"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have". - Frederick Koenig

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


The other day while I was finishing off my coffee before schlepping miserably to work for the day, I happened to catch a 'Today Show' food segment where they were making meatballs with the owners of 'The Meatball Shop' in NYC.  These were not just your standard run-of-the-mill meatballs, but really yummy looking meatballs.  Now, I'm normally not a huge meatball aficionado, but these seemed like something I wanted to try.  So, after bringing Jay in on the idea (he was all over it), we set out to make these miracle meatballs for tonight's dinner.

Though both of us took to our tasks and were working simultaneously, the "Classic Tomato Sauce" was first underway so it could have time to simmer while the rest of the dinner was being prepped.  I was pleasantly surprised at how low maintenance it was for being so tasty. 

Saute some chopped onions & garlic with oregano,  salt, & a bay leaf.

Add a little tomato paste to the mix and let it simmer.

Pour in some canned crushed tomatoes to the onion mixture, let simmer, and season to taste.

Now on to the meatballs, which were Jay's charge and were just as easy to put together as the sauce.

Using the 'actual' recipe as a bit of creative inspiration, Jay used a butcher's blend of ground meats (from our local Belmont Butchery) and added egg, bread crumbs, and seasoning.

Into the oven on 450 for 15 minutes.

Then onto the plate over some creamy polenta and with a side caprese salad!

For being so easy and quick to make, it certainly was delicious and came off feeling like a slightly elevated comfort food.  More than one plate was had by one of our guests, though I won't name any names. ;) If you're interested in dishing up some of this in your own kitchen or being inspired by the original source, you can find the recipe for the sauce and the inspiration for the meatballs here.  I know I especially plan on trying out the chicken meatballs with the parmesan cream sauce myself!

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