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Oct 13, 2007 02:14 PM

What did you make today?

I liked the "What did you make this weekend?" thread from last week, so what's on this weekend?

I'm goofy busy this weekend, but I made some meatballs. No real recipe to speak of: had some ground beef and pork, steel knived a piece of veal, garlic, onion, basil, parmesan, eggs, stale bread soaked in milk, fennel and red pepper flakes.

Fried up some bacon for the fat!

Browned the meatballs in the bacon fat...

Then smoked them on the grill with applewood.

What did you guys make?

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  1. Those look pretty good. I made a meatball sandwich last night, shaved some parm and mozz, put that on bread and "toaster ovened" it, then put the meatballs on after the cheese was melted and the bread crispy. A little salt, pepper, and *yikes* horseradish. I've got some fresh horseradish in the fridge and I've been using it on everything lately!

    I always get hungry when I come to this forum *off to the kitchen* :)

    1. I roasted some butternut squash, and made a butternut lasagne, using besciamella, fresh mozzerella, parmesan, and just a bit of sage. I used the fresh lasagne noodles I found at Costco, and they worked very well. I just ran them under warm water to soften slightly instead of boiling. I also made biscotti from a new cookbook, Dolce Italiano. These were fantastic--bitter chocolate, hazelnuts, and pistachios.

      1. thx for re-doing my post :) i always like to hear what people are making too

        tomorrow is my husband's 35th birthday so i have been shopping and prepping all day today -- supposed to be mid 60's tomorrow so trying to go for al fresco in the backyard with white tablecloths, candles, fire pits (and blankets maybe) - hopefully it won't be too cold...

        having 10 guests, meal inpsired by Bon App this month and recent trip to Italy:
        - antipasta platter with prosciutto wrapped persimmon and arugula, assorted italian cheeses and meats
        - bread baskets of grissini, ciabatta, baguette and rosemary boule
        - pasta primi course of butternut squash ravioli in brown butter sage sauce
        - Braised Short Ribs with gorgonzola polenta (a modified version of Bon App's cover recipe this month)
        - broccoli rabe
        - the Elvis cake everyone's been raving about on this board (i know, doesnt go with the italian "theme" but it looks/sounds so friggin good)

        hope all goes as planned and i don't get in over my head -- wish me luck!

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        1. re: jpmcd

          Wow - that sounds wonderful - v. impressed - love the overlay of the Elvis cake on top of the meal!! My husband is finally home from a week in Bangkok and I'm browsing through JC to decide what to cook for a nice homey dinner tomorrow night - I made the parmentier soup tonight, but will probably add something to it for dinner tomorrow. Will post back!

          1. re: jpmcd

            I LOVE braised beef short ribs! I made some as well this weekend as its just cooling off here in Phoenix. Perfect weather for a long slow braise:


          2. I had some fresh cranberries in the fridge, so I made some cranberry-orange scones and cranberry-orange sorbet (from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop - it's delish).

            1. Today was a perfect October day...sunny and cool. I was inspired to make a batch of lentil of my favorite soups. This we will enjoy over the next few days. For dinner this evening, we had a tri-tip roast done on the grill. I rubbed it with olive oil, thyme and oregano. I baked some yukon gold potatoes to accompany the roast. As we enjoyed some fresh mozzarella and garden fresh heirloom tomatoes before dinner, I opted not to do a vegetable. Just a simple fuss free meal.