Saturday, March 19, 2011

"Meat"balls, Zucchini Bread, Charred Tomato Soup

Finally have some time to catch up on my blogging. I have not been cooking quite as much as I would like but here are some things I have tried recently:

Spaghetti and Meatballs I have made these a few times. I use Gimme Lean sausage, raw cashews instead of walnuts and skip the part about adding garlic powder and black pepper while they are cooking. I seem to burn them each time but they still taste fine. They are family friendly and my husband has requested them several times so I guess they have become part of our rotation.

Benz Zucchini Bread This is very yummy and cooks very nicely. I always halve the recipe since I do not need two loaves. The changes I make are: only using 1/2 cup sugar and less oil than requested, left out raisins and nuts because then my kids would never eat it. On one attempt, I tried to use half whole wheat pastry flour and used applesauce/sweet potato baby food (since I still have a bunch collecting dust in the cabinet) instead of the oil but it was terrible and I threw most of it away :(

Charred Tomato Soup I was watching Alex's Day Off on the Food Network one morning (not sure why since I really dislike Alex on Chopped) and she made this soup which looked easy enough. I did not have any vermouth so I just used white vinegar and it added a nice kick. Balsamic would have worked too. My husband made this on his own a few weeks later so I guess he enjoyed it. I just used the immersion blender and left a few chunks the first time but honestly I preferred it almost completely smooth so that is how the second batch was made.


  1. Em, I have never made meatballs - I just use Trader Joe's meatballs. But, these look like they would be yummy and not too expensive. Love tomato soup - I should try this recipe.

  2. I don't think we have tried the Trader Joe's meatballs or the sausages (you like those, right?). Not sure why exactly. Definitely use the sausage Gimme Lean, not the ground beef has a very funny taste.