About Lisa

Mom, wife, retired physician assistant and multi award winning home cook including Food Network CHOPPED CHAMPION

Udon Mushroom Wedding Soup

This is the Fortune Asian Noodle Blogger Recipe Challenge. I had delicious fun creating my signature soup inspired by my Italian roots and my home-town. I hope you will give it a try on one of these chilly winter days. It’s NOODLEISIOUS!

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Last week I was rushing through an airport when I came upon an Asian noodle bar beckoning me in to build my own soup bowl. Oh, what I would have given to have been able to have the time to sit and enjoy my own personalized noodle soup, but airplanes do not wait. I snapped a couple of pictures and off to Gate 28 I went.

Back home to chilly Pennsylvania I can’t stop thinking how great it would be to have that noodle bar right in my own kitchen. Picture steaming hot, flavorful broth, fresh noodles and an array of toppings to satisfy everyone’s tastes served up in minutes. It’s like the perfect restaurant meal only it’s in my house.

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Hello Fortune Udon Noodles. Like the finest fresh restaurant noodles Fortune makes it easy to enjoy a personalized bowl of nutritious and comforting noodle soup at home. Quick soups in five flavors only require your favorite fresh vegetables and/or proteins to top it off. Find them in your grocer’s refrigerated produce section and you will never do restaurant take-out again.

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Being from Kennett Square (aka the mushroom capital of the world) there was no doubt in my mind I wanted to try Fortune’s Udon Mushroom Flavor. It’s earthy rich broth and fresh udon noodles make the perfect base for my blended mini mushroom meatballs. Add a few fresh vegetables to brighten it all up and talk about delicious Udon soup in minutes.

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Udon Mushroom Wedding Soup

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 ounces shitake mushrooms, very finely chopped

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon sesame oil

4 ounces lean ground beef

¼ cup panko bread crumbs

1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion

1 egg, lightly beaten

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 package (7.27 oz) Fortune Udon Mushroom Flavor

Garnishes: fresh cilantro, sliced mushrooms, bell pepper strips, sesame seeds

In non-stick skillet, over medium heat, cook mushrooms and garlic in sesame oil for 3 to 4 minutes or until just golden brown and mushrooms have released their liquid. In medium bowl, combine mushroom mixture, ground beef, panko, green onion, egg and salt until well blended. Using a small cookie scoop shape mixture into 12 meatballs. Brown meatballs on all sides in same skillet and continue cooking until fully cooked through. Meanwhile, cook Udon noodles according to package directions for stove top. Ladle noodles and soup into 2 serving bowls. Top with meatballs, cilantro, fresh mushrooms, pepper strips and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. 

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Garden Fresh Fig Coffee Cake

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I never dreamed that I would ever be able to grow fresh figs until this move to southeast Pennsylvania. The climate here is warmer and the growing season longer. With a little winter protection my fig trees have thrived. As grocery produce goes they are a pricey commodity, so it’s a great example of why tending a small backyard garden is worth it. Here we are on the edge of November and these fresh figs are ripening fast and furious.

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Once picked figs don’t last long. They are quite perishable. We love them sliced and caramelized in butter with goat cheese and balsamic glaze, but we can only eat so many that way. Simmering a large pot of figs with honey and orange yielded two nice jars of jam. Still so many figs, so I baked a fresh fig cake recipe that I present today.

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This is a dense fruit cake filled with toasted pecans, chopped dates, dried cranberries and the fresh figs. It’s flavored with cardamom, citrus zest and a little orange liqueur. It is a moist cake that is delicious for breakfast topped with plain Greek yogurt or can be served as an elegant after dinner dessert topped with whipped cream.

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Garden Fresh Fig Cake

1 cup dried sweetened cranberries

1/2 cup pitted dates, quartered

2 tablespoons orange liqueur or orange juice

3 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/4 cups canola

1 tablespoon grated orange zest

3 eggs

1/2 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

1 cup chopped toasted pecans

 

12 ripe figs, quartered

Heat oven to 350F. Spray a coffee cake pan with no-stick baking spray. In small bowl, toss cranberries, dates and orange liqueur or juice; reserve. In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cardamom; set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat sugar, oil and orange zest on high speed for 5 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla; blend well. With mixer on low speed gradually add flour mixture blending just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in pecans and reserved dried fruit mixture. Spread half the batter evenly over bottom of pan. Evenly space half the figs on the batter. Spread remaining batter over figs. Top with remaining figs. Bake for 70 to 80 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Invert onto a plate and then invert again on to a cooling rack. I prefer the fig side up.

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I prefer to flip this over and serve it fig side up

 

Spirited Butternut Pecan Cookies

IMG_8091Today’s recipe is brought to you by NOT the great pumpkin, but the butternut squash. It’s not that I am not tempted to share some great pumpkin idea, but if your inbox is anything like mine you have been completely inundated with pumpkin recipes. Besides that I did not plant sugar pumpkins this year. I like to rotate my crops and the butternut squash did not disappoint.

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There is nothing like a fresh picked butternut squash. The biggest difference from store bought? The tender skin! There is no battle slicing through it nor the fear of chopping off a finger. Most of the dozen or so I got from just 1 seed grew quite large, but my final pick was a wee 5-inches.

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Chopped, cooked and smashed this little beauty yielded just 1/2 cup of butternut squash puree. It was more than enough for this cookie recipe that I wanted to test out.

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Yes! It is a spirited cookie. I guess you could say a certain Sailor inspired this one. He has been around a lot lately. The recipe also calls for a few other complimentary flavors like vanilla bean paste, pumpkin pie spice, toasty pecans and demerera sugar. The cookie bakes up soft, but not cake-like, on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside from the sprinkle of sugar.

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Here is a tip. If you are roasting or boiling up a butternut squash for dinner set aside 1/4 cupful for these cookies before adding any seasoning. You will be glad you did.

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Spirited Butternut Pecan Cookies

  • Servings: 3 dozen cookies
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1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt

½ cup unsalted butter, softened

2/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 egg yolk

¼ cup mashed butternut squash

1 tablespoon Jack Daniel’s whiskey

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

2 tablespoons demerera or turbinado sugar

36 pecan halves

Heat oven to350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In medium bowl, whisk flour, spice, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar for 5 minutes or until light and well mixed. Add egg yolk; blend well. Add squash, whiskey and vanilla bean paste; blend well. Add flour mixture; stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until well blended. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon drop cookie batter onto prepared baking sheet. Press 1 pecan into center of each cookie. Sprinkle each with a pinch of demera sugar. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown around edges.

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Have a great week from my real favorite pumpkin