Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ricotta Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

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I decided to repost one of my most popular dishes!  Enjoy.

Ricotta Meatballs! I got the idea from Rediscovering Lost Arts From Our Mothers.  I didn't follow her recipe, I did my own thing, but her recipe inspired me!  All I can say is...  WOW!  They came out awesome.

Ricotta Meatballs In Marinara Sauce


Marinara Sauce:
olive oil
6 cloves garlic
1 small onion
red pepper
1 can crushed tomatoes

Heat a small amount of olive oil in a sauce pan.  Add in chopped garlic and onion, cook on low until garlic browns and onion softens.  Add in crushed tomato. Season with salt, red pepper and basil.  Cover and simmer on low, stirring often, for about an hour.

Ricotta Meatballs:
1 package of ground veal, pork and beef mix
garlic powder
1 red potato
1 egg
Ricotta Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix meat and all ingredients except cheese in a large bowl as shown in video.  Grind the potato into very small pieces.  Mix well with hands.  Add in cheese and mix well.  Don't overmix.  Roll meat into balls and place in pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Place in oven uncovered and cook 20 to 30 minutes.

When meatballs are nice and brown, remove from oven.  Coat the bottom of a serving dish that can go into the oven with a small amount of sauce.  Place meatballs in serving dish.  Cover with sauce.  Place Mozzarella cheese on top of each meatball.  Place in oven and cook until cheese melts.

Serve over pasta or rice of your choice or enjoy with a big salad.

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Reene Pisi

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Holiday Madness Begins

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Holiday madness is here.  There's extra shopping, gift wrapping to be done, decorating, events you are obligated to, travel, house guests, and more housework, cleaning for company, cleaning during the company (the house always gets messier when you have a houseful) and cleaning after the company leaves!  All that while attempting to maintain your already hectic daily routine and deal with an illness here and there (it's bound to happen during the holiday season, either yourself, your spouse, the kids, an elderly parent) someone always gets sick, too many people in close quarters guarantees it.  Last but not least of course there's always more food shopping and cooking!  Are you exhausted yet just reading this?

Some of it is fun, but some of it is stressful and sometimes debilitating. And for the most part, women still do the majority of it all.

Anyone downstate New York may just want to take an hour of pampering all for themselves, or give a day of pampering to a well-deserved family member or friend, teacher, nurse, even the mail lady, whomever you think could use it!

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