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For The Love of Ginger

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I love ginger. I love ginger so much that I am now officially a redhead.

But today I am talking about a very exotic ginger….

Cue the Gilligan’s Island theme music!

Pork Meatball Thai Inspired Soup

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Yesterday I had the good fortune to spend a bit of time with Miss Lisa taking photos for her beer magazine at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur.  She asked me to shoot the cover! So exciting. I felt like Annie Lebowitz.  We got some really cute shots of Sally and one of her co-workers serving up some beer with a cheese platter.  Of course, because this is for Lisa’s mag, I can’t share the photos with you yet.  But soon.

Afterward, I picked up the dogs from camp and headed home to make supper.  The night before Eric and I had watched a little Iron Chef and saw Morimoto make these gorgeous pork meatballs and dump them into a soup to boil.  I have ground pork!  And veggies and stock!  I stopped at the store to pick up some udon noodles and I was good to go. The weather has rapidly cooled down here in Atlanta and all we want to do is eat soup and drink hot chocolate. And bake – this weather really has me wanting to bake bread, cake, whatever.

Anyhoo, take a look at the process:

Gather all your ingredients

Add some ground lemongrass and ginger into your ground pork
It comes in tubes in the produce section – super cool!

Squish it up nicely with your hands

Form into meatballs – they don’t have to be perfect

At this point, you will want to pour your two containers of stock into your pot to boil. Chop and add your vegetables (not the cilantro, yet).  Get it boiling but good and drop your meatballs right in. Go ahead – you can’t hurt them.  Then add your noodles and cook for about 15 minutes until the noodles are done.

Almost ready to eat

Two steaming bowls of porky, noodley goodness
Don’t forget to add your cilantro before serving

Hot, meaty and hearty

I really hope you are treating yourselves to some tasty, hot, stick-to-your-ribs dishes as the weather cools and the leaves fall from the trees.

And don’t forget to go out and wish on the moon tonight – it is gorgeous right now!

xoox, Patti