Baking, Dinner

Taking chances

Geraniums are in from the cold
Geraniums – in from the cold

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”
Soren Kierkegaard

I have been taking chances lately. And you know what? It feels pretty good to take a few chances….as it turns out the ground will not swallow you up and eat you for dinner.

Comfort food was had in this house Saturday: meatballs. Sunday: a homemade pizza dough topped with delicious toppings. Oh, I am sorry, did you stop by to get your bake on? It’s ok… I’ve got your back! I also made a pumpkin bread so I can still tag this as a baking post as well!

Not your Christmas Party Meatballs

I felt the need for some fall comfort food on Saturday. I was tired and worn out from the week. I took chances friends – I sang in public. It wasn’t planned…just sort of happened. Though it took me by surprise (thanks guys if you are reading!) do you want to know the best part? It was such a fun experience and slightly different from all of my other performances. I can’t really explain it…but it was just nice to be a part of a live, unplanned, impromptu musical happening. Great musicians. Laughs. Life.is.so.great. It reminded me of the time when I played trombone on two songs with The Mudhens that one time (or two) at the Bier Haus in Plymouth. I was much younger and silly then. It was still a pretty cool memory and I took a chance. I get so sidetracked when I blog on Sunday nights. Sorry for the ramble…keep reading. I am getting to the heart of the matter in the next paragraph. I pinky swear.

The Pioneer Woman knows a thing or two about cooking. I turned to her new cookbook over the weekend for my fall comfort food fix. BBQ Meatballs. Yes you heard me correctly. It was perfect!
If you have ever attended a potluck, Christmas party, wedding, etc. chances are meatballs of some sort were served. This little labor of meatball love was well worth the time and effort. So simple really – note – you should put on a nice iTunes Genius mix before you start. It helps things along. You mix up the beef mixture, roll the balls, chill, dredge in flour, then brown them. Make the sauce, dump it over the top of the meatballs and bake them off.

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The result? Delicious. The sauce turns the meatballs into a deep caramelized tomato sauce with a hint of onion. Served with a side of buttered egg noodles. Yes. I will be fully prepared to impress the pants of people at the next dinner/ cocktail party I throw!

I needed some pumpkin something or other in my life too this weekend. I turned to Joy the Baker. She had a recipe for Vegan Pumpkin Bread.

I was intrigued. I am not vegan. Yet it was a pretty straight forward pumpkin bread recipe calling for vegetable oil, water, and maple syrup. Say no more. I was sold!!! The result is a very tasty, perfectly spiced pumpkin bread. Yes I broke out my microplane grater to grate in fresh nutmeg. Mmhmm. Makes all difference kids. Make this. And share. I maybe had a chance to try a piece of this with a little whipped cream on top. It was maybe outta this world tasty too. Maybe. There is no proof of this. No one can come forward as a witness to this event.

Finally I turned to Ree again for a pizza dough recipe. I made up the dough…substituted in some whole wheat flour…mainly because it makes me feel less guilty about eating pizza. I mixed it all up in my KitchenAid…put the finished dough in a oiled bowl, covered it in plastic, stuck it in the fridge and headed out to the movies. I came home and hoped and prayed that all would be well when I opened the fridge. Yes, no pizza dough explosion! I grabbed some dough (froze the rest), fried up some bacon, caramelized onions, leeks and mushrooms in the bacon fat. I stretched out this great dough, added some apple cranberry chutney, fresh mozz and baked this up. It was a great explosion of flavors..the salty bacon, sort of sweet chutney. The only thing I would do differently is to maybe pre-bake the crust then add on the toppings after to brown up and melt. The dough was a little bit oily – I tried to get a lot of the bacon grease out of there. Hmm….a little bit must have escaped.

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Thank you for reading!!

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