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Serves 2

A CookTale

Among the many good thing about being handy in the kitchen is the ability to satisfy one’s sudden urges. Monday I craved Asian Potstickers, last evening it was Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs. It’s still too early in the day to determine tonight. Fortunately, Cathie either goes along with my culinary whims or retreats into a plate of Broccoli. I love the fact that the food life is full of surprises.

INGREDIENTS For the Meatballs

1 pound of ground Chuck & Sirloin Beef
1/2 cup of fresh Bread Crumbs (from a good white bread)
1/3 cup of Parmesan (finely grated)
1 heaping TB of chopped fresh Basil (optional but desirable)
1 heaping TB of chopped fresh Parsley
1 tsp of Kosher Salt + 1/2 tsp of Black Pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 Garlic Clove (minced)
1 Egg
3 TB of EVOO


1. In a large bowl, lightly mix all ingredients except the EVOO. Take a portion of meat in hand & form a ball that is firmly packed but not compressed. Repeat, making each Meatball no more than 2 inches in diameter & weighing 2 ounces. (I rely on a scale.)

2. In a large, heavy pot, heat the EVOO over medium-high heat. When it begins to shimmer, add meatballs. Do not crowd, cook in batches if necessary. Brown well on their bottoms before turning, or they might break apart.

3. Continue cooking until completely browned . As each batch is finished remove them to a plate . Allow the Meatballs to cool slightly. Keep them warm or refrigerate until needed.

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