Monday, August 2, 2010


My 30-Day Challenge: Cook four dinners per week.

Yeah, “learn how to play my guitar,” got the most votes but Emily, whose vote counts a bit more than most of you readers, said that that was her least favorite choice. So instead I’ll go with No. 2, the cooking one. This should be interesting…

I got started tonight. My first meal: Meatball Subs.

(Made with love.)

I used this meatball recipe, this marinara sauce recipe, slopped that onto a bun, and added copious amounts of mozzarella and romano cheese.

It was gooooood.

Emily’s review: “Well, he might have bought more fresh parsley than Mario Batali uses in a year, but I was very happy with this first attempt. I was spooning the sauce from the pan after. Not sure I’ve had a sauce this good in a while. Not sure I’ve seen a cuter cook, either.”

The plan is to cook four meals a week for August (4 and ½ weeks = 18 dinners). I told Emily she can pick whatever she wants once a week.

I won’t be posting every meal here (that would probably be obnoxious), but I may highlight any major success stories or failures. I’ll recap at the end of the month.


  1. Wow. That looks pretty good... but a.) can you keep it up? and b.) won't you run out of things to make?

  2. I don't think it'd be obnoxious to post all your meals... I think it would be interesting.

  3. Woo hoo! Tell this to Jesse.

    Jk...totes love my husband and his lack of cooking skill. Yeah, totes.

  4. I love this challenge!!!!!

    Maybe you should also try something completely new and unknown once a week? Like some vegetarian entrees or ethnic dishes?!?!

    I hope you blog more about it- I LOVE this!