Caressing Meatballs With Amanda Hesser
Last night we had some people over and in order to avoid the whole roasted carrot thing I invited our friends Amanda Hesser and her husband Tad Friend to assure we would all eat well.
No, that’s not true. We see Amanda and Tad as often as we can and I have never asked her to cook. But last night I decided it would be fun if we made the whole meal from Amanda’s website Food52.com.. Many of you know of Amanda from her job (which she still has) at the New York Times. And her wonderful series, that was really an early blog of sorts and was turned into the book Cooking For Mr. Latte, about her falling in love with her husband the author and New Yorker writer Tad Friend.
But last night we were just a couple of girls in brown dresses caressing meat balls. She told me to caress them. When you watch the video you will see. Left to my own devices I tend to pummel them.
Anyway, I made the side dishes and Amanda did the prep work for the balls. I sort of helped and then Glenn grilled them. It was a real group effort and a lot of fun.
You can pretty much find any recipe you want on her site and I suggest checking it out.
If you want to make the meal we did ~ it’s a great warm weather dinner and we do have a few of these evenings left.
Kefta-Style Meatballs with Grilled Grapes and Yogurt Sauce
Summer Squash Couscous with Sultanas, Pistachios and Mint
Refreshing Summer Cucumber Salad
all photos by taylor templeton
And after you’ve had a great dinner from Food52 I suggest sitting down and reading these two books.