough to handle. Shape into small balls. Chill until ready to cook.


Cook the balls, either in the soup or in boiling salted water, until they float to the top, about 10 minutes. The cooked balls also freeze very well.


Seriously, this Zuppa Mariata is so delicious I think I could have eaten it all in one serving! Luckily I refrained and we had the leftovers for lunch the next day.Zuppa Mariata

At Christmas time our children got together and gave us a gift certificate to take a baking class at the King Arthur Baking School. After looking through the schedule we decided to sign up for the class called Sticky Fingers; Breakfast Buns. After reading the description we couldn’t resist. These are the old-fashioned ultimate cinnamon buns you crave. You’ll make two sweet temptations–the classic iced cinnamon buns, and sticky buns with a finger-licking gooey caramel topping! Who doesn’t want to learn how to make the Ultimate Cinnamon Buns!ultimate cinnamon buns


We’ve both taken classes at King Arthur before and you not only come home with delicious baked goods but you always learn so many useful tips. If you’ve never checked out their website before it’s worth a look. Not only does their store carry everything you could possible need for baking from flour to the perfect cookie sheet but the site has wonderful recipes as well.


We were not disappointed with the class. We made two types of ultimate cinnamon buns, the classic cinnamon bun with icing on the top and a classic quick maple sticky bun. One was made with traditional dough, which you had to let rise and the quick maple sticky bun was made with a quick bread.ultimate cinnamon buns


Both were delicious and our freezer (which I’m trying to clean out) is now filled with delicious cinnamon buns. Luckily both freeze well.


I will share the recipe for the ultimate cinnamon roll. Both recipes are can be found on the King Arthur Flour website.


Ultimate Cinnamon Rolls


Yields one 8×8 inch pan 9 cinnamon rolls




3 cups flour

2 tsp. instant yeast

2 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

¼ cu unsalted butter, soften

½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. milk, more if needed

1 egg


Prepare a non-stick 8×8 inch pan with non-stick spray. Set aside. In a medium bowl combine the flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter. Stir in the milk and egg to form a dough. If the dough feels dry and stiff, add a little more milk to create a soft dough. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding flour only as needed to prevent sticking to your work surface. Place the dough back into the bowl and cover. Allow to rise until puffy, 30 minutes to an hour.ultimate cinnamon buns


While the dough is rising prepare your filling.


Filling Ingredients:


Water to coat

½ cup brown sugar

2 tsp. Cinnamon


Once the dough has risen roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 12 x 14 inches. Bush the dough lightly with water and sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over the dough, leaving a small border free of filling.


Roll the dough from the rectangle’s longer sides and pinch the seams together well. ultimate cinnamon buns Using floss or a serrated knife, cut off slices about 1 inch wide.ultimate cinnamon buns Place the slices in the prepared pan. Let the rolls rise until they fill the pan generously, about 15-20 minutes. Preheat your oven to 350. Bake rolls for about 16-20 minutes or until golden brown and baked through.ultimate cinnamon buns


Rolls can be glazed with a mixture of 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 6 tablespoons of heavy cream if desired or enjoyed warm from the oven.


If you want to learn how to make the quick maple sticky bun try King Arthur Flour’s recipe which can be found HERE Both recipes  are prefect for a weekend treat.

Sometimes you just want to enjoy a delicious curry for dinner. Where we live take-out is not an option so I have to make it myself. This Vegetable and Scallop Curry comes together with about twenty minutes of preparation and thirty minutes of cooking. Not bad if you’re pressed for time. You could even chop the vegetables ahead of time and make the prep even quicker. The recipe serves four and the leftovers are delicious for lunch the next day.Vegetable and Scallop Curry


Vegetable and Scallop CurryVegetable and Scallop Curry





2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks (about1 pound of sweet potatoes)

½ head of cauliflower, cut into small florets (3 cups)

2 tsp. oil

4 scallions, thinly sliced

2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced

1 6oz bag of baby spinach

1 tsp. curry powder

½ tsp. Salt

1 cup light coconut milk

1 pound bay scallops

1 large tomato, coarsely chopped

Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro and lime wedges




Bring the potatoes and enough cold water to cover to boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes. Add the cauliflower, return to simmer. Cook until the vegetables are tender, 3-4 minutes longer. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the cooking water.


Heat oil in a large non stick skillet over medium high heat. Add scallions and peppers; cook, stirring constantly, until scallions are wilted, about 30 seconds. Add spinach and cook, stirring constantly, until wilted, about one minute. Stir in curry powder and salt.


Add coconut milk and reserved cooking water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 1 minute. Stir in scallops, tomato, and potato mixture. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until scallops are just opaque throughout, about 2-3 minutes. If you like you can garnish with chopped fresh cilantro and lime wedges.Vegetable and Scallop Curry


This Vegetable and Scallop Curry is delicious, not extremely spicy but just a nice warmth.


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Growing up my mother never used dryer sheets. When our children were younger I used dryer sheets, as I loved that the clothes smelled “clean” and there was no static. As time went on and our lifestyle changed I began to experiment with making my own laundry detergent. I never thought of making my own homemade dryer sheets!homemade dryer sheets


To deal with the static I made my own dryer balls. As you might remember I got carried away and made so many dryer balls! I’m still using them! Wool dryer balls remove static cling, and also shorten the time it takes to dry a load of laundry.


To replace commercial dryer sheets I decided to try making my own. Recently I received this wonderful recipe for homemade dryer sheets from a friend of mine. Jen is also the one who has introduced me to essential oils and I think I am hooked!


Directions for Homemade Dryer Sheets


Finding some old cotton t-shirts to cut up and use as cotton fabric squares was no problem. In fact since setting our goals to de-clutter we’ve been getting rid of a lot of old shirts. The first step is to cut up squares of cotton fabric, 4 inch squares seems to work well.homemade dryer sheets


Add ½ cup of white vinegar to a 16 oz. jar, . I used a large mouth-canning jar I had on hand. Add 12 drops of Grapefruit essential oil to the vinegar. Or use an essential oil of your choice. If you do a lot of laundry this recipe can be doubled.homemade dryer sheets


Fold each fabric square and place inside the jar. The cotton fabric will absorb all of the vinegar. The vinegar smell will evaporate during drying but the essential oil scent will remain.homemade dryer sheets


Next time you throw a load of laundry in the dryer add one of these dryer sheets. Let me know how you think it works.

I recently celebrated my birthday. What better way to celebrate than with a special homemade Chinese dinner with friends! Since we were out of town visiting my mother-in-law we took over her kitchen and created a fabulous meal.Chinese Dinner This was our menu for the dinner:


Crab Rangoon in Tartlet Shells

Spiced Asian Snack Mix

Mandarin Almond Salad

Simple Egg Drop Soup

Beef with Oyster Sauce

Kahlua Brownies with Ice Cream


It was such a fun evening! Celebrating with friends and family with good food in the perfect way to enjoy a birthday. I was in charge of the appetizers, which were so easy. The ingredients were made ahead of time and I just added the filling to the tartlet shells and popped them in the oven for a ten minutes. When the company walked in the door they were ready to enjoy.


My husband took over the rest of the meal; after all it was my birthday! The Egg Drop Soup was a new recipe but very easy to prepare for company. All the chopping was done before hand. The vegetables were cooked in the broth and at the last minute the eggs were added. After the soup course everyone sat at the table for a few minutes while my husband cooked up the Beef with Oyster Sauce. I have to say next to the World’s Best Eggrolls Beef with Oyster Sauce is a real favorite. You can use Bok Choy or Broccoli or any green vegetable in the recipe. Bok Choy is the preferred way we enjoy it. The rice was pre-cooked and was quickly heated up in the microwave.Homemade Chinese Meal


Everyone loved the meal! We had to show off our Pei Mei cookbook, which we’ve been using since 1980! So many memorable meals!Homemade Chinese Meal


I picked up dessert from our local Farmer’s Market bakery. You can purchase three good-sized Kahlua Brownies and split them all in half for a perfect dessert. Just warm in the microwave for about 20 seconds and serve with ice cream. These brownies were the perfect finish to our Homemade Chinese dinner.


I have shared the recipe for Beef with Oyster Sauce previously. Here is the recipe for the Simple Egg Drop Soup.Homemade Chinese Meal


Simple Egg Drop Soup




3 eggs, lightly beaten

4 cups chicken broth

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

½ tsp. Minced ginger

1 Tbsp. Soy sauce

3 scallions, chopped

¼ tsp. White pepper

¾ cup sliced shitaki mushrooms




Take ½ cup of the chicken broth and combine with the cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved. Set aside.


Put the chicken stock, ginger, soy sauce, scallions, and white pepper in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the cornstarch mixture and stir. Reduce the heat to simmer. Stir in the beaten eggs. The eggs will spread out into ribbons. Turn off the heat and garnish with a few more sliced scallions. Serve immediately.


I hope you enjoyed our homemade Chinese Dinner. I will be sharing the Crab Rangoon in tartlet shells in a future post.

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