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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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Meatball Sub

After a long day (ok, ok – roller skating and running errands), I just wanted something simple and comforting. Cheese is my biggest weakness, and this sandwich totally hit the spot for me. I used some meatballs and sauce I had already made for pasta, and sandwiched them with some cheese on a leftover baguette. It used up a lot of leftover food, but none of my roommates noticed that as they gobbled it down.

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Tomato and Basil Chicken Meatballs

My grocery store makes huge piles of things at the entrance every few weeks. Jars of cranberry sauce six feet high tower over me in the fall. Cookies and cakes are piled in a tauntingly appealing display during the holidays. Plastic forks and paper cups sit amongst coupons for barbeques in the summer months. I suppose this ridiculous marketing scheme is one way of marking the change of the seasons. So I was quite pleased to walk into the store only to be greeted by not just the usual blinding florescent lighting, but also the deliciously fresh scent of large bushels of basil.

This, I thought to myself, called for a celebration. And while the basil smelled and looked terrific, the produce section was still not quite at it’s spring or summertime peak. So I turned to a common go-to ingredient: chicken. I flavored ground chicken with reduced tomato juice and plenty of fresh basil, then topped it with a rich, chunky tomato sauce. It’s a deliciously classic combination that’s also incredibly healthy! Add 2 tablespoons of cream or whole milk for a creamier sauce, or try pairing this dish with your favorite pasta for an even heartier meal!

 

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Bison Meatballs with Cilantro Sauce

It’s nice to have recipes in your repertoire that can play double duty. Something simple, fast, and tasty that can be used for a number of occasions and meals. This recipe is great as an appetizer or the start of a basic meal. The sauce is easy and ties the whole thing together with great flavor. Plus, it gives me the opportunity to use bison – one of my favorite meats. It can be a little more expensive, but it’s lean and moist and tasty and worth the slight extra cost. The recipe looks like but its so easy – just mix to combine for both the meatballs and the sauce.


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