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I am me. More than I was, less than I will be. This is difficult. Facts-female, southern, mother and grandmother. Abstract-a Christian, a loner, intelligent, somewhat arrogant, impatient with stupidity, an unusual sense of humor.


Saturday Night

We had good old-fashioned home-made hamburgers cooked on the grill tonight, with french fries and baked beans.
I bought enough ground chuck to make the burgers and a meatloaf. This is the best meatloaf I have ever had. Which is why we keep on making it. Even people who don't like meatloaf like this.
Good Meatloaf serves 6
1 1/2 lbs. ground chuck
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 tsp salt, pepper to taste
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper(optional)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup mustard
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1 cup quick-cook oats
Additional 1/4 cup ketchup, 1 tbsp mustard, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Mix together ground chuck, onions, bell pepper and garlic.
Add salt, pepper and cayenne. Mix well
Add ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.
Add egg. Mix well.
Add oatmeal. Mix well.

Lightly grease a loaf pan. Turn the meat mixture into the loaf pan. If you choose, at this point, you can cover the meatloaf with wrap and freeze it until you want to cook it. If you freeze it, let it thaw in the fridge for 24 hours.
When you are ready to cook the loaf, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the loaf for thirty minutes. Check the loaf at this point and if there is a lot of grease, very carefully pour it off and discard. Have the additional ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce mixed and spread it over the top of the loaf. It bakes into a wonderful crisp crust. Bake for an additional twenty to thirty minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before slicing.
We serve this with mashed potatoes and peas, the standard accompaniments for meat loaf. Also a green salad and rolls.


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