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Meatball vs. Meatball

5 Oct

Since moving into my own apartment (holy expen$ive rent Batman), I had to cut back on dining out and rethink my grocery list. The good news is that I’m cooking and experimenting every night. The bad news is that I have to eat leftovers…GASP!  The only way I can handle leftovers is to trick myself by converting them into something new with different flavors.

This week’s grocery trip included ground turkey so I decided to split the package in half to make meatballs two ways!  Don’t they look delish?  They were, and easy too! 

Asian Meatballs (yield 12-14 meatballs)

  • 1 tbs garlic,minced
  • 1/3 cup yellow onion, chopped (use half a medium-sized onion for each recipe)
  • 3 tbs reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbs fresh ginger, minced
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs veg oil

Using your hands combine all ingredients (except veg oil) in a large bowl, and roll into little balls.  Pour veg oil in skillet over medium heat for about 3 mins per side.  Using tongs, touch top of each meatball to make sure it’s firm and cooked through.  Afterwards, I suggest throwing them over a bowl of noodles with a quick peanut, soy and ginger sauce.

Tuscan Meatballs (yield 12-14 meatballs)

    • 2 tbs garlic, minced
    • 1/3 cup yellow onion, chopped
    • 1 tbs fresh rosemary, chopped finely
    • 3 sundried tomatoes, chopped finely
    • 1/3 cup shredded pecorino romano
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • sprinkle of salt
    • 1 tbs olive oil

Once again, use your hands combine all ingredients (except olive oil) in a large bowl, and roll into little balls. Pour olive oil in skillet over medium heat for about 3 mins per side. Using tongs touch top of each meatball to make sure it’s firm and cooked through.  Afterwards, I suggest making yourself an openfaces meatball sandwich.

So, what’s your favorite meatball?

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Thai X-ing Review

5 Sep

Hi friends!  We’re friends right?  I’m asking because friends can keep a secret, and I am about to write about one of the best kept secrets in DC.

I first heard about Thai X-ing from my much cooler, more adventurous, younger sister K-mac.  She told me that 20 of her friends were having her birthday dinner in this guy’s house in Shaw, it was seven plus courses of Thai food, byob, and cash only.  Let’s just say I did not have high hopes.

As usual (and I may never live this down), she was right about this place.  It’s legit.  I went for a second time on Friday for a friend’s going-away party.  The food was so good, I thought we might have changed the guest of honor’s mind!

Here’s a look at our meal to the best of my recollection.  I’m not 100% sure on the names of all of these courses, as the chef changes his menu frequently for the group dining option.

Course #1  Stuffed Cucumber and Ground Pork Soup.

Course #2 Spicy Ginger Ground Chicken with Parsley. This dish is so hot it gets your adrenaline going like a roller coaster.  While the carnivores sweated our way through this dish, the chef served my veg sister a spicy cabbage noodle dish (not pictured).

Course #3 Pumpkin CurryThis dish is a house specialty and I heard the chef serves it regularly with the group menu.  Frankly, I would have been happy just having this dish for dinner! 

Course # 4 Steamed Whole Fish with Garlic Pepper Sauce.

Course #5 included a Tofu and Bean dish (above) and a Beef and Eggplant Stir Fry (not pictured).

Course # 6 Chicken Drumsticks in Cinnamon CurryAgain, I’m not sure what else was in this rich curry, but there was definitely a note of cinnamon in the background.

Course # 7 Red Mussels (above) and Drunken Noodles (below).

Course # 8 Sliced Mango with Coconut Sticky Rice.  I’m not really a mango-lover, but still ate a piece.  The sticky rice was just awesome and I could probably eat it everyday.

I’m giving the food an A for authenticity and overall amazingness.  Since I really only care about the food…my Overall Rating is an A for Thai-XingThis place has no ambiance (and no shoes permitted), so bring excellent company and wear comfortable clothes.  

As my friends, I invite you to check this place out.  But shhhhhhh!  Let’s keep this place on the down-low, and to quote the great Adam Sandler, “no-one gots to know about it!”