Mom’s Meatballs: Put them in my mouth!

My mom is great, plain and simple. She may not be the best cook around, but she does make some really good meatballs…. They were what I would ask for her to make me for special ocassions, like my birthday, and when I would stop by for a rare visit home from college. She uses a pretty simple recipe, which I will get up a little bit later, but the key to the good meatballs is the egg to meat ratio, which is 3 to 4 eggs per lb.

Well, I came home for a friends wedding, which was close to my parents house, and sure enough when my mom asked me what I wanted for dinner, my response was “MEATBALLS!!!” So she went to work making them….

Then Emily joined in, because she likes to help… I did eventually join in, even though I hate getting my hands dirty. I don’t mind doing the work and cooking, having meat and stuff stuck in between my fingers gives me the heebie-jeebies…

Emily is pretty good at making a good meat ball…

I made some garlic bread… with some good italian rolls, sliced in half, drizzled with olive oil, butter, garlic, oregano, basil, and a little bit of paprika, salt and pepper…. put it in the oven for 4 or 5 minutes on broil, and you are good to go…

Soon it was ready to eat… (i turned it into art)

mmmm. sandwich art…

I was a very happy person…. I was so excited, my hair was standing straight up!

Overall Rating: A-
Reason: Too much olive oil on the bread. it was a little messy. The meatballs were really tasty, but I would have made them bigger ( i tried, but I got scolded for goofing off…. silly mom)


The New Haven for Sandwiches: A Tasty Irish Reuben

So anyone who is from, lived in, or knows anyone who is either from or lived in New Haven will tell you that the best pizza in the world comes from there. New Haven is world famous for its thin crust, brick oven pizza, that you just can’t find anywhere else. Pizza is kind of like a sandwich, if you put two pieces on top of each other right?

Sure. Whatever.
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Rainy day sandwiches and movies

Sometimes you just don’t feel like doing much of anything. Sometimes you feel like sitting down, not really thinking about much, and having yourself a good time with some friends. Some times that means watching a movie, going out for a hike or a picnic, or spending a rainy day trying to figure out where you are going to go to get a sandwich that is a little different than those that you normally get.

I am sometimes appreciative of the rainy days we get out here, because we get the chance to not feel bad about staying inside and just hanging out. My wonderful girlfriend Emily, and one of my roommates, Lincoln decided we were going to go to the mall, grab something to eat, and go watch a movie…

yes. i did say we went to the mall….
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The Best Grilled Cheese EVAR!

So this is a sandwich that had a couple of different variations, but the final one was by far one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches EVAR!!!!! (i know i spelled that wrong, it is all about an exclamation here) I love french fries, and I like to put french fries in my sandwich (gyro style… again, another post, but you need the backstory) I also like grilled cheese. I like to put french fries in my grilled cheeses…

so, i went to Tommyknocker’s Brewery one day, and I was about to order some giant chicken wings and I had a craving for grilled cheese. They asked me if I wanted jalepenos on it, and i said yes. can you also put a handful of my french-fries IN the sandwich. The waiter looked at me quizzically and said “IN the sandwich? Like as they are cooking it?” I said yes.

So came back my sandwich, that happened to be a triple decker grilled cheese, with jalepenos and cheese on one side, and french fries and cheese on the other side. It was pretty darn good, especially dipped in a little bit of bbq sauce.

Fast forward about a month or so… when i get another craving for grilled cheese. This time it is my girlfriends first visit to colorado (our second date) and we decide to go grab some lunch. We went to Table Mountain Inn where i frequent because i work across the street, and I asked them to make me a similar sandwich to the one I had at tommy knockers…. But they took it to a new level. This sandwich was very tasty, but it was also kind of like a heart attack on a plate. But it was gooooooood.

What they did was take some texas toast, 3 pieces of it. Then they took some Pepper Jack, some jalepenos, and some anahiem peppers and put them on the first layer. THEN they added the second piece of bread, then a layer of anahiem cream-cheese on top of that, then the french fries. Grilled to a nice golden brown, it was awesome. In fact, the wait staff came over and commented on how the cooks were all talking about this awesome grilled cheese. Some of the staff might have even tried a bite…

It was a great sandwich… check out the recipe section to learn how to make your own!