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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

When A Spoonful of Comfort will Help...

Memories of hot soup and snowy days bring me back to my childhod..that hot soup my mom would always make with little pastene pasta in it...we called ours 'minestre' (which in Italian is usually a soup made with pasta) so soothing to comfort a cold or the flu or any other ailment I had..yes I guess chicken soup is a 'cure' for almost anything!
And it''s nice to know that for those of you that (even though many of my readers are foodies, and make their own great versions of chicken soup) would like to send a boiling hot pot of the elixir to someone that is dear to you but far away but can' can take care of that..They will send a pot of the stuff homemade with homemade oatmeal cookies and bread to whoever you select..and it is homemade so even though they are far from home the y will feel like you just made this..great stuff! check them out spoonfulof  there is also a beautiful story connected with the company and my favorite thing is that they say the soup is 'made with love'...and that is the best ingredient you can put in any recipe..
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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Cooking with ..Legends In The Kitchen

Betty White at the 1988 Emmy Awards.Image via Wikipedia

My passion for the kitchen and the  culinary arts is well known. But I also have a love of the Silver Screen and especially the talented actors who are part of it all..the legendary actors.. it's a treat when I share a  recipe or cook with a famous chef but  today I can cook along with one of my favorite Legends of the Cinema..
Legends In The Kitchen (Publisher-  also donates a portion of the proceeds to the Motion Picture & TV Fund Foundation has some fun recipes..created by or favorites of some of my favorites like Betty White, Burt Reynolds, Debbie Reynolds, Beau Bridges and many other greats of the Screen..
Fun recipes..especially for a lazy Sunday afternoon..and best of all you can imagine yourself in a Hollywood flick while getting a taste of one of their dishes...
There are many recipes to enjoy...but one of my favorite TV and movie actresses-Betty White contributed a recipe that suits her fun loving personality..easy, fun and she says that 'it is so easy to make, even I can do it' referring to her culinary skills. Here's a reprint of the recipe, but buy the book to have more fun and support a great cause..
Reprinted from Legends In The Kitchen,
Crunchy Pie
a Betty White Recipe
*Beat 3 egg whites till stiff
*Add in 1 tsp baking powder
*Fold in 1 scant cup of granulated powder sugar
*Fold in 11 single graham crackers (crushed)
*Fold in 1 cup chopped walnuts
Put in greased pie plate and bake in 350 degree oven for 1/2 hour. Let cool and top with whipped cream or ice cream.....

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