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!


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.


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.


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.


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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A Journey within The Journey

Good day my readers. I could not help but want to reblog this post from an old and dear friend who is an incredibly talented and gifted cook. In fact, Steven is cooking his way across America hosting a dinner party in every state of the union. His blog post was the first thing I saw when I opened my computer this morning. Naturally, I reached for the box of kleenex and immediately went into an unplanned baking frenzy. Here is what Steven shared. ❤


A heart-warming small-world moment: In December I posted the story about the Keys family. Bill and Lisa Keys hosted me in Pennsylvania, but our friendship extended a decade back to when we were living in Connecticut. The journey to their home in Eastern PA involved many stops along the way and people who’ve shared in the grieving of William, their son. While staying in DC a couple of days ago, my hosts returned from a party and gave me this bracelet that they had received from someone who was close to William. That person probably had read the story about William’s family, found out I was staying with my hosts, and wanted to pass it along, this reminder of someone who still means a lot to many of us. He had been wearing it for a long time. If you read the story, the person who gave me the bracelet is Elinore’s brother.

Le Mobile Feast

Twenty-seven states into the LMF route I finally arrived at Bill and Lisa’s house in Kennett Square, PA. And it was my second time driving into the state. The first time through Pennsylvania, I was heading north from Maryland and bad timing prevented Lisa and Bill from hosting a dinner party at their home. I chose to proceed onto New York without visiting my old friends, promising them and myself that I would do so on the return leg. More than any other hosts thus far, Lisa and Bill had been with me in spirit throughout this journey. As a competitive cook and blogger, she was encouraging me from the beginning and frequently commented on and shared my blog posts with others.

Lisa and I met when I was teaching at The Taft School, in Watertown, Connecticut. I had just left active duty in the Navy to take an English teaching job…

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Mystery of a Broken Heart

A poem for this day. 
Henry David Thoreau
Let us agree

for now

that we will not say

the breaking

makes us stronger

or that it is better

to have this pain

than to have done

without this love.
Let us promise

we will not

tell ourselves

time will heal

the wound,

when every day

our waking

opens it anew.
Perhaps for now

it can be enough

to simply marvel

at the mystery

of how a heart

so broken

can go on beating,

as if it were made

for precisely this—
as if it knows

the only cure for love

is more of it,
as if it sees

the heart’s sole remedy

for breaking

is to love still,
as if it trusts

that its own

persistent pulse

is the rhythm

of a blessing

we cannot

begin to fathom

but will save us