Cold weather and comfort food….

I don’t know of many people who would turn away comfort food when it gets cold outside.  Heck I like comfort food anytime really.  It’s been so cold here in these parts lately that venturing outside is very short lived.

What do you do when temperatures dip way down?   I go for a good movie, comfy blanket and a bowl of meatballs and penne, why not?  DSC_0188

I like to bake meatballs in the oven at 350F till they are nice and brown.  As for the sauce, I make mine by taking a good can of crushed tomatoes and add olive oil, herbs (that I have on hand) garlic and let it slow cook on top of the stove, makes the whole house smell wonderful!    Once the sauce and meatballs are done I mix them together and then back into the oven they go at 350F for about 15 minutes just enough for everything to get happy.  I serve that with a nice leafy green salad.

For the meatballs you’ll need:

1 lb. of hamburger

1 lb. of Mild Italian sausage

1 teaspoon of basil, garlic and Parmesan cheese

1 Egg

Salt and pepper as you like

Mix together well and roll into meatballs whatever size you prefer then place into a baking dish and bake at 350F for about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile on top of the stove use a good sized sauce pan  into the pan pour 2- 28 oz. cans of a good crushed tomato.  Into the sauce put 1 teaspoon of basil, garlic and olive oil.  You can always add other herbs that you like.  I also add about 2 Tablespoons of whatever red wine I have at the house.  And let this simmer away.

DSC_0193Just to give you a little idea of the temperature outside here’s a picture of our pond.  It used to have running water.  That now is frozen solid as is our entire pond, yikes!

DSC_0153What ever weather your experiencing this winter stay warm, comfy and share your days with loved ones.


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