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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Oh, and I thought I was busy before...

This week was brutal, absolutely brutal... I had to (1) write a research paper, with only minimum preps done prior to this week; (2) finish creating an instructional module, conduct formative evaluation, and then write a report; (3) write a term paper; and (4) of course, keep teaching, attending a myriad of meetings, answering tons end-of-semester emails, etc.

Surprise, surprise -- I am also sick this week; usual stuff -- runny nose, stuffed sinuses, sneezing, a slight fever... Doing pretty good, though -- finishing up my last assignment, the term paper. Then lots and lots of grading... and another research proposal... and consulting project... and getting ready for the next semester... and taking three classes in May... and -- ah, better stop complaining! :)

Anyway, I will finish the paper in another hour or so and then will enjoy my dinner. Haven't cooked lately so tonight no frozen dinners for me!

Cranberry-Pine Nuts Meatballs
Yeah, sounds weird -- but this recipe is yummy... ;)


  • 1 lb ground lamb (or ground beef if you don't like lamb)

  • salt, black pepper, and any other spices of your choice

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • frozen cranberry

  • pine nuts

  • chicken or beef stock

  • butter or olive oil

  • 5 small tomatoes

  • peppercorns, bay leaves

Slightly roast pine nuts on a dry skillet. Set aside. Saute chopped onion in a little bit of butter or olive oil until golden brown. Add spices of your choice to the ground meat and mix well until it sticks well together.

Divide seasoned meat into 10 parts, roll into a ball, then flatten. Place some sauteed onions, cranberries, and pine nuts in the middle; you can also add some butter for added juiceness if you like; form into a meatball.
Boil chicken or beef stock in a large pot. Add some peppercorns and bay leaves. Add meatballs and cook until meatballs surface; approximately 15 minutes. Remove meatballs.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut each tomato in half. Place meatballs and tomato halves into the baking dish, mixing them up. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes or until both meatballs and tomatoes are slightly browned.


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