Life Snapshot: In The Kitchen

Lamb Meatballs in the making...

I cooked A LOT this weekend, which is perfect as far as I’m concerned. (Super Duper AMAZEBALLS Baby Back Ribs + BBQ Sauce Recipe coming soon that is totally Whole 30 compliant and delicious!) One day I want to have Ina Garten’s “barn” to cook in, although I’m almost positive that her barn is larger than my *actual* house (and also in the Hamptons), so that may be aiming high. (I love that House Beautiful Magazine can’t even say “barn” without quotation marks. Ha!)

Wow, I just fell down a major Ina Garten rabbit hole. Even the shiny parts of my life now seem so dull. 🙂

Seriously though, a separate space on your property to cook, entertain, write your cookbooks, clean the vegetables from your garden? SIGN ME UP. Which reminds me, we need to talk about the Paleo Cookbook I would like to write. Yes they are a dime a dozen and a lot of them are just recycled recipes for proscuitto wrapped asparagus and whatnot, but I have an idea that WOULD NOT BE THAT. It is a cookbook that I would like to buy but is not available yet. I think this is a good place to start, but that is another blog post altogether. And a whole other project. OY!

What I wanted to tell you though, was in that picture above? I was making meatballs. These meatballs specifically, and man were they awesome. So great that I made them 2 nights later as an appetizer for our Book Club Dinner. A couple weeks ago I also made these meatballs and AGAIN, so enjoyable.

Sun-Dried Tomato Meatballs with Walnut Pesto Spaghetti Squash

Meatballs are the best comfort food! Every year for my birthday my mom would ask me what I wanted for dinner, and without fail I would always request her Rice Meatballs with Gravy. (Especially in those years when I was living out of town and on my own but still not that great of a cook. OMG, those years, when I would get to come home and eat those meatballs? Practically life changing.) It sounds like such a weird dish and I’m always a bit leery of “gravy” but these were THE BOMB. Because of all the Dawson’s Creek I’ve been watching I now spell leery “leary” on the regular.

ANYWAY. All these meatballs lately have made me so ready for fall to show up. Are you feeling it too? I’m excited mostly because fall is when it becomes acceptable to roast vegetables in my kitchen again without it being miserable. And when one-pot meals seem to make so much sense. When I walk in the door from a long day of work and it is almost dark but my house smells amazing because of something sitting in the crockpot. I’ll be sad to see Eating Outdoors Season come to an end, but I am really ready to get my crispiness from the weather and not the grill.

Good food and good times ahead, I think.


Psssst…like the spice jars? I talk all about them here.

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4 Responses to Life Snapshot: In The Kitchen

  1. Mariah says:

    I actually just stumbled on Mel’s meatballs recipe the other day while looking for a use for my grass-fed lamb splurge at the farmers’ market. I didn’t have the time to monkey with it (aka, too lazy to pull all the seasonings and measure. hah!), so ended up making dijon/onion lamb patties. Ah-mazing. I can’t wait to try the meatballs though!

    And no, not looking forward to fall, even if it includes food. I consider “fall” the f-word. 😉 Fall always means my busy season is almost over, which I cannot wait for, but I have loved the 80* weather this summer. Not ready for cold and snow!

  2. Beth says:

    Totally intrigued on what your cookbook idea is. I have a few ideas that I really want someone to come out with, so I’m crossing my fingers it is one of them!

  3. Amelia says:

    I like the cookbook idea. I’m sure you’ll bring something new to the plate. You know I’ll buy it 🙂

  4. Erica says:

    I’m pretending fall starts tomorrow. Join me!