Eggplant “Meatballs”

I had the most delicious eggplant meatballs at King’s wine bar in south Minneapolis a few months ago, and I had to figure out how to make them for myself.

Eggplant "meatballs"!

Turns out, they’re actually pretty simple. This recipe uses a food processor (which I love!) to speed things up even more.

These “meatballs” are plenty meaty on their own – they’d make a great appetizer, or a tasty vegetarian meal when topped with tomato sauce and a little cheese. Continue reading

Roasted Veggie Pizza Rolls

With Lent over, and Easter behind us, I can eat cheese again. (YAY!)

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When did I realize exactly how difficult it was for me to give up cheese?

When my boyfriend and I went to this tiny, hole-in-the-wall pizza place that has the best garlic cheesy bread ever, no joke, and after eating a plate full, we contemplated ordering another before we started on our pizza. Continue reading

Palestinian Musaka’a

If there was a reason for me to consider vegetarianism, this would be it.

Unfortunately, pulled pork exists, so that’s not really an option. But hey, a girl can dream, right? Continue reading

How to Make Tomato Sauce from Scratch

Hello world! Can I have your attention please? I’m the girl bouncing up and down with the wooden spoon in her hand, grinning like a fool. Yes, that one, right there.

Everyone listening? Great! Now stop what you’re doing. Unless you are mid-surgery, or putting out a wildfire or something really important like that. Watching Season 2 of Downton Abbey for the 3rd time does not count.

Now, everyone go buy a lot of Roma tomatoes. I mean, a LOT of them. 10 pounds or more. Why? Because I just figured out how to make tomato sauce from scratch. And guess what?

It’s SO much better than anything you will find in a store. Taste-wise of course, but also in terms of added ingredients, sodium, oils, and all those other things that sneak into our sauces while we’re sleeping.

Embrace the joy of the ripe tomato.

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