Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Pardon the poor quality of the photo. I got home late last night, after being stuck in traffic to and from Woodland Hills. Sometimes it sucks living on the Westside.

But last night turned into a thing of beauty, as my dinner alone turned into a group of four, sharing a beautiful pot of spaghetti and meatballs. It was easy. All the meatball recipes, perfect pasta tips, and so on in my brain just melded together, and dinner - wonderfully chewy spaghetti and the tenderest of meatballs - came together with no recipe. 

So instead of an actual recipe, today's post consists of links to other recipes and the whisper of encouragement for you to just let go. 

  • Pasta tips:
    • The water that the pasta will cook in needs to be as salty as the sea.
    • When the pasta is a minute away from being totally perfect (aka al dente), drain it and then poor it in with the marinara sauce, then let it simmer its way to perfection.
    • Want to make your own? Here.
  • Marinara recipes:
  • Meatball recipes:
    • Fish sauce (just a smidge, though) really accentuates the flavor of the meat. (White on Rice taught me that trick!)
    • Cheese, as well as ground pork, helps lighten the heaviness of ground beef and makes meatballs super tender. (Last night's balls had a combination of mozzarella and parmesan.)
    • No Recipes' spaghetti + meatballs recipe? The love of my live... Next to E.
Now, go! Cook.


  1. It was beautiful, delicious, eaten out of colorful bowls, and washed down with red wine. Perfect dinner.

  2. Ooh, I've just recently gotten obsessed with Trader Joes, and now I'm thrilled to hear that they have good marinara sauce :) Wonderful tips!