The perfect Sunday, game day, dinner and a crowd pleaser for sure!
These baked meatballs are surprisingly very easy to make and only need to be thrown in the oven for about 10 minutes. My mama suggested this classic Rachel Ray recipe and it was perfectly delicious. For a little something different we used spicy tomato sauce that gave the whole meal an extra kick of flavor.
For a cozy Sunday dinner that makes the whole house smell like an Italian grandma’s kitchen - give this a go!
Tonight the JFs decided we didn’t want to plop ourselves in front of the TV and eat a lame dinner (we cook at home, but not nearly as much as we’d like or have time for), so we looked up a delicious recipe from one of my favorite blogs - How Sweet It Is, went to Whole Foods, and came home to whip up the best dinner we’ve had in a while.
Three plates pictured below due to our guest visitor - we were happily surprised when Lauren stopped by to say hi on her way home from a run - the smell of the kitchen quickly convinced her to stick around :)
Much easier than it sounds, you’ll just need a food processor
Since I’ve been on a bit of a baking spree lately, (pie’s-in-a-jar and all), thought this was appropriate for today’s throwback post.
Back in my NYC days (probably about 2 years ago Tracy, Andrea, and I attended one of Butter Lane Bakery’s cupcake baking classes. What a treat - literally. You might be thinking, “everyone knows how to make cupcakes”, but we learned specific techniques in terms of making banana batter and cream cheese frosting from scratch, the art of frosting, etc. You get the point. It wasn’t rocket science, but it was delicious. And what’s better than sitting around a table with a bunch of strangers (and two friends) eating cupcakes? That’s what I thought.
½ lb Butter
2 ½ Cups Granulated sugar
1 Splash of vanilla
1 ½ cups of buttermilk
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
3 Cups cake flour
2 Cups pureed bananas
Combine butter and sugar in mixing bowl. Mix until sugar and butter forms a cream. Crack eggs into a separate bowl, add a splash of vanilla extract to the eggs, then add the eggs to the mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed until mixture becomes light and fluffy. Combine baking powder, baking soda, and salt with flour. Add half of the flour mixture, followed by buttermilk, then add the rest of the flour mixture. Mix until combined, but be careful not to over-mix. On a low speed, mix in your in banana puree. Mix for one minute then remove from mixer and finish mixing by hand. Scoop cupcakes and bake for 23 minutes at 300 degrees. (Yields 36 cupcakes)
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
½ lb of butter
16 oz cream cheese
8 cups confectioners sugar
1 splash of vanilla extract
Combine butter and cream cheese in mixing bowl and mix on a medium
speed for 5 min. While mixing in at low speed add sugar. Once combined, add a splash of vanilla extract and mix on a medium to high speed for 3 min, or until smooth and fully combined. Frost and enjoy!