Sunday, March 22, 2009



My mother-in-law made this tonight and it was delicious!

When Meredith Deeds was working on her cookbook "300 Sensational Soups," her son, Kyle, came up with the idea of turning his favorite meal, lasagna, into a soup. The tomato-y broth, brimming with sausage and pasta, melts the mix of cheeses placed in each bowl before serving. A quick swirl of the spoon ensures diners will get a bit of gooey cheese in every bite.
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage (bulk or with casings removed)
2 onions, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
6 cups chicken broth
2 bay leaves
8 ounces fusilli pasta
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil
8 ounces ricotta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and sauté, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until the sausage is no longer pink, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain any excess fat from the pot. Add the onions and sauté until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and sauté for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and sauté until the paste turns a rusty brown, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice, the broth, and the bay leaves and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.

2. Add the pasta, then increase the heat to medium-high and boil the soup until the pasta is tender to the bite, following the time recommendations on the pasta package. Discard the bay leaves, then stir in the basil. If desired, season with salt and black pepper to taste.

3. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, the Parmesan, the 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and the pinch of pepper. To serve, place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture in each bowl, sprinkle with some of the mozzarella, and ladle the soup on top. Makes about 13 cups.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Church Books

Hey gals! What are your favorite church books for kids? I want to finally start investing in some, both picture and story books? Do you find the best deals at Deseret Book or another place?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

bargain blog

Check out my sister in laws bargain blog for some deals

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A good blog

My sister in law recommended this blog. It has some great tips for planning a menu for a shower or party.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


We're coming back in August, and I'm already fretting about preschool. G is 3 1/2 and will be 4 in December. I'd be interested in doing a joyschool group of 3-5 kids once a week, but I'd like it to be within walking/biking distance (Japan is rubbing off on me). Is anyone else out there interested?

Each mom would take one week a month and teach from around 9-11:30. We could use the joyschool curriculum or make one up ourselves. Anyone interested?

Email me at bekahtanoatgmaildotcom and maybe we can make a group.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Microwave Caramel Popcorn

This caramel popcorn won't heat up your house because you don't need a stove or oven!


3/4 C brown sugar
6 T butter or margarine
3 T corn syrup
1/4 t baking soda
about 8 cups salted popcorn (not buttered)

Put first 3 ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave uncovered for 1-2 min, stirring after 1 min. (until butter is melted). Mix in baking soda until dissolved (it makes the mixture light brown) and then mix in popcorn. Coat evenly with caramel mixture.

Microwave 3* min., stirring every minute. Spread the popcorn out on wax paper, saran wrap, or a lightly greased cookie sheet. Let it cool and then enjoy!

*If you like chewier caramel, only microwave 2 min, stirring after 1 min.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Concert Tickets

My cousin is trying to get rid of a couple of tickets to a KT Tunstall concert for the evening of May 5. She got them for $65 (including fees) but she'll give them to someone for $40. It's at the Wiltern, a beautiful old Art Deco movie palace in LA. We'd probably go, but exams are calling...

Any takers? E-mail me!