Cooking with Nonna – Sicilian Rice Balls Recipe Review

We’re getting over a crazy week here at my house and so today I decided that I needed a little extra self care. As an Avon Independent Sales Rep, self care is usually about pampering myself with lotions and potions and facial masks but when I need EXTRA self-care it means… comfort food. So, I turned to a cookbook I bought at Amazon a while ago, Cooking with Nonna, Celebrate Food & Family with over 100 Classic Recipes From Italian Grandmothers by Rossella Rago. My Grandma Margie used to make rice balls and I was too young to get the recipe from her before we lost her but I remember watching her make them and I really loved eating them. Honestly, Nonna’s Sicilian Rice Balls recipe is what made me decide to buy this cookbook in the first place and I’m so glad I did because not only are the rice balls delicious but there are lots of other great recipes in it too!

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Here’s a photo of my cookbook.

cooking with Nonna cookbook
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The rice balls are easy to make, once you get the hang of pressing the rice into balls, and they taste amazing!

Here’s a photo of the recipe in the cookbook.

rice balls from Cooking with Nonna

I followed the recipe exactly except that I don’t fry in my new home so I baked them in the oven with a little olive oil drizzled over them instead, and to me, they taste just as good as if they were fried.

I’ve made them before, several times, and my family loves them.

Here’s a photo of some of mine. I almost forgot to take the picture because we were too busy eating them. 🙂

rice balls
The lighting on this photo doesn’t do the rice balls any justice!

I think they have a little bit of magic in them too but I suppose it could have just been a coincidence that my sister who was named for my Grandma, called me today while I was in the middle of preparing them.

Could the magic just be in the grandmother’s love that pours out of the recipes in Cooking with Nonna? I don’t know but if you need some just-as-good-as-grandma-used-to-make rice balls, this cookbook won’t disappoint. And call your sister! Or brother. Or parents. Or whoever else makes you feel good because connecting with your-favorite-people is another great way to provide yourself with some much needed self care.

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If you decide to grab a copy of this cookbook, stop back and let me know what you think!

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Sunday Funday – Cooking, Crochet, and A Little Yard Work

Although I did do a little pinning at my Online Avon Lady Pinterest account, today was less about setting up my new work at home business selling Avon, and more about taking care of my home and hobbies.

The hubby and I did a little yard work. We had some bushes that needed trimming and with the help of our little friend, Harry, we got that out of the way early in order to beat the heat.

lizard on the porch
This is our friend, Harry. He lives on our front porch.

I also put up a pot of tomato sauce with meatballs. I used all fresh herbs from my garden. Yum! I love being able to walk outside and forage through my herb garden for fresh parsley, basil, and oregano. We’ll have some tonight with ravioli and then I’ll save the rest in containers in the freezer so that I can pull it out whenever I don’t really feel like cooking. Which is most days in the summer. I remember the days when I’d have to make a HUGE pot of sauce in order to have enough leftover to freeze but since we’re now empty-nesters, a half pot is plenty.

pot of tomato sauce.
Sunday’s Sauce.

As far as hobbies go, I really enjoy crocheting. It relaxes me and keeps me from doing too much snacking. You can’t crochet with sticky fingers. Lately I’ve been working on making squares that will eventually be turned into a tote bag. I found the pattern at Kristin Omdahl, it’s her Cosmo Mystery Crochet Along Pattern. I’ve got enough squares started for one tote bag but since I need to make two… two granddaughters means I have to make two of anything I plan to gift them… I haven’t begun putting them together yet. I’ll be sure to share a pic of the finished product when I get there.

crochet squares started
Blocking squares for my Cosmo Tote.

That was my Sunday Funday.

How about you? How did you spend your day today? Do you cook? Crochet? Garden? Tell me all about your day in the comments. I love hearing from my readers.

PS… If you’re someone who likes pinning at Pinterest, could I ask you to stop by my new account, Online Avon Lady, and if you like what you see, give me a follow? It’s tough getting people to follow a brand new account. If you do, I’d be ever so grateful. 🙂

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