Grilled Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs


Makes 24 meatballs


1 1/2 lb 93% lean ground beef
1 large egg
2/3 cup fine bread crumbs
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
2 t ground garlic – more if you love garlic
1 1/2 t ground onion
1 t dried oregano
1 t dried parsley
1/4 t ground black pepper
8 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into 24 small chunks
24 thin slices pancetta, tear one end of each piece, opening it up so it is a long strip instead of round
24 toothpicks, soaked in water
1 cup of your favorite pasta sauce Read More

New England Pot Roast with Gravy


1 (4 lbs) boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed of exterior fat, do not remove the interior marbling
1/2 t salt
1 t ground black pepper
2 T vegetable oil, or your favorite flavor neutral high heat oil
3 stalks celery, sliced 1-2 inch lengths
8 slender carrots, peeled and cut into 1-2 inch lengths
2 medium onions, cut into 1-2 inch pieces
4 oz prepared horseradish
1 bay leaf
1/2 t dried thyme
1/4 t dried rosemary
1 cup beef stock
1/2 cup dry red wine
4 medium red potatoes, skin left on and cut into bite sized pieces
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsalted butter
Optional: garnish with chopped parsley Read More

Bracciole of Beef


1 1/2 cups dried plain bread crumbs
1 cup Romano cheese, grated
2 t garlic powder
2 t dried parsley flakes or 2 T fresh chopped parsley
1 t oregano
1/4 t ground black pepper
6 large wafer thin slices of beef, approximately 1 1/2 lbs
2 T olive oil
6 slices ham
6 slices Swiss cheese
1 cup pasta sauce
4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into six pieces

Spoon Mage™ Note:

Wait, isn’t this involtini, not bracciole?! Read More

Rocket Burgers


1 lb 80% lean organic grass fed ground beef or bison meat
2 T or so of your favorite steak sauce
1 T or so of your favorite southwest seasoning – I love Prudhomme’s Meat Magic
1-3 jalapenos – depends upon the size, how hot they happen to be, and if you like jalapenos, slice and remove the seeds and membranes if you want to cut the heat. Read More

Italian Beef with Pepperoncini



1 (4 lb) very lean roast or 4 lbs good lean steak
2 T of Grapeseed or other high heat oil
1 cup beef stock
1 cup juice from the jar of pepperoncini
1/2 cup pepperoncini, sliced
2 bay leaves
10 or more garlic cloves, minced
1 t dried Mediteranean oregano
fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 Calabrian chile, minced – optional
12 slices smoky provolone cheese
12 whole wheat buns

Optional Toppings:

8 oz pepperoncini, sliced (deliciously pickled Italian pepper)
8 oz Italian mix Giardiniera (a vinegary mixture of cauliflower, carrots, celery, and peppers)
1/2 onion, sliced, browned in 1 T olive oil
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and sliced, browned with the onion

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Swiss Steak and Gravy


Serves 8-10


1 (2 1/2 lb) chuck roast
2 T flour
Salt and pepper
2 T vegetable oil, or your favorite high heat oil
1 medium onion, cut into large
2 stalks celery, cut into large pieces
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
1 bell pepper, deveined, deseeded, and cut into large pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup beef stock
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T paprika
1 t oregano
1 t granulated garlic
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 T butter, room temperature
2 T flour Read More

Almost Swedish Meatballs

almost-swedish-meatballsMy Grandma B came to the United States from Sweden when she was about 15 years old. The meals she cooked were an interesting mix of New and Old Country. Unfortunately, her recipes live on only in my culinary memory. I hope these meatballs would have made her proud.


2 slices soft whole wheat bread, torn into small pieces
scant 2/3 cup 2% milk
1 to 1 and 1/3 lb lean ground beef
1 egg
1 1/2 T onion minced
1/4 t mace
1/4 t pepper
1/8 t allspice
2 T butter
2 T flour
1 can condensed cream of celery soup, or one recipe cream of celery soup
1 cup white wine, divided use
1 cup undiluted evaporated milk
2 T chopped fresh parsley
12 oz uncooked medium wide egg noodles Read More

Beef Bone Stock


Stock Ingredients:

2 lbs soup bones, either short ribs or oxtail, or talk to your butcher to find out what is available
1 T vegetable oil, or other high heat oil
Cheesecloth and cooking twine
1 carrot, sliced into three pieces, root and stem removed
Skin and first layer of one large onion
2 sprigs parsley
Center ribs of celery, including all the leaves
15 or so pepper corns, a small handful will do
6 cups water
1/2 t salt Read More

Garlicky Pasta Sauce with Meatballs


Makes enough sauce to serve over pasta for about 8 people


1 recipe baked meatballs
2 full heads of garlic, roasted, peeled with the cloves left whole
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, rough chopped
1 (32 oz) can peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
1 (28 oz) can tomato puree
6 oz (or more if necessary) of tomato paste
1 cup of beef stock
1 cup of good red wine
1 Parmesan or Romano rind
1 good cup or more of fresh basil, rinsed and torn
1 bay leaf
a few shakes of hot red pepper flakes, or to taste, I use 1/4 teaspoon
4 t garlic powder
1 t dried basil
3/4 t of fresh ground black pepper
1  1/2 t dried oregano
1 t dried crushed rosemary
Optional: dark brown sugar Read More