Roasted Meatballs and Marinara Sauce

Roasted Meatballs and Marinara Sauce 5

Who doesn’t love spaghetti and meatballs! When making it for guests I always had this giant doubt about it. Growing up, it was the one night you never wanted dish duty! Especially when your parents paired you, (me the youngest) with the only boy. My brother had a very good system for looking very busy without doing anything… Seriously, just ask Linda. Anyway, I decided once to just roast the whole thing so I could enjoy my guests and not look at my kitchen with embarrassment as if a peck of tomatoes had just exploded. I was not sure how it would go over with some of the Italian family members who call the sauce gravy, but like I always say, nothing ventured, nothing gained… Continue reading

Meatball Sliders

Meatball Sliders

Ok, ok… I know this might seem a bit parochial, but I think it’s a real time saver for the holidays. Meatball Sliders! My mother always fried her meatballs before she put them in the sauce, but I don’t. I put them into the sauce raw and let them flavor the sauce. Take note, I don’t use a fatty meat. I use a lean beef. Anyway, if you’re like me and have lots of visitors over the holidays…this is a quick and simple dish to have around. Who doesn’t like a meatball sub?! The perfect bite for you or your guests… Continue reading

Swedish Meatball Chowder

Swedish Meatball Chowder

Quite a few years ago I made my first venture oversees…to Sweden! It was a beautiful time of year – not yet cold enough for heavy winter coats – kind of like today’s weather here in NJ. Heavy sweater weather…while in Sweden I got my first taste of their cuisine. Crisp, clean flavors with a touch of tart. Very simple yet appetizing. I’ve brought the taste of Sweden home with this flavorful soup… Continue reading