Recipe: Braised meatballs with bacon & chard

I. Freaking. Love. Meatballs. In fact, I’m pretty certain 50 Cent knew nothing of fat kids’ loves when he was rapping about cake. Any fat kid that knows what’s up would take a saucy little meatball over a crumbly slice of Duncan Hines hands down. And that’s the truth. In this version, juicy spheres of herb-studded, organic, grass fed beef are roasted to develop a crisp crust and then bathed in a super fast tomato sauce chock full of bacon and thick ribbons of chard.  Serve over whole wheat or brown rice pasta for a meal that’s as balanced as it is satisfying. Braised Meatballs with Bacon & Chard By Emily Stoffel Cooking time: 50 mins | Serves 4 For the Meatballs 1/2 c panko 2 eggs, beaten 3 T chopped fresh herbs (basil/sage/oregano/rosemary/thyme all work well) 2 T olive oil 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes dash nutmeg s&p to taste 1.3 -1.5 lbs ground beef  For the Sauce 4-6 slices thick cut bacon, roughly diced 1 bunch swiss chard, tough stems removed/leaves chopped 24 oz prepared pasta sauce (scratch or purchased) freshly grated parmesan Instructions Preheat oven to 450F. Combine … Read More

Gettin’ Judgy wit it

I’ve been saying I should start a blog for God knows how long, but it took purchasing a domain name to finally light a fire under my butt strong enough to motivate movement. As you may learn, I consider every purchase an investment and am highly disappointed when dollars are wasted on fruitless efforts. So how better to kickstart a blog than to pay for one? Sure, the logic is a bit backwards, but we’re here, aren’t we? And now that we’re here, the question begs: where  do I start? I crack myself up on pretty much a daily basis, yet there’s a whole new sense of pressure, of fear, when the inner monologue becomes external and the critics start circling. But let’s be real. If criticism is just a fancy word for gettin’ judgy — and gettin’ judgy is one of my guiltiest pleasures — then I’ll happily take one for the GJ team. If nothing else, blogging will provide an alternative to the typical weeknight routine of watching Top Gear reruns until midnight and then startling awake (wait, when did I fall asleep?) to the realization that my teeth aren’t brushed and the laundry is still in the dryer. If you have a … Read More