I have always been a proponent of “If something is not broke, don’t fix it,” but as we go through life, we also learn that something doesn’t have to be broke to be better or as good. So with that being said, I have always tried to keep an open mind to change, although it is not always better.

I have seen many changes throughout my lifetime, with some actually being for the better, but others, I am not so sure about? Sometimes if the change was kept for its intended use, it is a great idea, but we as human beings always seem to find a way to change or even abuse an improvement. One example that comes to mind is cell phones.

In my younger days, I used to do a lot of quail hunting, leaving home before daylight, and sometimes not returning until after dark that evening. There was no way of contacting me in case of an emergency or for me to contact anyone if I was having trouble myself. When I got my first cell phone, I thought, would that not have been a handy tool to own back in those days? But, with that being said, I would only have used it for that purpose, which is what I believe it was designed for? The way things are now, I don’t know how a person could concentrate on hunting or any other task at hand, with their cell phone ringing every few minutes to communicate meaningless information that could have waited, or with someone who barely speaks English calling to try and sell you something you don’t want or need! And worst of all, people sneaking them into the workplace, school, and let’s not forget about how much they are used on the road causing unsafe driving.

Recently I was invited to an Italian dinner at my daughter’s home, where one of the items she prepared was meatballs. Now I love good homemade meatballs with spaghetti and marinara. I also like meatball subs as well. Many years ago I was also served beans and meatballs by a family friend that was delicious. But there is only so many ways I am aware of to serve meatballs? My daughter had made way too many meatballs for us to eat that evening, so she asked if I would like to take some home, which I jumped at doing. When I got them home, I thought, how do I want to use them? I didn’t want Italian, because once every couple of weeks of that is enough for me, and I wasn’t in the mood for beans, so I thought, I wonder about making a stew with them? But, I didn’t want an Italian theme stew, so I decided to make a regular stew, while substituting the meatballs for stew meat, and see what I get? Something new, to me anyway, and it turned out so good that I decided to serve it to some friends who also raved about it.

I am not suggesting we scrap our beef stew in favor of meatball stew, but if you want to try something new and different to use up those leftover homemade meatballs with, or even those meatballs that come frozen in a bag, that you had leftover. Then this recipe is worth giving a try, I know that the people I served it to, put their phones down long enough to eat and enjoy it, as did I!

Meatball Stew

1 to 2 lbs. cooked meatballs

2 tablespoons real butter

2 tablespoons flour

1 can beef broth

2 cups water

1 beef bouillon cube

1 cup chopped onion

3 medium red potatoes, cubed

2 cups chopped carrots

1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels

1 cup fresh green beans cut into 1” pieces

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Heat oven to 350F and cook the meatballs, or use the already cooked leftover meatballs

In a large pot, heat the butter and stir in the onion to saute. Add the flour to make a roux..

Pour in the broth and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer

Add boullion cube to 2 cups of water and add to the pot

Mix in the potatoes, carrots and rosemary and simmer for 1 to 2 hours

Mix in the corn, green beans, cooked meatballs, tomatoes and simmer for at least another 30 minutes