Turkey and walnut meatballs recipe …

These meatballs came out really nicely!! I usually prefer how beef meatballs taste, 
but these are rounded, tasty and entirely satisfying!
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Turkey Walnut Meatballs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl mix:
1 small onion diced
1 clove garlic minced
1 lb ground turkey 
1/2 cup walnuts (pulse in a food processor until they become granules)
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
Dash of some sort of Italian seasoning… dried oregano, parsley, basil…
Salt and black pepper

Form into 1 + 1/2 inch balls and place in a large heated pan with olive oil and a dash of tomato sauce. I usually make my sauce in a separate pot, then put about 1/2 a cup in with the meatballs. This way the meatballs stay tidy and the sauce doesn’t get a super meaty flavor. That’s the way I prefer it. Having grown up vegetarian, I am weird about random meat related things. Cook at medium heat and flip when they look ready. Once the meat balls are close to done, place in a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees until the meatballs begin to have a nice light brownness, about 10-15 minutes. 
                                                                  Cheers ~ Marica

Delicious Kitchen Things, aka Paninis…

Not two weeks ago, I stated my wish for a panini press. Our friends were over and we had just finished a lovely stint around Portland. I said it offhandedly, but meant it quite entirely. Just a couple nights ago they joined us for dinner, and under one arm they carried a panini press… Oh how exciting!! It took me a couple of days before I plugged it in, buttered the walls and set forth a batch of paninis… 
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As I opened the press, there they were, perfect, golden sandwiches, insides melted, 
outsides browned with lines defined and luscious… 
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Ooo, lucky me. These are going to make a nice new impact on our meals.
                                                                                         Cheers ~ Marica

Life Past . . .

I found this post from a while back that I must have never published. What’s funny is it fits with exactly how I’ve been feeling lately. I decided to post it because I could have written it last night. 
“I can’t quite say it right, but, there were other times… 

Years in our quaint yurt… 

With a small tucked area where the dolls from my childhood became the dolls of my daughter’s play… 
Little feet and faces…
Breakfasts at a small table (I’m smelling those flowers as if I’m there…)
Walks in the evening—only sometimes—but they are stamped in my brain… 
Magical forest trips, with unicorns and fairies… 
Three soft heads together… 
Pouty faces and bare feet…
Earnest workers… 

Three children small enough to carry… 
I feel so like I miss the past, and yet, when I stop to remember how hard it was

 to keep everything clean in one-round-room with no walls, I wonder…

                                Remebering… 

                                The kids in diapers… 
                                The baby nursing… 
                                The RV with our kitchen and what could be called a bathroom… 
                                Baby faces… 
                                A well worn handmade robe… 
                                Mountains everyday… 
                                Sunrises thatif I got up to see thembroke reality and all assumption to knowing 
                                     anything… 
                                Rivers and twilight… 
                                Babies still babies… 
                                Oh, babies still babies again… 
                                Chubby cheeks… 
                                My husband and me… 
                                Oh, a few years ago feels so long ago.
                                I don’t want to trade back, but I do want to remember… 
                                Fond memories… 
                                Memories… 
                                Yes, memories.”

Well if that’s not enough nostalgia for you then I don’t know what to say.
Hope Everyone’s week is going well!  

                                                                                                                  ~ Marica

Winter morning…

I’m sure to a lot of the world, this is all old news, but for us, the frozen-over winter morning is an extraordinary thing. I slipped out—still in my pajamas with my big coat over meto catch a few of these master pieces before they melt away…
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Icicles in Portland Oregon
Icicles in Portland Oregon

Icicles in Portland Oregon

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Icicles in Portland Oregon
Icicles in Portland Oregon
Icicles in Portland Oregon

Snow in Portland Oregon

Icicles in Portland Oregon
What’s your weather like?
                                                                           ~ Marica

A Simple Recipe for Gluten Free Waffles…

Waffles are incredible. What an amazing invention!!! But truth be told, regular waffles leave me feeling over-stuffed in a not so pleasant way. The following recipe I made for some friends who are currently eating gluten-free, and I think I just might like these waffles better than regular waffles… 
gluten free waffles

 We also had a frittata
frittata

Which made the meal feel like complete luxury…
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Gluten Free Waffles

This recipe is simple, and you don’t need a whole ton of weird ingredients to make it work. 
I prefer tapioca flour to corn starch, but I recently ran out, so I used corn starch.
Start your waffle pan heating.
In a large bowl mix:
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 butter melted
1 +1/2 cups milk
Sift then add:
1+1/4 cups sweet rice flour
3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1 tablespoon corn starch
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon salt
Add stirring gently:
5 egg whites beaten stiff
(save yolks for this recipe…)

Cook in your waffle iron like you would any other waffle recipe.

Happy Weekend!!
   
                                                      ~ Marica

P.S. We are getting MORE SNOW!!!!!

Coconut Cream Pie, but no cream…

A couple of days ago I made a coconut cream pie, and it was exactly that, a “coconut cream” pie.
I had bought two cans of coconut cream from Trader Joe’s, the thick creamy kind, planning to
make chicken marsala, but instead they became a most decadent pie… 

Coconut Cream Pie

Start by preparing a crust. I used the crust recipe from this post
except I used an egg instead of the water… If too dry, add a few drops of water at a time. 
Recipe from The Blue Heron Ranch Cookbook
Roll out the crust, place in a buttered pie pan, poke a few holes with a fork so the crust
doesn’t bubble then bake at 375 degrees until done, 15-20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

On a dry pan place:
2/3 cup dry shredded coconut 
Bake until golden, maybe 6-8 minutes?? I didn’t time it…
Spread half of the coconut over the bottom of the pie crust
and save the rest for the top of the pie.

Filling
Combine in a medium size heavy pan
and stir until smooth:
5 egg yolks (save whites for this recipe…)
2/3 cups raw sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
pinch salt
2 + 1/2 cups thick coconut cream 
(I used Trader Joe’s canned coconut cream)
Place over medium heat and cook, stirring CONSTANTLY until thick.
Remove from heat, and add, stirring until smooth:
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
3 tablespoons butter sliced into piece

Pour immediately into the crust and sprinkle with the remaining coconut.

Cool in the refrigerator for at least several hours. 

The filling for this pie is based off of the recipe for Vanilla Cream Pie in the Joy of Cooking.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!
                                      
                                                                 ~ Marica

Snow…

We are getting snow again…
 An unexpected wonderful snow…
By late afternoon it was several inches thick so we headed over
to Cathedral Park to play for a short bit…
Snow in Portland Oregon
     It was freezing!!!
But the kids got their first ever chance to slide down a hill…
Which of course was very worth it…
My phone read nineteen degrees…
Snow in Portland Oregon
 Causing the trudge there and back to leave our fingers feeling raw and bitten…              
Something the kids are not used to… Neither am I for that matter…
But all I could think was hurray for snow!!! 
And as I said before, what a lovely surprise!
                     
                                                                  ~ Marica

Samurai Exhibit…

A few weeks ago we managed to slip by the Portland Art Museum to see a samurai exhibit . . .
samurai
 In addition to samurai, there was also many other incredible pieces of art . . .
In the first room we found beautiful ancient Chinese statues …
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This one was my very favorite . . .
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It felt like an honor to be allowed to be this close to these pieces of work . . .
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Another set that truly struck me was the Japanese paintings . . .
Each detail was so extraordinarily perfect. The lines precise and tasteful . . .
The trees . . .
The horses . . .
The gentle slops that show the wind constantly moving . . .
 The samurai suits were too amazing to be real . . .
samurai
Very elaborate and in depth . . .
samurai
Each item had such careful stitching . . .
It must have taken forever to complete one of these . . .
samurai
From helmets . . .
samurai helmet
samurai  helmet
 And masks . . .
samurai mask

samurai mask
  To shoes . . .
samurai  shoes
samurai  shoes
Even their horses had masks . . .
samurai  horse mask
It was a remarkable experience . . .
Getting to witness this all in person . . .
                                                                Cheers ~ Marica

Invited to tea time . . .

We are at an exciting new stage. A stage where I am being invited to tea by my children. 
Every so often the kids will spend a flurry of time in the kitchen scurrying about, mixing and pouring, adding and tasting. 
I’m usually not allowed in the kitchen at this point. Then, roughly an hour later I’m told “it’s tea time!!” 
What’s most amazing is that their desserts come out incredibly.
 I’ve yet to have something that isn’t honest-to-goodness delicious.
The boys tend to skip recipes and just go full throttle by the seat of their pants. My dear girl, on-the-other-hand, carefully measures and completes each step along the way. 
Her desserts are decorated and presented in a most satisfying fashion. 
I love these little tea times. I remember being a kid and setting the table up nicely for some special treat I had concocted. I’m so glad to see my kiddoes enjoying the very same thing. And now, here I am, getting to enjoy it from the other prospective.
                                                                                                Cheers ~ Marica

Frilly Pictures…

I usually like my pictures to sit as is, but recently I had fun messing with the adjustments 
and settings available on my computer. The following are a few of the ones that came 
out especially nicely. It’s funny what a little fuzz and fading can do.
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                 Hope Everyone is having a nice start to February!
                                                                                            ~ Marica