Sunday, October 30, 2016

Seven Magic Mountains








Twenty miles outside of Las Vegas lives an art project called Seven Magic Mountains. It's beautiful. This video gives a great behind-the-scenes look at how it was built. 

Many question the purpose of art, especially large-scale modern art installations, like Seven Magic Mountains. In response to that question, the following quote resonates with me: 

"What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit." -John Updike

Art allows people the confidence to dream that things are possible. Someone may wonder, "If this artist can put these brightly colored boulders in the middle of the desert, than why can't I fulfill my dream of going to college, starting my business idea, or building my invention?" The great thing about this world and this life is: you can. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Swedish Meatballs



I love taking from other cultures to inspire my food palate and Swedish meatballs are the perfect addition to a well-rounded family dinner plan. It's comfort food, for sure and one of those meals, that makes you really grateful for home. 

Swedish Meatballs
Yield: about 24 meatballs
Total Time: 

INGREDIENTS:

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 large egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Salt & pepper to taste

{for the gravy}

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups beef broth
3/4 cup sour cream
Salt & pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent about 2-3 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, Panko bread crumbs, egg yolks, allspice, nutmeg, and cooked onion. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using clean hands, mix together until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/12-inch meatballs, forming about 24 meatballs.

Add remaining one tablespoon olive oil to the skillet. Add meatballs, in batches, and cook until all sides are browned, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and keep warm with tented foil. Use more olive oil as necessary to avoid burning. 

To make the gravy, melt butter in the skillet. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about one minute. Gradually whisk in beef broth and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in sour cream. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Stir in meatballs and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and thickened, about 8-10 minutes. 

Serve immediately, garnished with parsley and mashed red potatoes on the side, if desired.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mashed Red Potatoes with Garlic and Parmesan



I've been making these mashed potatoes for years and years now. It is my go-to recipe and a staple in our home. 

Mashed Red Potatoes with Garlic and Parmesan
Yield: about 6 servings
Total Time: about 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

2.5 pounds red potatoes, unpeeled & quartered
2-3 Tablespoons minced garlic
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Put potatoes and garlic in a large pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil Reduce heat and let simmer until potatoes are fork tender, about 25 minutes. Drain well. Return potatoes to the pan and mash with butter, milk and salt. Stir in the parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!