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Helllloooo! Just checking in between feeding sessions, diaper changes, snippets of sleep, and endless cuddles with my main squeeze, Casper.

I have plans to share some of my experience with this whole motherhood thing and some of how things went down labor/birth-wise (which ended up being not at all what I wanted/expected)…are you all interested in any of that? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

Anyhoo (yeah, I just wrote “anyhoo…”), here are a few recipes that went live recently on BettyCrocker.com. Lots of delish end-of-summer fare before we transition into fall (YAY)!!

I hope summer treated you well!!

XO, Cindy

Easy Strawberry Ice Cream Shortcake

Easy Ice Cream Strawberry Shortcake

Slow-Cooker Bacon Caprese Dip

Slow-Cooker Bacon Caprese Dip

Waffle Donuts

Waffle Donuts

Skillet Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chip Streusel

Skillet Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chip Streusel

Raspberry Mint Limeade

Raspberry Mint Limeade 

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Jalapeño Fruit Relish

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Jalapeño Fruit Relish

Turkey & Zucchini Meatball Sandwiches

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One of my ultimate comfort foods is the humble meatball. The funny thing is, we NEVER had them growing up. My mom, grandma, and aunts never really made them. Sure, we had spaghetti with meat sauce, but never meatballs. I always longed for a plate of pasta and meatballs, a la Lady and the Tramp. It’s just that kind of nostalgia evoked via cinema and whimsy that you sometimes crave. You know? As an adult, I have made certain meatballs have become part of my cooking repertoire.

Recently, I was contacted by Le Creuset and Williams Sonoma inquiring if I’d be interested in participating in a traveling potluck, dubbed #lapispotluck, using the exclusive Lapis French Oven. My answer was obviously, YES…duh. I have a Le Creuset Braiser that I treasure and use often, so I knew I would love a chance to use the French Oven. I’m just a sucker for enameled cast iron.

When I was thinking of what to make with this beautiful oven, I really wanted something with a color that would pop against that deep blue. Enter these Turkey & Zucchini Meatball Sandwiches. I love meatballs a top a pile of spaghetti, but there’s just something so irresistible about a messy, meatball sandwich. I knew the red sauce with bits of bright-green basil would compliment the Lapis hue perfectly, plus it would make a delicious dinner.

I made these meatballs with turkey, since it’s spring and some of us may be seeking comfort foods on the lighter side. Even though these are turkey meatballs, they are still juicy and full of flavor thanks to the sausage, aromatics, parmesan, and plenty of fresh zucchini. I like to brown my meatballs a bit before dropping them into the sauce for an extra layer of flavor, plus those brown bits leftover are perfect for helping to season the sauce–all made in the same pot! The meatballs are great on their own, but piled on top of a lightly toasted roll and topped with plenty of melty cheese and fragrant basil is absolute meatball sandwich perfection.

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Turkey & Zucchini Meatball Sandwiches

Makes several sandwiches (at least 6).

For the rolls, I used some sausage rolls made in the bakery of my favorite market. Small hoagie or sub rolls, or even portions of a baguette would work perfectly.

1 lb. ground turkey

1/2 lb. turkey Italian sausage (hot or sweet, depending on your preference)

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs

1 heaping cup shredded zuchinni

1 heaping cup minced onion

2 cloves minced garlic

1/4 cup grated parmesan

1/2 teaspoon salt

pinch of red pepper flakes, optional

Sauce:

1 onion, diced fine

2 cloves minced garlic

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1, 28 ounce, can crushed tomatoes

salt to taste

For sandwiches:

basil

shredded mozzarella

parmesan

sandwich rolls

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the meatballs and mix well. I like to use my hand in a claw-like motion, stirring in one direction vigorously until well combined. Scoop meat into golf-ball sized portions and set on a sheet pan or large plate. Heat your French oven, or other wide pot, over medium-high heat with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Brown the meatballs in batches, on at least 2 sides, remove the browned meatballs back to the plate or sheet pan (they do not need to be cooked through, cooking will continue in the sauce.

Once the meatballs are done, lower the heat to medium and add the onions for the sauce to the pot, adding about 1 tablespoon of olive oil if needed, plus a pinch of salt. Sweat the onions, scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pan as the onions become soft and release some liquid. Once the onions are translucent, add in the garlic, and cook for about 60 seconds. Add in the tomato paste, stir to combine, and cook until the tomato paste becomes a rusty-red color, about 1-2 minutes. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, stir to combine, and add a pinch of salt. Bring the sauce to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and add in the meatballs plus any juices collected on the sheet pan/plate. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through. Taste for seasoning before building your sandwiches.

Preheat the broiler, split your sandwich rolls, place on a sheet pan, and toast lightly under the broiler. Top rolls with a few meatballs, mozzarella, and parmesan. Place under the broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly, remove from under the broiler and scatter with some torn or shredded basil. Serve hot and melty! [/recipe]

I was compensated by Le Creuset & Williams Sonoma for the development of this recipe. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Roasted Corn, Tomato, Zucchini Quesadillas + a Shawlsmith London Giveaway!

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Guys, I think it’s officially late summer…some kids are even back in school, already! Does it seem early or am I just getting older (do not answer that)? Either way, we have a few precious weeks of long days and sunshine before the leaves begin to turn and we embrace the best season ever–autumn! I know not everyone is as excited as I am for the season to turn, but let’s celebrate these last summer weeks with lots of sunshine, maybe a few beach days, and some delicious summer bounty.

I made these quesadillas with some of my favorite summer produce — corn, zucchini, and tomatoes! Everyone gets a roast in the oven to bring out their sweetness, then it all gets piled on a tortilla with one of my favorite melting cheeses, Queso Chihuahua. I think of this cheese, named after the state in Mexico, like a buttery monterey jack. It’s totally delish and melts like a dream.

Oh, and see that blue table runner up there in those photos? That’s actually a scarf from Shawlsmith London! It’s soft and light…just the sort of scarf that’s perfect for breezier summer days, transitional seasons, and even as a table runner or impromptu picnic blanket. Shalwsmith kindly sent me two scarves, one to try out and one for YOU! Yay! So, to win the same scarf in Poppy Red, simply leave a comment using the form below and tell me how you plan to savor the fleeting days of summer. I will choose a random winner Monday, August 19th. Shawlsmith are also, graciously, offering a coupon code just for us just type HUNGRYGIRL20 at check-out. Hurray!
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* Full disclosure, Shawlsmith kindly provided both scarves, free of charge. However, as usual, all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post. [recipe]

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Roasted Corn, Tomato, Zucchini Quesadillas

For medium-large, seedy zucchini, I like to slice around the core — I find it to be spongy and mushy when cooked. If you don’t have fresh corn, go ahead and use frozen kernels. You can find Queso Chihuahua in the specialty cheese section of well stocked supermarkets. Leftover vegetables are great in quick tacos or folded into an omelette. 

1 1/2 cups cubed zucchini

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1 cup fresh corn kernels, sliced from about 2 cobbs

big pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/2 lime

4 ounces shredded Queso Chihuahua

Tortillas

Preheat oven to 425˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Toss the vegetables with 1 tablespoon canola oil, salt and spices,  spread onto the baking sheet. Roast in the center of the oven for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables begin to caramelize. Remove from oven, squeeze lime juice over the vegetables and cool slightly before building quesadillas.

In a nonstick pan place a tortilla topped with some cheese and a few spoonfuls of roasted vegetables, followed by a little more cheese, fold. Cook quesadillas on each side a few minutes until browned, crisp, and cheese has melted. Serve immediately with hot sauce.

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