Snow Day Food

Yesterday was the snow “storm” that never was.  I did get a day off work but I also spent time looking out the window at all the snow falling on the ground and immediately melting. My frustration resulted in yelling of silly things like “you have ONE job snow! Stick!”  This morning when I left the house it was like nothing happened.  After “Snowmageddon” I thought I’d never want to see the white stuff again, but I really miss having one cozy storm each winter.

Thomas and I spent most of the day watching recorded episodes of “Jeopardy” (yes, we record Jeopardy on our DVR.  Don’t judge) and shouting out the answers.  We also indulged in what has become a snow day tradition for me–wine and cheese.  But not just any wine and cheese, we keep it classy like this:

The buttery qualities of the Chardonnay really pair well with the orange cheese dust

The buttery qualities of the Chardonnay really pair well with the orange cheese dust

Eventually we got our lazy selves up and made dinner, and I think I stumbled upon a great way to make a hearty meat sauce.  It all started with failed meatballs.  They just wouldn’t hold together for me, but I think that the browning of the meat and the larger chunks really helped.  Here’s what I did:

In a large bow mix together:

  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 slice of Italian bread, moistened with water
  • 1 egg
  • a few dashes of onion and garlic powder
  • fresh minced parsley
  • a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper

Form meatballs and let them sit while you saute 1/2 a white onion, 1 minced garlic clove and 1 pint of sliced mushrooms in  a pan.  Remove the vegetables to a bowl and brown the meatballs in the same pan.  I used a little bacon grease to brown them.

Now, pour in a can of crushed tomatoes in puree, add back the mushrooms and onions. Stir this together and break up the meatballs. Add a little salt and pepper and hot pepper flakes.  Let this simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes.  Before serving, stir in a tablespoon of fresh basil.




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Categories: Pasta, Recipes


A former English teacher living in Stuttgart, Germany who finds some sanity and peace through cooking.


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4 Comments on “Snow Day Food”

  1. March 7, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    That looks good! Aside from those nasty mushrooms…

    • March 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      Oh I love mushrooms! Always adding them to things 🙂 But It’d be good without them I’m sure.

  2. March 7, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Looks yummy!

  3. Deborah
    March 8, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    You know how to live girl…now I’m craving cheese puffs 🙂

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