There are so many times that I pull a package of ground beef out of the freezer and wonder, “How am I going to do something new and exciting with this?” Since we buy a part of a cow, we end up with about 50 pounds of ground beef in our freezer to last the year. I of course make taco soup, spaghetti sauce and hamburgers, plus the occasional meat loaf. Then there’s lettuce cups, seven layer dip, and zucchini eggplant casserole. It’s not that I don’t have lots of different options for cooking with ground beef, but I’ve felt like I was in a creative rut. Then I started going through my cookbooks and found a recipe for Chinese meatballs in Hawaiian church women’s cookbook from the 70’s. Although the ingredient list didn’t look very Chinese to me, I liked the idea, and used the inspiration to create my own meatball recipe with Chinese flavors.
I’ve been going through the recipe archives, looking at some of my favorite recipes and realizing that they’ve changed a bit through the years. I’m also a much better photographer … Read more