Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

I’m not a fan of red sauce. Pizza sauce is the only exception. It’s not the same as spaghetti sauce no matter who tries to tell you otherwise. They are seasoned differently. Recently, my wife made spaghetti with turkey meatballs and made her own sauce taking my fussy palate into consideration.

I’m not calling this a recipe, because quite honestly, I don’t know exactly how my wife made it. I do know that she started with tomato sauce and tomato paste. I know she added sugar and a little cinnamon. Beyond that, I’m clueless. I do know that the meatballs were made from 99% lean ground turkey. She didn’t use an onions in them either. Turkey meatballs don’t brown up quite like regular meatballs, but since they’re going in the sauce that doesn’t really matter much anyway.

As you can see from the picture, I didn’t take much spaghetti. The sauce wasn’t as bad as most I’ve tried, I didn’t even scrape it off the meatballs like I usually would. It was passable, but I didn’t enjoy it. The meatballs, however, were quite good and I had several of them. I think next time I might suggest she add more cinnamon to the sauce. It is one of my favorite ingredients, after all.


Burger with Irish Whiskey Onions

Since the onions on the Irish Steak surprised me, I figured I would give them another try, but this time on a burger. My wife, Linda, normally has caramelized onions on her burger and when I said that I wanted to do them up like on the steak, she was more than willing.

I started up the burgers on the grill like I normally would. Meanwhile back inside, I sliced and diced some onions and started them in our cast iron pan. I added a little olive oil and butter, seasoned them with black pepper and salt, and cooked them on medium-high heat for around 10 minutes. Then I turned off the gas and added a little Jameson Irish Whiskey. Turning off the gas is a good idea to prevent anything from flaming up if some of the whiskey splatters or spills.

Unlike the steak, the burgers never cooked in the onion whiskey sauce. I brought them in from the grill when they were cooked to our liking. Linda put a bunch of onions on her burger. I was much more cautious. I only added a little bit. I didn’t want it to ruin my meal if I didn’t care for them. One thing I noticed was that the onion sauce didn’t have quite the same dark color it did with the steak. It was a little dark, but not as much. I think that might be because some of the juices from the steak helped darken it and add flavor to it.

I so had my burger with a little bit of onion sauce, cheese, and ketchup. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either. Linda said I should have added more onions to really get the flavor. I might try that next time. Then again, it might be better to cook the burger in the cast iron pan with the onions. I’m not sure either one will make a difference. Burgers might just need to stay the way they are. Some things just shouldn’t be messed with.

Beware of Dog

I’m sure you’ve probably seen these signs at some point or another. They protect you because thieves are afraid of what’s inside the house. The same kind of thing applies to fussy eaters.

A fussy eater will often avoid certain foods because of what’s in them. I don’t like onions, so I’ll avoid foods that have onions in them. The same is true for garlic. However, there are sometimes exceptions. I don’t like tomatoes, but I will eat pizza which contains pizza sauce. I also eat ketchup which is primarily tomatoes. However, I don’t eat spaghetti with sauce. I have tasted spaghetti sauce and it is not the same as pizza sauce (as I’m sure any Italian mother can confirm).

In order to get your fussy eater to try something you are going to have to avoid the “What’s in it?” question. That’s easier said than done. It’s the first question I ask when given something new. This is where a certain level of trust helps. My wife Linda knows some of the things I strongly dislike. She won’t have me try something that contains them. So I have to trust her and not ask what’s in a new dish until after I have tried it. This works well with older fussy eaters, but may be more difficult with the younger ones.

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