I was a happy vegetarian for 7 years. I ate lots of tofu and legumes. Salads were my best friend. Lentils were life.
But about halfway through college, something changed. I began to crave burgers. Which was weird, because in my previous meat-eating days I had never been a burger person. But that melty cheese, that fat brioche bun, and of course, that hamburger patty called out to me.
This craving went on for a good part of a year, and I tried to resist it.
Until one day when I was at a bar with my girlfriend and she ordered an 8 ounce angus beef burger. I ordered a salad.
I must’ve been lustfully eyeing that burger, because halfway through the meal she offered me a bite. “You’ve been wanting a burger for forever,” she said. “Have some.”
So I did. I leaned over my rabbit food, gripped the burger with both hands, and brought it to my mouth. To keep things classy, I put both pinkies in the air, then bit into the burger with fervor. And holy cow, was it delicious
Here’s the picture for proof. My friend uploaded it with the caption “Sarah’s first bite of beef in a decade.”
Also note the “You Demand More” sign in the background. So appropriate.
So on that fateful night, I once again became a meat-eater.
For me, homemade burgers are never quite as good as at a restaurant. But meatballs, on the other hand, are almost always better when made from scratch at home.
And to make the perfect meatball, you need the perfect vessel.
Wolf Gourmet has a line of American-made cookware that is almost as pretty as it is functional. Their 10-piece cookware set is cast from multiple layers of stainless steel coating an aluminum base, delivering superior heat retention and remarkably even cooking.
Now, even as a professional baker, I’m still a 20-something, and my natural inclination is to stick to department store cookware. But after sautéing, searing, and baking in Wolf Gourmet’s 3.5 Quart Sauté Pan, I will not go back to using mediocre cookware ever again.
I’m not exaggerating when I say I felt like a Michelin chef in my own home. My onions browned beautifully with no burn marks; my red wine reduced quickly and evenly; my meatballs created a perfect sear without any residue left on the pan. It was cooking heaven.
So to all you home cooks out there, for your next birthday, Christmas, or treat yo self present, take a look at Wolf Gourmet. I wouldn’t be so adamant if I weren’t so blown away by the quality of both the cookware and subsequently of my food. It. Rocked.
Meatballs for life!
Guest author Sarah Fennel: It all began in 2010 when one homesick-for-mom’s-cookies college student decided to blend her love of photography with her insatiable sweet tooth. What started off as a way to document my mom’s recipes quickly became Broma Bakery. Since 2010, I’ve inhabited 7 different kitchens, kicking off in NYC, pit-stopping in my hometown, landing myself in various not-so-classy student apartments in Ann Arbor, MI, living in my dream loft, and most recently moving back to Boston. Within that time, I transferred colleges and subsequently graduated (NYU-University of Michigan), worked as a marketing manager for a restaurant group, found the love of my life, went from despising yoga with a burning passion to being a huge fan (Namaste), got some cool publicity on my little blog, and ate a ton of sugar. I’m currently working full time on Broma Bakery in my tiny kitchen.
Wolf Gourmet cookware blends high performance multi-clad stainless steel with elegant, ergonomically designed handles for an unequaled combination of form and function. All of our cookware is crafted in the USA and designed to last a lifetime. Durable 7-ply construction with an aluminum core offers superior performance and even heat distribution so you can sear scallops, simmer Bolognese sauce, and braise short ribs with confidence. Ergonomic handles fit comfortably in your hand and are easy to grip. This cookware will be your trusted companion for a lifetime of cooking pleasure.
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