Thursday, August 23, 2012

Spaghetti and meatballs

1 pound Ground Beef or other ground meat
2 cloves Garlic, Minced
1/2- 3/4 cups Fine Bread Crumbs
2 whole Eggs
1/2 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan
1/8 cup Parsley, you can use dried or fresh
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2 cup Olive Oil for browning the meatballs.

1 whole Yellow Onion, Diced
3 cloves Garlic, Minced
2 -28 Ounce Cans Crushed Tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Sugar
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Preparation Instructions

To make the meatballs, combine meat, garlic, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley in a mixing bowl. Mix together well with hands. Roll into 1 1/2-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet into the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up.
To brown the meatballs, heat olive oil in a heavy pot or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs turning to brown. Remove and drain on a paper towel after each batch.
In the same pot, add the onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes, or until translucent. Pour in crushed tomatoes. Add salt, pepper, sugar, and parsley. Stir to combine and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.
Add meatballs to pot and stir in gently. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring very gently a couple of times during the simmer.
Just before serving, stir in basil if using.
Serve over cooked spaghetti. Sprinkle with extra Parmesan.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Leek and Potato Soup

2 leeks, trimmed, sliced in half lengthwise, coarsly chopped and rinsed
1 yellow onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and pressed
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 TBSP. olive oil
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 boullion cube
1/2 tsp sea salt
Black pepper

In a pot heat oil, add onions and leeks. Cook for 10 minutes stirring constantly or until they begin to soften. Add potatoes, salt, garlic and liquid. Bring to a boil. Add boullion cubes. Reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes. You can leave the soup as it is or you can blend it. We blended half and left half as it was and combined.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sweet Corn bread

1 cup milk 1/4 cup butter, melted
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Heat oven to 400. Grease bottom and sides of round cake pan. Beat milk, butter and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients all at once just until flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy). Pour into pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Chicken & Sugar Snap Stir Fry

4 chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
1 onion chopped
 6 carrots peeled and sliced
8 oz sugar snap peas
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
4 tsp light soy sauce
1 dash of pepper
2 tsp corn flour
1 egg white
2 tbsp sesame oil

Combine all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 5 hours. Serve over rice.