Cooking and more cooking

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These days have been spent; washing dishes, mixing meatballs, stirring sauce, whipping cream, adding spices, mixing dough, more dishes and quickly jotting more directions and fine tuning ingredients. My son purchased some items to make photography easier and so snapping pictures repeatedly has also been part of my daily routine. I am practicing and my kids are helping me out so for now more cooking, testing recipes and more snapping photos. I hope you are all well and I will be catching up this week.

I know my way around the kitchen but not so much around taking pictures of food! So I will take stacks of photos and in the end we will sort through them and start over if need be! Thanks for your patience while I work on this project!

 

Sweet and Sour Meatballs–The saga of the very ugly but oh so delicious meatball

Many years ago when we lived in Seattle I started making sweet and sour meatballs. The kids love them and so do I. I made them about a month ago and hesitated to put the recipe up. I am not a photographer but I do like to make sure things look as good as they taste. I could not capture that, each picture was worst than the next, so the recipe has been sitting in drafts.  My son took pictures, he even made me stand and hold the plate all messy from cooking, but nothing worked!! I then remembered that I started blogging to measure ingredients for my recipes and get them all in one place! So I decided to just put this recipe up and get it over with! The meatballs looked gorgeous in person and did not last for more than one meal even though I tripled  the recipe listed below!

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Ingredients

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup fine bread crumbs

1/2 cup milk

1 egg

1/4 cup finely chopped onions

1 tsp. salt

Vegetables

1 Green bell pepper

2 carrots

Sauce

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup vinegar

2 Tbs. ketchup

1 Tbs. soy sauce

1 Tbs. corn starch mixed in with a little water

1 small can of pineapple chunks

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Me holding the meatballs with them arranged on the plate and some effects

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maybe black and white

Directions

Meatballs

Put bread crumbs in a bowl with milk and stir.

Mix meat, bread crumb mixture and egg. Add salt and onions, mix very well.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray

Take a piece of meat mixture and form a ball, place on tray.

I do not roll out a firm ball as I find it makes for more tender meatballs.

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Bake at 400 degrees approximately 30 minutes or until cooked.

Remove from oven and move to a 9X13 oven proof dish.

Sauce

Place all sauce ingredients, except cornstarch and pineapple in a sauce pan. Mix together well over medium heat.  In a bowl, mix cornstarch and a little water as per package instructions, make sure this is well mixed and no lumps remain. Add Cornstarch mixture to sauce in pan and whisk well, let boil for several minutes until slightly thickened.  Add pineapple chunks and stir.

Peel and cut carrots, boil for 10 minutes and drain. Wash pepper and chop.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Pour sauce over cooked meatballs and gently coat. Add carrots and bell pepper and gently mix.

Cover pan and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Serve meatballs over white rice.

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