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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Recipe Reviews: Porcupine Meatballs and Pumpkin Chili

Hi readers,

How is everyone doing? I apologize for not keeping up-to-date with my blogging, life is so busy with 4 month old twins, two dogs, a husband and a home! Today I am living room bound due to a painful diaper rash on one of my twins, so I figure there's no time like the present to catch up on this week's recipe reviews.
So the first recipe I am going to review is the Porcupine Meatballs that I found on AllRecipes.com. I have to admit I only read the ingredient list and not the method before I decided to make this, and I also have to confess that I used frozen meatballs for this recipe, so they weren't really "Porcupiney" since you need to put rice in the meatballs to get the desired effect! Anyhow I made this basically as the recipe said except I used extra broth instead of wine and I made jasmine rice on the side. This recipe was a hit! It made a ton of food and gave me lunch for two days afterward! Definitely going to make this again!
The other recipe I made was pumpkin chili found here: http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2010/10/06/pumpkin-chili/
I went into this with some anxiety because honestly, it's kind of weird and doesn't sound that good. But I went with the flow and halved the recipe for the most part, but I did use 1 pound ground beef, 1 green pepper and onion. I also used frozen kidney beans instead of canned. This was really easy to make, minus the burning eyes from the onions, and my twins simultaneously throwing a fit! Oh and it was definitely yummy! We added sour cream and cheese (I actually used Swiss), and it was great. We also used some hot sauce, I used a "dash" hubby used a "dollop" and we both sprinkled crushed cheese crackers over the top! As I said, I halved the recipe and still have enough leftovers for the rest of this week! Definitely a recipe worth trying, and trust me, it doesn't taste pumpkin-y like a dessert or coffee, it's more like a rich warmth on your palate, that only these rich and versatile things can provide!

I hope everyone is having a good Wednesday, and that I can to have somewhat of a productive day!

Let's heal diaper rashes forever!

Meg

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