Monthly Archives: January 2012

Italian Meatballs


When I was a little girl, my dad would have me in the kitchen making meatballs.  Definetly one of my favorite memories of us together. Now I like to do this with my children.   I usually throw it together paying no attention to the amount of ingredients I use( a little of this and that).  So this last time I cooked them, I paid attention and wrote down the ingredients.

What you will need:

1 Pound of Italian Sausage

1 Pound of Ground Beef

1 Cup of Plain Bread Crumbs

2 eggs

1 1/2 Tablespoons of Garlic Powder

2 Teaspoons of Onion Powder

2 Tablespoons of Italian Seasoning

3 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

It is helpful to have a large cast iron skillet, if not I would recommend your nonstick skillet.  Heat 3 tablespoons of olive in your skillet over medium heat.  Mix the rest of the ingredients by hand in a large bowl.  Now is a good time to bring in the kiddos.  Have everyone make golf ball size meatballs, and you place them in the pre-heated skillet.  Now you are going to cook them for about 20-30 minutes, turning them often.  I like mine well down, almost crunchy so I take the full thirty minutes.  If you have some garlic salt, I like to sprinkle some on top of the meatballs while they are cooking.  That is it, just add to your favorite spaghetti sauce and enjoy!  (makes about 40 meatballs)


Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


I meant to post this back in December, but moving at Christmas time made it difficult.  These cookies would be perfect for a cookie exchange, a bake sale or classroom parties.  I have had this recipe since high school.  A friend of mine brought them to a class Christmas party and I have baked them now for  20 years.  My oldest son likes to whip up a batch.  He then gets a big cold glass of milk and will sit and eat about a dozen.  A perfect cookie for kids, because as my kids would say there is nothing “weird” in it.

What you will need:

1 Box of Devils Food Cake Mix

2 Tablespoons of Water

3 Eggs

1/2 Cup of Shortening

1/2 Cup Powder Sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  You will mix the cake mix, water, eggs, and shortening in a bowl.  You must mix by hand, not with an electric mixer.  It does get hard to mix it all in, so after a few stirs, I use my hand to mix it really good.  Roll you a ball of the cookie dough about the size of a walnut.  Then you roll the cookie ball  around in your powdered sugar, give it a nice thick coat.  Place on your cookie sheet, and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Makes about 3 dozen.