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“Meatballs are the ultimate cure-all for anything that ails you.” {Chile Verde Meatballs}

Meatballs with Chile Verde Sauce

Meatballs with Chile Verde Sauce

*The above quote is from The Meatball Shop Cookbook.
 

Yes!Chef! loves meatballs.  And he likes to make big, fat meatballs with lots of flavor, which usually means a high degree of fat.  We are not afraid of fat because, as Julia Child said, “Fat is flavor.”

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Steaks and Mistakes or This is the best Flank Steak and Chimichurri meal that I have ever made

Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

I love steak. I am not a meat and potatoes girl.  I am a steak with yummy sauces girl.  Although I will eat potatoes when Yes!Chef! makes them (and he loves potatoes), I can do without them for the most part.  But pair up a great steak (and that includes ground up types of steak like hamburger) with a great sauce (not gravy) and some interesting veggies and I am a happy woman.

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Basic Economics of the Freezer or What is that and how long has it been in there?

Spaghetti & Cheese Snack Pie

Spaghetti & Cheese Snack Pie

The other day I was reading some of the comments that we received on our Facebook Page and I came across a link from a very interesting Facebook Page called On The Homefront.  On her page she issued a Pantry Challenge.  I thought it sounded interesting, so I spoke to Yes!Chef! about it and he was on board.  Here’s the challenge:  See how long you can go with just making meals out of your pantry and freezer.  Go to the store only to buy necessary perishables like veggies, fruit, dairy.

So, since April 1, we have been scouring our freezer and pantry for long forgotten items to see how creative we can be.  Unfortunately, we have also discovered things that are of unknown origin and they look too scary to eat.  (Here’s a public service reminder to label and date things when you stick them in your freezer.)   But, mostly things have been labeled pretty well.

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Print Competitions

 

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Yes!Chef! loves pork.  Until he started cooking pork for me, I always turned up my nose at any mention of recipes that included pork.  My experience with pork has been dried up meat that needed lots of barbecue sauce in order to be able to choke it down.

My mind has been changed with some of the recipes Y!C! has made…specifically the Pressure Cooker Carnitas Recipe and the Pulled Pork Recipe he made last summer.  And now, he’s found a Pulled Pork Recipe that is more to his liking:  spicy, sweet and no-creamy cole slaw.

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Mexican Sweet Mini Pepper Poppers (Say that three times fast?)…Toy boat, toy boat, toy boat…

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We are excited to celebrate the Super Bowl this weekend because

1.  Finally my NINERS have made it back to the bowl!!!

And, 2.  some friends of ours have asked us to come down to their beautiful home in Sacramento and spend the weekend (pictures to follow.)

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Crock Pot Picadillo and a Cold Winter Day

Picadillo

Picadillo

Picadillo:  ( “mince”) is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and the Philippines (where it is known as giniling, and also Arroz a la Cubana) that is similar to hash. It is made with ground beef, tomatoes (tomato sauce may be used as a substitute), and other ingredients that vary by region. It is often served with rice or used as a filling in dishes such as tacos, savoury pastries or croquettes. The name comes from the Spanish word “picar,” which means “to mince” or “to chop”.

Well, now that we’ve cleared that little matter up…

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“Fry” Day Pickles and Snow Days

Fried Pickles with Yogurt, Dill, Sriracha dipping sauce

Well, another couple of weeks have gone by and where  was I?  Oh yes!  I was snowed in with a friend of mine for a couple of days, so no pics of Yes!Chef! making tasty things last week.

Every year a group of 7 ladies that I have known for years visit me at my cabin in Tahoe for a weekend retreat.  We have been doing this for the last 9 years.  Last year they came in the beginning of October.  Some years they have visited in July or August.  This year, they waited until almost the last weekend in October.  The weather in Tahoe is always iffy in October and true to form, the first few days were balmy and beautiful.  It chilled down in the evening, but daytime was wonderful.

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