Sunday, August 26, 2007

Spaghetti and Meatballs

My mother-in-law's birthday was yesterday and when we invited her over for dinner to celebrate she asked that I make spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread. So that's what I did.




I decided we needed a vegetable other than parsley in the meal so I made a grilled vegetable salad:


... using produce from my parent's vegetable box. I marinated green peppers, eggplant, yellow squash and zucchini in a dressing made with shallots, rosemary, red wine vinegar and olive oil and then grilled them. Once they were cooked I cut them into bite-size pieces and tossed them with the remainder of the dressing.

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9 comments:

  1. YUM! When can I come over for dinner?

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  2. That looks fabulous. Love the Italian food... Now how did you come up with that marinade? It sounds like you mostly pull this stuff out of your head. Wish I could do that! :)

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  3. tuesday - dinner's at 7 tonight. :P

    Jojo - I do make up a lot of recipes off the top of my head. It took me a long time to be able to do that well. I think it comes with cooking a lot and knowing what goes well together through the trial and error of cooking from recipes.

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  4. Yum!! Looks like you were really feeding an army!

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  5. a witt - you know what's funny, I was talking to my husband about how when I make a pasta dish for just us I make a pound of pasta and it never seems to go very far. But yet when I make a pasta dish for guests that pound of pasta always seems to stretch farther. We had four people who all took seconds (and sometimes thirds) and yet we still had leftovers! I think it's because we also had the garlic bread and veggies, but still. I'm always amazed.

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  6. That looks like a wonderful meal. I love spag and meatballs... I think we have spag bog more often because it's quicker (no time needed to make meatballs).

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  7. tfp - that's what makes this a good lazy Sunday meal. I can cook the sauce all day, make the meatballs early in the morning and then just fry them up and finish cooking them in the sauce right before we eat.

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  8. mmmm! I must make that this week- I use half pork half beef in mine. Do you put parmesan in the meatballs too?

    I have a tip for you: Bake the meatballs- then you don't have to stand around fliping them in a pan, and they cook more evenly.

    of course, the oven in the summer isn't always nice..

    Your marinated veggies look awesome too. Just YUM.

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  9. C - I always put some Parmesan cheese in my meatballs. They taste so good that way.

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