Cooking in your new apartment-Recipe of the month

Friday, December 27, 2013 at 9:24 AM | Posted By: Donje Putnam
Cooking in your new apartment-Recipe of the month

Cooking in your apartment can be a rewarding experience.  All of our Hampton Roads apartments have spacious kitchens, many with under stove microwaves to save space and some have breakfast bars for "spreading out".

Even if you don't have a large kitchen, you can enjoy preparing simple meals in your kitchen. Here's a hint-if you do not have enough counterspace, use a cookie sheet or a cutting board over your sink to add working space.  

Why not try this easy meatball recipe?  If you are in a hurry, try substituting a jar of store bought marinara for the sauce.  Meatballs also freeze well.  Space them evenly on a cookie sheet, freeze, then put in plastic bags.  Heat them in your sauce and enjoy!

Meatballs with Peas

If you're having a cold weather hankering for comfort food, find exactly what you're looking for in this hearty, warm and delicious savory treat from Food and Wine.


  • 1/2 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 3 tablespoons golden raisins, soaked in hot water and drained
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • One 16-ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  1. Preheat the broiler. In a bowl, mix the chuck, pork, raisins, egg, onion, bread crumbs, cheese, thyme, parsley, water, salt and pepper with your hands. Form the mixture into 24 meatballs.
  2. Spread the oil on a baking sheet; add the meatballs and broil 3 inches from the heat for 7 minutes, rolling a few times, until lightly browned. Turn the oven to 400°. Bake for 5 minutes, then transfer the meatballs to a baking dish and add the wine.
  3. In a saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and oregano and cook for 5 minutes. Add the peas and cook 5 minutes, until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and bake for 30 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling. Let rest for 10 minutes, then serve.
Serve With Rice or mashed potatoes.

Serves four.

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About the Author

Donje Putnam has over 15 years experience in the multi-family housing industry and has worked at many different types of apartment communities, from tax credit to high end and from 88 units to 400.  Her favorite thing about being in "the industry" is that you learn a little bit about everything!  She lives in Newport News, VA with her husband, two kids, a very calm dog, a very hyper dog and a very aloof cat. 


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