Posted on 03-12-2009
Filed Under (Recipes &Cooking) by Charla

#1.  Olive oil. What kind do you prefer to use?

We nearly always use Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, bought at Sams.
#2.  Meatballs. Do you make them from scratch, buy premade cooked or buy premade frozen?

It’s been a long time, but I make them from scratch.
#3.  Do you use napkins at home? Paper or cloth?

Always paper.  I don’t want more laundry to do! (I know it’s better to use cloth because it saves paper, but using paper napkins saves water…LOL)
#4.  Share a recipe for a white sauce.

EASY RECIPE: Open a can of 98% fat free cream of chicken soup and dilute with milk.  Add pepper (and a little butter if you want a buttery taste).

Here’s a recipe from that I want to try because I like the flavoring of bay leaf:


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • pinch of salt & pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed (I might try 1 garlic clove)

Barely heat the milk and 1 bay leaf.  Melt butter over medium-low heat and add flour, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes.  Do not brown!  Add a little bit of the milk with a whisk, then add rest of milk a little at a time.  Cook for 5 minutes and then add rest of seasonings.

(5) Comments   


1 - We Ate This! on 13 March, 2009 at 2:14 am #

Hi Charla, I also prefer making meatballs from scratch! Back at home we also prefer using paper napkins — save us water and time… I don’t fancy adding to my big pile of laundry!!

2 - JMom on 13 March, 2009 at 7:57 am #

That bechamel sauce is what I use as base for mac and cheese and it’s delicious! After you make the sauce, just add cheese and pour over macaroni pasta and bake. Yummy!

3 - on 13 March, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

I never thought of putting garlic in white sauce. I think that would be yummy with certain foods.

4 - clair on 15 March, 2009 at 5:14 am #

I use Bertolli too, both EV and light.

5 - Sheri/Cookingmom on 15 March, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

I’m the same way with the napkins – which is worse for the environment – extra laundry or extra trash? I’m an avid recycler; I cut myself slack on using paper napkins.

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