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Italian Meatballs

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This recipe was adapted from a cookbook a friend gave me, ‘Journey into Cooking’, by Maria Gray. It’s even an autographed copy. There is more content in this book than any illustrated, commercial cookbook has nowadays, with 270 pages with 1-4 recipes per page.

Next time you go to the bookstore or Amazon.com to purchase the next celebrity chef’s new cookbook, go to the bargain section and look for an old-school, un-illustrated, un-trendy cookbook someone cared to pass on to you. You’ll find treasures.

Italian Meatballs (serves 8-10)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup real bread crumbs (bread torn by hand)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup processed bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 quart tomato sauce

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soak real bread crumbs in a cup of milk.

2) In large bowl, mix all ingredients except tomato sauce together. If you’re not afraid to get dirty, use your hands to mix. It is finished mixing when you get that springy, bouncy texture from the meatball mixture.

3) Gently shape meatball mixture into balls (little smaller than golf ball size), but do not handle them much, or they will be very tough after baking.

4) Cook sauce in pot over low heat.  Lightly drizzle olive oil to grease 2 cookie sheets. Bake for 20 minutes, turning over once.

5) Spoon into sauce, simmer for 5 minutes – 1 hour. Serve over pasta.

 

*Substitutions/Tips:

- 1/4 cup sour cream instead of 1/3 cup milk

- The longer the meatballs simmer in the sauce, the more it enhances the flavor/saltiness.  You may want to add a little more salt to the meatball mixture if you don’t want them to cook in the sauce for a long time.

Roasted Rack of Lamb with Moroccan Spice

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Aren’t you gorgeous? You’re a really attractive hunk of meat. And it’s okay for a hunk of meat like you to have a little fat around the edges, that makes it more natural. Wait, what are we talking about? What are YOU talking about? I was talking about the rack of lamb. Yea, that’s right, I called you a rack of lamb. And if I may say, that’s a nice rack you have.

Innuendos aside, this recipe was fairly easy. No, I did not make my own Moroccan spice, because I didn’t want to spend the money on 9 different bottles of spice to blend together. But please feel free to cheat, by adding one fresh spice to give the recipe an extra fresh kick to it.  Add 1 tsp. of fresh mint, or fresh parsley if you have it.

I purchased a bottle of Moroccan Rub, from Pampered Chef, a few months ago. It worked quite well, and had a lot of flavor.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 rack of lamb (7-8 ribs)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Moroccan spice

Directions:

1) In a bowl, mix spice into olive oil, making a paste.

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2) Brush paste onto meat, refrigerate for 1 hour.

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3) Place rack of lamb on a raised cooking rack in a roasting pan, bone side down.

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4) Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roast for 25 minutes. Take out of oven and insert meat thermometer in meatiest part of rack. The temp usually rises 5-10 degrees out of the oven. 125 degrees for rare, and 135 degrees for med. rare. Cover loosely with aluminum foil for 5 – 10 minutes before cutting. That way the juices stay inside the meat. Serves 3-4.

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Crock Pot Turkey Chili

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An easy recipe for the crock pot.  Dinner cooks itself while you’re at work. Serves 8.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 14 oz. cans kidney beans
  • 1 14 oz. can black beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 6-8 oz. tomato paste
  • 2 oz. jalepenos, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder

Add extra jalepenos or hot sauce according to your taste.

Directions:

  1. In skillet on medium high, cook ground turkey and onion until meat is done.  Put into crock pot.
  2. Mix rest of ingredients into crock pot.
  3. Simmer on high for 6-8 hours.
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