Monthly Archives: January 2012

Italian Meatballs

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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)

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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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.