With the start of a new term, comes that ever-needed brief reprieve from the grading that haunts me. Honestly, I have to say thank goodness for that, because I have been so burned out that it has frightened me a little. I'm talking epic burnout that I usually don't experience until about April. Thankfully, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I'm looking forward to those five days off to check out for awhile.
Nothing new is really going on in my world. I've just been relaxing this weekend, doing a little cooking and cleaning, and reading more than I have in quite awhile. Although I'm having a bit of downtime this weekend, I did review a couple of cookbooks that I received from Netgalley, The Sweet Life and I Love Meatballs! Digital cookbooks are really great once you get used to using a device like the iPad when you're cooking. In a lot of ways, it has completely changed the way I cook and gather recipes!
Much of the recipes in The Sweet Life draw on flavor profiles from around the globe, which we know add great flavor without the fat and sugar. He has everything from Asian flavors like Ponzu and lemongrass, to south of the border tacos and grilling. (The "Lemon Chicken with Lemongrass and Love"--love being this amazing marinade of basil, parsley, garlic, ginger, and rice vinegar--sounds amazing!) Regardless of whether you have diabetes or not, I found his recipes to be so smart and unlike anything I'd seen before, that I know I'll be trying them out in an ongoing effort to eat healthy, eat fresher, and eat at home.
Although I've cooked a lot of different types of meatballs, I really want to try out some of the Asian meatball recipes in his cookbook, such as the "Braised Vietnamese Meatballs in Caramel Sauce." The caramel bit freaked me out a bit, but once you read the recipe it all makes sense. They are these great pork, ginger, garlic, and rice masterpieces, dipped in a sweet and sour type sauce of sugar, broth, shallots, lemongrass, ginger, chilies, and cilantro that sounds really good. Who knows, I might have to try this one out of my family one night over Thanksgiving break. (Speaking of which, this cookbook even has a recipe for "Turkey Meatball Subs with Cranberry-Chipotle Mayonnaise" that is very Thanksgiving-ish.)
There are lots of different versions to the meatball that I find interesting and really enjoy in this cookbook. You can eat a nice Greek-style meatball with a yogurt sauce, a Spanish tapas version with sherry sauce, a nice Asian-infused meatball with a sweet & sour sauce, or a simple escarole and meatball soup. Whether you only like meatballs with your spaghetti or have fully embraced the meatball as a protein that can stand on its own, you really should check out the amazing variety of recipes this cookbook has to offer. I can't wait to try some of these out!
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