italian orzo spinach soup

November 12th, 2015

This delicious Italian Orzo 2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small white onion, peeled and diced

1 cup diced carrots

1 cup diced celery

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

6 cups chicken or vegetable stock

1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

1 1/2 cups (about 8 oz) orzo

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary

4 cups loosely-packed spinach

salt and black pepper


Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 4 minutes, until soft. Add carrots, celery and garlic and saute for an additional 3 minutes. Add chicken stock, tomatoes, orzo (pasta), thyme, oregano, rosemary and stir to combine. Bring soup to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente.
Stir in the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes until it is bright green and wilted. Season with salt and black pepper to taste (if needed). Serve warm.

microwave macaroni and cheese

November 12th, 2015

To be used with a Pampered Chef DCB or RC

2 cups elbow macaroni or rotini

1 can chicken broth

2 cups of half and half

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Place macaroni, chicken broth and half and half into your Deep Covered Baker. Stir, then cover with the lid. Heat on high in microwave for 14 minutes (use turntable or rotate every 2 minutes). Remove from heat and add shredded cheese, stir, place lid on baker and let sit 10 minutes. Stir and serve warm. 

Recipe courtesy of :

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microwave macaroni and cheese

July 24th, 2015

2 cups elbow macaroni (can use fusilli instead)
1 can (1 3/4 cup) chicken broth
2 cups half and half (can use whole milk)

Put above ingredients in Deep Covered Baker or Rock Crok. Stir, then cover with the lid. Heat on high in microwave for 14 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in:

2 cups shredded cheese.

Place lid on baker and let sit 10 minutes. Stir and serve warm.

great chesapeake bay swim

June 14th, 2015


  4.4 miles. 2:19:56. Yay, Matt!

chocolate zucchini bundt cake

June 12th, 2015

3 cups flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
¾ cup almond milk or other nondairy milk (coconut milk okay)
½ cup canola oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded zucchini

Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease 12” bundt pan.
Sift together ingredients through salt. Mix in sugar. Make a well in the center and add applesauce, milk, oil, and vanilla. Whisk the wet ingredients then incorporate wet and dry together. Fold in zucchini.
Bake @ 50 minutes. Cool for 1o minutes then invert onto a cooling rack, let cool completely.

Heat ½ cup almond or other non-dairy milk until boiling. Add 2 tablespoons maple syrup; remove from heat and whisk in 6 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate or chips. Pour ganache over cake and let cool.

Recipe courtesy of Senna Austin who found the recipe in Isa Does It. She said “I used less oil, no salt, coconut milk in the cake, vanilla almond milk in the ganache, added some chips to the batter, and didn’t bother to sift anything.”

boiled frosting

June 8th, 2015

1 1/4 cups sugar
2 egg whites
2 Tbsp. Karo syrup (light)
5 Tbsp. water.
Mix.  Cook in double boiler, covered, 2 1/2 – 3 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Remove from fire and beat with electric mixer ’til stiff. (It takes a while!)  Just before stiff, add 1 tsp. vanilla.

1-2-3-4 cake

June 8th, 2015

Preheat oven to 350.
Have all ingredients about 75.  Sift before measuring
2 2/3 cups flour
Resift with
2 1/4 tsp. double acting baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Sift:  2 cups sugar
Cream until soft:  1 cup butter
Add sugar gradually.  Cream ingredients until very light.  Beat in, one at a time:  4 egg yolks.
Add:  1 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 tsp. almond extract
Add flour mixture to butter mixture in about 3 parts, alternating with halves of one cup of milk.  Take no longer than 2 minutes; add flour mixture last.
Stir batter until smooth after each addition.
Whip until stiff, but not dry:  4 egg whites.
Fold egg whites lightly into the batter.  Bake in greased (my Mom always greased and floured) layer pans from 30-35 minutes.
(I use two, greased 9″ round pans; the recipe actually calls for three.)

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