Thursday, September 2, 2010

The baby cows. to frolick.

We have some really important things to talk about. Just sit down.  No, you’re not in trouble, there is some amazing business going on here which you MUST hear.

First things first, WHO FLOVES la bouche’s new LOGO?!?! I am currently lusting over it.  I’m like a proud momma bear, watching her cub kill its first dinner.  (Graphic much?)
Anyway, Special Secret Agent Sarah has a cousin who is in school and took Amuse Bouche under her wings and made a very appropriate and presh logo.  Her name is Alexandra (Allie) Lenaburg and she is a Junior at Kent State.  She is majoring in Visual Communication Design and has a minor in Photo-Illustration.  More importantly, she LOVES Mexican food that's smothered in guacamole. (I mean who doesn’t?)  And she loves fruity drinks, but she’s 20 so they are obvi of the virgin sort… Allies Mom… there is no sauce in there…yea.

So, if you need a blog logo, or any other graphic design help, she is your gal!  You just shoot me an email and I will happily forward on her information.  I couldn’t be more tickled! 
And on to more HYSTERICAL news.  I have a favor to ask. Please humor me, well you already have, but please.  If. you are the person. who searched “the baby cows to frolick”   and found my blog. SHOW YOURSELF.  I laughed for 20 minutes this morning trying to figure out who in tarnation searched this.  I mean, I know you were either:
2) searching for the Bolognese post 
but seriously, THAT is the phrase you choose?  I LOVE YOU. Show yourself. Become my best friend.  Have I said I love you?!?!?

Please, come forward, tell us who you are.  I bet you guys didn’t know I can see what you search, huh?  Google Analytics, he’s a smart function.  Usually it’s just people spelling Amuse Bouche wrong, but this beats all I’ve ever seen.  “the baby cows to frolick”… EPIC.  
Also, in other celebrated news, DAD is taking the man by the tie. Literally.  Every Thursday for OH…this entire last year, Dad has gotten himself out of bed and put on a tie.  It is Fancy Thursdayevery Thursday.  Don’t ask me why, it just is.  He does this every Thursday, even if no one else in the office does it, and by George if it hasn’t taken flight!  People in Texas are doing it, in Illinois, all over the nation.  Therefore, moving forward, I will remind you all of Fancy Thursday.  I hope you get your lazy ass out of bed and put on a tie (or a bra, for Christsakes), celebrate being a good looking person and head to work with pizzazz.  Viva la Fancy Thursday! Congrats Dad!  Maybe we will la bouche this theory and have Fancy Thursday Dinners?  All romantic and sassylike?  Yeas.
Ok back to reality. “the baby cows to frolick.”  HAHAHHAH sorry I just had to say it one more time.  Blows my mind with laughter.  No really, this dinner is about baby cows.  Well, baby cows momma.  I, (being the terrible promise keeper I am) promised Dad meatball subs like a week and a half ago.  I just followed through with it last night and can I just tell you? OH SNAP. I love a meatball sandwich.  First of all, it took no time. Second of all, it tasted like it had been simmering away all day on great grandma Sophia’s  stove in Sicily.  Sweet sassy, it was good.  Seriously, this was Rachel Ray fast.   Girls, if you need to get a guys attention, I think this is the way.  Because you find a man that doesn’t love a meatball and you show him to me. I don’t believe in male vegetarians.  They are real? Seriously men that don’t love "MEAT. STEAK. WOMAN." are out there? Who knew.

Ok, proceed to show off and make a man (or woman) want to marry you.  It’ll happen. I swear. Happened to me.

Meatball Sandwiches

hoagie rolls (1 extra)
1 pound ground beef chuck
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 teaspoons minced garlic
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 can (15 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes
1 cup shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Tear 1 roll into pieces; pulse in a food processor until fine crumbs form. In a large bowl, toss crumbs with 1/3 cup water.

Add beef, egg, 1 teaspoon garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon oregano; mix just until combined. Gently form mixture into 10-12 meatballs.

In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high; swirl to coat. Add meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 7 minutes.

Add crushed and whole tomatoes with juice (breaking up tomatoes), 1 teaspoon garlic, teaspoon oregano, and pinch of sugar. Season with salt and pepper. Bring sauce to a boil; reduce to a rapid simmer and cook until meatballs are cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, split 2 rolls and place, cut side up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush with 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon garlic, shredded mozzarella, season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden, about 10 minutes. Serve meatballs sandwich style.

You probably need a bib, or a fork and knife.

The baby cows to frolick.