If this is Winter, bring it on! Sixty-two and sunny on February 23…..this must be what my friends in San Diego feel like all winter……sigh We have had it way to easy this winter, not one real snowfall, and very few days dipping below freezing, but you know I keep waiting for that other shoe to drop. We just can’t go through an entire winter without getting one good snow storm, and if Mother Nature truly wants to be disagreeable, she still has the whole month of March to wreak havoc with our weather! Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen. Come on spring!
I think this faux winter has been getting to all of us at work, everyone’s just exhausted. We hate to think its just old age, but some days lately work has seemed like work….and if that’s a trend, that’s not good.
But you’re not here to listen to me ramble on, it’s Guest Post Friday, my favorite day of the Week! I started really blogging this month two years ago, technically my blog began in November of 2009, but actually it really started in February of 2010 when I began posting on Foodbuzz. Over the last two years, my travels through the blogosphere have brought me in contact with so many kind, caring, wonderfully talented bloggers, many of which I have come to know well and consider myself fortunate to call friend.
Today it is my great pleasure to introduce you to one of those individuals, my friend Mary from Barefeet In The Kitchen. Mary has been blogging for under a year, but you would never guess that by looking at all the incredible creations she shares on her blog. Mary’s banner under her name reads, Baking, Cooking, Learning and Playing in the Kitchen and I don’t think a more accurate description could be made. You may find a house full of beautiful children visiting with her, pictured on her blog, or one of those tasty treats she tempts us with, running from soups to smoothies, or an occasional note written on a piece of fruit……. Baking, Cooking, Learning and Playing in the Kitchen, that really says it all!
So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax, because it’s gonna feel like visiting with an old friend, as I give you Mary and……….
When I saw Chef Dennis’ name in my email, I just might have squealed. I have learned so much from him over the past year, as I stumbled my way into the world of food blogging. I’ve recently challenged myself to cook something new from a different country at least once a month. I’ve had a blast tracking down different ingredients and choosing new recipes to try.
In contrast to those fancier foods, there are still the recipes that are my family’s favorites. When I was a kid, my mom made meatloaf that consisted more of fillers than meat. With 10 mouths to feed, we joked freely that it was often hard to find the meat in the meatloaf. Carrots? check. Corn flakes? check. Bread crumbs? check. Oatmeal? check. Bananas? no, just seeing if you’re with me. So, when I tell you that this is not my mama’s meatloaf, I think she’ll understand.
As a newlywed, my husband told me that he liked meatloaf, a lot. I just stared at him and could not imagine ever making it for him. Wasn’t meatloaf that dry concoction that tastes a lot like carrots and not much like meat? Why would he like that? I have eaten meatloaf made by a couple of different people and still, I was not impressed. The idea of making it myself sounded absurd. Besides the fact that I didn’t love eating it, meatloaf isn’t fancy or pretty or glamorous, so why go to the trouble?
Then my friend mentioned that her mother in law had a fantastic meatloaf recipe that everyone in their family loved. So, I decided to give it a shot. The first time I made this recipe, well over ten years ago, my mom and a couple of my teenage brothers were visiting us. My husband told them that I was making meatloaf for dinner and one brother commented that he’d just eat some cereal later. After we stopped laughing, I told him he should try it. My brothers were bottomless pits at that time in their lives and really would have eaten anything, except meatloaf apparently.
At first bite, everyone at the table almost sighed. What? Meatloaf could be delicious? Who knew? Every person who has ever tasted this meatloaf has enjoyed it. This is one of my children’s favorite meals and there are actual cheers at the table when it appears.
My brother and my husband still joke today, “There is MEAT in the meatloaf.” And it is good! Flavorful, moist, and honestly delicious; if you are a meatloaf hater, this recipe just might convert you as well.
- 2 lbs ground beef I prefer to use grass fed beef whenever possible
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 egg beaten
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon sage
- 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
- 1/4 cup ketchup or tomato sauce I like this homemade ketchup best of all
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all meatloaf ingredients in a bowl and then mix together with your hands - yes, it really is easier that way. Shape into a loaf form* and then place on a foil lined baking sheet.
- Stir together the glaze ingredients and spoon over the top of the meatloaf prior to baking.
- Bake in a preheated oven until the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees. I recommend using a thermometer to determine the cooking time initially. How long it needs to cook will be affected by the shape of the meatloaf.
Wow, now that’s a meatloaf, thank you Mary! I may have to borrow that recipe for school, I would love to get my girls to try meatloaf. Ok, now before you forget, please head on over to Barefeet In The Kitchen and say hi to Mary (just remember to tell her Chef Dennis sent you)! Make sure to give yourself enough time to browse through her recipes, I know you’ll find some new favorites to add to your must do list, and of course you also made a new friend today, and to me that’s the best part about blogging!
As always, thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful restful weekend, and if the weather is co-operating in your corner of the world, it certainly would be a good time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air…..you know, the kind that stimulates the appetite!
See you all soon!