Last week was a sad week. Marc lost his grandpa. He was ready to go and we knew it was coming, but it’s still sad that he’s gone. The beautiful part of saying goodbye, though, is that when friends and family gather to honor someone, you hear these wonderful stories. Some we knew and some we didn’t. We heard about his strong work ethic and his need to be precise. Two traits I see in Marc and now I know are in his genes. We heard about Papa’s kindness and although he was busy running the business he built up from his basement, he still took time to lend a hand to others. One of the neighbors teared up as she recalled Papa dropping by to help her, even when she didn’t ask. We saw old pictures of Papa as a handsome young man with wavy brown hair. We all smiled at the pictures of him with his pet skunk, something he was famous for. We discovered that he used his pet skunk to lure grandma on a first date! I told grandma that she had taken such good care of him and she told me that they had taken good care of each other. Their beautiful wedding photo sat on a table at the funeral home. They looked so happy and glamorous. To me, there’s nothing sweeter than mature love like that.
I rarely make meatballs and I had never made meatball subs smothered in tomato sauce like this. It’s something I’d been meaning to make for Marc. After a tough week, I thought it was something special I could do for him. I can’t remember what we talked about while we ate our sandwiches, but I know we smiled and Papa was in our thoughts.
If you know someone who would love a good meatball sub, I urge you to try this recipe. The meatballs have incredible flavor thanks to a paste of mushrooms, onions, garlic and herbs folded into the meat. If you can believe it, the recipe is adapted from a food truck in San Diego. Share it with someone you love.