making pork meatballs

I’ve never pretended to be a good cook, and I’m not much for experimenting. But I had some ground pork in my freezer that I wanted to use, but I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. To be honest, I’m not sure why I even bought it. I was in Chinatown and the meat is just so much cheaper down there than up here, I felt compelled to buy some. Yeah … I impulse-bought pork.

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Anyway, I made pork meatballs out of it. It was actually kind of fun to make them. I wasn’t really sure what went into meatballs, but how hard could they be? They’re basically just balls of meat, right? Well, a quick search of AllRecipes led me to a myriad of different recipes, so I decided to just wing it. When I made bread the last time (it was a rosemary-potato bread), I turned part of the loaf into breadcrumbs. I mixed some of those breadcrumbs with parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Then I was going to add an egg … but I forgot. I squished all of that with the ground pork and formed meatballs. Yay!

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Then I wasn’t sure whether to fry or bake them. Online it seemed like either way would work, so I decided to just fry them in some olive oil because I didn’t want to turn on the oven just for a few meatballs. They fried up pretty nice, but it probably would’ve been better if I’d made them smaller. I cooked up some penne, simmered up some marinara (with the meatballs), and voila. The meatballs were a bit dry, probably since I didn’t add any egg and I cooked them too long because I was worried about them still being pink inside. Anyhow, it was a learning experience.

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[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

settling in nicely

The semester is ramping up and the kinks are almost smoothed out. I’ve decided on my classes and am starting to get into the rhythm of my new schedule, which is always a bit of a task since each day is different. Two weekends ago I went down to Bryant Park and did some ice skating, which was fun … in a sense. Oh my goodness I was so sore afterwards. Balance is not one of my talents. There’s a reason I got a ‘B’ in gym class. But that little adventure was followed up with some yummy apple cider, so all was forgiven.

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Back then (oh so long ago), it was cold and it snowed. The weather’s warmed up since then, and it’s REALLY weird. February 1st and the temperature is about 60F right now. It’s 60 degrees! In February! In New York! Oh goodness. I’d better go read now. Ack. So much reading.