Behind The Butter

dinner tonight


Sometimes you just feel like a meatball.

Especially when your boyfriend is out of town and especially when you have enough food in your freezer to feed a small country.

Bring on the sweatpants!

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    Stephanie
    January 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    The list of things I wish to eat on Feb. 1 grows each time I visit this site!!!! But I just can’t stop myself! Have a great weekend!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    January 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    there’s nothing a good meatball can’t cure (TWSS?) can i come to dinner? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Kacy
    January 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    That sounds amazing actually. I wish I had the stuff to make my meatballs…

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    Avery
    January 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Hahaha. I’m literally cracking up over the cutting board with dough on it. Wouldn’t expect anything less!

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    Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks
    January 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Ooh, those look great!

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    maria
    January 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Sounds like the perfect Friday night! Enjoy!

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    debbie
    January 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    That’s hilarious Jenna! What a tasty treat just for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    January 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Sounds like a fun Friday! I’m also trying to work through everything in my freezer… we’ll see how it goes!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking
    January 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    sounds like a great Friday night dinner! I’m using some chicken stock from my freezer and making a huge pot of minestrone!

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    Robyn @ New Every Morning
    January 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    “Bring on the sweatpants” reminded me of the Friends episode where Joey wore Rachel’s maternity pants when he vowed to eat a whole turkey by himself. ๐Ÿ˜›

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    Stacey - The Habit of Healthy
    January 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Can you believe I have never actually had spaghetti and meatballs!! I think this may have to change.

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    Kelly
    January 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I am in my A&M sweatpants right now…I bet I know where Adam is…cottonbowl anyone?

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      jenna
      January 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      whoop whoop!

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    Jaime
    January 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    You must be reading my mind. My weekend menu plan has me tackling my great Aunt’s spaghetti and meatballs recipe. It will likely fill my freezer with enough food for twenty people. Nom.

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    Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    January 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    From the looks of things..your freezer and my freezer must be heart sisters.
    love,
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

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    christina
    January 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    i’m officially craving meatballs now. big fat ones!

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    Jackie
    January 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    If you have room in your belly, we have tons of leftovers in our fridge. My brother’s birthday party is tonight and my Grandma’s 80th birthday is tomorrow, so we won’t have time to eat them.

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    Lindsey @ Dishes'N'Diapers
    January 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    YUMMO — can’t wait to see this!

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    hippierunner
    January 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I envy your freezer! It looks so fun in there!

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    January 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Looks delicious! So jealous of all the goodness in your freezer!

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    Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    January 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I tweeted this to you also but just thought I’d let oyu know that I made your mom’s sweet and spicy baked beans and they were AWESOME! i just blogged about them today. Thanks for the recipe!

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    amy
    January 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    love the freezer! that’ll keep you busy for a while

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    jen @ taste life
    January 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Hmmm…my dinner of choice when the man is out of town is probably chocolate chip pancakes, but you rock your meatballs!

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    Marie-Journey to Body Zen
    January 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Mmmmm I love Italian food! I’m thinking of veggie lasagna for dinner!

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    Moni'sMeals
    January 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    yep, all you need is a good movie or book and maybe a good red to go with dinner!

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    mary (what's cookin' with mary)
    January 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I just got back from my first dim sum experience and am now in my elastic waist sweatpants ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My freezer looks just like yours ! Never know when you’ll need frozen spinach, chicken tenders, 5 types of raw nuts, indiv containers of cooked quinoa and brown rice, TJ’s veggie potstickers (and the list goes on), right?!

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    Katie @ peacebeme
    January 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Oh yum! I cannot tell you how much I have been craving spaghetti lately!

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    Nicole
    January 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I was just thinking of ordering meatballs from the Italian restaurant I live on top of! I can smell them so strongly right now, and tonight, they are totally calling my name:)

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      jenna
      January 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      oh to live on top of a meatball factory!! My life dream!

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    Heather
    January 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    If you are ever in NYC, you need to go to the Meatball Shop down in the Lower East Side. You will never be the same.

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    Katie
    January 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    There’s never a bad time for a meatball! Or for sweatpants. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    January 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Friday night, at home, in sweatpants, eating meatballs…just make sure you have the wine cued up, too! Sounds like a great nite ๐Ÿ™‚

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    The Wife of a Dairyman
    January 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Total comfort food! Looks and sounds good on this cold and dreary day:)

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    MaryBe@AccidentallyVegan
    January 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I just love your plate!
    (Your freezer – not so much!)

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    Juniper
    January 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Jenna, how do you select meats? I don’t have a Whole Foods or access to locally-raised goods. All I have is the local grocery chain. So, how do you decide what meats to select when there seems to be conflicting information on the best kinds, cuts, and sources? I really need to start eating more meat (at least twice a week).

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      jenna
      January 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      I usually try to buy organic meat and look for grass fed, free-range beef! I buy most everything from Trader Joe’s and rarely go to Whole Foods..just because it’s too expensive.

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        Jen
        January 8, 2011 at 6:34 am

        They only sell grain-fed meat around my small town and not organic. Is this good or not? I really don’t have much choice. I try to choose the cuts that are marked as free from antibiotics. But they still say grain-fed.

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          Juniper
          January 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

          All of the chicken, turkey, and meat I buy are “Grain-Fed”. I was told that was perfectly acceptable given those are my options, so I continue to buy them.
          There are some “stewing beef” selections that are simply labelled “organic” that I might try in addition. They have no nutritional label on them, so I’m not sure. But I might just try different things anyway. I have to go with what is available to me, because I eat an abundance of it.

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    Katherine: Unemployed
    January 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    sweatpants with elastic waist? that’s me today ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mabelle @ dance, love, dine
    January 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Haha I know how you feel. I really wish I could stay home tonight but I have a friend’s bday party to go to. Im more of a homebody.

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    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    January 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I’m curious what that piece of dough (?) will turn into…

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    Amber K
    January 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I never would have thought to be put green superfood in the freezer! While I don’t eat meat, I am definitely thinking “bring on the sweatpants” tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    January 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I kind of wish I could stay in tonight and eat meatballs instead of going out to the bar with the girls! ๐Ÿ˜›

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    January 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I’m all about friday night sweatpant nights! Sounds like my weekends!

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    Nora@LifeLifeEatRight
    January 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    For a second I thought, “How did a picture of my freezer get here?!?!” I only cook for one so every time I make a meal for 6, cookie or muffin, I freeze it. This happens often so my tupper ware and plastic baggies are out of control. I try to reduce it by eating leftovers for lunch, but it just keeps piling up. I need a “spring cleaning” commitment.

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    Lacey @ Lake Life
    January 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    How do you keep track of everything that’s in your freezer? Do you label your stuff?

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    January 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    mm yummy comfort food! i’m all about spending friday night in my sweatpants ๐Ÿ™‚

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    J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    January 8, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Oh, yes! Something about meatballs and pasta is very comforting. Just the smell of it cooking is soothing to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    January 8, 2011 at 5:09 am

    I love a good bowl of meatballs. In my mind, the perfect meal would be a big ol’ bowl of them with a side of hot garlic bread for dipping. Pasta optional. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Maria
      January 8, 2011 at 5:29 am

      Sounds amazing!

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      mariaeatsbeets
      January 8, 2011 at 5:29 am

      sounds amazing!

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    Sarah
    January 8, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Mmm…comfort food and sweatpant sounds like a perfect Friday night to me!

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    Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day
    January 8, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Spaghettii is definitely one of my all time comfort foods too. Yum!

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    jenna k
    January 8, 2011 at 6:53 am

    i’ve already planned meatballs and tomato sauce (from my mom’s home canned tomatoes!) over spaghetti squash as a dinner next week. i’m overly excited about it for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Natalia - a side of simple
    January 8, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Done and done. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Rach
    January 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Oooh those meatballs look scrumptious!

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