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My Husband Loves Toys

My Husband Loves Toys

Welcome Back!

Back  Home = happy place (physically & mentally)

Bridges = help us get there


My husband LOVES toys & gadgets.

Adult Toys & Gadgets  (no, NOT “those”  kind…).

He just can’t watch an Infomercial without wanting to buy whatever they’re selling.


I realize it might eventually be beneficial to install V-chip Technology to block these broadcasts from our home TVs. But, in the meantime, he proudly informed me UPS would soon be delivering a Pressure Cooker.

“Wait…. What?!?!  I don’t want a Pressure Cooker!!”, I quickly replied.


I remember those from back in the 60s.  My mom had one, and rarely used it.

It was constructed out of heavy steel and had this black plastic knobie valve that would spin and rattle as explosive steam built-up within the pot.

If you entered the kitchen during one of the very rare occasions my mother was PRESSURE cooking something in it… she would shrill: Do NOT. Get. Near. The. Stove!!! 

When it was done… we basically had to wear hard hats, and crouch under the kitchen table while my mom gingerly tried to remove the lid.


Fast forward, I told my husband my feelings about introducing this Highly Dangerous Hazard into our home kitchen and he confidently informed me that…

THIS, was not my Mother’s Pressure Cooker!!!


“This was a technological advancement in home cooking like no other.

This Pressure Cooker was fully automated, digital, and SAFE.

It sat safely on the kitchen countertop.  

You simply plugged it in, added the ingredients,

locked on the lid, pushed a few buttons & Voila.

Within minutes you had a delectable meal worthy of a Three-star Michelin Rating.”


Then my husband started to describe the great dinners we could easily make in our new Pressure Cooker.  And he had me, right there & then, with: “WE”.  


I have never, ever enjoyed “cooking”.  I’ll bake cookies all day long, but I stress-out just at the thought of having to make dinner every night.

I wouldn’t mind it so much if I could cook the same thing for dinner over & over every night… but I dread having to come up with new, different menu ideas!!  I find it torturous!!  

So, I anxiously awaited the arrival of this newfangled Pressure Cooker.  


Our first attempt was to make a recipe called Savory Pork Chops with Creamy Mustard and Sage Gravy over Potatoes. We bought all the ingredients, put them in the pot, followed all the instructions and within only a matter of minutes, our dinner was done. Voila!!

So… did the food taste better or any different than if we’d cooked the same meal in the conventional way?  

The verdict: Heck, YEAH it was Better…  it was Unfreaking Believable… melt in your mouth Delicious!!!  

AND I have to admit there were No hard hats required.  

It’s easy to use, totally digital and EVERY meal comes out tasting simply AMAZING!! The steam traps in all the wonderful flavors, nutrients and everything is cooked to the perfect tenderness.

The only (HUGE) disadvantage has been glaringly displayed on the digital display of our bathroom scale. Unfortunately, along with every newly discovered delicious meal… there also seems to be newly discovered inches to my arse.

To be completely honest, this wonderful advancement in home cooking technology is a curse!!

I LOVE food.    I LOVE to eat.  

So, I certainly don’t need food to taste any better or another reason to love food any more than I already do.  (Especially now, at the age when my metabolism has come to a screeching halt!) But, I must say, it’s great to see my husband so enthusiastic about this latest toy and I totally appreciate the help in meal planning and preparation… therefore, I find myself in quite a quandary.   

I was hoping this Pressure Cooker would just find its way into the Gadgetry Graveyard along with the “not so easy to clean” Jack Lalane Juicer…, but Nooooo, this sweet innocent looking thing is still sitting front and center on our kitchen countertop.

I have finally resorted myself to the fact this clever little devil invention is here to stay, so I better learn to live with it and adjust my lifestyle accordingly.

Maybe it would help if every Pressure Cooker came with a free 200 page easy-to-follow recipe book… AND, a free introductory membership to Weight Watchers.

I can only hope the next Infomercial my husband watches will be for a Total Home Gym.


Miracle Soup (coveted Italian family recipe)

Miracle Soup (coveted Italian family recipe)

Welcome Back !!!


Back  Home = happy place (physically & mentally)

Bridges = help us get there


Some of us in the Northeast are facing changes in climate with subzero temps.  Even though I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York… I’m still not a fan of Looooong, cold & snowy winters.
There are days the snowscapes can be breathtakingly beautiful… But, my happy place (my Back Home) is to view it from afar.  Preferably wrapped in a warm blanket, inside my warm cozy living room while enjoying a comforting cup of steaming hot Miracle Soup.  Here’s an easy recipe you can make for yourself, your family, or share a batch with your coworkers & friends.


My Nani came from Sicily and brought with her the best healthy and wholesome recipes.  Make a big pot and trust me…
It will keep you warm and cure whatever ails you!!


My kids LOVED it so much they’re the ones that called it Miracle Soup.
My 27 year old son stills call me from California for the recipe!!


Nani’s Miracle Soup ( a Bridge to get you through the cold winter months)

  • 1 whole cut up chicken (∗ I use skinless, boneless breast, it’s the easiest)
  • 3 boxes (32 oz) Unsalted chicken soup/stock (I use  Swansons )
  • 1 packet sodium free chicken boullion- optional for flavor boost
  • 1 whole medium onion, diced
  • 1-2 containers of grape tomatoes
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 2 bags (8/10 oz) shredded carrots
  • 1 large bag fresh spinach
  • 1 bay leaf
  • some snips of green onion- optional
  • salt & pepper- optional
  • 1 box small pasta (I grew up on Pastina , my kids prefer Orzo)
♦ Put all your ingredients (except pasta) into a large stock pot and bring to a boil, stir regularly


♦ Cover with a lid and turn down to simmer until chicken is tender


♦ Remove the chicken onto a platter and allow to cool.    Then deskin, debone the chicken & cut meat into bite-sized pieces.  ∗ This is when it’s much easier to use boneless, skinless chicken.  Less mess!


♦ Add cut-up chicken back into soup


♦ Cook pasta according to box directions, in a separate pot (turns out, the presence & proportion of pasta in ones soup is a very personal option)


♦ Remove bay leaf


♦ Serve HOT, garnish with grated Parmesan/Romano cheese


Everyone likes very different ratios of   soup : pasta : grated cheese 
One of my kids prefers  5 : 55 : 40
another likes theirs 10 : 90 : 0
another likes theirs 45 : 45 : 10
How do you like yours?? Leave a comment!!


You can also add little bite sized Italian Meatballs.  If you’re interested in that recipe, just ask for it in a comment and I’ll get my Mom’s delicious recipe for you!!


This is such an amazing soup, I am so excited for you to try it!!!



Now we’re cookin!!