Soup & Shenanigans

I am in a writing funk!  I want to write but to be honest, I’m just not feeling it today.  After about a dozen false starts, I finally decided to write a “Barefoot In The Kitchen” segment.

Many years ago, when my husband Clay was young and in the Marine Corps in California, he had a nanny for his young son, named Gloria. She not only cared for Clay Jr but kept the home and fed the family.  Gloria was from Mexico and cooked such wonderful fare that Clay still talks about it even today!

One of the things she made that Clay has such a love for is Albondgas.  Albondigas is a meatball soup.  Having never had it myself, I tried to Google a recipe.  What I discovered was that from one person to the next and region to region, the recipes could vary wildly.  I would have to fly by the seat of my pants, relying solely on his discription of what it was like and a pinch of flavor know how.  Luckily for me, it turned out deliciously with a big thumbs up from Clay and a hat tip to Gloria.


Recipe to follow

While we’re on the subject of not blogging today and food, let me share with you a few typical Clay and Laura interactions….

Yesterday, on his way home from Pickleball, Clay calls to ask if I’d like to go have taco’s and beer at a small local joint we stop at from time to time.  After arriving, Clay notices a man who we’ve met a few times and often while with his dog.  Leaning in closely, Clay asks me what the guys dogs name is.

I’m certain I gave him a look that said he must be crazy.  Honestly, the dogs name?  I’m crap with names to begin with but he’s going to go with the dogs?  “I don’t know!”, maintaining said look.  “What’s ol dudes name?”   He goes blank then immediately launches into “Dementia,  Dementia,  Dementia!  Laura, you have dementia and I’m finally going to have to put you in a facility somewhere!”  I just die laughing!  Obviously, he’s forgotten that he’s asking me because HE can’t remember!  Lifting my beer for a toast….”Looks like you’ll be my  roomie then, huh Clay?”   We both fall into hysterics.

It’s been a long running understanding between us that when he starts acting up and I’m the family cook, that it may not be in his best interest to be a smarty pants.  Recently, he’s taken to social media by posting a picture of a group of women in hard hats and blueprints to show them how to build a sandwich….


His friends thought that was HILARIOUS!  My response……(note my mom and daughters reaction.)





1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro,

2 large eggs beaten

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

seasonings to taste: garlic, dried green chili flakes or sm can diced green chilies


6 cups Beef Broth

1 can Rotel Tomatoes

1 can Diced Green Chilies

1 Tbsp Beef Better Than Bouillon

season to taste with garlic, salt, pepper, minced onion, cilantro


1. Mix together beef, rice, cilantro, green chilies, seasonings and eggs, gently. Be careful not to over work the beef or it’ll make your meatball dense and tough. Form into meatballs and fry over medium high heat until browned on all sides.

2. Heat 2 Tbsp of oil in a large pot over medium-high. Add onion & garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add broth, 2 cups water, Rotel tomatoes, chilies and seasonings. once the pot begins to simmer, add Better Than Boullion. You may add extra to taste. Add the meatballs and simmer over medium, partially covered, until meatballs are cooked through, about 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve with hot crusty bread, garlic toast or Indian fry bread.



P.S.  extra ingredient….if smarty pants needs attitude adjustment.  MiraLax   JK🤣



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