Friday, March 5, 2010

A dog's life...and a great recipe

You may have heard. She's pretty much the smartest, cutest, most personable dog you'll ever meet. And she eats her own poo. Occasionally.

Before he left for work today, Jeremy looked at the dog and literally cried out, "IT'S NOT FAIR, I WANT YOUR LIFE. I REALLY WANT YOUR LIFE. DO YOU KNOW HOW LUCKY YOU ARE?" Yes, it has been quite a week in the Frank Family Household. We are quite happy it is Friday and we can put March 1-5 behind us.

And as our veterinarian likes to say, "When I die, I'd like to come back as a dog in a Jewish home"
She's a bit spoiled...


And is pretty darn excited for Spring so she can walk...and not end up like this...


And after her walks she gets a little sleepy...
And has to take a nap.

Just one of those weeks where you wouldn't mind being a shih-tzu/bichon. But if I was a dog, I wouldn't eat my own poo.

In the spirit of recipe sharing...because I'm getting great feedback on that...here's one you could make this weekend and either freeze to eat when you don't have time to cook, or eat one day this week. It is fantastic. It is meant to be done on the stovetop, but I threw everything in the crockpot and let it sit and it turned out fantastic:
• Package of your favorite turkey sausage and/or meatballs (or meatball recipe below)
• 1 – 28oz large can of crushed tomatoes
• 2 – 15oz cans of petite diced tomatoes
• 2 – 6oz cans of tomato paste
• About 1-2 tbsp each of garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil, dried parsley
• About 1 tbsp of dried oregano
• 1-3 crushed bay leaves (or you can leave them whole and fish them out later)
• A dash of crushed red and black pepper
• 1 tsp olive oil
In a large pot, add the crushed tomatoes and a full can of water (using the crushed tomato can), 2 cans of diced tomatoes and the 2 cans of paste with 2 paste cans of water.
**Add in any meatballs frozen or homemade.
Turn up the heat to high and add all the spices.
Stir and bring to a boil, you should see pinkish red bubbles forming.
Once the bubbles form, lower the temperature to simmer and place the lid on the pot.
Cook all day (about 4-5 hours)! Make sure to stir occasionally!

Note: About halfway through cooking, take the lid off and the sauce will thicken a bit.
I am basing the nutritional information on the approximate number of servings we get out of one pot of sauce. I’ve never weighed the whole batch and sometimes I dilute leftovers with water to “stretch it”. Normally we serve around 15 plates of pasta.

Meatballs:
• 12oz extra lean ground turkey
• 1 egg
• ½ cup quick oats
• 2 tsp garlic powder
• 1 tsp onion powder
• 1 tsp dehydrated onion
• 1 tsp dried basil leaves
• ½ tsp dried oregano
• 1 tbsp dried parsley
• 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
• Salt and Pepper
Preheat your broiler.
Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands until well blended.
Spray a boiler pan non-stick cooking spray.
Weigh out 1.5oz and form into 10 meatballs.
Place the meat balls on the broiler pan and cook for about 8-10 minutes turning once.
Note: This may not cook them through; I normally continue to cook in the sauce.
I’m counting 2 meatballs as a serving to make 5 servings.

5 comments:

Scorpicon said...

If this is what we had the other night, I can vouch for it's deliciousness.

Dana said...

I think you need to read this article Mrs. Frank!

http://www.livescience.com/culture/why-we-anthropomorphize-100303.html

Kara Frank said...

Are you telling me I have control issues?

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