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Cure for the Summer Cold = Magic Pho + Hot Toddy?


I’ve got one of those summer colds.

It started out as a scratchy throat and over days progressed into stuffy head and then into full-fledged coughing fits from my lungs. Not pretty.

I’m such a baby when I get sick because I don’t very often.

Last night, I didn’t want to cook the San Marzano Pasta I had planned. I wanted some soup – some really good soup. And since I had no energy to make it myself, I tried to think who had the best broth-based soup. Then it hit me.

I picked up some Nha Sang Pho. {I may have ordered some momo, too.}

I swear it’s Magic Pho that they’ve got there. Those spices make my mouth sing. I was warm and content.

And just before bed, I googled an Easy Hot Toddy, hoping we’d have the ingredients. As luck would have it, we did.


Well, sort of. The whiskey I used was not your average whiskey. It was Rob’s Mac 12 Scotch.


There wasn’t much left, but I still got his permission. I mean, I’d want him to ask me first if he wanted to use a bottle of Opolo Zin to make a Sangria. { In which, the answer would be, “Hell, no!” But in what universe would Rob make his own Sangria, I don’t know.}

The Hot Toddy was the perfect night cap and a nice change from the endless cups of tea I’d been drinking the past few days.


And you know what? Today, I feel a bit better. Groggy, but the coughing fits are not to be had. There’s only a sniffle or two.

So could Magic Pho and a Hot Toddy be the cure for the common cold?


But I’m more inclined to believe that it’s been since Thursday and maybe this cold has just run its course. {Well, almost.}

In any case, I’m grateful to be {almost} healthy again.

What are your tricks for getting through a summer cold?



Award Winning Poker Meatballs


There’s a reason why I call these Poker Meatballs. You see, tonight, we had our monthly poker tournament. The theme for those who wanted to bring a dish to pass, was meatballs. I really needed all of the extra points I could get in order to make the Final Table of the season, so I found an easy recipe for meatballs that looked right up my alley…

Because they are CHEESE stuffed!

My meatballs took first place! This gave me an extra $200 in poker chips. Although, those extra chips didn’t help me win… But, they are so incredibly easy to make that I thought I’d share the recipe with you.

Award Winning Cheese-Stuffed Poker Meatballs

*Adapted from and inspired by Mr. Food


  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef (I believe the #1 secret to a great meatball is high quality meat.)
  • 3/4 cup panko (Substitute plain bread crumbs if you wish.)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (Yes, the stuff in the green can is fine!)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herb such as parsley, basil or rosemary
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp garlic salt (The #2 secret to a great meatball is proper seasoning! If you decide to use garlic powder, just be sure to add a little salt, too.)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz block of mozzarella cheese, cut into 20 cubed pieces


  • Preheat your over to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or brush lightly with olive oil.
  • Combine all ingredients except for the mozzarella cheese in a large bowl and mix with your hands to evenly distribute the ingredients.
  • Divide the mixture into fourths. Each fourth will make 5 meatballs! Divide the meat into 5 pieces the same size, although forming it into a nice, completely uniform ball is not necessary quite yet. Do this until you have 20 pieces of meat approximately all of the same size.
  • Form a meatball around each piece of mozzarella cheese and place them on the baking sheet.
  • Bake 18 to 20  minutes or until cooked through.

Cheese may leak out, but that’s okay! They will still taste yummy. While these taste moist and fabulous on their own, you can serve your favorite pasta sauce for dipping as an appetizer. Or, make a meal by serving the meatballs and sauce over pasta or spaghetti squash. They reheat nicely, too.

Sorry, I have no photo because these were gobbled up too quickly. And quite frankly, I didn’t think about photographing these balls pre-poker. I had no idea that they would taste so good, nor that they would take first place! There is a photo on the website from which this recipe was adapted.

Variations: Make your own variation by changing the flavor profile. For example, make Mexican meatballs with taco seasoning and stuffing with Mexican cheese. I’m anxious to try to make these into blue cheese meatballs. Hey, maybe I’ll use hot sauce as my seasoning! Oh, all the options! And I still can’t get over how easy these were to make.

As Biz would say, these are AMAZEBALLS! (Tee hee. I love it when she says that!)

What is your favorite type of meatball?