Tuesday, October 8

Caring for Myself Body and Soul 8:
Cooking something just for fun

If you're like me, you do a lot of cooking.  And if you're like me, most of your cooking is utilitarian.

Don't get me wrong: I like to cook.  I'm grateful to have plenty of food to eat.  I consider it a privilege to feed my family and other people. But most days my cooking is limited to getting dinner on the table with some baking thrown in on the side.

So every now and then I've found it to be really good for me to make something just for fun.  Nothing complicated or expensive, but delicious.  Something like sausage balls.

If you've never made them, you're in for a treat.  They're the easiest but most delicious little snack ever. They're an appetizer that always gets devoured at parties, but they're also handy to keep in the freezer for an on-the-go breakfast.

Sausage Balls

1 pound breakfast sausage
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
3 cups biscuit mix

Mix together.  Shape into small balls.  Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.

Hint:  If you're blessed to have a stand mixer, use the dough hook attachment to mix the ingredients.  For easy clean-up, line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Obviously, sausage balls are not a low-fat treat, so they're best enjoyed in moderation.  But I've found that sometimes a small portion of a food that's truly delicious is more satisfying to me than even a large quantity of something less enjoyable.

And when I start worrying too much about those fat grams, I read this old poem and keep try to keep things in perspective:


Methusaleh ate what he found on his plate,
And never, as people do now,
Did note the amount of the calory count;
He ate it because it was chow.
He wasn't disturbed as at dinner he sat,
Devouring a roast or a pie,
To think it was lacking in granular fat
Or a couple of vitamins shy.
He cheerfully chewed each species of food,
Unmindful of troubles or fears
Lest his health might be hurt
By some fancy dessert;
And he loved over nine hundred years.

From The Best Loved Poems of the American People (New York: Doubleday and Sons, 1936).  Author unknown.

How about you?  When was the last time you cooked something just for the fun of it?

This post is the eighth entry in a 31-day series: Caring for Myself Body and Soul.  
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  1. Richella,

    Love, love, LOVE sausage balls and the poem too! The recipe just doesn't get any easier, does it? Now you have made me hungry for some and I will not be satisfied until I get some :)

  2. This is something I always make every Christmas season - love these! I use a spicy sausage for a little kick! I love to cook - just a little lazy since the girls grew up and left the coop!!

  3. Will be making these for the game this weekend. Thanks!

  4. I LOVE sausage cheese balls! And my kids don't think Thanksgiving and Christmas are complete without them. Like Patti, I like it better with spicy sausage, but out of consideration for those in our family who can't handle it, I make a double batch with one pound of spicy and one of mild...for a medium kick...and more to enjoy.

    Also, for an easy to remember recipe, you can remember 1,2,3 (or 2,4,6 if you double, of course)...1 pound of sausage, 2 cups of shredded cheese (sharp cheddar's definitely provides the most flavor) and 3 cups of Bisquick. I think the amount of cheese will probably work out the same, but I'm not sure that my middle-aged memory could remember 8 oz! :-)

  5. I love sausage balls and usually only have them at Christmas time. Now I have a big craving for them!

  6. I love sausage balls! I have to admit...sometimes we just have sausage balls with some hummus and pita chips for dinner. :) I never thought to freeze them. Great idea! So convenient for those crazy mornings trying to get everyone out the door.

  7. I pinned this!
    My mom used to make these when I was little for parties and they are AMAZING.
    And I love the poem.
    Puts it all in perspective.


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