A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

On Saturday I set out to learn how to make meatballs… like my grandma used to when I was growing up.  I’d make them with my mom for Father’s Day dinner the next day.  I couldn’t wait!

“Here’s the recipe,” my mom says handing me a tattered piece of paper with a list of ingredients.

“Um… where are the measurements?” I asked skeptically.

“Oh!  You don’t need any.  Just add a little bit of this and a little bit of that,” my mom said in reply.

We added a little bit of this and a little bit of that to make the sauce.

Then we added a little bit of this and a little bit of that to make the meatballs.

“Ok…lift the meat up to your nose.  Do you smell the garlic?”


“So add some more!  And then you can taste it if you want.  That’s what grandma used to do.  To make sure it tasted just right before frying them.”

“Taste the raw meat?!  Are you crazy!  No thanks!”

“As a kid we used to always eat raw meat.  The butcher would deliver it to the house and before grandma could do anything with it, each of us 7 kids would take a little bit for a snack.  Delicious!”

“GROSS!  but if I have to…”


The big reveal came Sunday evening.  The dinner was a success!  Everyone liked the meatballs!

Woo hoo!  I did it!  Now to practice replicating “the little bit of this and a little bit of that” so I can make this deliciousness on my own.  



6 thoughts on “A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

  1. This reminds me so much of my own grandmother. When she used to make her Swedish Meatballs, the grandchildren would gather around for a taste of the raw meat! I’m glad you now can create your family meatball dish. (It’s funny that you and Jess wrote about grandparents’ recipes! I guess summer gives us that kind of time.)

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  2. I was just going to tell you that this reminded me so much of my grandma. She doesn’t measure anything either! I love how you’re using this time to try new things… and make new memories!

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  3. Gotta love Grandmas’ recipes! Looks delic. Can’t go wrong mastering a meatball/sauce recipe. I laughed at the eating raw meat. We were just talking about how we would always eat the raw cake mix or cookie mix and now I don’t let the kids do it!

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  4. I went from Jess’ slice to yours — a cooking theme is emerging this Tuesday! One, my Dad and I used to eat the raw meat when my Mom made meatballs! Two, who needs measurements — they really only matter in baking! We have entire cookbook of my Nonna’s recipes where there are minimal measurements – it’s how she cooked! Love this slice and now I want meatballs!

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    1. So much fun to read! I was just coming in from talking with the painters and wondering what I was going to do with myself for the next few hours…now I know, I am going to write! Ahhhh summer!
      Time to read friends’ posts, time to make meatballs, time to write…Thanks, E!

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