Friday, August 28, 2009

The Best Sausage Cheese Balls Ever

When we got married, one of the only things that I really wanted at the reception were Sausage Cheese Balls.  Not just any recipe though - my Grandma's.  Her recipe is not that different than any other recipe, but the tiny differences make these the best ever.   Here it is:
1 pound mild or medium bulk sausage (the kind in the roll)
4 cups shredded medium or sharp cheddar
3 Cups Bisquik
1-2 tablespoon Tony Cachere's Cajun Season
Now here is the trick - mix all of this together with your hands.  If it feels at all dry, you add either cooking oil or melted butter one tablespoon at a time until the mixture is moist and sticky.  You can add up to about 4 tablespoons.  This make the sausage balls moist and crunchy at the same time. 
If you have ever tried to eat sausage cheese balls that someone tried to make low fat by using reduced fat sausage or cheese, you will understand why this works. 
One more note - if you like yours hot, you can add red pepper.  These are great for breakfast, or anytime you want a savory snack.   Enjoy!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Long time, no post

If I remember correctly, I loved writing this blog. Then in the spring of 2008, and all through the end of the year, I just was so tired, it was all I could do to cook and get the day to day things done - much less blog about them. I could not figure out what was going on, but it did not bother me so much that I went to a doctor.

Sooo..what happened? In a sudden turn of events on January 20, 2009, I found out I had a rare, and usually slow growing, kind of lung cancer. Carcinoid usually shows up in the gut, and appears in adults in their 50's and 60's. I was one of those rare cases - I was 35, and the tumors were in my lungs. On January 24, the tumors were removed along with part of my bronchial tube and the top lobe of my right lung.

Recovery has been rougher than expected. It has been 8 months, and I still can only hold out to cook a few days per week. I also have another tumor and am on shots for it that sometimes make me too sick to smell food (much less cook it).

However, I looked at this blog and remembered how much I liked it and decided to start back writing. Since I have not been able to work, we have very little money for groceries. The meals I fix now have become a true test of making a little go a long way. I think that there are plenty of people out there who are having to do the same thing, so maybe these blogs will help someone else out.

In the spirit of getting my life back, this blog begins again!