Friday, July 9, 2010


I think I blinked on Monday and it turned into Friday. This week has flown by! I just didn't have it together this week to whip up amazing wonders in my kitchen. Perhaps it was due to coming off a holiday weekend of travel. Last night we had brie burgers - subbing in slices of brie cheese to melt into utter heaven rather than the standby of American or Cheddar. Have you tried different cheese options on your hamburgers? It's fabulous! I also enjoy blue cheese on my burgers. Ooooooooooohhh so good. I still need to enter that burger contest...note to self.

Tonight we're having guests over and I was at a loss on what to fix until a large package of ground beef all but jumped into my shopping cart last night. Out of it came the above mentioned burgers...the rest will be transformed into meatloaf. How odd does that sound? I don't know that I've ever fixed meatloaf for guests, but they are truly meat and potatoes people, so I'm fixing meatloaf and seasoned potatoes and most likely a salad of some sort. We're (sadly) on a no-dessert kick right now until our next vacation (how will I survive until mid-August!?) so dessert will be Cantaloupe and Watermelon. I don't like Cantaloupe, but I'm sure someone does. We'll see how fast it flies off the plates at dessert time. I might have to go hide in the pantry and down some mini twix and kit kats I have hidden.

Here is the meatloaf recipe I'll be fixing this evening: (how I enjoy the sweet ketchupy sauce on top!)

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 egg
1 onion, chopped and sauteed
1 cup milk
1 cup dried bread crumbs (I make my own fresh)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
garlic salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/3 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk, Worcestershire sauce and bread. Season with garlic salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish.
In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf. (If you're an avid fan of lots of the sauce, double this).
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Have a delicous weekend - and think of me as I suffer through Cantaloupe!

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