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Lame with a Chance of Meatballs

When I wrote my post the other day about “Souped Up Sunday,” I originally included some discussion about frozen vs. homemade meatballs. I cut it out for length considerations (it was a long post, even forgetting to mention the frozen spinach as I did), but I thought the subject worthy of consideration, especially on a Friday.

You may notice I took today’s title from a movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I thought that was the best title I had ever heard (even including Snakes on a Plane) and wished I has come up with it myself. I never watched movie, because I was fairly certain I would be disappointed and because I don’t dig computer animation. But I digress.

I never used to purchase pre-made frozen meatballs, but some people swear by them. Some people scorn to make homemade meatballs. It’s too much trouble, they say. Some of them say it in a superior tone of voice. As if they have much better things to do with their time and I am obviously a pathetic twerp with nothing else to do but sit around rolling ground beef and bread crumbs. Hmmm. Now that I write it, I wonder if they were really being all that superior or if I paranoidly read the insult into their perfectly innocent words. Could I need therapy?

I personally love homemade meatballs, if they are made well. My Mom makes the best meatballs. My meatballs and my sisters’ meatballs are all pretty good, since we learned from the best. That said, I appreciate the frozen kind for certain recipes.

Now I suppose that other readers (like I have that many) are huffing about, telling whoever is handy that they scorn to buy the frozen meatballs. What recipes could possibly benefit from the store-bought garbage, they ask. They always make their own and they make very good meatballs, thank you very much. I don’t know where I got all these superior readers with their superior cooking methods. My imagination, probably.

Let us consider the humble meatball. I make mine with ground beef, Italian bread crumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, egg, garlic and spices. I either bake them or fry them before adding them to the sauce or soup. Some restaurants do not have good meatballs. They give you a ball of hamburger. What’s that all about? Put some stuff in it or buy the frozen!

I forgot where I was going with all this. Oh yeah, Lame Post Friday. I hope I have entertained. See you Saturday!

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