Like a lot of amateur home cooks, I really enjoy reading cook books, especially if I like the author (Michael Ruhlman), have had good success in the past (Jamie Oliver), or like the “angle” of their cook books (Dinner: A Love Story).
One of the books I read recently, Dinner: A Love Story, caught my attention through a blog I was reading (can’t honestly remember). I picked it up for my iPad and began to read the story of a man and woman who met, fell in love, got married, and are raising children and cooking along the way. The book shares “his” and “her” recipes, food they ate when dating, newly wed, and now as their lives and diet needs have changed by raising children in the 21st century. The book itself is really well written, is full of joy and humor, and is full of fun pictures of food journals (which I also have of course), various cooking moments throughout their lives, corkboard recipes, notes in the margins of other books, and so on. It really feels like this couple has invited us into their kitchen saying, “pull up a stool, let me make you a drink and watch us work our jobs, our kids, and our lives for a few days…” I did and have grabbed several of the recipes they share and will share over the next few weeks as I try them out on the boys and friends and family that come through our home.
Here is the first…have made them twice and they were a hit for the boys, and then again when a couple of my cousins were over. The reason they are called “porcupine meatballs” is as the meat renders its fat, the rice pokes out of the meatballs like little quills.
It is really a fun dish. Definitely serve with a salad, ideally with a dressing that has some nice acid to it as these feel a little rich and lightly sweet.
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- Dinner: A Love Story couple’s top 100 (50 each) rules for dinner