Ben Buchwalter

Italian Wedding Soup!
February 14, 2009, 7:34 am
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Leigh and I made one of our best dinners yet. It was in-f-in-credible. It was Italian Wedding Soup from the Barefoot Contessa. Here is a recipe.

You basically sautee onions, carrots, and celery for a little while and then add some wine and chicken broth.

MEANWHILE – you are baking the best meatballs of all time. You know they’re the best because they have about a 1/4 cup of Parm and Romano cheese each in them. ALSO the meatballs are cooked in the oven, which SURPRISINGLY is better than fried meatballs. Yes, that’s right. Better than the fried version. The best part about the meatballs is that the cheese you put into them melts and oozes out when warmed in the soup. Two words: Boo ya.

Leigh described it as matzo ball soup for Italians. Enjoy this recipe. And enjoy it good.

Happy Valentines Day!


Good Eats
January 21, 2009, 4:50 pm
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Hey, you know whats great? Pizza. You know what else is good? Beer. And also, Philadelphia is cool. You know what happens when you mix that all together?4512? Close.

But Dock Street Brewery in West Philadelphia is the correct answer. They probably have ten different kinds of gourmet pizza and and a really nice mix of beer depending on the season. If you go, I would strongly recommend the Parma or the Flammenkuche pizza (real name Рit has bacon and fancy cheeses). 

NYTimes wrote recently about the Brewery culture in Philadelphia. Just wanted to point it out. (Leigh ordered me to)

The Virtues of Ground Turkey
January 10, 2009, 1:28 pm
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My parents were talking about the virtues and diversity of ground turkey while I was home. I was initially skeptical. But ground Turkey is way better than you think it is. I’m serious. This week, I bought a pack of ground turkey, pictured to the right, and a pack of turkey sausage. Both were incredible. One time, Leigh and I put ground turkey into a stir fry with onions, pepper, and broccoli. It was THE BOMB.COM. No joke. Another time, we put the turkey sausage into pasta with some other veggies. Also great. And last night, I put ground turkey into a mix with black beans, corn, onion, and brown rice. Wowzers.

There are many good forms of lean protein. My former favorite was chicken breast. But with chicken, you always get that gross bite, either cartilage or ligament, that basically ruins chicken for a week. How do you possibly get over that bite in time to finish the meal?

There are other good things you can make with ground turkey. Meat Loaf! Meat balls! Burgers! Chili! The sky is the frickin limit! So kids, if you want to be like Uncle Ben, then go out and get some ground turkey.