kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
Wow, more than a year since I last posted -- a lot's been going on! I bought a house, for one thing, and I've been going back to college. In the meanwhile, though, I'm still cooking. I came across this recipe a few weeks back, and it produces without doubt some of the most delicious meatballs I've ever had. Enjoy!

Tasty Meatballs )

This recipe goes particularly well with my Meaty Red Sauce, less the meat in that recipe. Simply cook this separately while simmering the sauce, and combine with pasta afterwards for a fantastic meal.
kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
I had a guest over last night, and decided to delve into a new cookbook I'd just bought -- Giada de Laurentiis' Everyday Italian. A bit of poring through said cookbook later, we decided on an appetizer and a main dish -- prosciutto-wrapped breadsticks (p. 45) and penne pasta with the sun-dried tomato pesto sauce (p. 73). One quick stop by the market for the various ingredients (the total cost of which -- for two packages of fresh basil, the sun-dried tomatoes, the bread dough, the freshly-cut prosciutto, and the pasta -- came to just over $20), and we got to work.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks )

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce )

After boiling some penne pasta and prepping these two surprisingly easy dishes, we had a feast with what felt like hardly any effort at all! Although the pesto sauce seemed less like sauce and more like a spread to me, it was surprisingly delicious and served as a perfect counter to the pasta and the prosciutto wrapping the bread. Overall, a very easy and straightforward cooking session, which yielded plenty of leftovers and was well worth the effort. I would absolutely make it again.
kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
This morning I woke up with a tenacious headache, and with the weather outside grey and gloomy I decided to crack open my old soups cookbook (Maryana Vollstedt's Big Book of Soups & Stews) and find something tasty I hadn't made before. In the end, I settled on

Reuben Soup )

Overall, it was amazingly tasty, and absolutely hit the spot for me. The toasted rye bread that I floated on the soup rapidly grew soggy, but using the other toasted slices for dipping turned out to be ideal.
kitchenklutz: garlic bread (garlic bread)
Being home and not feeling too well, I returned to old habits and decided to make myself some comfort food. I paged through Emeril's Potluck until I came across something that looked tasty (and that I had most of the ingredients for), on page 55: Helen's Sausage-Stuffed French Bread. )

As mentioned above, I ended up with a bit of leftover sausage-cheese mixture. Not wanting to entirely spoil my appetite, I tried a little bit with a chip or two -- excellent all on its own! It's got quite a bit of heat to it, though; right now my lower lip and mouth have the vague feeling of sunburn that comes from spicy food which isn't necessarily temperature-hot. The loaves'll be out in about 45 minutes; I'll post my reactions and picture then.

Overall, quite tasty -- meaty, with plenty of molten-cheese goodness and plenty of spicy heat. The picture above really doesn't do it justice; I'd definitely make this again for a party or get-together.
kitchenklutz: knife and onions (knife and onions)
An old favorite recipe of mine is Mongolian beef, gotten from a friend on LiveJournal. I also found a recipe for Mongolian hoisin sauce in my new Martin Yan's China cookbook, so I decided to try making my old recipe with this new sauce.



Mongolian Beef (with Choice of Sauces) )

Regardless of which sauce you choose, this is an absolutely savory recipe with some spicy bite. (Personally, I prefer the oyster-bean sauce over Yan's Mongolian hoisin sauce recipe. This is mostly because 1/3 cup of hoisin sauce is the bulk of an 8-oz. bottle from the market -- and at $3.29/bottle, I'd rather use small quantites of varied sauces and make my condiments last.)

You can serve this with rice, with noodles, or just by itself as a snack -- incredibly tasty.

Crossposted from Kitchenklutz.
kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
I originally stumbled across this in my search for a good lasagna recipe (which I'll eventually post as well), but the sauce is good enough that it serves nicely with pasta or cheesy garlic bread.

Meaty Red Sauce. )

I'll update this post with pictures the next time I make the recipe.

Crossposted from Kitchenklutz.

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