Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

The other night Tony and I were watching a show that had comedians Martin Mull and Drew Carey talking about their careers.  I of course knew who Drew Carey was, but I only had vague recollections of Martin Mull.  Turns out his first big break as an actor was on a show called Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

I remember my parents watching it I think.  Tony couldn’t believe that I didn’t remember more of it, until I looked it up and it aired from 1976 to 1997.  Um, I would have been 8 years old, while Tony would have been 16. 

It’s funny how just the difference of 8 years in our ages can make the difference about a lot of things.  Such as t.v. shows in the 70s, 70’s music.  I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been in the car and a song comes on that Tony knows all the words to, and I tell him “I have never heard that song before in my life!”

But the same holds true to the 80s – my decade if you will.  Tony hated all the music from the 80s, while I could pretty much sing verbatim every Eurythmics, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Peter Gabriel and Wham song!  Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane, shall we?  You’ll thank me tomorrow when this song loops through your head all day. Open-mouthed smile

Question of the Day:  What Decade was “YOUR” music?

I ended up making another breakfast panini – this one is egg whites, baby spinach and 1 ounce of goat cheese.  And surprisingly delicious black berries on the side.  Sometimes I have to sprinkle blackberries with sugar or splenda, but these were perfectly sweet.

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I decided to swim again yesterday.  I have to say I am becoming a much better swimmer, so much so that the life guard doesn’t even sit in the chair anymore, she just sat in her office. Open-mouthed smile  One thing I noticed though?  Um, my bathing suit is literally about to disintegrate.  I’ve had this one for probably 8 years and when I was putting it on I could literally see through the material – nice!  There’s a Sports Authority near my office, I may need to make a stop there at lunch today!

I have my sister to thank for this delicious soup.  She subscribes to Bon Appetit magazine, and once she saw the cover of hot soups, she faxed me over the pictures and the recipes.  The cover recipe immediately caught my eye – it was for Chicken Kao Soi, which they described as:

A simple curry paste gives this Northern Thai-inspired soup surprising depth of flavor.

That is the best description I can give this soup – depth of flavor – wowza!

Chicken Khao Soi

  • makes 4 servings, 1.5 cups each 
  • 351 calories, 19 fat, 28 carbs, 2.8 fat, 16 protein, 406 sodium
  • 110% of Vitamin A, 32% of Vitamin C

Ingredients for paste:

  • 4 large dried guajillo chiles, stemmed, halved, seeded
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 1/3 cup chopped chilantro
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

Ingredients for soup:

  • 2 cans unsweetened coconut milk (each of my cans was 175 calories and low fat)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 ounces chicken breast
  • 1 package of precooked udon noodles (mine was 140 calories for half a package)
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • garnishes of bean sprouts and lime

For the paste.  Seed the chiles (using gloves or a ziploc bag – I sadly used my fingers and later touched my nose and mouth and they were on fire!).  Pour boiling water over the chiles just enough to cover, and let soften for 30 minutes.  You don’t need to worry about how much water, because you are only using a couple tablespoons of that liquid to make the paste.

In a food processor, put the softened chiles, garlic, ginger, cilantro, canola oil, coriander, tumeric, curry power and two tablespoons of chile water and pulse until pureed.

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The original recipe called for 2 tablespoons of oil in the paste, as well as 2 tablespoons of oil in the soup.  I reduced that to just one in the paste, and since there was oil in the paste, I didn’t add any to the pot.

Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat.  Ad the paste, and cooking, stirring constantly for five minutes, or just until the paste starts to darken slightly.  Add coconut milk and broth.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat.  I had one 8 ounce whole chicken breast, so I just put it in the pot and let it poach in the coconut milk for about 15-20 minutes and the chicken was cooked through.  I removed the chicken, let cool, shredded the chicken and put it back in the soup. 

I then added the fish sauce and brown sugar to the soup, put a lid on it, removed it from the heat and let it cool. 

At lunch I heated up the noodles separately – they cook in a bowl of water for three minutes.  I put 1/4 of the noodles in each bowl, heated  up the soup and put the hot soup over the noodles, then topped it with fresh bean sprouts, chopped cilantro and a lime wedge.

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Holy cow, this is a winner.  The flavors are so complex.  It has a nice heat, but you don’t get the heat until the second or third spoonful.  My boss LOVED this one – I can see this one being in a regular soup rotation.

Dinner was sausage pasta alfredo.  I followed this recipe, except I used half and half for the heavy cream.  And I didn’t add in the peas, but added chopped baby spinach to my dish.  Pure comfort in a bowl.

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This made four generous servings, so guess what I am going to do with the leftovers? 

More Lasagna Soup!

I had leftover sausage and I always have canned tomato sauce.  I am going to add the leftovers to the soup and call it a day.  I have been going through lasagna soup withdrawal – its been a couple weeks!  Just click on that link and check out the comments and see how many times I’ve made this soup.  It’s kind of embarrassing!

And thanks to my co-worker J who found these for me!

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I ate about 1/3 of the bag in the afternoon – they are spicy good!  I went ahead and voted for that flavor, because the idea of chicken and waffle chips makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little!

Make it a great day!

56 thoughts on “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

  1. I was going to ask if you have tried them well now I know IM going to get them 🙂 thanks Biz


  2. I have never heard that song!! I am not sure what my music is… Probably late 90s / early 00s alternative rock 🙂 (I was born in 86). I bet my mom knows the song… She got into aerobics in the 80s and loooooves 80s music.

  3. I remember Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, although I thought it was weird at the time. Most of my music love is 70s, although early 80s gets a vote as well. Jeff is 6 years older than me, so we have some similar conversations like you and Tony…the other day we were driving, listening to Sirius radio (the 70s station, natch) and a song came on from 1971. He was singing to it, while I commented “I was still listening to Turkey in the Straw” when this song came out! 😉

    • Ha – love it Shelley! I do the same thing – if Tony talks about when he first got his drivers license, I like to remind him that I was in 3rd grade!

  4. Aww man, you had me at alfredo – I can’t get enough of that stuff! I was born in 82, and even though “my music” would technically be 90s stuff, I still consider the 80’s as my music – it was so much better than the stuff from the 90’s!

    P.S. Have you ever listened to the Hall and Oates Pandora station? OMG it’s the best!

  5. Girl, get yourself a new suit STAT! 🙂

  6. I was born in 1973 so I am an 80’s girl. Wham, Journey, Elton John, Sting, Phil Collins, Billy Joel. These guys are classics and they need to crazy antics, their music is so good.

    • The very first album I ever asked for was for me and my sisters 5th birthday – I got Billy Joel’s 52nd street, my sister got the Bee-Gees Staying Alive album!

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  7. Mostly the 80’s were my music…but I have 6 older sisters that range from the age of 61 to 48, so I am very well versed in the 70’s also.

    • My SIL is three years older than Tony and he said that she played over and over The Cowsills Hair song – so much so, that to this day, Tony still knows all the words.

    • Yet another thing I would like to talk about is that ratehr than trying to match all your online degree courses on days that you end work (since the majority of people are exhausted when they go back home), try to have most of your lessons on the week-ends and only a couple courses on weekdays, even if it means a little time off your end of the week. This pays off because on the week-ends, you will be a lot a lot more rested plus concentrated for school work. Many thanks for the different guidelines I have figured out from your blog.

  8. Definitely a 90’s girl…mid to late part of those years. Although, I know most soft rock songs from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s thanks to my mom…and every Beach Boys/Beatles song around because of my Dad. 🙂

    • Mel – your last post made me smile from ear to ear – I love how far you’ve come in your recovery, and can see yourself as beautiful as I’ve been telling you that for years! Hugs!!

  9. I’m an 80’s, 90’s girl . . . As early as NKOTB, Madonna and Debbie Gibson, to U2 and Green Day. Although, I know every Neil Diamond song ever, and have even seen him in concert, thanks to growing up listening to his music (thanks, Dad).

  10. 80’s RULE 🙂 But I love a lot of the 70’s too. I was born in ’72 and my parents were only 20 when they had me, so I can remember them rockin’ out when I was a kid! And that soup looks amazing! (Even though I’m unsure about ‘fish sauce’, everytime I see that as an ingredient I’m like…ewww! Is it…fishy?)

  11. I’m having food envy over here for the soup AND the Sriracha chips!

  12. 80s all the way! I loves me some Queen, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Wham, Lionel Ritchie, depeche mode. Yay!

    • How the hell could I forget Styx! My sister and I actually went to a concert with Tommy Shaw of Styx, and wait for it . . . Tiffany! Yep, they were double billed at a theater in Indiana – such a crazy combo – I’ll have to ask my sister if she remembers that!

  13. I’m a 70’s girl, but love 80’s alternative rock and one of my favorite posessions is a pot holder that says Mary Who? Mary Who? I was a huge Mary Hartman fan!

  14. I HATED Mary Hartman. We’re the same age and I totally remember that show, because if you got to stay up late, it was the only thing on TV and then, if you remember, they quit broadcasting.

    Definitely an 80s girl, but my musical tastes include old school Blues and Opera, not much for country, though.

    Forget Sports Authority–way too much moola for a suit. Go online to and buy your size in a grab bag. Remember, to go up a size in the suit since Speedo usually runs small.

    Food looks good.

    • I didn’t even realize it until I read up on it last night that it was supposed to be a parody of soap operas. I always remembered thinking when I was little “why is she talking so slow?!”

  15. Biz I was going to tell you about those chips but you beat me to them! I thought I bought all three kinds at Walgreens to try but when I checked my bag, I saw I only had the other two which was disappointing b/c I was most excited about the sriracha. It HAS to be the best one because the other two were totally not good. Edible, but I would never buy them again. I will have to try the sriracha!!

    I used to hate 80s music but now I love it. My teen years were the 90s so I really loved Celine Dion (she’s kinda classic though), Alanis Morisette, Natlie Imbruglia, Sarah McLaughlin, Sheryl Crow, Fiona Apple and so many more. I really loved The Wallflowers- I think they were my fave band.

  16. I must be more Tony’s age since I totally remember that show ;). Your soup and pasta both look so good!

  17. your welcome for the soup recommendation – I’m going to try it too.

    Where did your friend find those chips – I’ve been looking for them for Paul!

  18. Ive heard of the show, but can’t say I remember any specifics about it. My husband is the same exact age as I am, and he still tries to tell me about things from our childhood that I should know about…but I don’t. Just goes to show you, even if you grow up in the same decade, you still experience things differently.

    I voted for the sriracha ones too! We tried all three…gotta say the chicken and waffles was my least favorite. Something about maple flavored potato chips…yuck.

  19. I tried the Chicken and Waffle chips over the weekend at a friend’s house. Surprisingly tasted just like it! I love unusual chip flavors. When my husband went to London, he brought back Prawn flavor and Rotisserie Chicken. And I always get a family size bag of Bacon flavor when I’m in Canada.

    My ipod is full of 90’s alternative rock. I grew up on grunge and, hello! I’m from Seattle! It will always be near and dear to me. 🙂

  20. I am definitely an 80’s music kid, a little early 90’s too I guess. I can’t find the chicken and waffles flavor but I have actually ate at a soul food restaurant called Lolo’s Chicken and Waffles and it was amaaazing. Not sure how that would translate into a chip though. I tried the Sriracha and the Cheesy Garlic bread flavors and liked the Sriracha best.

  21. You had me at alfredo.

    I was born in 1980, so my music is late ’80’s-’90’s.

  22. That soup sounds outrageously fantastic! I discovered guajillo chiles last year and fell in love with them! I haven’t cooked with them yet, though.

    My grandparents were 8 years apart. I remember when I was little asking, “So when Grandpa was in 8th grade, Grandma was in 1st grade? Ewwww…” 😉

  23. Hello, hello! It’s been a long time. My decade of music was the 80’s-90’s genre, and I’m a huge fan of 80’s music!

    This recipe looks awesome, definitely saving it! I wonder if beans would taste good it in versus chicken? The hubby’s a vegetarian….

    • So glad to have found you again Erica! I don’t see why you couldn’t sub out beans for chicken – the flavor profile is all from the broth anyway. 😀

  24. I was 80’s in high school and college. At the time I thought the music kinda sucked quite frankly! But now I LOVE it!! Weird. It must be all the great memories!

  25. That soup looks incredible and we love anything siricha! They would be dangerous to keep in my house.

  26. ahhh…I’m late to comment, but better late than never. (It’s been a long day, and I’m just now getting to my emails and blogs! ( for shame for shame) Ok, I had no idea what Mary Hartman was, but then again, I lived in a no TV household until I was about 15.
    Definitely an 80’s music decade girl. Big hair bands and alternative was just beginning to make their mark. Remember Tears for Fears? I went to a lot of concerts, all dressed in black of course ; ] My finacee and I are the flip of you and Tony. I’m older and he always says, “I was like in kindergarten then.” Gee, thanks honey! lol

  27. 80’s no doubt about it, best decade ever although I have started to appreciate the 70’s more and more too.

    I love that Wham song.

  28. Oh wow does that soup look incredible – I love anything with heat!!

  29. i am a total 90’s child – I know all the words to all the songs. Well, most of them anyways, especially if they are alternative/rock/punk/grunge. Woot!

  30. My husband and I enjoyed Mary Hartman very much when it was on. A year or so ago I noticed that Netflix had some of the episodes on and asked my daughter (she is 30 years old) to give it a try. She loved it and we were bummed that apparently a lot of the episodes have been lost.

    The Thai soup looks and sounds amazing, but I wonder if you could clarify the fat content because there are two listings. I know I could figure it up but since you’ve done that, I’ll be lazy. Thanks, Biz. 🙂

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