Somebody Sneezed

by zydecopaws on December 11, 2010

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A tragedy of unspeakable proportions occurred last night during the cooking of dinner. A meatball, unhappy with its position on an upper cooking shelf in Bubba Ho-Keg leaped to its death on a cold, wet driveway. Please pause for a moment of silence to recognize its passing.

Ok, enough of that silliness, lets get back to our normal programming here. Those of you that were paying attention during the summer might remember the Swedish MOINK Balls. Last night we replaced the MOINK Balls with homemade meatballs and made a more prosaic version of the original dish.

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The meatballs were made with a pound of ground beef, a pound of ground pork, 1/2 onion (finely chopped), two eggs, about a cup of bread crumbs from a nice loaf of French bread, a couple of tablespoons of minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Once formed, the meatballs were given a light dusting of BBQ’N Fools Montreal BBQ Rub and put on the grill around the pot of onions and bacon that was cooking down. The meatballs were allowed to brown on all sides, then removed to the upper shelf (a BGE half-grill shelf accessory with a drip pan) so that they could finish cooking indirectly.

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The sauce was made the same as it was in the Swedish MOINK Ball dish, although I did make a larger batch as I was feeding a few more people this time. After about 20 more minutes, the sauce was boiling away nicely and the meatballs were ready to come off the grill.

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If you haven’t figured it out by now, Santa came through and delivered my Christmas present early with the help of his distribution channel elves (Amazon). With almost no training, I’m now able to take shots like this…

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I can see where I’m going to have to go bother my buddy Bob for pointers on how to use this thing so that we can improve the overall quality of photos on this site. I realize it is a poor craftsman that blames his tools, but in this case there are features on a DSLR that just don’t exist on a point-and-shoot pocket camera, and that no amount of photo editing can make up for. Here’s another example…

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And yes, it tasted as good as it looked. Possibly better. And for dessert, grilled pineapple was on the menu. I can see where I will be going through the recipe section and updating some photos over the next few weeks…

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The grilled pineapple was tasty in its own right, but was even better when my lovely spouse put it over some nice vanilla ice cream and poured some homemade chocolate syrup over it.

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Overall it was a very satisfying meal. Now I gotta go figure out what to do with this batch of kumquats that showed up in the mail…

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