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August 2012

Meatballs for breakfast

By Mike Thayer, the Leftover King

So I'm looking in my refrigerator this morning with a hankering for some scrambled eggs and I'm looking for a few other ingredients to add to them.  

Sitting there on the middle shelf, some leftover meatballs from yesterday's spaghetti lunch I made for my boys.

So I grab five meatballs, about 3 ounces or so and half them.  I grab two eggs for scrambling, some shredded colby jack cheese and a couple spoonfuls of leftover rice from last night's chicken dinner.

I sauteed the meatballs in a healthy drizzle of olive oil, tossed in the portion of rice, cooking over medium heat for a couple minutes just to heat things through.  Then I added the eggs scrambled with a splash of milk, my RedGold seasoning and the shredded cheese.  Once the eggs were cooked to a creamy consistency I plated the scrambled meatballs and topped them with a bit of Alfredo sauce that I warmed up in the microwave.

Delicious!

Not bad for an impromptu breakfast idea huh?  It's a repeat recipe and worthy of posting.

Here's the recipe for scrambled meatballs:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4-5 leftover beef meatballs (about 3 ounces), unsauced, cut in half.
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of leftover cooked rice (leftover potato would work here too)
  • 2 eggs, scrambled with a splash of milk
  • Couple dashes of RedGold seasoning
  • 1/4 cup of colby jack shredded cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of Alfredo sauce

This recipe as written, is about 700 calories, a bit high but it's OK to splurge once in awhile.  Tomorrow, breakfast will be a bowl of Raisin Bran.

Meatballs, they're not just for spaghetti and subs!


Lawns are 'greening' up

By Mike Thayer

CORALVILLE, IA. -- We got about an inch of rain overnight and this morning, even a bit of pea sized hail around 7:20AM.

If my calendar notes are correct, we've received more than 3-1/2 inches of rain for the month.  According to the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, a typical August in the Iowa City area averages 4.7 inches of rain.

The lawns are looking green.  Keep it coming Mother Nature and thanks!


Gardens, lawns, fields get much needed drink

By Mike Thayer

We got a MUCH needed dose of rain yesterday, the Coralville area received just over 1-1/2 inches.

I wrote back in May that my feeling was we were in for a dry summer and unfortunately, I was right.  With yesterday's rain, we've only received about two inches of precipitation since June 29th.  That's WELL below the average of nearly five inches in a typical July.

You have to feel for the farmers, it's not like they can just walk out the back door, turn on the outdoor spigot and water the crops.  The costs for irrigation can be substantial.

The weather forecast is showing clear skies for another week.

With yesterday's rain, my lawn this morning is showing signs of turning green again.  It's not quite as 'crispy' to walk on and it might just be my imagination but the color seems to be turning.   The Akdeniz Garden is in pretty good shape at this point, with a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes and a variety of peppers waiting to be harvested.  The green beans are peaking and the cucumbers are becoming plentiful.  The hardy herbs like sage and rosemary, have done well under the heat.

Today I'll be spending some time putting in my fall crop.  More onions, peas and a variety of lettuces. 

Cross your fingers for more rain!