Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parm you taste so good.

Peyton Manning, Nationwide Insurance Commercial

This was a big week for me. I finally had to cook for people who weren’t related to me. And I finally incorporated tofu into a recipe. In fact, as opposed to starting with a meat recipe and finding a vegetarian version, I actually started with a recipe for tofu parmesan that I’ve had for a while. Cooking the chicken version was kind of a combination of following advice, winging it, and looking at different recipes while wondering why they all called for such different cook times and temperatures. I made some mistakes and often did not know what I was doing. But, ultimately, everything worked out for the best.
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Meatballs, Part 2

“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”

Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival

Armed with a pot of homemade tomato sauce and a variety of recipes, I decided to tackle meatballs (and lentilballs). Fortunately, I made my sauce the day before because this took a long time. For the meatballs, I used Martha Stewart’s recipe; apparently my mother’s preferred meatball recipe was accidentally sold during a yard sale, but this one seemed similar. I scoured the internet for vegetarian meatball recipes and found a lot of options. I wanted to try one that used something other than a meat-alternative as a base, and many of the recipes I found called for either mushrooms or lentils. I chose to go with a lentil-based recipe from Sprouted Kitchen.
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Meatballs, Part 1

“In prison, dinner was always a big thing. We had a pasta course, then we had a meat or a fish. Paul was doing a year for contempt and had a wonderful system for garlic. He used a razor and sliced it so thin it would liquefy in the pan with a little oil. It’s a very good system. Vinnie was in charge of the tomato sauce.”

GoodFellas

SPOILER ALERT: there’s no meat in this post.

Following an extremely easy cooking experience, I decided to try something a little more challenging this week. While it was ultimately rewarding, it was a lot of work. To avoid a super long post, I’ve decided to separate this recipe into two parts: tomato sauce and meatballs (with spaghetti, of course).
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