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How To Make Meatballs

How To Make Meatballs

You can really put a lot of time and effort into making meatballs. I like when a restaurant does something special with them, but if it’s my work we’re talking about, “easy to make” seems to make them taste a whole lot better.

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Cooking Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Meatballs cooked in tomato sauce

I was just reading a tip about adding the sauce to your meatballs when you bake them in the oven. I of course started craving meatballs and was just about to try that method when I remembered, “Didn’t all the moms when I was growing up cook their meatballs in the sauce?”

Why yes, I believe they did. And I remember the sauce had this distinctive taste that you just don’t find anywhere today. So I figured I’d give it a shot.

How did it turn out? Let’s just say I won’t be pre-cooking my meatballs any more.

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It’s hummus, it’s guacamole, it’s … hummamole

Hummus + Guacamole = Hummamole

The smooth texture and earthy vegetable flavor makes this mash-up great as a dip or spread, and versatile as an ingredient in other dishes.

The oldest daughter likes guac but not hummus. The mother-in-law likes hummus but not guac. I put a bowl of this between the two of them, turned around to get a drink, and when I turned back it was gone. I guess that’s a success.

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How To Make Pineapple & Black Bean Salsa

Pineapple & Black Bean Salsa

It might surprise you to learn that the salsa most North Americans are familiar with is nothing like what most Latin Americans eat. (If that actually surprises you, you probably think General Tso’s Chicken is an authentic Chinese recipe.)

Once you get past the idea that salsa has to be in any way “authentic” you’re free to try some really interesting variations on the theme. This one was inspired by a request from DaisyDee after I made the pineapple fried in coconut oil.

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How To Make Fried Pineapple Ice-cream Topping

Fried Pineapple Ice-cream Topping

Sure, you can open a can of crushed pineapple. Better, you can chop up a fresh one. But to really go over the top, fry it in coconut oil.

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