Pool Party!

Over the weekend I introduced Grocery Goddess at a pool party. Thanks to one of the lovely staff members, Natasha who gave me this opportunity. I was really excited and nervous but immediately got to thinking about what I’m going to cook. I knew I had to bring my famous GG wings. They were a hit at the previous pop up cookout.

Natasha and I
Few days before the pool party, I went and bought the materials I needed for my display and I bought my groceries the day before. I decided to make my GG wings along with vegetable kabobs, homemade kettle popcorn, strawberry pretzel salad & my refreshing strawberry lemon tea. I prepped the night before with the help of my friend Devin. It made things a lot easier for me until the stove caught fire (which scared the hell out of me!) and then realizing we got started too late because we didn’t finish until 6am.

My Display

Day of the party I woke up tired and excited! My dad came along with my friends Joseline and Devin! I cooked the food, packed up and we headed out there. It was a great crowd and I was pumped to set up! As I’m trying to set up, people just couldn’t resist coming over and trying my food! Once I finally got done setting up I got to announce over the mic who I am and to come over and try my food!

 

I was swarmed with all sorts of questions and compliments! Everyone was really excited and loved my food! It was a awesome feeling to see people enjoy eating my food and wanting more. I was also approached with a cool opportunity but you got to stay tuned to find out!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

After most of the food was gone it was time to have some fun. I popped a bottle of champagne with my dad and friends and mingled with the neighbors! After being tired and almost burning down the place, it was a great turn out!

*THANKS TO MY DAD AND FRIENDS FOR THE PHOTOS. I WILL BE POSTING MORE PICS SOON*

GG!

So you’re probably wondering how I came up with the name Grocery Goddess! Well let me explain. Since I moved into my new place I was always eating out. That eventually made me feel like crap. So I started cooking my own meals. I was scared because before, my meals didn’t come out so good. I started off doing simple things like box meals and simple dishes like chicken and canned green beans. After awhile I started experimenting and grew a bigger interest in food. I stopped eating canned foods and boxed meals. I started to cook fresh and this was the best decision ever! I stayed in the grocery store buying veggies, fruits and all kind of spices and sauces.

So one day I ran across The Fresh Market. I didn’t know what this place was so out of curiosity I went in. Boy oh boy, talk about a kid in a candy store!? I was in food heaven! I literally was in the grocery store for 2 hours amazed! So much fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and spices! I looked at my cart and just had to take a Instagram picture. I captioned the picture “Grocery Goddess”. Nothing to it.

Grocery Goddess

Weeks later I wanted to do something in my spare time and came up with the idea to blog. But what am I going to blog about? Hmm? Food duh! Then I realized what I can name it. That caption I used for my Instagram picture. “Grocery Goddess”. That’s pretty much how that all came about. I wanted to just simply share my food journey along with other fun foodie topics. But recently it grew into more than just that. Since today I’m now on my third catered event and I’ve also created a yummy sauce that I will introduce real soon! Its amazing how things work and I cant be any more happier!

Meatball Subs!

FIRST RECIPE POST!!!

Aren’t you guys excited!? I am! So! Here’s the deal with the recipes! Every so often I will be posting about what I cooked and will share the recipe with you all. Some recipes will be from other food bloggers, restaurants, other chefs or maybe even you! Its simply just me recreating them or spicing em’ up to my liking or whatever! ALSO! I will be having *EXCLUSIVE RECIPES* where this will be up for sale for a small donation. So you got to stay tuned to see what’s poppin’!

 

meatball sub

So I was feeling a little Italian when I decided to make these and so glad I was because they were soooo good! Plus I made them by scratch minus the bread. (I’m still working on my dough skills!) Check out the recipe, try it out and let me know how they taste or what you might have done different! 🙂

meatballs simmering in marinara

 

 

Meatballs

Ingredients

  • MEATBALLS
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1lb veal
  • 1tbsp chopped Italian parsley
  • salt/pepper/white pepper to taste
  • SLURRY
  • about a cup of bread crumbs
  • 1 maybe 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • MARINARA SAUCE
  • 1 14oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1 minced garlic
  • 1tsp oregano
  • 1tbsp chopped Italian parsley
  • about 1/3 cup chopped sauté vidalia onions
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix your ground beef and veal.
  2. Make your slurry by adding all slurry ingredients. Then add slurry to ground beef and veal mixture along with salt, pepper, white pepper and parsley and mix with your hands!
  3. Combine it pretty good but not over combine and form into loose balls.
  4. I used the broiler and pop them in. I pretty much watched them so they didn't burn. Its just a quicker way to cook them but you can bake them at 400 degrees about 20 minutes or utill golden and cooked through.
  5. Start making your sauce by sautéing onions until they're translucent in a nice size pan.
  6. Meanwhile in a food processor add all the marinara sauce ingredients together and blend it up!
  7. Then pour your sauce in the pan with your sautéed onions and then add your cooked meatballs!
  8. You can serve them up now but I let them simmer low all together for about 30 minutes, its like a flavor jacuzzi for the meatballs.
  9. I served them on some fresh bread but you don't have to. Use them for spaghetti or eat em by themselves!
  10. OH YEA! Make sure you top them with some grated or sliced cheeses such as parmesan or provolone!
http://thegrocerygoddess.com/meatball-subs/