Meatballs Over Polenta

meatballs over polenta

What is it about meatballs that makes us love them so much?  I mean really, they are just another form of hamburger/meatloaf/etc...but we all fall hard for meatballs.  It's got to be their adorable little bite-sized-ness, I'm guessing.  But whatever it is, my radar is perennially up for the next great way to make meatballs yet again for supper.  And while I will always be devoted to the classic spaghetti-and-meatballs, I think this polenta version just might be my new favorite. Read More & Get the Recipe

Beef Stroganoff Spaghetti and Meatballs


I love making the Southern husband his suppertime favorites. As a result, shrimp and grits are frequently on the menu, along with okra and various things made with scallops, and he's always perfectly happy with good old fashioned burgers on the grill.  But every now and again I remember that he loves beef stroganoff...and then I don't make it.  There's something that feels so fancy and serious about it that I just can't pull it together for a Tuesday night.  And then one day it occurred to me that maybe the Tuesday night version was not the steak and mushrooms and egg noodles version.  Maybe it was the meatballs and shallots and spaghetti version. Read More & Get the Recipe

Meatballs with Fresh Ricotta


Every Saturday night the Southern husband and I have what we call The Restaurant Project.  We have a long list of restaurants we want to try, and each Saturday we try a new one.  We've kept it up for two years now (and all I can say is thank goodness for the GPS) but as you can imagine, we've now seen a lot of menus...and one thing that's been popping up on a lot of them is meatballs with ricotta.  Not spaghetti with meatballs...just meatballs. With ricotta. And every time I saw it I got a little more obsessed, until one day I snapped.  It had to happen in my kitchen. Read More & Get the Recipe

Italian Meatball Soup


Happy New Year, everyone!  The holidays are at an end, the new year is upon us, and in my house that means one thing, food-wise.  We have been feasting on chocolate and cheese and bacon and roast beast and peppermint bark and our jeans are screaming for mercy.  And so for the first couple weeks of the new year the Southern husband and I get one thing and one thing only for dinner, and that is soup. No cream soups either.  The goal is to be able to sit down without popping any buttons off of anyone's pants, especially mine.  And if we have to do it, YOU have to live through it with us, so prepare yourself for a parade of soup recipes this week.  I'll ease you into it with this scrumptious Italian meatball number.  Yes, there are meatballs.  Yes, there are croutons.  But it's all about moderation, and if you can manage to ladle yourself out a modest amount of meatballs and croutons and go heavier on the delicious tomato broth and veggies, you are well on your way to fitting back into Read More & Get the Recipe

Mexican Meatball Soup


Okay, so let me start out by saying, there are certain days when I wake up and I know I just HAVE to have Mexican food.  Have to.  Not want to.   Have to.  Now, when this happens on a Friday or a Saturday, this is pretty straightforward.   We head out to this place near us called El Bandido and a glass of sangria and a tostada later, life is good. When this happens on, say, a Tuesday, it's a little bit more challenging, given the whole work week thing and all.  These are the times when it is good to have a few fast and easy Mexican food recipes in your arsenal, and these days when it is getting a little nippy outside, a soup that includes meatballs, salsa, avocado and tortilla chips?   Yep, that's got my name on it.  (As much as an Irish girl married to a Southern Cherokee guy could have her name on a Mexican recipe.) Here's the drill on this one: you make up some little meatballs that are spiced up with a little Mexican flavor...scallions, tortilla chips, cumin, and cilantro if Read More & Get the Recipe

Swedish Meatballs


My handsome, romantic, agreeable Southern husband is one of the major ingredients that keeps this little blog chugging along. Not only does he bravely eat each and every experiment that comes out of my kitchen, he also helps with the chopping, the measuring, and (yes!!) the cleaning up. He cheerfully runs out for those ingredients I inevitably forget and need right NOW. He also gave me this... And this. So every now and again I like to make him his all-time favorite dinner, which is Swedish Meatballs. I'm always on the lookout for a good Swedish Meatball recipe, and I've tried quite a variety of 'em over the years. Which made it that much more exciting when I spotted a new one at one of my most reliable cooking resources, Cooks Illustrated. If Cooks Illustrated makes it, you KNOW it is going to be great, and this was no exception. Lots of Swedish Meatball recipes can be heavy and salty and overwhelmingly saucy, but not this one - the sauce is light and delicious and the Read More & Get the Recipe