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Recipes: Swedish Meatballs

Papaw’s Swedish Meatballs

Papaw’s Swedish Meatballs
When I was a teenager, my Dad started doing a lot of cooking on the weekends. I don’t know if he was just giving my Mom a break. Or if he simply had more time to do the simple things in life. I mostly remember my Dad working the Night Shift and sleeping during the day.  Of course his weekends were usually reserved for Golf.  Until the late fall and winter.

One of those winter weekend meals was what he called Swedish Meatballs. I wrote this recipe down one Saturday when I was helping to make dinner. Actually he told me to come make the meatballs, after he tossed everything into a big mixing bowl. Pretty sure he didn’t need the help. He just wanted someone else to get their hands into mixing and kneading the meat together with the eggs. Come on, what kid didn’t like playing in the mud and squishing the goop between your fingers. Cooking like this is the same thing. You just get to say you’re cooking, instead of playing in the goop.

Preparation Time:
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Southern Red Eye Gravy

Southern Red Eye Gravy

Southern Red Eye Gravy
When I was kid growing up in North Carolina, my Mom (GranMa Sandy) would cook up some ham, make red-eye gravy and black-eyed peas for breakfast. It was always a fill your tummy with warmth and comfort on a cold winter day.

It’s been 20 years since I’ve had a breakfast like that, until New Years 2010 when Vickie created her version of Red Eye gravy just for me. And boy not only did it bring back memories, it was really good too.

I guess those folks from Tennessee know how to make some stick to your ribs gravy too!

Preparation Time: 10
Serves: 2

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Momma’s Sweet Jack BBQ Sauce

Momma’s Sweet Jack Sauce

Garrett’s Momma’s Sweet Jack Sauce
Unlike men in the house, I can’t handle a lot of “hot” foods. So Gary decided to try his hand at making a home-made mild sweet bar-b-que sauce just for me.

We had gone to a local steak house in Virginia who serve their own version of a Jack Daniels bbq sauce. It was nice, but way to hot for me. I was fairly disappointed, because it truly smelled so GOOD. That inspired Gary to make a new sauce.

It goes great on chicken, beef and everything in between!

Preparation Time: 1¼ hours
Makes a bit less than 12 oz.

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Wide Awake Jack Sauce

Wide Awake Jack Sauce

Garrett’s Wide Awake Jack Sauce
During the last holiday season, we gave Gary a book about grilling. It has some wonderful recipes. But it also inspired the Grill Master to try his hand at making some home-made bar-b-que sauces.

I like sweet sauces, the boy child loves hot sauces. And Dad, well he’s fond of tart sauces similar to what you’d find in his home state of North Carolina. Needless to say there has been a lot of experimenting going on in our house on the weekends.

He has been working on this one for a few months now. I think he’s  finally gotten it just right. If you like hot, you’ll like this one.

It goes great on chicken, beef and everything in between!

Preparation Time: 1¼ hours
Makes a bit more than 1 quart

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