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When I was a kid, one of my au pairs, Anna, was from Sweden.  She used to make these phenomenal Swedish meatballs for me and I have been itching to cook these ever since I launched this blog.  Whenever I see Swedish meatballs in restaurants, however, they are meatballs covered in gravy... definitely not the way Anna used to make them.  she and I are still quite close and so I finally asked her if I could have the recipe.  She sent me a link to a general recipe and gave me some suggestions as to substitutions.  She used to serve these with mashed potatoes but Matt isn't too wild about mashed potatoes so I decided to bake them in the oven in "coins".  They were crispy and delicious, but some mashed potatoes would have also been a nice addition as well (you could also do both!).  So here they are: real Swedish Meatballs!

Meatball Recipe adapted from Gretchen Cooks (Recipe for Potato coins follow the meatball recipe):
 
 
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Yesterday was Matt's birthday.  I won't tell you how old he is, but I will tell you that one of his absolute favorite meals is spaghetti with meat sauce.  He makes it multiple times per week.  Truth be told, this is actually why I started cooking.  I don't like to eat the same thing over and over again and I thought I could find new things that he would like.  So far, it has worked pretty well.  What I did tonight was his favorite, pasta with meat sauce, but with an upgrade (in my opinion).  Upgrade meaning that the sauce isn't Ragu and simmers for over an hour instead of being zapped in the microwave for 20 seconds (the pasta also isn't angel hair and the meat sauce involves more than just ground beef).  But if it makes him happy, he can eat pasta with meat sauce the way he wants, I just thought we should change it up.