Friday, August 31, 2012

Mama's Spaghetti & Meatballs

Today, I'm sharing the recipe for the world's best (as judged by myself) spaghetti & meatballs. These meatballs are super savory, and the sauce is a bit sweeter than most spaghetti sauces. That just makes it all the more delectable!

I suspect that I have very little credibility on this subject, seeing as my family is zero-part Italian. I guess you'll have to take my word on it.

As previously mentioned, I am from the Mississippi delta. You might not expect it, but the delta has its fair share of Italians. And they know how to cook it up!

My mom was reading the newspaper one day, and at the end of an Italian lady's obituary was her recipe for spaghetti & meatballs. She assumed that if a recipe was good enough to be included in a woman's eulogy, it must be incredible. And she was right.

This takes time (read: hours) to prepare, but man, it is worth it. So maybe on a lazy Sunday this fall, give it a try. You won't regret it.

For the meatballs:

2 lbs ground chuck
3 hamburger buns (form into crumbs)
2 tsp salt
1 tbs chopped parsley
1/2 tsp black pepper (more if desired)
4 cloves chopped garlic
1 1/2 cups grated fresh Parmesan cheese
4 eggs

Mix crumbs, cheese, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add ground chuck and mix well. Add eggs and mix. Form into balls and fry in oil. When the meatballs are done, place in the refrigerator.

(Note from Anne Read: Make sure your meatballs are on the smaller side, so they don't fall apart. I make mine into 1 - 1 1/2 inch balls.)

For the sauce:

24 oz tomato paste
32 oz tomato sauce
4 tsp salt
2 cups chopped onions
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp basil
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp pepper
8 cloves chopped garlic
24 to 32 oz water

Saute chopped onion and garlic in a small amount of oil until golden brown. Add tomato paste and saute for 5 more minutes, stirring often because it will stick. Cut the heat down.

In a large pot, combine tomato sauce, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then cut down to simmer. Cook this mixture for about 45 minutes, stirring often. Add meatballs and 24 oz water. Stir and bring to a boil, then cut the heat down to simmer. Cook for 2-3 hours (depending on the preferred consistency). Stir often. Add more water as you go (about 8 oz), but keep the sauce a little thick.

Serve over spaghetti noodles. Add grated parmesan.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Saint Hotel : New Orleans

About two weeks ago, I headed to New Orleans for work.  I have my "go to" hotels  and always choose which part of town to stay in depending on my mood.  If I am wanting a smaller hotel with local flare, I opt for the Hotel Provincial on Chartres in the French Quarter. I love it's quaint, Southern charm.  If I want to stay in a big chain hotel (love those points), I choose the Renaissance Pere Marquette on Commons.  I love it's swanky, modern vibe! However, for this trip, I was wanting to check out a new a new hotel.  Part of Marriott Hotels and opened only six months ago, The Saint Hotel is  my new favorite! One of Marriott's Autograph Hotels, it is unique and one of a kind. Boasting contemporary design coupled with local influences, it has such a lovely atmosphere.  I so enjoyed my time in this lovely place! The designer brilliantly played with scale and proportion, as you can see from the pictures below.  

all images via hotel website

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Indoor Fig Tree..and a Hurricane

Hello from Hurricane Land! It is rather nasty outside here in Mobile today. Hurricane Isaac made landfall last night. Although we did not get hit directly, we are getting lots of wind, rain and flooding! Not to mention, our power is OUT! 

On to more interesting things... I have really been admiring the look of fig trees used indoors lately. I'm just not quite sure if I would want one in my own home. Bugs come to mind when I think of having a plant/tree in my house. I do love the fat leaves on these trees and the idea of one in a big basket planter though. I think they look great in any room. Even a bathroom if it's large enough.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Best of Etsy

Who doesn't love Etsy? I could get lost on the website for hours and especially love when friends recommend their favorite shops. Let's admit it- it is a bit overwhelming of a site. That is why I love recommendations and thought I would share a few of my current favorites with you today. 

Zolie Designs Jewelry- super fun statement necklaces!

Glamour Me Jewels- fun chain link bracelets
I just ordered this gold and mint wrap bracelet after spotting it on a blog!

Willa Skye Home- very affordable pillows
She also does custom orders as well!

Up in the Air Somewhere Ceramics and Pottery
Just beautiful!

Fun and whimsical illustrations that could really modernize a space. The "zebras around a watering hole" one below is my favorite!

White Faux Taxidermy- Looking for the modern version of mounted antlers? These are great!

I would love to hear our readers' go-to Etsy shops! Please share!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Designer Spotlight: Eric Cohler

Most of the time when I am browsing a magazine or blog and see a room I like, I admire the space but do not always pay attention to the actual designer (eek, sorry!).  And then there are those rooms that blow me away like this one.  I think to myself, hmmm what would I change...nothing!  

Next, I have to see who this designer is and check out their work.  Eric Cohler is the designer who created all of these wonderful spaces.  One of the things I like best is how each project has it's own distinct style!  I hate it when designers have the same look throughout.  All of these spaces are not my so- called style but I love his vision and truly admire all of his work.  I now realize I have seen his work pop up over the years in several magazines. I even used the last photo with the carpeted stairs/ gallery frames for inspiration in my own house!  I will share when it is complete.  And please check out his website here.

all images: Eric Cohler

Friday, August 24, 2012

Malin + Goetz

I was first introduced to the line Malin + Goetz during my Miami vacation this summer. Remember that trip? The Betsy Hotel uses Malin + Goetz products exclusively, and now I know why. They are spectacular! I experienced both the peppermint shampoo and cilantro conditioner (sounds weird, but it's not), but I'm looking forward to trying some of their other products too. A chic bug spray? I'm intrigued. Maybe I should start with their essentials kit, and go from there. Decisions, decisions...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Nursery Featured

Remember my post here on my nursery?  A special thanks to Nicole from Cheap & Chic Nursery for featuring it on her blog yesterday!  For all things baby related including parties, showers, and even maternity clothes, check out her blog for great ideas!  It is a one stop shop for anything your little one needs.  Below is a peak at what you can expect to find.
Thanks for the feature Nicole!