• italian wedding soup
    Dinner,  Soup

    Italian Wedding Soup

    Italian Wedding Soup is easily one of Rob’s favorites. He isn’t a big soup person and often says that he doesn’t always view soup as a meal by itself. That said, when he wasn’t feeling great the other day, he happily agreed to a big bowl of Italian Wedding. So, Italian Wedding is a generally pretty simple soup. It’s some pasta, meatballs, and a leafy green (traditionally escarole) in broth. Now that said, Rob is very particular about his Italian Wedding Soup. He has a pretty long list of do’s and don’ts. It covers almost every aspect of the soup, from the pasta to the meatballs. First off is the…

  • spaghetti and meatballs
    Appetizer,  Dinner

    Chicken-Pork Meatballs

    Meatballs are such a versatile ingredient. You can eat them as a snack or over pasta. Plus they can be eaten right away or frozen to save for later. At any given time I probably have at least two dinners worth of meatballs in my freezer just waiting to be heated. I make meatballs in many different ways, more often than not based on the types of ground meat available at the grocery store. This trip, I was glad that they had chicken-based Italian sausage and ground pork. I didn’t want to double down on pork Italian sausage since I wanted to be able to build a little more of…

  • Meatballs
    Appetizer,  Dinner

    Classic Meatballs

    Surprising for having an Italian background, Rob didn’t really grow up eating meatballs.  The benefit for me is that I can really experiment with different meatball flavors and meat combinations.  I know a lot of people who have a family recipe that changing any aspect of would result in effectively disownment. The fun thing with meatballs is that they can serve multiple roles.  They can be an easy appetizer like you would see in Italy or over pasta in the classic American style.  Fun fact: spaghetti and meatballs is an American creation that you won’t find it in Italy where meatballs are a stand alone item, often in very large…