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Recipe: Spaghetti Meatball Cups

meatball cups

Photo Credit: Beko

We know you’d rather be out in the sun, but we have the perfect rainy day recipe. You can use classic comfort food to turn lunch into a fun activity while you’re stuck indoors. These Spaghetti Meatball Cups are also delicious and easy enough for anyone to make.

This recipe comes from Beko’s “Eat Like a Pro” campaign. They promote healthier food for parents to feed their kids by partnering with FC Barcelona. Check out some of their recipes for the whole family.


Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 4 people



  • 3/4 lb. spaghetti
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 1/4 cups marinara
  • 1 1/8 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • additional Parmesan and parsley for garnish



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook spaghetti until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water.


  1. In a large bowl, toss cooled spaghetti with 2 beaten eggs, shredded mozzarella, and 1/2 cup grated parmesan.



  1. Grease a muffin tin and nest spaghetti inside. Using the bottom of a small glass, firmly press down to create a well.


  1. Bake until set.


  1. While spaghetti cups bake, make meatballs. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, garlic, remaining egg, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Roll into balls.


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Brown meatballs, then drain fat. Pour over marinara and let simmer 5 minutes.


  1. Spoon meatball onto spaghetti nest. Garnish with Parmesan and parsley.


Serve and enjoy!





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Recipe: Fireball Pineapple Grilled Pork

pork recipe

Photo and recipe credit: Andrea Alden

What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? If you envision yourself grilling out, try to impress your guests with something a little different.

This amazing recipe from Napoleon for Fireball Pineapple Grilled Pork  is essentially cinnamon whiskey-glazed pineapple with grilled pork. It’s the perfect spin on a grilled classic with sweet pineapple and spice to let everyone it’s summertime.



1 pork loin, approx. 3 lb.

salt and pepper to taste

1 pineapple

¾ cup of brown sugar

3 tbsp. melted butter

½ cup of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky


Step 1

Preheat the grill to 375°F using the rear burner. Move the cooking grid to the high position and preheat the Infrared SIZZLE ZONE™ to high. If you do not have an infrared side burner, preheat the grill to high using all bottom burners.

Step 2

While the grill is preheating, season all sides of the pork loin with salt and pepper. Remove the top and bottom of the pineapple, and remove the rind on the sides. Carefully thread the pineapple onto a rotisserie spit rod, ensuring that when put on the grill, the pineapple will be centered in front of the rear burner.

Step 3

In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, melted butter, and Fireball.

Step 4

Place the pineapple onto the grill, ensuring that the correct end is firmly in the rotisserie motor. Turn the rotisserie on and let the pineapple start cooking while you sear the pork.

Step 5

Sear the pork on all sides until delicious grill marks have formed. Then place it under the pineapple so that it will drip onto the pork while it cooks.

Step 6

Baste the pineapple with the Fireball mixture every 10 minutes until the pork as reached an internal temperature of at least 145°F (for medium). Use a digital thermometer for accurate readings. Feel free to “accidentally” get extra Fireball mixture on the pork while basting the pineapple.

Step 7

Remove the pork and pineapple from the grill when the pork reaches your desired finished temperature. Allow the roast to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing everything and serving


Notes from Andrea:

“Fireball Pineapple Grilled Pork is flavorful, a little sticky, and super sweet. Initially, I butterflied the pork, however, I found that it cooked too fast and became a little unwieldy. Leave the loin whole when you make this recipe, the results will be much better.”

Please let her know if you plan to try this recipe. Take pictures and post of social media using the hashtags #BestLaidBBQPlans and #NapoleonGrill.

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Buy Big Green Egg, get a pizza oven too

Some get excited for grilling season for smoky ribs, crispy chicken wings and veggies.

Not me.

I get excited for pizza.


Pizza on the grill? Duh. Ceramic smokers like the Big Green Egg work very much like a wood-fired or brick oven you see used in Neopolitan-style pizzerias (but cheaper and in your backyard).

Because the Green Egg Smoker can reach temperatures upwards of 750 degrees, it can quickly fire dough and produce the slightly charred, chewy crust you probably overpay for at your local ristorante.

Once you get started, you’ll get hooked on the endless possibilities. Most grocery stores now keep fresh pizza dough behind their deli counters, and pizzas work for every meal and every craving. Crack eggs on top with crumbled sausage for breakfast pizza. Spread on chocolate ganache and peanut butter for one of my favorite desserts. Make a bunch of flatbreads and set out toppings for a fun and unique summer dinner party. And of course, you can’t go wrong with the classic Margherita.

How to turn your Big Green Egg into a pizza oven


1. Buy Big Green Egg (sorry, couldn’t help myself)

2. Choose the proper Big Green Egg accessories (called “Eggcessories”). You’ll want the plate setter, to enable indirect heat cooking, and the pizza stone, for even  heat and brick oven crustiness. Note: you can buy Big Green Egg accessories online from Warners’ Stellian and get free shipping, too.

3. Fire it up. With the baking stone on the plate setter, heat the grill to 600 degrees. You’ll get the best crust if you start from a super hot Big Green Egg grill and pizza stone. Dough-only grilling should take about 5 minutes, so add time accordingly for toppings. You’ll learn as you go how long it takes to get the doneness you desire. I’ve learned that pricking the dough prior to grilling it keeps disks of dough from ballooning into footballs 🙂

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Breakfast on the grill: Bacon Asparagus Quiche Tarts & Grilled doughnuts

You might not be thinking about grilling right now, but we never stop.

In fact, Joe Warner will be grilling for KARE 11 tomorrow morning sometime from the 5:45 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Bacon Asparagus Quiche Tarts

Makes 12 pastries

  • 1 package flaky biscuit dough
  • Muffin tins (to accommodate 12 pastries)
  • Cooking spray


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 oz shredded swiss cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • ½ cup chopped asparagus, cooked
  • ½ cup chopped bacon, cooked crispy
  • 6 oz cheese (cheddar, pepper jack, whatever)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green onion for topping
  1. Preheat grill to 350 degrees
  2. Line muffin tins and grease with cooking spray.  Take biscuit dough and place about a spoonful sized and flattened dough ball into the tin.  Place on middle rack of oven and bake for 5 minutes or until dough rises close to the top of the tin.
  3. Remove tins and set aside for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
  4. While dough is cooling, whisk the custard ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside.
  5. After dough has cooled enough, form the dough around the muffin tin sides.  It should be able to rise to about a quarter inch from the top of the liner.  Put a pinch of cheese in the bottom of each tin and then top that with about 2 Tbsp total of chopped asparagus and bacon.
  6. Put 2-3 Tbsp of the custard into each tin, filling to just beneath the top of the dough.  Top with another pinch of cheese and a pinch of green onions.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the custard is set.
  8. Best served warm, not hot…so let cool a bit before removing from the tin and liner.

Make it vegetarian by substituting 8 oz mushrooms (chopped, cooked, and dried)  for bacon.

Note: Bacon and asparagus can be grilled at 350 degrees prior to cooking the pastries.  Bacon should be cooked on a broiler pan for 10 minutes a side.  Asparagus should be lightly oiled, with salt and pepper to taste and grilled for about 10 minutes or until crisp.

Adapted from

…and now for my FAVORITE recipe I’ve ever made up:

Incredibly Easy Grilled Donuts

Grill refrigerated biscuits on a cookie sheet (or well-oiled grill grate) using indirect heat at about 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, melt a stick of butter in a grill-safe bowl away from direct heat. Dip warm biscuits in the melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar. Yum!

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Contest-winning recipe: Thai-licious rice, veggie and tofu stir fry

Coconut curry is quite possibly my favorite flavor, so the winning recipe for the yumPower Good For You Recipe Challenge on KMSP-FOX 9 News sounded right up my alley.

Watch the segment for information about the contest and our winner, Steph MacPhail, who gets $1500 from Warners’ Stellian to trick out her kitchen appliances (or get an awesome pet hair vacuum for her yellow lab).

Steph’s recipe includes lean protein, more than two servings of fruits and veggies and reduced fat and reduced sodium ingredients. I can’t wait to try it!

Thai-licious rice, veggie and tofu stir fry

For the baked tofu:

3 lbs tofu

1/2 cup low-fat coconut milk (get one 15 oz or so can of it, the rest will be used below)

2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

1 Teaspoon curry powder

1 Teaspoon freshly grated ginger

For the rice and veggie mix:

1 1/2 cups brown rice

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 Cups sliced yellow onion

1 Cup chopped carrots

2 Cups broccoli florets

2 Cups sliced peppers (use green, yellow, or red, or a little of each)

1 Can (16 oz) pineapple, no sugar added, drained and juice reserved

1 Cup (approx) low-fat coconut milk

2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

2 Teaspoon curry powder

2 Teaspoons freshly grated ginger

2 Tablespoons unsalted, chunky peanut butter

Optional: peanuts

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Line a 13×9 baking sheet with parchment paper.

Drain and press tofu to remove some of the moisture, then cube.

In a medium bowl, combine tofu with coconut milk, soy sauce, curry, and ginger.

Let sit for a few minutes, then pour bowl contents onto prepared baking sheet.

Bake in oven for 30-45 minutes, or until slightly crispy and brown.

Meanwhile, mix rice with 3 cups water in a soup pot.

Bring to a simmer; cover, then simmer until the water is absorbed, about 30 minutes.

Heat the olive oil in a large stir-fry pan or large skillet.

Add the onion and carrots and saute over medium heat until lightly browned.

Add the broccoli, bell pepper and pineapple and saute for 5-10 minutes.

When rice is cooked, add the stir fry mixture to the soup pot.

Add the remaining coconut milk, reserved pineapple juice, curry powder, soy sauce, peanut butter and ginger.

Stir gently, cooking for 5-10 minutes. Remove pot from burner. Remove tofu from oven and add promptly to the stir fry. Serve garnished with peanuts.

Serves 8 to 10.

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RECIPE: Caribbean Chicken on the grill

Because this is exactly what I have on the to do list this week, here’s my post on waking up your grill ready after winter hibernation.

Need some motivation?

Thanks to our Holland Grill and Big Green Egg expert, Stu “King of the BBQ” Glock, for sharing this recipe for grilled chicken that’s anything but ordinary. It looks like a lot of ingredients, but if it’s coming from Stu, I know it’s amazing (i.e. 3 takes on steak).

I’m going to try it soon…let me know if you do!

Grilled Caribbean Chicken

Courtesy of Derrick Agate

  • 1 Tbs allspice
  • 1 Tbs thyme
  • 1- 1/2 tsp each – cayenne pepper, black pepper and ground sage
  • ¾ tsp each ground nutmeg and cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs each salt and garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 jalapeno or haberneros, finely chopped
  • 1 cup white onion chopped
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 3 lbs chicken

In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.  Whisk in olive oil, soy sauce, orange juice, vinegar and lime juice, then the peppers and onions.

Add the chicken, cover, and refrigerate overnight or up to 48 hours.  Cook on the Holland Grill or the Big Green Egg at 350 degrees until the internal meat temperature reaches 165 degrees. Remove the chicken from the grill and let it rest 5 minutes before serving.