Meat Loaf and More!

Posted on October 10, 2012

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One of my passions is cooking, not much for eating unless it’s chocolate or strawberries but I do love to cook, today I will be making a meat loaf, I found a really good recipe that I will share with you and after it is finished I will post up the picture.  This is something that I like to cook in the fall, it’s almost like comfort food, more than likely I will also make mashed potatoes but not from a box, I like them from scratch as well as corn that was grown at the farm.

Here is the recipe that I used:

Meat Loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped yellow onions (3 onions)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup canned chicken stock or broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground chuck (81 percent lean)
  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs (recommended: Progresso)
  • 2 extra-large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (recommended: Heinz)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan. Add the onions, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent but not brown. Off the heat, add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and tomato paste. Allow to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, onion mixture, bread crumbs, and eggs, and mix lightly with a fork. Don’t mash or the meat loaf will be dense. Shape the mixture into a rectangular loaf on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper. Spread the ketchup evenly on top. Bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F and the meat loaf is cooked through. (A pan of hot water in the oven, under the meat loaf, will keep the top from cracking.) Serve hot.

Things have been kind of quiet for the paranormal group this week, which is really nice. We have a presentation to do this weekend at the library in Milan, Indiana. This will be the first of four that we will do this month. I am excited about doing this, not only are we able to help those in need but also give them an idea of what is paranormal and what isn’t paranormal. This year will be a first for our group, we are doing a drawing at each location to go with us on an investigation at The Crump in Columbus Indiana. From what I have heard they are expecting a lot of people at each location.

Saturday we went to a writer’s convention at The Crump in Columbus, Indiana and also went to the Pumpkin Patch in Westport, Indiana. We took Aubrie, our granddaughter, this was her first time there and she had a blast. She not only picked out her own pumpkin but made sure that everyone knew which one was hers. Looking forward to doing this with her again next year.

http://www.harpervalleyfarms.com/

http://www.thecrumptheatre.com/

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