A post from Kelli–
Last weekend, I picked up a shift at the nursing home. I was planning to work from 8 to 12, but ended up going in early to cover a call-in. I usually work in our Alzheimer’s unit, which often involves helping some residents eat. When I was helping them, I noticed that the meatballs they were having for lunch looked very good. I didn’t know that they had a certain name and the menu just said meatballs with sauce. When I looked a bit closer, it looked like there was rice in them. I was kind of puzzled, but ended up busy and kind of forgot about it. There were quite a few things going on that morning, so I ended up staying until our break time (12:30) but was ready to go as I was coming back the next day for a 12 hour shift.
When I got home, I started investigating “meatballs with rice” and quickly realized that they were called porcupine meatballs. After a bit more searching, I found many recipes, but found that many called for minute rice, which I didn’t have any of. I eventually ended up finding a recipe that just said rice–And decided to try it!
One of the reviews that I read talked about how the woman had gotten the recipe from a cookbook that her mother had gotten years ago from a Betty Crocker cookbook she received as a wedding gift. On a crazy whim, I ran to the cupboard and pulled out my trusty Betty Crocker $3.00 find from the Depot–
I thought they were great, however Jason wasn’t too impressed–No worries though, he’s a picky eater and eats only what 8 year old children would eat, so his opinion on food doesn’t always count, especially if things are mixed together–Hamburger and rice–in this case.
The next day, I ended up going home and because I wasn’t planning on eating all of the meatballs by myself, I brought them with to share with the kids. Both mom and the kids loved them! They are definitely something I’ll consider making and freezing for myself when Jason is in the field or when he’s working late! They tasted even better when I brought them home to share with mom and the kids–likely because they have a tomato sauce to them!
It seems like all the best recipes are in that Betty Crocker cookbook! Does anyone else have a good recipe in there to share? There are some strange ones…like the molded salads (party cheese-lime salad or pineapple carrot salad), but some awesome biscuits and pancakes!
Puppycat Update–She’s doing good and back to her normal self. Test results came back and she just had a fatty lump. Kalissa and I are now calling her Fatty Lumpless!