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    A recent graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, I found myself with no money, no kitchen equipment, and an exceptionally huge appetite. Ideas, improvisations, and yummy meal solutions were discovered in the kitchen of my very first apartment.
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Hungarian Meatballs

There’s another great week of recipes and voting going on at Food52. My mouth was watering as I read the recipe up for “Best Recipe with Paprika”. These Hungarian meatballs are delicious – an incredible combo of beef, pork, and pancetta in a delicious paprika-spiced sauce. I’d post the recipe here, but I copied it to a T, and it was delicious. So head over to Food52 and check out this recipe HERE. Bon appetit!


Corned Beef with Potatoes and Braised Brussels Sprouts

Tonight, Matt made dinner. Not to say that he isn’t usually involved…but tonight he did the whole thing from start to finish. It was amazing…simple but so full of flavor. It simmered all day while we lounged and relaxed. We ate in a pouring rain storm. Leftovers are in the fridge and we’re feeling warm and comforted on this chilly, rainy night.

Glazed Beef Spare Ribs with Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers

So after eating massive quantities of pork due to my impulse purchase of a 6# shoulder, we figured we’d keep it light for the next few days. That is, until we saw an incredible rack of beef spare ribs at the market on a wicked special. Naturally, we couldn’t resist. Yes, I was aware as I walked out of the store that I probably didn’t need to eat more meat for dinner. Did I care? No.

While Matt was at work, I rubbed the ribs down with some spices. Then before I put them in the oven, I glazed them with a glaze of vinegar, tomatoes, sriracha, and more spices. After they were rubbed and glazed, I put the ribs in the oven for about 2 hours at a low temperature. You could also grill them (yum) or leave them in the oven for up to four hours, which will leave the meat melt-in-your mouth and falling off of the bone.

Chili Coated Beef with Barley Cake and Tomato Sauce

I like the challenge of making good food for not a lot of money. I especially enjoy trying to make a seemingly fancy, well-composed dish on a budget. I got the basic idea for this dish from another blog and adapted it slightly.

This dish is great because it uses barley – a delicious and incredibly cheap whole grain that can make the perfect starch component to a meal. The author also gave me an interesting idea – running the barley through a food processor to give it a finer texture. That gives it a fluffy lightness that is not usually associated with barley. 

No More Boring Leftovers Continued: Asian Meatballs with Udon and Beef Broth

Soup is a quick and easy thing to prepare at the last minute. Unfortunately, the idea equated with soup is generally a huge vat with tons and tons of leftovers. With this soup, I’ve tried to create just the right amount, using my pre-made ground meat mixture .

I used store bought beef broth for my base, because it’s flavorful and simple. I generally buy organic is possible, the increase in quality is well worth the small increase in price when it’s the entire base of a dish. Then I supplemented the meatballs with scallions, mushrooms, and udon noodles for some added texture and flavors to my soup.

The result was quick: 20 minutes max from start to finish, and an incredibly comforting, warm, and homey feeling dish. Perfect for a cold night.

Asian Meatballs with Udon and Beef Broth

Served 2.
Leftover Potential: Take out just the right amount of meat so there are no leftovers!

1 cup ground meat mixture
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup bread crumbs (or panko)
1 tbsp oil, for cooking 

1. Combine meat mixture with the egg until well combined.
2. Add the bread crumbs/panko and mix thoroughly.
3. Using your hands, divide the meat into small balls (slightly larger than bite size).
4. In a medium pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Place the meatballs around the pan, allowing them to sear until browned, approx. 1-2 minutes.
5. Turn the meatballs over, repeating the cooking on the other side. Cover the pan and let steam until finished, another 2 minutes. You can test the meatballs by cutting into them. Set aside.

1 tbsp oil
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 can beef broth
2 oz noodles (wide noodles or lo mein work best)
6 mushrooms, thinly sliced
other vegetables, as desired, thinly sliced
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

2 scallions, cut into 1/8″ strips
meatballs, cooked

1. In a small pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until aromatic, about 1 minute.
2. Add the beef broth, and bring to a gentle boil. Add the noodles and allow to cook until tender.
3. When the noodles are nearly finished, add the mushrooms and other vegetables and allow to cook until tender.
4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and finish with scallions and finished meatballs. Allow meatballs to heat through if they’ve had time to cool.
5. Serve in warm bowls with spoons and chopsticks.