Monday, August 24, 2009

The incredible edible meatball!

Dear Mr. Meatball,

I love you soooooooo much. Not only are you tasty but you make my life so much easier around dinner time. Did you know that there are 101 things you can do with said meatball???

I LOVE that cookbook! I really really really do. You should go and BUY it, and any of the other 101 things cook books that Mrs. Stephanie Ashcrafts has written. I like her cooking style.... cooking on a budget -check easy -check tasty -double check. Because honestly I do not want to cook some crazy dinner with tons of ingredients every night.

I once got a chef's 365 meals with no repeats cookbook.... Yes some of the recipes looked good but really some of the recipes had A PAGE. YES one page of ingredients... NO, THANK YOU. Followed by 2 pages of instructions.... OMG really NO that that does not sound like a 30 minute meal to me. I did not try any of the recipes in there. On that note I know I lost many of you because A- you cook like a 5 star michelin chef every meal - JennyMac and Little Ms Blogger .... Or you don't cook -- Kristina P....... (kristina do you cook?? I don't know) But I know there are my readers to do cook like me.... you know what there are because I have gotten calls about recipes I have posted on here.

But anyways back to my not so any more secret love affair with Mrs. Ashcraft. Um well I have bought like 7 of her cook books and refer to them often and I wish my friends would buy their own copies... - Susan and Stef because not only does she give the meatball a good name and finds different ways to cook it up.... She also wrote 2 cookbooks that changed my life forever. 101 and 101 more things to do with a crock pot. Did you know I made some bread in the crock pot once?? and it was good... tasted like homemade bread my mom use to make.

Back to Mr. Meatball .... please don't throw up your nose at him... He will always love you and never do you wrong. So here are some of my favorite recipes from Mrs. Ashcroft.... Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce. This is such a easy recipe that you can do a few things with .... So put as many meatballs as you think you will need and as many jars of sauce as you like... I usually do about 45 meatballs and 1 jar of sauce but you know your family better.... And with that you can have your regular old spaghetti and meatballs... OR you can make meatball subs/grinders. Those are so tasty easy!!

Another favorite is the Sweet and Sour Meat ball!!! YUMMO... so about 45 meatballs. I think a rule for meatballs are about 8-10 meatballs per person... 5 for kids OR MORE. But I like my meatballs. Also need is a can of CRUSHED pineapple, 1/2 cup brown sugar, a few dashes of soy sauce. Mix all that together and pour over all the meatballs... I keep meaning to buy pineapple juice to add because hub loves sauce so if you like more sauce add some more pineapple juice and mix with a tablespoon of cornstarch. And serve over rice or pasta. OR you can serve as an appetizer if needed. Someone told me meatball appetizers were so 1960s... and I told them they can suck it. Honestly.

In closing Stephanie Ashcraft is a good cook who writes a mean cookbook! check them out you won't be sorry!! Actually I think those 2 recipes I got from the crock pot cook books.... Well go get those, the meat ball one, and the 2 101 things to do with a cakemix!! SOOO GOOD, and you will thanks me.



Little Ms Blogger said...

Does it have a Swedish meatball recipe? I love them and don't know how to make them and their sauce.

Dang. Now I'm hungry.

Beth Dunn said...

My husband lives for meatballs! so fun xoxo

Ink Obsession Designs said...

I love meatballs! I'm Italian so it is in my blood I suppose! :)

sherbugs said...

i have issues with getting my hands in the meat mixture. it's all squishy and slimy and gooey. i don't like play dough either. do you think i could talk the butcher into selling the beef already formed into the little balls?

Cooking To Lose Weight said...

Definitely will look it up...thanks!

Kristina P. said...

I do cook! I don't cook a lot with only two of us, and our schedules, but I am actually a good cook.

I don't usually cook with meatballs, however.

Leah Rubin said...

Ladies, ladies, have you not discovered the joy of the frozen "bag o' meatballs"? They are not as good as homemade, but they sure aren't bad! Besides, if you make a good sauce to go with them, you are personalizing the dish! YUM!

La La La Leah said...

Other Leah you are right! I do use the frozen meatballs for all my recipes and I guess I just assumed everybody else did too!!! There is even a part in the cookbook that talks about the frozen meatball because that is what you use for all the recipes. So I was thinking I should have talked about that I just didn't... now I know.

JennyMac said...

my Hub is the meatball eater around here...and our munchkin. Mama doesnt dig the meatballs. LOL.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Okay, I fess up - never seen the frozen meatballs...but that sounds yummy.

*Ashleigh* said...

Yeah, you should tell that person who said meatballs are so 1960's that's called RETRO and it is SO coming back!! Retro is COOL and so are meatballs ;D

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