Cooking With The Lewis Sisters

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Party Foods: Gourmet Meatballs and Black-Eyed Pea Salad January 2, 2013

Filed under: Dinner,Make Ahead Meals,Omega,Side Dishes — lewissisters @ 1:31 am

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas, new years, and holiday season. The other day, we hosted our six year old cousin Matt’s birthday party. Our family brought lots of great items for a pot luck. There was lots of delicious food to eat; along with presents and a game of good verses villainous spies.
The unofficial theme for the party was spy and spy gear, Matt is really into that. After the amazing dinner, I ended up playing a villainous spy who stole gear from the good guys. Forty-five seconds in spy jail, I was reformed into a good guy. I love Matt’s imagination, he is so creative and he cracks the family up.
Here are two of the recipes we had. I didn’t take any pictures, but don’t fret, the food was delicious. We contributed the meatballs (they are simpley scrumptious !)
The meatballs came from my Omega cookbook. Omega was the Latter-day Saint surority I attended during college. My Omega sisters are incredible women; I love them so much. The LDS surorities and fraturnities are no longer running. My Omega sisters and I contributed recipes to two cookbooks, this recipe is from the first cookbook .
The salad is from our aunt Janet.
Delicious EASY Gourmet Meatballs
Part of a bag of Costco meatballs (however many you want) bag is located in the frozen section of the store. You ccan make your own, meatballs or use gluten free meatballs.
1 part grape jelly
1 part bbq sauce (bulls eye original is really good but you can use any kind)
A word about the sauce: you can make as much as you want; just make sure you have equal parts jelly and bbq sauce.
Put meatballs in crockpot, turn onto whatever setting you want (medium is good)
Mix jelly and bbq sauce, pour over meatballs (you can make more sauce of you like them really saucey)
Heat all the way through (make sure meatballs are no longer frozen) and serve.
(Can be thrown in in the morning, and set on low for dinnertime) If possible, stir them a couple times.
Aunt Janet brought this salad, it was super yummy.
Cucumber black-Eyed Pea Salad
From http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/cucumber_black_eyed_pea_salad.html
Ingredients
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
Freshly ground pepper to taste
4 cups peeled and diced cucumbers
1, 14-ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed
2/3 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup slivered red onion
2 tablespoons chopped black olives
Directions
Whisk oil, lemon juice, oregano and pepper in a large bowl until combined. Add cucumber, black-eyed peas, bell pepper, feta, onion and olives; toss to coat. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
There are a couple more recipes coming.. Stay tuned, and enjoy!

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