Monthly Archives: June 2011

Beef + Pork Combo Meatballs

Hello everyone!

Today I’ve decided to share a recipe for beef and pork meatballs. These can be used in a variety of ways, including on top of spaghetti (all covered in cheese…), served plain, on top of rice, or with a variety of sauces. I used whole grain thin spaghetti and Classico spicy tomato and basil sauce. This is a perfect summer food for those cooler days, but it reminds me of fall. This recipe makes about 2 dozen meatballs.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork sausage
2.5 T cumin
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced (depending on preference)
1 T black pepper
1 T red pepper flakes
1 T chili powder

Optional: Spaghetti noodles and sauce, or other additions to your meal

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure meat is entirely thawed ahead of time.

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine spices in bowl.

3. Mince garlic cloves.

4. Knead ground pork sausage and beef together in bowl.

5. Add minced garlic and spices.

6. Continue kneading until thouroughly mixed.

7. Grab a meatball-sized piece of mixture.

8. Roll the mixture between your hands into a spherical shape.

9. Place meatballs 1/2 inch apart on baking sheet or pizza tray.

10. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, then flip and continue cooking.

11. Continue cooking for 7 minutes or so, checking every so often. (When I cooked these they were done after 35 min.)

12. Remove from oven and prepare for serving.

13. Enjoy!

Have you ever made homemade meatballs? What is your favorite way to serve/eat meatballs?

Photos by: Colin Diltz
Post by: Melissa Rook

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Bacon Pepperjack Macaroni & Cheese

Hello everyone!

Today I’m going to introduce my first recipe, the ultimate comfort food with a twist: bacon Pepperjack mac & cheese.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Milk
A half cup or so of Pepperjack cheese (grated)
A few sprinkles of Parmesan cheese
A few tablespoons of Flour
1 box of Elbows Chifferi (or other noodles if you prefer, such as macaroni noodles)
4-6 strips of Bacon (depending on personal preference)
1 Pot
1 Pan
1 Baking/casserole dish
1 Cheese grater (or another method of grating cheese)

Recipe:

1.  Boil a few cups of water in a pot.

2.  When the water is boiling, add the noodles. Cook as directed on box and to desired softness. For firmer noodles, cook less, and for softer noodles, cook longer.

3. Drain the noodles and set aside.

4. Grate the Pepperjack cheese and set aside.

5. Using a pan, cook bacon to desired crispness and set aside.

6. Using a pot, on medium-low heat, add the milk.

7. While stirring, add the Pepperjack cheese and a few sprinkles of Parmesan cheese.

8. Depending on the consistency, add flour by the teaspoon until thick like cheese fondue.

9. Continue stirring sauce.

10. Add noodles to casserole dish.

11. Add sauce to casserole dish, over noodles.

12. Slice bacon into bite-size pieces.

13. Add bacon to casserole dish, over noodles.

14. Stir contents of casserole dish together.

15. Bake for 10-20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

16. Enjoy!

Photos by: Colin Diltz
Post by: Melissa Rook


Just Getting Started

Hello everyone!

I have been cooking/baking (if you want to be specific) since I was about six years old. This is despite the fact that I may have done little of the actual work and been supported heavily by my mom. The first thing I ever remember baking is cupcakes, perhaps fostering my love of all things sweet and delicious. We then decorated the cupcakes as various bugs and insects, with licorice and M&Ms, to impress the kids in my class.

Since then I’ve become a bit more self reliant, but I always find cooking is more fun when done with someone else. I always prefer being able to speak with others and ask for opinions when making something new, though it can be more rewarding to make something entirely by yourself.

In August I will graduate from college, which makes this the perfect time to compile several recipes for the future. No matter what happens. The name of my blog “couple cooking” refers to myself and my boyfriend. He has taught me to enjoy so many  foods that I would never have even looked at before. He has agreed (and we’ll see how this goes because he’s super busy most of the time) to take pictures if I will cook the food.

Stay tuned.

P.S. I’m thinking about doing Meatless Monday and Thrifty Thursday… but any other ideas? I already have some specific recipes in mind.